A Visit To Birmingham Botanical Gardens

During February half term, we were invited as a family to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Despite living about twenty minutes from it my entire life and attending university five minutes away from it, I had actually never visited the botanical gardens before. Unfortunately on the day we went, it was raining so we were not able to explore the outside as much as we would of liked. We still had lots of fun though. As it was half term, they had extra children’s activities in the gallery so Thomas had his face painted (as Captain America!), coloured in a caterpillar and listening to three stories being read to him by a bumble bee and a butterfly.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
After one of the stories, the bumble bee and butterfly encouraged all the children to go into one of the glasshouse’s and hunt for minibeasts. They were big and plastic and very easy to spot so the children, especially Thomas loved it. Once we returned to the gallery, the children were encouraged to discuss what the minibeasts were and had another story. Once it had finished, we set off to explore the glasshouses and the gardens.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Bimingham Botanical gardens
On our walk around the glasshouses, we saw giant lemons, pineapples growing and lots of Koi Carp. Thomas really enjoyed exploring them and was running around trying to find out what interested him next and what he could take Stuart and I to see.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Bimingham Botanical Gardens
Despite the weather being bad, we did get a bit of respite from the rain so that we could enjoy the gardens a bit. There is a massive play area that Thomas would of loved if it was not raining, however he did enjoy seeing the birds and climbing a viewing tower. After exploring outside a bit, we went in the cafe for some lunch as it had started raining again. This was the only negative aspect of the whole day for us, although there was nothing wrong with food as such, it was not amazing and very pricey. It nearly £25 for all of us to eat and that was with the kids having sandwich boxes and us having jacket potatoes!
We are already planning a return visit in the summer with a picnic so that we can enjoy the grounds fully and see the Butterfly house, which was closed when we visited. I recommend this place as a good day out for the school holidays. We enjoyed it and hope you will too!
Find out more information about the Children’s Easter Fun at the Botanical Gardens please see here.

Country Kids: A Week At Coombe Mill

A few weeks ago, we had the time of our lives at Coombe Mill. It was our first holiday as a family of four and although it did not really feel like a ‘holiday’ as I used to know them (lying on a beach LOL!), it was amazing making memories together as a family. Fiona, Nick and their children have created an unforgettable amazing place and we can wait to go back again next year! The rest of this post is very photo heavy as I cannot put into words how much fun we had so I will mostly let the photos do the talking:

On our first full day on the farm, we saw Sally the pig give birth to her 11 piglets

We enjoyed finding eggs every day and then eating them for a late breakfast when we got back to our lodge

Thomas nicknamed these goats ‘Thomas and Daniel’
Thomas and his toy monkey made friends with the rabbits
And the baby chicks!
Thomas liked the deer once he was told they help Santa bring his Christmas presents!
A few more animal pictures!
Warming up the seat for Farmer Ted!
Driving the tractor with Farmer Nick!
Off on the feed run with daddy!
Trying to pull the sword out of the stone!
Having an indoor BBQ with new friends
Daniel having fun on the swing
Thomas on the zip wire
On the train
Our Coombe Mill ‘home’ – Trevarno
Jumping into the River Camel which runs through Coombe Mill
Building sandcastles on Daymer Beach
Visiting the jungle and seeing the dinosaurs at the Eden Project
At the end of week, Thomas asked if we could ‘stay a bit longer’ and he talks quite a bit about the farm now. We wholeheartedly recommend Coombe Mill if you have not been already. It is perfect for families with young children. I hope to see you there!

















Country Kids – A Day At The Seaside!

Last Monday, it was our 2nd wedding anniversary and as Stuart was off work, we decided to go to the seaside for the day. Thomas has been wanting to go to the seaside for ages. (We last went when he was about 18 months old and he does not remember it.) A few months ago at his nursery, they boarded an imaginary bus and went to the seaside and since then, he has been obsessed with going.
We decided to go to Barmouth, Mid Wales as Stuart has fond memories of going there as a child. When we arrived, Thomas insisted on going straight to the ‘seaside’ (the beach and sea), I tried to explain to him that the entire place was the seaside but he did not understand. Stuart and Thomas battled the strong wind and the cold and went for a dip in the sea. I watched from the beach with a tired Daniel who did not really like the wind.
After the dip in the sea, we went to the town in search of lunch and a bucket and spade for Thomas. We returned to the beach later on so Thomas could ride a donkey and build some sandcastles. Thomas really enjoyed his ride on Bonny (the donkey) and he described it as ‘wibbly wobbly’ when I asked him. Thomas in the end, got bored of building sandcastles and just dug a hole instead!
We left at about 6pm with two very tired children and two very tired parents. It was fantastic day and despite the strong wind, the weather was perfect. We are now even more excited for our holiday at Coombe Mill next week!










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