Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading

Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s

It’s no secret that we lovely a good family day out.  Whether it is a trip to the beach or a museum we are often found exploring new places and doing things together.  Recently we added a new favourite to our repertoire.  We went to the circus. Paulos Circus to be specific.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the circus before, even as a child.  Luca definitely hasn’t. So when we were invited to Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s we couldn’t say no.

It worked out to be the perfect activity for the day we picked to go.  It was a gloriously warm day but it was also a day full of thunder storms and lots of rain. Continue reading

A Family Day Spent Exploring Temple Newsam Woods

I’ve been so quiet on here recently for so many reasons but I promise I am still actually here. I’ve been so busy training new therapists at work and if you missed it we are in the process of buying a house, so all of that has been pretty much taking up all my time.  Added to that both Ant and I have worked extra hours meaning I’ve had no time for anything but eating, sleeping and working really. Anyway, at the weekend we got some family time together for the first time in what feels like forever. I was really craving some family time too so it was very welcome when it finally arrived. Continue reading

Sneaky Experience Hidden Christmas Market

Last weekend was the start of the Christmas holidays for us. Luca broke up from school on Friday and so we decided to kick our time off together in style with a  visit to the Sneaky Experience Christmas Market in Leeds. Unfortunately Ant was working so we took my friend, Steph with us.

All we knew was that the market was going to be Narnia themed and hidden inside the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Sounds pretty magical already doesn’t it? Continue reading

In a Nutshell – November 2016

November has been a bit of a funny month for us. It’s gone really fast and it’s hasn’t really been particularly exciting, I’m not sure why as we have still have managed to squeeze some fun out of it.


At the start of the month it was Bonfire night. We headed to our local cricket club to watch their firework display. It was better than we expected and the rum was cheap. What’s not to love. Continue reading

24 things to do at Christmas – Our alternative advent.

It’s November, which means it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas.  I’m not known for being very organised but I’m starting to come around to the idea that preparation is key to prevent being a quivering mess under the tree by Christmas Eve.  With that in mind I’ve already started shopping for presents and I’ve got together our list of 24 things to do at Christmas for Luca’s alternative advent calendar.

Luca is super lucky that he has two grandma’s and three great grandma’s.  They always spoil him, meaning he is never short of advent calendars when December comes around.  It also means that the beautiful advent calendar we bought him to fill each year is a bit redundant.  I mean how can a wooden tree full of sweets beat a spiderman advent calendar full of cheap chocolate?   Continue reading

#fdMiniCritic Review of Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears

On Friday 28th October we were invited to the Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  Luca was asked by First Direct to attend as a mini critic and they sent him a pack to help him with his important role.  This included a good old fashioned disposable camera, which he never put down, and a personalised notepad and pencil.  It also included lots of goodies to throw a teddy bear picnic for his new teddy to help get him in the mood for the ballet. Continue reading

Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking

One of my single most favourite things about Autumn is pumpkins. We eat loads of them, I decorate the house with mini ones and we carve a fair few for Halloween. And we love to pick our own.  It’s just not the same picking one up from Tesco with your weekly shop, all perfectly round and perfectly orange.  So we were thrilled when we were asked to go to Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking Festival.  Nothing beats tramping through a muddy field, deliberating over which colour, size and shape you want to take home.

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An evening exploring Light Night Leeds

I love my city, I am really lucky to live somewhere surrounded by farms and countryside yet still be only 20 minutes from Leeds city centre.  There is always something to do in Leeds and last week was no exception with the annual Light Night Leeds.

Light Night Leeds is pretty much what it says on the tin, lots of lights, in varying forms all over Leeds city centre.  From interactive displays, like the graffiti wall and the Light Water, Dark Sky installation to entertainment by Spark! and Flame Oz.  There is something for everyone. Continue reading