Barnett Hill is a 56-bedroom 4-star luxury hotel nestled in 26 acres of gardens & woodland in the Surrey Hills, just south of Guildford.

Barnett Hill was originally the private home of the famed Thomas Cook family. Perched atop a hill with panoramic views and revealing itself at the end of a winding tree-lined drive, this Queen Anne mansion looks stunning at any angle..

Contemporary and design-led, the boutique rooms, suites and residences are appointed with chic designer furnishings and spread across the main Mansion House, Gardener’s Cottage and Courtyard, there is something for everyone. The Courtyard has an interesting horse sculpture at its heart.

Couples can enjoy a romantic getaway in one of Barnett Hill’s fabulous suites. The Beatrice Cook Suite is sumptuously decorated…

For something a little more contemporary, the Arnold Mitchell Suite is very well-appointed.

Outdoor lovers can enjoy a countryside escape with their dog whilst staying in the Courtyard rooms.

We stayed in the hotel’s Master Suite which is beautifully decorated with stylish furnishings and a calming palette of colours. The Master Suite Lounge looks so welcoming.

The Master Suite Bathroom is an Instagram influencer’s dream with its deep bathtub and modern styling… however we wouldn’t be posting any bathtub pictures during our visit!

The hotel is both dog & family friendly. We didn’t bring the pup on our visit but we did bring Minipreneur who headed straight for the teepee that the hotel team kindly provide to visiting families for their little ones…

The teepee is just a cosy welcoming space that Minipreneur dived right in.

There was plenty to keep Minipreneur occupied. He really enjoys colouring in. “Up and down and side to side, we stay in the lines!”

Look what Papapreneur noticed on the table! What a lovely welcome from the hotel team.

We just had enough time to put on Minipreneur’s favourite Mickey Mouse Hoodie before he checked out the yummy treats.

Time for a taste test by Minipreneur. He certainly looks like he’s enjoying them. Thank you Barnett Hill!

After we unpacked and settled into the room, it was time to explore the beautiful gardens at Barnett Hill.

Minipreneur loves the outdoors, whatever the weather, so he pulled on his Joules Tiger Wellies and Frugi Puddle Buster Trousers & Coat before heading outdoors. He loved the sundial so much he had a go at being a Human Sundial!

But soon enough, it was time to run off and explore the rest of the beautifully landscaped gardens.

“Come on Mummy & Daddy! Stop dawdling!”

According to The Telegraph, the hotel looks like a ‘gingerbread-brick palace’. Did someone say gingerbread? Minipreneur makes a mad dash for the Terrace but will be a bit disappointed that the bricks aren’t made of gingerbread!

Look what Minipreneur has found – Giant Chess!

Minipreneur loves horses so went straight for the White Knight!

After all that outdoor exploring, it was soon time to head back to the suite to get ready for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Guests can enjoy a seasonally inspired menu in The Oak Room restaurant.

The 2-AA rosette restaurant is perfect for a posh date night or equally good for a more casual evening.

There’s plenty to admire from the stylish and generous food to the cosy open fireplace and garden views.

Here are the highlights of our dinner at The Oak Room. Starters include a delicious Duck Terrine…

… and a simple but very tasty Prawn Cocktail.

Mains include a succulent Pork Belly

Carnivores will also find it impossible to resist the Ribeye Steak

For those with a sweet tooth, we highly recommend the Chocolate Fondant.

Another classic dessert on the menu is the Sticky Toffee Pudding which is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when it’s as delicious as this one!

In the morning, relax with breakfast in bed.

Barnett Hill
Blackheath Lane, Guildford GU5 0RF
+44 (0)1483 893361

As its biggest family-themed attraction to date, Blenheim Palace’s new Adventure Play experience is ideal for families who want to come and have fun whilst exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Let your children’s imaginations run wild in the series of immersive interconnecting zones with secret chambers, clamber nets, tunnels, slides, rope bridges – and giant carrots!

Covering a site larger than a football pitch, the new £3.6 million outdoor experience is located within the historic Walled Garden.

Adventure Play celebrates the rich heritage of the 18th century baroque Palace, inspired by real-life features including the lakeside Boat House and Hensington Gateway.

Adventure Play has been carefully designed and created to ensure children of all abilities from the ages of 2-12 are able to explore and enjoy the extensive play area.

So much more than just a day out, Britain’s Greatest Palace has an ever-changing programme of events and activities with something for every age and interest – from history buffs and nature lovers, to young adventurers and fitness junkies.

With 100’s of experiences, one for every single day of the year, Blenheim Palace is a must-visit destination.

Your children will love The Butterfly House which is home to butterfly species from all around the world including countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

It is also home to several zebra finches who originate from Australia.

Also, don’t miss stopping off at the Walled Garden Pizzeria for a wood-fired pizza.

These delicious pizzas are cooked to order and even include seasonal vegetables from Blenheim allotment.

Also on the menu are a selection of small plates including bruschetta, dough balls and garlic bread in addition to Italian-inspired salad bowls. A selection of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks are also on offer.

Rest assured that when you visit, your tickets are treated as charitable donations, and as a thank-you, a Palace, Park and Gardens ticket is converted into Annual Passes at no extra cost. This means you can enjoy Blenheim Palace for a whole year.

What’s more, when you travel to Blenheim Palace via public transport, bicycle or fully electric car, you are eligible for a 30% discount off your Annual Pass or Palace, Park and Gardens day ticket (this discount is not valid for Privilege Pass or Park and Gardens tickets). Use the code GREEN30 for discount during online checkout and show your proof of travel by bus, train or bike on arrival.

To book tickets to Adventure Play visit,

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
01993 810530

Wyvernwood is a mesmerizing story-led experience covering 27 acres nestled near the charming town of Colchester in Essex.

This magical kingdom is tailor-made for families with children aged 2 to 12, offering an unforgettable adventure that will transport you to a world of fierce dragons, fabulous fairies, spellbinding wizards and mystical unicorns.

So, grab your wands and fairy dust as we delve into the captivating wonders of Wyvernwood!

As they step through the mystical Magic Portal, your child can prepare to leave their cares behind and embrace the fantastical Kingdom of Wyvernwood.

From the very beginning, they’ll be greeted by talented actors who sprinkle a touch of stardust on your family day out with an enchanting opening ceremony at the Dragon Sculpture where you and your family will be welcomed to Wyvernwood by the Captain & Princess Arabella.

Throughout your visit to Wyvernwood, the skilled performers will ensure that every family member feels truly special.

Taking the Dragon Trail, your child can meet the unicorns at the Unicorn Retreat while chatting to a magical fairy.

The characters of Wyvernwood engage your child in a vibrant tapestry of story-telling sessions and one-of-a-kind interactions with captivating characters.

The Importance of Outdoor Play

Here are ten reasons why outdoor play and imaginative role-play, such as that found at Wyvernwood, are essential for children.

1. Wyvernwood Stimulates Creativity

Outdoor play encourages children to think outside the box and create their own magical worlds or become part of one at enchanting Wyvernwood. Just beware of the goblins!

2. Wyvernwood Develops Social Skills

Role-play interactions foster teamwork, empathy, and effective communication among young ones. At Wyvernwood, your child can meet and interact with the Captain at the Captain’s Campsite.

3. Wyvernwood Enhances Physical Activity

Running, jumping, and exploring play structures contribute to healthy physical development. Your child will love the bouncy Jumping Pillow at Wyvernwood.

4. Wyvernwood Boosts Problem-Solving Abilities

Solving puzzles and completing tasks on adventure trails sharpens critical thinking skills.

At Wyvernwood, your child has the opportunity to build a shelter at the Captain’s Campsite.

Witnessing that sense of achievement in your child is a truly priceless moment and it will be all thanks to the wonderful world of Wyvernwood.

5. Wyvernwood Builds Confidence

Imaginative role-play allows children to express themselves freely and build self-assurance. The characters at Wyvernwood are on hand to engage your child in fun activities that allow them to fully express themselves and gain in confidence.

6. Wyvernwood Sparks Curiosity

Exploring nature’s wonders within the magical world of Wyvernwood ignites a thirst for knowledge and discovery.

7. Wyvernwood Reduces Stress

Outdoor play in a captivating setting like Wyvernwood provides a soothing escape from daily pressures.

