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My Sunday Photo 31-07-2016

Sunday, 31 July 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.

"Let's play running around!" This is Little Miss A's favourite game at the moment and she takes every opportunity to play it. Here she is with Daddy running around in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor.


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Orchids at Aston Clinton Ragpits

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

We first visited the Aston Clinton Ragpits back in April 2014 and saw on the information board that the area is full of orchids from April to August.  We kept saying we should revisit to see the orchids and last month we did!

It's a really pretty sight seeing the orchids in bloom. Closer inspection and we realised that there were a few different species. 

There were just 2 other people at the Ragpits whilst we were there and they knew there orchids which was great as they pointed out the Greater Butterfly Orchid. It was the only one and it was on a path we hadn't taken so we were grateful they told us.

It was a nice little walk and good to get out for some fresh air. It doesn't take long to walk around but there is a bench over the fence which is great for a snack or picnic lunch pitstop.

We aren't getting out for family walks that much at the moment so it was just nice to be outdoors together. It's well worth timing your visit to the Ragpits to see these beautiful flowers in bloom.

You can read more about our previous visit which we also combined with another local walk in this post - Ragpits and Reservoir.

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My Sunday Photo 24-07-2016

Sunday, 24 July 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.

Pop! Pop! Pop! Little Miss A really enjoyed chasing the big bubbles on a walk with friends at Coombe Hill.


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Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury in the Summer School Holidays 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

I have compiled a list of the activities and events going on in and around Aylesbury during the Summer School Holidays.

For lots more ideas, take a look at this guide to summer holiday activities in South Bucks from One Man And His Sprog.

Thame Play Day
Saturday 23rd July
Red Kite Children's Centre are hosting a Play day with lots of different activities on offer for the under 10s, including Winnie the Witch and Orinoco Scrap Store, along with sport and music and lots more.
Place: Southern Road Recreation Ground, Thame
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Free
We went along to this event last year, take a look at our experience of the Thame Play Day.

Family Fun Day
Sunday 24th July
Runaround Rascals are hosting a family fun day with soft play, bouncy castle, entertainment, craft stalls and much more!
Place: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury HP21 9PP
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per adult and £1 for children. Under 1's are free.

Fancy dress Musical Disco Party Fun Jacqu'in the Box
Wednesday 27th July
It's freezing in the Caribbean. Come along in your favourite fancy dress and set sale on the HMS JACQUINTHEBOX bound for Treasure Island. But something has happened to the weather and instead of sunshine and sand we have Snow and Ice!? Who's magic powers could have caused such a freeze? Party games, singing, dancing and fun for all the family. Suitable for children up to 6/7 years. Tea/coffee/ squash/biscuits and a little goody bag included. Must pre-book and pay in advance - call 07948371615.
Place: Bedgrove, Aylesbury
Time: 2pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £8 per child £12 two siblings

Pokemon Go Event
Thursday 28th July
Enjoy free refreshments, a place to chrrge your phones and compare notes on the Pokemon you have found. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
Place: Church on Fairford Leys, Fairford Leys, Aylesbury
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: Free

#AylesburyThursdays Events
Every Thursday from 28th July - 25th August
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, there are kids event with free activities in Aylesbury town centre every Thursday. 28th July - Magic Thursday! 4th August - Farmongous Thursday. 11th August - Ninjatastic. 18th August - Thrill Seeking Thursday. 25th August - Little Landies.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day).

Dunstable Kite Festival
Saturday 30th July - Sunday 31st July
Be enthralled by the amazing aerial acrobatics as the professional kite display teams put on a show stopping spectacular. Lots of additional activities including stalls, funfair rides and more.
Place: Dunstable Downs, Dunstable LU6 2GY
Time: See website for details.
Cost: Free to spectate. Other activities incur a charge.

