Monday, 25 March 2019

Bliss Lane Nursery

Bliss Lane Nursery in Flore, Northamptonshire is a small but lovely tea room, farm shop and pets corner.  Visit the lambs now.  £1 per person plus £1 for a bag of feed. Goats, horses and chickens are also roaming around. There are facilities to wash your hands after and car parking. Well worth a visit for an hour or two.  

Bliss Lane Nursery


Bliss Lane Nursery

Bliss Lane Nursery
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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Pitsford Water

Pitsford Water is a beautiful 7 mile walk around the water.  The surface is well marked and suitable for buggies, wheelchair users and bikes.  You can walk to Brixworth Country Park and stop for a break in the café, play area or just to detour and take in the sights.

Pitsford Water

Very popular with cyclists you cab bring your own or hire one from Rutlands Cycling shop in Brixworth Country Park. Fishing is also popular and those keen should contact the Pitsford Water Fishing Lodge on 01604 781350.

Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead and are not allowed in the water due to blue green algae.

3 car parks and open every day except Christmas.
Pitsford Causeway, Brixworth Road, Holcot, NN6 9BN
Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road,  Brixworth, NN6 9DG
Grange Lane, Pitsford, NN6 9AP

£3 per stay.

Pitsford Water

Pitsford Water

For other days out ideas in Northamptonshire check out the label 'Days Out' or my facebook page Life in the Mum's Lane

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Easter 2019 things to do with kids in Northamptonshire

Easter will soon be upon us Easter Sunday is 21st April 2019 and many schools break up early this year on the 5th April and return on the 24th April. 

If you are looking for things to do with kids in Northamptonshire this Easter, I've got lots of Easter events to inspire you.

With spring finally emerging 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 to suit all eventualities. 




Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Delapre Abbey

19th April to 22nd April 11am to 4pm.  Delapre's Chocolate Factory.  Solve the chocolate factory puzzle and earn your golden ticket.  £20 for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Price included full access to the Abbey, sweetie prizes and chocolate making experience.

Plus 21st and 22nd April 11am to 4pm enjoy a book themed trail to earn an Easter prize.

Easter Egg Hunt on 20th April in aid of Mighty Magnus' Medicine at Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Northampton Between 11am & 3pm explore the shopping centre, find the clues, solve the mystery and win a guaranteed Easter prize at the end Also will be Tombola, Colouring and Face Painting




A Free Easter Egg Hunt is taking place 6th-20th April at Bell Plantation Garden Centre & Café in Towcester The hunt takes place at times below: • 9am-5pm on 6th, 8th-13th & 15th-22nd • 10:30am-4pm on 7th & 14th *NO hunt will take place on 21st*



Charity fundraiser: Eggsplore Wellingborough! A race round Wellingborough - be the first team to take photos in town of 20 items. Walkers/runners, families & friends. Sunday 14th April. 9:30am. Teams of 2-4. £20 

Blisworth Village Hall
Sunday 14th April 2 to 4pm



Blakey More Community Centre
Saturday 6th April 2019
1 to 5pm Free Entry

Easter Egg Hunt Berzerk
5th April 9.30am to 6pm £3 per child (normal admission fees apply).

Saints Easter Extravaganza 
14th April £15 per child adults free. Easter egg hunt, meet the players, meet Bernie the mascot, prizes to be won.



Free Easter Eggsplorer Trail & Bonnet Competition, Daventry Country Park
Collect your trail from the Visitors Centre between 10am and midday.  Bring along your decorated bonnet to be in with the chance to win a prize.

Hippity Hoppity Easter Egg Hunt Swanspool Garden, Wellingborough

13th April 9.30am to 12.30pm £2 per ticket

Weedon Depot Visitor Centre
Sunday 21st April  2 to 4pm  Bring your kids along for an interesting Easter Egg ‘hunt’ and take a look around our Visitor Centre to learn some of the fascinating history of this unique site.

Harlestone Firs annual Easter egg hunt
14th April 10am to 11.30am . Call 01604 590316 or speak to someone at Harlestone Firs for more information.