8. Wyvernwood Cultivates Resilience

Overcoming challenges in outdoor play nurtures resilience and adaptability. The shield of resilience is a priceless gift that Wyvernwood can help develop on your visit to this enchanting realm.

9. Wyvernwood Encourages Family Bonding

Sharing outdoor adventures at Wyvernwood will create lasting memories and strengthen family connections that you and your child will always treasure.

10. Wyvernwood Fosters a Lifelong Love for Nature

Early exposure to outdoor play lays the foundation for a lifelong appreciation of the environment.

Wyvernwood’s Alluring Attractions

Within Wyvernwood’s enchanting grounds, a treasure trove of play structures awaits your little adventurers in addition to engaging characters like the charming Princess Arabella and her friendly dragon Zephyr.

From the towering 9-meter high Enchanted Castle and the intriguing Goblins’ Tunnels to the awesome slide on The Captain’s Galleon, there’s no shortage of thrilling fun to be had.

Kids can make wishes at the Magic Wishing Well, race around on Dragon Karts, bounce to their hearts’ content on the Bouncing Pillow, embark on a captivating adventure trail filled with mind-bending riddles and even have a chat with a Goblin!

The delightful maize maze and the serene Wellbeing Woods, home to fairies and wizards, offer even more avenues for imaginative play.

Screen-Free Bliss at Wyvernwood

In a world often dominated by screens, Wyvernwood emerges as a must-visit attraction that encourages families to unplug and embrace the joys of nature as they experience a make-believe world of unbelievable encounters with unicorns, fairies, wizards and other magical folk like the awe-inspiring dragon Zephyr!

By leaving behind digital distractions, you can revel in quality time with your loved ones, savour delicious treats from the food kiosks, or indulge in a delightful picnic. Children who love fairytales, dragons and adventure are promised an enthralling time at Wyvernwood.

Don’t forget to explore the Treasure Trove, a magical shop brimming with charming keepsakes that capture the essence of Wyvernwood’s enchantment for children to take home with their treasured memories of this fun-filled family day out. One such memory might be meeting Gurt the Lord of the Goblins or even the wonderful wizard Merlin himself!

Wyvernwood is more than just a destination – it’s an invitation to rediscover the wonders of outdoor play, ignite imagination, and create precious memories as a family.

There’s nowhere quite like Wyvernwood to make memories that are magical. So, mark your calendars and set your compasses for this whimsical realm, open from 10 am to 5 pm daily during school holidays, starting from Saturday 1 April 2023.

Let Wyvernwood be the canvas on which your children paint their dreams and where you, as a family, weave stories of togetherness that will endure for a lifetime.

St. Osyth Road, Alresford, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AP
01206 700675

Looking for a truly wild adventure this summer? Look no further than Paradise Wildlife Park, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Hertfordshire, Broxbourne.

With over 800 exotic wild animals calling this place home, prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the animal kingdom.

Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil or lose yourself in the depths of the rainforests of South East Asia at Paradise Wildlife Park’s newest habitats: Jaguar Jungle and Sun Bear Heights.

Brace yourself for extraordinary encounters as you come face to face with incredible species.

Watch in awe as Asian small-clawed otters frolic in their pool, or witness the agility of sun bears as they skillfully climb the trees.

With something fascinating happening at every turn, the park promises a captivating experience for all.

While you’re there, don’t forget to savour a ‘beary’ delicious snack at the Sun Bear Bakery, offering breathtaking views of the sun bears and binturongs. Test your courage and see how you ‘bear’ up next to all species of bears in this one-of-a-kind setting.

For a journey through time, step into the captivating World of Dinosaurs exhibit at Paradise Wildlife Park.

Prepare to be transported back millions of years as you traverse one of the most impressive animatronic dinosaur adventure trails in the UK.

With over 40 roaring and moving dinosaurs, it’s an adventure that will ignite your imagination and leave you in awe.

Shortcuts are for wimps!

To complete your visit, hop aboard the Rex Express train for a thrilling ride or take a refreshing dip at Boulder’s Beach, ensuring your day is brimming with excitement and enjoyment.

But Paradise Wildlife Park offers more than just exhilarating encounters; it’s also a leading animal experience destination in Europe. Discover the joy of meeting adorable meerkats, have a close encounter with the gentle tapirs, or even hand-feed a majestic big cat.

These unique animal experiences not only provide you with unforgettable memories but also contribute directly to the conservation and welfare of the animals under the park’s care, both within its borders and in the wild.

Paradise Wildlife Park’s commitment to conservation extends beyond its boundaries. It is also home to the brand-new series of One Zoo Three on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

Join brothers Aaron, Tyler, and Cam as they embark on thrilling wildlife adventures, while learning valuable lessons about animal and habitat conservation.

Experience the excitement first-hand by trying out their latest game on CBBC online, and become a conservation hero in your own right.

As you plan your next family holiday in Hertfordshire, make sure to include Paradise Wildlife Park for an unforgettable adventure that will leave a lasting impact.

Explore the depths of the jungle, witness the majesty of ancient dinosaurs, and engage with incredible animals while supporting their conservation. It’s time to let your wild side roam free and create memories that will stay with you long after your visit to Paradise Wildlife Park. This is definitely somewhere that you can spend many hours if not the whole day visiting.

And who could resist a quick rest stop at this glorious Zebra Bench to recharge those batteries!

and then to find a real Zebra in the flesh. You can get so close to the animals and the children can make a connection with the types of animals they like.

Whether it is the affectionate otters…

the slightly startled lemur…

the glorious meerkat striking the ever so famous pose…

Just make sure not to be fooled by the statues and the real thing!

Whether you like big cats…

or you lean more the aquatic side of life…

There is something for everyone. You just have to look, sometimes you need to crouch down low to spy a slightly different creature through a hidden window…

and look at what we found…

Rushing out of the reptile house and back outdoors, we said some camels far away from the deserts we would normally find them in…

and a giant tortoise with a difference! Luckily they let this tortoise come home with us.

but not until he had said goodbye to his friends including Gary the Gorilla!

All the was left was to creep past the sleeping lion…

and sneak behind the yawning lioness…

trek back by the camels and make for the exit and back into the car!

Less than 30 minutes away from Paradise Wildlife Park is Roydon Marina Village. Whether you crave a relaxing retreat for all the family or an adventurous exploration of the Essex countryside, Roydon Marina Village is a charming lakeside haven that provides the perfect home away from home in one of their Deluxe Lodges. Picture this: a luxurious lodge break that can comfortably
accommodate up to six people, boasting a spacious kitchen, dining area, and living space designed for convivial gatherings.

However, the true gem lies in your very own hot tub out on the deck, a sanctuary of serenity where you can while away the hours, unwinding and catching up without stepping out of your
lodge’s cosy embrace.

Paradise Wildlife Park
White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7QA
01992 470490

Having proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this year, Colchester Zoo is and oasis of animal wonder that’s home to over 160 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. The zoo contains many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates and birds as well as many invertebrates and fish species that are sure to thrill both families and wildlife enthusiasts.

©Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo continues to stand as a beacon of education, conservation, and exhilaration. Let’s embark on a journey through its diverse habitats, engaging activities, and the importance of understanding and protecting the planet’s precious biodiversity.

©Visit Essex

Colchester Zoo is a living testament to Earth’s varied ecosystems, housing a captivating array of animals from around the world in a haven of different habitats. Within its sprawling grounds, visitors can traverse continents and climates, exploring nature’s diversity and discovering creatures in habitats meticulously crafted to mimic their natural surroundings.

The Power of Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo isn’t just a place of observation; it’s also an learning space where children can learn valuable lessons about the natural world and also develop important skills that will serve them into adulthood. Here are our top five ways that a visit to Colchester Zoo can enrich your child’s development.

1. Education and Curiosity

Zoos spark curiosity, encouraging children to ask questions and learn about different species and ecosystems.

2. Conservation Awareness

Visits instil a sense of responsibility and empathy for animals, inspiring the next generation to take action to protect our planet.

3. Nature Connection

Zoos foster a deep connection to the natural world, nurturing a lifelong love for wildlife and the environment.

4. Critical Thinking and Observation

Observing animals stimulates critical thinking, encouraging children to analyse behaviours and make connections.

5. Environmental Stewardship

Zoos teach about the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, empowering children to become responsible stewards of the Earth. With plenty of interactive stations to keep enquiring minds occupied children can play music with the wallabies.

