February has been a quiet month in terms of hikes but we’ve been out and about with the kids. We had local adventures, clocked up a few miles around some interesting attractions, and used our National Trust passes for the first time.
Our first outing was to Solomons Temple, in Buxton. Where we live, in the Midlands, there was only the slightest flurry of snow. So we set off in search of some snow-ventures of our own. We were recommended Solomons Temple for it’s abundance of accessible hills, and we sure did use them! We found our way to the temple, which is located on the top of GrinLow hill, had a mooch around and then spent an hour sledding down the slopes. Pure simple winter fun in the snow.
Sunday the 17th was an exciting day out. We had won a competition, through Instagram, with Cotswold Outdoor and The Outdoor Guide with a collaboration from Julia Bradbury. We were to collect our winning items from the Cotswold Outdoor shop in Shrewsbury. A lovely man called Andy showed us our prize winnings and took some pictures for their socia media (and mine!) .
We received a backpack full of essential walking items, which will be well used, and also a signed book and dvd from Julia herself. To say we are chuffed is an understatement.
As we were in the general direction, we decided to head to Oswestry and have a look around the British Ironworks centre. What an interesting establishment! Sculpures of metal animals, dragons, ships, boats and airplanes, plus may other quirky little subjects. I would definitely recommend a visit. Entry is free, but if you sign up to their membership, for one whole pound, you get 10% off in the cake and coffee department and the shop too.
February half term brought fantastic weather so we used the National Trust membership to have a stroll around Moseley Old Hall. The kids took part in a wassailing ceremony, to wake up the trees for spring, and we had some marshmallows toasted on a campfire. They had a lovely day outdoors, burnt off some energy and learned something new.
Dad had a day off during half term and ventured out with the kids by himself. Coventry transport museum welcomed them all, again for FREE! The museum caters for all vehicles, old and new, and Finley was especially taken by the land speed records. Dad loved the BMX bikes which took him back to his childhood and Oliver’s favourite vehicle was the tuc-tuc! I’m not sure why!
Our last weekend in February took us to the Caravan and Camping show at the NEC in Birmingham. We had booked the tickets a while ago and were eager to see what our future looked like! We would love to have a campervan of some description and travel across the U.K. and Europe someday.
There was lots to see and do, not just for adults, but for the kids too. After we had investigated every kind of bed on wheels, we treated the kids to the tube slide and the Bear Grylls adventure section. The woodland trust made bug hotels with the kids, which they have brought home to treasure and we were given a free tree to take and plant. We chose the maple, which should go nicely with our humongous oak tree. We were treated to a fun dog show and even got to see Max, Paddy and Harry, the little adventure dogs from Instagram. They were adorable.
We walked miles around the show, with the kids actually showing great behaviour all day.
February didn’t hold the biggest or most exciting adventures, but we still managed to get outside, see some sights, and have some family days together.
What adventures did you have this month?