28 Family Friendly Things To Do In Oldham

We love where we live. Here’s our top 28 things to do in the Oldham area with the family!

1. Visit Oldham Library, there’s always plenty to do

I love visiting Oldham Library, me and the kids usually visit once a week. Oldham has several small libraries in the villages with the main large library in the centre of Oldham. There is always something going on and lots of activities and events are free. There’s weekly stories and rhyme classes, plus specialist baby yoga classes, weekend events such a Comic Con to fantastic shows in their performance space, such as my recent trip to see The Secret of Christmas Eve. Check out what’s going on at Oldham Library and visit now.

2. Take a Trip to Gallery Oldham

There’s plenty to see and do at Gallery Oldham, plus it’s free to enter. Not only do they offer a wide range of exhibitions, there’s lots for families at the weekend and during the half term break including arts and crafts sessions, The Small Cinema and much more. Here’s our review of a recent trip.

3. Enjoy the newly refurbished Old Town Hall

Oldham’s iconic Old Town Hall has been transformed and redeveloped only a year or two ago and it looks fantastic. The Grade II listed building has lovingly been brought back to life and now houses ODEON cinema, Nando’s, Costa Coffee and the family friendly Molino Lounge. It’s the first cinema in the town for more than 30 years! Local families can now enjoy an evening out close to home.

4. Check out Tommyfield Markets

Right in the heart of Oldham, take a trip to Tommyfield Markets, the indoor market hall is open Monday – Saturday 9am-5.15pm. You may be surprised at what you find, check out their traditional markets and material market as well as the Sunday car boot! See here for more information.

5. Have a great day out at Stonerigg as you whizz around the track

Experience racing like no other with 9 themed Scalextric tracks to race on right here in Oldham! My eldest loves a trip to Stonerigg in Lees, it’s the UK’s largest themed Scalextric attraction.

6. Wander around the villages of Saddleworth

Whether it’s Diggle or Delph, Dobcross or Greenfield why not have a wander around the villages of Saddleworth? We are so lucky to have such beautiful places on our doorstep! Take a stroll, perhaps enjoy a pub lunch, find a local park and make it your hidden gem.

7. Enjoy a family day out in Uppermill park and along the canal

A family favourite of ours! We love nothing more than a walk along the canal, past Brownhill and into Diggle. The kids love to go across the stepping stones and there’s always time to play in the playground. There’s plenty of choice for a refreshment whether its hot drinks, cakes or even a glass of wine, there’s something for everyone in Uppermill.

8. Have a day out at Cockfields Farm

Enjoy a fabulous family day out down on the farm right here in Oldham! Open 7 days a week, you can expect to have a jam-packed day! There’s animal activities running every half an hour including pig washing and lamb feeding. Over the years we have visited many times, check out our review here. Also read about our recent trip when we went to their Christmas Experience.

9. Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth!

Enjoy the annual military show and vehicle parade that return to the villages of Saddleworth every summer. It’s an unforgettable event of fantastic 1940’s entertainment and historical displays. Keep up to date via their website.

10. Come along to the ‘greatest free show on earth’ – Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

Known locally as the ‘greatest free show on earth’, the Whit Friday Brass Band Contests are certainly not to be missed. Whether your in it for the music or the atmosphere, there’s something for everyone. The villages of Saddleworth come alive each year as hundreds of bands come from all over the world!

11. See a show or concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Whether it’s to see a stand up comedian, a tea dance or the darts, the Queen Elizabeth Hall is Oldham’s premier large event venue with three bars and the accommodation for up to 1,500 people for a stand up concert.

12.Visit one of Oldham’s fantastic parks

There are plenty of beautiful parks and green spaces in Oldham including Alexandra Park, Chadderton Hall Park, Dovestones Resevoir, Tandle Hill, Fox Denton Park to name a few! Head outdoors and find your perfect spot now, check out some of my favourite local parks. See here for more information about local parks and green spaces.

13. Indulge in a gorgeous ice cream at Grandpa Greene’s

Based beside the canal, Grandpa Greene’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an award-winning ice cream (there’s so many flavours to choose from) surrounded by breathtaking views. Whether you park in their large free car park or walk along the canal to get there, no trip into Saddleworth is complete without a trip here!

