Over 5s

Adventure – Discovery – Explore – Workshops.

Try out these places to go with your older Mayhems.

  • Glasgow’s Riverside Museum
    Memories Memories When Papa Joe was a little boy, he lived in Glasgow and he can still reminisce about the trams, trolley buses and the smell of ‘The Subway’. So he was delighted to explore Glasgow’s modern Riverside Museum and see […]
  • Quiz Walk : Spitalfields
    Explore Spitalfields in London’s East End, a contrasting mix of narrow cobbled streets, historic Victorian buildings, modern glass office towers and piazzas full of sculptures. The walk is circular and about 1½ miles long. […]
  • The Tank Museum – Bovington- Dorset
    Watch out – Papa Joe takes command of a Chieftain Tank! We then watched the Tanks In Action Display which was takes place at in the outdoor arena. It was thrilling watching the tanks speed around the arena. You can also pay for a ride around […]
  • The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
    Which is my favourite Roald Dahl Story? The choice is so hard, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ is great, ‘ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ a classic, but I think ‘THE BFG’  wins. […]
  • On the river at Christchurch – Dorset
    It is just like ‘Swallows and Amazon’ the grandma next to me exclaimed and I thought how right she was. Now Swallows and Amazons is a classic childrens book but Papa Joe spent his boyhood reading ‘Biggles’.  Of course, The […]
  • Aquarium Mare Nostrum – Montpellier, France
    The waves crashed over the ship, the deck rocked with the force of the gale.  But fear not!   All The Mayhems had things under control and steered us to safety! The cool ‘Cers’ wind was blowing across Southern France so instead of the […]
  • Best London Bus Journeys
    My mother was a great explorer and when I was a little girl she used to buy a bus Red Rover ticket. We would go to The Green Man Roundabout at Leytonstone and ride on the top of a bus into Central London. Papa Joe and I plus The Mayhems also love […]
  • Experiment at The Science Museum
    The Science Museum in London has been one of our favourite museums and always made a great outing with our daughters. Papa Joe introduced our Mayhems to the museum when they were 4 and they loved exploring the Pattern Pod and the interactive […]
  • Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath
    It had seemed such a good idea to blow the cobwebs away and have a walk on Hampstead Heath but we were blown off our feet. Luckily Kenwood House is on the north part of the heath and we found shelter from the gale force wind there. What a delight! […]
  • Quiz Walk : A Great Fire of London Walk
    Go back in time to 1666 and imagine walking through the narrow streets as the Great Fire of London starts. Discover which buildings were rebuilt after The Fire ended. The walk is circular and about 1½ miles long. Ideal to combine with our Monument […]
  • On The Thames – Thames Clippers
    Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. One of our favourite ways is to take a Thames Clipper catamaran along the Thames.  We managed to pick a glorious day and spent the whole trip on the outside […]
  • Hong Kong Ferries- a great way to explore
     No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without taking at least one ride across Victoria Harbour on an iconic Star Ferry. But Papa and I also love riding on some of the other ferry routes across the harbour or to the outlying islands. At the […]
  • Houston we have lift off!
    Watching the space walk by the  UK astronaut Tim Peake brought back memories of the brilliant visit that Papa Joe and I made to Space Center Houston during our amazing Texas road trip. We had to book well in advance for The Behind-the-Scenes […]
  • Museum of London – Barbican
    Our sophisticated  4 year old ‘Mayhems’ brought up on a diet of Peppa Pig etc. could not understand why Papa Joe and I were delighted to watch a Flowerpot Man saying ‘Weeeed’ and ‘Flobbadobba’. We were  wandering […]
  • Old Operating Theatre
    If you have a budding Harry Potter who wants to mix potions with herbs,  or a doctor-to-be, I have just the place for you. Tucked away near London Bridge is the Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret.  This little museum is a fascinating place […]
  • Story Cloud – online stories to read with The Mayhems
    Papa Joe loves his time reading stories to The Mayhems. We have just discovered Story Cloud, an online resource for computers or ipad/tablets created by the brilliant ‘Discover Children’s Story Centre’ at Stratford, London […]
  • Expand The Imagination at ‘Discover Children’s Story Centre’ – Stratford
    The Discover Children’s Story Centre is a magical place, full of activities to stimulate story telling and creativity. They even have an online story library. The Indoor Story Trail and The Outdoor Story Garden are designed to expand the imagination […]
  • Museum of London Docklands
    It is lovely when you show your friends a place you really like and then they in turn share it with their family. Papa Joe and I took our friends to The Museum of London/Docklands which is housed in an old sugar warehouse at West India Quay. […]
  • The Lascaris War Rooms – Valleta, Malta
    Did you know that buried under the streets of Valleta in Malta are The Lascaris War Rooms, a large underground secret command centre used during World War II and ‘The Cold War’ and then abandoned for 40 years! It was from this hidden […]
