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Godstone Farm with notonthehighstreet.com’s Storytime Sounds

Posted on Monday, 27 April, 2015 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, News, Parks, Products, Soft play, Sunny day | 0 comments

Godstone Farm with notonthehighstreet.com’s Storytime Sounds

Last week we had a fabulous family day out at Godstone Farm courtesy of Notonthehighstreet.com, who were launching a new Farmyard Sounds board for their Storytime Sounds app.

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BDT goes large: Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent

Posted on Friday, 10 April, 2015 in BDT goes large, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

BDT goes large: Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent

Thanks to the recent adaptation of Wolf Hall, all things Tudor- and Anne Boleyn-related are having a resurgence; and what better place to find out more about the notorious Queen Anne, than her childhood home, Hever Castle?

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Cineworld Movies for Juniors – Amazing Value Holiday Activity

Posted on Friday, 3 April, 2015 in Cinema, Featured, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Cineworld Movies for Juniors – Amazing Value Holiday Activity

If the prospect of spending a fortune on activities during the holidays is a concern, here’s our top tip for a budget day out.

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Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the “Walkie-Talkie” Building)

Posted on Friday, 13 March, 2015 in Featured, News, Rainy day, Sunny day, Views | 0 comments

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the “Walkie-Talkie” Building)

Panoramic views of London come at a price: £25 gets you into the Shard, the London Eye costs upwards of £20. So we were really quite excited this week to be going to visit the recently-opened free public space on the 35th floor of the controversial “Walkie-Talkie” building in the heart of the City…

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Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Friday, 6 March, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

This week we went Plantastic at the Horniman Museum. As the name suggests, the Horniman’s latest temporary exhibition celebrates the wonderful world of plants and their importance in everyday life.

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Imagine Children’s Festival, 9 to 22 February 2015

Posted on Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 in Featured, Festivals | 0 comments

Imagine Children’s Festival, 9 to 22 February 2015

One of the best things about the otherwise uneventful month of February is the Southbank Centre’s annual Imagine Children’s Festival. For two whole weeks the Centre’s venues are swarming with little people who come to enjoy the live music and theatre, take part in workshops, experience interactive installations and meet their favourite authors and illustrators.

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Planes 2: Fire & Rescue

Posted on Thursday, 11 December, 2014 in Featured, News, Products | 0 comments

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue

The winter cold and flu season has hit us with a vengeance, so what better week to receive a copy of Disney’s Planes 2: Fire & Rescue (just released on DVD) to keep us entertained? OK, so we’ve never actually seen the first Planes movie but MJ loves Cars and Cars 2 and the Planes films are basically a spin-off that continues the franchise in a similar vein. Plus, we’ve been exposed to (and by various means have acquired) so much Planes merchandise over the last couple of years that the main character, Dusty Crophopper, was already a household name for us.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Southbank Winter Festival and Covent Garden

Posted on Thursday, 20 November, 2014 in Featured, Festivals, News | 0 comments

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Southbank Winter Festival and Covent Garden

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around London, with decorations springing up and lights gradually being switched on.

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – Tower of London

Posted on Thursday, 6 November, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – Tower of London

This week we joined the hordes of people visiting the Tower of London to see the flood of ceramic poppies installed to mark the centenary of the First World War. Regardless of whether you approve of the installation or agree with its detractors, it’s hard not to be both impressed and moved by it when you visit in person. The poppies will be removed gradually following Armistice Day. Details here

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Big Fish Little Fish at The Bedford, Balham – Review

Posted on Thursday, 16 October, 2014 in Featured, Festivals, Rainy day | 0 comments

Big Fish Little Fish at The Bedford, Balham – Review

We were invited to a Halloween-themed family rave at The Bedford in Balham last Sunday afternoon by the kind people behind Big Fish Little Fish. On parking just around the corner from the venue we knew we were in the right place as a succession of small witches, cats and pumpkins toddled excitedly past.  With our own little day-glo pumpkin impersonator (and his little brother) in tow, we joined the queue to get our entry stamps and complimentary glow sticks.