14.Nosy round a craft fair or food market at Uppermill Civic Hall

As well as a community venue for shows and concerts, Uppermill Civic Hall is also host to craft fairs and food markets from time to time. We have been to some lovely Christmas craft fairs. Keep up to date via the website.

15. Visit the Saddleworth Museum

Saddleworth Musuem galleries and shop in Uppermill is open every afternoon, tickets are £3 per adults, £2 per children. The museum galleries tell the story if the people who have created Saddleworth’s lansdscape and character. Worth a visit next time your in Uppermill. The museum is also perfect for families, there’s usually a trail for children to take part in whilst visiting, there’s also family bags, dressing up stations and interactive galleries.

16. Spend the day at Daisy Nook Country Park

Put on your walking boots and head outdoors, why not check out Daisy Nook Country Park? On the border of Oldham near Ashton Under Lyne, there’s a free car park at the Daisy Nook Vistors Centre and cafe. my family and I love walking through Daisy Nook, in winter we stop for a hot chocolate, ion summer an ice cream. There’s a boat themed sand pit for the kids to enjoy, plus swings and a slide as you explore. More information can be found here.

17. Take part in the Oldham Parkrun

Oldham’s Parkrun takes place every Saturday in Alexandra Park at 9am. It’s a 5km run where you race yourself against the clock. It costs nothing to join in but you need to register before your first Parkrun which you can do here. You don’t need to be a pro, you run for your own enjoyment!

18.Make a splash at one of Oldham’s leisure centres

There’s 6 Oldham Active Leisure Centres throughout Oldham all with a public swimming time tables. There’s also a wide range of public and family swim sessions plus weekly parent and baby sessions too! Great for getting the whole family excited about swimming.

19.Put on those walking boots and hike up to Pots and Pans

For some truly remarkable views, hike up to see the Pots and Pans monument (the Obelisk on Alderman’s Hill) that overlooks Saddleworth. The obelisk commemorates Saddleworth’s losses in the two world wars. Enjoy these breathtaking views, see here for a circular walk.

20.Enjoy the views around Dove Stone Reservoir

Certainly a picturesque spot, Dove Stone Reservoir is situated on the edge of Oldham and the Peak District National Park. There’s a networks of footpaths that makes the area accessible to all, including easy an easy route for walkers, wheelchair users and prams. There’s picnic benches along the way plus toilets at the pay and display car park. At weekends (nice days and bank holidays) there is usually an ice cream van and a burger van too. There’s no better place to spend a day outdoors!

21.Take advantage of the free parking and shop till you drop!

Every Saturday and Sunday you can park for absolutely free for up to 3 hours on all council owned town centre car parks! Perfect for doing a spot of shopping. Take the whole family with you, head into Spindles Shopping Centre for Shopping Susie’s Kids Club. The kids club is on most Saturday’s where your little one could find free face painting, crafts and balloon modelling! Keep up to date of the next kids club via their website.

22.Visit The Little Owl Farm

Enjoy the fabulous views, a delcious breakfast and some fun with the animals at the Little Owl Farm in Grains Bar close to the village of Denshaw. Your little ones will love to feed the farm animals and get up close with the owls. From time to time enjoy some music and stalls with their markets and special events. Make sure you visit Cindy’s Cafe for some delicious fresh food!

23.Tire the kids out at Play! and Play!2

Our favourite soft play centre to visit is Play 2 in Diggle (they even offer a twin discount!), Play is in Royton. Tire the kids out seven 7 days a week, parents can relax with a coffee whilst the kids have fun.

24.Feel festive and go along to the annual Christmas Tree Festival every December

A firm favourite of ours, visit Oldham’s Parish Church each December for their annual Christmas Tree Festival. Enjoy over 50 Christmas tress decorated by local businesses and communities. Have a go at the tombola, stop for a brew and homemade cake and you may even hear a brass band or two.

25. Have a fun day out at Housing Units

Over 7 days a week, Housing Units is the home department store right here in Oldham. As well as offering a friendly shopping experience, housing units has a cafe and a restaurant. Enjoy a quick bite or a special afternoon tea. There’s plenty of events on throughout the year to keep the family happy too including Storytime at Kids World and even Santa’s Grotto. The Christmas department which opens every September is definitely worth visiting.