  • Mystic Seaport – An Amazing Maritime Museum
    I have no head for heights and Papa Joe is the same so we both watched with admiration as the crew unfurled the sails on the training ship Joseph Conrad.  We were spending the day at Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the USA. There were […]
  • Historic Dockyard Chatham
    From sailing ships to submarines – The Royal Dockyard at Chatham has been building and repairing ships for The Royal Navy from 1570 in Queen Elizabeth I’s reign through to Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The dockyard is spread over 80 […]
  • Museum of Childhood – Bethnal Green
    Papa Joe and I took the Mayhems with their mother to The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. We carefully timed our visit so that we were in time for the Animal Magic sensory storytelling session. It certainly worked its magic and had all the […]
  • Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon
    He may only be 2 but our youngest Mayhem is obsessed with Thomas The Tank Engine and loves playing with his wooden train set. So ‘Locomotion’ at Shildon, is just the place to bring him. Locomotion is part of The National Railway Museum […]
  • Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui’s New England Road Trip
    Papa Joe and I decided to combine a wedding in Connecticut with a road trip. We flew to Boston, drove to the wedding, and then took 2 weeks to explore New England. The wedding was at the end of August so we were just before the main […]
  • Belsay Hall- let your imagination run riot
    Our friends Grandma Ruth and Grandpa Bob recently took their 4 year old grandson, ‘L’, to Belsay Hall, an English Heritage property about 15 miles north west of Newcastle Upon Tyne in Northumberland. He had a great time battling […]
  • The Science Museum Basement – where science comes alive!
    When I was a little girl my mother and I used to buy a ‘Red Rover’ ticket for the buses and go to the children’s gallery at the Science Museum in South Kensington. I loved turning the handle to make the water rise up on the model […]
  • Bosworth- King Richard III’s final battle
    Which king would you vote for – Richard III or Henry VII? Our view of the 2 kings are often influenced by Shakespeare’s play. Was Richard III really a hunchback villain who murdered his nephews. Did he really say” A horse, a horse! […]
  • The Cumberland Pencil Museum.
    Of course a ‘lead pencil’ has lead in it! Actually no –  the centre of a pencil is pure, solid graphite. To find out why it is called ‘pencil lead’ Papa Joe and I visited delightful Cumberland Pencil Museum. Having […]
  • Sunshine! Wimbledon! Let’s Pick Some Strawberries
    The sun was shining, the phone rang. ” How about strawberry picking” my daughter asked. “Great idea” I replied. We packed hats, sun cream and insect repellent, and luckily our daughter had baby wipes  There’s nothing […]
  • Exploring Scotland’s Industry – old and new
    Papa Joe and I have been touring around the Scottish Lowlands and visiting some interesting museums/visitors centres which are great to take The Mayhems to. All are within a few hours drive of Edinburgh and Glasgow. National Mining Museum Scotland – […]
  • Cumbria – Leon’s favourite places
    Recently our friends Ruth and Bob went to Cumbria with daughter Anna and her 4 year old ‘Mayhem’ Leon. They visited a few kiddie friendly places and these are the ones Leon liked best. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction Leon adored […]
  • Historic Hartlepool – 3 unusual museums
    A last minute change to our UK road trip brought us to Hartlepool Marina. What an unexpected highlight! Papa Joe and I took the opportunity to visit the ‘Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience’ and ‘The Museum of Hartlepool’ […]
  • USS Lexington – experience life on an aircraft carrier
    Papa Joe and I were on our road trip driving along the Texas Gulf Coast when we visited The USS Lexington, a decommissioned aircraft carrier. The ship was built during WWII and now has a new lease of life as naval aviation museum. There is a lot to […]
  • Bishop’s Park Fulham – ‘seaside’ by The Thames
    If you find yourself in West London on a hot day there is no better place to visit the ‘seaside’  and relax and cool off with the Mayhems at Bishop’s Park.  Papa Joe and I were walking through the park and were attracted by the […]
  • Explore Your Roots
    Papa Joe and I were walking with one of The Mayhems when we passed by a large office block. “Your mummy worked there” I told her. “Can I take a photo” she replied Now all the Mayhems seem to be obsessed with taking photos at […]
  • Hatfield Marine Science Visitors Center -Newport, Oregon, USA
    Touch a sea anemone! Create a tsunami! You can do both for free at The Hatfield Marine Visitor Center. The center showcases the work of adjoining Oregon State University’s Marine Research Center. It is full of fun interactive exhibits to help […]
  • Natural History Museum -Tring Hertfordshire
    “Are we going to the dead animals museum” our Mayhem asked. “Yes” replied Papa Joe “Oh good” Who would have guessed that when Walter Rothschild was 7 and said “I am going to make a museum” that his […]
  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden – A Haven in Hackney
