Days Out- Cannon Hall Farm

 

I realised that I had done a review of Cannon Hall Farm which we visited way back in May however, I had not actually got around to posting. So today I am going to share with you my thoughts and feelings about Cannon Hall Farm which is close to Barnsley so this meant that it was not too much of a trek for us. We decided that we was going to visit Cannon Hall because I had found out that Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol were going to be there and Jess loved both Paw patrol and animals.

The first thing which pleased me about cannon hall was the fact that they did not charge extra as a result of having an event on. This is something which we have found does occur at other places so this is such a big thumbs up from us. The pups you could meet every hour and we did actually manage to get to meet both of them because Jess loves them so much, we did not choose the best place to wait though which meant that we did have to wait a whole hour nearly.

Something which I think may be unique or different to other farms which we have visited was the fact that cannon hall had sheep racing as well as ferret racing. Sheep racing is now something I know which occurs at York Maze as well but I am sure people are screaming at me saying other places that do these events. You could have a free bet on which animal was going to win at both the sheep and the ferret racing and you won a prize if your colour and raffle ticket number was called. I seem to remember the prize was something like being able to return to Cannon Hall for free. Both types of racing occur several times a day which means that there was plenty of opportunities to see these events.

You are able to purchase animal feed when you can actually purchase when you arrive. Bags are only around 50p I think this is so cheap because it does mean that you can feed the animals you are unable to hand feed the animals but you do put them down the shoots which do allow feed the animals. This is one thing I do not think that you are able to do at other farms so well done to cannon hall for making you feel more hands on. For sure I know this is an element which Jess loved to be able to do. I would recommend saving some feed thought and not giving it to all the cute sheep and goats because we regretted it after we ran out before visiting the cows. We managed to go when the lambs were still very cute as well which for me is always a bonus.

Around this area, there are also shetland ponies and goats which are very adorable. I think anything that is small is very cute apart from rats, to be honest. You can be very close to these animals if this is something which you like if you are like Jess your children will adore this. Sercetly I think she wanted to ride the pony but this is something which you are not able to do.

Talking of cute little animals there were some little piglets we saw some which were only one day old. Pigs are not something which you think that are going to be cute but there are. There were hundreds of little piggs spread over the three sheds which are home to the pigs I could not believe how small some of them compare to how big they actually become in the end. This was an area in which Jess seemed to enjoy she loved watching what they were doing something that all ways interests me as well. They were a couple who were due to have some babies any time so I am sure if you go now they may have some new arrivals as well.  The pigs are actually one of the animals which you can not actually feed if I remember correctly and do remember it is natural for the pigs do not have the best smell something which Jess dealt with really well when we as at cannon hall farm.

In the last barn, there was a lot of cows which you can watch been milked at various times of the year.  There is also some misc animals in there was well these do actually include the donkeys, a horse, and Llamas. These again you can pour the feed which you have purchased down the tubes in order to feed the animals.  This is why I would recommend saving some of the feed because these ones may be more interested in having some of the treats which you are giving them as fewer people feed them.

Cannon Hall also have a tractor ride which is free for you to go on there may be a long wait. I think in total we waited for around 30 minutes this is because of the fact that the there is only one tractor and then this does the whole tour. The ride is around 30 mintues and this does allow you to see all of the animals in the barns which are open and learn a little bit more about the farm. This is on top of being able to see the amazing views at cannon hall.

We did actually have food here as well because we did not have time to pack a lunch up before we left. This is something which I wished we had done because of the fact that there was a long queue for food and also a wait which occurs after, I think in total it took between an hour and an hour and a half for us to be able to eat. This is not always the greatest when you have a hungry toddler in tow.  The food was of high quality though and a reasonable price compared to other attractions which we have visited in the past.  I think that should I return may take my own food due to the fact that the wait can be that long.

Another bonus which we liked about cannon hall farm is the fact that it has a number of parks. Which allows your little ones to run off some of the steam which they have this is something which we took full benefit of Jess does love to be able to play in the park. There is a couple of them and we managed to spend a fair amount of time in them. This did mean that we did not get to go to the reptile house because it was closing as we were going to have a look around. This is something which if you are visiting I would recommend you check to avoid disappointment.

