Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Rocking! Have you joined in the rock hunt craze?

I first heard about rocking in October 2017 via a BBC Three Counties Facebook post see original video here Have you taken part in a rock hunt yet?

The Kindness Rocks Project and Love on the Rocks appear to be among the first rocking communities but now there are hundreds of groups mostly on Facebook.

You basically decorate a rock with an image or positive message and hide it.  Someone then finds your rock, posts a picture on social media if able/wants to and then re hides for someone else to discover.  It is spreading some cheer and making someone smile.

I have recently decided to join in and have labelled my rocks with Life in the Mum's Lane as I thought it would be fantastic way to do a craft project with the kids (I'm not a crafty mum) spread some smiles and possibly find some Northamptonshire mums who might like my page as its all about local days out and parenting humour.

Some we decorated at the weekend
It's actually been more addictive than I thought decorating our little rocks.  My next batch will have some positive messages inspired by The Kindness Rocks Project.

Some we found & rehid 
If you want to join in all you need is some rocks, sharpies, acrylic paint or similar and varnish is optional but will mean your designs won't wash away.  I bought my rocks from Homebase a massive bag was £9.99 (we did find some at the beach but left them in a bucket with bacon from a failed crabbing trip so had to discard them!) my daughter already had sharpies and I bought some excellent pens called Posca. I only got 5 but already want more colours.

If you would like to join in and are looking for a Northampton group on Facebook Northampton Rocks has 800 members, Northamptonshire Rocks has 3300 and Love on the Rocks Duston has 700.  These were the biggest Northampton communities I found but there were loads including Hardingstone & Wooton, East Hunsbury, Hunsbury and Eastern District Rocks.

Why not join in and have some fun and make someone smile.

Emma xxx

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Castle Ashby Days Out

I LOVE Castle Ashby but haven't yet wrote a review.  I've been numerous times and it is a real favourite with my family.  It suits all ages and abilities.  They even allow you to borrow a wheelchair which means my Dad who has mobility issues can enjoy the surroundings too.

Castle Ashby consists of beautiful grounds to wander, a menagerie with the famous meerkats, children’s play area, plant centre, tea room and gift shop.

They have events throughout the year including the very popular Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Hunt and Christmas Craft Fair.

On my first visit several years ago I was worried that it would be keep of the grass and do not touch but the gardens are welcoming and vast.  Children can run free and enjoy themselves.  The menagerie has grown over the years and as well as the meerkats is home to pigs, goats, rabbits, ducks and marmosets.

The play area too has expanded over the years and is great for pre schoolers and primary school age children.

Picnics are welcome in the gardens and there are benches and a few tables dotted about.

The gardens are open 1st April to 30th September: 10am – 5.30pm and 1st October to 31st March: 10am – 4.30pm.

During the spring summer admission is £7 per adult and £1 per child under 5's free.  In the Winter admission is free but you must pay for parking.  Facilities are closed such as tea rooms and toilets.

Below are two videos of our days out at Castle Ashby.  If you've never been and live locally I would 100% recommend.



For more information click on the link to go to Castle Ashby's website


Emma xx

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Easter Half Term ideas in Northamptonshire

Easter will soon be upon us Easter Sunday is 1st April 2018 and many schools break up on the 29th March as 30th is Good Friday.

If you are looking for days out with the kids in Northamptonshire at Easter, I've got lots of Easter events to inspire you.

With spring finally emerging from the frost and snow there's loads to do to get outside in the fresh air and hopefully get some much needed sunshine. Below is lots of things to do in Northamptonshire during the Easter half term.  There's a mixture of indoor and outdoor. 




Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Delapre Abbey

31st March to 2nd April 11am to 4pm.  Easter Egg hunt Decorate your own Easter lollipop,  Peter Rabbit trail around the Walled Garden, Listen to Beatrix Potter stories, Easter bonnet parade (Monday only), Decorate Peter Rabbit biscuits.  Free entry some activities have a charge.

Daventry Country Park

Daventry Country Park

Eggsplore Trail Friday 30th March 10am to 11.30am.  Find and meet the Country park’s Easter Bunny, Wiggles for a special Easter treat,  Plus Easter bonnet parade.

Abington Park Museum, Northampton

Easter Egg Trail  Friday 30 March – 12-4pm  Saturday 31 March – 12-4pm  Sunday 1 April – 1-5pm
Monday 2 April – 1-5pm.  A chocolate egg as a prize for every child. £1.50 per child Drop in – no booking required


Spring Crafts Thursday 5 April 1.10-2.10pm, 2.20-3.20pm, 3.30-4.30pm
Make a bird feeder and a bouquet of paper tulips to take home.  £3 per child.  Book online or ring 01604 838110


Minibeast Mania  Thursday 12 April 1.15-2.30pm, 2.45-4pm
Bug hunt in the park, starting at Abington Park Museum. Explore the park and the creatures that live there and create your very own minibeast. £3 per child Book online or ring 01604 838110

East Carlton Country Park, Corby, Northamptonshire

Sunday 1st April 11am to 3pm.  Best decorated Egg Competition, Easter Bonnet Parade and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Farms are always great with the kids and offer some indoor activities if the weather is a bit dodgy. Here's 3 to choose from.