    It was only by chance that Papa Joe and I stumbled across Dalston Eastern Curve Garden which has been lovingly developed on the disused Eastern Curve railway line in Hackney (East London). We had just missed our bus, and as we turned to look at […]
  • Pevensey Castle – Defending Us From Roman Times to WWII
    After being cooped up in the car, Pevensey Castle is the ideal place to stretch your legs and let the Mayhems run about exploring. We were on our way to Eastbourne, a few miles to the west, having just been to the brilliant Herstmonceux Observatory […]
  • Colchester Castle
    Which is easier to drive without crashing – a car or a chariot? I don’t think Ben Hur has to worry about competition from either Papa Joe or me when it comes to taking part in a chariot race. It was exhilarating but surprisingly […]
  • Texas – Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui’s Road Trip
    A family wedding in Denver – whoops – the direct flights from the UK are fully booked! OK – let’s use some lateral thinking and go via Texas – not the most obvious routing but it worked for us and we had a superb road […]
  • London Transport Museum
    It is usually Papa Joe who gets enthusiastic about trains but I must admit I did get excited when I walked into the carriage of an old tube train at the London Transport Museum. I went to school by ‘tube’ every day and always watched the […]
  • Love Science, Love Stars, Love Herstmonceux
    It takes great skill and concentration to work out how to control the flow of water in the Water Play Tanks at The Observatory Science Centre.   Papa Joe and I experimented with dam building.  I don’t know about the Mahems but we had a great […]
  • Cattle and Cowboys at The Stockyards Fort Worth Texas
    When Papa Joe and I were little we always watched Westerns. Papa Joe loved ‘Bonanza’ and still uses the theme tune as his phone’s ringtone! I always imagined being a cowboy, riding the range and visiting saloons just like Butch […]
  • A Day Out In Birmingham City Centre – 5 Places to Visit
    Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui had a day out in Birmingham City Centre without The Mayhems! We enjoyed wandering around the city centre and are sure that we will be back with them.  With this in mind, we made this list of suitable places to visit with […]
  • Quiz Walk : Greenwich Meridian and Park
    A delightful walk, 1¼miles long, with fantastic views across the Thames Buggy friendly  – a gentle uphill climb to The Observatory between 2 and 3 – lots of seats to rest at.  Between 3 and 4 is a very short gradient. Between 6 and 7 is a […]
  • Unusual Israel
    Where in the world can you find the following places to take The Mayhems which are all within 60 miles of each other? a museum dedicated to Japanese Art a wonderful collection of Salvador Dali’s bronzes hot springs to swim in complete with […]
  • Crystal Palace Park- Monsters and Amazing Mazes
    To sports fans Crystal Palace is a football club or a sporting venue for athletics and swimming.  However as a Girl Guide I always associate Crystal Palace with the girls who came to the first scout rally here in 1909. They gave Baden Powell the […]
  • Wimborne Minster’s Model Town – Dorset
    “Look there is where Daddy works” shouted our friend Fred’s 4 year old granddaughter when she looked into the tiny church at Wimborne Minster’s Model Village. Her Daddy is a wedding photographer, and as they peeked inside the […]
  • The Fleet Air Arm Museum – Yeovilton – Somerset
    When Papa Joe was a little boy, his mother used to tell him stories about being a radio operator in The Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) during The Second World War. It was where she learnt to ride a bike – the only way for her to get […]
  • Climbing High On Bournemouth Pier at RockReef
    Rock climbing makes a change from the usual end of pier activities. If you or the children are adventurous then the new RockReef on Bournemouth Pier is for you. The interior of the pier theatre has been completely rebuilt to provide a large indoor […]
  • Titanic, The SeaCity Museum and Southampton
    Did you know that Southampton was The Titanic’s home port and many of it’s crew came from the streets that surrounded the port. In April 1912 The Titanic left Southampton with a great fanfare as it began its fateful maiden voyage to New […]
  • © Geffrye Museum, London’The Geffrye Museum
    The Geffrye is a delightful museum, an ocean of calm a short distance from the bustle of Liverpool Street and Shoreditch. Set in a series of old almshouses, you are drawn both ‘through the keyhole’ and back in time into living rooms across the ages. […]
  • Spitalfields City Farm
    In 1912 my mother was born in a flat near Petticoat Lane Market in the East End of London. When I was little she used to take there and we would wander the busy streets seeing places she used to play. Imagine how surprised she would have been to […]
  • HMS Belfast – a floating museum in The Thames
    Recently Papa Joe was asked if HMS Belfast,  the WWII Cruiser Museum Ship moored in The Thames, was a good place to take children. So of course he had to go on a reconnaissance to check it out! With 9 decks to explore Papa Joe had a great time […]
  • It doesn’t have to cost the earth – things to do with 5 -12 year olds