There is also a soft play area which is included in the price which is another way to make your kids tired which is always a sign of a good day out.  They do have an area which is designed for the under 5’s which is Jess spent the majority of her time. It has several layers which means that it is bigger than your average soft play.  This was something we only did towards the end of the day and it did mean that Jess was tired and was not happy when a child pushed her.

Overall

We enjoyed our day out at cannon hall farm and for sure it is a place were we may return next year. If Jess continues to love animals I do not see why it should not be a be place we return to there is always something new at the farm and it is not too far from our new house either, the price does not put me off returning either. With it only costing £9.95 for an adult and I seem to remember around £7.95 for a child but they regularly have offers which will save you money. One think to note though is that you do pay for parking which I did not really appreciate

If you have visited Cannon Hall farm what did you think?

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

Day’s Out- Getting Lost In York Maze

York maze is a place which I have heard so much about and living at the moment in the city. I thought that there was not a better time to visit the maze and get lost than this summer. This year they have decided to do the maze in the theme of dinosaurs as it is 25 Years since the release of Jurassic Park. If I am honest the reason why we have not visited before this time is due to the fact that I thought it was expensive for a maze at £14.95 for adults. This visit has changed my mind on the York Maze.

We visited on a warm Sunday afternoon so I expected it to be busy with people wanting to make the most of the nice weather. We arrived at York Maze around 1pm and actually did not end up leaving till close to when it was closing at 6.30 and would have loved more time which is always a sign of a good day. There was plenty which we did not manage to get done including the The House of Cornfusion, The Pig Racing and the shows. These are something which I think we are going to have to go back and do one day.

Of course, we did manage to do a lot of things during the afternoon at the maze. We completed the whole maze without getting too lost in which is a bonus we went to every check point which there are 6 of in around an hour of been in the maze. I have been told by a member of staff it should take you around an hour and half with a map which is available when you buy your ticket  for £1.50 which has a map and compass so I am pretty proud we managed to do it without.  A couple of tips which I would give you before entering the maze is making sure that you have been to the toilet there is nothing worse than needing a wee half way around and also make sure you have enough water in order to stay hydrated you could be in there for a while.

There is plenty to do which does not include using the actual maze this is where we spent a lot of our time Jess as you may know loves spending a lot of time in the sand pit. Due to it been a very warm day we let her play in the water element of the sand pit and this did mean that she came back drenched but this is the sign that she did have a really good day out. Jess also decided that she wanted to do some building with bricks which she has basically to herself which she enjoyed they are like the foam bricks which you find at soft play centres and this for sure is somewhere which she could have spent a lot more time.

We spent some time in the different kinds of mazes as well including the mineshaft maze which makes you crawl through the maze like a mineshaft which is great fun for kids. However, as an adult it can really hurt your knees which is something which happened to me. Of course, if it is wet before you visit this is an area which your child may come back from super muddy but this is something which risk. I did notice as a result of this Jess had a number of bruises on her knees the next day as well the joys of having a toddler.

I think that my favourite part of the maze was actually the Crowmania ride this is something which you my have to que for however it is well worth the wait. We managed to get the last ride of the day which I am very glad about to be honest. The ride is around 30 minutes long and goes around the fields while your sat on a tractor which is always enjoyable. There is a story with it and there is so many fun jokes its very interactive and at times a bit like a pantomine. Beware you will get wet on this ride however, if it is a hot day like when we went you will actually love this.  I wanted to be even wet her which would have been even more amazing.

There is also a chance to hold some of the animals which the maze is home to which included the tortoise which we managed to stroke. This is something which I have never done before and I think was not what I expected. There was also a millipede out when we were around this section and of course Jess been the kind of child she is had to hold it. I personally found it super tickly and then we held a snake which I think it is the first time I have done this. I sure may do this again it even started to wrap itself around my arm I must have been warm.

As I said previously, there was elements which we did not do due to time, also there is bits we did not do because Jess is too young currently. This includes a climbing frame which you have to climb up a volcano and then you can travel down the slide. There is also a race which would be great if Jess was a lot older because I am competitive and would love to race against her, there was a long que when we had been visit and there is only two allowed on at a time so this is something to bare in mind.  For sure there is plenty to do for the children and you could easy spend all day the maze.