Or they can play matching games with their favourite animals.

Enriching Lives Within Enclosures: A Commitment to Animal Wellbeing

Colchester Zoo understands that the wellbeing of its animal residents is of paramount importance. The zoo’s enrichment program is a testament to this commitment, ensuring that each animal’s physical and mental needs are met. Enrichment activities mirror natural behaviours, providing entertainment, stimulation, and exercise that contribute to the overall health and happiness of the animals.

Captivating Creatures: Fun Facts About The Animals at Colchester Zoo

Step into the sprawling expanse of the African savannah, where African Elephants roam majestically, their immense size and gentle demeanour captivating hearts young and old. Did you know that elephants are excellent swimmers? They use their trunks as snorkels while crossing deep water.

Witness the grandeur of Southern White Rhinoceros, nature’s ancient guardians, as they graze and interact, showcasing their remarkable social behaviours. Despite their massive size, rhinos can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour when running.

Stretching gracefully towards the sky are the Giraffes, nature’s living skyscrapers, who saunter elegantly through their enclosure. These gentle giants have incredibly long tongues, which can stretch up to 18 inches to grasp leaves from tall trees.

Explore the secrets of the desert as Meerkats pop up from their burrows, standing guard and entertaining visitors with their playful antics. In the wild, meerkats take turns as sentinels, standing on their hind legs to keep a lookout for predators while others forage for food.

Journey further to discover Kangaroos, the embodiment of adaptability, who famously hop through the arid landscape of the Australian outback. Kangaroos are marsupials, meaning they carry and nurse their young in pouches. Their powerful hind legs enable them to cover large distances in a single bound.

And don’t miss the African Spurred Tortoise, a living relic, quietly trudging along, their slow and deliberate movements a testament to survival in harsh conditions. As a defense mechanism, these tortoises are known to retreat into their hard shells when feeling threatened.

And look out for statues along the way.

Swing into the world of primates, where the lively Barbary Macaques engage in dynamic social interactions, reminiscent of human family dynamics. These social primates live in tight-knit groups, providing mutual support and protection within their community.

Nearby, Cherry-Crowned Mangabey enchant with their inquisitive behaviour, reminding us of the astonishing diversity of life within our natural world. These monkeys are skilled climbers, using their long tails to help maintain balance as they navigate through treetops.

You can also learn about Greater Kudu, whose majestic spiral horns can reach lengths of up to 72 inches, making them a remarkable sight to behold.

Also not to be missed at Colchester Zoo are the Ostriches who are the largest and heaviest birds in the world, capable of running at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour.

A World of Outdoor Play

Through its engaging outdoor play areas, children are transported to a world where play and healthy activity seamlessly intertwine.

These spaces provide an ideal setting for kids to explore, climb and slide adding another fun dimension to their visit at Colchester Zoo.

A New Roar-some Adventure on the Horizon

As the 60th-anniversary celebrations continue, Colchester Zoo has an exciting surprise in store. In early 2024, the eagerly anticipated Dinosaur Realm is set to launch, transporting visitors to a world lost in time. This immersive experience will feature animatronic dinosaurs, including a towering Brachiosaurus that stands just under 5 meters high. Amidst lush foliage, shrubbery, and a serene pool, visitors will come face-to-face with creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, offering an educational and thrilling experience for aspiring paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts.

Colchester Zoo is more than a collection of captivating creatures; it’s a sanctuary for learning, conservation, and unforgettable experiences. With its meticulously crafted habitats, engaging activities, and commitment to animal wellbeing, Colchester Zoo invites visitors of all ages to join in its mission to appreciate, understand, and protect the planet’s remarkable biodiversity.

Colchester Zoo
Maldon Road, Stanway, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL
01206 331292

Are you ready to dive headfirst into a world of laughter, adventure, and iconic characters? Look no further than Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside – the ultimate family-friendly attraction that promises an unforgettable day out for kids of all ages. Located at Thurrock Lakeside Shopping Centre in West Thurrock, Essex, this vibrant destination is brimming with excitement and endless fun.

Step into the magical realms of your beloved Nickelodeon characters as you explore the various activity zones designed to spark imagination and create lasting memories. From the Paw Patrol’s busy streets of Adventure Bay to the underwater depths of Bikini Bottom, the adventure knows no bounds.

Calling all SpongeBob SquarePants enthusiasts! Venture into Bikini Bottom zone and immerse yourself in the underwater world of SpongeBob, Patrick, and all their friends. Aspiring sailors can get their very own boating license on the Boating School ride and sail through SpongeBob’s hometown. Shout “Ahoy!” to Patrick, Squidward, Mrs. Puff, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton as you sail on by! It’s the perfect ride for kids who want to channel their inner sea captains!

But that’s not all – the Nick Central zone also awaits, featuring none other than the intrepid explorer, Dora! Create your own constellation in the night sky that will ignite the imagination of any child who loves the stars and planets.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. Prepare to be amazed by a captivating 4D cinema experience that will transport you right into the heart of the world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it’s an immersive cinematic adventure like no other. The chairs pummel you, smoke/air spurts out of the floor and much more. A 6 minute adventure that occurs every 30 minutes, make sure to time your visit on the hour or half hour.

What’s more, your little ones can meet and greet their beloved characters, creating unforgettable interactions that will leave smiles plastered on their faces.

There’s a chance to meet Marshall and Skye in the Paw Patrol Adventure Bay and other iconic figures from the Nickelodeon universe. It’s an opportunity that children simply won’t want to miss.

Why Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside Beats Screen Time for Kids’ Fun

In a world filled with screens and digital distractions, there’s something truly special about stepping into the vibrant world of Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside. While staying at home and watching kids’ shows on TV might seem like an easy option, there’s a host of benefits that come with choosing a day out at this exciting attraction instead. Here’s why Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside trumps screen time any day.

1. Active Playtime

Engaging in physical activities and interactive play zones at Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside encourages kids to move, run, jump, and climb, promoting physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

2. Imagination Ignited

At Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside , children immerse themselves in imaginative play, creating their own stories and scenarios as they interact with their favourite characters. This dynamic engagement can’t be replicated on a TV screen. The interactive play is something you can get involved with, and join your child in their interpretation of the different displays.

3. Real-Life Interactions

Meeting and greeting beloved Nickelodeon characters in person fosters social skills, boosts confidence, and creates treasured memories that last a lifetime.

4. Hands-On Learning

Activity zones like SpongeBob’s Bikini Bottom and Paw Patrol’s Adventure Bay offer kids the chance to explore new environments, encouraging curiosity and learning through experience.

5. Quality Family Time

A day out at Nickelodeon Adventure is a bonding experience for families, providing an opportunity to enjoy shared activities and create stronger connections.

6. Sensory Stimulation

The 4D cinema experience at Nickelodeon Adventure engages multiple senses, making stories come to life in a way that passive TV watching can’t replicate.

7. Unplugged Creativity

Away from screens, kids can enjoy hands-on activities that stimulate creativity and self-expression.

8. Escape from Routine

A visit to Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside is a break from the usual routine, offering a refreshing change of pace that revitalises both kids and parents. Whether you are flying high to chase the bad guys like a real teenage mutant hero turtle or scrambling in the soft play area, there is much fun to be had.

In a world where screens dominate leisure time, Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside is a breath of fresh air, providing an opportunity for children to rediscover the joys of unstructured play, imagination, and real-life interactions from their favourite children’s shows. Don’t just watch your hero’s climb amongst the rooftops, get to experience a very safe form of rooftop jumping in the soft play area, which is very realistic for the younger children.

The benefits of a day out at this vibrant attraction extend far beyond entertainment, offering a holistic and enriching experience that nurtures physical, emotional, and cognitive development. So, why settle for TV when you can embark on an exciting adventure that creates cherished memories and inspires a love for play and childhood? No time for coach potatoes on the sofa, but plenty of time to race to the slide and win the day.

So, why wait? Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside offers an extraordinary family day out, promising endless entertainment, laughter, and cherished moments. With its diverse activity zones and character interactions, it’s the perfect destination for kids and families seeking a wholesome and thrilling experience. Head over to Thurrock Lakeside Shopping Centre and make a splash at Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside – where fun knows no bounds!

