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The ultimate accolade from our Bloggers. This section contains our five star recommendations - the things that immediately struck our Blogger as being fantastic.

Our Highly Recommended section is for products, days out or anything else that our Bloggers stumble across that they can't believe that they ever lived without before!





A review of Centerparcs Woburn - by Andy

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There's something that bothers me about paying a lot of money to have a holiday in the UK, but Centerparcs have perfected UK holidays for families with small children...
Written by Andy

Holgate Windmill - by Mother of Dragons

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Holgate Windmill is a beautiful and fascinating building preserved through the hard work of a group of volunteers, and for any curious toddler the idea of being allowed to climb about inside what is essentially an enormo...
Written by Mother of Dragons

Our favourite animal rucksack for kids - by Andy

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I like Kickstarter as a concept. It's a great shop window for new businesses to showcase their ideas. Sometimes it is worth a browse just for some shopping ideas. We got asked to take a look at a new rucksack for kids...
Written by Andy

The Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden - by Andy

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We managed to wangle a table at the soft opening of the brand new Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden. Great restaurant, great location.... this place is at the top of my list of London restaurants now....
Written by Andy

Some tips for roadtripping the USA with two under two - by Andy

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Is a roadtrip with two under two an utterly stupid idea? Many people like to keep things as simple as possible but here are some tips for enjoying a holiday across the USA....
Written by Andy

Reading Eggs: Our Verdict - by Mummytolittlee

After a far longer hiatus than I'd intended, I'm back with our verdict on Reading Eggs!...
Written by Mummytolittlee

Looking for some cool thankyou cards? Here you go! - by Mum1stdoctor2nd

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I never did baby announcement cards or personalised photo cards when Doof was born but I am semi-addicted to photobox so when I saw they also owned a new site called "Paper Shaker" I thought I'd try them out....
Written by Mum1stdoctor2nd

Would you take your baby to a spa? - by Andy

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We took James to the Baby Spa in Kensington from when he was a few weeks old and have started the same thing with Isabella who had her first trip at only two weeks old and loved it! Can babies really relax?!...
Written by Andy

Year 6 children failing to meet basic standards - by TutorBooster

115,000 pupils leave Primary School this summer lacking basic english and maths skills according to latest SAT’s results....
Written by TutorBooster

Reading Eggs update - how Little E has been getting on - by Mummytolittlee

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We're almost a month into using Reading Eggs and the novelty certainly hasn't worn off for Little E! Here is an update about how we've found the online reading program so far....
Written by Mummytolittlee

Help your child develop a 'love of reading'! - by TutorBooster

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We all know how important reading is for our children’s education. As a father of 4 boys and a Year 6 teacher I know how reluctant some children are at reading regularly. After a long hard day at school all they seem to ...
Written by TutorBooster

Newby Hall - by Mother of Dragons

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About half an hour's drive from Harrogate is Newby Hall, an eighteenth-century mansion designed by Christopher Wren. With 25 acres of gardens, a boating lake, an adventure playground and a miniature railway it is a parad...
Written by Mother of Dragons

York Maze - by Mother of Dragons

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According to Trip Advisor, York Maze is the number one visitor attraction in York. We went to see what all the fuss is about....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Dora The Explorer movie preview.... - by Andy

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I could scarcely believe my eyes when I saw that there was a Dora the Explorer movie coming out. Then I saw the trailer...!...
Written by Andy

Summer learning with a pre-schooler - by Mummytolittlee

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Reading Eggs is an interactive programme full of animations, songs, games and rewards, that encourages children to learn essential reading skills....
Written by Mummytolittlee

Getting your child to the top of the class - by Andy

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If your child is 7-10 years old, you're probably already wondering about which school they will go to next and whether they will flourish. We explore a tool that can help....
Written by Andy

City Screen Picturehouse - by Mother of Dragons

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When I was pregnant people seemed to delight in telling me that once the baby arrived I wouldn't have time to go to the Cinema anymore (amongst many other things). Clearly they hadn't heard of City Screen....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Castle Howard - by Mother of Dragons

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Castle Howard is one of the biggest and most popular stately homes in Yorkshire. But does it have what it takes to keep a toddler entertained?...
Written by Mother of Dragons

Lollibops 2014 at Hatfield House - by Emmys mummy

Lollibops is a Children's festival like no other. It is aimed at the under 10's and has a HUGE mix of entertainment to suit all.

This year's venue is Hatfield House in Hertfordshire - easily accessible via train and is...

Written by Emmys mummy

Cafe Imbizo - Fareham - by TinBoxTraveller

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This fair-trade coffee house is attached to Fareham Community Church in the town centre. It offers a cheery welcome from helpful volunteer staff and excellent food at very reasonable prices....
Written by TinBoxTraveller

Brockbushes Farm - by Wittyhoots

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Brockbushes is situated just off the A69 west of Newcastle Upon Tyne near Corbridge. It is a 'pick your own fruit' farm, with a great tea shop, farm shop and children's [lay area. Regular family friendly events through...
Written by Wittyhoots

Colby Woodland Garden, Llanteg - by Ickle Pickle

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Beautiful National Trust Gardens, with woodlands, a meadow, stream, and gentle, pushchair friendly half mile walk to the seaside....
Written by Ickle Pickle

Primrose Vale Farm Shop & PYO - by Mummytolittlee

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Situated on the edge of the Cotswold scarp between Cheltenham and Gloucester is Primrose Vale Farm Shop & PYO. They grow super fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. Whether you prefer robust winter roots, soft summer fru...
Written by Mummytolittlee

National Railway Museum - by Mother of Dragons

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Near the top of any list of things to do with children in York must surely be a trip to the National Railway Museum. Here's why....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Personalised Rucksacks from Cheeky Baby Tees - by Mum1stdoctor2nd

