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Spooktastic, family fun at intu Chapelfield this half term

Free Halloween-themed craft activities and safe trick or treating

 Halloween is creeping up and intu Chapelfield has some spook-tacular family activities lurking around the corner with its half term Kids’ Club. From Wednesday 25 October to Sunday 29 October children will be able to enjoy fun, Halloween-themed crafts as well as taking part in the Big Trick or Treat.  And to round it all off there’s the chance to vote for the ‘best in show’ at the annual retailer pumpkin competition. Continue reading Spooktastic, family fun at intu Chapelfield this half term

7 Reasons I love The Handmade Fair

A couple of weekends ago I headed off to The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. This is the second fair I have been to, having already been to The Handmade Christmas Fair in Manchester a few years ago.

We had an excellent time and the weather was kind to us. A couple of downpours, but they were short-lived and there was plenty of cover. Here are 7 reasons I love the Handmade Fair.

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Gruffalo Spotting

Like most children of his age L is a big fan of the Gruffalo. In fact it’s not just him, we’re a family of Gruffalo admirers. It’s one of my favourite books to read to him. So when we were asked to try out Magic Light Pictures ‘The Gruffalo Spotter’ app, we straight away said yes. I’m always up for a bit of Gruffalo Spotting.

Boy in Gruffalo Spotting rucksack and wellie combo
L was very excited for a spot of Gruffalo Spotting

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Heading to the Coast with Greater Anglia #LetTheAdventureBegin

This bank holiday week husb and I are both off work, woop woop! So what better way to kick things off than to head to the coast on the train. Greater Anglia have started a new campaign #LetTheAdventureBegin and by hopping onto a train at our local station we did have an adventure!

Young boy on a train
L was so ready to #LetTheAdventureBegin he was very vocal telling us

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Our day at Beamish

When we went on holiday with Verdant Leisure we made the most of all County Durham had to offer, including a visit to Beamish. Well two actually! So I thought I’d write about our experience.

Feeling Calm
Even the weather was on our side. It may have been raining when we arrived but it was sunny by the time we left.

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Our Visit to Castle Acre

Earlier in the year I treated us to English Heritage membership. To be fair it was a no brainer. Membership for two adults, with L free, is £30 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers. So it was next to no money. L loves castles, English Heritage have a lot. It’s free days out for a year.

Castle Acre
Views of Castle Acre Castle

I’m going to try to write about all the properties we visit using our membership. What I liked, didn’t like, share some pictures. We’ve already made our money back on the membership, so I am very happy it is good value for money.

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New Buckenham Castle

You know when you have something on your doorstep and you keep on meaning to visit but never get round to it. New Buckenham Castle was that something for us. Well it’s only taken 5 years, but now we’ve been, and we just can’t stop visiting.

New Buckenham Castle
Looking down at the castle from the earthworks

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Our Visit to Framlingham Castle

Earlier in the year I treated us to English Heritage membership. To be fair it was a no brainer. Membership for two adults, with L free, is £30 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers. So it was next to no money. L loves castles, English Heritage have a lot. It’s free days out for a year.

Feeling Calm
Framlingham Castle

I’m going to try to write about all the properties we visit using our membership. What I liked, didn’t like, share some pictures. We’ve already made our money back on the membership, so I am very happy it is good value for money.

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Our Visit to Audley End

Earlier in the year I treated us to English Heritage membership. To be fair it was a no brainer. Membership for two adults, with L free, is £30 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers. So it was next to no money. L loves castles, English Heritage have a lot. It’s free days out for a year.

Weekend Off
Audley End

I’m going to try to write about all the properties we visit using our membership. What I liked, didn’t like, share some pictures. We’ve already made our money back on the membership, so I am very happy it is good value for money.

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Summer of family fun at intu Chapelfield

Shopping centre’s holiday Kids’ Club offers free activities throughout the school holidays

intu Chapelfield is offering Kids’ Club members of three and over a series of fun activities throughout the school holidays, each exploring a different aspect of Norfolk’s landscape, culture or heritage. Always popular, Kids’ Club events give members the opportunity to get hands-on, learn creative skills, meet a few of their favourite characters, and make new friends.

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