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We're Attending CountryFile Live at Blenheim Palace

Countryfile Live takes place from 4th-7th August 2016 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Full show information and tickets are available now from www.countryfilelive.com

This Summer we will be attending BBC Countryfile Live which will be a really unique event at Blenheim Palace in August. Countryfile Live will be an amazing day out for all the family with lots to keep us entertained. THe event runs from the 4th to the 7th and we'll be there on Sunday 7th. 

The whole weekend will be perfect for everyone and keep families entertained with the four areas dedicated to animals and four areas for food lovers. For me personally I'm looking forward to the  arena show ‘The Countryfile Calendar’. This is a show that you can witness the four seasons in just 30 minutes. 

My wife is looking forward to the food part with sessions from Brian Turner, Phil Vickery and John Whaite who won Great British Bake Off. I hope they have lots for us to try and also buy. 

The girls are looking forward to the animal petting barn especially seeing the baby animals. I have a feeling they'll be wanting to bring some of them home with them. 

There's so much going on including over 600 exhibitors, various talks and even a vintage fun fair. 

Tickets are available now from www.countryfilelive.com priced at

  • Adult £26.40

  • Child ages 5-16 years £13.20

  • Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children 16 & under) £72.60

  • Senior 65+ £24.20

  • VIP Ticket £82.50

We hope to see you there!

Easter Egg Hunt at Alfriston Clergy House

When Easter rolls around we try and visit a National Trust property to take part in one of their Easter Egg Hunts. Last year we happened to be in Cornwall so we visited Lanhydrock and enjoy a lovely walk around the gardens while looking for Easter bunnies. 

This time we decided to visit somewhere we'd never been before which was Alfriston Clergy House and a little fact I'd learnt afterwards which is Alfriston Clergy House was the first building saved by the National Trust in 1896.

The house is set by a beautiful open green which would be perfect for a picnic in the Summer. The Easter egg hunt costs £1.50 per child and on this occasion it was a case of looking around the garden and writing down the names of the bunny rabbits that you find. 

The rabbits are dotted around the whole garden so you do actually get to see the whole garden rather than the children running off and you missing the best parts. 

At this time of year they had a few things growing but I imagine in a months time the garden will be full of colour and it will be well worth a visit back for us. 

Both the girls enjoyed it and they received a Cadbury's Easter bunny at the end which really didn't last that long. 

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A Winter Walk at Sheffield Park

Last weekend when the weather was beautiful Mia and I headed off for a little walk around Sheffield Park. No one else wanted to come with us so we both headed off to our local National Trust property. 

The weather was a perfect Winter's Day, the sun was out and it was chilly so we thought this was perfect for a walk around the gardens. 

The gardens have these beautiful paths weaving their way through the gorgeous grounds and allowing you to take in the views and admire the ponds too. 

Mia seemed to enjoy it ask overtime we came to a pretty area she'd stop and ask if we would take a photo. 

Along the paths and around the ponds there are several perfect spots to have a sit down and just admire the view. The photos above and just below were taken while Mia and myself were sat in a little wooden hut. The sun was giving everything a glow and you could be mistaken for thinking it was Summer. 

If you've never visited a National Trust property then with Easter approaching it's the perfect time. Lot's of them around the country will be hosting special Easter Egg hunts and they are lots of fun. 

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Day Out at Wakehurst Place

Day Out at Wakehurst Place

Towards the beginning of 2015 we bought ourselves a family pass to National Trust and it was one of the best things we've done. We've tried to visit lots of different places that we wouldn't normally go to. 

Just before Christmas (I think) we visited Wakehurst Place which is in West Sussex. 

Our Day Out at Bateman's National Trust

Our Day Out at Bateman's National Trust

We are getting used to these Bank Holiday weekends. This past Bank Holiday Monday we went to Bateman's National Trust site which is is Burwash East Sussex and is only a 30 minute drive from us. The weather was lovely so we also packed a picnic and headed off on our adventures. 

Our Day Out at Sheffield Park

Our Day Out at Sheffield Park

Bank Holiday seems like ages ago but it was only last week...the week's weather was rubbish except for the Monday so we decided that that was the day for us to head out to a new National Trust place. The one we visited this time was one that is only 10 minutes down the road but a place we'd never visited before...Sheffield Park. 