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Whether you want it to make your child's belongings easily identifiable or just to make sure that you take the right kid home after school, personalised rucksacks are a great idea....
Written by Mum1stdoctor2nd

CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace - by Bloggermumma

A celebration to all things countryside !...
Written by Bloggermumma

Seaton Delaval Hall - Northumberland - by Wittyhoots

Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust Property. It has a playground made from natural materials, formal gardens, picnic areas, walks and wide open spaces to let your little ones run about. There are photographic and ...
Written by Wittyhoots

Piglets Adventure Farm Park - by Mother of Dragons

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Just off the A64 near York is Piglets, a farm-themed adventure playground which is currently my son's idea of heaven....
Written by Mother of Dragons

The best bath-time fun ever for a child - by Mum1stdoctor2nd

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Ever since the ace Vitamin B bath I've been thinking of other ways to 'brighten' up bathtime and make use of our blacklight torch. So enter neon paints......
Written by Mum1stdoctor2nd

Witney Carnival - by Bloggermumma

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A fun day out for all the family !...
Written by Bloggermumma

IPhone camera fun - by Andy

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Just found a cool new app that is great fun with kids and makes video filming on your smartphone fun again!...
Written by Andy

North York Moors Railway - by Mother of Dragons

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Featuring beautifully restored steam engines, and running between Pickering and Whitby through the beautiful North York Moors countryside, a trip on the North York Moors Railway is a great day out for any little Thomas t...
Written by Mother of Dragons

The Balloon Tree - by Mother of Dragons

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The Balloon Tree Farm Shop and Cafe is situated on the A166 just outside Gate Helmsley. With an outdoor play area and animal viewing area (both free of charge to customers), this is one of our favourite places for lunch ...
Written by Mother of Dragons

How to get beautiful photos of your kids in the sunshine - by Kellyreeves

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One of the toughest challenges for an amateur photographer is capturing the perfect image of your child playing in the sunshine. It looks great in real life, but how do you get that into a photo?...
Written by Kellyreeves

This waterslide should be in every garden - by Andy

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We love this! Bought for a bargain from Kiddicare and currently on sale for under a tenner....
Written by Andy

The childrenarewelcome sponsored bloggers at Britmums Live - by Andy

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We're just getting off the ground so what better way to reach out to the blogging world at large than to sponsor some bloggers at Britmums Live, the country's top event for parent bloggers?...
Written by Andy

Glow-in-the-dark bathtime fun Part Two - by Andy

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Given the great response to the original post, it was time to raise our game. So here it is!...
Written by Andy

International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent - by Mummytolittlee

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The International Centre for Birds of Prey is one of the oldest dedicated birds of prey centres in the world. It’s located in the pretty old market town of Newent, about 8 miles North West of Gloucester and on the edge o...
Written by Mummytolittlee

Coaley Peak, Nympsfield - by Mummytolittlee

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Coaley Peak is a picnic site and viewpoint to the south-west of Stroud, with breathtaking views over the Severn Vale and the distant Welsh Hills....
Written by Mummytolittlee

Lea Valley White Water Centre - by Emmys mummy

Lea Valley White Water Centre is located in Waltham Abbey, Essex - Purpose built for the 2012 Olympic games and where Team GB won Gold and Silver medals in the Canoe Slalom event.

Now open to the public and to School gro...

Written by Emmys mummy

Our Red Letter Days trip up The Shard plus Lunch - by Andy

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(Not sponsored!) We took Doofy for a trip up The Shard followed by lunch at Strada at More London. Great views, good food. A fun afternoon despite the fog....
Written by Andy

Mega Bloks First Builders 60 piece pack. - by Andy

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Whilst Lego have the monopoly on building blocks for older children, there's plenty of choice on the market for younger children. We took a look at the Mega Bloks First Builders Pack with an 18mth old and a 7 year old....
Written by Andy

We're all going to the zoo tomorrow! - by Andy

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Well, actually we went last week - after our excellent Maynards Discovery Patch tweet-up. How good is London Zoo for toddlers? Awesome....
Written by Andy

Can you use sweets as a path to discovery?! - by Andy

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Probably one of the weirdest questions that I have ever been forced to ask myself, but one sweet company is trying to do this. We were invited along to listen to their pitch and make up our own minds...
Written by Andy

Battersea Park Children's Zoo - by Andy

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Battersea Park Zoo in London is a great alternative to the "big attractions" that people fall over themselves to visit. We took Doofy along to check out the venue....
Written by Andy

Can you have an expert opinion on raising a child?- by Andy

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There's lots of people out there with opinions on how you should raise your baby. Some are professionals and some are family members or friends. Should you listen to one, mix and match or ignore them all? Difficult decis...
Written by Andy

A visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew - by Andy

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Kew Gardens in West London hosts the world's largest collection of living plants, contains some great buildings and also makes a splendid effort to be child-friendly. It's an oasis of calm in a busy city....
Written by Andy

A trip to Kiddicare in Hayes - by Andy

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There's a lot of hype about Kiddicare stores and we have one ten minutes down the road. So we loaded Doofy into the car and headed down. Kiddicare is one of the fastest growing companies in the baby and children's market...
Written by Andy

CenterParcs Weekend Break - by Andy

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Last minute weekend break with a 7 year old. We decided on CenterParcs Longleat for a post-Christmas weekend break. We arrived late at night but everything was all set up ready for us when we got there....
Written by Andy

Villagio, Chiswick - by Andy

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Early dinner for a seven year old child and a one year old baby in Chiswick. Nice to finally find a restaurant where the tables aren't crammed in and the service is great....
Written by Andy
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