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A Great Family Day Out At The Aldingbourne Country Centre. | #KCACOLS

Easter adventure at The Aldingbourne Country Centre with my kids. A great day out!

My kids and I went to Aldingbourne Trust on Easter egg hunt with bonnet parade.
Entrance fee is affordable at prices: child £3, adult £4 and family / group of 4 is only £14. That would not break the bank and plus you are giving to charity. They welcome guest from 10:00 am to 4:00pm (gates close at 5:00pm).

Check out the video of our day out over on our YouTube channel. 


There is a lot of activities for the kids. My children enjoyed the animal sanctuary where you find some farm animals like goats, pigs, birds and more. The animals can be approached as they are tamed. And it’s good to know that there are staffs to supervise.


The woodland walk explores a mini forest and where the Easter egg hunting took place. Which cost an additional £3.00 a child but its worth it as kids are guaranteed to have gift to take home and spending time with the mascot “Easter bunny”. My boys had enjoyed more of the egg hunting as the Easter bunny added colour to the event.


The kids had found quite a few and so chocolate galore!


The tractor play area is a treat! My boys loved it and had spent lots of time here.


They have a delightful cafe which offers a variety of foods and drinks at affordable price.  Kids meals are only under £5.00 and you will not pay more than £7.00 for an adult. My kids enjoyed their order of sausage and chips! They also offer a platter of chicken dips, fried mushrooms, scampi, chips and salad for just under £7.00. Please note that the price stated is at a time when we visited the place (price may vary).


On the back of the cafe is a spacious playground where you can also have a sit down while the kids play. The little golf area is also worth experiencing for the kids to explore their imagination. Or do some arts at the barn.There is also a gift shop for souvenirs and discover the Aldingbourne Trust’s artwork. A variety of plants for sale can be found at their theming nursery.

The Easter bonnet parade with its added activities sums up the day. A whole lot of fun for the family to enjoy all in one day! With friendly staffs, lots of activities for the kids, a cafe for your tea; the Aldingbourne Country Centre is the place to be for your family. So why not come and visit for a day of fun and discover the great work of the Aldingbourne Trust.


We had a lovely day out and really enjoyed it. My kids absolutely loved it. I would definitely recommend them, and we will surely go back there in the future. I’m impress with their prices, cleanliness of the area and lovely friendly staff who work there. My kids were entertained and happy with our day out experience at the Aldingbourne Country centre.

We have a free family of 4 voucher for Aldingbourne Country Centre Chichester West Sussex to giveaway. Entry is open to uk residents only and you will have to find your own way there, tickets will be sent out to you directly. No cash alternative. To enter you will need to:

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Some of the photographs were taken by my daughter, Divine, who captured them on the Nikon D5100.

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An amazing day out at Fishers Farm, West Sussex

The sunshine has finally arrived this year and we took the opportunity to visit Fishers Farm. Most farms you can visit round here is a maximum of a few hours to a visit, tops, but not Fishers Farm! We headed over for opening at 10am and spent all day there, until 4pm. It’s obviously not the cheapest ticket price at £15.75 per person in the high season, but it really is a full day out. There is also an option to just buy a soft play ticket which doesn’t include any of the rest of the park. 

Check out the video of our day over on our YouTube channel. 

The children were most excited about seeing the animals, it is called a farm after all, so as soon as we arrived we headed to the animal encounters barn, looked around all the animals and then it was time for the animal handling (at 11am). 


The animal handling consists of a 10 minute talk about the different animals and then the children queue up and get to hold/stroke the four selected animals of the day. Today’s selection were a rabbit, guinea pig, baby chick and chinchilla. The kids were really amazed at how soft the chinchilla was, although they could hold him he was too quick. 

Next we went outside to explore the funfair rides, there are small carrousel type rides for under 10’s (I think it was), they also have giant bouncy pillows and trampolines:


Peddle bike type cars, or ride-ons for the smaller toddlers, there is a maze, a castle, loads of outdoor climbing frames, aged 6 + climbing walls:


Sandpits with digging toys, panning for gems, slides, zip lines, ghost train, barrel bug ride (so much fun), mini golf, tractor rides, toboggan run:


All of this is included in the price. 

At this point it was time for the pony rides (12.30pm), which is additional cost of £1 per child. You need to head over there early for this as the queue can get quite long in the high season. The kids get a riding hat and go for a 5 minute walk around the school and pose for a photo. 


If you want to save some money, you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic along, there is a covered barn for picnicking if the weather is iffy or there are loads of benches and green spaces around to sit an enjoy a good day. We decided to try the Saddle Room Restaurent, it is right next to the soft play areas (of which there are 3 for different aged children) which is convenient for entertaining the kids while you enjoy a sit down and rest and is well priced: children’s meals are under £5 and adult meals are between £6 and £9. 

