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Cambridge Folk Festival – July 2012

Posted on 17th May 2012 in Family Fun

Thurs 26, Fri 27, Sat 28 and Sun 29 July 2012

Kids (of all ages!) Catered for at the 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival

Get your tickets now – they are selling out fast!

The 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival looks set to be the most family friendly event in its history with the widest range yet of activities on offer for both young children and teenagers to enjoy across the four days.

Renowned for being one of the most family friendly and safe environments of any UK Festival this year’s event will feature:

For young children the Festival provides: A free crèche & children’s activities; a padding pool & playground; children’s games; a special kids’ ceilidh; children’s poetry sessions; music, dance, craft and drawing workshops; storytelling; theatre shows; face-painting; a duck pond and a nearby swimming pool at Coldhams Common campsite.

In addition the Festival provides designated areas for family camping.

For teenagers and slightly older kids the Festival also offers: the fun of the dancing to music only you can hear at the Festival’s Silent Ceilidh; the Festival’s internet café (the Folknet Café); a music making area just for teenagers; music sessions; music workshops and even opportunities to perform on stage.

The festival also runs its own Young Musicians competition each year.

With a beautiful wilderness area to also explore, the 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival promises to be the place to get away from it all for families this year. Oh…and don’t forget, there is also some music to enjoy of course!

Muncaster Castle

Posted on 14th May 2012 in days out/ Family Fun

Last year, during our holiday in the Lake District, we had a wonderful family day out at Muncaster Castle.

The castle itself is stunning, very well-preserved and is actually still inhabited by members of the Pennington family. We were incredibly fortunate as when we looked around the inside of the castle we actually met, the very congenial and charming, Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington who took the time to chat to us.

Muncaster boasts a beautiful collection of owls who you can see in the Owl Centre or watch during flying displays in the castle grounds; although on sunny days I would recommend that you take a hat and lots of sun screen as the grounds are a bit of a sun trap.

The view from the path around the castle is truly breath-taking, even more so because you can clearly see buzzards flying around as they waiting for the Herons to be fed! When you go, I urge you to wait and see the Heron Feed it is simply amazing. The herons start appearing and sit in the trees or in little clusters on the ground, then when the food is thrown down to them they perform the strangest mexican stand-off! They all pretend not to be interested in the food while slowly moving closer to it until finally one of them makes a break for it which then prompts one or two of the others to go for it too and then the all pretend not to be interested again! All the while the buzzards are flying around trying to pinch the food too. Amazing and funny to watch.

On the day we went, there was a jester performing on the lawn which the children thought was brilliant. He did juggling, fire eating, escapology with a running commentary of jokes. Further into the grounds is the Meadowvole Maze which is an interactive maze for all the family; especially good for little ones.

As well as having a gift shop with lovely mementos of Muncaster there is also a plant shop and a cafe which sells the most incredible cakes!

I would definitely recommend a trip to Muncaster Castle if you are staying nearby, it was a day of good old-fashioned family fun and the drive to it offers some incredible views of the area.

Papertoy Monsters!

Posted on 31st March 2011 in book review/ Family Fun/ Papertoy Monsters

I have to share with you a new book that my boys have been playing with.

When I say ‘have to’ I meant that I would like to, not that someone has a gun to my head. Just in case you wondered. I know you didn’t.


The book is called Papertoy Monsters and it’s flipping brilliant!


It is great to just hand over to the children, my 2 (aged 9 & 11) amused themselves for hours (oh yes, HOURS) making an army of monsters. The pages can be torn out and divided up – then the monsters are popped out of the page and assembled. Younger children would need help with tricky folds and gluing.


Soon enough your lounge will also look like it’s been taken over by a race from outaspace! Great book, good family fun, heartily recommend it.

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