Northampton & Lamport Easter Railway
20th to 22nd April Easter special at £5.20 adult and £4.20 children. Train journey & creme egg. Take a ride the Easter Egg Special trains on a 4-mile round trip. Afterwards, enjoy a walk along the Brampton Valley Way a 14-mile “linear park” along the historic Northampton to Market Harborough line, or take another ride on the train with a All Day Rover ticket. Timetable: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00   




Abington Park Museum, Northampton

Easter Egg Trail  Tuesday 16th to Monday 22nd 1pm to 5pm.  A chocolate egg as a prize for every child. £1.50 per child Drop in – no booking required

Bird Feeder Workshop Wednesday 10th April 1.25 to 2pm, 2.15 to 3pm, 3.15 to 4pm
Make a bird feeder from a recycled plastic bottle.  £2.50 per child.  Book online or ring 01604 838110


Easter Egg Craft Workshop 16th April 1.15 to 2.15pm, 2.30 to 3.30pm
Decorate a ceramic egg basket and fill with chocolate eggs. £3 per child Book online or ring 01604 838110

Easter Animals Craft Workshop 18th April 1.15 to 2.15pm and 2.30 to 3.30pm.  Create Easter eggs, chicks and bunnies out of felt.  £2.50 per child book online or ring 01604 838110.

Booking is essential for these activities.

Quirky Races Easter Run 2019, The Obelisk Centre.

14th April 2019 - Run as many half mile laps as you like in one hour. You will get chocolate at the end of each lap but whether you run one or 20 laps you'll earn a Easter themed medal at the end and everyone will get some bunny ears at the start. You can also take breaks between laps. The Easter bunny will be in attendance, you’ll get free professional photos and there is free parking. Complete entry form to race. This is available on their Facebook page. The Great Easter Dog Walk, Upton Park. Not forgetting our 4 legged friends 20th April 10.30am.  Its free to walk and Raffle tickets can be purchased o the day at £2 per strip.

East Carlton Country Park, Corby, Northamptonshire

Sunday 21st April 11am to 2pm.  Easter Bonnet Parade  judging at 2pm, an Easter Egg Hunt (find the golden egg) and best decorated egg competition. 


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

19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd April Easter Eggstravaganza!
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

19th to 22nd April Easter Extravaganza! Feed the gorgeous lambs £1 per bottle. Egg and spoon race, make a sock bunny, have your face painted (charge applies) and watch 'Hop' in the special film zone (charge applies adults and under 1's free) Mini Meadows also has a brilliant indoor sand pit and new indoor play barn.  Normal entry charge is £5 per person.




Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, nr Weedon, Northamptonshire

Old Dairy Farm

Not quite Easter but a lovely springtime event.  The lambing sheds will be open Saturdays and Sundays, between the 9th of March and 31st of March between 10.00am & 4.30pm.  £2 charge per person.

Just outside Northamptonshire Rushmere Country Park, LU7 0EB

Rushmere Country Park

Easter Egg Eye spy trail 2019.  19th April to 22nd April 10am to 3pm.  Bookable event.  £3.50 per child.
Explore the park, answer the questions on sheet and return it to the Herons' Hatch to claim your reward. Expected to be busy so book up now.





Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire, NN13 5SH

Evenley Wood Garden

17th to 22nd April – Easter Eggstravaganza
Follow the Mad March Hare and find the golden egg. Café open 11th April to 13th April and 17th April to Easter Monday. £2 per child and everyone wins a prize.

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.  Check website for all locations and dates.  Canons Ashby is on 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd 10am to 4pm. £3 per trail (normal admission applies).

Castle Ashby, Northampton

Castle Ashby

20th and 21st April. Amazing Easter Egg hunt which gets very busy.  To combat this it is now ticket ONLY so make sure you book from 1st March. 10am to 12.30pm.

Castle Ashby now also has a new fairy doors  activity where children can spot the doors hidden in the arboretum.  Tickets on sale from 15th March.




Easter Egg Hunt & Disco, Roade Football Club

Friday 19th April 2019 - The trail will be open from 2.30pm until approx. 4pm, following this from 4.30pm we have Brite lites Disco. Trail sheets cost £2 and can be purchased on the day. No need to book , just turn up and enjoy.

Easter Egg Hunt 2019, Workbridge, NN4 7AD

6th to 23rd April 2019. Visit Workbridge and find 10 Easter Eggs.  Find all 10 and return your sheet to the coffee shop to receive your Easter treat.  £1.50 per child.

Lings Forum Cinema, Northampton

Lots out to entertain the kids.  The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) Captain Marvel (12A) Fighting With My Family (12A) Dumbo (PG)

**Remember VUE in Northampton is currently £5 per person per film any time any date**

Beauty and the Beast Easter Panto 2019, The Deco, Northampton


10th and 11th April 3pm, 7pm and 2pm and 6pm.
Starring Atomic Kitten’s KERRY KATONA, Heartbeat’s TRICIA PENROSE, National Treasure BASIL BRUSH X-Factor finalist and CBBC presenter LAUREN PLATT plus Easter Panto Tour favourites comic RYAN GREAVES and dame PHYLIP HARRIES

Dinosaur World Live, Royal & Derngate Northampton

19th and 20th April 2019 11.30am and 2pm.  £14 per ticket.  Meet a T-Rex, Triceratops, Segnosauras and more.