    When the school holidays come, grandparents take their turn to keep the children amused and as we know only to well the costs can soon mount up. These suggestions may be also be suitable for younger children – you know their likes and […]
  • Explore, touch and be amazed at The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
    I wish I could have tried out experiments like these when I was a young Mayhem. Our science lessons always had the same format. The teacher led demonstrations and then we had to write up the experiment we had watched. The only interactive exhibits I […]
  • Exploring The Stars -The Royal Observatory Greenwich
    “Wow” a little voice was heard to say.  “Is that as old as you grandpa?” We were visiting The Weller Astronomy Galleries at The Royal Observatory and the first thing we saw was this meteorite and yes it is older than the […]
  • The Ocean Star Oil Rig, Galveston,Texas
    Finally Papa Joe has made it onto an oil rig! Papa Joe worked for years in the oil industry and had visited oil refineries but never managed to visit an off shore oil rig. So he was really excited to go on board The Ocean Star which is now a museum. […]
  • British Museum- tips for your visit
    Papa Joe and I always enjoy wandering around anyof the 95 galleries in The British Museum which are full of interesting objects from all around the world. Don’t let it’s name mislead you as the museum is not about the history of Great […]
  • Denver Art Gallery, Colorado
    Denver is a fun city especially if like Papa Joe and myself you find yourself visiting during the crazy Denver Zombie Crawl – how many Zombies make a weird world record? We saw some great art work as we walked through the crowds, with people […]
  • Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court
    Would you like to design your own museum? Well you can – by using Poole Museum’s special ‘DIY Museum’. It has all sorts of small bits and pieces in the drawers and The Munchkins, hopefully without quarrelling, can decide what […]
  • The Imperial War Museum (IWM) London
    Recently our friend David took his 7 year old granddaughter Olivia to The Imperial War Museum (IWM) and told us how much she enjoyed it. The museum is themed and explores modern warfare from the First World War through to today’s conflicts. […]
  • Mudchute – a city farm and nature reserve in the heart of London’s Docklands
    Did you know that one of the largest free urban farms in Europe is within a mile of the large office blocks of Canary Wharf. The park covers 32 acres of green open space including a nature reserve and was created out of derelict land on the Isle of […]
  • Things to do at Woolwich Arsenal
    Papa Joe and I went to the tall ships festival on The Thames and discovered that The Woolwich Arsenal is being redeveloped and is a great place to take the munchkins. Now served by DLR and trains fron central London it is easy to get to and will […]
  • Hell’s Gate Airtram on The Fraser River – British Columbia, Canada
    As we stopped above Hell’s Gate, all we could hear was the deafening sound of millions of gallons of melt water flowing through the narrow gorge beneath us.  It was late spring and we were travelling along The Trans-Canadian Highway to the […]
  • WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
    Our friend Sylvia has just visited The Arundel Wetland Centre. She had a great visit and and told us that we must take The Munchkins there. We asked her what it was like and this is what she thought. Yes, it is good for kids. They do pond dipping, […]
  • Ride The Swanage Railway To Corfe Castle
    I am not sure that the munchkins really understand our fascination with steam trains but it brings back great childhood memories for Papa Joe and myself so we loved our recent trip on The Swanage Railway. This restored heritage railway takes about […]
  • Tillamook Forest Interpretive Center – Oregon
    Sometimes you come across the most interesting places by accident. We were driving to the Oregon coast when we stopped for a walk by The Wilson River by The Jones Creek campground. As we walked beside the river we saw a long pedestrian suspension […]
  • Candlelight Nights – a 100 year old Bournemouth Tradition
    When I was little we came to Bournemouth every summer and a highlight was the traditional candle lighting in The Lower Winter Gardens. Fast forward 30 years and Papa Joe and I took our daughters to do the same thing. It didn’t matter if […]
  • Buckingham Palace – Changing The Guard with Christopher, Alice and The Mayhems
    ‘They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace Christopher Robin went down with Alice.’ When I was little, my mother used to say  A. A. Milne’s poem (see below) to me as we watched the soldiers changing guard at Buckingham […]
  • Birds Of Prey Centre – Bedfordshire
    Our friends took their granddaughter Eliana to The Birds of Prey Centre and had such a good time there that we will also take our munchkins there. The centre looks after more than 200 birds of prey. You can see a wide variety of different types of […]
  • Virginia City – Nevada – a ghost town come to life
    When Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui travel we are always on the lookout for great places to take the munchkins. Virginia City certainly ticks all the boxes. What an atmospheric place, it is so easy to use your imagination to see what it was like in the […]
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle!!