26. Take the family to Elk Mill for shopping and food

If shopping is your families thing then Elk Mill is the place to be! From fashion to homeware, you’ll find everything at Elk Mill. There’s plenty of free parking, toilets, a fab play area there’s even free WiFi so everyone’s happy! After a day of shopping why not treat the kids and head to Nandos, Pizza Hut or McDonalds?

27. Zoom around Coalshaw Park and their skate park

If your kids love their skate board then head to Coalshaw Park as they have their very own Skate Park. They will be able to practise their moves and whizz up and down the ramps. There is also a children’s play area, playing fields, ornamental gardens and toilet facilities.

28. Get some culture at Oldham Coliseum and see a show.

In the heart of Oldham, see one of the finest shows that the world has to offer at Oldham Coliseum. There’s something for everyone, plenty for the whole family. The panto is certainly a personal highlight plus I seen lots of different shows including work from Oldham Theatre Workshop and much more. For whats on in 2020, see here.

Cover photo Credit : Oldham photographer Inspired By Joseph.

Happy 2 Years to Me and My Blog

It was two years ago to this day I started my own website and social media pages. It was two years ago two that Out and About Mummy came alive, and it’s been the best two years!

You may already know this, but I created Out and About Mummy as I had fallen in love with writing about things to do in my local community, about day trips and about our day to day life generally. Whilst on a post Christmas trip to the Lake District, I unfortunately had a website and social media page that I had been managing taken away from me in an instant and I was devastated!

I’ve never known what I wanted to do when I ‘grow up’. Throughout school, college and even university I thought one day I would know but it never came. After I graduated I fell into a job and I suppose I got ‘stuck’ there. I focused on more important aspects of my life, holidays, getting married, being a mum etc. Fast forward and it’s quite easy to see how someone can get stuck in a rut, in a job that’s not for them for so long!

That’s why I was so devastated to lose the site and pages I had managed. I had found something that was for me, something that I enjoyed and something I was good at. So I decided to start from scratch and do it myself!

Two years later and here I am, still going strong. This year I have even bigger goals and aspirations for Out and About Mummy, no one knows what will happen in the future. I want to take the opportunity to thank all my lovely readers. Everyone of you who have read a post, liked my page or photo. I love doing this and I hope you enjoy reading my posts.

There have been so many highlights from the past two years and I thought I’d share a few with you:

Press Nights at the Theatre

It still blows my mind that Out and About Mummy went and got herself on the actual press list for the Palace Theatre and Opera House Manchester! Not only to I love a trip to the theatre, especially to see a musical, I love writing my reviews for my readers. Some of my favourite shows that I’ve been invited to see have to be: & Juliet, Rocky Horror Show, The King and I, Jersey Boys…. there’s just too many to mention. Big thanks to my lovely contact Alison for always sorting such fantastic seats. I’ve also been invited to see shows all over including Blackpool and St Helens, another favourite has to be the panto at Oldham Coliseum- one of the best!

Fabulous Outdoor Theatre at Fletcher Moss

For the last two summers, we have been invited to review the shows in the park with Heartbreak Productions. We have enjoyed shows such as The Midnight Gang, Pride and Prejudice, The Railway Children and Romeo and Juliet in the park. These experiences were certainly a highlight for our summer, the whole family loved them. I want to say a big thank you to Heartbreak Productions and I hope to continue working with them this year.

Fantastic Days Out

I write about family friendly days out which has meant I have been lucky enough to invited to some fantastic places and asked to write a review. Some of our favourite places to visit has to be Cockfields Farm, York Maze, Paradise Wildlife Park, Coral Island Blackpool and Treetop Adventure Golf to name a few! I look forward to visiting some fantastic places this year and telling you guys all about it.

Fancy Press Events

Who doesn’t love a Mums Night Off? and thanks to my blog, I’ve had a few invites to some fancy press events where I get to dress up without the kids and let my hair down! A few to mention was the Meadows Gin launch night at the trendy Manchester bar Speak in Code and the opening party of Beyond The Mirror glamorous new beauty salon in Cheadle Hulme. Probably the biggest highlight would be my bloggers trip to Hull where myself and 9 other lovely bloggers had a trip of the city (and enjoyed plenty of gin).

There’s so much more I could mention or that I could be thankfully for including all the work I have done with Bev, from Inspired by Joseph and her beautiful photos of my family and Helen from Wonder Adventures, we have loved the Elf Adventure Challenge and the Dino Disco!

