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Half Term Fun At Beaulieu Motor Museum

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 17-10-2012

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With half term almost upon us you’ll no doubt be looking for ways to keep the children entertained. How about a day out at Beaulieu Motor Museum? And before you panic, its not just for petrol heads!

Situated in the middle of the beautiful New Forest, Beaulieu Motor Museum is a fantastic day out for all the family. For the petrol heads amongst you there is the museum itself. This houses over 250 cars and motorbikes from old classics to some familiar stars of TV and movies. There are F1 cars, the record breaking Bluebird as well as a giant orange on wheels – quite a comical sight I can tell you. Plus if you visit before January 6th 2013 you can admire the largest collection of James Bond vehicles in the world. To mark Bond’s 50th Anniversary 50 famous vehicles from the hugely successful movie series are on show, from an Aston Martin DB5 to Speedboats, as well as three vehicles from the brand new movie “Skyfall”.

We took Little Man to Beaulieu last month and he was fascinated by the vehicles on show.

If looking at cars isn’t quite your thing and you’d rather leave the more enthusiastic members of your group to it, take a stroll past the museum – or take the Monorail or Veteran Bus – and head towards the Palace House, Abbey and gardens. Now when we visited we didn’t make it to the House or Abbey – I have two very keen petrol heads in my family – but we took a ride on the Monorail and saw the gardens from above. They look incredible, and I will definitely take a ground level look next time we go!

On your way to the House and Abbey you may well walk past the children’s play area. This was an immediate hit with Little Man. Cars to ride about it as well as bigger ones to sit in, a huge tractor and the very popular bus were all a great success. Little Man went from one to the other and round again several times. A great little area to let the kids let off a bit of steam after all that walking about the museum. There are all handy picnic benches nearby for lunch.

This October Half Term you can enjoy spooky stories in the Abbey and a Halloween Trail within the museum. There’ll also be a Witches’ Cauldron Lucky Dip and Gruesome Face Painting. Plus if you visit on the 27th from 3pm you can enjoy fun fairground rides, candy floss and hot food, before an evening of spectacular fireworks. Live music will be provided by Wave 105, and there will even be prizes for the best fancy dress so do get into the spirit of things!

To find out more about Beaulieu including opening times and admission charges, as well as more details about the facilities on offer, head over to the website now.

Top 5 Jubilee Activities For Children In Brighton

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 28-05-2012

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With the Jubilee Weekend just around the corner – and half term beckoning – here are some great activities to keep your children entertained!

1. Have a right royal picnic at Preston Park
The green grass of Preston Park should be covered with picnic blankets on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd June as families travel there to celebrate the Queen’s latest Jubilee with a feast of food.
It’s best to turn up early to nab a good spot far away from the busy road which runs past the park
You’ll have to bring your own food and tartan picnic blankets but music will be provided courtesy of Patcham’s silver brass band. There will also be the chance for the kids to have their face painted and to take part in a make-and-wear a crown competition.
The festivities kick off at 12 and last until 3pm – turn up early to nab a good spot far away from that noisy road which runs past the park!

2. Party like it’s 1953
Adults and children will both enjoy an event at Brighton museum on the same day (Saturday 2nd June). Our present Queen’s coronation took place in 1953 and the museum will, for one day only, invite you to journey back to this historic year with an exhibition of memorabilia, arts and crafts events and jiving lessons.
Bring Granny and Grandad along and they might be able to tell you what it was like to live through these stylish times!
The event starts at 1pm, continues until 4:30 pm and you can find out more details at the Brighton Museum website.

3. Catch a steam train at Hove Park
Hove Park is well known for its tennis courts, café and the fact that it used to be situated opposite the Goldstone Ground, Brighton’s old football stadium.
But did you know that it is also home to a miniature steam railway?
You will find this hidden gem at the north end of the park and, on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th, you can have a ride on the steam train.
Tickets cost £1 for adults and 50p for children and you can find out more details at the Hove Park Railway website.

4. Play on the beach at Yellowave
If Brighton ever stages the Olympics, the Beach Volleyball event would have to be staged at Yellowave, the oasis of golden sand near the Concorde II on Madeira Drive.
On Wednesday 6th June, six to nine-year-olds will get the chance to take part in a ‘Fun and Climb’ event at Yellowave and ten to 14-year-olds can play beach volleyball.
The cost is £5.50 per child and you can book a session by phoning 01273 672222.

5. Make a video in Hove
Film makers certainly seem to be getting younger and younger these days. It is a fact not lost on Bite Size Movies; an organisation which will be running a video film-making course aimed at nine- to 14-year-olds on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June.
Kids will be talked through the process of story-boarding, shooting and editing a film and encouraged to come up with short fiction films. It is hoped that the finished products will be screened at the Duke of Yorks; a great showcase for budding Steven Spielbergs and Guy Ritchies.
You can find out more details by phoning 07906712553.
Whatever you and your kids decide to do during Diamond Jubilee week, be sure to have a memorable and fun time!
James Christie writes for Yellow Mooncraft supplies shop. Check out Yellow Moon’s extensive range of Jubilee crafts for kids.

Relax this Half Term at Nuffield Health Club, Chichester

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 10-02-2012

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With half term starting early for some due to the overnight snow you might already be in need of a bit of pampering and some relaxation. This half term Nuffield Health Club in Chichester, West Sussex have some offers on for readers of this blog.
“Our Relaxation Spa offers a variety of treatments to soothe, refresh and energise you. Our professionally trained therapists offer a relaxed and welcoming setting with a wealth of experience under their belts. Our treatments range from facials, skin care solutions and massage body therapies. Males and female grooming is also available such as waxing, eyebrow/lash tints and pedicures. The Spa also specialises in a full range of Elemis Spa treatments and SiennaX spray tanning.”
Nuffield Health’s in house spa has the following on offer for you:
1-     50% off all elemis body wraps
2-    3 for the price of 2 on elemis aroma stone therapy (hot stones)
3-    Valentines offer1 is a one hour hot stone massage and a 30 minute lime and ginger full body scrub all for £50.00
4- Valentines offer2 is an advanced pedicure and advanced manicure bother 1hr 15mins as a package for 35.00
For further enquires, please contact Hannah at the club on: 01243 788678 or email: chichester.relaxation@nuffieldhealth.com. Please quote SussexMummy in all correspondence to ensure you receive one of the above offers!!