Smithills in Bolton is an impressively-stocked open farm with baas, grunts, moos and quacking deafening you from the moment you hit the car park. The main attraction is the big barn which seems to have every animal imaginable side by side. I learnt this to my cost when one of the staff asked for a volunteer to hold one of the animals. The children were beside themselves when I, … [Read more...]
Attractions and Theme Parks
From roller coasters to walking the tightrope, and flying down the luge to racing your BMX at top speed - we've found plenty of exhilarating ideas to get their hearts racing.
I have a huge soft spot for Stockley Farm. Having visited many times with my older boys, I was looking forward to taking my third child Ted and his best friend Ellie. Lots of improvements have been carried out over the years but the tractor ride from the car park to the farm remains as fun as ever and the warm welcome you get at the farm has not changed either. We started our … [Read more...]
A trip to Windmill Farm is not going to disappoint. It’s got everything from outdoor and indoor play areas, a train, and of course animals, including birds of prey. All the usual suspects are here, such as cows, goats, pigs, Shetland ponies, plus a favourite of mine – Shire horses. A brilliant new addition in 2012 is a wooden goat bridge linking two fields together. A great … [Read more...]
In the Wildboarclough region on the edge of the Peak District, Blaze Farm nestles in a beautiful location. Hovis filmed their advert here in 2011 and you can absolutely see why! Blaze is a traditional dairy farm and the Hilly Billy Ice Cream sold in the little shop is made using milk from their own herd – the ice cream alone is worth making a detour for! There aren’t loads of … [Read more...]
Jenny Jones and the Bell brothers all started skiing on dry ski slopes, as did many of the skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain. Whatever your ambitions for your children, whether you’re hoping for a future champ, getting ski-fit for a forthcoming holiday, or simply trying out a new sport, you are bound to have fun at Ski Rossendale.I took my boys there, who have … [Read more...]