I have worked with so many brands and companies including toy brands, clothing companies, skincare ranges, food and technology, PR departments and much much more than I could have imagined when I started this two years ago.

Here’s to 2020.

Fairytale and ‘Magical’ Parks & Woods

My family and I love to be Out and About! We love a trail, anything that keeps the little legs interested and moving! I’ve put together this list of some MAGICAL places in the North to visit with kids that will make your children fall in love with walking too.

So if you’re looking for a walk in the woods or a magical trail, to swing in the trees or find something a little different then check out this fab list below……

Clifton Country Park– I first wrote about Clifton Country Park when we first discovered their fairytale trail last summer. As well as open woodland, a large free car park, a cafe and toilets and a playground, there’s a fab fairytale trail that your kids will love.

The trail is approximately a mile long which is perfect for little legs. There’s 10 wooden sculptures along the way as you walk (it’s a circular trail), you can even spot The Gruffalo! For more information see here.

Clifton Country Park, Clifton House Road, Clifton, Salford, Manchester, M27 6NG

Etherow Country Park– situated in Compstall (Stockport), is home to many plants and wildlife and covers an area of 200 acres. There’s a pay and display car park, toilet facilities and a cafe that sells bird food (there’s always plenty of birds that want feeding).

There’s also a ‘magical fairy den’ that your children can explore hidden in the forest! To find the fairy den, you need to go into the woods once you reach the weir. Once your in the woods, follow a sign and a track further round and into the woods. Its a wonderful place to visit, certainly worth having a look around. See here for more information.

Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport, SK6 5JD

Delamere Forest– is Cheshire’s largest area of woodland and is the perfect place for kids to let off some steam. Its great for the whole family whether your into walking or cycling. There’s plenty of picnic areas, a cafe, bike hire, pay and display car park plus your little ones can go crazy over The Gruffalo!

In the deep dark forest see if you can find the sculpture and for only £1.50 you can take part in a fun family map reading challenge to see if you can find the 12 Gruffalo markers hidden in the wood! More information about Delamere Forest can be found here.

Delamere Forest, Northwich, CW8 2HZ

Fletcher Moss Botancial Gardens– a beautiful park in Didsbury that we spent a lot of time in over the summer. The gardens at Fletcher Moss are not to be missed (especially at summer time) but there will be plenty to see during the winter. We loved the little paths and stone steps, my little girl thought it was a garden made for fairies.

After a visit to the gardens, head into Stenner Woods and do some exploring. Here we did some geocaching, found some painted rocks but we also found a handmade swing in the forest, this was lots of fun.

We next reached Stenner Woods boardwalk which was another beautiful part of the of the park, there was plenty of wildlife and nature to see. I imagine it would be very muddy and even a bit boggy during the winter months so would recommend walking boots or wellies. From previous visits, playing in the woods are our favourite thing to do at Fletcher Moss.More information can be found here.

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, 18 Stenner Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2RQ

East Riddlesden Hall- a couple of months ago we stumbled across East Riddleston Hall. As National Trust members, we decided to stop off at the house and gardens on the way home from visiting my mum in Yorkshire. I love finding lovely new places to explore and this was certainly a little gem.

As well as looking around the hall (which was fab for families too as the kids took part in a trail), there was plenty to see and do. We made apple bird feeders in their arts and crafts room but best of all were their gardens.

There’s a natural play area to explore as well as a bird hide and a wild play garden. My three loved this, there was a little Hobbit house, mud kitchen, den building and more. My little girl thought the fairies doors on the trees were the best. See here for more information.

Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5EL

Grizdale Forest– is a large area of woodland managed by the Forestry Commission about 30 miles from Windermere. We always visit when we take a trip to the Lakes. There’s lots of different paths and routes to take, suitable for walkers, mountain bikers and prams. There’s a large pay and display car park, visitors centre, toilets, cafe, shop, picnic area and a fab children’s play area.

Last year we took part in the Zog trail which was so much fun! This year I believe its the Shaun The Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail, more information can be found here. These trails are always lots of fun, my children really enjoy them. The year before we took part in The Highway Rat.

There’s also plenty of sculptures to look out for throughout Grizedale Forest, from small wooden sculptures to huge mental ones. Our favourite ones from our last visit were certainly the magical musical trees! Turn the keys and listen to the musical surround the forest. See here for more information.