I know these Castles are not in Northamptonshire but they aren't far if you fancy something a bit different.

Rockingham Castle, LE16 8TH

Rockingham Castle

Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019 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. The castle is open from 1pm.

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire CV8 1NG

Kenilworth Castle

13th April to 28th April 2019 11am to 5pm.  Easter Adventure Quest.  Search for dragon eggs and 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

F
rom 6th April 2019 A new Quest! The Falconer's Quest 50 high flying birds of prey in an aerial acrobatics show. 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.


*Please check all details before attending to avoid disappointment*

For any parents out there requiring childcare for the Easter Break here are some clubs - 

The Drop Off based in Sywell Primary School
Suitable for primary age children, open 8am to 6pm and £25 per day.
They have a farm and bowling trip planned during the Easter break.



Easter Holiday Tennis Club in Higham Ferrers
Wednesday 10th to 17th April 9.30am to 1pm,  Suitable for children aged 4 to 12.
£20 per child and siblings get a 25% discount.  Email nigel@nigelwillardtennis.co.uk or call 07946 734337

Trilogy School Play Scheme 
8th to 22nd April for ages 5 to 13.  From £19.50 per day.
8.30am to 5.30pm 4 locations.  Cripps, Danes Camp, Duston and Lings Forum.
For more information visit trilogyleisure.co.uk

The Otters Holiday Club in Stanwick Lakes
8th to 12th April and 15th to 18th April
Various sessions 9am to 3pm £22, 8.50am to 5.10pm £25 8.30am to 5.45pm £28


Monday, 11 February 2019

Felixstowe Things to do with kids

Felixstowe is a seaside town in Suffolk and has the largest container port in the UK.  However we discovered Felixstowe is more than just a port and makes a perfect family seaside trip.  Here is my list of things to do with kids in Felixstowe.

Felixstowe Pier

Who doesn't love a seaside pier.  The new Boardwalk restaurant and bar is lovely and sitting on the pier overlooking the sea is just beautiful.  The kids love the arcade which is a great size with a mixture of machines and small bowling alley.  Unfortunately you cannot walk the length of the pier as it's closed due to health & safety but still a lovely place to enjoy some chips, an ice cream and the view.



Leisure Centre
Good size swimming pool with slide, soft play area, café, creche and gym.  Opening times vary but approximately 7am to 10pm.  Fun pool and flumes are open at certain time so check the timetable.  £5.15 per adult and £3.30 per child for a swim session.  Perfect for a rainy day or if you are on a site with no pool.

Adventure Golf
Sea Road, Felixstowe, IP11 2DH
9 hole mini golf course £2 kids and £2.50 adults.  Nice water features and small but entertaining course.


Martello Park
Lovely play area hidden behind the beach huts.  Lots of equipment for all ages.  Ice cream Kiosk and café not far away.



Landguard Fort
Viewpoint Road, IP11 3TW
This was the defence for Harwich Harbour and now an English Heritage building.  £5.50 adult and £2.50 child under 5's free.  Café, Museum, Exhibition and free parking.

Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry
This is a 58 passenger foot & bicycle ferry which goes between Felixstowe and Harwich from 1st April 2019m to 3 November 2019.  Single fare £4.50 adult and £3 child 15 minute crossing.  Return fare if £5.50 adult and £4 child.  A great way to experience a different method of transport and have a little wander around Harwich.  

Watch the boats at the port
My kids loved watching the huge tankers loading and smaller boats coming in and out.  Have a paddle on the shore and you can even try your hand at fishing.  For refreshments you can visit Landguard View Point Café.


The Beach
Finally the beach! Enjoy a paddle, swim, ice cream and fish & chips.  Felixstowe is quintessentially British and unlike it's neighbour Norfolk didn't feel crowded which was just perfect.

Felixstowe has some amazing bars, cafes and restaurants and unusually not many chains which made a welcome change.  We visited Delphine's Diner (Americana on the sea front), Fish Dish Restaurant (Fish & Chips on plates with wine), Ruby's (Traditional Café) The Alex (Café Bar), The Boardwalk Café Bar (Exactly what it says!) There are loads of other fab places to eat and drink so have a wander and see where you end up.




Felixstowe Things to do with kids
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