Thursday, 15 February 2018

Bucket List Adventure #2 - Wembley Stadium

Its taken a good while to get around to posting this blog, but its finally here!

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to book a stadium tour at Wembley Stadium. When we wrote our Bucket List, we hadn't specified which stadium we would like to have a tour around, but as Joe is a very big Manchester United fan, he felt as though his options were limited - so loyal! And so we decided to venture to Wembley; the UK's largest and most prestigious sports stadium!

We drove to the stadium which was very straightforward and took just over an hour to get there - which isn't that bad at all. The parking was about a 5 minute walk away, and you pay by the hour - which was another added bonus! 
We had a time slot booked for 11am - we arrived just a little bit after this time due to unforeseen traffic, but the guy on the reception desk just swapped us for the next tour, which was so lovely!
We were given interactive tablets and headphones, which Aoife & Everly used during the tour, and they absolutely loved them. They showed special footage at different points of the tour - this was new on the day as they were testing how they went, but everyone seemed to enjoy them. 

The tour guide was really friendly, and was always offering help to accommodate moving around with two little ones and a baby, which was really nice. 
Carrying a one year old baby around wasn't the ideal situation, and in hindsight I probably would have waited until she was a bit older, as she was trying to get down and go everywhere she wasn't supposed to!

The tour included: 
  • The England Dressing Rooms - this was probably our favourite bit. Seeing all the football shirts of famous football players lined up was exciting, and Everly loved seeing the Manchester United shirts, especially because he wore his on this day too!

  • The Press Room - This was a lot of fun. We were all allowed to take turns having our photo taken in the hot seat! Although Joe was slightly disappointed that it has the Tottenham Hotspurs crest printed behind (they are using Wembley as their temporary stadium this year).
  • Players Tunnel - The little ones were told to get in to two teams so they could reenact the walk out onto the pitch before the match, whilst the adults stood at the other end taking photos! There was also sound effects of the crowd cheering as they did this which was pretty cool. The kids loved it. 
  • Royal Box - We got to sit in the Royal Box - the best seats in the stadium. We also got to have our photograph taken with the F.A Cup- these can be purchased in the Wembley Stadium store for £10.
There was also so much memorabilia displayed throughout the stadium, not just to do with football, but of concerts, live aids, boxing ect. 

Afterwards we took the little ones to spend their pocket money in the Wembley Stadium store, which was very reasonably priced, and they had so much fun choosing what they wanted to buy.
Overall, we had a brilliant day out, and would definitely come back again. Definitely recommend this to all who love football, and even for those like me, who aren't so keen about football. A great day out for all!
(Just maybe not one year olds!)

The Fullers xo.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Our best F R E E days out

We have decided to put together a short blog post of our best free days out to share with you all. Free days out are funnily enough, our best ones. With most of them, all that is required is petrol in the car, and a picnic. Can't beat a fabulous free day out, especially with three children!

1. Bushy Park, London. 

We have only recently visited here, and it has become a favourite of mine. Not to mention that you can get up close with free roaming deer, but the views are absolutely beautiful too! We went in the colder months, and even then it was a sight to be seen. Warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate, and the little ones running around was just a perfect day out to me! I can't wait to go back for picnics in the summer though!

2. Titchfield Haven , Fareham.

We visit here quite regularly as Joe's Dad lives nearby and we love this place. We especially love the beach right next to Titchfield Haven. We've been when the tides been so far out, and we've found little crabs crawling about and lots of seashells etc. It's just a really lovely little place to visit and the little ones absolutely love it!

3. New Forest. 

There are some absolutely wonderful places to visit in the New Forest, and it is one of our most favourite places to go! We always go through Emery Down, and pull over as that's where we spot the most horses roaming about, and it is always so exciting getting to see one! It's also a great spot for a picnic, however Joe is far too scared to be eating his cheese sandwich next to a roaming horse! We love Barton-On-Sea, a beautiful beach, full of lots of rocks. Burley is also another favourite - we went bike riding here along some old train tracks and the views were breath taking!

4. Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge.

Free entry to get into, and walk around looking at the cars and history of Mercedes Benz. But obviously, there are activities that you can pay for, for example Little Learners - a little track for young children to drive round in, and at the end will be presented with their very own driving license! Our little ones loved this part! You can also watch the cars racing outside which is really fun, especially for those that are obsessed with cars!