Linslade Canal Festival
Saturday 30th July
There is plenty to interest visitors of all ages including rural craft demonstrations, colourful narrow boats, numerous handcraft stalls selling products from cheese, ceramics and plants, along with activities and entertainment.
Place: Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2
Time: 11am - 5pm
Cost: Free. Some activities incur a charge.

Camerons Big Family Fun Day
Saturday 30th July
A great family fun day with go karts, pony rides, childrens entertainers, facepainters, bouncy castles, fire engine, BBQ & much more!
Place: The Polecat Inn, 170 Wycombe Road, Great Missenden HP16 0HJ
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Cost: Activities will incur a charge.

Cha Cha Chimps & Runaround Rascals Fun Morning
Sunday 31st July
An exciting fun morning for little ones aged 1 to 5 years with music, dancing and softplay. Cha Cha Chimps will be there offering their fun music and dance imagination. Runaround Rascals will also be there with their softplay equipment and bouncy castle! Tickets need to be pre-booked.
Place: Stoke Mandeville Community Centre, Aylesbury HP22 5UJ
Times: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: £12 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Fun on the Green
Sunday 31st July
Family fun including BBQ, face painting, bouncy castles, henna art, tombola, lucky dip, sweets and much more.....
Place: Play Park at Buckingham Park, Aylesbury HP19 9DZ
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: Activities will incur a charge.

Play in the Park
Wednesday 3rd August
A fun packed family day of activities and entertainment, to celebrate National Play Day, brought to you by the communities team within Aylesbury Vale District Council. Activities for children aged 3 to 12 years will include arts & crafts, bouncy castles, giant sand pit, inflatables, a climbing wall, face painting and lots more!
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: Entry is free along with some activities. A token system will operate on the day for other activities which cost between £1 and £3.
We've been to this event for the last 3 years and there's always so much to do. Take a look at what we got up to at Play in the Park in 2015.

PAW Patrol at Friars Square!
Wednesday 3rd August
Head down to Friars Square on Wednesday 3rd August for some Pawsome Adventures with Chase and Marshall from the Paw Patrol! The characters will be making personal appearances at half hourly intervals. There will also be a free craft workshop.
Place: Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury HP20 2QF
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: Free

Thursday 4th and Thursday 11th August
Crafts and activities for families.
Place: Trinity Coffee Shop, Walton Street, Aylesbury
Time: 10.30am - 11.45am
Cost: Free

Aliens Love Underpants at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th August
On-stage adaptation of the best-selling children's book.
Place: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury HP20 1UG
Times: Vary by day, see website
Cost: £15.65 plus transaction fee

Kids Fun Day and BBQ
Sunday 7th August
In aid of Sarcoma Cancer Charity. Face painting, BBQ, balloon modelling, raffle, cake sale, lots of fun things for children to do! Also Spiderman will be paying a visit.
Place: The Queens Head, Temple Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QA
Time: 12.30pm
Cost: Activities will incur a charge.

Teddy Bears Picnic
Monday 8th August
A chance to bring your favourite Teddy to along for a morning of fun in Brush Hill Local Nature Reserve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
Place: Whiteleaf car park, top of Peters Lane, Princes Risborough HP27 0LN
Time: 10am
Cost: £5 per child, 3rd child goes free

Storytelling in the Woods with the Chiltern Society
Wednesday 10th August
Bring along your lunch and favourite teddy for a picnic, whilst hearing woodland tales from a professional storyteller. Booking in advance is essential, book here or contact the office on 01494 771250.
Place: Wendover Woods, Wendover
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Cost: £3 child member/£5 child non-member

Archaeology Day at Buckingham Old Gaol
Wednesday 10th August
Archaeologist and geologist, Jill Ayres, will be in the museum with displays and activities for children, along with an information table where children and adults may bring items to be identified.
Place: Buckingham Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham MK18 1JX
Times: See website for details
Cost: Free entry to the courtyard

