Baby Holiday Essentials

After being away for 3 months these are our baby holiday essentials! The things we couldn’t live without and the items that have made life easier. I first wrote out a list of essentials when we started our trip but have revised it based on the things we’ve really used the most.

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Easter 2022 – Fun things to do with the kids

Wow there are a lot of events on this Easter! I’ve put together a list of fun things to do with the kids this Easter. The list covers events on in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey. I’ve included everything from Easter egg trails and chocolate workshops to Easter pantos!

As always I’ve included things across a range of budgets. I’ll start with the freebies…

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Playgrounds with Cafes in Buckinghamshire (and nearby)

Need some fresh air but can’t face a trip to the same old swings? How about a super playground with a brilliant café next door? Perfect for a takeaway coffee or sit in and enjoy lunch and a cake after your little ones have burnt off some energy. This guest blog comes from Rebecca @chilterns_recipe_book who’s been finding all the best outdoor playgrounds with cafes around Bucks for us.

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Cafes with Play Areas

We all know as parents how difficult it is to sit and enjoy a hot drink! So I’ve been on a mission to find the best cafes with play areas in and around Buckinghamshire. I’m not talking big soft plays as let’s be honest it’s impossible to enjoy your coffee when you’re trying to keep a look our for your own kids and there are others screaming around you. These are all lovely smaller cafes that do great coffee, tasty food and have smaller play areas – just big enough to keep them happily entertained so you can enjoy your drink whilst it’s still hot!

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Christmas at 4 Kingdoms

Last year for our big Christmas day out we chose to go to The Magical Christmas Adventure at 4 Kingdoms Adventure & Farm Park. I chose this one as I loved the sound of the immersive journey through loads of themed rooms and the photos from previous years looked amazing! It also had great reviews and whilst still expensive it was nowhere near the price tag of Lapland UK. Here’s what we thought of it.

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Review: West Midland Safari Park

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West Midland Safari Park completely surpassed our expectations today, we had such a brilliant time! The Park in Worcestershire is home to a four mile long drive-through safari which was the highlight for us. Many of the animals on the safari are free to roam right up to your car and they do! We were feeding giraffes through the window, had rhino’s in touching distance of our car and lions walking next to us.

This isn’t all that’s at West Midland Safari Park though. You’ll also find the largest animatronic dinosaur exhibit in the UK, a theme park and many more animals to see and feed on foot.

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Watercolour Arts & Play Cafe in Henley

If you’re looking for a lovely cafe to visit where you can sit and enjoy a hot coffee whilst your toddler and baby both play then this is the place for you! The Watercolour Arts & Play Cafe in Henley is a lovely cafe with a great little play area for children up to 6 years old upstairs and a baby play area downstairs. They also run lots of kids classes there and most of them are free!

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Where to PYO Pumpkins in Buckinghamshire

PYO Pumpkin fields have become really popular, with more popping up every year. Have a look through this guide to find one to visit with your little ones this year. My tip for you is to go earlier rather than later. When you go early you’ll have a huge choice of pumpkins and get some great photos. If you leave it to go closer to Halloween then you’ll likely be faced with fairly sparse looking fields and barns. Pumpkins last for ages if stored properly and will easily last for at least a month.

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