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  1. conkers

    We love nothing more than exploring the great outdoors. I'd been watching green with envy lots of bloggers visiting Conkers in Derbyshire. When an invite landed in my inbox I was beyond excited. The only thing was I didn't fancy driving 3 hours there and back in a day. I decided to see if we could possibly visit during our week in Nottingham as it was only 30 minutes from Auntie J's. After a busy week with the Robin Hood Festival, Wollaton Hall, Go Ape and also visiting family we decided to do Conkers and then make the trip home. This way we'd have some very tired Moo's in the car.

    conkers squirrel

    Meeting Moira the Squirrel (Megan does look a bit green here) 

    We parked up and queued to get in. It was a lovely day but not too hot and there were already a lot of families waiting to get in. As you go through the reception there is a café, toilets, shop and the Discovery centre. We made our way through the building to the outside.

    conkers map reading

    Olive was consulting the map and Nanny Moo and I were deciding what to do first when Megan projectile vomited on the ground! A lovely member of staff came and cleaned it up whilst I took her off to clean up.

    conkers barefoot

    With a 3 hour drive ahead of us to drop Nanny Moo off followed by another hour to our own home we made the decision to try and make the best of the day and have a little explore. Megan seemed to perk up a bit and really enjoyed the barefoot walk.


    Despite having to cut out visit short due to Megan being sick we enjoyed our invigorating barefoot walk @visitconkers

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    It's a really strange experience and your feet actually feel quite invigorated afterwards! I think I shall have to encourage Avon Country Park to install one of these!

    conkers train

    We took the train over to the other side of the site and were greeted by a park. The Moo's were off and Nanny Moo and I sat down for a well earned watery coffee and a gossip! We also made a paper plate snake in

     conkers collage

    We took the train back to the other side and wandered around the Discovery Centre. There is loads of interesting facts, diagrams and experiments to try out. Charlie loved being a bat! Megan enjoyed going down the mineshaft.

    We found a spot and enjoyed our picnic, Megan didn't eat and was starting to feel a bit hot and sleepy. We made the decision to leave, after pressing our pennies. I think we'd got 15 minutes down the road when Megan vomited again meaning we had to pull over and strip her down.

    I'd love to have explored more of Conkers. Over 40 and mum to one has some stunning images of her and Monkeys adventure including a bug hunt.

    Beautiful lake at @visitconkers #review #outdoor

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    After facing their fears at Go Ape I'm sure that M&M would have loved to try out the high wire like Kian & Isaac from ChelseaMamma did. 

    We'd love to have tried out some of the bushcraft activities to especially the Den Building and cooking on a camp fire like Ickle Pickle and this mummy loves did.

    Visit Conkers is £32.95 for a family of 4 and under 2's are free. For further information and online booking see

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  2. the tank museum

    At Pre-schools end of term Summer Fayre Moo decided he needed to have his own raffle tickets. I knew he was eyeing up one of the many days out vouchers although he wouldn't let on which! When they called his name he ran with utter glee collecting a family pass to The Tank Museum and smiling from ear to ear. We decided as the majority of the collection is indoors to wait for a rainy day to visit. Lucky for us this summer has been awash with rainy days so we didn't have to wait to long to visit.

    It's been a while since we last visited and I was pleasantly surprised by all the new displays and exhibits. When we arrived we were escorted into a car park and I immediately felt a sense of doom as to how many cars were already there at 10:30am. However there is so much space inside and so much to see do that you never felt like it was busy at all.


    Loving the #warhorse exhibition @TankMuseum except the smell box!! #summerholidays #rainday

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    We all loved the War Horse exhibition (well expect when we lifted the flap and had to smell what the horses stable smelt like! Eww!!) it was so interesting to see what the horses went through and how few survived the conditions. Olive is a massive horse lover and would have liked to take home one of the metal horses (in the style of the west end show war horse) home for the garden!

    There are lots of areas to engage younger children in – dressing up, quizzes, photo props, tanks they can climb and sit in and the new play area is so good! The girls loved climbing the sand bags and running around inside the make shift trench, plus there is some colouring and dressing up here too I got a much needed break (and even a chance to check my emails!) we lost Charlie at this point to the computer games.

    tank museum collage

    Charlie loves history and like most little boys enjoys nothing more than building forts from jenga for his box of soldiers. He asked an AWFUL lot of questions and I began to wish that Daddy Moo were there accompanying me!

    We learnt all about the Sherman Tank Fury and the role that that The Tank Museum had in the Hollywood Film “Fury” which stars Brad Pitt! Sadly the film is a 15, Charlie is really keen to watch it. It's amazing to think that 25 volunteers with a love of tanks helped make a Hollywood film!

    The WW1 section is mostly dim lit and noisy as you walk around the trenches, it's great to see the difference between the German and British. Olive did get a bit worried here and there were quite a few toddlers making noises that they wanted to move on!

    #dressingup @TankMuseum #summerholidays #rainday

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    I liked The Tank Museum because its fun for the kids like the dressing up and play areas its interesting to look at parts of tanks. Megan aged 7

    Before we knew it we'd been there for 4 hours! It really hadn't felt like it. I can't wait to visit again!


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