If you are like us who do not always take food out with us, you will be glad to hear that the food at the maze is actually a reasonably price and the food is actually really tasty as well. Drinks for coke is around £1.80 which is so cheap for a attraction. I think a meal for  3 of us including ice cream came to less than £30 so this is something to bare in mind you do not have to take a picnic with you if you do not want to.

York Maze is open till the 3rd September so plenty of time for a visit. Tickets are £15.75 for adults and £14.75 for children however, there are discounts for booking online. You can also get a family of 4 ticket for £59 something we would have done but Jess is under 3 and you do not pay for these. Despite the price I would recommend it there is so much for all of the family we went with Grandma who also enjoyed it, one tip is make sure you give your self enough a minimum of 3 hours if not all day if you want to experience the maze and all it has to offer.

Have you been to York Maze if so what were your thoughts?

 

Charlotte xxx

Day’s Out- Twycross Zoo

 

Going to the zoo is something which we love to do. Jess has been to the zoo previously at Chester, and also visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We keep taking her back due to the fact that she loves the animals and she is now telling us what the animals are which she can see.

We decided to take her grandparent’s and her Great Nan as a proper family day out because it is only around an hour and a bit from their house. This is when we found out that Nanny had never visited a Zoo previously.  It was a shame the day was not bright and sunny instead it was very dull and cold nothing a jacket could not help with though.

We arrived at the zoo about an hour after Twycross opened which meant that is was not too busy. This did mean that some of the animals were just waking up and as a result of Twycross having a lot of primates, they were finding their place in the territories. It was amazing to actually because it is very rare you actually get to hear this because the zoo’s usually got so busy and do not have as many primates as Twycross.

Twycross has one of the best and I think largest ape and primate collections in the UK, and you can tell. It really is incredible with apes of all types including gorilla, chimpanzee, and gibbons. These are animals which I love to watch because we can see how similar to the apes we actually are. However, as a result of Twycross having so many primates, this means they do not have as many of the other animals which you may expect to see at the zoo.

Giraffes are one of the animals which I love being able to watch and I think this has actually rubbed off on Jess because we spent a while in the Giraffe house. Twycross only has males however, they have so many different types and who knows in the future they may get some females and we might hear the pitter patter of baby Giraffes. I hope so because they are so cute and it would make me want to visit again in the future.

The Elephants when we visited were undergoing crate training due to staff telling us that they are actually going to be moving. I think they said they were going to Blackpool Zoo as a result of them not having enough space for them to have a male which means that they can not breed their elephants. I do hope that they manage to get some more because it would be a shame for them to loose them. For sure I know going to see the elephants is one of the highlights of a trip to the zoo.

There is a nice mix of outdoor and indoor enclosures so you can observe the animals in whichever part of the enclosure they choose to be in. This does mean that if you go to the zoo in the winter or when the weather is not great you are still going to be able to see the animals which are always a bonus.

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Days Out- Hull Explorer

It is not often you get to be a tourist in your own city, recently I was contacted by East Yorkshire.  Seeing if I would like to review their back for 2018 open top bus tour in Hull called the Hull Explorer.  Jess and I actually managed to go on the bus on one of the hottest days of the year which meant she wanted to sit in the shade in order to make sure she was not poorly.

The bus tour lasts between 80-90 minutes depending on traffic of course, and it a hop on hop off bus service. You learn so much about the history of the city of Hull, see parts which you may never have seen even as a local there was parts I had not been to in a long time. Due to the bus been hop on hop off it does mean that you can get off for drinks or have a closer look at some of the sites of Hull. This is something which we did not have the option of doing due to the fact it was a training day we attended but this is for sure something which I would do if I went back on the Hull explorer.  I think on a nice day getting of the bus and having some drinks down Humber Street and the Marina would be very nice and refreshing.

While you are on board the Hull Explorer you will have a very knowledgeable guide who will enlighten you about the story of Hull. Also some of the landmarks which it is home to.  I actually learn so much on the bus, for example, the reason why the city is called Kingston upon Hull is that it was the second biggest port outside of London.  So it was the king’s town upon the River Hull.  I also learned that Hull has a statue to King Billy who is the one who brought Gin to England so I think we owe so much to him.