The Gardens of Standen House

The Gardens of Standen House

We're trying to make it our aim to visit various National Trust places every weekend and so far so good. We've been to Bodiam Castle, Lanhydrock and last weekend we visited Standen House and Gardens which is set in the beautiful Sussex countryside.  Seeing as it's only about 25 minutes down the road it seemed like the perfect place to go to for a little picnic and admire the gardens. 

A Day Out at Bodiam Castle

A Day Out at Bodiam Castle

For quite a while Aly has been wanting to visit a castle, after not getting the chance to visit one down in Cornwall we made sure that the first weekend back we headed over to Bodiam Castle which is about 40 minutes away from us. This also gave us the opportunity to use our new National Trust Membership.

The Gardens of Lanhydrock

The Gardens of Lanhydrock

If I was designing my dream house I would make sure that it also had a massive garden, a garden that months later you'd still be discovering new parts and one you'd never get bored of looking at. 

We've got a pretty small garden, a patio, grass and a space to grow some vegetables in but at least we have one. When we were down in Cornwall we visited a National Trust place called Lanhydrock which is just outside of Bodmin. 

Walking for our lunch

Walking for our lunch

Nothing makes you enjoy a meal more than when you've earned it and that was true for our meal we had in a place called The Old Inn in St Breward on the Bodmin Moors. We've stayed at Coombe Mill for the past three years and every time we make sure that we visit this place as the food is yummy, the portions huge and the place very welcoming. It's claim to fame is the fact that it is the highest inn in Cornwall.

Sculptures Around the World

As a family we like to try days out and do things a little bit different. Theme parks and things like that are fun and we do enjoy them but when we get the chance we like to go to something a little bit unique.

Sand Festival Collage
Sand Festival Collage

Last Summer we headed down to Brighton for a brilliant event called the Sand Sculpture Festival. This was a collection of all these amazing works of art that have been completely made of sand. Included in the collection was a range of animals, various famous landmarks and even a sand Hollywood sign.

Sand Sculptor Collage
Sand Sculptor Collage

The work that went into these designs were amazing and some of them looked like carvings from wood. Seeing things like this made me realise just how bad my artwork used to be at school.

Our next plan is to try and get to see some of the amazing ice sculptures across the World. Whenever the snow starts to fall we all get outside and see what we can create. Often what we make is a weird looking snowman.

These ice sculptures are stunning to look at and everytime I see one I am amazed at how they manage to create them. One slip and the piece of art is ruined. I have also always wondered how they manage to make them without it melting too quickly.

Looking at some of the photos from the Ice sculptures it seems there is nothing that can’t be made from ice, this includes model buildings, slides and amazingly an ice bar. Too be honest I have enough trouble making ice cubes.

What amazing and unique family events have you been to?

A Picnic on Brighton Beach

We're very lucky with where we live as just down the road from us is the brilliant seaside town of Brighton. So during the Bank Holiday weekend we headed down there to go and see the Sand Sculptor Festival

Sand Sculptor Collage
Sand Sculptor Collage

While we were down there we spent the rest of the day on the beach. We were expecting it to be busy but it was very quite with just a few people here and there plus a couple of fishermen.

Family Days out from OneDad3Girls
Family Days out from OneDad3Girls

The girls are more than happy to just to run around and play on the beach and we're more than happy to just sit back and watch them. Watching them edge closer to the sea and then dashing back when a slightly bigger wave approaches.

Brighton Beach Days Out OneDad3Girls
Brighton Beach Days Out OneDad3Girls

The real highlight was getting to have a picnic on the beach and as an added bonus as we were away from the pier and other visitors we didn't get attacked by the seagulls. It was fun just to enjoy the fresh air without any distractions of phones or technology and watch a few boats sail past.

Famils Days out OneDad3Girls
Famils Days out OneDad3Girls

While having a walk around we also came across a little water park and that was the highlight for the girls...they sot soaking wet but by the time we'd walked back to the car and of course had an ice cream they were dried off. See fun days out don't have to cost a fortune...just memorable

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