    Papa Joe and I thought we were dreaming when we saw the sign ‘Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park’ at the historic Cadillac Hotel in Seattle. The Klondike in Seattle? – surely the Klondike is in Canada. Intrigued we […]
  • The National Maritime Museum – Greenwich
    If you are in Greenwich then visit The National Maritime Museum. It has had a makeover and the galleries with large collections of model ships have been transformed into themed galleries with displays of paintings and memorabilia. There are some fun […]
  • On The Thames – City Cruises
    Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. A great way to explore the river is by taking one of The City Cruise River Boats. The boats are a leisurely way to travel and their large open-air decks […]
  • Adventure Walks For Families – review
    As you might realise from our Quiz Walk section both Papa Joe and I love wandering around different places and combining walks with interesting facts to look out for. Recently one of our walking friends mentioned the Adventure Walks series by Becky […]
  • Visit the coast in Northern England for a great day out
    The nice thing about The UK being an island – actually several islands! –  is that nowhere is very far from the sea and we have some great beaches to visit. Our friend Ruth has told us about some great places they go to with their family […]
  • A Hidden Gem – The V & A Theatre and Performance Gallery
    ‘The V & A Museum’ I hear the children say -‘ but it’s soooo boring.’ Well they have never been to the enthralling Theatre and Performance Galleries! Tucked away on the third floor the collection has some incredible […]
  • The Global Treasure App
    Earlier this year we were visiting the excellent Riverside Museum in Glasgow and discovered that you can download a free quiz / treasure hunt to your phone to complete as you walk around. What a brilliant idea! It is just right to entertain the […]
  • Treasure Hunts
    A cold wet day – what should we do, where can we go? The excitement of Christmas is wearing off and there is still a week to go before the grandchildren go back to school. Museums and Art Galleries are good to visit at this time of the year but […]
  • Wings Over The Rockies, Denver, Colorado
    We decided to visit  ‘The Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum’ to fill a couple of spare hours before going on to nearby Denver Airport to fly home. It was certainly a good choice as there were all sorts of planes to see, a […]
  • Living History In Action – Littleton Museum Colorado
    suitable for toddlers to 14.  Allow 2 hours This summer Papa Joe and I had a great holiday exploring Utah and Colorado without the grandchildren!!!! Our daughter and her two munchkins were also going to be holidaying in Colorado so she asked us to […]
  • Paradise Wildlife Park – Broxbourne Herts
    I had visions of having to spend my day stuck in a narrow tunnel trying to retrieve Abbie. She was having a great time as she had gone through the tunnel to the centre of the Meerkat enclosure to see them and did not want to come out. Finally, to my […]
  • Coventry Transport Museum
     Suitable for 6+ allow 2 hours Get a close up view of cars, bikes, buses and lorries from earlier times. The younger children were particularly fascinated by the street scenes and large cabinets of models. Papa Joe had to be dragged away because we […]
  • Winchester City Centre – 5 things to do
    Recently we went to the The Winchester Science Centre and Planatarium and, after having fun, there we spent a few hours in Winchester City Centre. A city of contrasts – within a small area you can see delightful medieval buildings, Winchester […]
  • Barcelona With The Grandchildren
    Papa Joe and I love spending time in Barcelona and we will have our young grandchildren with us on our next trip. This means that instead of just wandering around as the fancy takes us, we have to do some serious planning. In fact as we have to […]
  • The Ragged School Museum – Dr Barnardo’s Free School
    Suitable for all age groups – on 3 floors – no lift Sit up straight, don’t fidget, no talking. Are your hands clean? Are you ready to experience a lesson at The Ragged School Museum? Yes –  then try to visit on the 1st Sunday […]
  • Bank Of England Museum – Bringing Money To Life
    Suitable for 4+, allow 1-2 hours What is the link between hot air and the The Bank of England? When you enter the elegant reconstruction of the 18th Century banking hall, your eye is immediately taken by the model of a hot air balloon. As you try to […]
  • The House on the Hill Toy Museum – Stansted
