Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare | Review

Bransby Horses

If you’re anything like me then you may find it really difficult to keep the kids entertained during school holidays. Especially with activities or places to visit that don’t cost a lot of money. Luckily for us Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare centre is just a few miles down the road from us in the Lincolnshire countryside.

Bransby Horses is dedicated to improving the lives of horses, donkeys and mules. With your support, we are working harder than ever to continue making positive differences to equines whenever we can. Founded in 1968 by Mr Peter Hunt, Bransby Horses is now one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities, currently caring for more than 400 animals.
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Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth | Review

Merrivale Model Village

Whenever we go on holiday in the UK and I’m planning days out, I’ll often try and find a model village nearby. I think they’re so interesting; the time & effort that must go into them, and walking round we all feel like giants! We love spotting country famous landmarks, and also places that are local to the model village. We’d visited Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth as a couple, years ago now, but the boys had never been.

Welcome to Merrivale Model Village,one of Great Yarmouth’s best-loved attractions, a fantastic model village set in an acre of floral landscaped gardens on the sea front.Take your time to discover this captivating model village and its charming inhabitants. … Sit back and relax in the beautiful gardens surrounding Merrivale model village and be enchanted by every-day life in miniature. Read more

A day out at Rand Farm Park

I may have mentioned before but on a Tuesday we go to a play group involving soft play and sensory activities. The group is funded by the local community centre and at the end of the block of sessions, if there are enough funds available, then we get to go on a trip. At the end of last year’s sessions at Christmas we had a country park and Father Christmas visit; this time we were lucky enough to get a trip to Rand Farm Park. I’ve wanted to take the boys for ages but we’ve just never got around to it so I was really excited.

When we arrived I was quite surprised as I didn’t realise how big the whole place was, definitely a lot bigger than any other farm park we have visited. With the farm itself, activities within the farm, eating areas, an indoor soft play area, and the addition of a huge adventure playground which spans four acres in itself, you can imagine how big the farm park is.
As we only had a few hours as some parents had to be back for school pick up, the first thing we did when we arrived was visit the animals. Our lovely play group leader (Sharon) bought us all some animal feed so we fed some of them. We visited some cows first and I must admit I’ve always been too scared to feed larger animals as I’m scared they’re going to bite me or something (wimp!) but I thought that if I actually did it then J wouldn’t be so scared to. He wasn’t keen on feeding them and I don’t blame him either as my hand was covered in snot afterwards, yuck! It was pretty cool feeding a cow by hand though! Hubby had a go too. N wasn’t so keen on the size of them as he had a bit of a cry, bless him.
We then headed to see the rabbits – which J was rather taken by – and some chickens, and then J stroked a guinea pig.
After this was the barn area where there were so many cute baby animals! There were piglets, lambs, kids, and we managed to see some calves who had just been born that day; they were still stumbling about and still had their umbilical cords attached – that was pretty awesome to see!

 

 

 

 

We saw tortoises, chinchillas, parrots, and visited the hatchery too. N was much more relaxed in here and found the chickens rather amusing!

 

 

 

 

Before we had our own lunch we stopped back to see the babies being fed. There were other school trips there who fed the lambs so J didn’t get chance, but he was able to help feed the older calves instead. I’ve fed them elsewhere and they really do gobble those bottles down!
We decided to catch the train ride into the fields before lunch too as we wouldn’t have had time for the next one.
We finally had some lunch – which I never actually captured a photo of as I was too hungry – then we found the brilliant bouncing pillows in the adventure playground. It was actually the first time I’d been on one as the other two times we have visited places with them, hubby & J have been on and I’ve stayed with N as he was too small. So it was N’s first time too, and he absolutely loved it – we all did!

 

The boys fell asleep on the way home as they were exhausted from the fun!

 

We had so much fun and will definitely be visiting again as a family. The staff are so friendly and helpful with any questions about the animals, and there is so much to explore – the only extra cost is the purchase of food (we didn’t purchase any food so I can’t comment on that). It is more than worth the £9.95 entry fee, with family and season tickets available.
Our rating – 5/5
Disclosure
We visited as part of a paid for group and I wasn’t asked to write this review, I just wanted to share our experience! All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Christmas magic, dinosaurs, and playground fun

On Monday we visited Brigg Garden Centre as they now have their huge Christmas shop open and it was a tradition we had to visit with my mother-in-law before she passed away. I wanted to take J & N to see all the Christmas pretties (okay, maybe it was me who wanted to see them) and they have recently had a new play area built so we though we could make a little afternoon of it and J could have a play after we’d had a (long) wander around.

They usually have some kind of magical display in their Christmas Land and I couldn’t wait to see what it was this year. It really was magical this year…

I think we must have spent about an hour just looking around the Christmas stuff, I just have to look at everything and wish I could buy the whole shop! I found an amazingly beautiful tree if anyone can spare £999 to buy me it? No? Never mind…

Once we’d finished there, we had a quick look around the main shop then went outside as they have a polar bear band which is fantastic; we also got our photos taken with a polar bear! (Though husband is rubbish at photos so he chopped his head off!). You can also visit Santa (but we’re waiting until December for that) and they have a train ride, but J wouldn’t have wanted to stay on it so we didn’t bother.

 

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We had some fun with the magic mirrors… (I want that skinny one at home – I can be slim every day then!)

We also met some dinosaurs living among the plants… I thought J would be terrified but no, he wanted to stroke them!

We then nipped outside to the new play area which I knew J would love as he loves being outside and it’s very difficult to drag him away from a play area! We told him he could have a ‘special juice’ (Fruit Shoot – I know, I know) which did the trick though! Best of all, it’s all free (except Santa and the train ride). We’ll definitely be back more in the summer though it will be mega busy then – I usually just visit for Christmas Land!

Stockeld Park – The Summer Adventure

I’ve mentioned a couple of times previously that we very rarely plan days out as we never know when hubby’s day off is going to be, so any time we get the chance to do something fun, I’m very eager. We were recently invited to Stockeld Park for the VIP preview of their Summer Adventure opening, and I couldn’t wait to take my boys! After watching the preview video on their website, I was so excited. Read more