Family Fun at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Last week we had a lovely day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, It was a bit of a spur of the moment trip if I’m honest. My OH had just taken possession of his new (to him) car and wanted to give it a bit of run out.

This was our second visit to YWP, the first being a couple of years ago and there have been a few changes since we were last there.

We arrived a little after lunch and decided we should grab a bite to eat before heading off to see the animals.

After navigating the gift shop without it costing us anything we headed to the Safari Cafe, located within then Safari Village.

The menu had a good selection of both hot and cold foods and an equally good selection of drinks (including alcohol for those who fancy a tipple).

As we only wanted a light lunch we opted for ham sandwiches for the kids and paninis for me and my OH. I went with ham and cheese while Rik settled on mozzarella. We added a couple of side orders of chips too.

To drink I had a diet coke, the kids had juice and Rik had a salted caramel milkshake.

The food arrived within 5 minutes of ordering and it was really nice. Rik enjoyed his milkshake but said it tasted more vanilla than salted caramel.

Although we all enjoyed our food, it was a little expensive (£32.50 in total) If we were to visit again we would most likely take some kind of pack up as there are plenty of picnic areas within the park.


After we had refuelled it was time for the main event. We paid and made our way into the park.

First up we went to see the Meerkat and Mongoose Mansion before heading into Lion Country. We got a pretty good look at the lions, one of which decided to have a good roar while wandering around the enclosure. This didn’t go down too well with Anya who wasn’t keen on the noise.

On the way out of Lion Country as we headed Into Africa we got to see the rhino. He was a new addition since our last visit and the kids were very intrigued by him.

We gradually made our way around to Leopard Heights spotting lechwe, giraffes, ostriches and emu on our way.

After the leopard we moved onto the Land of the Tiger where we were able to follow one of the tigers as he paced around the enclosure.

One of the main attractions for the kids were the polar bears and as we made our way to Project Polar we stopped off to view the South American animals together with the sleeping giant anteater.

We spent quite a long time watching the four polar bears as they were quite active and playful.

When it was time to move on we worked our way around, past the giant otters and onto Wallaby Walkabout.

Wallaby Walkabout is an open enclosure where you can get up close to the animals. We didn’t get too close as a lot of them had babies and we didn’t want to disturb them. Even so it was still a fabulous experience for the kids.

Lemur Woods was next on our agenda. This is another open enclosure where you can walk around while the lemurs play in the trees above you. Neither of the kids were as impressed as me in here as they thought the lemurs would jump on their heads.

Our final stop was to see the baboon and painted dogs. However they were all more interested in the gardeners working outside the rear of their enclosures so we didn’t get a brilliant view of them.

All in all we had a lovely day and would definitely come back again. Although next time we will be a little more prepared and take our own food.

For more information on pricing, opening times etc visit their website.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

Disclaimer: This trip was organised and paid for by us.

Easter Egg Suncatchers

Most kids love arts and crafts and mine are no different. This year we have decided to make a selection of things for their grandparents for Easter.

After scouring Pinterest they have decided they want to make some egg shaped suncatchers. We also went to Hobbycraft and bought some ceramic Easter baskets which we will decorate using foam clay.

Easter Egg Suncatchers

For the suncatchers I started with an egg template that I found online. I printed it out onto yellow card and then cut around the inside to leave a border.

I then covered the egg with clear sticky back plastic (I used this) and cut to size. The kids were given a box with pieces of pastel coloured tissue paper and left to their own devices to cover the sticky part of the egg.

When they had finished I added a piece of ribbon and stuck another piece of sticky back plastic over to seal it.

The finished product
Almost finished

Voila, some fantastic suncatchers for our Easter baskets.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x


My Easter Bucket List

The Planner Girls Collective have chosen this week to put together their Easter bucket lists and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Here in Leeds, the kids have already been off school for a week as they broke up for their Easter holiday last Friday. This means I have already had a week of trying to break up arguments, maintain some semblance of a household routine and conjure up a never ending list of things for them to do when the inevitable should ‘Mum, I’m bored’ from wherever they are stationed.

I prepared this list so I could find things to do with the kids during half term and it hopefully won’t break the bank.

So here’s what I’m planning

Easter Bucket ListEaster crafts with the kids

I have planned a couple of Easter related crafts to do with the kids in case the weather turns out to be rubbish. We are planning on making some egg shaped sun catchers, a handprint chicks and some Easter cards and baskets for the grandparents. Watch this space to see how they turned out.

Decorate the house for Easter

I love adding seasonal decorations to the house, plus it stops me from getting fed up with my existing decor. This also means my OH doesn’t have to listen to me waffling on about mood boards and colour swatches. We have already picked up some bits and pieces so will be putting those up very soon.

Easter Baking

I love baking and it seems my kids have caught the bug so we will definitely be making some Easter goodies. I’m thinking maybe some Rice Krispie nests and some cupcakes

Easter Bonnet Parade/Easter Egg Hunt

There are a few Easter events happening at the stately homes near where I live. Hopefully we will make it at least one of them to show of the Easter bonnets the kids have made.

Conduct some Easter science experiments

My little boy spent the last two weeks talking non stop about science week and the experiments he did at school. He asked if we can so some of our own experiments during the holidays so I promised him we could attempt some Easter experiments.

Paint my nails using a pastel nail polish

I’ve been neglecting my nails a little recently, I even had to resort to some stick on falsies last week. That being the case I’ve decided my hands/nails need a little TLC.

Don’t forget to check out what the other girls have on their bucket lists!

Emma-Louise Smith at The Stationery Geekette

Kelly Vizma at The Scrapbook Girl 

Louise Parkinson at The Vintage Planner

Alyson Duncan at A Life Lived in Words

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

Family Fun at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival

I’m a little bit late posting this but on Saturday 17th September we visited the Annual Scarecrow Festival in Kirkhamgate, a little village just outside Wakefield.

It was the first time we’d been and I must say that we had a really good day, although it may have been a different story if the weather hadn’t been in our favour.

This was the festivals 7th year, although this is the first year we’ve visited, and each year there is a a theme to the scarecrows; this year’s theme was song titles and nursery rhymes.

We arrived just after lunch and purchased a route map from the Church Hall for a small fee (£2)  and begun our journey around the village searching out the scarecrows and guessing the answers to the clues.  Overall I think we did quite well guessing most of them although there were a couple in the cryptic corner that had us stumped. In the interest of fairness I must point out that not all the entries were what I would class as scarecrows but they were creative nonetheless.

My personal favourites were Wrecking Ball and Agadoo, while the kids loved Incy Wincy Spider and Bananas in Pajamas.

Unfortunately we didn’t take many photos but if you want to check out scarecrows then nip across to their Facebook page for more fab photos of the entries from this year and past years.

After walking round the village and checking out all the scarecrows we heading back to the Church Hall to hand in our voting slips and also picked up our own scarecrow for our garden before checking out the craft fair in the Village Hall where there were some fab stalls selling everything from chutney to books, toys to home wares (watch out for a review of one of the sellers later this week).


If you were wanting food there were a few options including the fish and chip shop, The Star Inn and the Cafe. If you only wanted a light bite you could pick up an ice cream from A Taste of Italy’s Ice Cream trikes along the trail or a coffee and a cake from the Church Hall. We had eaten before we got there so didn’t partake although we may reconsider stopping for dinner next year since our youngest fell asleep on the way home and missed her tea.

All in all we spent a good few hours there and the kids loved it (despite their initial reservations) so it will definitely be making my bucket list for next year  (16-17 September 2017) where the theme is Famous People/Celebrities and planning is already underway to make it the best year yet!

Debbie x