Paultons Park – Our Visit To Peppa Pig World

We were kindly invited to visit Paultons Park – Home of Peppa Pig World on Tuesday 5th November which was the start of the Winter season and a new experience for us as we are used to going on more day trips in the Summer months (especially family theme parks)

We were so excited to spend the day at the well-known and popular family theme park where we had planned to visit for the past 2 years but never got the opportunity until recent. We set off mid morning after the children had woken from their nap and was happy to arrive and see that we had come on on a quiet day which meant no queues!

On arrival the first thing that was visible was how pretty and clean the grounds were and although the weather was dreary with occasional showers, the family theme park surrounded us with lots of beautiful sights of flowers and autumnal colours from the leaves on the trees.

It was lovely that both Nia-Mae and Josiah were able to enjoy all the rides we went on by being accompanied by an adult and I love how the family theme park had just the right amount of rides to entertain young ones as some can be so busy with too many rides to choose from; you can easily miss out from confusion of where to go.

Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride

Nia-Mae loved watching the ride and listening to the theme parks happy music and wasn’t scared of how high it was. The ride lasted a good amount of time and was enjoyed by both children and the parents overlooking the lovely view of the whole theme park.

Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club

This was one of our favourite rides as it was one that stood out from all the rest and we could enjoy the water ride without getting wet plus view all the life-like models of Peppa Pig and her family while listening to the theme tune from the well-known tv show! It was lovely to see the array of colours from the model features which really helped make it stand out from many of the other family theme parks we have visited.

The Queens Flying Coach Ride

We enjoyed our coach ride again over looking the beautiful views which encouraged conversation about what Nia-Mae could see. We could also see others enjoying the ride at the same time and waved to the other children as we passed them by!

Meeting Peppa And George

Luckily we were able to meet Peppa and George and take a photo with them. They were very friendly and there was also a member of staff available to take both professional photos which were available to purchase but also take photos of family’s with Peppa and George using their own cameras. Even though the weather was wet, the children were all very exited to meet them both and we didn’t have to queue which was an added bonus! Peppa and George are available at allocated time slots and they even came from under the shelter to meet the children up close and personal.

Georgie’s Spaceship Play Zone

After a busy morning of exploring the rides we had time inside the play zone where Josiah could spend time out of the pushchair and we could have a break from the wet weather. We really loved the set up as it catered so that both parents could relax and have a cup of tea while the children enjoyed playing in the soft play.

It was suitable for both Nia-Mae and Josiah with age categorised play zones, Nia- Mae enjoyed going down the slide and the activities of the Recycling zone where the children can take part in experimenting with the soft balls. Josiah enjoyed George’s Musical Instrument’s which was specifically an area for babies 1 and under.

We then enjoyed eating lunch before heading out to meet Peppa and George again and then enjoying the scenery of the rest of Paultons Park including Lost Kingdom where Dad enjoyed experiencing the Flight Of The Pterosaur while myself and the children looked and heard all the sounds from the dinosaur models.

We ended the evening with gorgeous hot chocolate before heading home and talking about the days event during the car journey. We can’t wait to visit again next year to go on the rest of the rides and attractions that we missed out on.

Thank you for having us Paultons Park!

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*This blog is based on a gifted trip but all views and opinions are my own*

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Part Time Working Mummy

It’s the most asked question from every new Mum but the one with many different answers for each of us:-

Do I go back to work or do I stay at home with the kids?

For myself this is still the question I am struggling with nearly 34 months later since having my first child.

Before children I worked in childcare as a nursery worker both in children centres and private nurseries and then decided that I wanted to become a Nanny where I could concentrate solely on the care and attention of the child and attend to the family’s needs and requirements. Making such a huge transition was a big step and with some advice from a few Nanny friends and soon having the opportunity to look after a mutual friends baby that needed full time childcare, I ventured into my first role as a Nanny providing sole attention, care, and daily activities until unfortunately the family no longer needed me. I was back to the drawing board with only one nannying experience. So what now??

Luckily one of my Nanny friends introduced me to a childcare app called childcare.co.uk which is the UK’s largest online community of parents, childcare providers, babysitters, nurseries and private tutors. I was able to set up a profile free of charge that was safe and secure where I provided my contact details, the childcare provision I was offering, my experiences, qualifications, availability and fee which would then be put in their database for access where other parents could view my profile and contact me if they were interested.

I was a little sceptical at first as this was something completely new to me and although I had many years of childcare experience, I wasn’t sure how people who had never met me would trust me enough to contact me regarding looking after their children but I found the app very user friendly and began searching profiles of potential parents that fit my requirements, while also sending out a number of secure private messages; with the odd phone call if a number had been left on the profile that gave access to call directly and have a chat about the position further. I soon started receiving messages from both parents whom I had reached out to and visa versa.

