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Swan Upping 2018

Swan Upping 2018

Today we witnessed Swan Upping for the first time and I feel extremely honoured to have been able to see this event. My little one also had the opportunity to stroke one of the cygnets, who was a couple of months old and the Swan Uppers took the time to explain what they were doing and were great with the children (and adults) observing the historic event. The Queen’s Swan Warden collects data on the swans in the River Thames and checks the health of the cygnets. Swan Upping is a fantastic sight to see as a number of rowing…
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The Spring Garden at The Lexicon, Bracknell

The Spring Garden at The Lexicon, Bracknell

During the Easter holidays we visited The Spring Garden at The Lexicon and had a wonderful 1/2 hour. The Spring Garden was a pop-up experience in Princess Square. We pre-booked our space via the Lexicon's website and just turned up 5 minutes before our allocated session.  Upon arrival we were welcomed by two really helpful and friendly members of staff and then invited into the Spring Garden, the decoration and setting was magical and we were met by the Daffodil Princess. We were then taken to a table where we got to decorate a ceramic bird feeder with brightly coloured…
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Ascot Farmers’ Market

Ascot Farmers’ Market

On the last Sunday of half term we visited Ascot Farmers' Market which takes place in Car Park 3, opposite Ascot Racecourse. The Farmers' Market takes place on the third Sunday of the month between 9am - 1pm. We really enjoyed walking around the market, talking to the suppliers and tasting their food samples whilst learning a little more about the origins of the food they were selling. What food was on sale? There was a range of goods available from eggs, meat, fish, bread, honey, cakes, cheese and fruit and vegetables and we had an enjoyable time at the…
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A family trip to Dinton Pastures Country Park

A family trip to Dinton Pastures Country Park

We took a family trip to Dinton Pastures Country Park during the first weekend of February half term. Despite it being cold the sky was bright blue and the sun was shining. We arrived at about 10am on the Sunday morning and parked in the overflow car park as the main car park was already full (parking charges apply). First of all we went for a walk around the lake. There were lots of ducks and geese to look at and plenty of muddy puddles! Our walk was lovely and it was fantastic to be outside in the fresh air,…
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Locks Ride Recreation Ground

Locks Ride Recreation Ground

Locks Ride Recreation Ground is between Warfield and Ascot is a popular park for families to visit, especially in the warmer months. The play area is well maintained and it's great for picnics. What is there to do at Locks Ride Recreation Ground? There is a 'beach', splash pad (open in the warmer months, 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm), climbing equipment, hammocks, swings, a slide, a trampoline and two zip wires. There is a large playing field and picnic / bbq area. You can hire the bbq’s from Winkfield Parish Council. There is a cabin at Locks Ride Recreational Ground which offers…
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The Nature Trail at South Hill Park in Bracknell

The Nature Trail at South Hill Park in Bracknell

We recently went for a little walk around the nature trail at South Hill Park, Bracknell which comprises of wooden and metal sculptures placed around the woodland area and pond at South Hill Park. The sculptures really give you a chance to explore a woodland and see the natural eco system at work. The squirrels were certainly busy when we went for our walk. We spotted a beautiful dragonfly by the lake and wondered where we would end up if we went through the door in the tree! It was also lovely to watch the ducks and water fountain on…
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Sending Thank You Letters

Sending Thank You Letters

One thing I believe is so important is manners, they cost nothing (well maybe a postage stamp) and this is something I am keen to teach my child about... maybe I am old fashioned?  Amidst the manic present opening session on Christmas morning I had my phone by my side (I had aimed to have a day away from my phone!) and wrote down a little note of all the gifts we had been given and who they were from so that we could write Thank You letters in the New Year. I also use this tactic on birthdays as…
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