Summer FUN at Buckingham Park Community Centre
Thursday 11th August
Fun for children aged 0 to 5 years including soft play, bouncy castle, giant ball pit, face painting and crafts. Tickets on sale at the Community Centre.
Place: Buckingham Park Community Centre, Jubilee Square, Aylesbury HP19 9DZ
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: £2 per family

Summer Picnic Fun at Rushmere Country Park
Friday 12th August
Discover a trail around the park, then picnic on the meadow with your favourite soft toy. Limited spaces so booking in advance only- call 01525 234260 to book. Suitable for 2-8 year olds. Themed children's picnic boxes included.
Place: Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB
Time: 10am
Cost: £12.50 per child (adults must stay with the children)
This is one of our favourite places to go for a family walk. Find out more in my review of The Rather Special Rushmere Country Park.

Craft Workshops with Oglee Poglee
Friday 12th, Friday 19th and Friday 26th August
Each Oglee Poglee workshop includes 6 creative activities, a story and a biscuit. Different theme at each workshop. For children aged 18 months to 8 years.
Places: 12th August - Tring. 19th August - Amersham. 26th August - Berkhamsted. See website for details.
Time: 10am - 11am
Cost: £7 per child

Tribal Hearts Festival
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th August
A family friendly festival with live music, food, camping and plenty of fun. They'll be arts & crafts for kids, parenting workshops, yoga & meditation, bushcraft skills and lots more.
Place: Green Park, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton HP22 5NE
Times: See website for details
Cost: Tickets from £22.50 for children and £50 for adults (Early bird prices) for the weekend or £30 for adults for one day. Under 2.5 years go free. Parking is £10.

Pitstone Green Museum
Sunday 14th August and Monday 29th August
A really interesting museum that has numerous exhibits relating to farming, country life and trades local to the area. There are lots of different buildings that contain the displays and you can wander around them at your own pace. This Museum is only open on select days throughout the year and the Bank Holiday Monday is one of them.
Place: Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone LU7 9EY
Time: 11am - 5pm
Cost: Adults £6.00, Children £2.00
To find out more about this Museum, take a look at the review of the Pitstone Green Museum from our visit.

First Aid Workshops by ABC First Aid School
Tuesday 16th and Saturday 20th August
Flat Stan First Aid workshops which have been specifically developed to allow vital first aid skills to be taught to Primary School children. Children are taught the skills to recognise a variety of first aid situations, how to deal with them and summon help. Two age groups: 4-7 years and 8-11 years. Places are secured on payment of a non-refundable £10 fee.
Place: 16th August - Aylesbury Vale Community Church. 20th August - Church on Fairford Leys
Times: Vary by day. Check for details
Cost: £10 per child

Wild Thing
Friday 19th August
A fun morning tracking trails, making mapsticks, plus den building at Whiteleaf Hill. Booking essential.
Place: Whiteleaf car park, Peters Lane, Princes Risborough HP27 0LN
Time: 10am
Cost: £5 per child and 3rd child goes free

Towersey Festival
Friday 26th - Monday 29th August
4 days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World and Americana music. As well as the music stages, there are arts & crafts, theatre, and lots more plus children's activities including face painting, comedy and puppet shows.
Place: Thame Showground, Oxon, OX9 3JL
Cost: See website for details.
To find out a bit more about this Festival, take a look at Little Miss A's First Festival Experience from 2015.

Parklife - Live in the Park
Saturday 27th August
A day of continuous live music performed on a large outdoor stage along with traditional funfair rides, inflatables and family entertainment. Organised by Aylesbury Town Council.
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury HP20 1DX
Time: 12pm - 9.30pm
Cost: Free

Parklife - Proms in the Park
Sunday 28th August
A spectacular musical evening with a fantastic firework display finale! Organised by Aylesbury Town Council.
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury HP20 1DX
Time: 7.15pm - 9.30pm
Cost: Free

