South East

Coleshill WWII Operational Base

Address: Coleshill, near Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7PT Price Band: FREE! Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-buscot-and-coleshill-estates/whats-on We were lucky enough a few months ago to visit the replica World War II Operational Base at Coleshill which is owned by the National Trust.  As my stepdaughter has got quite an interest in history I was keen to take up the […]

Funky Teapot

The Funky Teapot

Address: Grove Street, Oxfordshire, OX12 7Ab Price Band: £-£££ Website:  www.thefunkyteapot.co.uk Our 3 children were lucky enough to be given a voucher for The Funky Teapot pottery studio in Wantage, Oxfordshire for Easter, so last week we made use of it on a cold wet day when we wanted an indoor activity to do.  Like […]

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Address: Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY Price Band: £££ Website: http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/ In October half term we were lucky enough to have a trip to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover.  One of my fondest memories of my childhood was visiting this place with my grandparents and little sister when I was about 9 years old […]

The Oxfordshire Museum

The Oxfordshire Museum

Address: Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN Price: FREE! Website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/oxfordshire-museum The Oxfordshire Museum is on the same site as the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.  Admission is free so it’s a very popular place!  The museum is full of the history of Oxfordshire going as far back as Roman times.  It has lots […]

Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum

Address: Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN Price Band: £ Website: http://www.sofo.org.uk/ I stumbled across the Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum during a google search for museums on World War 1 (Lilian’s current topic at school).  We had never heard of it before but we decided to give it a try and see what it was […]

Nature Discovery Centre

Address: Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU Price band: FREE! (Donations welcome) Website: http://www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-discovery-centre The Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham (near Newbury) is an absolute gem of a place.  Since discovering this place nearly 2 years ago we have been back to visit many times and always seen something different.  My kids absolutely […]

Winchester science centre

Winchester Science Centre

Address: Telegraph Way, Winchester, SO21 1HZ Price Band: ££ Website: http://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/ We all know there are lots of places to take younger kids but what about the older ones?  It can be hard to find somewhere to go once they get past the farmyard/soft play stage.  Last summer we had the pleasure of visiting Winchester […]

Snakes & Ladders

Address: Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3NJ Price Band: ££ Website: http://www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk/abingdon/playcentre-prices/ As a kid I think it was always the ultimate treat to go to a soft play centre.  They are the ultimate place for running riot without a care in the world.  And the greatest place for grown ups to chill out and unwind! […]

Farmer Gows

Address: Fernham Road, Longcot, Faringdon, SN7 7PR Price Band: ££ Website: http://www.farmergows.co.uk/ Farmer Gows is a working farm near Faringdon, Oxfordshire which specialises in ‘hands on’ animal feeding and handling experiences. They are open daily from 10am til 5pm except over the Xmas period.  The farm rears livestock and some of their produce can be […]

4 kingdoms

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

Address: Headley House, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY Price Band: ££ Website: https://www.4-kingdoms.co.uk/ 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park & Family Farm is a family run park not far from Newbury on the Hampshire/Berkshire border.  It has been open for around 4-5 years now I believe and we have been lucky enough to visit on several occasions […]

Didcot Railway Centre

Address: Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ Price Band: ££ (or free if you use Tesco Clubcard vouchers!) Website: http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/ We have visited Didcot Railway Centre on a couple of occasions, most recently just this morning (the photos in this review are from both of our visits).  It is currently free to visit the Railway […]

Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET Price: £ (free entry but pay up to £9 per day for car park) Website: http://www.moors-valley.co.uk/ Whenever we head down to the New Forest area Moors Valley Country Park is always top of our list to visit. We’ve often gone down there just for a day […]

Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre

Address: 81-83 High Street, Great Missendon, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL Price: ££ Website: http://www.roalddahl.com/museum We were very excited to be invited to visit the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, especially as he is my absolute favourite children’s author.  Every one of his stories is filled with magic and excitement and he brings to life a […]

Pendon Museum

Address: Long Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QD Price: ££ Website: https://www.pendonmuseum.com/ We were very excited to be given the opportunity to visit the Pendon Museum this week and take part in their half term model making workshop.  Despite only living a couple of miles down the road from here we have never visited before so […]

