Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

Move over Sir Topham Hatt, there’s another ‘Fat Controller’ in town – and his belly wobbles like a bowl full of jelly. Father Christmas has moved into Drayton Manor Park, the home of Thomas Land (Sodor), where you’ll find the famous blue train engine and all his friends. The Tamworth theme park’s moated Castle of…

Northumberland

It was like a scene from the classic but gory animated film Watership Down… A large family of rabbits were happily hopping about and munching the grass around our holiday home when suddenly a cat appeared. The rabbits scattered into the bushes but one baby bunny was too slow and was last seen flailing in…

Newquay, Cornwall

It might sound like the sort of place a stag party ends up at, but there’s nothing seedy about Newquay’s Lusty Glaze. In fact, as beaches go, it’s one of the classiest; where the ‘fashionable’ might go to top up their tans while sipping on a Mai Tai. And, I’m sad to report, nobody’s eyes…

Warwick Castle

A thrilling show at Warwick Castle is telling the story of the 32-year Wars of the Roses in just 32 minutes! The Houses of Lancaster and York clash in a medieval-style arena with a 2,000 capacity, which opened for the first time on Saturday. The Wars Of The Roses Live is Warwick Castle’s most ambitious…

Perranporth, Cornwall

The thousands of families who holiday each year at Cornwall’s Perran Sands resort probably don’t realise their caravans stand next to one of Britain’s earliest places of Christian worship. Back in the sixth century, so the story goes, tribal kings in Ireland grew afraid of the power and influence of a holy man named Piran (or Perran), who…

Liverpool (review published 2016)

For a truly Shrek-tacular Christmas there really is only one place to go this year. Liverpool has become the first UK city to host DreamWorks Lights, a Chinese lantern attraction featuring much-loved characters from the blockbuster animated films Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. There are around 100 lanterns on display and our two youngsters,…

Paultons Park (review published 2016)

Pigs in blankets is an essential part of Christmas for many. But how about trying pigs in scarves, hats and winter coats for a change this year? Not on the dinner table, of course, but at Peppa Pig World, the family attraction near Southampton, in Ham-pshire. Porkers Peppa and her brother George are welcoming pre-schoolers…

Lake District (review published 2016)

Want the fun of a trampoline and a high ropes course without the fear of bouncing / falling to the ground? The answer to your prayers lies at a UK first attraction in the Lake District. Treetop Nets, near Windermere, is a mix of giant trampolines, bridges, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from ropes…

Paultons Park, Hampshire (review published 2016)

The dinosaurs of the Jurassic Coast have woken from their 65 million year slumber to begin a new reign of terror in the nearby New Forest. There have been sightings of fierce velociraptors, flying pterodactyls, giant triceratops and even a mighty tyrannosaurus rex, with the screams of children heard echoing around Hampshire. But don’t worry…

St Ives, Cornwall (review published 2016)

World record holder Jonathan Edwards could have almost hopped, skipped and jumped from our holiday home to the beach. I reckon Usain Bolt could have sprinted to the golden sands in about four seconds, the 90 degree left turn slowing him down somewhat. And it would have taken the sprinter only slightly longer to have…