Forestry Commission Visitor Centre, Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, LA22 0QJ

I’m always looking for places to explore, so if you know of somewhere that I should visit with my family please let me know. You can email me at out_and_about_mummy@yahoo.com

Christmas at Dunham 2019- Our Family Tradition

During the festive season, Dunham Massey deer park and the formal gardens are magically transformed and illuminated by light. To find out more about this event, booking and other information see here.

We arrived for the press launch and were kindly greeted with mince pies, mulled wine and (to the kid’s delight) Christmas gingerbread! After a short talk from the organisers of this fabulous event, we were off to explore the light trail.

Every year we expect bigger and better and that’s certainly what we got. This year the route started a little differently, talking us along the deer park and starting us right in front of the house. The house was illuminated and looked fantastic with Advent Calendar projections.

We then entered the garden and was just amazed the entire time. The larger than life glittery Dunham Deer is definelty a favourite our ours and it was lovely to see again. Isla absoloutly loved walkng through the Illuminated Flowers (with a Frozen theme tune) and the beautiful and very sparkly Heart Walk.

One of my favourite parts of the trail was the new Firework Trees, WOW was they impressive! My three children actually thought real fireworks were going off. The trees were lit up all in different colours and it cleverly looked like a fireworks display set to music!

Next was another firm favourite but was bigger and better than ever before, the Sea of Light. We were in absolute awe as a mixture of coloured lights swept across the ground. We sat for a while to enjoy this, the kids were mesmerised.

Next we headed through beautiful tunnels of light to toast some delicious marshmallows! The kids picked vanilla flavoured marshmallows, whilst I went for chocolate orange and my husband chose salted caramel. Is there anything better than Christmas lights and hot toasted marshmallows?

We continued along the trail through the very impressive Laser Garden. The kids thought this was brilliant! Green lasers filled the path, making the kids jump about to dodge them, pretty purple lasers lit up the stream along the side of the path. This led us to the lake where we were treated to the most spectacular light show. There was fantastic music, lasers, projections and even fire on the water!

No festive trip would be complete without seeing the big man himself! This year Father Christmas and some friends are in the middle of the trail to say hello. My children were very excited to see him, they joined in with the little workout Santa taught them, to keep them warm.

After the trail, the kids had a go on a fairground ride each. Ride tokens are £2.50 and can be bought close to the rides, they also take card/contactless payment. Joshua decided on the Old Fashioned Swing-boats, whilst Oscar and Isla went on the traditional merry-go-round. There was also a huge Helter-skelter and gorgeous traditional Carousel.

There was also plenty of food and drink stalls giving the experience a real Christmas Market feel, whether your hungry or after a mulled wine, there’s something for everyone.

We left feeling all Christmassy and it’s certainly a family tradition of ours that we will continue to enjoy each year.

Hotham’s Gin School: Our Weekend in Hull

[Press Trip]

I recently got the chance to spend the weekend on a press trip with Visit Hull and East Yorkshire with several other bloggers and I had the best experience. You can read all about our visit to The Deep, Hull’s award-winning aquarium here.

As part of the weekend, we went back to school! Well, GIN school (now that’s my kind of school!) Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery is in the Old Town of Hull (I loved walking around the Old Town) in Hepworth’s Arcade, a unique L-shaped quaint shopping centre.

Hotham’s Gin School offers a unique experience where you create and distill your very own gin and I couldn’t wait. Hotham’s was founded by Simon and Emma who met over a G&T back in 2007 and they gave us the warmest of welcomes. When we arrived I paired up with Nicola from Mummy to Dex and we headed over to our workbench to enjoy the first gin-based cocktail of the evening.

After an introduction (and a drink) we headed over to the Botanicals Bench in our pairs to smell and taste key ingredients plus over 100 other botanicals before deciding what we wanted in our custom gin. After much deliberation (me and Nicola weren’t the most decisive plus Nicola hadn’t had gin before!) we settled on citrus flavours including Sweet Orange, Lemon and Cardamom.

Next, with help from Emma and Simon we decided on the final recipe and weighed out the ingredients before heading back to our workbench to start the distillation process (and to enjoy another drink). We added our ingredients into our very own Still, ours was named ‘Jenni’ and then we waited.