 

After lunch we went back outside to finish off the activities we didn’t have time for before lunch. We had a go on the bumper boats (£2 per boat) and the children sent ages playing on all the outdoor climbing frames and play areas. 


The kids could have continued to play here for days! They absolutely loved it. I was impressed that there were benches and space for parents to sit and watch the kids everywhere. Although the park really is aimed at children, and I would recommend for those under 10 year old really, it wasn’t boring for the adults and there was enough around that older siblings would enjoy it too. 

We had a lovely day and the kids are completely exhausted now, that in itself is worth paying for! 

We have 2 free children’s tickets for fishers farm, West Sussex, to giveaway. Entry is open to uk residents only and you will have to find your own way there, tickets will be sent out to you by fishers farm directly. No cash alternative. To enter you will need to:

  • Like our Facebook page
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  • Answer this question: which part of fishers farm would your children most enjoy?!

Giveaway in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook. Winner will be selected, at random, from those who have completed all steps correctly. Giveaway closes at midnight, on the 22nd April 2017. Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult. 

*note: my tickets were provided free for the purpose of a review, this did not affect my opinion and all words are my own. 

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Affordable alternatives for spring trends

While waiting for my car service on Saturday (3 hours!!) I decided to kill some time by reading a magazine, now I’m not normally one to buy magazines, I think they are a waste of money. But I quite enjoyed flicking through Marie Claire (April 2017 edition) and looking at their suggestions for spring fashion trends. 


Marie Claire is predicting that trend for spring/summer is going to be:

  • Metallic 
  • Check
  • Asymmetric hem lines and
  • Bold colours and patterns 

One thing I did not like, however, was the price tags suggested in these articles: £220 for a top, £70 for a blouse, £79 for a skirt and £590 for a pair of sandals…so I have decided to share some better priced alternatives for those of us who are not millionaires…

Metallic 


Metallic cold shoulder top, £8.99 from select


Metallic jacket, £29.99 from NewLook

Checked


This gorgeous checked dress is only £22 from NewLook


Checked shirt, only £14 from Tesco F&F

Asymmetric Hems


This beautiful dress is only £16 from Forever21


Asymmetric skirt, £18 from Tesco F&F

Bold Colours and Prints


Bright and bold yellow crop top, only £10.99 from Forever21


£5.99 for this skater dress, from Select

I love these outfit ideas, they are so lovely. 

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Easter · Motherhood

Easter craft ideas -polystyrene eggs!

Every year my children’s school host an Eggstrvaganza, each child gets given a polystyrene egg and has to design a handmade display around the egg.

Bethany is in year 3 this year and jack year 1, so this will be the 5th and 6th creations I have “helped” make…I hoped it wouldn’t happen this year, but it did!

Just in case other school do similar I am here to help you out with our ideas. My kids do most of their work themselves (unlike some kids who’s parents do all of the project).


Bethany didn’t allow me to help at all her first year, so it was simply an egg covered in pink glitter lol


Her second year was a bunny who had tumbled into a flower pot. Simple and easy to do.


The next year we papermached a balloon, cut it in half and painted it as a chicken. She then made the box into a nest and placed the egg inside the chicken.


For Jack’s first year we made a dragon with a dragons egg. I admit he didn’t do much of this lol he paused all the parts and the background and I assembled the dragon for him.


Jack’s this year is a seascape, he did this all himself and I only helped with the mummy seagull.


Bethany’s she has refused any help with (and keep telling me that her friends ones look like they have been done by parents not by the kids!!). It is an Easter egg hunt.

One of Each #littlemakes
Days out · Easter · Ocassion

Easter Activities in West Sussex

I have been trawling through the websites of places to visit in West Sussex searching for activities to do with the kids over the Easter holidays. Below is a round up of my findings so you don’t have to search yourself…you’re welcome!

Fishers Farm Park 10am-5pm
Tickets: £15.75 per person, includes entry to the park and the soft play areas.
Easter activities include: bottle feeding lambs and handling fluffy chicks, there is also an Easter Egg Hunt but this is the Easter weekend only.
Indoor soft play, farm animals (animal handling sessions available), loads of outdoor activities (go karting, trampolining, zip lines, mazes, sand pits, rides, panning for gems, and summer splash areas)
Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG Tel: 01403 700063,

Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts – 10am-5pm
Easter egg hunt – 14th-17 April
Mostly indoors, great for a poor weather day. Butterfly house, birds of prey, reptile house, bird aviary, donkeys and small animals,
Adults £9.50, children £7 (under 3’s free), family ticket £29 (discount voucher online)
133 Almodington Lane, Earnley, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7JR. Tel: 01243 512637

