Visiting Paradise Wildlife Park Over The Half Term

We were kindly gifted with a family ticket into the park. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Paradise Wildlife Park is one of our favourite local places to go as a family but we hadn’t been since long before the World of Dinosaurs opened. When offered the chance to review a day out at the park, I just had to say yes to see what had changed and how Olivia reacted now she is a lot older and really into animals.

We decided to visit over half term – with Steve working at the school now and Jack there full time, it had to be a day we could all go so we found a date and headed over. We headed over fairly early and managed to pick a day when it seemed fairly quiet to begin with and steadily built in numbers. I like it when it isn’t too busy earlier on in the day as there isn’t a few people all clamouring to see the same animals.

We headed to see the birds first – they were all incredibly beautiful and Olivia loved waving hi to them all!

Olivia did keep yelling’ammals’ though so we headed through to see the other animals in the park. Olivia got incredibly excited to see all the monkeys, big cats and all the other animals the park had.

Olivia really loved the big cats, roaring and growling as we looked at the lions, tigers and cheetahs among others. Jack loved seeing the monkeys as always, especially the gibbons as they swung from one side to the other on their ropes.

It was so nice to introduce the kids to some animals they may not have necessarily seen before (or don’t remember seeing!). We, of course, had to get the kids to pose by the penguin scale and see which penguin they were most like in size and my son, being the poser he is, couldn’t resist posing with the Halloween decor that was dotted all around the park.Even before you visit the World of Dinosaurs, the park is great fun for the whole family. There are plenty of animals to see, various activities and experiences such as feeding the parakeets at certain points of the day, watching the animals be fed, listening to a person who works there talking about a specific animal. There are numerous places to eat and a variety of slides, swings and other playground equipment for your child to play on, should you wish to take a breather.

The kids were thoroughly entertained and loved seeing all the animals, Olivia especially as animals – all animals – are her new favourite thing. We knew we had to visit World of Dinosaurs before we left and went in with very high expectations, having seen incredibly positive feedback on it all over the internet. We weren’t disappointed. Jack loves dinosaurs as does Steve so I always knew they would enjoy it and whilst I thought Olivia may be a little scared of the dinosaurs, she loved them and relished the opportunities to interact with them – you might even catch her little giggle at the end of our YouTube video at the bottom of the post!

The World of Dinosaurs was absolutely fascinating. The kids were in awe of the different dinosaurs and the movements and sounds they made. It definitely makes a great addition to an already fantastic park and the kids loved taking a slow walk around to look at them all. They also very much enjoyed visiting the dedicated gift shop in the World of Dinosaurs with Olivia coming out with a cuddly dinosaur and Jack getting another toy dinosaur for his collection.

We’ll definitely be visiting again, especially to see the dinosaurs again – we might even take some of Jack’s friends next time!

Before we left, there was just some time for Jack to act like a gorilla and then we headed home, happy after a fun and fab family day out.

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful place so local to us and will definitely be heading here again. Be sure to check out the video below for some snippets of the World of Dinosaurs!


Have you ever visited Paradise Wildlife Park?

Enjoy Some Halloween Fun At Freaky Funfest At Mead Open Farm

We were kindly gifted with a free family ticket to attend Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm for the purpose of this review.

Running from the 20th of October to the 31st of October, the Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm is definitely not to be missed. We headed there last weekend to see what was going on and to have some spooky fun with the kids. We also, of course, had to go and see all of the fab animals – well, it is a farm, after all!

Freaky Funfest is their annual Halloween event which offers six amazing haunted attractions! The NEW Scary Tales, the NEW Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride, NEW Haunted Hotel, Farm Fun, Pumpkin Carving and Indoor Play. With only a few days left, you don’t want to miss it! Prices are £13.95 for adults, £12.95 for children, £13.25 for seniors, £11.95 for disabled + carer and free for under 2’s. A very affordable day out for sure.

Visiting The Animals

Now as you can expect, we had to visit the animals when visiting Mead Open Farm. It was great as Olivia is finally at the age where she is really interested in things and she was so excited seeing all the different animals. She actually learnt the word ‘animal’ whilst we were there and had great fun joining her Daddy and brother in feeding the goats, finding it utterly hilarious as they tickled her hand as they ate all the animal feed up!