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Ancient lives, new discoveries: British Museum (Parents and Carers View)

Posted on Thursday, 11 September, 2014 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Ancient lives, new discoveries: British Museum (Parents and Carers View)

We were invited to a special parents and carers view of Ancient lives, new discoveries at the British Museum this week. This new initiative sets aside a two hour slot during which parents and carers can bring children of any age to the Museum’s current exhibition without worrying about disturbing people – plus there’s a free tea or coffee for the adults in the café afterwards. So, how was it for us?

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Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

Posted on Thursday, 3 July, 2014 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Soft play, Sporting Events, Sunny day | 0 comments

Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

The Tour de France sets off from Yorkshire this week with Stage 2 starting in the historic city of York. We spend a lot of time in York visiting family, so we have put together our favourite York family days out. Whether you are there this weekend for the Grand Départ, or taking a break in York over the summer, there’s plenty to do…

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One for the changing bag: Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF25

Posted on Wednesday, 18 June, 2014 in Featured, News, Products, Sunny day | 0 comments

One for the changing bag: Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF25

As we are out and about most days, I always have at least one bottle or tube of high factor sun cream in my bag to slather onto the boys whenever the sun makes an appearance. To date, I’ve generally relied on the big name brands, mostly out of convenience, but I’m always open to new discoveries and so was glad to accept the offer from Green People to review their Organic Children Sun Lotion.

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BDT goes large: The Collection, Lincoln

Posted on Thursday, 24 April, 2014 in BDT goes large, Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

BDT goes large: The Collection, Lincoln

babydaytripper spent a lovely weekend in the historic city of Lincoln recently, one of the highlights of which was a return visit to The Collection, a great family-friendly museum which we first visited on a previous trip.

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On the Buses: London Transport Museum

Posted on Thursday, 20 March, 2014 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

On the Buses: London Transport Museum

We achieved a long term ambition this week by visiting the London Transport Museum. Highly recommended by a number of friends with children, we’ve been intending to go for ages and we were not disappointed. Perfect for kids who get excited about buses and trains, this is a Museum they, and you, will want to visit again and again.

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EDF Energy London Eye

Posted on Thursday, 14 November, 2013 in Featured, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

EDF Energy London Eye

A kind family member in possession of some free tickets for the London Eye invited me and MJ to accompany him for a spin this week.

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Horniman wins Family Friendly Museum Award

Posted on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 in Featured, Museums, News, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Horniman wins Family Friendly Museum Award

Congratulations to the Horniman – our favourite local museum has won the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.  As regular visitors, we at babydaytripper are familiar with its many family friendly elements, but it’s fantastic to see this being recognised more widely.

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Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Posted on Thursday, 18 July, 2013 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Parks, Soft play, Sunny day | 0 comments

Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Pembrokeshire, Wales

This week babydaytripper escaped London for a week in Pembrokeshire. We’d heard in advance that Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo is the place to take the family if you’re in the area and so we set off with high hopes for a great day out…

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Babydaytripper’s Top Five Parks and Playgrounds

Posted on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 in Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Babydaytripper’s Top Five Parks and Playgrounds

Summer is here and, who knows, it might even be warm enough to spend some time outdoors. With this in mind, here are babydaytripper’s top five London parks and playgrounds:

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The Hop Farm Family Park, Kent

Posted on Thursday, 13 June, 2013 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Parks, Soft play, Sunny day | 0 comments

The Hop Farm Family Park, Kent

EDIT: We returned to Hop Farm in 2014 and were disappointed. It was much more expensive than the previous trip and the service in the restaurant left a lot to be desired. We are not intending to return again any time soon.

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This week we ventured out on a babydaytrip with both MJ and new baby G for the first time. Such a special occasion merited a trip outside London for a change – so we thought we’d try The Hop Farm in Kent. Easily accessible by car from London, The Hop Farm Family Park is an ideal destination for city families with small children who fancy escaping to the country for a few hours…

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