Life in the Mum's Lane

Posts about life as a working mum. The ups, downs and humour.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Halloween themed days out to entertain the kids (Northamptonshire)

I love Halloween and also October half term. Here's some ideas for days out to keep the kids busy. There's a mixture of indoor and outdoor for all weather. Don't get too spooked!!!

Potz Ceramic Studio
The Causeway,Northampton,NN3 9EX
Potz Ceramic Studio
Halloween Party Friday 21st October 7pm until 9pm.  Children can dress up, paint a ceramic Halloween item and do a craft activity.  The pottery studio will be doing kiln baked jacket potatoes, cheese, beans or salad followed by monster doughnuts, pumpkin mallows and soft drinks.
They have space for 34 little monsters and it is £15 per child.

Riverside Hub
7 Carousel Way,Northampton, NN3 9HG
Riverside HubSaturday 29th October 6.30pm - 9pm
Your little monsters can have fun on all our fantastic play equipment, including electric go-karts, 10m high climbing tree, toddler village, sensory room etc.
There'll also be a special Spooky Halloween Disco and prizes will be awarded for the Best Fancy Dress Costumes.
Tickets for the Halloween Party are only £10 per child (plus a small booking fee) and adults are free!
(Laser tag is available at an additional cost of £2 per game or £5 for unlimited games).

Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray,LE14 4SB
15th to 31st October
Family Halloween attractions (so suitable for the little ones). 20,000 FREE pumpkins  for kids to carve or paint. Win magnificent prizes plus wicked Halloween workshops including children's magical wand making and Halloween broomstick flying masterclass, meet and greet Marty the friendly Monster! and Fruti our forgetful Witch!! creepy Halloween competitions, children’s Halloween craft workshops and family trick & treat, children’s fancy-dress is optional but we love it when they do! Plus the all new Harry Potter workshop.

Gullivers Land
Livingstone Drive, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DT
Join the official Swizzels Trick and Treat Trail at Gulliver’s Theme Parks.
At each stop along the trail we’ll have spooky tricks and plenty of treats! Look out for different themes as you face some frightfully fun activities. Each trick performed earns you a sweet surprise.  Get your picture taken at each stage as you transform into some seriously scary characters, from a wicked witch to Pumpkin Peat.

West Lodge Rural Centre
Back Lane, Kettering, NN14 2SH
West Lodge Rural Centre
15th October to 31st October
Loads of spooky activities to keep you entertained. Pumpkin carving, Spooky walkway, Witch’s house tours, Spooky Tractor rides, Panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities.
Family ticket approx. £22 if booked online
Family = Any combination of 4 people, 1 must be an child

Castle Ashby
Northampton,NN7 1LQ
Castle Ashby
Pumpkin Hunt 22nd to 30th Oct 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Follow the trail around our gardens to find the hidden pumpkins, once found copy the face on the paper provided.  Find all the pumpkins to win a prize!
£2.50 per child (I think it is also £4 to park it was last year).

Friday, 23 September 2016

Northamptonshire Family Fun Farms

Kids love a farm trip and we are lucky to have some fab places to visit in Northamptonshire.

My top 3 to visit are Mini Meadows, West Lodge Rural Centre and Rookery Open farm.

Mini Meadows
Naseby Road, NN6 6HZ
Mini Meadows Farm

Open everyday (including every bank holiday)
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm
Admission prices:Adults: £3 Children: £3 Feed Bucket £2 Under 2’s free of charge

I love this little farm with lots of animals to feed, Guinea pigs to cuddle, outdoor play area and indoor huge sand pit.  The farm also has a new café which is lovely.  Our hens were purchased here so if you fancy having some pet chickens this is definitely the place. It is amazing value for money and my kids love it.

West Lodge Rural Centre
Desborough, NN14 2SH
West Lodge Rural Centre

Opening times 7 days a week from 2nd January to 24th December
1st February to 31st October 9.30am - 5.00pm
1st November to 31st January (except December peak days open till 5.30pm) 9.30am - 4.30pm
Christmas Eve 10.00am – 3.30pm
Closed 25th December to 1st January

Admission prices do vary so check the website Child £4.20 off peak £5.45 peak online

Brilliant large farm with cuddle corner, outdoor play area, barrel rides, pedal tractors, pig races and walks.  They have great themed events throughout the year.  I have been to the Halloween event which was great.