On the tour you get to see places such as Queen Victoria square which is home to the city hall, and the maritime museum. This is along with the statue of Queen Victoria who sits above the public toilets. This allows you to see some of the old buildings despite being in the city center close to all of the shops.  This would be a great place to get on or off if you want to browse the shops or learn more about Hull’s fishing history.

Just around the corner from the Queen Victoria Square there are queens gardens as I said it was a very nice day there was a lot of people enjoying the sun. This would be a great spot to grab some lunch or having a drink. These are beautiful fountains and around the back, there is a huge pond which you could enjoy. This is close to be two of the old docks in Hull and close by in Beverley gate you can see some of the remains. The King was locked out of the city by the people during the start of the English Civil War.

High street is another place where you get to visit on the Hull explorer. This recently had been filmed as the streets of London in Victoria the hit tv show. This is still home to some of the old warehouses which used to be used by the fisherman when Hull was still a thriving fishing port.  This is a cobbled street so it can be pretty bumpy when you are on the Hull Explorer.

The marina is another stop which the you will get to visit, this is very close to Humber Street. Both areas have been redeveloped as a result of the city of culture this is a thriving area with a lot of bars and restaurants.  This for sure is an area which you should get off and spend some time around there is some amazing ice cream areas.

There are other amazing areas which you visit including:

  • Cenotaph
  • Wilberforce Monument
  • Museums Quarter
  • Hull Minster
  • The Deep

This year, Hull Explorer runs for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 7 July until 2 September.  This means there is plenty of time this summer to explore more about the city of Hull.  The Hull Explorer is not expensive with adult day tickets at £8, students and OAps’s £6 and children £5. Those who are under 5 are free and a family ticket can be purchased for just £21.

Conclusion

I would recommend visiting Hull and going on the Hull Explorer I learn so much on this tour. Jess enjoyed seeing some of the different cities around the city however, it may have been due to the heat that she got fed up. However, we she is only 2. I would recommend going on this tour even if you are a local because it is always good to learn more about your own city.

 

Have you ever been to Hull if so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xx

This post is in collaboration with East Yorkshire however, all views are my own

Day’s Out- PYO Strawberries

Strawberry picking is something which I have wanted to do with Jess since last year. However, if some of you might remember Joe was actually away for all of the summer last year and this was not a task which I fancied doing on my own with her. This year I knew it was something that we had to do because Strawberries are one of her favourite fruits. Plus we knew that she would love to do it because who doesn’t want to have some amazing memories.

We actually managed to go to one near Grantham this year because we decided to go and see her grandparents. We invited them to come along to strawberry pick and shockingly this is the first time her Nanny had actually been. However, she had that much fun I am sure she might go again I know for sure we will be taking Jess back next year if we do not manage to get to the strawberry fields before the end of the picking season.

We managed to go strawberry picking the first weekend that it was open this did make me wonder whether there would be many for us to pick. As you can see by the picture above we did not struggle to get some big red juicy strawberries at all. Do not worry we actually only had to boxes of them the rest where the grandparents we did spend £20 on the ones we picked but they were so tasty. I actually miss the freshness of these and cream or yogurt for breakfast. I am almost talking myself into going back strawberry picking before the end of July.

The farm we visited was great  all you had to do was grab your baskets where signs which pointed you in the direction of the picking fields. It only took 5 minutes walk to find the rows of strawberries which is great because we had been in the car for over 2 hours due to travelling to the grandparents. Jess was keen to get her hands on the strawberries and off she went to pick them with her little basket. It was pretty quite when we was out in the fields which means she could roam around. With the instruction on only picking the red ones because they were the ones which were ready.

Thinking back to when I went strawberry picking as a child I thought the juicy ones used to be on the outside. However, when we visited it was the middle this could have been due to going to a different part of the season to be honest. But of course we had to test a couple of them to make sure that they were of good quality before we actually paid for them.

If you have never been strawberry picking it is something I would recommend. We for sure had some great fun and the different in the taste is unreal a tip I would say is go either in the morning or late afternoon so it is not too hot and make sure you have comfortable shoes on due to the fact you may get a attacked by the lane of strawberries and the fact that you could be walking a fair distance.