Arundel Wetland Centre 9.30am -5pm
Prices: Adult £11.08, child £5.58 (under 4’s free) family ticket £29.79. 10% discount if you buy them online (and they are valid for 6 months in case you need to change your day)
1st-23rd April: Duck hunt. Find the ducks and win a prize. Kids crafts from 2-4 pm
Mill Street, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PB. Tel: 01903 883355

Amberley Musuem & Heritage Centre, 10am-5pm
Tickets £11.50 adults, £6.60 children (under 3’s free) or family ticket £34. Free car parking
Easter Trail 12th – 17th April, follow the clues to win a prize.
Family activity days: 12th and 19th April, Hawking about are visiting.
Amberley,near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT, Tel: 01798 831370

We really enjoyed our Halloween visit to Amberley Museum

Chichester Ship Canal – Easter Bunny boat trips, 11am, 1.15pm or 3.30pm
£10 per person (under 1’s free). Trips run from 8th to 15th of April 2017. A boat ride down the canal with the Easter Bunny. Includes refreshments for everyone and a chocolate bunny for the children. Advance booking required
Chichester Canal Basin, West Sussex, PO19 8DT , Tel: 01243 771363. Note parking is very limited.

Fishbourne Roman Palace, 11am-3pm
Easter Surprises. 17th – 21st April. Springtime crafts and an Easter treasure hunt around the Palace grounds.
Entrance cost: £9.20 per adult, £4.60 per child (under 4’s free) (family ticket £25)
Roman Way, Fishbourne, West Sussex, PO19 3QR, Tel: 01243 785859

National Trust Egg Hunts: Solve clues and win a chocolate treat. Mostly over the Easter weekend, some extended over the whole holiday, check out where is closest for you. Note: Some charge an entrance fee, some only charge for the egg hunt.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum . Open 10.30am-6pm
Tickets are priced at adults £15 and children £7 (under 4’s are free) (or family tickets available)
Special Easter weekend event: Fri 14th- Mon 17th. Easter trial with prize. Activities vary daily: Easter cooking in the Tudor Kitchen, egg painting, bonnet making
Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU, Tel: 01243 811363,

Ferring Country Centre: Easter Eggsperience. Thursday 13th- Saturday 15th April 10am – 4pm
£8 per child (with 1 accompanying adult, additional adults £5 each), includes Easter bunny burrow (as a family find clues and solve them) entry to the small animal farm. Book to avoid disappointment (£1 booking fee applies)
If you just want to go to the farm it is £3 entry per person (under 3’s are free), no need to pre-book. They also have a lovely café and both an indoor and outdoor play area. The café is run by disabled staff, so please give them time and don’t rush them.
Rife Way, Ferring, Worthing, BN12 5JZ, Tel: 01903 245078

Aldingbourne Country Centre: Different events on different days of the holidays. 10am-5pm
Standard entry price is £4 per person (or £14 for a 4 person family group, or you can become an annual member for only £55 for the family), price includes: Entrance to the open farm, mini golf, woodland walk and play areas, treasure trails, enchanted garden and the ride-on tractors. Animal feeding and guinea pig handling is an additional £2 per session.
The special events put on for Easter have additional charges of either £2 or £3 depending on the event.

*All events are weather dependant, keep an eye on their facebook page for cancellations before you turn up, last year most of the events were unfortunately called off.
Aldingbourne Country Centre, Blackmill Lane, Norton, Chichester, PO18 0JP, Tel: 01243 542075

Wyevale Garden Centre: Breakfast/tea with the Easter bunny, time various dependant on location.
Tickets are £9.99 pre-book only. Suitable for children aged 3-8 years. (Adult, food only, £7.99 for full English, or £3.99 for mini pastry breakfast) Each booking must include minimum one paying adult.
Includes a cuddly toy gift, Easter cookie decorating, bunny hunt and an activity sheet.
Don’t forget the amazing Flip Out in Chichester and fabulous Whizzfit nerf and dodgeball events

 

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Don’t Delay: Handy Tips To Get Ready For Easter 

It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. But now it’s within touching distance, it’s time to start prepping for the day itself. After all, it can often take much more than just going to the shop to buy some Easter Eggs. And with Easter making an appearance, it’s a perfect time to get crafting. 

After all, you can get a lot of things for the home like Easter decorations by making them yourself! And you can even do some baking which can ensure you skip those expensive prices for the chocolate eggs at the supermarkets! 

Here are some handy tips to ensure you are ready for Easter to arrive.