    “Look a Dalek” Another voice piped up “I had one of those” It doesn’t matter what age you are there are toys and memories for everyone.  You are sure to find something to reminisce about among the 80,000+ items on […]
  • Treehouse Family Play – Bournemouth – Soft Play, But Not As You Know It
    Suitable for  0 – 12 If you’re in Bournemouth town centre, the Treehouse represents a welcome departure from the usual indoor play centres. When my daughter was in Bournemouth recently she took her 2 year old to the Treehouse. Now my […]
  • Travel Back to the 1930s at Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, Beaconsfield
    Thank you Mrs Callingham! In 1928 she insisted that her husband move his model railway into the garden or she would leave. Luckily for us he agreed and built the delightful Bekonscot Model Village for his train set. Daisy and Sky loved watching all […]
  • Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and Visitor Centre – nr Aylesbury, Bucks
    Grandpa – what happens to wild animals if they are injured? A few lucky animals are taken to Tiggywinkles – the World’s Leading Wildlife Hospital. They do amazing medical work with injured British wildlife like hedgehogs, badgers, […]
  • Under The Thames – Greenwich Foot Tunnel
    Suitable for over 5s.  Central London. Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. A very different way to cross the Thames is to walk under it – through The Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Now I have to […]
  • Castle Compton – A Medieval Fortress
    As we drove into the car park everyone exclaimed “Oh Wow!  It really is like a castle!”  The front of the house has high crenelated walls with towers and a portcullis gate. The first manor house was built in the mid 14th century and the […]
  • Punch and Judy on Swanage Beach – Dorset
    We love coming to Swanage as it seems to have everything you need for a traditional seaside experience. Watching Punch and Judy on the sands, taking a boat trip, fishing for crabs from the quay or walking and exploring the neighbouring headlands, […]
  • Corfe Castle Dorset – the ideal place to roll down a hill
    The National Trust list of 50 things to do before you are 11¾  is a great way to challenge children. Number 2 in the list is to roll down a really steep hill and we have found one of the best places to do this when we visited The National […]
  • The Sandbanks Chain Ferry
    The captain walks to the control tower. The gates clang shut. The black ball slowly rises to the top of the forward mast. The rattle of chains start. The “Bramble Bush Bay” chain ferry is on its way across the mouth of Poole Harbour. […]
  • Corfe Castle Model Village and Tea Rooms
    The Corfe Castle Model Village and Tea Rooms is one of our favourite places to visit. Sometimes we just stop for their delicious Dorset Apple Cake.  At other times we spend longer, enjoying the model village and the peaceful gardens. Well it should […]
  • Teignmouth – A Traditional Devon Seaside Resort
      As we looked down at Teignmouth beach we heard the comment “Why is the sand red?” We are so used to golden sandy beaches that the red beach was a complete surprise.  The answer became apparent as we walked east to the red […]
  • Over The Thames -The Emirates Air Line
    Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. The Emirates Airline is a cable car with a difference.  Most cable cars are designed to take you up a mountain, but this one sweeps you across The Thames at […]
  • Pevensey Court House and Gaol
      If tThe Mayhems are driving you mad then I have the perfect place for you – the stocks at The Old Court House in Pevensey!! The Old Court House Museum is in a delightful 16th century building in the centre of Pevensey Village which is […]
  • Bournemouth – 3 things to try
    Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.  Over the years, Bournemouth on the south coast has become a second home for us, our children, and now our grandchildren.  We love taking them to play on the sand, but here’s our pick of places to play […]
  • Ally Pally – One Of The Best
    When I was a Mayhem I knew ‘Ally Pally’ as the place where the BBC television news was broadcast from. I never realised it was really called Alexander Palace and includes a magnificent park, ice rink and venue for all sorts of activities […]
  • East or West -The Royal Observatory Greenwich
    I know there are plenty of other places to see The Prime Meridian Line – Longitude 0º  –  but it always seems more exciting at Greenwich. You can stand on the path just outside Flamstead House and straddle the line, so that you have one […]
