Kite surfing – on the South Coast

13 Feb

Not exactly a work organised trip.  It was my partner’s birthday and I thought I’d suprise him with a romantic weekend away.  As we’re both quite active I decided on some beginners kite surfing lessons on the South coast in Camber Sands which is about an hour away from south London.

Our cool holiday let

Our cool holiday let

I’d rented a nice cottage only a few minutes walk away from the beach in Camber Sands which was on a delightfully quiet development called whitesands.  Camber Sands itself is a small village with not much in itof note other than a nice restaurant called Gallivants. Only a short drive or 40 minute walk through fields is the town of Rye which is full of cobbled streets, nice pubs and lovely independent shops.

If you’ve not heard of kite surfing before it involves being pulled along the sea on a surf board by an incredibly large kite.  We booked a six hour session which cost £99.00 each, this included all the equipment required.  The first few hours were spent learning how to control the kite with a very patient instructor.  The main aim is to make sure you don’t end up getting pulled out the channel towards france!  I have to admit this took me considerably longer to master than I thought but we got their in the end.


We then move onto how to kite surf, thankfully the instruction included how to perform a ‘self resue’  By the end of the day we were both well and truly zonked as well as incredibly wet.  To be profficent I think you need quite a few more lessions than we had but it would be well worth it if I lived closer to the coast and could pop down on in the summer evenings.


This makes a great birthday treat for kids, boyfriends or a group activity.  it is reliant on the wind blowing in the correct direction and the tides being out.  For more information on kite surfing in Camber Sands try these guys.


Childrens Activities – LegoLand in Windsor

12 Feb legoland windsor

This is my second visit to legoland as I took a group of children at the start of 2011.  In fact two enjoyed it so much they decided to come again.  Unfortunately I think they’ve now a little to old as they didn’t enjoy it as much second time round.  With this in mind it’s probably suited to those under the age of 10.

Based on the outskirts of London in Windsor it’s a large park that seems to be constantly changing, with new rides and areas being added.  It’s advisable to take a car to this venue as their is ample parking available on site.  I recommend arriving as early as possible as you’ll struggle to fit everything into one day.  Queues for the rides tend to get busiest after 11.30 but it’s not just about the roller coasters and water riders, there’s so much more to see and do including a miniature village which is my personal favourite and lots of space to sit down and enjoy a picnic.

kids days out

kids days out at legoland

As always, in these sorts of places food can be expensive so I would recommend taking a pack lunch if there’s a large group of you visiting.






Prices for legoland in Windsor are as follows:

 1 Day Tickets

Adult Standard

Adult Online


Child/OAP Standard

Child/OAP Online

Under 3



10% off




It’s always worth keeping your eyes open online for special offers and discount codes before booking.  Ifyou’re going to legoland in a group of seven or more you can qualify for discounted rates with the prices shown below:


 Group Prices Advance Book Only

Groups 7+ Adult

Groups 7+ Child

How To Book

Groups 10+ Adult

Groups 10+ Child

Under 3



Advance Book Online




Childrens Days Out – London – GO APE in Bracknell

11 Feb kids days out london

It was bitterly cold when the childrens day out at GoApe took place in the middle of January. Thankfully that didn’t deter my party of 12 children aged between  10 and 16.   They thoroughly enjoyed the rope bridges, tarzan swings, sliding down sip lines.

Childrens Days Out – London

For those that have no knowledge of Go Ape it’s an adventure course for children and adults.  They have a number of venues usually in forests than are ideal for childrens days out. Catering for most age ranges but it’s particularly suited to energetic kids aged 10 years and above.

You’ll find it usually takes about 3 hours to get around the course.  The kids will be equipped with safety helmets and support harnesses  and guided round the course by patient instructors. You find a number of companies send their employees on team building days so it will probably give you some indication that these courses are not just for children and considered challenging for people of all ages.

When we’d finished out circuit of the course we all took some time to eat a picnic in the beautiful surroundings whilst the kids regailed us of tails of the heroism!

kids days out london

Go Ape

Prices at the GO APE in Bracknell were £20.00 for Children and £30.00 for adults.  Obviously if you’re in a large group you may be able to get this discounted.  For more information and to find a suitable venue take a look at their website

The Small print:

Go Ape: Age 10 or over. Over 1.4m/4ft 7 tall. Under 130kg/20.5stone.  Under 18s must be supervised by a participating adult. An adult can supervise either two children (where one or both of them is under 16) or up to five 16-17 year olds.

£30.00 adults £20.00 10-16yrs

Children Activities in London – Visit to London Zoo

11 Feb childrens days out

Welcome to my blog…  This is the first of many posts reviewing Children activities London.
I’ve got a bit of catching up to do so I’ll probably make a number of posts over the next few days and then reduce that to one or two a week.

Giraffe at London Zoo

Giraffe at London Zoo


Our group included some animal obsessives who had been looking forward to this trip for some time.  They weren’t to be disappointed as it’s still, in my opinion, one of the best zoos (excluding safari parks) in the UK.  I’m no expert on animals but The many kinds of monkeys seemed to be a favourite for the girls especially. For the boys it comes as no suprise that the big cats were their top picks.   Then we have the  usual elephants, giraffes which are all firm crowd pleasers!   From an adults perspective I  enjoyed the birds and butterflies which were in a multitude of colours.

Children Activities in London

Conclusion, It’s money well spent and can easily take up a whole day. Unfortunately, like many venues that have a captive audience you’ll get fleeced with very expensive food once you’re there.  My advice is take lunch / snacks with you, and you’ll save a fortune.
In all though I like London Zoo a great deal, and I shall definitely be returning with another group in the future


To save 10%, enter code 1234 when booking online

Winter season 2011 – 2012 price
Adults £18.50
Children £15.10
Children under 3 Free
Concession – OAP, student & disabled £17.00
Online family Deal 10% Off
Winter season 2011/12: Until 10 February 2012
Mid season 2012 price
Adults £20.50
Children £16.00
Children under 3 Free
Concession – OAP, student & disabled £19.00
Online family Deal 10% OFF
Mid Season 2012: 11 February to 30 March
April, May, June and September weekdays – excluding: weekends, bank holidays, Whitsun half term, Easter and summer holidays
1 October to 4 November – including half term
Peak season 2012 price
Adults £22.00
Children £17.00
Children under 3 Free
Concession – OAP, student & disabled £20.00
Online family Deal 10%
Peak Season 2012 – Easter holidays: 1 to 15 April
April, May, June and September: weekends, Whitsun half term and bank holidays
Summer Holidays: 1 July to 9 September

How to Get There:

Childrens activities LondonDirections to London Zoo can be found on their website.  A number of options are available including, tube, bus or overground trains.  Do not even consider driving to this venue 

London Zoo
Regent’s Park

Tel:    020 7 722 3333