Teddy Bears Picnic
Tuesday 30th August
Bring your favourite Teddy along for a morning of fun at lovely Prestwood Nature Reserve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
Place: Prestwood Local Nature Reserve, Hampden
Time: 10am
Cost: £5 per child, 3rd child goes free

Bucks County Show
Thursday 1st September
A one day agricultural show with animal showing classes and rural demonstrations plus a whole range of family entertainment including the Cookery Theatre, Home & Garden Marquee and Shopping Marquees.
Place: Weedon Park, Weedon, near Aylesbury, HP22 4NN 
Time: 8am - 6pm
Cost: Adult: £12 online/£16 at the gate. Children (aged 5-16) £5 online/£6 at the gate. Under 5s are free. Family (2 adults & 2 children): £29 online/£38 at the gate. 
To find out a bit more about this Show, take a look at the post I wrote after our visit to the Bucks County Show a couple of years ago.

Day Out with Thomas at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September
All aboard for a Day Out with Thomas and his friends. There are lots of themed activities and of course a ride on Thomas himself! Plus explore everything the Railway Centre has to offer.
Place: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton HP22 4BY
Time: 10.30am to 5pm
Cost: See website for details
Take a look at my review of a Day Out with Thomas from our visit to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre earlier this year.

Camping & Family Fun Day at Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary
Saturday 3rd September
Family fun and games all afternoon as well as meeting the ponies, lambs, pigs, rabbits and other residents of the Sanctuary. Then enjoy an evening BBQ before spending the night camped in the grounds. Must be pre-booked.
Place: Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary, Darrs Lane, Northchurch HP4 3RJ
Time: Tent set-up from noon
Cost: £10 per pitch. BBQ at extra cost.

Xscape goes Jurassic
Friday 22nd July - Sunday 4th September
Xscape visitors will be able to enjoy free family entertainment and events in the Dino experience. Activities including a "Dig and Dust" experience, where young explorers can don a Safari suit, dig for prehistoric ruins and then get their hands dirty making clay models of the bones they find. Or, if you'd rather sit back and be entertained, our Dino Rangers will be presenting storytelling and puppet shows throughout the day. Aswell as the scarily lifelike dinosaurs that have taken up residence inside and outside of Xscape, there will be a T-Rex roaming around Xscape and putting on a show on set weekends.
Place: Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3XS
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Cost: Free

Pirate Fun at Buckingham Old Gaol
Friday 22nd July - Saturday 3rd September
Join in the fun with a great quiz, treasure hunt and crafts on the terrace.
Place: Buckingham Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham MK18 1JX
Times: See website for details
Cost: Usual museum admission charge plus 50p for the activities

Love Parks Activities organised by AVDC
Various dates between Saturday 23rd July and Wednesday 31st August
AVDC will be celebrating Love Parks with a series of free or low cost events in parks across Aylesbury and Buckingham for children aged 3 – 10 years. Activities including skateboarding, frisbee golf, orienteering and more. See website for details.
Place: Parks across Aylesbury and Buckingham
Times: See website for details
Cost: Free or low cost

Be A Super Hero at intu Milton Keynes
Saturday 23rd July - Friday 2nd September
Join intu and DC Comics Super Heroes Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman on a number of super hero missions this summer. Come and meet DC Comics Super Heroes, take part in villain round-ups, even try a super hero costume on for size…
Place: intu Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes MK9 3GB
Times: See website
Cost: Free

The Beach at centre:mk
Saturday 30th July - Sunday 4th September
Whatever the weather does this summer, you can still go to the beach! Like any good beach, it comes complete with its own carousel, candy floss, ice creams and deckchairs.
Place: Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Milton Keynes
Times: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 6pm. Saturday 9am - 6pm. Sunady 10am - 5pm.
Cost: Free entry to the Beach. Prices apply for the rides.