Nickelodeon Adventure Lakeside
Thurrock Lakeside Shopping Centre, 612 The Quay, West Thurrock, Essex, RM20 2AD
01708 983960

Southend-on-Sea is a captivating seaside resort in Essex that offers an unforgettable blend of excitement and relaxation for all who visit. This charming seaside town beckons with an enchanting blend of sandy beaches, a bustling promenade and family attractions that cater to every taste and age.

Adventure enthusiasts will delight in the heart-pounding thrills of Adventure Island theme park, where exhilarating rides and captivating amusements reign supreme.

And for those who wish to journey beneath the waves, Sealife Adventure Zooquarium awaits, offering a mesmerising aquatic world filled with vibrant marine life.

When planning your next family getaway, Southend-on-Sea is the ultimate playground for unforgettable adventures and cherished memories. Let’s find out more as we join Minipreneur as he visits these two attractions.

Exhilarating Escapades at Adventure Island

Described as the World’s number one free entry theme park, no trip to Southend-on-Sea is complete without visiting the sights, thrills and frights of Adventure Island.

This vibrant amusement park is the quintessential seaside playground offering an array of exciting rides.

The Crooked House: Step into a world of illusion and whimsy as you enter The Crooked House. Prepare to have your senses challenged as you walk through this mind-boggling attraction. Walls lean at impossible angles, and gravity seems to play tricks on you. It’s an optical illusion extravaganza that will leave you both baffled and amused.

The Scary Ride: For the thrill-seekers among us, The Scary Ride is a must-try experience. Brace yourself for a heart-pounding journey through dark corridors and eerie landscapes. The spine-chilling surprises and adrenaline-pumping moments will have you clinging to the edge of your seat throughout the ride.

Teddy Bear Land Adventure: Calling all young adventurers and their furry friends!

Teddy Bear Land Adventure offers a charming and family-friendly experience, where you can join cuddly teddy bears on a captivating journey through their magical world.

The enchanting scenes and lovable characters make this ride a favourite among kids and parents alike.

The City Wheel: Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of the entire amusement park as you ascend on The City Wheel. This iconic Ferris wheel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Southend-on-Sea, creating picture-perfect moments for you to capture and cherish.

The Many Levels of Soft Play: Adventure Inside complements the outdoor thrills with its fantastic soft play area featuring multiple levels of excitement.

Kids can climb, slide, and explore through colourful tunnels and ball pits, making it an ideal place for them to burn off some energy and let their imaginations run wild.

The Numerous Food Stalls: After working up an appetite from all the excitement, indulge in a variety of delectable treats from the numerous food stalls scattered throughout the park. Whether you crave a classic burger, hot dog, or some mouth-watering candy floss, these food stalls serve up simple yet satisfying fare that keeps you fuelled for more adventures.

Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat with heart-pounding adventures like the formidable Rage and the exhilarating Green Scream. For those seeking watery excitement, the Tidal Wave log flume promises a splash-filled adventure that’s perfect for cooling off.

And let’s not forget our youngest adventurers – they’ll delight in the timeless charms of the Carousel and the playful Helter Skelter.

As the day unfolds, take a delectable detour to sample classic fish and chips or indulge in mouth-watering ice cream that captures the essence of a British seaside escape.

Adventure Island is more than just an amusement park; it’s a haven of shared moments and cherished memories. So gather your loved ones and relish a day of laughter, bonding, and the sheer joy of a classic family getaway.

For more details, visit and make your family’s day by the British seaside truly unforgettable.

Aquatic Adventure Awaits at Sealife Adventure Zooquarium

Dive into a mesmerising marine realm and explore the animal kingdom at Sealife Adventure Zooquarium, nestled within the scenic beauty of Southend-on-Sea.

Unveil the wonders of the deep, from graceful sea turtles to the playful antics of penguins, all in one captivating destination.

Immerse yourself in a symphony of vibrant fish, awe-inspiring sharks and other animals, as interactive exhibits bring you closer than ever to these magnificent creatures.

For young explorers, the adventure truly comes alive with hands-on encounters and interactive experiences, allowing them to connect with marine life in meaningful ways.

Engaging talks and captivating feeding sessions provide an oceanic education that’s as enriching as it is exciting.

With a focus on family-friendly engagement and a welcoming atmosphere, Sealife Adventure Zooquarium offers the perfect fusion of entertainment and education.

This is where marine wonders come to life, where curiosity meets discovery, and where memories are etched with the allure of the deep blue.

To unravel the secrets of the underwater world and create cherished family experiences, visit to help plan your visit.

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For those seeking boundless bouncing fun during a visit to Essex, Oxygen indoor trampoline park is a haven of gravity-defying excitement located in Rayleigh, just a short 20 minute drive from Southend-on-Sea.

Join Minipreneur as we delve into the vibrant world of Oxygen.

Oxygen Rayleigh is the ultimate indoor activity park that promises a day of pure family fun and energetic play.

Newly refurbished and brimming with thrilling attractions, this haven of joy features a sprawling expanse of interconnected trampolines.

Oxygen Rayleigh will ignite the spark of adventure as you and your loved ones embrace a day of family togetherness.

Adventurers, both big and small, are invited to bounce, flip, and soar to their heart’s content on this network of trampolines.

Sports enthusiasts can engage in friendly competition on the interactive pitch, while the mega inflatable promises laughter-filled escapades.

The giant airbag awaits daring leaps, while climbing walls offer a vertical challenge that’s both exhilarating and rewarding.

Little ones aged 0 to 5 years can explore a world of wonders in structured Toddler Sensory Play sessions, nurturing their curiosity and creativity. Older children have plenty to keep them occupied for hours of energetic fun including the inflatable slide.

Amidst all the excitement, parents can unwind in the relaxed café area, ensuring a well-deserved break while their kids revel in the action-packed entertainment.

Oxygen Rayleigh is where exhilaration meets leisure, catering to all ages under one roof.

For more information about things to do and places to stay in Essex, go to

Oxygen Rayleigh
26a Brook Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7XL
01268 972 528

Mollie’s is an affordable hotel and diner concept with rapid expansion plans to roll-out a number of sought-after, design and tech-led venues across the UK.

Bringing a contemporary, stylish and modern take on the American roadside pitstop, its bold vision is to transform affordable travel with its own distinctive and disruptive ‘budget-luxe’ offering across the UK.

Cool, contemporary and comfortable interiors exclusively designed by Soho House, combined with a fun atmosphere, destination dining, personable service and innovative tech, all at an unexpectedly affordable price point, which keeps every guest in mind.

The Lounge at Mollie’s Bristol

The brand launched in 2019 with a Motel, Diner & Drive-Thru in Buckland Oxfordshire, followed by a second Motel & Diner in 2021 in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. These openings are the beginning of Mollie’s ambitious plans to roll out its ‘budget-luxe’ offering with a further 10 locations already earmarked as part of the immediate expansion plan, including the 2023 launch of city-centre based Mollie’s Manchester, opening in the former Granada TV Studios.

Affordable Hospitality

Mollie’s welcomes everyone and this is certainly the case at Mollie’s Bristol.  It is for fun-seeking weekend travellers, family ‘staycationers’, student sleepovers, road trip stop-overs, business travellers and spontaneous mid-week getaways.

Mollie’s Bristol is situated at the gateway to the South-West, off the M5, which links the Midlands with South-West England. Close to Bath, Cardiff, Bristol Airport and minutes from Bristol Centre, making Mollie’s a great stop-over when visiting the city, en-route to the South-West, or for family and friends seeing students at the two universities nearby.

Budget-Luxe Accommodation

Mollie’s Bristol features 123 rooms designed by Soho House across three floors in addition to all-day food and cocktails served at the 195-cover Diner and heated terrace, as well as a communal workspace with free bottomless tea and Mollie’s own artisanal house coffee blend.

Mollie’s Bunk Rooms sleep up to four people

On arrival, Mollie’s Lounge is a vibrant and buzzing start to a guest’s stay. It is the centrepiece of the property, encompassing the lobby, self-check-in, workspace, Mollie’s Store and a comfy living room, creating a home-away-from-home and a space to work, socialise or relax and enjoy a cocktail.

The Lounge at Mollie’s Bristol

Mollie’s has partnered with a number of renowned British brands to elevate guests’ in-room experience. Bedrooms feature Conran furniture and lighting, oak lined walls, terrazzo tiles and chrome finishes. Indulgent cotton sheets and handcrafted Hypnos mattresses deliver a restful night’s sleep. Bathrooms are fitted with powerful rain showers, luxurious Cowshed products, fluffy towels and the latest Dyson and GHD hair appliances.

