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  1. The summer holidays are mere days away now and as I attempt to juggle full time parenting with running a small business I'm always looking for days out. I love the summer holidays, I enjoy a break from working which is good for the soul and brain, there's no routine and we can be free to wake, eat, sleep when we want. I love seeing the kids snoozing, worn out and dirty rather than having to go to bed just because they have school in the morning.

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    We love days out too, love exploring our local area or going to major UK attractions. Being a parent of 3 though summer holidays can be an expensive experience. I spend a lot of time looking for places that offer family discounts as 1 adult, 3 children, groupon site deals and where I can make savings using their Blue Peter badge. Getting a Blue Peter badge is super easy and can save you loads of money on days out as the child with the badge gets in free. However there are many parents who will be sorting which UK attractions to visit depending on how accessible they will be for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

    Mobilty Nationwide  have produced a super infographic which details some UK attractions which are accessible for the less able. I love that so many mountains accommodate wheelchair access allowing everyone to take in the stunning views we are so lucky to have in the UK. Daddy Moo, Charlie and I are planning to climb Snowdon this summer and I can't wait to see the breath-taking views. I'm hoping to climb to the top and back again but it's handy to know there is a train down should I need it.

    We are visiting London Zoo this summer, like many London attractions is housed in a listed building. Listed buildings come with a whole host of issues so it's great to see that they have made strives in being accessible to all. 

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  2. Basingstoke is set to become Hampshire’s cultural capital this summer, when the town’s creative talent is celebrated in its inaugural ‘Made in Basingstoke’ festival, a jam-packed extravaganza of events catering for all tastes and age groups.

    Running from 14 July to 13 August 2017 and comprising four themed weeks entitled Create, Taste, Discover and Make, the Festival will showcase the town’s artists, foods, attractions and people through a comprehensive programme of daily activities to be staged at key attractions, shops, museums and shopping centres across the town. basingstoke face paint

    We were invited by In Basingstoke to come and experience some of the create activities on show. Being a budding artist I took Megan and we enjoyed a bit of a girlie day out. Our first stop was the Paperchase stand at Festival Place, we actually stopped by twice, first to make a felt headband and have the obligatory day out face paint, and later in the day Megan made a lovely “Thank You” card for her teacher. We've not done much stamping before but I was really surprised how clean and easy the process was. Megan really enjoyed it and I'm sure this is the start of a new hobby.Paperchase Basingstoke

    Today marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen, who was born and raised in the Basingstoke area, a new bronze statue of the author, will be unveiled in the town centre. Also you can't miss the ‘Sitting with Jane’ free public arts trail featuring 24 ‘Book Benches’, each designed and painted by a different professional artist. Last month we visited Whitchurch Silk Mill for the annual Sylvanian Families Shopping Event there is a Jane Austen bench there. All the benches are beautifully crafted and painted, being 8 Megan isn't aware of Jane Austen but the benches and exhibition at called ‘Retail and Romance: Jane goes to the Ball’ at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery has certainly piqued her interest. I've since found out that Real Reads has re-worked many classics including “Pride and Prejudice” for children. jane austen bench

    Whitchurch Silk Mill Bench 

    There are so many free museums in and around Hampshire and Dorset that we have visited. They give you a lovely snapshot of the town through the ages , The Willis Museum features 200 years of Basingstoke which Megan found hilarious especially the 60's/70's themed kitchen. 

    Don't be sad that you missed the create week as next comes Taste Week (21-27 July), which will feature free cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs Phil Vickery and Jean-Christophe Novelli at The Malls Shopping Centre on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July. There will also be a Taste Market focused on local produce and businesses as well as a Jane Austen cream tea party at the Red Lion Hotel.

    For more information and a full schedule of events visit www.madeinbasingstoke.co.uk