Millets Falconry Centre

Address: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB Price: ££ Website: http://milletsfarmfalconry.co.uk/ As we only live around 20 minutes from Millets Farm we are regular visitors.  In fact I remember even as a child going to Millets for a ‘day out’ in the holidays.  My Nan would take me and my sister to the […]

Milestones Living Museum

Address: Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG Price: ££ Website: https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/milestones-museum We’ve had the great pleasure of visiting Milestones Living Museum in Basingstoke this weekend.  The museum features cobbled streets from the late 1800s and 1900s including shops, a post office, working old penny arcade, vintage vehicles and a working Edwardian pub!  Another […]

rubber duck racing at fairytale farm

Fairytale Farm

Address: Oxford Road, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5QH Price Band: ££ Website: http://www.fairytalefarm.co.uk/ Fairytale Farm is an all inclusive rural family farm attraction designed around being fully accessible for children with sensory or physical disabilities as well as open to children without disabilities.  The owners Nick and Nicola were inspired to create it by […]

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary

Address: Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0SW Price: FREE!  (Please leave a donation in the box on your way out!) Website: http://www.donkeyrescue.co.uk/ We live literally about 10 minutes away from Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary and I am ashamed to say we have never been there to visit.  I often drive past and see […]

Basildon Park

Basildon Park

We decided to make the most of having the day off for my birthday and put our National Trust annual passes to use with a trip to Basildon Park.  We arrived early before the main house opened to enjoy a walk around the grounds and gardens first.  The walk from the entrance through the woods […]

Basing House

Address:  Barton’s Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8AE (car park) Price: ££ Website: https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/basing-house On Easter Monday we were delighted to be invited by Hampshire Cultural Trust to visit Basing House for their civil war re-enactment weekend in partnership with the Sealed Knot Society.  When the English Civil War broke out in 1642 Basing […]

Baby goat kid at Roves Farm

Roves Farm

Address:  Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG Price Band: ££ Website: https://rovesfarm.co.uk/ We were very kindly invited to visit Roves Farm during the summer holidays for a family day out.  We love farm parks as the kids all love animals and Roves Farm is one we had never visited before, despite not living far away.  Anywhere with […]

Red kangaroo trampoline park Reading

Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park – Reading

Address:  8 Bridgewater Close, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1JT Price Band: ££ Website: https://www.redkangaroo.co.uk/parks/reading/ Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park in Reading is suitable for children (and adults!) age 12 months and over.  There are various different sessions available.  We went to  the open Kanga bounce session for anyone over the age of 4.  There is also Kanga […]

Sports cars exhibit area at British Motor Museum

British Motor Museum

Address:  Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ Price: ££ (tickets convert to annual passes) Website:  https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/ Last weekend we were kindly invited to visit the British Motor Museum in Gaydon near Banbury.  Despite living less than an hour away I had never heard of this place until very recently so we were intrigued to see […]

river and rowing museum boats on display in the rowing gallery

River & Rowing Museum

Address: Mill Meadows, Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF Price Band: ££ Website: http://www.rrm.co.uk The River & Rowing Museum is situated on the banks of the River Thames at one of the most picturesque venues I have ever seen.  There really couldn’t be a more perfect place to have a museum all about the river!  […]

The Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum

Address:  Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH Price:  FREE! Website:  https://www.ashmolean.org/ The Ashmolean Museum is one of the first school trips I remember going on as a child in primary school.  I remember being mesmerised by all it’s treasures and 20 years on that hasn’t changed! 

Vale & Downland Museum entrance

Vale & Downland Museum

Address:  Vale & Downland Museum,  19 Church Street, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8BL Price: FREE!  (please leave a donation in the pot) Website: http://wantage-museum.com The Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage is full of interactive exhibits showing the heritage of the area, from Anglo-Saxon days to modern day businesses.   At the entry desk we were warmly […]

Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle & Prison

Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY Price Band: ££ Website: https://www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/ We were recently invited to visit Oxford Castle & Prison to take part in their summer Knight School and to have a tour.  I had never been before despite living just a few miles outside of Oxford.  There is no parking directly on […]

Cogges

Cogges Manor Farm

Address:  Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, OX28 3LA Price:  £ Website:  http://www.cogges.org.uk/ We recently had the pleasure of visiting Cogges Manor Farm in Witney.  I very vaguely remember visiting Cogges as a child in primary school but knew it would have changed somewhat since then.  I didn’t really know what to expect and had […]