West Lodge Rural Centre, Desborough, Northamptonshire

West Lodge

30th, 31st March, 1st and 2nd April
Easter Quiz, follow clues around the farm which will lead you to the Easter Bunny and receive an Easter egg, paint an egg, take part in the egg and spoon race and egg painting competition.
West Lodge also has lambs, the very popular barrel ride and pig racing plus an indoor play barn.




Mini Meadows Farm, Naseby, Northamptonshire

Mini Meadows

Feeding the gorgeous lambs.  £5 entry plus £1 per bottle. Mini Meadows also has a brilliant indoor sand pit and new indoor play barn.




Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, nr Weedon, Northamptonshire

Old Dairy Farm

The lambing sheds will be open Saturdays and Sundays, between the 3rd of March and 1st of April between 10.00am & 4.30pm.  £2 charge per person.

Rushmere Country Park, LU7 0EB

Rushmere Country Park

Easter Egg Eye spy.  30th March to 2nd April.  Bookable event.  £3.50 per child.
Find the Rushmere chicks, answer the questions on sheet and return it to the Herons' Hatch to claim your reward. Expected to be busy so book up now.





Barnwell Country Park, Oundle, Northamptonshire

Barnwell Country Park

1st April Easter egg hunt 2pm to 3pm Start at the visitor centre £2 per child
2nd April Easter Xplorer 11am to 3pm Start at the visitor centre £1 donation

Sywell Country Park

10th April Spring into Easter Challenge 10.30am to 12.30pm £2 per child

Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire, NN13 5SH

Evenley Wood Garden

28th March – 6th April – Easter Eggstravaganza
Egg hunt along with lots of other activities. Café open all week.

Evenley Snowdrops in February
National Trust, Multiple locations nationwide

National Trust Easter Egg Hunt Information

The National Trust are teamed up with Cadbury's for Easter Egg hunts.  Our nearest locations are Canons Ashby, Stowe, Lyveden and Waddesdon Manor

Stanwick Lakes, Wellingborough

Stanwick Lakes

Easter egg trail Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April.  10am to 4pm.  2km trail suitable for all.  £2 per trail purchase tickets at the visitor centre. Normal car parking charges apply.

Castle Ashby, Northampton

Castle Ashby

1st to 3rd April.  Amazing Easter Egg hunt which gets very busy.  To combat this it is now ticket ONLY so make sure you book in.  £2.50 per child, normal adult admission prices apply. 10am to 12.30pm.










Wickstead Park, Kettering

Wicksteed Park

Wicky's Easter Trail.  Every Day from 29 March to 15 April.  Entry is £3 per child and every entry receives an Easter gift.
Easter Craft Activities.  Available on Tuesday 3rd & 10th April plus Thursday 5th & 12th April from 10am to 11.30am and 1pm to 2:30pm.  Cost is £3.00 per participant.



I know these Castles are not in Northamptonshire but they aren't far.

Rockingham Castle, LE16 8TH

Rockingham Castle

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April 2018 Easter Egg Hunt.  Find the brightly coloured eggs which have been hidden in the gardens. Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. Once you have found the word you can claim your chocolate egg.  Hunt and Castle Gate Adult £12, Child £8.50, Under 3's free, Family ticket £32.50.

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire CV8 1NG

Kenilworth Castle

30th March to 2nd April 11am to 5pm.  Easter Adventure Quest.  Set off on a quest to crack the clues, meeting characters from the past along the way, then claim your chocolate reward. £1 per child normal admission prices apply.

Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU

Warwick Castle

30th March - 15th April 2018 950th Anniversary.  Special anniversary Easter offer of £9.50 per person.  Enjoy a fun-packed, full day out at Warwick Castle this Easter with our brand new Knight's School, our Horrible Histories Maze and Eagles.

Lings Forum Cinema, Northampton

Trilogy Cinema

Peter Rabbit will be showing at Lings Forum Cinema during half term for special kids screenings.  Times are usually 10.30am and 2pm but please check.  £4.70 adult and £3.90 child.  Discounts for leisure card members.

Beauty & the Beast Panto, The Castle, Wellingborough

Castle Theatre

13th April only.2pm and 6pm.  Starring comedy legend Bobby Davro and Dani Harmer from Tracy Beaker & Strictly Come Dancing

Alice in Wonderland, The Deco, Northampton

The Deco

11th April 7pm and 12th April 1pm and 5pm.  Starring Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler and her dog Sully alongside Children’s TV Legend Dave Benson Phillips.

*Please check all details before attending to avoid disappointment*

Oreo Cookie Quest Challenge

Oreo have launched The Great Oreo Cookie Quest and families can win great prizes with promotion packs.  You can win an amazing once in a lifetime trip to California with special packs.

We decided to join in and spread the word.  It was a rather damp and dull spring day but we got out to Rushden Lakes Nature Trail.  See if you can spot 10 Oreo Cookie's in my pictures.







Oreo's are a great snack especially after some fresh air and exercise for the whole family.  Why not pick up a packet next time you are in the supermarket and see if you can win?



This post is an entry for Britmums #OreoCookieQuest, sponsored by Oreo