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  1. Mighty Claws Adventure Golf in Bournemouth has a special place in our hearts as last Easter holidays we lost Daddy Moo to long, hot days wrestling with prehistoric dinosaurs and shrubs. We all loved watching the golf course come together and hearing Daddy Moo's stories of black waterfalls and cheeky dinosaurs. A year on we all visited for another round of Adventure Golf He was and try and get that illusive hole in one. However someone was missing, Truly, Arty, Prince & Bea nope all present and correct. It was Daddy Moo. Off in Colchester creating a Roman Ruckus as Mighty Claws sets off on it's second adventure (see picture below how cool do they look with their Roman helmets on!). We were given strict instructions to check that Daddy Moo's trees were all doing well after the crazy snow weather. Mighty Claws Colchester

    Currently open 7 days a week from 9am to 9.30pm weekdays and 9am to  8pm at weekends, which makes a great excuse to get out as the nights are lighter now. Prices start at £3 for a child under 4, £6.50 for a child under 12 and £9.50 for an adult. There's also a great cafe where we grabbed a take away coffee to drink round the course too. Out of 5 of us (Nanny Moo replaced Daddy) I was literally the only one not to score a hole in one! Yes event the 6 year old who may have thought she was playing hockey did a hole in one! All 3 of the children got theirs on the same hole, the same hole which took me 4 shoots to get my ball in. I kept looking around wondering if the Australian Cricket Team were lurking as I'm sure there was a spot of ball tampering ;) They of course were all humble in their hole in one accomplishment! #not #sorrynotsorry mighty claws hole in one

    What makes Mighty Claws such a great family friendly golf course is quite a few of the holes have multiple routes, theres a river channel running through a few of them plus of course the beginning ones are inside a cave! It's a visual treat, there is so much to look at and the variety in each section means that the children rarely have a chance to get bored or moan. 

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    We were provided with a family pass in order to review this activity. 

  2. For the past year we have been waiting and waiting for the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo to be open. I absolutely love a Tropical House and Marwell's is home to Javan chevrotain (mouse deer), pygmy marmosets, tortoises and free-flying birds, we went round a couple of times and you always spot something you missed the first time within the dense lush, green canopy. There is also a 70,000-litre aquarium with 2,500 fish and a crocodile monitor lizard. I was pleased to see the colony of leaf-cutter ants had found a new home and were still busy moving the leaves from one pipe to another. You can literally watch them for hours. Lets not forget the cascading waterfall and all those gorgeous plants but the star of the show for me is the sloth! Who was hiding their face from all the nosey visitors but what a treat to see an actual sloth hanging from a branch without a care in the world.tropical house 

    One of the most exciting parts to the project is that the Tropical House is the first in the UK to generate energy using waste ‘zoo poo’. Leading the way in sustainability, Marwell Zoo realised a significant untapped energy resource in some of its 700 tonnes of animal waste (dung, soiled bedding and leftover hay) that could be used for renewable energy within the zoo. This to me is mind-blowing! All that poo will provide heating for buildings across the zoo and enable the charity to reduce its carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels.Tropical House marwell wildlife

    The Tropical House itself though is pretty impressive spanning two levels with fantastic vantage points but there is also interactive information points which provide more detail on green-technology and renewable forms of energy. But let's not forget the outside which has a contemporary curved roof which has been built using the latest ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) technology. This insulating roof canopy allows natural light to shine through, creating ideal conditions for 650 individual plants from 65 different species to flourish and form a lush habitat for the animals. Rainwater from the roof is harvested in two 50,000-litre tanks to provide water inside for the aquaria and plant watering, making the building self sufficient.Marwell zoo tropical house fish

    What makes Marwell Zoo's Tropical House even more special is how every single plant, fish, marmoset looks like he's never lived anywhere else. Regular readers will know Charlie has a thing for big cats so he was so excited to get a couple of really good photos of the leopard. In the Lemur Loop a crazy big lemur tried to steal our lunch. Of course Charlie was too busy laughing to take any photos so you'll have to take my word for it.charlie leopard

    (not bad for a 11 year old!)

    We were provided a free family pass to visit the new Tropical House.