When the sun’s shining, and you need a way to cool off, what better way is there than with a bit of swimming?!
Outdoor swimming, no less.
Situated just outside Ilkley, the lido has a beautiful scenery backdrop.
It was easy enough for us to find, and was pleasantly empty so we basically had the pool to ourselves.
The two children loved the fountain in the pool which made for great fun, and there was also a slide too.
The water isn’t heated though, so if you went on a less sunny day, you’d be shrieking from the cold and doing a comedy jump out of the pool!🙂
Fortunately, there’s a heated indoor pool as well so if the weather’s bad you can head in there.
All that swimming worked up an appetite, and there’s a great café on site that sells hot food such as burgers and chips, cheesy chips (yum) and a selection of cold stuff too.
If you’re trying to save money though, or just fancy a picnic, there’s plenty of grassy areas to sit down at with a blanket, or at one of the picnic tables.
I couldn’t resist a burger and chips though.
We picked the perfect day for a spot of outdoor swimming, as the sun was blazing down.
Don’t forget the suncream as it’s easy to forget that it’s so hot when you’re in the cool water!
We’ll definitely be going back this summer.
More details about Ilkley Lido here
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Situated in the heart of Leeds city centre, vibrant Cabana proved a great antidote to the grey, dull rain filled skies outside when we visited.
A five minutes walk from Leeds train station and slap bang in the middle of the Trinity shopping complex, it’s very easy to get to which is good news for a non driver like myself.
On getting to the restaurant, we were shown to our seats where the children were supplied with crayons and activity sheets, which is always great with me as it keeps them amused whilst we wait for the food!
As we made ourselves comfy and ordered drinks, they were happily reading jokes and filling in wordsearches.
All the starters sounded delicious, but I eventually settled on the spicy ribs, which we all enjoyed trying! They were absolutely delicious, and came with a side portion of coleslaw. Make sure you have plenty of napkins though because if you’re anything like us, you’ll end up with half of it down your chin!
The children can order from their own special children’s menu, and there’s a great range of food to try from torrados to ribs for the more adventurous, to chicken breast or beefburgers for the more traditional palate.
My two plumped for the chicken breast burgers, which they thoroughly enjoyed and loved the novelty of the Brazilian flag waving proudly out of the top of the bun! Fries and the mini corn on the cob were well received and quickly disappeared too.
I also decided to have a burger, but in my case I went for the burger which had an added twist of beans and pulled pork as well as salad inside.
After we’d polished off our mains, the friendly waitress brought across the dessert menu. The children had a set meal where the price of the dessert is in with the meal.
(You get a soft drink, a main course and a dessert when you buy from the children’s menu.)
For £6.95, this is excellent value.
Froyo (frozen yoghurt) is what they had, and you pick your own toppings and sauce to decorate it and finish it off.
One had caramel sauce, the other had Smarties, which is just a couple of the many toppings which you could choose from.
I thoroughly enjoyed my ice cream and mango sorbet.
My one regret is that I didn’t have a cocktail from the gorgeous sounding cocktail range.
When I’m next in Leeds, I’m planning on rectifying this and having a nice, long cold one!
Definitely worth a visit for lunch when you’re out shopping.
If you’d like to visit the website, it’s here where you can see the menus (and cocktails!)
We were given complimentary meals in order to do this review. All opinions and words are strictly true and completely our own.
As a child of the 80s, many happy hours were spent playing computer games in the comfort of my bedroom.
At a time when computers were just coming out, it was great to play all these new games and beat your own personal score.
Games may have become more sophisticated now, but there’s still a thrill at playing all the old ones – nostalgia alert!
Which is why Game City in Nottingham is so brilliant.
Situated in the city centre of Nottingham, Game City has all the computer games of yesteryear, as well as more recent ones that children today will recognise and love.
Once inside the centre, you are given a wristband so that you can come and go from the game centre all day, enabling you to play all the games to your heart’s content.
That way you can come and go as you please and spend as much time as you like in there.
A whole day can easily be spent in there once you get playing the games!
I was jumping and down with glee when I saw that my favourite ever game when growing up was there. Space Invaders!
I used to love playing Space Invaders and blasting all the aliens. The original arcade game can be played, and it was great showing the 8 and 12 year old how to play via the old fashioned way with buttons.
There was also old favourites such as Pacman to play, and Ghostbusters.
Who ya gonna call?!
The two smalls were pleased to see their favourite character, Mario there and played Mario Kart on the Wii as there were computers from more recent times as well, so there’s something instantly recognisable for gamers of all ages.
Now THIS I remember from childhood Mario playing…. The Nintendo SNES!
If after a while you fancy a break from the screens, if you’re feeling brave enough there’s a Bucking Bronco that you can sit astride and try not to get thrown off.
I sat this one out, but the children loved it.
Hold on as long as you can and try not to get thrown off!
There’s also a great café on site to refresh yourselves after all that playing.
If you or your children (or both!) love playing computer games, you’ll absolutely love it at Game City as there’s just so many games to play and things to see.
Adults get the extra bonus of a trip down memory lane and a sense of nostalgia at the old games, and the younger children get to play all the games they know and love too whilst seeing Mum and Dad relive their youth and play computer games too!
A brilliant day out, and well worth visiting.
For more info, you can visit the website here
I received a pass in order to do this review, but all thoughts and opinions are strictly our own.
Sundays at home always ends up with the small people going stir crazy in this household, so this weekend we decided to go out and clear the internal cobwebs.
Never mind that it was blowing a gale, we just made sure we were well wrapped up and knew that we wanted somewhere with plenty of places for them to jump and climb about.
