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

In a Nutshell – October 2016

Well didn’t October fly by in the blink of an eye?

Our October has been pretty full on.  There has been so much going on, both in the way of family fun and proper grown up stuff too.  I much prefer the fun but some of the grown up stuff has been pretty exciting.

So here is our October in a nutshell. 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

English Heritage Open Days ~ Ledston Estate

Every September sees the arrival of English Heritage Open Days.  With the help of lots of volunteers, English Heritage organise events across the country for you to discover your local history, culture and architecture.  And it’s all for free.   What’s even better is that these events are usually opening the doors to the unseen, such as Ledston Estate.

Ledston Estate is local to us yet because it is a private estate we have never explored it.  Until now.  Continue reading

Bank Holiday Weekend at the North East Coast

I’ve always hated the beach and the seaside.  From being a child it has never been somewhere I have enjoyed going.  However we have had a few trips to the north east coast with Ashleigh, my best friend.  Whitley Bay on the north east coast is Ashleigh’s home town and every time we have visited it has been an absolute blast, leaving me feeling happy and relaxed.

When we found out it was the Tall Ships Regatta in August, it seemed the perfect excuse to visit again.  This time with Daddy. My parents decided to join us too and so we hired a caravan for the weekend rather than take over Sheelagh & Trevor’s house again.

We headed up on the Friday, setting off late afternoon and trying to avoid the traffic for Leeds Festival.  We made relatively good time given that it was the bank holiday and so traffic was quite heavy.  When we arrived we checked into our caravan, emptied the car and headed straight to the fish & chip shop for our tea.   Continue reading

August in a Nutshell

Well what a month August turned out to be. We wanted to pack this summer to the rafters with fun as I was very aware that my time with Luca was about to reduced drastically when he started school.  I think it will always be remembered as pack full of fun we did.  Here is our August in a Nutshell. Continue reading

Our cheap summer holiday at home.

This year we made the decision to spend our annual family holiday at home.  We are currently saving like crazy for a house and so a far flung holiday was off the cards.   To save even more money we vowed to do it as cheaply as possible so we made a list of ideas of how to spend our days together.

Out of the six ideas on that list we did five of them and had THE best 17 days together making wonderful memories.  So without further ado, here is what we got up to. Continue reading

Messing about on the river – York Marina Boat Hire

On Sunday we hired a boat from York Marina boat hire and spent the afternoon messing about on the river. It was an absolutely brilliant day together as a family and we made some truly fabulous memories as we sailed up and down the river Ouse.

We arrived at the marina at 12:30 and had our life jackets fitted before my Dad was taken down to the boat for a quick safety briefing and to make sure he wasn’t going to cause total havoc on the river.  I think they must have had a heads up from someone. Continue reading