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662 – Bolsover Castle

26 Aug , 2014  

Explore the castle for over an hour with the girls as part of a stop off on the journey from Yorkshire back to the Midlands, having enjoyed lunch at the Pillar of Rock pub before the castle. It is cloudy with a breeze, but dry. I enjoy taking the girls round the castle, our second […]

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661 – Sea Life Sanctuary, Scarborough

25 Aug , 2014  

After shopping in the morning we walk along the North Bay on the beach to visit the sea life centre, using a 40% off voucher for the girls while Neal and I use our annual passes. The girls enjoy their 1-2 hour visit. Of note are the jellyfish lit up with different colours, the giant […]

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660c – Whitby Abbey

24 Aug , 2014  

Returning to the abbey via the 199 steps (which are very busy, the girls do well going both up and down the steps) we watch the final 3.30pm performance of a three actor comedy version of “Dracula” set in the abbey ruins. There is a large crowd watching the almost 90 minute performance, with people […]

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660b – Mary Ann Hepworth boat trip

24 Aug , 2014  

Then spend £2.50 each to go on the half hour trip on the Mary Ann Hepworth, the old RNLI lifeboat, originally in service from1938 until 1974, saving 201 lives. Sit towards the front (at the recommendation of the crew member collecting money on shore) with Neal and Chloe sitting right on the very front. From […]

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660a – Whitby Abbey

24 Aug , 2014  

A lovely sunny day. We park at the abbey car park and have a look around the abbey remains and the museum. Then walk down the 199 steps, passing St Mary’s church to have a look round a very busy Whitby, crossing the swing bridge to walk along to the harbour  and returning to go […]

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659 – Scarborough Castle

23 Aug , 2014  

Take Megan, Chloe and Isabel to Scarborough for the August Bank Holiday weekend. After a long, congestion filled journey (4 hours plus from collecting the girls, over 5 hours in total) enjoy an excellent Italian lunch, have a look around the shops and the South Bay front, then up to the castle. There is some […]

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559a – Twycross Zoo

5 Apr , 2012  

The annual Maundy Thursday day out with Megan, Chloe and Isabel. It is a cold, cloudy day as we arrive at nearby Twycross Zoo just as it opens at 10.00am and then spend three hours exploring. In addition to seeing the sea lions and penguins being fed, we have a ride on the mini-train and […]

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559b – Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester

5 Apr , 2012  

We then head to Leicester for the afternoon where we look round the council run but free Jewry Wall museum. It has some good artifacts and mosaics, but also impressive bath complex remains. We enjoy a good three course meal at the Leicester Prezzo (requested by the girls as they love the pizzas here), and […]

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528a – Wroxeter Roman City

21 Apr , 2011  

We take the nieces, Megan, Chloe and Isabel, out for the annual Maundy Thursday day exploring. It is a long day (out for 10 hours) but very warm and sunny (unseasonally hot in the afternoon). We start the day with an hours drive to Wroxeter (traffic surprisingly free flowing all day!) to explore the Roman […]

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528b – Shugborough Estate

21 Apr , 2011  

National Trust although run by Staffordshire Council – we get a family ticket so only costs £19. We head to the picnic area first to eat our packed lunches. We then follow the Lady Walk along the river (some modern sculptures dotted around) to the formal gardens. We then explore the house, decorated for Easter […]

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