With this in mind, we decided to go to Springhead Park, Rothwell, on the outskirts of Leeds.
The Dad had seen it when driving past one day, so as it was somewhere none of us had ever been, we decided to give it a try.
If the kids are driving you bonkers by climbing about in the house and wrestling with each other (or is that just mine?!🙂 ) it’s a great place to go to for them to run about and let off steam.
There’s a play ground, with separate play areas for small and bigger children so all ages have somewhere they can play safely.
smaller play area, with climbing frames and bigger children equipment in the background
If you fancy playing a few games of tennis, there’s a great tennis court as well.
The grounds are lovely for a walk round too, and we enjoyed going for a walk over a bridge that had this little stream running underneath.
peaceful stream watching
There’s also a great bird aviary which houses different species of birds, from cockatiels to the more exotic.
observing the birds
photos by @thuntag
There’s a board next to the aviary with pictures and descriptions of all the different species, so you can have a go at spotting the different types.
If after all this you fancy something to eat, there’s also a great little café too.
We’ll definitely be back when the weather’s warmer, as it’d be a fantastic place for a picnic.
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They don’t seem to have been back at school for longer than five minutes, but the half term is already nearly upon us.
If you’re looking for family friendly things to do, here’s a few ideas to keep your small people occupied.
The children’s museum, Eureka! in Halifax are having an exciting week for children this half term with a Destination Space and Blast Off! experience to celebrate Britain’s first astronaut, Tim Peake’s mission into space.
Take part in inter-galactic activities, and learn about life in space.
York’s famous Viking Festival kicks off next week, with an invasion of Vikings in Coppergate, and a display of weaponry, traditional crafts and ship displays.
The Deep in Hull, home to all manner of sealife, will be investigating animals who use, create and play with bubbles this half term.
Take part in a bubble trail, and make bubble animals in the Craft Corner.
There’s plenty to do this half term at the National Railway Museum in York this half term as well.
Not only can you see all the different types of trains, there’ll be a Punch and Judy Show, a miniature railway ride and lots more.
Whatever you decide to do this half term, I hope it’s a fun filled one.
Got any plans for it? Let me know in the comments box below!
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If you love donkeys, then you’ll definitely want to visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds.
Nestled in the tranquil West Yorkshire countryside, the Donkey Sanctuary is a lovely haven for lots of donkeys and gives them a great quality of life whilst caring for them.
Each donkey has their own story to tell, and the staff are extremely friendly and willing to tell you their stories.
We met a donkey who had a lovely life, but his owner had become ill and frail and was unable to care for him properly anymore so he came to live at the sanctuary instead where she still comes to visit him.
Another donkey wasn’t so fortunate and had come to live at the centre due to being mistreated and abused.
The donkeys repay the love they get from the staff by being loving and caring themselves, and the centre does a lot of work with children with additional needs and disabilities, who come to the sanctuary to interact with the animals and benefit from their calming influence.
As well as an inside building for them, there’s also plenty of room outside for the donkeys to play and exercise.
My two children loved talking to the donkeys and stroking them.
There’s also an undercover outdoor seating area, for a spot of sitting outside when the weather’s nice.
There is a small cafe if you fancy a bite to eat, and a gift shop where you can buy merchandise such as pens, fridge magnets and lovely donkey related items.
The donkey sanctuary is free entry as it is a charity, but there is a box if you would like to make a donation towards helping the work they do.
If you would like to learn more about the centre, the website is here
Many moons ago, when I was a mere teenager, I was a member of a weekly ten pin bowling group.
We used to meet up, once a week, and show off our skills as we sent our bowling balls skittering down the lanes.
So when I got the chance to review Roxy Lane Bowling in Leeds, I jumped at the chance.
Yay, a chance to show off my skills to the small people of the household!
Alas, I didn’t bank on time completely robbing me of any talent I may (or may not) have possessed.
However, even if you don’t win, you can have a great time bowling as a family here.
About a five minute walk from the train station, it’s extremely easy to get to and the venue has four great bowling lanes.
After we’d got ourselves into order of who was going first, we took it in turns to throw the ball at the skittles and hope we could make a strike.
If you are playing with small children, you can choose to have buffers put up so your ball doesn’t go into the gutter. You can also use the bowling ball frame to angle where you want the ball to go. So the two smalls used these as an aid.
(In hindsight, I should have used these myself. I definitely will next time.🙂 )
Although compact, the lanes are airy, well lit, and have a great atmosphere.
I may not have won, but as I was always told as a child, it’s not the winning, but the taking part that counts.
It’s a fantastic day out regardless of your bowling ability.
There’s also a licensed bar and food menu if you fancy dining out as you bowl.
I was very tempted by the full cocktail menu, but managed to resist!
Instead, we had a gorgeous lunch of pizza.
I chose the meat feast pizza, which had a lovely, thin, crispy base and lots of succulent toppings such as bacon and chorizo.
The Dad plumped for the roasted vegetable pizza, which he declared a delicious vegetarian option.
There’s also a full kids menu too, and the two smalls had a pepperoni and a margarita.
The 8 year old, who chose the margarita, when asked what he thought of his, said…
“Deeee-licious – and I like it even more because it has proper sliced cherry tomatoes on the top as well!”
Plus, It’s always the mark of great food when all the plates are completely scraped clean.🙂
If you’re looking for a fun, family friendly day out in Leeds city centre, we can definitely recommend Roxy Bowling.
We’ll certainly be back.
We received entry and meal in order to do this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are completely honest and a true representation of our day out.