5. Basing Woods, Basingstoke.

Now I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't list this. Basing Woods has a special place in my heart - its where we spent most of our days before Joe passed his driving test, before any form of transport. And we really did have the most loveliest of days, exploring the woods, in whatever weather. From when Aoife was just a newborn in her pram, to when she could run about and jump in muddy puddles. Its a family favourite. The thing I love most about Basing Woods, is that once you reach the top of the hill, its almost as if you are somewhere else completely. We've seen foxes, rabbits, deer, ducks, herons etc, and the best part is that it is literally on our door step!

6. A Local Skate Park. 

This was Joe's input - his favourite days consist of finding a new skate park to ride his scooter about in.You can find your local Skate Park here. Its a great day out for the little ones, especially if you bring a picnic and find one with a nice field attached to it or nearby. We've been to ones on the sea front, one overlooking the country side, which is nice for me and the littlest one too!

We would love to hear about your best days out, as we are very keen to find new ones to try too!

The Fullers xo

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Bucket List Adventure #1 - Ramp Rats

Hi guys!

Pleased to say that we have marked off one of the places to visit on our bucket list!

As it was Everly's birthday the weekend just gone, we decided to fit it around that! The boy is skatepark/scooter/biking/ mad and loves watching YouTube videos about it too, and that's where we found out about Ramp Rats. He has been wanting to go for ages, but we thought we would wait for his birthday - he was super excited!

Ramp Rats is the UK's first junior indoor skate park and is suitable for toddlers through to 10 year olds - such a great idea, right?

It is located in Poole, and it took just over an hour to get there, which isn't too bad at all really!  

We went on a Saturday, and it was quite busy. Too busy for our liking, so we would definitely recommend going on a week day if possible. But the entry prices were really good! It was £5 for unlimited use or £3.50 each for an hour. They offer a hire facility too, so if you don't have a scooter/bike, then you can still visit and have a great time!

There is an on site cafe, that sells food and drink, and most importantly - ice cream! Perfect for cooling down afterwards.
Another great thing about this place is that they have a soft play area, so was also perfect for Arwen to crawl around in!
They also sell Ramp Rats clothing - we bought Everly a raglan tee and it is very cool! Very reasonable prices too. 

It was really good fun, and Aoife & Everly absolutely loved it. They really can't wait to come back again! We would really recommend a visit here - especially if your little ones are into scootering as much as ours, there really is no doubt that they would love it!

A massive thumbs up from us!
We would really love to see something like this in Basingstoke! 

Check out our YouTube video here of our day at Ramp Rats, and for any other information, check out their Facebook in the link above!

Thanks for reading, and let us know if you decide to pay a visit too - we'd love to hear if you have!

The Fullers.
Saturday, 6 January 2018

Our 2018 Bucket List

This post is dedicated to the whole reason behind starting up our new blog - our 2018 Bucket List.
When Joe came to me and said that this year we should set up a blog and document all our days out properly through blogging and our YouTube channel, I actually thought it was such a good idea! So after a bit more thought, we have put together a list of things we want to achieve in 2018, and once we have completed one, we will blog about it aswell as put a video up on our YouTube channel, and hopefully with a bit of luck, we will gain a following too!

So here is our list of 30 things to do before 2019 -
  • Visit Wales.
  • Visit Roman Baths.
  • Go Punting in Cambridge.
  • Visit Longleat.
  • Visit Hampton Court Palace.
  • Ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway.
  • Visit the Natural History Museum.
  • Visit Harry Potter World.
  • Visit a cave.
  • Visit an island.
  • Visit a lighthouse.
  • Visit RampRats Indoor Skatepark.
  • Watch the sunset on the beach.
  • Visit the Cotswolds.
  • Drive on an open road.
  • Walk along disused railway tracks.
  • Spend the evening at the beach with a BBQ.
  • Walk Whitehill View Point, and have a picnic.
  • Go rowing.
  • Visit a football stadium.
  • Go and watch racing cars.
  • Go swimming at Coral Reef.
  • Visit Windsor Castle.
  • Visit Durdle Door.
  • Visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
  • Visit an indoor rain forest.
  • Go to an outdoor cinema.
  • Visit Corfe Castle.
  • Visit Brighton. 
We have to be realistic with these ideas - we don't want to put down places we know we would never get to due to lack of money, or too far to drive ect, so the places we have chose are one we've always wanted to do/see, and ones that are doable over the course of a year. We've had the input of the little ones too! I can't wait to start visiting all these places and then finally seeing our blog grow too! Just fingers crossed, it all goes to plan!

The Fullers.