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  • Easter holiday survival guide

    30 cracking ideas for when the kids start whingeing 'what can we do today..?' over the Easter hols

  • Half term with the kids

    If – what do I mean 'if'? – when your kid whines 'I'm boooored what can I doooo? – just look here for ideas for every single day

  • ice skating ice rink skate

    Skate, scoff, quaff

    A crisp and sunny winter's day – perfect conditions for wrapping up warm and taking to the ice

  • boy with red safety helmet on zip wire over green fields

    Summer holiday saviours!

    Cool courses, camps and other childcare-masquarading-as-fun options to help ease your way through the Summer

  • Into the woods: Shearwater Lake

    Seen that National Trust list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾ ? Well you can tick most of them off during a single afternoon at Shearwater Lake, a large freshwater lake close to the village of Crockerton set amongst the woodlands on the Longleat Estate.  Squeeze out the few last drops of […]

  • Summer camp at Mill on the Brue in Bruton

    Got summer sorted for the kids? If not, and you're looking for a summer camp, read on.

    • The Muddies get behind the wheel…ooh-er

      Would you let your 12-year-old behind the wheel?  I did, *gulp*.  Too young to take conventional driving lessons but raring to go, the Muddies’ 15-year-old cousin has been learning to drive through the Young Driver training programme – and loving every minute.  My two (a few years younger) have been green with envy, until I […]

    • Test your nerve on the high ropes

      I’m not going to lie. I didn’t climb up 9 metres (that’s higher than two double-decker buses on top of each other) to walk the high ropes at the thrilling, off-the-ground Vivary Park Adventure Centre in Taunton. I didn’t even venture 5 metres up to the so-called ‘low’ ropes.  I did make it over to […]

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