An afternoon at Craigavon Lakes

Northern Ireland is a beautiful, beautiful country and the majority of it still remains a mystery to me. Craigavon was a place in particular that I had never been too before and we excited to visit. We were actually there to have a little shop around Rushmere Shopping centre ahead of National Children’s Day and if not for the bus driver telling us about Craigavon Lakes, then well, we would have missed a treat. Where you get off the bus at Rushmere Shopping Centre, you can walk across a flyover bridge & that leads you straight down to Craigavon Lakes…

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A visit to the Sealife Aquarium in London | Review

While my daughter and I were on a day trip to London a few weeks ago we made time to visit the local Sealife centre. We’re both huge wildlife fans and previously had only even been to the Sealife centre in Blackpool, Lancashire. So we were pretty excited about visiting one in Central London. We were in Piccadilly at the time so all it took was a short tube train ride to Waterloo station. The Sealife Aquarium is based on the South Bank of the River Thames, by the London Eye. I’ve been in London quite a few times and this…

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A day out in Bangor, Northern Ireland

My plan to visit somewhere fun & exciting each plan month is so far, going to plan. It’s pretty exciting actually and March saw what was meant to be a day trip to Dublin zoo, transform into a fun-filled day at the Pickie park in Bangor, County Down instead. And all down to our tumble dryer not doing what it was meant to do. Dry the clothes! So, Dublin zoo wasn’t planned for us on this day, so as a backup we hopped on a train to Bangor instead. The sun shone, the kids were happy and the fresh air…

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An afternoon sightseeing in London

A few weeks ago my eldest girl and I went on another day trip to London. We were travelling over to attend an event with Bafta Kids & the Disney channel, for the amazing new show Milo Murphy’s Law {airing on April 3rd!}. But after the event we had some time to explore before our flight home, so we did just that. We had never been to the Piccadilly/Leicester Square part of London before, so it was quite exciting getting to do a bit of sightseeing. Getting to see China town, lots of really cool street performers and being in Leicester Square…

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A day trip to Portrush #staycationchallenge

When my children’s school holidays are upon us I have to admit I get a little aaahh about it all. Day trips as a big family can be expensive! Even a simple trip to the cinema {with food after} can easily cost us £60; which is just insane. So, when Scottish Friendly got in touch, sharing a few easy ways to save money each month allowing us all more staycations, days out and cheap holidays through their Disposable Income Index. They went on to challenge us, as a family to have a fun day out on a budget, so, with…

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Our day trip to Castlerock {in photos}

Last weekend we took an impromptu day trip to Castlerock. A little seaside village up on the North Coast of northern Ireland and it’s a place dear to my heart. We spent every school holiday at the caravan in Castlerock when I was younger; it’s also a place I’d love to share with my children too. A few years ago I took my two older boys with one of their friends. They were just nine and ten years old at the time and we spent the day body boarding on the beach. Something my Brother & I used to do as…

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A factory tour with Thornton’s chocolate! #chocolateweek

A few weeks ago I hopped on a plane from Belfast City Airport and I took a short flight over to East Midlands. My destination? The Thornton’s chocolate factory in Somercoates. Yes, you heard me right, a chocolate factory!  My travels over were pretty smooth, and before I knew it, I was sitting in the reception room of the Derbyshire Thornton’s chocolate factory. I got my visitor pass and I couldn’t wait to get through the main factory doors to smell nothing but melted chocolate, toffee, and other delicious creations Thorton’s are well-known for creating for over 100 years. Once our…

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World of Wonder Soft play centre in Carrickfergus

Quite recently, my family & I were very kindly invited along to a VIP session of the new World of Wonder activity centre in Carrickfergus {behind the Loughshore Hotel} to have fun and a cheeky viewing of the place before it opens to the public. Hearing of this new indoor activity centre excited me, because, Carrickfergus is such a lovely town {I have childhood roots there} and I think this new indoor centre is just what the place needed. It’s also nice to have something as different and refreshing like World of Wonder to have the option to make the…

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Making memories at Carrickfergus Castle

We may live on a relatively small island, but it is a beautiful island, regardless of her size. There are so many gorgeous places to visit here in Northern Ireland and we’re lucky enough to leave nearby to quite a few of them. We recently hopped on a train and paid a visit to Carrickfergus, a large town on the North shore of Belfast Lough. Carrickfergus is one of my favourite places in the world and I guess it’s because I have family from there, I have lots of childhood memories that have blossomed from Carrick and I suppose in…

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