Jack has always loved visiting farms – he is a big animal lover and it was so nice to see him and his sister bond over the animals – chatting away about them and him trying to get her to say their names and the noises they make. She was very excited to see the ‘Moo’s!’ as she called them and as a big Peppa Pig fan, loved seeing the pigs and making the noises they make.

As you can see, there are lots of animals to see including bunnies and llamas too (or ‘arma’s’ as Olivia keeps calling them!)

The Halloween Events

Of course, it was important that we checked out the Halloween events so off we trotted to see what they had to offer. Olivia especially liked the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride where we rode around in the tractor and had to point out the monsters. She really got into the spirit of things, trying to yell MONSTER with everyone else all the time. She really enjoyed the ride which was great to see. She was perhaps a little too young for some of the other Halloween events but she was very brave and barely got scared (although one of the characters did make her jump in Scary Tales!)

Jack loves Halloween but can be a bit of a scaredy cat so there were times when he grabbed me as he was frightened but ultimately enjoyed the experiences – he is someone who enjoys being frightened. A few of the following photos aren’t of the greatest quality as the experiences were pretty dark so I didn’t have the best lighting (and I wasn’t going to use Flash as that would defeat the object of it being dark and scary!)

When it comes to Halloween experiences, you want them to be spooky and scary, make you jump but intrigue you and make you laugh too. Jack and Olivia thoroughly enjoyed all the different things we could do – especially the tunnel that felt like it was rotating, Olivia wanted to go back on it! They really enjoyed squeezing through small spaces and trying to help find missing spiders and go to spooky birthday parties!

The rest of the farm

After being thoroughly spooked out, the time came for us parents to rest whilst the kids had some fun in the fantastic and rather large playground they have by the exit. It was no surprise to see children running about on it – it was a lovely day and there was so much to do in the playground!

We also grabbed a drink each from the restaurant but didn’t grab any food although it all looked delicious and the restaurant seemed very busy!

Overall we had a fantastic time at the Freaky Funfest and definitely think you should check it out if you’re in the area – it is running for another few days until the 31st! Steve and I have even been considering attending the Howl – for adults only!

Have you attended any Halloween events so far this year?

Where The Journey Will Take You

Our day out was kindly sponsored by Britax Römer  as part of their Where The Journey Will Take You Campaign. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Life as a parent can be pretty hectic and we struggle to find the time to get all four of us together in one place to actually spend time together doing fun things. Britax Römer know this. Because of this, Britax Römer is offering its customers a free £30 Britax Römer Mastercard® with every i-Size car seat purchased in-store or online at Mothercare between the 15th of September and the 15th of November. Find out more here.

The card can be used towards fun family days out across the UK, whether it’s a family day at the zoo, a thrill-seeking visit to a theme park or expanding the littles one’s minds at a museum. But where will you spend your Mastercard®?

Knowing that we struggle to find time to spend together, with Steve’s job being strange hours and Jack being at school five days a week and at clubs two days a week, Britax Römer kindly offered to pay for a day out on a rare day that we did manage to get out together! So go out we did.

We are lucky enough to live in a village where we have our local common and we have some fantastic events on there. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had our Classics on the Common and then in November, we’ll have a Firework display and a funfair. This time around, the circus came to town – or rather, village – and Jack was incredibly eager to go!

We chose the Saturday morning showing as we knew it wouldn’t be as busy and would be best suited, not only to our timetables but to little ones of Olivia’s age as well. After paying for the tickets, we had a little money left over which Jack spent on food (typical six year old boy!) and a flashing light thingy – as I expected!

As you might expect from a circus, the acts are very much geared towards a children’s audience so whilst Steve and I expected certain things to happen, Jack and Olivia did not and were thrilled by it all – I turned to Jack at one point and heard him chuckling away heartily at the clowns whereas Olivia was in awe of the trapeze artist, the dancers – and Jack’s spinning light toy! You can see some videos of our day out below:



My most favourite part of the day (and Steve’s too!) was watching the trapeze artist – she was so graceful and beautiful. Olivia was a big fan of hers too although she liked everyone it seems – high fiving all of them as they said goodbye as we left the Big Top.