Braziliant Adventures at Wyevale Garden Centres
Tuesday 2nd - Thursday 25th August
Kids' crafts, gardening and baking fun every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All events must be pre-booked online.
Place: Wyevale Garden Centres: World's End - Wendover and Bicester Avenue
Time: Check website
Cost: From £2.50 per child

Play Around the Parishes
Various dates
Lots of free play sessions in parks and Children's Centres around the County. Take a look at the timetable for more details and see if there's an event near you.

Millets Maize Maze
Daily until Sunday 11th September
Have fun and get lost in Maize Maze at Millets Farm. This year's theme is 'Millets Majestic Maze'.
Place: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB
Time: 9.30am - 6pm
Cost: £6.80 per person. Under 2s are free. Group prices available.
Millets Farm is definitely worth a visit as there's lots to do including a Farm Zoo. Take a look at the review of Millets Farm Centre from our visit a couple of years ago. It's definitely on our list to visit again.

Beach at Frosts Garden Centres
Daily until Sunday 4th September
The beach is back and comes complete with outdoor games and a Victorian Carousel. There are also themed Beach Parties taking place on various dates, see website for details (additional cost).
Place: Frosts Garden Centres: Woburn Sands (Milton Keynes) and Millets Farm (Abingdon)
Time: See website
Cost: Free

Workshops at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Various dates throughout the summer holidays
Different workshops running each week. Some activities are suitable for all ages, others for ages 5 and over.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for workshop times
Cost: Museum entry is free. Workshops are £2 or £4 per child.
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at these posts: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum and Meeting the Animals Again at Tring Museum

Kids for £1 on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Dates throughout the summer holidays
Throughout the summer school holidays the Railway are operating a Kids-for-a-Quid scheme! Starting on Sunday 24th July until Sunday 4th September inclusive and every day in-between that the railway runs.
Place: Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Station Approach, Station Road, Chinnor OX39 4ER
Trains: Vary by day. See website for details.
Cost: Up to two children can travel for just £1 each when accompanied by another fare-paying adult/senior. See website for details
To find out more about travelling on this Railway, take a look at my review of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway from last year.

Family Fun Activities
Weekdays between Monday 25th July and Friday 26th August
Discover how Bucks people and places inspired some of Roald Dahl’s beloved stories and create some phizzpopping crafts as we celebrate his 100th Birthday! No need to book.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Time: Drop in between 10am and 12 noon or 1pm and 3pm.
Cost: £3 per child

Odeon Kids Screenings
Screenings of kids films every day during the summer holidays. Tickets are just £2.50 each for children and adults.
Place: Odeon, Exchange Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UR
Times: See website for details
Cost: £2.50 per ticket

Everyday (ongoing)
Join Stick Man on his forest adventure at Wendover Woods. Set off with a hop and a twirl and help get Stick Man get back to the family tree!!
Place: Wendover Woods
Time: 10am - 5pm
CostFree. Car parking charges apply. Activity packs available from the Go Ape cabin or Cafe for an additional cost of £3.
To find out more about the Trail, take a look at the review of the Stick Man Trail from our recent visits.

College Lake
Various dates throughout the summer holidays
Lots of Children's Workshops during the summer holidays. Take a look at the website for more details. The Lake is a favourite of ours, read about our family walk at College Lake.

Everyday (ongoing)
A fun trail of 22 artworks celebrating children's stories that takes you all around the town of Leighton Buzzard.
Place: Leighton Buzzard
Time: Anytime
CostFree. Car parking charges apply. Trail sheet can be picked up from the library or downloaded from the website.
To find out more about the Trail, take a look at the review of the Leighton-Linslade Children's Trail from our recent visit.

National Trust
Throughout the summer
It's worth checking the National Trust website for details of the school holiday activities going on at each of their properties.

Children's Centres
The Children's Centres throughout Bucks are open during the school holidays and run a summer holiday timetable. See the Bucks Family Info Service website for details of your nearest centre and for timetables.

I've compiled these events from various websites, Facebook etc. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

I'd love to know if there's any events not on this list. I'll try to add to this list with any additional ones I find out about over the next couple of weeks.

