We Love Weekends – 17th April 2015

So I am currently on holiday in Cyprus, enjoying our second week (in a row) of family time away from home :)
This week, we have been staying in a villa with my Dad in a small village outside of Paphos.
It is a beautiful area – completely different from the beautiful countryside we stayed in last week but equally gorgeous.
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I came to Cyprus with my parents as a teenager, so it was lovely to share this gorgeous sland with my family.
Our villa is gorgeous, with a “heated” (um!) swimming pool, in a place called Latchi.
The children have had loads of fun playing together in the pool.
But before we went we made a point of setting some “Pool Rules” out for them.pool rules

We wanted them to have lots of fun and get lots of swimming practise in, but it is so important to be safe as well.

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Severn Valley Steam Train Ride

Whilst not far from the railway and with two mini train enthusiasts ( well Thomas the Tank Engine fans anyway!), we headed over to have a brief ride on the Severn Valley Steam Railway.

We decided not to join the train at Kidderminster, but headed along to the next stop along the line, Bewdley.

The station itself is very quaint and there seemed to be one little lady running it all – a la Miss Rabbit for all you Peppa Pig fans.
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There was a teeny tiny waiting room and the platforms themselves were all decked out with old fashioned milk urns, suitcases, trolleys and plenty of old signs.

All a great homage to times gone by.

The train puffed into the station and the two little boys faces were a picture. I think they would only have been more excited if Thomas himself had turned up.

Due to the location and times of the trains, we decided to only go one stop along the railway as we could then hop over the bridge and get the train straight back again. With little legs and short attention spans we felt this was better.

The train ride was lovely with some beautiful views – rivers, woods, reservoirs, farms and fields.
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We arrived at Arley station before the return train arrived, so the panic, that we would have to run across the bridge whilst yelling for the train to wait for us, was unnecessary!

Arley station was also very quaint and all decked out with the old-fashioned signs, another very traditional-looking village station.
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Our return train arrived and we were soon puffing our way back to Bewdley.

 

Witley Court

On Easter Monday we took a trip out to Witley Court with the family.

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The children had been there before with Grandma and Grandad so it was lovely to see somewhere that they had been without us, and we were blessed with fantastic weather.
Witley Court is part of the English Heritage, of which my in-laws are members, so Grandad and the children all got in on their tickets and we only had to pay for the other three adult tickets -at a cost of £8.20 each.
They had an treasure quest for the children to do – obviously Z was too young but the older pair enjoyed searching for the treasure chests whilst I decoded the symbols to discover where the housekeeper had lost her keys. In return for completing the quest, we got 2 golden (chocolate obviously) coins for each child.
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We headed first to the wilderness playground, which was lovely. It is all made from chunky wood and natural materials, and the children enjoyed climbing and playing before we headed over to the house.
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The house itself had been destroyed by a fire, but the walls and gardens remain and it is a pretty impressive sight particularly standing aloft, surrounded by rolling hills.
The main feature of the garden is the perseus and andromeda fountain which is turned on once an hour evert hour, so we waited around for a little while to see the spectacle.

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After the fountain display had finished, we headed to the tea rooms next door for some light refreshments, before heading back via the play area to the car.

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It was a lovely place to visit although it demands a lot of walking and Grandad did a sterling job of navigating all the paths despite his sprained ankle and even the children didn’t moan too much, the promise of ice cream just about sweetened it enough for them.
Well worth a visit, for all ages, if you are in the area.

British Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon

Having visited the British Heritage Motor Museum recently with my 6 year old, on her school trip, we decided to head back with the rest of the family for a proper look around.
We arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning and it was lovely and quiet!
After we had paid the entry – very reasonable price for a day out, especially as we gift aided it which gave us free passes for the rest of the year – the children were given clipboards and maps to take around with them. They had to find all of the stamps and stamp their maps and in return they each got a sticker, prize and some sweets. So they were happy as larry, racing around locating stamps.
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The museum is really well set out, with loads of interactive areas to entertain children.
Following the recent release of the Shaun the Sheep movie, they had a Shaun the sheep themed area by the entrance – this included a land rover, dressing up section, colouring area, as well as an ipad loaded with a Shaun the sheep game for them to play.
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We saw the London bus again but there was no dressing up or going on it as we did with the educational trip.
There were however, a couple of old cars that the children were allowed to sit in and pretend to drive!
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They enjoyed having a go at clocking in and looking at all the amazing different cars on display.
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cars at the British Heritage Motor Museum
There was so much to do and look at, and it was so well planned with little people in mind, that I would really recommend it as a great day out for the family. And if you do what we did and gift-aid the tickets you get an annual pass, so we will definitely be going back again this year at some point :)

"I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen" AA Milne

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