Celebrating Chinese New Year in Dorset

The holidays may be winding down at your house, but why not have one more bash? Celebrating the Chinese New Year is a great way to brighten up the dreary mid-winter months and an excellent opportunity to introduce the kids to a little culture. The festivities are always a blast, as they’re filled with colourful animal and dragon costumes, delicious food and intriguing music. Take the whole family out to one of Dorset’s many pubs or community centres that are celebrating the year of the rooster, or stay in and enjoy some ethnic crafts and Chinese munchies in the comfort…

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Family Travel on a budget – Top Tips

January is all about planning and looking ahead at what the year will bring us. What do I want 2017 to bring me? Fun time with my family is always top of the list and this year I want us to take our first trip abroad all together. I’ve been abroad with Maisy and Bella before Lottie was born but little Lottie has never been on a plane! For two reasons; first being as a single parent the thought of me and three children in another country is quite scary. Secondly is the cost, it is so expensive to travel…

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National Trust Adventures – Corfe Castle

This weekend we pulled on our welly boots and headed over to Corfe Castle for our next National Trust adventure we needed to burn off some of that never ending energy my girls seem to have and Corfe Castle won their vote. I used to visit Corfe every year as a little girl, my grandparents always rented a cottage for a few weeks and it was lovely but I hadn’t been back for years and had yet to take the girls. From the car park there is a 10 minute walk to get up the the castle itself it’s a nice little…

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National Trust Adventures – Hinton Ampner

I officially became a national trust member a few weeks ago; something I never thought I would be. This year the girls and I have found ourselves out and about enjoying  walking, exploring and picnics a hell of a lot more it just made sense to get a national trust membership. There are so many great places nearby to us which we were going to and paying for regularly, having the membership just gives us the freedom to pop to the ones locally when ever we fancy but it’s also made me think about setting our sights a little further…

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Longleat Festival Of Lights

The girls and I headed off to visit Longleat last week to experience the Festival of Lights for the first time! I had heard such great things about the event which runs throughout December we couldn’t wait to get down there. We’ve been to Longleat once before, it was when they were in the process of setting it all up since seeing that I have always been intrigued to go back and see it finished. I knew it was going to be pretty busy as tickets were sold out for the day, it was advised to leave extra time for…

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