Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Day Out // ... Mountfitchet Castle ...


During our half term, Noah went off on holiday with his cousin Sam glamping in Lincoln so we were down one kid.
I was pretty much working every day but on the two days off I had we decided we do something a little bit different and go a tad further afield. 

So on Tuesday my first day off, we jumped in the car and headed to Essex.
Two hours later we were at Mountfitchet Castle.


Mountfitchet Castle is a unique time capsule.

With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley, the Castle is situated on its original site which is steeped in history.
Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by William the Conqueror who built a wooden Motte and Bailey castle here.
Mountfitchet Castle was also briefly used by the Royalist Army to King Charles in the English Civil War (17th C). 
The Royalist forces held out at the castle when they were laid Siege to by Cromwell.
The grounds were cleared to reveal the original earthworks and mounds and after years of battling with planners, in 1980 the work began to reconstruct Mountfitchet Castle. After many years of work, the restoration of Mountfitchet Castle was completed and was opened to the public in 1985 and is unique as being the only wooden Motte and Bailey reconstruction on its original site anywhere in the world.
This historic castle enables the visitor to travel back in time to 1066 Norman England. Explore the Castle and roam through the Norman Village hidden behind the castle walls, wander in and out of the many houses and view the scenes, smell the log fires burning and experience the ambience of an ancient bygone lifestyle. A living history, hands-on and interactive experience.




We started off in the Toy Museum and Haunted house, we all really loved seeing all the toys, the boys all loved the Star Wars and Doctor Who collections.

The boys, however, weren't so keen on the Haunted House, Alex even cried halfway through! 
So we quickly turned on our phone lights and zoomed them through to the otherside.
Once through they all cheered up.
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When we arrived there was a school trip going on, so the grounds were full of children, but it didn't phase the boys and they got on with what they wanted to do.
The school kids were all very polite.

After lunch, the school kids all went back to school and the grounds became very empty, the boys pretty much had free range.

We went back around so the boys could do some bits that they had missed, like go inside the jail and play with the mills.

Also, once the school kids had gone the Deer came out to play!
They were super friendly and even fed straight from our hands.
That was probably my favourite part of the day.














Mountfitchet Castle is definitely worth a visit with the kids.




The staff were all really helpful and friendly.
We had a fab time and will probably go back again with Noah.



Friday, 18 October 2019

... Pumpkin Patch Fun ...

Hellooooooo.

Yes, I know I've been away for well over a year, but I'm back now!

I had a break from the blog as life got a little bit hectic with work, Uni and family life.
A lot has happened in the past year and I will write a proper catch up about all of that in another blog post.
But for now, this is just a short one about our fun at a pumpkin patch over at Undley Farm in Suffolk.



The boys have always enjoyed visiting Pumpkin patches and we did it a few times when we lived in Kent but have never done it since we moved to Norfolk.
Last year we grew our own in the garden so there was no real need to go and buy them.
 This year however only two grew in the garden, and after seeing a friend post some pictures I knew the boys would enjoy it. 


It only took an hour for us to get there, most of the drive it was chucking it down, but fortunately for us, the weather dried up as we arrived.
The inflatables weren't on as it was too wet but the boys weren't really too bothered by that, as there was plenty of other things to do once we had finished pumpkin hunting. 




We each picked a pumpkin each and then we decided to get a massive white pumpkin for the whole family.
I think it will look pretty awesome once it's carved.


In total we spent just under £30 on a ridiculous amount of pumpkins as Ru sneaked in some diddy ones towards the end.

I now need to think up lots of uses for the pumpkins we aren't going to carve.
If you have any good pumpkin recipes I would love to know.


Happy Pumpkin Picking if you're heading off to a patch this weekend.




Thursday, 17 October 2019

Easy craft ideas for kids to make at home


As the days draw in, and the weather takes a turn for the worst, entertaining your children at home becomes ever more important! So, from DIY hamster toys to seasonal crafts, here are a few easy ideas for activities to do with your children at home.




