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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:01 am 
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half term is looming and I want to take the kids for a day out,

we've done:
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Go karting (too many times)
bowling
cinema
Warwick Castle
Hampton Court Palace
Most of the London museums
London Dungeons

any ideas...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:44 am 
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Perfect for you, if not done, is wendover woods.
The older two can go on a basic orienteering search, maps available from the cafe, or do the fitness trail, or even pre book "go ape" (with an adult) whilst the youngest two will absolutely love the gruffalo trail, with a fab surprise at the end, the baby can go in her pushchair as it has a relatively good trail path. The cafe is super for cake and hot choccy and there is a big playpark too.
Stout footwear and play clothes are a must.

You could also see what is on offer at longridge this half term at marlow river.

Waddesdon manor gardens, adventure playgrounds and aviary are fab (also has a great Henry Moore exhibition until Oct 25th) as are cliveden manor gardens, lake and maze.

Trng museum is worth a visit, although macabre it's still fascinating, particularly the extinct animals and dressed fleas! They will probably be doing pumpkin carving too for Halloween.

All within an hours drive from Wycombe

Edited out a zillion typos!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:32 am 
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Mamabear, would you recommend the SH museum? I've had a look before and always been put off by ticket prices (we're 1 adult, 4 kids so it soon starts to mount up!).

Southbucks3 - thanks for those park tips. I've had a quick Google and they look great.

If I think of anything interesting, mamabear, I'll post again.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:33 am 
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Hi mamabear,

I am not enough regular on the forum to remember the age of your DC, sorry; but I am under the impression that you live in Birmingham, am I right? Here are some ideas of days out not too far from this city which have not been listed yet:

the Iron bridge museums:
http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our-attrac ... wgod_mcLiQ

the Black Country living museum
http://www.bclm.co.uk/

Shugborough historic estate
http://shugborough.org.uk/Homepage.aspx

Further away, have you ever visited Blechtley Park? I wish to go there with DS one day!
http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

Also, you could think about visiting the Roman baths in Bath:
http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/

If I've got some more ideas, I'll come back...

And if really you do live in Brum, there is the back-to-backs to visit but try to enquire when are the special days to visit them entirely. I remember visiting it on VE day and on this occasion, we could visit the cellar (which served as shelter during WWII... and I am far from sure that it was sheltering efficiently)... For us nowadays, these are really tiny weeny houses, you'll see... the visit is not so long, may be just one hour?
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birming ... -to-backs/


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:48 am 
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SB3 brilliant suggestions, dd1 loves the Gruffalo and the boys love being outside its perfect thank you so much.

Stokers, the Sherlock Holmes museum was good very pricy. It was only good because the boys are such big fans and read all of his works so they were able to appreciate it.
I know what you mean about everything adding up!

Thanks JaneEyre we don't live in Birmingham but we do go there for day trips, your suggestions look brilliant. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:24 pm 
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MamaBear wrote:
It was only good because the boys are such big fans and read all of his works so they were able to appreciate it.


I am looking forward to watch this film at the pictures this half term:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mr_holmes/

Also, time permitting, we will go and watch Suffragette as DS is now old enough to understand the plea of women when they are not respected and/or given their rights, though I do not support AT ALL the violence that this movement has used (breaking windows? Burning things? NO! NO! NO!)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/suffrag ... uffragette


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:38 pm 
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JaneEyre wrote:
DS is now old enough to understand the plea of women when they are not respected and/or given their rights,

I did not mean to write 'the plea of women' but 'the plight' :roll: big sigh...
However, maybe word 'plea' here could be understood with the meaning ''an urgent request'? So maybe it could therefore also be appropriate...though my first intention was not at all to use this idea :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:45 pm 
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MamaBear wrote:
we don't live in Birmingham but we do go there for day trips


Oh, you are rather living near London then!

As your DS seem avid readers, have you ever considered visiting the home of Rudyard Kipling situated in East Sussex?
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans/

I wish to go there one day! :)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:14 pm 
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The new bond movie, Spectre, is also out next week.

(Just incase your DS is one of those strange boys who prefers boring old car chases and spectacular stunts to in-depth historical dramas about the fight for womens' right to vote.. :wink: )


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:26 pm 
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Proud_Dad wrote:
Just in case your DS is one of those strange boys who prefers boring old car chases and spectacular stunts to in-depth historical dramas about the fight for womens' right to vote.. :wink:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

He does rather like history though... and the so-called 'serious' films...
While in primary, when coming back from a day trip with his school (I cannot remember where), instead of bringing back some Victorian sweets like other boys did, he brought back a little booklet about kings and queens of England and a pack with a notebook and posters to colour of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. :shock: :shock: Even I (who is rather bookish and serious minded) was surprised!! :lol: :lol:


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