Mollie’s Double Rooms are ideal for couples or individuals

Tech-Led Roadside Hotel

The whole customer journey has been carefully thought through, with an effortless, digital-led experience that simplifies the entire guest journey and stay. The Mollie’s app opens a raft of benefits for an enhanced guest experience. Guests can check in online or via the app and have their room key delivered to their phone wherever they are and when it’s convenient for them. Electric Vehicle charging bays can be pre-booked, free-of-charge, before arrival and there’s 24-hour online chat support with the friendly reception team, in multiple languages.

In-room, 50-inch Smart TVs come as standard. Guests’ phones automatically pair with the TV as a remote, casting their personal Netflix or Spotify account directly to the screen and syncing with the super-fast complimentary Wi-Fi, for the ultimate and seamless relaxing at-home experience.

Retro-Inspired American Diner

Mollie’s Diner is a modern all-day hang-out serving up contemporary, seasonal cooking for solo travellers or families, friends and lovers. Guests can choose to dine at classic counter seating, relax into leather banquettes inspired by the interior of a Cadillac, or eat al fresco at the comfortable heated outdoor terrace.

Mollie’s menu caters for all tastes and dietary requirements from gluten free and vegan friendly to the outright indulgent. The diner operates a completely nut free kitchen.

The extensive and accommodating all-day menu has favourites for everyone, from diner classics to plant-based and healthy options, with a tasty salad section.

The menu also includes burgers and sandwiches with house made sauces, such as Double Cheeseburgers, Plant-Based Burgers and Chilli Cheese-Dogs.

Breakfast staples include stacks of Pancakes or Waffles, Eggs Your Way, French Toast and Avocado & Poached Eggs on Sourdough.

Mollie’s Diner has a family-oriented approach and will delight children of all ages. The carefully considered Kids Menu offers meals priced at an affordable £6.50, including a drink. Parents will be pleased with available, healthy dining options as well as the extensive and thoughtful baby changing facilities on beautifully clean terrazzo countertops.

Crowd-Pleasing All-Day Menu

Mollie’s Diner unquestionably hits the mark with its crowd-pleasing all-day menu, brimming with comforting delights. A standout dish on the Small Plates menu, the Sweetcorn Fritters encapsulates the perfect blend of nostalgia and homecooked vibes. The fritters’ golden crispiness gives way to a heart-warming, sweetcorn-infused interior, beautifully complemented by a generous serving of zesty chipotle mayo. This harmonious marriage of textures and flavours is a testament to Mollie’s Diner’s mastery in crafting quintessential comfort food.

Chicken wings are an American Diner staple, so it’s no surprise to find these moreish Buffalo Hot Wings on the Small Plates menu. These succulent wings, coated in a tangy and fiery buffalo sauce, deliver a delightful kick that’s as satisfying as it is addictive. The dish reaches its peak when paired with the accompanying blue cheese sauce, a cool and creamy concoction that perfectly balances the heat of the wings.

Indulging in the Chicken ‘n’ Waffle dish on Mollie’s Plates section of the all-day menu is like embarking on a journey to comfort food paradise. The buttermilk fried chicken boasts a delectable crunch that gives way to tender, juicy meat, creating a harmonious contrast that’s simply delightful. Accompanied by crispy bacon and a generous helping of maple syrup to drizzle over, each bite becomes a symphony of savoury and sweet notes.

Mollie’s fried chicken takes comfort food to new heights with their signature Honey Glazed Tenders dish. The buttermilk fried chicken tenders, served with a luscious honey glaze, offer a delectable balance of sweetness and savouriness that’s downright irresistible. Paired alongside the perfectly fried buttermilk chicken are some zesty pickles creating a symphony of umami and tangy flavours. The tenders come with a choice of sauces including buffalo hot, pineapple BBQ, blue cheese dip, chipotle
mayo or American cheese sauce.

Mollie’s Diner delivers a quintessential taste of American comfort food with their Pork Belly Rib paired perfectly with your choice of skinny, crinkle-cut or sweet potato fries. The meat, flavoured with a Texan rub, showcases a delightful fusion of smoky and savoury notes that transport you to the heart of Texan barbecue traditions. Accompanied by a luscious BBQ sauce, refreshing apple slaw, and tangy pickles, each bite offers a harmonious blend of flavours and textures. This dish is a testament to Mollie’s Diner’s expertise in crafting truly comforting and hearty main course dishes.

Dessert is definitely not an after-thought at Mollie’s. A deliciously OTT dessert menu offers a generous selection, including mouth-watering Plant Based Hot Apple Pie, classic Lemon Meringue Pie and Chocolate & Cornflake Pudding.

There is even a separate Ice Cream Sundae section on the Desserts menu, with flavours to tempt such as Banoffee and Warm Blondie. Oh yum!

From Milkshakes to Martinis

Famed for its milkshakes, Mollie’s serves up a variety of indulgent hand-spun shakes with ice cream, with flavours from traditional Vanilla to Salted Caramel or Oreo.

The cocktail menu includes twists on the classics, including signatures such as Mollie’s Passionfruit Martini, Spicy Paloma and Long Beach. Mollie’s also has a great selection of local and craft beers, ciders and wines from some of the best vineyards in Europe, South Africa and Argentina. There is also a fun and experimental spirits menu.

A good selection of mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks are also available including an Elderflower Spritz and Virgin Martini. Mollie’s has also introduced its own branded ‘posh’ beers – made for Mollie’s by London-based Forest Road Brewery and offering lager or gluten-free pale ale by the pint or by the can.

Midweek Theme Nights

Mollie’s Diner also serves up special themed nights every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday that are a celebration of good food, good times and good vibes, designed to enjoy alongside the diverse drinks offering.

Taking global inspiration, the brand is plating up new serves for locals, visitors and motel guests, offering the freshest take on classic favourites. Kicking off the start of the week with a delicious Italian twist, Meatball Mondays is the focus for Spaghetti, Meatballs & Red Sauce – a wholesome pasta dish that has been slow cooked to perfection. The indulgent dish is best enjoyed with a glass of red wine and is topped with rich grana cheese.

Top It Tuesdays are a celebration of Mollie’s famous Mac ‘n’ Cheese, offering new and indulgent toppings to maximise the flavour. Guests can choose between three tasty toppings: Crispy Shrimp with hot sauce and tangy pickles; Pineapple BBQ Pork with smoky chipotle mayo and pickles or Popcorn Chicken served with fragrant garlic mayo, crispy onions and pickles. Each Mac ‘n’ Cheese is served up with a plate of Diner Hash Browns which are crisp-fried to perfection with salt & vinegar, garlic mayo and grana.

Wing It Wednesday is the only night of the week that Mollie’s guests can order three different types of Chicken Wings, each served with crispy fries, pickles and coleslaw. Options include Buffalo Cheese Wings – buttermilk fried chicken wings with honey mustard gravy, mayo and chives, Honey Fried Wings and Buttermilk Fried Wings served with a rich peppercorn sauce, crispy onions and garlic mayo.

With its uplifted, contemporary take on the American-style motel and drive-in diner, Mollie’s Bristol is the place to be for all those you enjoy cool design, smart tech, great food and affordable budget-luxe accommodation.

Mollie’s Bristol
A4018, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TL
0117 374 7740

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds near Stroud, lies Burleigh Court, an intimate Grade II listed manor house hotel that effortlessly blends captivating country charm with a touch of contemporary luxury. Burleigh Court is a true hidden gem – a tranquil and idyllic escape for couples looking to get away from the bustle of everyday life.

Burleigh Court is a charming 4-star boutique manor house hotel nestled amidst over 3 acres of pristine grounds. With breathtaking views over the golden Stroud Valley and a prestigious two-rosette restaurant, prepare for a truly captivating experience. From the moment guests step foot inside, they are enveloped in an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. The dedicated team at Burleigh Court ensures that every visitor experiences a home away from home, where they can truly relax, rejuvenate, and indulge in the finer things in life. With its emphasis on seriously good food and an array of luxurious amenities, this boutique country house hotel is perfect for couples seeking an unforgettable stay in the Cotswolds.