I was really amazed and encouraged just how easy the app was to use with an added bonus of the location of each parent showing on each profile which helped me to decide which potential family I could work for as travelling by public transport was the only option so I needed something local.

I found that there are 1300 local profiles in need of childcare from putting in my postcode on the website and by viewing each parents profile I can eliminate it down further, based on both sets of requirements until I find the perfect match!

Not long after creating my online profile I started receiving messages which was a prefect way of communicating until I felt secure enough to agree to any interviews. The website provides a safety centre with information about staying safe and not conducting any visits until background and checks have been completed. I’ve found this very helpful as it assists in both safe guarding myself and online users as online safety is a really big issue. With website options offering community reporting, platform monitoring and secure document validation and sharing, I know that if we are in need of childcare for even a couple of hours; correct procedures and measures have taken place that would help to put our mind a little more at ease.

As my home life changed this has also had an effect on my job requirements and availability; now having children the balance between work and home life isn’t an easy one but it makes it less stressful knowing that all I have to do is update the profile with my current situations and I can then go through the whole process again.

Currently I am not working as a childcare provider but I have recently updated my profile and will be using the app to actively search for local babysitting positions on Saturday evenings but with the aid of regular updates of potential matches sent straight to my email it will make searching so much more easy and accessible.

*This blog is sponsored but all opinions are my own*

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A Day Out At Greenwich Maritime Museum

On Saturday 6th April we had a family day out in Greenwich to visit the Maritime Museum. It was lovely to be able to spend the day out as a family with the kids as this is something that we tend to struggle balancing with our busy schedules but definitely intend to do more often.

The Maritime Museum is a place where you can discover the history and treasures behind the associations with the sea and navigation which helps you to understand how these events help shape and change the world we live in today.

The museum itself is free entry and consists of 2 floors with lots to see with the layout being split into various wings allowing easier navigation. It is very child friendly including those with babies and buggies; with easy and spacious access to lifts.

We didn’t get to see everything (as we were with extended family members so had to be sensitive of their time) but was fascinated and entertained by all the painting, figures and activities that we participated in. We walked around and visited 3 main areas which was The Cutty Sark Figure Heads, Sea Things, Polar Worlds and lastly The Great Map/Great Map Café.

Cutty Sark (Figureheads and Decoration)

Cutty Sark is home to the largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads in the world.

Figureheads are the carved wooden sculptures that decorate the prows of sailing ships. It was thought to be that the figure heads were the spirit of the vessel and offered the crew protection from harsh seas and safeguarding their homeward journeys.

The superstitions of the figurehead meant that the crew would go to great lengths to protect it with most figureheads being ‘females’ probably because of ships being referred to as ‘she’ and as women were not often allowed to board the ships, the figurehead could have been a representation of the sole company on a ship.

We enjoyed leisurely walking around and looking at all the different types of colourful figureheads. There was lots of space for all of us so it didn’t feel overcrowded with a buggy and Nia-Mae also had room to explore.

Sea Things

Sea Things allows the experience of visual spectacles of over 600 objects, where you can also get involved in hands-on-activities such as a maritime personality quiz and interactive share and discovery Maritime memories. Many of the objects are open display so you get to observe and touch close up.

We didn’t get to experience everything in this gallery as there was so much to see and everyones attention span was different with it being a larger group but this is definitely something we would want to participate in at a future date and would recommend for a family with children especially the interactive part.

Polar Worlds

The Polar regions have been a focus for British exploration and scientific enquiry for centuries and continues to do so especially with the era of climate change. This also paved the way for mythical characters and hero’s, where some were lost and some carry on today.

It was lovely to see all the paintings and videos capturing the cold and dangerous climates that explorers bravely faced. Yet being amazed how communities survive in freezing conditions and observing some of the Arctic and Antarctic wildlife.

The Great Map

Lastly we visited the Great Map area where there was a huge floor atlas which you can explore the world, join in with events and play interactive games for children of all ages with it all being free!

Nia-Mae enjoyed using the tablet that allowed her to explore different parts of the world while going on her voyage searching for requested treasures.

There was also 3 toy ships where children could play around on them independently or assisted by an adult by being pushed on the floor atlas (like Nia-Mae was by her daddy)

It was also a way for us all to relax, and for me to feed Josiah with lots of space for his buggy as the Great Map is located next to the Great Map Café where you can sit while kids play all within eyesight.

There was so much more to explore and experience and this is something that can easily be a whole day out. We would definitely want to come back and look at the other areas that we didn’t get a chance to see.

Greenwich Maritime Museum is definitely a place worth checking out!

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