Have you been strawberry picking yet this year, I know they are still open if the answer is no.

 

Charlotte xx

Keeping The Cost Of Days Out Down

Going on days out are something which we love to do as a family, however, they can come with a huge cost.  We try to make sure that we have as many days out as we can because this is where we feel like the memories are created for Jess.  Since the turn of the year, we have had visits to the circus, zoo trips, farms visits and of course trips to soft play. There have been other days out which I may have not fully remembered.

I have a few tips which we do in order to reduce the cost of the days out. Today I am going to share with you some of them in order to save the pennies for your family this summer. Instead of watching the pounds you can actually enjoy and watch the memories being created.

Check if they do student/military discount

I know that this is not going to be something which applies to everyone. However, with me being a student and a Joe in the forces, it can see us been able to get to get some money off. I know for example when we got to the cinema we can get money off and places like Twycross Zoo did do student discount which was handy as having money off it always a bonus. If you have teenagers who are at college don’t forget the majority of them get student prices which can always help.

Check the attractions facebook page

We have managed to save some money by me checking the attractions Facebook page before we actually visited.  I found that some of the attractions do money off or mum goes free on Mother’s day and I think that some of them are actually doing it for Father’s day.  I know for sure Pink Pig Farm did it.  Places such as the local soft play place which we enjoy taking Jess to have an offer on which I saw on their site which is 10 sessions over the summer holidays for £40. Some places are cheaper as well to visit during the term time which if like us you are not dictated by school holidays is a great way to be able to save some pennies.

Use sites like Groupon

Going out for meals after a long day out because you can get amazing deals on a number of restaurants. Alongside this, you can also find amazing deals on attractions and things to do for example trampoline parks, nerf gun session and paintballing all things which you could do with your children or friends this summer. Just browsing groupon made me realise how much  fun things there is in my area and also areas which we are looking at visiting in the future.

For example we have a trip in August to Manchester and I have been looking at things to do without breaking the bank in either Manchester or Liverpool. There are things like bus tours which you may want to do if you are visiting a different city in order to be able to see everything which you may not have been able to if you was walking.  For example the bus tour in Liverpool has a massive 55% off which is a huge saving of around £15 per person.

Take your own food if possible

Food at places can be very expensive for what you get due to the fact that they have the monopoly on you when at the attraction. For example we found that at the zoo two coffee’s was around the £6 mark however, we decided to save money on this trip. We decided to do this due to the weather been nice which meant that we could eat outside if we wanted to and have a wider selection of food than the fast food usually on offer at attractions. Make sure that you check if you can take your own food and drink because some places I know you can not consume products which you have not purchased on the premises.

Do your research

There are many days out which can be free or cost very littl, for example,e I know the majority of the museums in Hull are free, along with the National Railway Museum in York. It is worth checking the area which you live or are looking to do a day out in and see what you can do for free. Sometimes some of the best days out we have had have been in parks or places which have not cost the earth to actually visit. Another element to check is to see if your ticket means that you can have access back to the attraction for the next year for free at the moment we have annual passes for Eureka which was included in the price of our original ticket. I know this is something which The Deep also do and I am sure a number of other attractions.

 

Do you have any tips to save money on days out?

 

Charlotte xx

This post is in collaboration with Groupon

 

Days Out – Pink Pig Farm

A few months ago now we decided that we were going to visit pink pig farm which is in Holme near Scunthorpe. I had heard several people who had visited the farm due to the fact that it is only about 40 minutes away from Hull.  I think they have changed the prices since we visited, however, as I write the post for April to November for full access to the farm adults are £6.99, Children over 2 £4.50 and free for under 2’s.

Pink Pig Farm is a local organic farm with shop and restaurant as well as a farm trail and play areas for children.  We thought that it was going to be something which Jess would have loved because she has been showing an interest in animals however,  we can not always take her to zoos.  But I would say I am unsure if you could really class this as a farm yes you do have the opportunity to go on a tractor ride but they were ever hour when we visited and Jess was not too bothered about pigs.  There are not many animals around the farm maybe around 20 maximum and you are unable to interact or feed them. The poor guinea pigs and rabbits are kept in a metal container which is the same as if you visited a store like pets at home.