Get your seasonal craft on

It’s a beautiful time of year, so why not do some seasonal crafting to suit! Here are a few ideas:

1.    Cut an apple in half and create pumpkin paintings. 
Simple dip the half apple in orange paint and print the shape onto paper. 
Glue on a brown pipe cleaner stalk, googly eyes and draw a mouth and away you go!

2.    Go pumpkin picking. Pumpkins can be fun for many different things. 
Why not pick out your favourite at the pumpkin field; carve a fun shaped face into the side; get your bake on for a pumpkin pie; or cooking up a pumpkin soup.



Go on an adventure walk, and then get crafting

This time of year is beautiful, with its autumn leaves, fallen conkers and so much more. 
Why not take your children out on a nature walk and pick up a load of seasonal goodies to get craft with? 
Here are a few ideas for things you can do with your autumnal pickings.

1.    Use conkers to help toddlers paint. All they need to do is dip the conker into the paint, and make patterns like flowers, dots and so much more.

2.    Create bunting or an autumn mobile with fallen autumn leaves. Use a piece of string and tie the stalks of leaves into pretty patterns. 
There are so many beautiful, bright colours to include.



Make something for your pets

From DIY hamster toys to homemade cat or dog toys, why not recycle old items from around your home to create things for your home. 
Here are a couple of ideas:

1.    Rip an old t-shirt into strips and tie them around an old tennis ball. This creates an ideal tug toy or fetch toy to play with puppies and dogs!

2.    Stack up old toilet roll cardboard inserts into a pyramid and glue old ice lolly sticks to the sides to hold them together. This creates a fun tunnel stack for your hamster.



So, whether you want to have a little adventure outside before getting crafty with seasonal ideas or recycle things at home to make DIY pet toys, these ideas should be everything you need to keep your children occupied indoors.


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Friday, 3 August 2018

CRATE CREATURE SURPRISE

WARNING!

 Ferocious new friends are only an unbox away! 
With a grizzly exterior of ferocious fuzz, squirting snot, glowing eyes and growling noises, they’re big softies really.  Crate Creatures Surprise are itching to meet you if only you could help them escape…




Lured in by their favourite snack, Crate Creatures have been captured and crated and are landing in a Smyth’s near you. 
Crank out the crowbar and unlock the crate to unleash your new “beast” friend for hours of horrid fun, over and over again.




Rupert and the boys were recently sent the adorable yet grizzly SNORTHOG the bog warthog, who loves nothing more than digging up treats to eat and blowing out fantastically unpleasant boogers!
The boys loved that they had to break into the crate to set him free! They all tried to figure it out but Ru was in their first and used the crowbar and they all jumped when he sprang out of the box. 
They were all instantly smitten and couldn't wait to get Snorthog to copy what they were saying and they loved how they could make him fart.
The boys and fart noises go hand in hand, this toy is right up their street!

Ru loves that he's super soft and that he can go back in his box when bedtime comes around.
The twins have made him say all sorts of things, mostly "Rupert smells" and "Stay out of our room" but Ru being Ru records straight over them all sorts of growling noises and runs away giggling.

These toys are really easy to use and all the boys got the hang of it pretty quickly, I was sat reading the instructions to tell them how to use it and they had already figured it out.





Key Features 
Four different creatures to choose from,
Each creature comes with 45+ unique creature sounds and with its favourite food, which unlocks chomping sounds when placed in the mouth
Each creature comes with snack, lock and chain and reusable crate 
Each creature requires 3x AA batteries (included)
Each creature vibrates
Each creature can record your voice and  has a playback feature
RRP: £39.99 
Suitable for ages 3+

                               

These crate creatures are great fun and I highly recommend them, all four of the mini beasts give them a double thumbs up!
I think they'd make a superb birthday present.

Available now at Smyth’s Toystores