Tucked away in a picturesque setting, Burleigh Court offers a wide range of accommodation options, with 18 individually designed boutique bedrooms across various categories, including Cosy, Comfortable, Splendid, and Top Notch. Each one a haven of tranquility and comfort, every room at Burleigh Court is a testament to the surrounding countryside’s beauty, blending traditional country house charm with modern and contemporary touches.

For those seeking a romantic getaway, Burleigh Court promises an idyllic countryside escape and is the perfect base for anyone seeking a slower pace of life and a chance to reconnect with your partner.

The hotel is also a pet-friendly establishment that understands the importance of including your four-legged friend in the holiday experience. For those traveling with their furry companion, Burleigh Court goes the extra mile by offering a selection of dog-friendly rooms in their historic coach house. These rooms boast direct access to the hotel’s sprawling grounds, allowing your dog to roam freely amidst nature. The thoughtful inclusion of a dog bathing station ensures that your pets can enjoy a pampering experience just as much as you do.

At Burleigh Court, while the emphasis is on couples and their fur babies, younger (and less furry) members of the family are also welcome. So Minipreneur dropped in for an overnight stay at Burleigh Court in the hotel’s only Family Suite.

The spacious Family Suite had everything a young family would need for a comfortable stay to enjoy the 4-star country house hotel experience with the feeling of a home away from home with the added benefit of your own entrance and outside seating area. The master bedroom has plenty of space to stretch out whilst looking up all the fun things to do around this idyllic Cotswolds location.

The Family Suite also has a living room with sofa and large smart TV to keep the younger members of your family entertained. Just off the master bedroom, there is a little snug with bunk beds that’s perfect for the little ones.

When it comes to culinary delights, Burleigh Court’s award-winning two-rosette restaurant stands in a league of its own. Elevating Cotswolds cuisine to new heights, the restaurant’s menu showcases the region’s finest ingredients, sourced sustainably and locally through the innovative ‘farm to fork’ initiative. The relaxed and unpretentious setting allows guests to truly savour the culinary experience while revelling in the stunning panoramic views that surround them.

The kitchen team, led by head chef Shaun Jones, shares a passion for seasonal food and utilizes locally reared meats, game, vegetables from the hotel’s kitchen garden, and foraged produce. Dining options at Burleigh Court cater to every occasion and the wine selection is equally impressive, with an exclusive focus on local old-world boutique vineyards.

Embarking on a gastronomic journey that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression, highlights on the menu during our stay included Stone Bass caught in British waters and served with seasonal garnish.

Another outstanding main course is the Gloucestershire Duck – succulent duck breast served with seasonal vegetables.

The Dessert Menu includes a selection of tasty treats for those with a sweet tooth such as the Iced Peanut Butter Parfait with peanut praline, raspberry sponge, white chocolate & tonka bean mousse.

Another stand-out dessert is the 70% Dark Chocolate Brownie served with fresh raspberries and ice cream.

Indulging in a meal at Burleigh Court is a truly sensory experience, made even more magical by the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Whether you’re enjoying an intimate dinner, treating yourself to a sumptuous Sunday lunch, or delighting in a divine afternoon tea, the enchanting vistas serve as the perfect backdrop to elevate your dining experience.

The splendour of Burleigh Court extends beyond its exquisite interiors to the 4-acre paradise that envelops the property. Stepping onto the front patio and into the gardens, guests are greeted with awe-inspiring vistas that stretch over the Golden Valley of Stroud. This idyllic haven invites exploration, with enchanting features such as the kitchen garden, walled garden, and the captivating Art Deco plunge pool. During the warmer , the outside terraces bask in glorious sunshine, inviting guests to bask in the warmth while taking in the beauty of the surroundings. The expansive lawns provide the perfect setting for summertime games, while the terraced gardens offer sun loungers and hammocks for those seeking the ultimate relaxation and tranquillity during the warmer months.

While the sun still graces the skies with its warmth, make sure to take advantage of Burleigh Court’s historic outdoor plunge pool. Open from July to September, this refreshing oasis is the epitome of a summer staycation. This Art Deco pool, created in 1920 by the renowned Sir Clough Williams Ellis, offers a naturally unheated oasis amidst the hotel’s enchanting coach house garden. As guests bask in the sun, they can appreciate the historical significance of the pool and its connection to Sir Clough Williams Ellis, who was duly recognized by the Queen for his contributions to environmental preservation and architecture. Immerse yourself in the invigorating waters of the outdoor plunge pool and let your cares drift away as you soak up the sun and revel in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Beyond its luxurious amenities and delectable offerings, Burleigh Court strives to foster community and connection among its guests. While it provides an ideal setting for romantic getaways and a retreat from the demands of busy lifestyles, it also creates opportunities for people to relate, share experiences, and build lasting friendships. In a world increasingly characterized by disconnectedness and isolation, Burleigh Court stands as a haven where couples can come together, create cherished memories, and truly experience the joy of togetherness.

From the moment you step foot inside Burleigh Court until the minute you bid farewell, this luxurious hotel ensures that you eat well, sleep well, and feel well. Every aspect of your stay is carefully curated to create a home away from home, where comfort and indulgence seamlessly intertwine. For couples on a romantic weekend escape, Burleigh Court promises an experience that will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and longing to return… if only to order the mouth-watering French Toast for breakfast!

Whether your and your loved one are seeking quiet moments close to nature or a fun-filled country house adventure, Burleigh Court offers a sanctuary of serenity and beauty that is a true testament to the hotel’s commitment to creating unforgettable experiences for their guests.

Burleigh Court
The Roundabouts, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2PF
01453 883 804

Unveiling a world of enchantment nestled in the heart of Somerset, Wookey Hole is an idyllic destination for families seeking a memorable escape. Situated alongside the world-renowned Wookey Hole Caves is the Wookey Hole Hotel – a captivating hotel promising a year-round haven for both family holidays and short breaks. Boasting ample parking, complimentary WiFi, an in-house restaurant, and a stylish bar, the Wookey Hole Hotel ensures that every aspect of your stay is infused with comfort and convenience.

A Haven of Comfort and Luxury

The Wookey Hole Hotel features 58 charming guest bedrooms, catering to a range of preferences and requirements. From standard double rooms to luxurious family suites, including accessible rooms, every accommodation option presents a delightful retreat. Each room is complete with an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen LCD TV, and various other amenities, ensuring that guests can unwind in style. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or celebrating a special occasion, the Wookey Hole Hotel offers the perfect setting.

The Witch’s Hat Suite boasts comfortable accommodation for couples looking for something special. The Witch’s Hat offers a double bed on the upper floor, with lounge and living space on the lower floor. With the roof shaped like a Witch’s Hat and the unique tower design, this room is perfect for a weekend getaway or a special occasion.

Indulge Your Palate

Step into the Bar and Restaurant at the Wookey Hole Hotel, where a delightful dining experience awaits. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this family-friendly venue serves delectable dishes for breakfast and dinner. Open daily, the Bar and Restaurant cater to both hotel guests and non-residents, promising a vibrant culinary journey for all. Revel in the flavoursome delights and create lasting memories over shared meals.

Exploring Somerset’s Treasures

Nestled in an ideal location, the Wookey Hole Hotel allows guests to easily explore the wonders of Somerset. Merely two miles from the medieval city of Wells, and in close proximity to Bath and Bristol, this charming retreat offers a gateway to an array of local attractions. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Wells Cathedral, peruse the eclectic offerings of Clarks Village, or delve into the mysteries of Glastonbury Abbey. Whether seeking cultural immersion or picturesque countryside strolls, Somerset has it all.

Wookey Hole Caves: Immerse Yourself in Natural Wonder

Prepare to embark on an underground adventure like no other at the Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions.

The independent, family-run attraction is nestled in the heart of the Mendip Hills in Somerset and is home to a vast underground network of caverns, shrouded in mystery, that explorers of all ages love and return to each year.


As well as the caves, Wookey Hole boasts a beautiful valley with a dinosaur grove, a museum set in a Victorian Paper Mill, that also houses a penny arcade, 4D Cinema, massive soft play area and 400-seater Theatre where the world-famous Wookey Hole Circus performs.