Whilst we waited Emma gave us an interesting incite into the history of gin and Hotham’s itself. Me and Nicola kept testing our gin (just a little taste every so often) and once we had distilled 400ml (ours seemed to take so much more time than other people’s) we could test the alcohol level. Again we were offered another delicious award-winning gin whilst we continued with our distilling process.

When it was just right, ours was 49% alcohol in the end, we could then fill our very own bottle and labelled them. We decided on Cardamummy for the name, using the Mummy from both our blog name. We even sealed the bottle ourselves using wax.

The overall experience lasted around 4 hours and I had lots of fun. Once our bottles were ready we posed for graduation pictures and took our bottles home. I opened my bottle of gin two weeks after I made it, I mixed it with tonic and think it’s delicious. I’m really impressed and will definitely be requesting another bottle!

It was a fantastic opportunity and I would certainly recommend, it’s perfect as a gift or for a special occasion such as an anniversary. You can find more information about Hotham’s Gin School experience here.

I was invited to Hotham’s Gin School by Visit Hull as part of a press trip. All views in this review are my own.

Check out some of the fantastic reviews and articles about this trip from the other bloggers I was lucky enough to meet on this trip including;

Mummy to Dex

Thrifty Mum

Hello Cuppies

Tippy Tupps

Champagne and Petals

Mandy Charlton Photography

Kids Days Out Reviews

Freshen Up Your Winter Wardrobe With ACE for Colours- #ACEWinterRefresh

Well Summer is well and truly over, the temperature has certainly dropped over the last year weeks. It’s time to pack away our summer clothes and unpack our winter wardrobe! To be honest, I don’t have enough clothes or the space to keep summer and winter items separate, they all tend to stay in the wardrobe all year round. But not for the kids.

I have three young children (Joshua the eldest is 7) and to keep costs down, my children wear a lot of hand-me-down clothes. We buy socks, underwear and pyjamas brand new, plus they sometimes get clothes as presents from family for their birthdays. Other than that we reuse to save money and reduce waste.

I have three year old twins, Oscar and Isla. Oscar tends to wear a lot of his older brothers clothes that he has outgrown, similarly Isla gets given plenty of clothes from her older cousins. Before putting the clothes away to keep for the future, I make sure they’re clean and place into airlock bags. Me and my husband label them with who there for and what age, then we pop them in the loft.

Whilst packing away some of the kids summer clothes, I recently brought down a couple of bags of winter clothes. Although they were clean when I put them up in the loft, they were certainly in need of a freshen up!

That’s why I have taken part in the #ACEWinterRefresh Challenge, it was perfect for my family and I couldn’t wait to try out the products I got sent. ACE for Colours is an exciting new product with all of the stain removal technology as before, it keeps colours bright and fresh! Sounds perfect to bring the life back to my children’s winter clothes.

I sorted the bags from the loft and started to wash them in the washing machine using ACE for Colours…. and Ta Dah!! Clothes super fresh and as good as new! Clothes can be washed at 30 degrees which is fab, the powder can be used for whites and colours and it removes odours.

I love anything that helps keep our clothes lasting longer, perfect for our family. What I also love about ACE for Colours is that the packaging is completely recyclable! There’s no plastic at all, it is suggested that you use a normal teaspoon in your kitchen! Genius!

ACE for Colours will definitely help me freshen up my laundry this winter and in the future!

This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEWinterRefresh Challenge, sponsored by ACE for Colours Powder. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper http://www.aceclean.uk.co.uk/ and pick up the range at your nearest Morrison’s Store or buy online at Amazon.

My Visit To The Deep, Hull’s Award-Winning Aquarium.

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend it with 9 fabulous ladies and fellow bloggers on a Press Trip to the city of Hull arranged by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire. I’d never visited Hull before and knew absolutely nothing about the city.

I must admit, I’ve fallen a little in love with Hull and I can’t wait to return. I loved walking around the Old Town and I thought Trinity Market was brilliant! One place we visited and I will definitely be back with my children, was The Deep.

The Deep is Hull’s award-winning aquarium, only a 5 minute walk from the Old Town and the Museum Quarter. I have visited many aquariums over the years with my children and I expected this to be similar, what I found was better than any I have visited!

