Our April

Our April

I’ve recently seen a few people do the month in review Blog Posts and I love the idea. It’s so nice to have a record & see all the things you have got up to. All the little days out get forgotten so it’s lovely to look back on.

We started the month with Easter Sunday, we had dinner at my Mum & Dad’s and a park trip to burn off the millions of eggs Finn had ate.

We then had an amazing swimming lesson from Finn, which was a big turning point. He was really nervous and held onto his teacher when he first started but this was the point he slowly began to make progress and gain confidence m.

We had a trip to Bents Garden Centre in Warrington which Finn loved, there’s a fab park & a lovely cafe.

I then ended up in hospital for 2 nights with tonsillitis, I think though I was really run down. I’d been working loads & doing a lot of late nights & early starts. Luckily a few days later we went on our Amazing holiday to Costa Teguise in Lanzarote. We stayed at the HD Beach resort which you can read about here.

When we come home we met my Mum & Dad in Chorlton & went for food & a play in the park.

Another day another park visit, followed by Finn’s favourite coffee & cake.

We went to Messy Mallie’s which is about 20 minutes away from us in Buckley. It was brilliant and Finn loved painting his own money box.

After the Easter holidays we were entitled to more hours at nursery. I was sad in one way as Finn stared doing more days so we lost a day in the week together. It’s meant though that I’ve gone from doing 4/5 late nights a week to 1/2. I’ve loved the little things like us having tea together as a family & doing bath, story & bed time.

Finn’s first go at Crazy Golf, followed by a Wagamama’s.

A visit to Little Al’s Urban farm in Eastham. We love it here.

Yet more amazing swimming from Finn, he’s managing to swim now with just the woggle & not holding on to his teacher.

Finally a zoo trip, we are members of Chester Zoo so we go all the time. This time Finn played in the sand & water for over an hour.

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Erddig Wrexham

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Erddig Wrexham

We recently joined the National trust hoping to have lots of family days out. We are quite lucky that we are within an hour of some amazing National trust properties. We are also planning some U.K. breaks this year so it will be handy to take our cards with us incase there is any properties close by.

I joined by Direct Debit so pay £10 a month for a family membership, I like this option to spread the cost & knowing we can always have a free/cheap day out.

Over the Easter Weekend we decided to do the Cadbury’s Egg Hunt at Erddig in Wrexham. This is the first time we have visited and we loved it. We were with friends so had a few children in the group so just stayed in the ground. The gardens are beautiful with loads of trees, flowers & a lake. The kids loved running around and it was all really safe for them.

Our favourite bit was there 2.5 Hectare natural play area the Wolf’s Den. It was brilliant and I reckon we spent a good hour in there, we could have been there longer as well if we didn’t want to finish the egg hunt. There’s den building, loads of stepping stones, a wooden play shop, a rope swing & plenty more. They run activities in here throughout the year like tree climbing & den building so we will definitely be back to try some of these.

We didn’t get a chance to try any of the cafe facilities (except for a coffee, which was a good strong coffee) but we will definitely be trying these next time we are back as they looked really good.

We all really enjoyed the Easter egg hunt, we were given a map and had to follow the trail looking for signs of Spring. At the end they kids were all given a full size Cadbury’s egg.

We really enjoyed our visit to Erddig and will definitely be back soon to make the most of our membership.

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo 

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo 

In the run up to Halloween Chester Zoo staged a special event ‘The Enchantment of Chester Zoo’ as members we were able to attend this event for free. 

The Zoo had been cast under the spell of an evil sorcerer and it was our job to help save it. The event started with an introduction by various characters to explain what had happened and how we could save the zoo. This was brilliant and so interactive. 

We had to visit 3 animals the tarantulas, aardvarks and the bats learning a fact at each animal in order to receive some potion. At the end all the potion was added to a big cauldron and we received a certificate to thank us for saving the zoo. 

Finn really enjoyed the day, even though he didn’t fully understand the tasks he loved all the characters and it was an opportunity for us to visit animals we wouldn’t normally go to. 

The Autumn & early winter (as well as spring) are definitely my favourite times to visit the zoo as it is quieter and looks beautiful with the changing seasons. I’d definitely recommend a visit at this time of year if you can. 

Strawberry Picking at 

Strawberry Picking at 

On Sunday we visited  a lovely Farm, Claremont Farm about 20 minutes away from Chester. 


We loved the strawberry picking, the farm shop and the cafe. 


Finn had so much fun Picking the Strawberry’s and really got involved hunting for the best ones. There was a free tractor ride around the field which he loved. 2 big punnets came to just under £6, they are really tasty. 


The Cafe was lovely with an outside seating area.For a coffee, tea, 2 cakes and a Cookie & Milk it was £12. We all enjoyed it and you could tell they used quality ingredients. 


They host regular events like art class, cooking workshops and creative writing classes. They also hold a parent and toddler cooking class that I really want to try out. 


This is a lovely place to visit if you are in the area, I’d definitely recommend you check it out even if it’s just for the cake. 


We finished the day with an afternoon in the garden & setting up Finn’s swing. 

Ice cream Farm, Cheshire 

Ice cream Farm, Cheshire 

We love the Ice Cream farm it’s one of our favourite days out. We are really lucky as we are about 20 minutes away by car. It’s located in Tattenhall about 15 minutes away from Chester City Centre. 



It’s free to enter and you just pay for the soft play, sand and water play, mini golf, diggers and go- carts. We tend to just do one thing when we go as Finn loves the farm and park which are both free so we spend a while on there. Plus he still gets tired quite easily. I am definitely going to invest in one of play passes soon though as these save you money. They are worth looking into if you will be using a few of the paid activities. 


Daisy’s Garden (the park) is amazing with trampolines, hills to climb, a giant overflowing ice cream tree and loads more to discover Finn would happily play on here for ages. 


The farm is also free to enter and Finn loves walking round here and looking at all the animals. 

Our favourite is Honeycomb Canyon a giant indoor  Sand and water play. Finn loves it splashing about in the water, playing with the sandpits and exploring all the water channels. I’d definitely recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes. 

He also really enjoys the fun factory soft play, it has it’s own toddler section so he will play quite happily. 


We haven’t tried any of the other areas as Finn is too little but they all look amazing and I’m looking forward to trying them. 
The food is really reasonable, I usually get Finn the 5 item children’s box  which is £3.75 and includes a sandwich, drink and 3 other items. There’s crisps, yogurt, chocolate, raisins and other snacks to choose from. All of the main menu is good value as well. 


Of course the main attraction is the Ice Cream with over 50 flavours to choose from. My favourite is sticky toffee pudding and Finn’s white- choc chunk. There’s definitely a flavour for everyone. The prices are really reasonable. 
I’d definitely recommend a visit if you are local or in the area. 

Let me know what you think if you have visited.