Start making baskets for the egg hunt

One of the most fun parts of Easter is the egg hunt for the kids. If you are anything like my family, you will hide the eggs around the garden for your children to hunt down! And it’s a lot of fun watching them have to find all the eggs before they can start getting their fill of chocolate. But to have an egg hunt, you need to get some baskets for the kids. After all, they can use these to fill with eggs they find when hunting them down in the garden. But you will find they are quite expensive when you get them from the shops. Therefore, to help you save some cash while ensuring you are still ready for Easter, you should make some of your own. In fact, it can be a fun activity which the whole family can get involved in. 

All you need is some colorful fabric, old magazines, and some glue. There are a ton of videos online on making Easter baskets which are easy to follow. Just remember to give the baskets little handles to make them easy for the kids to carry. And to give them a personal touch, use felt to create little names for the bags. That way, on Easter morning, they can quickly find their basket before heading outside to hunt down the eggs! And it’s something you can put away to use year after year!


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Bake your chocolate Easter eggs

You won’t believe how much Easter eggs can actually end up costing a family. After all, it can cost around £3 or £4 for an average-sized egg. And if you have several children, it can soon add up to a small fortune. When you add in other relatives, plus your other half, and your friend’s kids, it’s easy to end up equating to around £100! And this can be a lot of money when you have other bills to pay. 

However, it’s essential to get some Easter Eggs to give out as presents when the day arrives. Therefore, we suggest that you bake your own chocolate Easter eggs which can make just as scrumptious. In fact, a lot of people won’t even notice the difference when they are chomping down the chocolate. And if you make your own, it can also ensure you make it personal to the kids. After all, they might love a certain chocolate which doesn’t actually have its own egg! Therefore, get plenty of chocolate, plus tissue paper which you can use to wrap the egg. And then start cooking to ensure you make plenty of hollow eggs by the time Easter arrives. Fill the inside with sweets to ensure it’s still a fun treat for the kids. And there are lots of recipes online on how to make homemade Easter eggs, so it doesn’t have to be too tricky! 

Make some Easter cards with the kids 

For some people, they like to give out Easter cards when it comes to the holiday. After all, it can be a nice way to celebrate the occasion. And it can be something lovely for the kids to do when it comes to celebrating Easter. However, if you have to buy them from the shop, it can mean extra expense for your family. Especially if the kids are planning to give them out to all of their friends at school. Therefore, it’s time to sit down with your kids and make some cards ready for Easter! Get the crayons and paints out and have a fun day making Easter cards. You could even make bunnies out of felt which they can attach to the cards using some form of glue dots which you can get from sites like Glue Guns Direct

After they have dried, you can get the kids to practice their writing skills by putting a message inside the cards. And then you can leave everyone impressed with the cute cards your little ones have designed!


Decorate the home with Easter accessories

It’s always fun to give your home a touch of Easter magic which will excite the kids on the big day. After all, if they come down to a living room filled with cute Easter accessories, they will definitely be in the Easter mood. Therefore, it’s time to get crafting to make some cute Easter decor for the home. 

For one thing, you might want to make some little chicks which you can display on the mantelpiece in your home. You can easily make these with some tissue paper, and your kids will love them on Easter Sunday. And you can even put some cute bunny ornaments in your living room to excite the kids. And if you want to head to the shops, you could buy some form of Easter wreath which you can hang up in the hallway to impress the kids. And some daffodils in a vase in your house can also give it an Easter feel! With these cute touches, your home will be ready for your guests to arrive on Easter.

It’s likely you will have to cook a yummy dinner for your family when it comes to Easter Sunday. To make it fitting for Easter, you should opt for delicious treats which will make it a fun banquet for your family. For example, some creme egg cupcakes would definitely go down a treat with your little ones! 

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Cadbury creme egg cupcakes recipe

Now I am no expert at baking and it normally goes really wrong, so when I say this is an easy recipe I mean it!

I got the recipe from taming twins here, but have written it out again for you below:

Makes 12 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

150g Caster Sugar

150g Unsalted butter, softened

3 eggs (medium size)

1 Tsp vanilla extract

120g Self-raising flour

30g cocoa powder

12 Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs

For the icing:

175g Unsalted butter

350g Icing sugar

Egg yellow gel food colouring

75g Dark chocolate

Method:

Freeze your creme eggs, preferably over night but a few hours will do


Cream the butter and sugar


Beat in the eggs and vanilla essence


Fold in the flour mixed with cocoa powder


Put one spoonful of batter in each case and then lay a creme egg (on its side) in the batter


Then cover each egg with batter


Bake at 180 Celsius for 20 minutes

Once they are cooled make the icing, colour half of it orange/yellow and put 50:50 in a piping bag to decorate your cupcakes. I then decorated with cut up creme eggs and drizzled with melted chocolate.


*note: jack doesn’t like creme eggs so his are smarties filled and decorated. The kids did the decorating, sorry!

So easy, delicious and yet look great!

Again with thanks for the recipe to Taming Twins Blog

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