Jess, when we visited, was not too bothered by the animals this could have been due to the fact that the animals did not seem to be that bothered by her and they were in the middle.  Most of the animals looked very fed up this could have been because it was not very warm when we did actually visit for sure you still needed your coats on.

There is a lot of outdoor play areas within pink pig farm which is great when you have a child like Jess. Who loves to be indoors as you can see you could ride the tractors which she loved even though she was a little bit too small to ride it she gave it a really good go.  She loved this because tractors are not something which you manage to drive a lot.  There is a number of large sandpits which you can play in as part of your admission it may be worth taking your own bucket and spade if you have them thought due to we found a lot of them in the sand pit where actually broken.

There is also a large soft play area which when we visited found that there was a lot of bigger children in there which was not actually fun for us. As it meant that Jess did not want to go in alone and one of us had to be with us at all times. Never good when your not as small as them and can struggle to do certain elements, however, this may have just been an issue when we visited and due to having a child who can be very shy.  We did struggle to find a table to sit at when we went to the soft play area for a drink again this could have been due to the weather not been that great.  The prices for a drink are around those which you would pay for a normal soft play place so this is worth taking into account. This is something to consider if you are going to be visiting at a time when the weather it not amazing and people do want to be inside.

We did manage to eat at the restaurant however, this there was a long wait for food when we went I think it was over 45 minutes. The food was actually expensive but this is something which you do expect from a farm shop restaurant. The quality of the food was good however, I am unsure if it was worth the time we waited. I kind of wish we had found a local pub and gone to eat somewhere like this instead. We would have been looking around the same price as from what I can remember a meal cost us around the £40 mark.

Conclusion

I am unsure if pink pig is a place which we would revisit in the future due to the fact that even though we managed to spend 4 hours there we had actually done it all. I feel like the only reason why we spent so much time there was due to Jess wanting to play in the sand pit so much however, this is something which we could have done for free at the beach. She could have run around as much at the park, to be honest I do not think that this was worth the money we paid to visit again.

 

Have you visted pink pig farm if so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

Paulos Circus Review

 

Recently we was lucky to run away and join the circus. If you have ever met Jess you will believe it because of the fact that she is crazy enough  to be able to join. She is that dangerous and does stunts I am sure she would be accepted as well.  I do not think I have ever been to the circus which had been touring while I was a child however, I do remember about 7 years ago going to the Blackpool circus.

We were informed to arrive at the circus 45 minutes before the performance was due to begin. This is something which I would recommend doing as they do let people in 30 minutes before and it is first come first serve when it comes to seating. There is popcorn, hotdogs and drinks to be bought at the start we did manage to purchase a bag of popcorn however, Jess seems to really like it so it didn’t last too long this is something I would recommend doing as half an hour wait can be a long time for little ones. The overall show is around 90 minutes so make sure that they have enough drink for the whole show.

It should be noted that this is a circus performance without any clowns in it. This is great for anyone who has a phobia of clowns. The first act which starts the show was a couple of performers who had their face painted in the dead of the night this was amazing They are on the hamster weeks as you can see but instead of been inside them they are actually on top of them it is not till you are at the show that you can appropriate how fast these are actually travelling at.

Of course, there is the standard wheel and knives trick which always manages to take my breathe away because what if one time if does actually go wrong. There a guy who is called Mr N who is very funny because he does stupid things which are a little bit naughty. You could day that he is a clown even though he is not dressed up like one. He is very funny however, if your child is not that old they may not find some of it funny as it features songs from the past 7 years which they may not remember.  I must admit he was really funny and really got the audience laughing as he was so silly.

Of course, there was more within the show however, I do not want to spoil too much should you be going to see the show soon. There is an amazing girl in a trapeze hoop who actually I was actually in awe of I just wish I had her skills. An great light show is also included which did look very impressive I think this is something which Jess loved because her eyes where wide during the whole of the session. Of course, like any good show they had a grand finale which included a tight rope but this is something which I think was my favourite part of the whole show because it managed to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering whether they would be able to do this which they were attempting.