Rookery Open Farm
Stoke Bruerne, NN12 7SJ

Open 19th March to 30th October 2016.
Open 6 days a week, Wednesday - Monday, closed Tuesday's.
Opening hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm.
During October we are open on weekends Only.
During the October school half term we open again Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday, CLOSED on TUESDAYS.

Admission prices: Adults £6.50 Children £6.00 Senior citizens £6.00          
Family Day Pass £34.00 (2 adults & 4 children) Children under 2 can enter for free.

Great farm with cuddle corner with the goats, large outdoor play area and indoor soft play.  Go karts and bouncy castles.

Emma xxx
Life in the Mum's Lane

Days out Northamptonshire - Country Parks

In Northamptonshire we are luckily enough to have 5 brilliant country parks to walk, cycle and play and hopefully tire out the kids.

Next time you are stuck for somewhere to go maybe check out one of these.  All country parks are open all day, every day.  Parking is £3.00 daily. Country parks annual car park passes are available.  The cost of an annual season ticket is £49.00 to cover all five parks or £36.00 for parking in one named park.

Sywell Country Park

Sywell has a beautiful reservoir to walk around, sand pit outdoor play area, woodland play area with tunnels/big slide and an indoor play area for the little ones which is attached to the case and open 10am to 3pm.

  • 7:00am to 7:00pm daily (except Christmas Day)
  • Cycling is not permitted within Sywell Country Park
  • Pump House Cafe open daily (except Christmas Day

  • Brixworth Country Park

    Brixworth sits beside Pitsford Reservoir and you regularly see boats sailing/canoes/windsurfing.  There's signposted easy walks, play area and cycle routes.  For the more active you can do the 7.5 mile Pitsford water trail.
    • Free admission
    • Free WiFi
    • Cycle hire
    • Willow Tree Café open 10am to 4.30 pm (5pm Saturday and Sunday)

    Irchester Country Park

    Former Ironstone quarry with lovely walks around the trees, big play area,jungle parc high ropes and Narrow Guage Railway Musuem.

  • Free Admission but additional charge for high ropes
  • Quarrymans Rest Cafe open daily except Christmas Day
  • Jungle Parc Adventurer Course Price per child £14.00 (free for supervising adults)
  • Xplorer Course Price per person £20.00 (participants aged 10-adult) Family Ticket £70.00 for 4 participants.

  • Fermyn Woods Country Park

    By Rockingham Forest this country park is slightly smaller with a great play area.
    • Skylark Café - Open 10:00am to 4:45pm daily March to October    
    • Open 11:00am to 3:00pm weekdays November to February
    • Open 10:30am to 4:00pm weekends November to February 
    • Toilets - Open 8:30pm to 5:30pm daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day

    Barnwell Country Park

    This country park is located in Nene Valley. 3 waterside trails, boules court, play area and lots of ducks to feed.

  • Toilets 8:30am to 6:00pm daily
  • Kingfisher Café open daily.  10am until 4pm weekdays, closes 5pm weekends.

    Emma xxx
    Life in the Mum's Lane

    Monday, 19 September 2016

    Crap I don't have time for!

    Some mum's are uber organised. Some mum's are uber house proud.  Some mum's like me just think life is too short for perfection and crap I don't have time!

    • Ironing - Just Urgh!!! I hate it.  I iron the bare minimum.  I'm a firm believer in hanging things up and the creases (might) fall out.

    • Make up - Although I have been attempting to wear it slightly more often now I'm edging towards the big 40.  I just don't understand  mums who have time for a full face of make up every day! How do they do it?

    • Exercise - I know I should make time but seriously I'd rather watch Youtube or catch up on some telly.

    • People telling me what to eat - I hate the new craze for clean eating, 5:2 plans, Paleo diet, dairy free etc. Although the photos on Instagram look nice I don't like being told what to eat by mostly unqualified people.

    • Hangovers - I'm seriously too old. The hangover can last longer than the drinking. Just blur!!!

    • Rudeness - There's just no need. Smile. Say please and thank you.

    • Homework Projects - I feel homework is less for the child and more for you. Well at least at primary school. If its a craft project my heart sinks.  In the last couple of years I've had to make a rainforest, fire engine, shoe, miniature garden and air raid shelter. Thank god for Google!
    What crap don't you have time for?

    Emma xxx

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