Firstly their motto is ‘For Conservation, Not profit’ and I was absolutely amazed with the entry price. For an adults ticket it’s £14 and a child £11, some of the big, well known aquarium’s charge much more than this! As an added bonus you only pay once, your ticket is valid for 12 months. So you’re able to visit as often as you like all year! Amazing! Price is definitely important to me, as a mum of 3 we try to look for days out that won’t cost too much.

At The Deep you can expect to discover over 5000 animals including turtles, sharks and penguins. There’s plenty of interactive stations, many for children and lots of daily shows to enjoy including penguin feeding and dive shows. When we return, my children will love the touchpool sessions where they can get hands-on with the starfish!

The most spectacular part of the aquarium has to be the viewing tunnels and the glass lift. Giant sharks and turtles as well as hundreds of fish would swim all around us and even over our heads! The colours from the tanks were amazing. The glass lift that makes you feel like your floating in the middle of the ocean was breath-taking. Did you know it’s the UK’s only underwater lift? There is also an option to take the 81 steps to the surface but I would highly recommend the lift!

Even though I visited without children, as a mum of three I couldn’t help but notice how child friendly The Deep was. From fantastic toilet facilities, a soft play area and plenty of interactive stations throughout the aquarium. I was impressed with the café, it seemed reasonably priced and offered a wide range of food. I also noticed there were indoor and outdoor picnic areas which I love. Being able to bring our own food to help with costs is great, especially for a family looking to save some money.

Me and my family will definitely be back, I can’t wait to spend the day at The Deep with my children. It will certainly be a family fun-filled day out! Check out my highlighted Stories over on Instagram for all the fun we had when we visited- #BlogOnVisits

My tickets to The Deep were arranged and gifted from Visit Hull as a Press Trip in return for an honest review.

Buckt Greater Manchester – My Favourite Activities So Far

You must have heard of Buckt, the UK’s first only tickets and activity subscription box by now? I’ve been lucky enough to be reviewing it for the past few months and I’ve decided to share with you some of my favourite activities I’ve completed so far.

Buckt is simple.

Each month you get 5 mystery things to do in Greater Manchester, the box is delivered straight to your door and is only £12.50 per person! There’s no extra cost, no contract so you can cancel at anytime! You then have 3 months to complete your activities so you’ll never be bored again!

Don’t forget, you can get 50% off your very first box using my exclusive code OUTANDABOUTMUMMY

So here’s a couple of my favourite activities, most of them are things I probably wouldn’t have ever done if it wasn’t for this subscription box-

Chill Factore Snow Pass. Most recently we got tickets to the Chill Factore. I paid for an extra ticket so my son could come too. We had a brilliant evening of sledging and Downhill Dounuts. There was no extra costs involved for clothing or boots, that was included.

Meditation Class. I took my sister with me to this class. I was a little wary but we went with an open-mind. The Kadampa Meditation Centre offers a quiet haven in the heart of the busy city centre. I felt my mind clear and its definitely something I’d do again.

Treasure Trails. Now most of you will know by now that me and my family LOVE a trail. We recently received the treasure trail tickets in July’s box so we decided on a treasure hunt for my son’s birthday. It was brilliant, we had to follow cryptic clues in our very own adventure! You can download a map for anywhere in the UK, perfect for your home town or even when your on holiday.

Virtual Reality. This was something I really wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for Buckt as I’m not a gamer. However, I was so glad I did as it was so much fun! Me and my husband tried to beat each other in a range of games, including my favourite Beat Saber (which I won!).

Bingo! I’ve played bingo as a kid with my grandparents but never for a night out. When I received tickets for a game of bingo, I was pleasantly surprised that with my Duo subscription I was able to take 4 people along! So me and the girls headed for a fun-filled night! Not only did we have the best time playing a very fast-paced game, food and drink was included in the ticket! No extra cost!

Once you receive your box it’s really easy to book your activites. You just follow the instuctions on your box. I have never had any problems with a booking and I would recommend Buckt to my friends and family.

I have been reviewing Buckt since it launched in Manchester. All comments and reviews are my own words. I am gifted my monthly box in exchange of sharing photos of the activities I complete.

Get Outside This Autumn With These Free & Fab Activities

Get Outside This Autumn With These Free & Fab Activities.

We love to be outside, the kids seem happier when they can run free! They love wearing their wellies and jumping in muddy puddles (like Peppa). It can feel like hard work getting out and about during the autumn and winter months but there’s still fun to be had outide! event when it’s raining!