  • The Horniman Museum Gardens
    The Horniman Gardens are part of The Horniman Museum and have been revamped in 2012.  They are a great place to wander around and although situated on a hill most of the main areas of interest are on level ground just outside the museum. The views […]
  • The Horniman Museum
    No wonder the Horniman was a finalist in the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. The Museum describes itself as an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.  As we walked around we were in total […]
  • St Magnus the Martyr Church and Old London Bridge
    ‘London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down.’ – do you remember singing this nursery rhyme.   If you have ever wondered what the medieval London Bridge looked like then you must visit The Church of St Magnus the […]
  • The Monument to the Great Fire of London
    “Only 311 spiral steps to the top, you can do it easily” a little voice said!!  “Not today – we haven’t enough time” we replied. We had just started Papa’s Monument and Tower Hill Quiz Walk so did not want […]
  • Soft Play at The Venue Borehamwood
    As soon as we turned into the car park a voice from the back seat babbled ‘Soft Play , Soft Play’  This is one of Abbie’s favourite places and she could not wait to get in. After paying (don’t forget to get a parking refund) […]
  • Oasis Adventure Playground
    I just can’t wait until the kids are old enough to visit The Oasis Adventure Playground.  There are so many activities for them. We had been visiting the Nature Garden, also run by Oasis, across the road from the Adventure Centre. As we left […]
  • Amazing who you meet in Hampton Court Palace Gardens
    What is the etiquette when you meet a king and his cardinal strolling through their gardens   Should you bow and curtsey or say ‘How do you do Sire?’ It was lovely to meet the owners of Hampton Court Palace, originally it belonged to […]
  • Go Wild at The Galleria Soft Play – Hatfield
    If you are looking for a very large, light, and airy Soft Play Centre then Get Wild at The Galleria is the place for you.  The under 3 area is just right for our little grandchildren, and our friend’s little girl who is 6 loves the main […]
  • Deen City Farm and Riding School
    Spring is here, all the baby animals are arriving at the Deen City Farm and the spring flowers are looking great in their gardens.  What a great time to the visit the farm.  While we were at the there we had great fun peering in all the animal pens […]
  • Vauxhall City Farm
    Vauxhall City Farm is a quiet haven tucked away between the busy streets and high-rise buildings near the bustle of Vauxhall Bus and Rail interchange.  It is such a surprise to see a city farm so near to central London. It’s very small but the farm […]
  • Morden Hall Park- the countryside in suburbia
      We had a deligtful afternoon exploring the grounds at Morden Hall Park and going to Deen City Farm (see separate post). It was easy to push our buggy on a network of paths and stroll along the River Wandle, a haven for wildlife. Next time we […]
  • Polka Theatre, Wimbledon- watch, perform, pop in and play
    The Polka Theatre is a great place to visit.  It is dedicated to bringing theatre to children and has a range of workshops and shows catering for the very young to early teens. The theatre foyer and cafe are open during the day, Tuesday to Saturday, […]
  • A real oasis at ‘Oasis Nature Garden’
    Set in the urban landscape of Stockwell, The Oasis Nature Garden truly lives up to its name, providing a taste of the countryside in a town. Just a few minutes walk from Stockwell Station we turned a corner and suddenly were walking alongside a […]
  • Coram’s Fields – no unaccompanied adults Bloomsbury
    The sign says it all – this is the place for children not adults.  Last weekend we finally had a child with us so at long last we have been able to enter and explore all that Coram’s Fields has to offer.  It was well worth it and if we […]
  • Valentines Park, Ilford – memories, memories
    Over 55 years ago my mother used to bring me to Valentines Park and I was amazed to see figs growing there.  A few years later I went to the school adjacent to the park so got to know it well.  You can just spot the school behind the trees in this […]
  • Kids In Museums
    I heard about the charity Kids In Museums recently.    It is not intended to be a museum directory but has been set up to be a forum for discussions about making museums open and welcoming to all families. The website carries reviews of exhibitions […]