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Im Lew - A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I'm doing it anyway - expect all sorts of randomness.

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The best holiday destinations are visually impressive. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip or an adventurous excursion, you should aim to visit somewhere that has a lot to offer in terms of natural (or even manmade) beauty. Of course, there are a lot of places that fit such a description. If you’re stuck for future travel ideas then here are some of the perfect destinations for a scenic getaway.

Scotland.

We’ve talked a lot about the beauty of Scotland before. The shores of Loch Long in Argyll provide a natural paradise with stunning fir tree forests and the crisp waters of the loch itself. You can read all about our adventures in this beautiful place that’s teeming with natural beauty, but the western county of Argyll is only the tip of what Scotland has to offer in terms of scenic locations. Even the capital is a beautiful destination. Most modern cities are packed with glitzy skyscrapers, but Edinburgh retains its historic status with beautiful architecture, culture, and stunning natural sights. Arthur’s Seat is the peak of a beautiful group of hills overlooking the city; it’s definitely worth a hike. Of course, if you’d rather stay away from cities on your scenic adventure then you should head to the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye. These stunning pools sit at the foot of the Black Cuillin mountains and look like they’ve been plucked from a fantasy novel such as The Hobbit. If you want a scenic getaway in Scotland then this is the place to be.

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The Caribbean.

Of course, if you’re looking for a beautiful island getaway then you should definitely head to the Caribbean. There are some idyllic islands in this region that are well worth a visit if you want to experience both sweltering heat and some stunning natural sights. The islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer exquisite local amenities and unbelievable natural beauty. You should check out Courtyard Port of Spain if you want to stay in a luxurious Trinidadian hotel that’s near all the famous sights of the island. The Maracas Beach is a wonderful spot that you should visit if you want to relax whilst admiring the natural splendour of the island.

Spain.

Finally, you need to visit Spain if you want to experience culture and beautiful locations rolled into one. This country has so much to offer when it comes to fantastic visuals. The city of Barcelona is the perfect place to start. Walk the streets of this amazing city and admire the beautiful architecture of Gaudi that practically makes up the majority of the city. And the Sagrada Familia is a stunning cathedral that you should stop to admire whilst you’re in Barcelona. It’s still being built to this day, a century after Gaudi’s death, and that’s a true testament to the impact that his artistic mind has had on the city. You should also head to Alcala la Real to see the Fortaleza de la Mota castle. Set in the heart of gloriously green hills, it’s a beautifully scenic place to visit.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Many parents worry about travelling when their children are young. Often putting it off entirely or staying relatively close to home and avoiding long drives and air travel until their children are older. This can be a shame. Travelling with young children can be wonderful. They view the world with such innocent wonder, exploring everywhere without discrimination or fear. This can be contagious. As an adult, your sense of wonder may have been deadened slightly. Travelling with a child and their infectious excitement can bring it all back. Yes, you need to be more organised and plan a little more. Yes, the flight might be a little more stressful (but probably nowhere near as bad as you think) and yes if you get a delay, it could well be a little nightmare. But, it’s surely worth it to see the world in such a wonderful way while introducing your children to all it has to offer and instilling in them a fantastic sense of adventure.

Often when we do travel with children, we spend a long time worrying about the flight. But, your choice of accommodation also plays a big part in the success of your trip. Here are some of the best options when you are travelling with family.

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A Villa

Staying in a luxury villa like those from Elegant Address can be a great option when you are travelling with kids. You’ll have everything you need close to hand, plenty of space, room for a car and perhaps even your own private pool. You can have a safe and enclosed holiday without worry. Villas also tend to have extra bedrooms, so you could take the grandparents along to help with babysitting.

Camping

Camping might not seem like the ideal choice when your children are young, but it could be perfect. Children love the excitement and adventure that camping brings. They relish getting stuck in and sleeping on the floor, and they’ll love exploring nature and eating around a campfire. As they get older, they might start to moan and ask to stay in luxury hotels so make the most of it while you can. We have just bought a folding camper and our first trip away with it is fast approaching. 

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A Package Holiday

If you are a bit of an adventurer yourself, the idea of a package holiday where everything is arranged, you stay in a hotel with other tourists and all your meals are provided might not sound too appealing. But, if you are travelling with children for the first time, it can be a great way to find your feet. There are usually kid’s clubs and plenty of activities to keep them occupied and you can always brave going out to explore the local area when you are ready.

A Cruise

A Cruise is probably the last thing that you’d think of. But, some cruises are catered with families in mind. There’s always plenty going on and lots to see, fantastic facilities and they are completely safe. It’s like having all of the benefits of a package holiday while getting to see a little more of the world.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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I have some exciting news for you all, one being a new series of Rusty Rivets is on its way and secondly we have a fabulous giveaway just in time!

I have been tasked to host a giveaway of The Rusty Rivets lab playset in Partnership with Nick Jr.

The new series of Rusty Rivets airs on tv from Monday 23rd April 2018! Never heard of it?? You can watch a clip here,

Rusty Rivets are from the creators of the well known Canine hero’s show; Paw Patrol and is just as gripping and fun as the six pups.

 

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Episode Synopsis:

In “Rusty’s Mobile Rivet Lab,” when Ranger Anna crash lands her planes in the distant savannah, Rusty and Ruby realise they need a new vehicle that can not only travel the distance but aid them in their builds. Thus, the Mobile Rivet Lab is born!

 

 

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Synopsis:

When there’s a job to do and stakes are high, ten-year-old Rusty Rivets – along with best bud Ruby – invents his way out of every jam by repurposing parts and objects into the wildest, coolest most awesome contraptions ever.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are the all important competition guidelines:

This giveaway is open to residents of the UK only

Entrants must be 18 or over at time of entry

No purchase necessary

There will be one winner

The winner will receive one Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset worth £44.99

There is no cash alternative to the prize stated, the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions

The giveaway will open from Monday 9th until Monday 23rd April 2018 which is when the new series starts.