For more ideas, you might also be interested in the Family Days Out and Family Walks that we've been on. And don't forget to visit One Man And His Sprog for lots more ideas in South Bucks.

Hope you and your family have a great Summer, whatever you're up to!

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My Sunday Photo 17-07-2016

Sunday, 17 July 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.

It was taken yesterday at a birthday party that Little Miss A went to. Here she is dancing away. I think she looks so grown up in this picture.


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Siblings - July 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Little Miss A and Baby R.

These two have been a part of each other's lives for 2 months now and their relationship is so lovely. Little Miss A continues to lavish affection on her baby brother. He's always the first to get a good-morning and good-night kiss.

I love their t-shirts in this series of photos - 'Best Sister' and 'Little Brother'. So cute!

I had to include this photo aswell which was taken on their Daddy's birthday. It shows the cheeky side of Little Miss A and it was so great to capture one of Baby R's smiles which are a new thing this month.

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

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My Sunday Photo 10-07-2016

Sunday, 10 July 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.

This is Sassy - my parents' dog who we are now going to be looking after. Took this picture today on our first walk round the park together and given everything that is going on at the moment I thought it was apt that she sat down with a rainbow behind her.


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Leighton-Linslade Children's Trail

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Leighton-Linslade Children's Trail is a fun trail of 22 artworks celebrating children's stories that takes you all around the town of Leighton Buzzard.

I've been wanting to do the Leighton-Linslade Children's Trail for a while and the opportunity arose when Mr MoaB's family came to visit us at the start of last month. It seemed like a great activity for Little Miss A to do with her cousins and actually got us all involved as we tried to spot the artworks. You have to look up, down and all around to find them all. We were determined to find them all so when we couldn't find one, we had to go back at the end and find it!

We started the Trail at the library on Lake Street, which was actually our first challenge as we've never been to Leighton Buzzard town centre before so it took us a while to find the library! Here we picked up copies of the Trail sheet with a map and clues. Alternatively, you can download and print off a copy of the Trail guide from the Leighton-Linslade Town Council website

Some of the quotes and sculptures are quite obvious which book they're from such as the Golden Ticket but I must admit that I'm not sure of all the references. At some point I must try to work out a few more of them.

If it was a hot day, then you could make a day of it by doing the Children's Trail and also spending time at the Splash Park and playground in Parsons Close Recreation Ground. Unfortunately for us it was too cold for the Splash Park this time.

We have since been back to Leighton Buzzard to the Splash Park and Little Miss A pointed out some of the sculptures as we passed them so it obviously made an impression on her as she remembered where they were.

It's such a great trail with so many interesting little sculptures to spot. It was a really fun thing to have done with Mr MoaB's family. Definitely something a bit different to do with kids and a really great way to explore the town as it takes you to parts that you might not know about.

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Roald Dahl Festival 2016

Monday, 4 July 2016

For the second year in a row we enjoyed a Wondercrump Day at the Roald Dahl Festival in Aylesbury. We are so lucky that this event takes place in our local town as it really is a spectacle. The theme this year was The BFG.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Parade and activities of the Roald Dahl Festival last year so I was pleased that I could take Little Miss A along again (and take Baby R of course but he slept through most of it!). She's still too young to know the stories but it really doesn't matter as it's all about the sights and sounds of the Parade and then having fun doing some of the activities.

We took the bus into town and arrived in good time to see the Parade. Just as were finding a viewing spot we encountered our first BFG!

I must admit it is years since I read The BFG so I couldn't remember all of the story but in the Parade there were the obvious characters of the BFG himself, Sophie, the Queen ('her Majester' as the BFG calls her) and also things that are referred to in the book such as Dream Jars.

Little Miss A loved all the bands and was dancing away. There was so much to look at and it's such a colourful and fun Parade.