Overall Thoughts

I was worried that taking Jess who is not actually 3 yet that she would get bored and it would be an unpleasant experience for everyone. Due to waiting 30 minutes in the tent before the show and combined with it been close to her nap time. Jess did actually fall asleep for a period however, this was not due to her been bored it was more because she was so tired.  There is a lot of audience interactions which is amazing and keeps everyone engaged.

All tickets to The Paulos Circus are £7 a seat which is really good value. The show lasts 90 minutes which is not too long for the little ones to be honest. I think Jess could would normally be able to stay awake and due to it not having an interval it means that they do not lose distractions and demand more food. For sure I know Jess would have demanded another drink and popcorn.

The Paulos Circus is in York at Roko Health Club till the 13th May and then goes to Pontefract Farmer Copleys from the 24th May till 3rd June this included the school holidays. For more info, visit The Paulos Circus on Facebook or call 07508 584811.

Have you been to the circus recently?

Charlotte xx

We was gifted these tickets in order to review the circus

Days Out- Exploring Dalby Forest

Having fun and a day out does not have to cost a lot of money a few months ago when it was a little bit cooler we decided that we was going to hop into the car and visit Dalby Forest. This is not a place which I have been previously despite the fact that it is only just over an hour away. As many of you may know Jess is such an outside child and would rather be having fun that stuck inside. Even in the winter she loves nothing more than putting on her coat and getting out so when we suggested a walk in the woods she loved the idea.

We decided that we was going to do of the trail walks I think we actually choose on the the 3km routes because we knew that it was not going to be far for Jess to be able to walk. There was stages were she did get bored but I think this due to the fact that she was actually fighting have a nap something which she has loved to do since the turn of the year. We did not actually want to carry her because anyone else who knows how heavy two year old are will know that they are not something which you want to carry for a long time.

We found a way to get her walking was to pick out a stick from the side and ride it like a horse. This is something which we loved to do because Jess was giggling her head of which is always amazing to hear. She even made us each have a stick which was like been a child again.

As you can see the views which you get to walk around are very pretty this is something which I adore because even though I spend a lot of time in York. The air of there is not as clean as it is in the forest even though we did go when it is off peak and very muddy.I would recommend wearing clothes which you do not mind getting muddy after all clothing do wash. If we are lucky it should start be able to dry up and getting walking should be a lot easier.  I think it cost us £4 to park all day however, I think it is March which it does change to £8 which is still cheap.

When the weather comes warmer and drier it would be a great place to be able to take the bikes I know this is something which when Jess does get her next size balance bike I will be doing.  It is very easy to put the bike in the car and have hours of fun.As an adult you can hire bikes so you do not have the inconvenience of having to transport your own bikes.

Of course, this is going to be a very great place for me to do some of the training which I am going to need to complete in order to do my 100km walk in the summer. I know that when I have finished my uni work we will be spending some of the weekends there and it will allow me to get to grips with the equipment which I will be carrying on my walk.

A good way to be able to keep the children entertained is the fact that they do have activity trails last year I know it was the Gruffolo which is something Jess is obsessed with. This year is the Highway rat which I am unsure if this is something which she has read but I am sure it will be something which she would love exploring. I think it costs £3 per family and this is going to be a good couple of hours out in the fresh air as it is 1.5km and with little legs it can take longer.

There is also an amazing play park which your child can burn a lot of the energy of at. This is for sure something which Jess needs to do. I think she spent about an hour in the park which was fun even though it was very cold when we visited. Hopefully when we go next we find it a bit more warmer but we did manage to get a really nice hot drink they do sell food which did not seem to expensive. However, we did treat Jess to a picnic because this is something which she always seems to enjoy. I think maybe in the summer we might do a bbq because you can take them disposables ones as well.

Conclusion

I for sure know this is going to be a place where we are going I be revisiting again this year when the weather does become a little bit better. Who doesn’t want to be able to get out walking which keeps you fit and healthy like I said Jess can take her bike. No doubt because she is obsessed with bubbles and footballs these are things which we will be taking.

I would recommend taking a picnic because I can imaging that it is going to be a bit of a wait for food when it is busy. Plus it does mean you can stop where you want and have some food which is an advantage. For £10 you can have a lot of fun and fresh air there is also a go ape there which could be fun if you fancy that.

Have you been to Dalby Forest?

Charlotte