Unravel the mesmerizing story of these caves, whose genesis dates back millions of years to a single raindrop. As rainwater seeped through the porous sedimentary rock of the Mendip Hills, it slowly sculpted the magnificent chambers that captivate visitors today. The famous caves are believed at different times to have been home of the legendary Witch of Wookey Hole, cave bears, Neanderthals and even a Romano-British burial chamber.

The attraction welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year, keen to understand its rich history and to fall under the spell of the Witch of Wookey Hole. Your visit includes a guided tour outside school holidays, or the opportunity to explore at your own pace during school breaks, accompanied by knowledgeable guides who weave tales and legends of Wookey Hole.

Adventure Golf: Tee Off Under the Sun

Bask in the sunshine and partake in a round of Adventure Golf at Wookey Hole. Open every day except in January and February, this delightful outdoor activity promises fun for the whole family. Putt your way through challenging obstacles and enjoy the pleasant surroundings as you compete for victory, weather permitting.

Wookey Hole Museum: Unveiling the Rich History of Wookey Hole

Delve into the captivating history of Wookey Hole by visiting the museum, where three fascinating exhibits await. Explore the enthralling story of the Caves, delve into the world of cave diving, and discover the ancient craft of papermaking. Immerse yourself in the wealth of knowledge showcased within these exhibits, unravelling the secrets of Wookey Hole’s past.

Dinosaur Grove: A Prehistoric Encounter

Prepare for a face-to-face encounter with magnificent prehistoric beasts at Dinosaur Grove. Marvel at these creatures, some of which even move, as you stroll through this captivating outdoor exhibit. Let your imagination run wild as you learn about the fascinating world of dinosaurs and the secrets they hold.

The Mill: Where Magic and Wonder Collide

Step into The Mill, a whimsical haven brimming with history, charm, and wonder. Children will love the vast soft play area, indulge in a dose of nostalgia at the vintage arcade, and lose yourself in the enchanting world of magic mirrors. The Mill also houses the museum, offering further insight into Wookey Hole’s captivating heritage. And on weekends and during Somerset school holidays, be sure to catch a mesmerizing performance by the world-famous Wookey Hole Circus that will leave you in awe.

4D Cinema: A Multisensory Cinematic Experience

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the 4D Cinema during your visit to Wookey Hole. Prepare for an adventure with Scooby-Doo and friends in the “SCOOB! 4D Experience.” Join Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne as they unravel their most daring mystery yet. With shows running regularly throughout the day, this multisensory cinematic experience will transport you into the heart of the action. Please note that due to the immersive nature of the experience, it is not suitable for children under three.

Wild Wookey: Unleash Your Inner Explorer

For the daring and adventurous, Wild Wookey offers an unparalleled experience within the caves. Follow in the footsteps of legends as you crawl, climb, and abseil your way through hidden passageways, unveiling the caves’ secrets in a way few have the opportunity to witness. This physically and psychologically challenging adventure is tailor-made for those seeking an adrenaline-fueled exploration. Only the physically fit need apply.

Eat, Drink, Shop: Indulge Your Senses

Satisfy your culinary cravings at Captain Jack’s Restaurant, where home-cooked dishes, sandwiches, and delectable cakes await. Make sure to visit the Ice Cream Parlour during the summer holidays and select Spring and Summer Weekends to sample one of over 20 different flavours of Marsh Field ice cream, including plant-based and gluten-free options. With ample outdoor and indoor spaces available, you can also enjoy a delightful picnic amidst the picturesque surroundings. And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up something to remind you of your visit including unique Wookey Hole souvenirs, pocket money toys, and an array of Somerset delights, including the cave-aged Wookey Hole Cheese.

A New Generation of Wookey Hole

Wookey Hole has begun a new journey to refresh and diversify its offering under the leadership of a family trust that has been set up following the death of Gerry Cottle, the Circus legend and former owner. Gerry bought Wookey Hole in 2003 and he ran the attraction until his death in 2021. Gerry left Wookey Hole to his children in Trust and the family are working hard to both preserve Gerry’s legacy and bring more of the historical aspects of Wookey Hole back to the fore.

Already underway on their new journey, the family has taken the business through a brand refresh and is working through updating the facilities. An extensive renovation of the toilet block located in the entrance car park has just been completed, as well as a brand new games room in the Wookey Hole hotel. There are exciting plans to develop the attraction’s offering further with a brand-new restaurant and calendar of events and activities.  Creating magical and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages will be at the heart of all launches, including the brand-new interactive circus show, Trolls Pop Quiz, the just-launched “SCOOB! 4D Experience”, a thrilling monster trail, returning for the school summer holidays, and Comedy Cavern night on 1 September 2023.

Ellen Ramsay, granddaughter of Gerry Cottle, plays an integral role in the development of Wookey Hole, including performing in the Wookey Hole Circus, taking on the role of the Witch of Wookey Hole and supporting the marketing team. She comments, “It’s a very exciting time for everyone at Wookey Hole.  Somerset has been our family home for 20 years and we want to honour my Grandad’s legacy. Grandad loved to entertain, delight and surprise and over the 18 years he ran Wookey Hole he created a whimsical marriage of entertainment and education. We plan to continue this but with an even greater emphasis on the historical and education aspects of our offering. We never forget though that people visit us to have fun and make memories! This is a new beginning for our family and for our guests, and we have so many ideas in the pipeline already. We’re investing heavily in ensuring everyone who visits Wookey Hole, loves it as much as we do.”

Unveil the Magic of Wookey Hole

A world of enchantment awaits at the Wookey Hole Hotel & Caves, beckoning families to indulge in unforgettable experiences. From the alluring Witch’s Hat Suite, offering couples a charming retreat with its unique tower design and whimsical roof, to the mesmerizing underground wonders of the Wookey Hole Caves, this destination casts a spell that will linger in your heart. Book your magical adventure today and create treasured memories that will endure for years to come.

For more information about Wookey Hole and its expanding offering, as well as upcoming events and shows, please visit

Wookey Hole Hotel
The Mill, Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BA
01749 672243

Immerse yourself in a world of refined elegance and tranquillity as you set foot upon the immaculately landscaped grounds of Wivenhoe House Hotel. Nestled near the town of Colchester, this enchanting four-star luxury country house hotel offers a truly remarkable experience for couples and families seeking a idyllic countryside getaway.

Nature enthusiasts staying at Wivenhoe House can embark on picturesque countryside walks, immersing themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the region. History buffs will be enthralled by the nearby Colchester Castle, Europe’s oldest Norman keep, serving as a testament to Britain’s rich heritage.

Families seeking adventure can delight in the thrilling offerings of Wyvernwood, the Enchanted Lost Kingdom Adventure Park located just three miles from the hotel. For a captivating wildlife encounter, Colchester Zoo presents an opportunity to get up close and personal with a fascinating array of animals. And for those with a taste for the finer things in life, a trip to Mersea Island, renowned for its local oysters, is an absolute must.

Experience the epitome of luxury and heritage in the hotel’s guestrooms. The meticulously restored Luxury Rooms in the Main House pay homage to the building’s 18th-century architectural splendour.

Retaining original features such as wooden beams and sash windows, these en-suite bedrooms seamlessly blend traditional charm with modern comfort. In the large Luxury Rooms, there’s even space for a sofa-bed for those travelling with children.

For those seeking a contemporary ambiance, the Superior Rooms in the Garden Wing offer a stylish retreat, complete with private balconies that provide panoramic views of the hotel’s captivating grounds. Alternatively, the Classic Rooms offer a cosy sanctuary with picturesque views of the hotel’s charming courtyard. Every room is meticulously designed to ensure a restful and opulent stay.

The lovely views from your room make you feel close to nature.

The well-appointed rooms have been beautifully decorated with traditional soft furnishings and artwork.

The comfy bed promises a night of restful slumber and it’s just a cosy for an afternoon relax.

Little ones can enjoy staying in their own pillow fort.

There’s also plenty of wardrobe space.

Which is perfect for those travelling with children and all that entails.

Luxurious amenities in the room include toiletries and everything else you would expect in the modern en-suite bathroom.

After check-in and unpacking in the room, it was time for Minipreneur & Co to stop by the hotel bar for an afternoon libation.

Beyond its lavish offerings, Wivenhoe House Hotel is a coveted venue for weddings, team building days, business meetings, and conferences. With its elegant event spaces, impeccable service, and unwavering attention to detail, it effortlessly caters to any occasion, ensuring an unforgettable experience that exceeds expectations. While Wivenhoe House Hotel provides an enchanting haven, the surrounding area offers a wealth of attractions and day trips to enhance your stay.

