Days out and travel

Write ups of some our favourite family days out. Also, some articles about our experiences of travelling as a family and how you can make travelling with children that bit easier.

Pouring the perfect pint of Ember Inns pale ale

I’ve been set numerous challenges during my life. Most have involved studying or passing exams or some kind of sporting feat. None of the challenges I’ve been set, however, have been as appealing as attempting to pour the perfect pint.

Could I pour the perfect pint at the White Lion pub? Also, do I make for a good Danny Dyer?

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A visit to Techniquest in Cardiff

As the school summer holidays entered their final couple of weeks, I asked the kids if there was anything they particularly wanted to do. The response took me by surprise: “We want to visit Wales.” Earlier this week I took it upon myself to fulfill this slightly surprising wish. Before heading on to Porthcawl for a night, we spent a morning in Cardiff where I took these pictures at Techniquest on Cardiff Bay.

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One of the displays at the Techniquest Science Centre at Cardiff Bay. That’s a ball of air slowly rising in a chamber of viscous oil.

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Organising a day out using the Trainline app

Disclosure: This is a commissioned post produced in association with Trainline.

As a family, we tend to travel quite a bit. We have relatives in various locations across the UK and so we’re often catching trains to London, Scotland and the Cotswolds. During holiday periods, we travel even more and so we’re frequently on the look-out to find the most cost-effective rail tickets.

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I had used the Trainline app in the past, but never to its full potential.

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Urban landscape photography: the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

I’ve posted a lot of nature photography on the blog recently, but this slightly abstract picture of an urban landscape appealed to me. What you see here in the foreground are the dark curves of the Aquatics Centre, just one part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Behind it is Canary Wharf.

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A striking image, taken while visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with Helen. In the foreground, the Aquatics Centre, behind it, Canary Wharf.

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Reunited with my old friend, the National Express coach

It’s the summer holidays and you have to keep your children entertained. A day out seems like a good idea. You could drive, you could go by train or, alternatively, you could go via National Express coach.

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Would you consider a day out with the family, travelling by National Express coach?

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