Go For An Autumnal Walk

Simple but perfect for a winters day. My kids are happiest outside in their wellies! Show them some puddles and give them a stick and they’ll have lots of fun. My three love to collect things such as pine cones and conkers. We found loads of conkers the other day, here’s more information about conkers, where to find them locally and much more.

Try to make the walk fun so they don’t get bored. How about playing Eye-Spy as you walk? My kids like to spot things so for example how many horses will they see or how many Beech trees!

We love a ‘trail’, whether its a nature trail that we’ve made up (‘can you see a horse, some red berries and a stick etc) or a organised trail in a NT garden. We have taken part in loads of fab trails, from welly ones, hootys owl trail, reindeer trails and even a Lego trail!


I’ve spoke about Geocaching before (see here) and what makes it even better that it’s a free activity that can be done whatever the weather. Check out Geocaching online and I would recommend getting an app for your phone. After we got hooked, we decided to pay a monthly subscription (aorund £4.80 a month) for a premium app but you don’t have too. My eldest loves following the map and gets excited as we get nearer to the actual cache. We enjoy then hunting for whatever the treasure may be.

Make bird feeders

Why don’t you make some bird feeders next time your looking for an outdoor activity? Not only is it great for the wildlife through the winter, but it’s a fab activity for toddlers and making them outdoors keeps the mess outside too! Last weekend we made simple apple bird feeders with apples and bird seeds, the kids loved it!

We made some really easy feeders at forest school recently by threading cereal hoops onto pipe cleaners, which is also a great way to improve a childs fine motor skills. There are lots of easy ways to make bird feers.We like to use pine cones, it can be a little messy nut my little ones love it!

How To Make A Pine Cone Bird Feeder:

  • Tie a piece of string around your pine cone,
  • Mix lard or suet in a bowl,
  • Add bird seeds, raisins, grated cheese and peanuts with your fingertips (it’s a messy job!)
  • Spread the googey mixture onto the pine cones, trying to get as much as you can in the pine cones gaps.
  • Leave the cone to set in the cold for a while then hang up for the bird!

Play In The Garden or Local Park

Grab the coats, pop on the wellies and head outdoors! There’s some much fun to be had in the garden or park even in the winter!

  • Blow bubbles so the kids can catch them,
  • Set up an obstacle course,
  • Collect conkers,
  • Collect the brown fallen leaves and make a leaf man at home,
  • Play ball,
  • Pull weeds, do some digging and gardening (just don’t call it work),
  • If it’s been wet, jump in the puddles- kids love their wellies!
  • A favourite of ours – paint the fence with water! All you need is water and a paint brush!

Once we come back in from playing outside in the cold, there’s nothing like getting warm and dry with a hot chocolate, a film or a story and a cuddle on the sofa! Here’s a couple of our favourite rainy day activities that we like to enjoy once we’re indoors. Maybe snuggle up with a story, check out our top 5 autumnal story books for toddlers.

Our Top 5 Story Books For Pre-Schoolers This Autumn

Lots of parents of young children will be looking for some stories about Autumn. Why not head to your local library and check out some of the lovely autumnal stories?

We’ve packed up all our books about summer and put together this list of our top 5 favorite story books all about autumn. Have you read them all? What are some of your favourites?

Books For Autumn

1. Autumn by Ailie Busby.

This is a lovely board book that teachers toddlers all about Autumn answer the changes this season brings including new the sensations, nosies and tastes.

2. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlet.

A beautiful book, idea for all ages. A man made of leaves blows away! Children will love trying to make their very own leave man when out and about. What do you think of our leaf man?

3. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

Perfect for any season and a firm family favourite in our house, but we especially love reading The Gruffalo in Autumn. As it gets darker outside and the leaves start to fall, we love to cuddle up and read this story about The Gruffalo in the woods.

4. Guess How Much We Love You In The Autumn by Sam McBratney.

We love the classic Guess How Much We Love You books. This Autumnal tale is seasonally themed and illustrated beautifully. Definitely a family favourite.

5. A Stroll Through The Seasons by Kay Barnham.

This lovely children’s book takes you through the seasons as we follow the wonderful changes from the dazzling summer sunshine to the vibrant autumn leaves.

I’d love to know some of your favourite story books to read during the autumn and winter months! Comments below or let me know via our social media pages.