Indulge in the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea, a highlight of Wivenhoe House Hotel. With an impressive range of options to cater to every taste, including vegetarian and vegan alternatives, this delightful experience is designed to captivate your senses. Delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and an assortment of exquisite sweet treats await, complemented by a selection of fine teas. Whether you are a connoisseur of classic delicacies or an adventurous epicurean, the Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel is an unmissable sensory journey.

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other at The Brasserie, the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant. Renowned for its culinary prowess, this gastronomic haven caters to even the most discerning palates. With a menu that pays homage to locally sourced ingredients, guests are treated to a delectable array of dishes crafted with passion and precision. From succulent steaks to tantalizing seafood delicacies, The Brasserie promises a dining experience that will linger in your memory long after your visit.

Minipreneur couldn’t wait to make his way down to dinner with something to keep him busy while his grown-ups perused the menu.

What better way to begin your dining experience at The Brasserie than with some pre-dinner drinks for the grown-ups.

Drinks were accompanied by a moreish selection of breads with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.

Highlights from the Starters include Prawn Cocktail served with brown bread and butter. The prawns were juicy and succulent complemented by the tangy Marie Rose sauce.

Another great Starter is Steamed Mussels (which is also available as a Main dish). The plump mussels are steamed in a creamy white wine, garlic and parsley sauce.

Meat lovers will be delighted with the succulent cuts on offer with Mains such as Roast Rump of Lamb with roasted cherry tomatoes and broccolini served with a rosemary jus.

Another highlight on the menu that’s sure to please committed carnivores is the Slow Cooked Short Rib of Beef served with mashed potato, bacon, mushroom and red wine sauce.

The restaurant is very accommodating to the needs of its guests from offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes to providing a Little Ones Menu for its younger diners.

For those with a sweet tooth, must-have desserts include a chocoholic’s dream that’s deliciously dense and served with fresh strawberries, ice cream and a rich chocolate sauce.

Another recommended dessert is the classic Sticky Date Pudding served with a luscious toffee sauce.

From the Little Ones Menu, Minipreneur chose a selection of ice creams and sorbets served with toppings in crunchy waffle baskets.

To end the evening, there were cocktails to toast a delicious meal at The Brassiere and a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Wivenhoe House for every member of the family.

Wivenhoe House Hotel seamlessly weaves together luxury, heritage, and the natural allure of its surroundings, ensuring an unforgettable experience for couples and families seeking a serene escape. Whether you are yearning for a romantic interlude, looking for a family retreat, planning a corporate event or simply seeking a rejuvenating weekend, this exquisite hotel will surpass your every expectation, crafting memories that will last a lifetime.

Wivenhoe House Hotel
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester,
Essex, CO4 3FA
01206 863666

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, Stonehouse Court Hotel is a quaint country house hotel that overlooks the rolling hills of the Stroud Valley. The hotel is the perfect retreat for couples seeking a romantic getaway or families yearning for a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this charming hotel effortlessly combines elegance, luxury, and a warm, welcoming ambiance.

The historic Grade II listed Manor House, classified by English Heritage as one of the most important historic buildings in the country, dates back to the Domesday book and follows a fascinating history through the ages. As you approach the hotel, its stunning 17th-century architecture takes your breath away.

The honey-hued Cotswold stone exterior exudes an air of timeless beauty, inviting you to step into a world of refined indulgence. The hotel combines a contemporary classic design, capturing the beauty of the surrounding landscape and nature, whilst paying homage to the industrial heritage of the Stroud Water Canal and the Lutyens architecture of 1901. Home to 36 sumptuous, contemporary bedrooms, the hotel provides the perfect location for an exquisite Cotswolds escape. Upon entering, you’re greeted by the friendly staff, eager to ensure your every need is met during your stay.

For couples in search of a romantic break, Stonehouse Court Hotel provides an enchanting haven. The individually designed bedrooms are tastefully decorated with a blend of contemporary furnishings and classic charm, creating an atmosphere of pure romance. With their luxurious traditional mahogany four-poster beds adorned with plush linens and soft pillows, the romantic Junior Suites are the most spacious rooms in the hotel and beckon you to unwind and surrender to blissful slumber. The spacious en-suite bathrooms boast deep soaking tubs, perfect for a leisurely soak while sipping a glass of champagne.

The hotel’s picturesque gardens, stretching out over six acres, provide the perfect backdrop for romantic moments with your loved one exploring Stroud Valley’s picturesque views. Take a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand, enveloped by the scent of blooming flowers and the gentle rustle of leaves. Find a secluded spot under the shade of an ancient tree, and let time stand still as you savour the tranquillity and each other’s company.

Indulgence extends beyond the hotel’s ambiance to its culinary offerings. Stonehouse Court, a Green Tourism Silver Award winner, is a hidden gem for eating out. Guests can enjoy an unforgettable contemporary dining experience at the hotel’s Court Brasserie, utilizing their own kitchen garden and local produce suppliers to provide fresh and delicious ingredients. Whether you’re a meat-lover or follow a plant-based diet, the restaurant’s menu offers something for everyone.

While Stonehouse Court Hotel excels at providing a romantic retreat, it also caters to families seeking respite from the demands of modern life. The hotel offers spacious family rooms and suites, thoughtfully designed to ensure comfort and convenience for all ages.

The stunning views from your well-appointed guestroom will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of the family.

There’s plenty of local attractions suited to family days out including Painswick Rococo Gardens, Berkeley Castle, Gloucester Docks and also fun-filled Cattle Country which offers a huge range of activities for children of all ages including outdoor play equipment and farm animals to meet. After an entertaining day out with the kids, you can return to one of the quiet corners of Stonehouse Court for your little one to catch up on some light reading before dinner.

Families can enjoy a casual dining experience and wonderful views when dining at The Bar & Grill 1601 with its beautiful garden terrace. As the sun sets, sample the delights from the Grill Menu or savour a scrumptious home-baked pizza.

Highlights from the menu include the perfectly cooked Scotch Egg with an unctuous runny yolk and succulent meaty texture contrasted with the crispy breadcrumb exterior.

The Potted Ham Hock served with sourdough bread is another must-try starter.

Seafood lovers will enjoy the Pan Roasted Cod.

For those who adore the taste of lamb, no meal at Stonehouse would be complete without ordering the Lamb Cutlets.

For some simpler fare that appeals to younger diners, there is always the fail-safe 6oz Beef Burger served in a brioche bun. A choice of toppings include Emmental Cheese, Crispy Bacon, Spiced Tomato Relish and Salad with Fries served on the side.

Fans of classic British desserts will be pleased to see traditional puddings on the Dessert menu such as the indulgent Sticky Date Pudding served with vanilla ice cream. Joining it on the menu are a selection of ice creams include crowd-pleasing favourites like Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry alongside more adventurous flavours like Rum & Raisin, Toffee Apple and Amaretti & Cherry.

Indulging in a traditional afternoon tea is a quintessential part of British culture. At Stonehouse Court, the team has created a contemporary modern twist on tradition with a range of different afternoon tea options to explore. In addition to freshly baked scones, clotted cream, and jam, beautifully crafted cakes and sandwiches, guests can choose to add a glass of prosecco or a G&T for an extra taste of fun and luxury. The afternoon teas can be taken indoors or on the garden terrace.

Beyond the hotel’s relaxing rooms, delicious dining and glorious grounds, the Cotswolds beckon with their timeless allure. There’s plenty of local attractions and exciting experiences to enjoy in the surrounding areas from farmers markets and tranquil picnic spots to unmissable shopping destinations in Stroud and nearby Cheltenham. If you’re looking for fun couples’ activities in the Cotswolds, look no further than Woodchester Valley Vineyard. Offering tours lasting up to two hours, you’ll experience tutored wine tasting of either classic wines or sparkling Cotswolds specific wines.

Whether you seek a romantic interlude or a family-friendly escape, Stonehouse Court Hotel offers an enchanting retreat amidst the Cotswolds’ natural splendour. Allow yourself to be captivated by its historic charm, luxurious amenities, and exceptional service, as you create treasured memories that will linger long after your departure.

Stonehouse Court Hotel
Bristol Road, Stonehouse, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL10 3RA
01453 794950