The winner will be drawn at random within 24 hours of the giveaway ending and notified by email. If the prize is not claimed within 28 days, another winner will be chosen

Invalid or incomplete entries will be disqualified

AdventureBrown accepts no responsibility for the delivery of this prize (the prize will be sent out direct from the Nickelodeon offices)

The Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset prize will be delivered 30 days following notification of win.

 Get entering and make sure you have the new series of Rusty Rivets set to reminder!

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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How many times have you been camping, went on a hike, or even gone to a festival, and the food you take just isnt suitable or palatable once it comes to eating it? Or it just takes up far too much room in your bag?

I was recently approached by Summit to Eat to take a look at their dehydrated food. It got me excited as these are the types of things that appeal to me when I go out on photography trips, but even more so now as we have just bought a folding camper and plan to have many outdoor adventures.

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Me and my family have just been away to North Yorkshire for the weekend and I took a trip to Brimham Rocks one day for some photography. I never managed to get many decent images, but I enjoyed the walk and the time to sit and grab something to eat. I packed my mini stove, some water and my mini kettle and headed up into the stunning landscape. When I reached a nice location I stopped and set things up.

The good thing about these meals is it only needs 350ml of boiling water, so you dont really need to have a stove. A small flask with boiling water would suffice. Which would save more space when walking in your kit.

Everything i needed today easily went into my camera bag. Mind i cant say that would be the case if i had the two kiddies in tow, as i usually end up with nappies/wipes and everything in between.

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As you can see inside the bag is a line marked A – all you need to do is fill with boiling water up to the line, reseal the bag and wait 9 minutes, and there you have it, a perfectly cooked meal.

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What I loved about this product is it actual tastes like a home cooked meal, I can honestly say it was as if I had made a curry from scratch and then hoyed it in a bag to eat. It was very tasty indeed.

The Chicken Tikka had a nice spicy hit but wasn’t too hot, it was just right, it was packed full of flavour and could easily give you that energy boost needed to continue your walk.

They do different kits too, so for example if your planning a 2 day trip then you can buy a box that comes with everything you will need – breakfast, lunch and tea. They even do desserts. The flavours and recipes range from simple porridge oats to chicken curry or even salmon! There is even a chocolate mouse to satisfy any sweet tooths. Plenty of options to suit all.

If you have never used this type of product and think it may not be for you, then I would highly recommend trying them out. Maybe for your next long day out, camping, hiking, or even a festival. I would even go as far as saying I would use this as part of my picnics in the winter with the kids when were out all day and you want something hot to warm you up!

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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If your from North Yorkshire you may have heard of Birchfield Ice Cream, it is a family working farm that in recent years has grown to quite a attraction, but not yet that commercial where you avoid it like the plague!

We have been coming here for quite a few years now when we visit my parents in law caravan in Ripley and love each visit.  I thought it was about time I shared this little gem with others!

Every year they offer lots of different events throughout the season, but the two main events we always make sure we come along for is the Pumpkin Patch event in the October half term for Halloween and the Lambing Live over the Easter weekend.

At Halloween you can go down into the pumpkin patch and choose your own pumpkin and bring them up to be washed and then on into the barn to carve your pumpkin and feed the scraps to the pigs! (always a highlight) They also have other activities on in the background and everywhere is dressed for halloween. I have added a few photos of previous years below.

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The farm is located in Summerbridge, Harrogate and is a brilliant day out with the family all year round. When we arrived we paid in and in total it cost us £6 (2 adults and 1 child) then £2.50 to participate in the easter egg trail for Zach. Not a bad price for a family of four, Eli went free. Especially considering you can easily spend a good afternoon here and with the introduction of the new bigger cafe you can while away some time there too.

When we arrived today it was busy – but not so busy that it makes you not want to get out of the car and turnaround home. We went straight in to see the lambs and ewes in the barn. There was plenty of lambs, some older than others and Zach took the opportunity to sit and hold one on his knee with Steph. Eli absolutely loved it too and stretched his hand out to get a feel. Obviously going to be a big animal lover like his Mammy and brother. We then qued up to have a turn at feeding the lambs – which the farm does each day at 11am or 2pm through lambing season. I helped Zach out with this, normally I stay well clear of farm animals (im sh*t scared of them) but how scary can a small lamb be right?? Yeah I know what your thinking – big bloke and frightened of farm animals, how pathetic! Well dont judge, I may have a totally valid reason….but I dont!!! Im just an absolute wally that is terrified that they may bite me!!!! Hahahaha

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This year they also had chicks on show in one of the rooms off the cafe, alongside some of the incubators. Last time we gave Zach a chick to hold he was 18months old at the Yorkshire Show and he gripped it so hard I was petrified that the poor thing wouldn’t make it out alive! So needless to say I was holding my breath when he asked to pick one up, but he held it perfectly and proudly showed Eli him and telling him excitedly that he would grow into a hen soon!

We also took part in the easter egg hunt – wandering around the farm yard and grounds to find the gold egg boards with questions on to answer. Once you had collected all the answers – it was back to the bunnys burrow to pick up a special easter egg treat from the Easter bunny!

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To finish off the afternoon we headed into the cafe for an ice cream – the ice cream is made on the farm from the Jersey cows and is delicious! They always have some really different flavours on such a liquorice or jammy dodger! Zach plucked for chocolate (surprise surprise) I had praline and Steph had elderflower ripple! All in all another lovely few hours spent in the best way with the family.

If your local – go give it a try, even its just for an ice cream.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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