Jack absolutely adored every aspect of it – he was in awe at the tricks that some of them did, scared and shocked at the limbo dancers who danced under fire and came very close, fascinated by the trapeze artist and absolutely entertained by the clowns! He left with a very big smile on his face and couldn’t stop talking about it all day afterwards!

If you want to get out and about in the next couple of months on a special day with your family and you’re looking for a new i-Size car seat, then definitely consider taking advantage of this brilliant deal from Britax Römer. They’re keen to get families out and about, spending some time doing fun things together, just like I have. You can find out some more about the campaign here.


A Day Out At The Flamstead Scarecrow Festival

It has been a few years since I went to the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival. We didn’t manage it last year and ended up driving around it the year before as we didn’t realise the weekend it was on until late on the last day. Back in 2015, we walked around and I posted about it here. This year, I made sure we actually got to head around the festival on foot, looking at all the fantastic scarecrows and voting for our favourites.

As always, I made sure to have a little money for the voting form but we took drinks and snacks – despite being tempted by the hog roast and the ice cream van! When we visited in 2015, we paid for a voting form so we could choose our favourites.

The money from the festival is all for charity – this year they are raising money for the local church to save the roof – and I am always happy to support charity, especially local ones but I do think things could have been worded better on the signs – as all that is mentioned on the site is paying for your voting form and an optional programme as far as I can see.

But enough about that. We took a walk round the village, checking out all the scarecrows there were and taking some photos. As we headed to the exit at the end of our day out, we chose our top 3 and put their numbers on the voting form. Here’s hoping our favourites get plenty of votes!

Overall we had a lovely day out looking at the fantastic scarecrows the people of Flamstead had to showcase. It is a unique day out in our local area and I look forward to visiting again next year.

Do you have any unique events that happen where you live?

Try Something New This Year With A Day Out With Track Days

So many of us start the year planning on trying something new but how many of us can actually say that we have actually managed to achieve that eight months into the year? I bet the number is fairly low. I know I promised myself I would try something new and I am yet to do so and I bet the same can be said for plenty of you too. So why not change it up in the final few months of the year and try something new?

For some reason, certain things are often seen as male orientated. I’ve tried many things in the past that are generally seen as predominantly male focused and I’d like to change that – why can’t they be seen as experiences for females too? The problem is society and not the companies or days out themselves though who are more than happy and in fact excited when people of both genders participate.

One such thing is track days and driving experiences. You hear of so many men being bought a day out by their significant others or their children and see their pictures of their fantastic day  out strewn across social media – but how often do you see women participating in such days out? That isn’t to say that women aren’t interested or that they don’t participate in these days – you just don’t see much of it or see it online when they do.

Track days and driving experiences aren’t just for men and the people over at Track Days are hoping to get more women to take part in the driving experiences they have offer. There are so many driving experiences that you really would be spoilt for choice. If I could drive, a driving experience would be at the very top of my list and it is something I have considered in the past for my female family members and friends. You may know that I love to enter competitions and I am always entering for fun and unique experiences for me and my friends to do – we’ve been to some really random but incredibly fun experiences – I’m always searching for another thrill.

It cannot be denied that women love a supercar – and there are plenty on offer for driving experience days such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches – so if your dream has always been to get behind the wheel of one such car, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity? Likewise if a woman in your life has always wanted to rev up an American muscle car or try out one of those beautiful cars made famous in the movies, this would surely be a fantastic gift option for her.

I know it is only August but with Christmas fast approaching, you are probably already thinking about gift options for the people you love. Why not consider a day out with the girls, getting to drive some fantastic cars and have fun while doing so? Perhaps you’ve got a hen night or a big birthday approaching. If you are looking for something a little more special to do, then surely this would be of interest.

With our family and my friends planning to have plenty more days out together before the end of the year, this is certainly going to be on the list of things we might do, among some other fun unique opportunities.

Have you ever done a track day or driving experience? If not, is it something you’d be interested in doing?

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