Once the Parade had passed by, we headed to Aylesbury Library to see what was going on there. They were doing a Dream Bottling Craft which Little Miss A got involved in. There was also a trail but this was aimed at older children as you had to guess the title of Roald Dahl books from picture clues, so we didn't do this. There was also going to be some storytelling, but I decided we'd take a wander to see what else was going on.

We headed to Kingsbury where there was a large marquee set-up with lots of different craft activities. I also bumped into some of my colleagues from the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service. Little Miss A was more interested in the band playing and the big inflatable slide than anything else but I did help her make a BFG face out of clay!

Our final destination was the Bucks County Museum. We timed it just right as when we went in to the gardens, we came across the BFG and her Majester! During the Parade, this BFG had bent down to say hello to Little Miss A and she went all shy. So I was surprised when she patiently waited her turn to have a photo taken with him!

We had a wander inside the Museum and started doing their trail but didn't quite get to complete it. There were crafts there as well but Little Miss A wanted to play with the wooden train. There's also a new Roald Dahl's Buckinghamshire exhibition just opened but we'll have to re-visit the Museum another time and see this. They were offering special discounted entry into the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery but we didn't get the chance to go here.

By this point Little Miss A was overtired and things started deteriorating so it was time to go home. Just at the right time as well as the heavens opened and there were hailstones whilst we were on the bus!

There was so much going on around town that we didn't get the chance to see and there was definitely more than last year so this event seems to be getting bigger and better. There's always next year to try to do more of it!

If your kids like Roald Dahl then the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden is a must. Also, there's the Roald Dahl's Countryside Trail which is a really nice walk starting from the Museum and taking in places that inspired Roald Dahl's stories.

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My Sunday Photo 03-07-2016

Sunday, 3 July 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.

It was taken yesterday at the Roald Dahl Festival in Aylesbury. This year's theme for the parade and activities was The BFG. I was quite surprised that Little Miss A posed for this photo. When she encountered the BFG in the parade she was really shy, but when she saw him again later in the Museum gardens then she was keen to have a photo!


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Me & Mine - June 2016

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Joining up for with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with this photo of our little family for June.

The day before we took these pictures I'd taken a few photos of Little Miss A and Baby R on the floor for a Father's Day photo. The next day she wanted to recreate the photos with her Daddy. Then we were all messing about on the floor and I took these photos!

This month has been filled with great sadness which I may talk about at a later date but it's too raw at the moment.

We've still got out and about a bit, more so in the first half of the month.

June Highs:
  • - At the start of the month some of Mr MoaB's family came down to visit and to meet Baby R. We had a lovely few days with them including a walk in Rushmere Country Park and a fun afternoon doing the Leighton - Linslade Children’s Trail
  • - My Dad, Little Miss A and I managed to catch a fleeting glance of the Flying Scotsman when it passed through Kettering.  
  • - We were invited to host a Bowling Party at Hollywood Bowl for Little Miss A and she had a great time with some of her friends trying bowling for the first time. 
  • - On one of the rare hot days, I went to the Leighton Buzzard Splash Park with a couple of other Mums. The kids had such fun in both the splash park and big sand pit. 
  • - We had a fun day in Wendover Woods on Father's Day doing the Stickman Trail and trying our hand at the Stickman Games. 
  • - We took a walk around the Aston Clinton Ragpits to see the orchids. We've talked about doing this since our first visit to the Ragpits over 2 years ago when we read about the orchids, but each year we've missed the flowering season so pleased to have finally seen them. 
  • - I helped at another really successful NCT Nearly New Sale. Hard work, but really enjoyable. Hopefully sold a lot too as need to replace all the pink stuff with blue now!
  • - Baby R's weight has now picked up and he's going from strength to strength. He's settled in to our family so well, we can't imagine a time without him. 
  • - It has been so lovely introducing Baby R to some of our friends who have made special trips to come and visit us. We don't live near to any of our close friends, so it's so nice when we do get to see them. 

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