Wortley Top Forge

Thurgoland might seem like a small village, but we have certainly managed to find plenty to do while we have been living here. Especially with my love of local and family history and Ben’s love of the outdoors! We have a historical small tourist attraction on our doorstep – Wortley Top Forge.

Thurgoland Heritage Trail

Ever since I found out that I had family that lived in Thurgoland over 100 years ago, I have been trying to find out as much as I can. Some of this information I have come across quite naturally and accidentally, like finding 3rd great grandfather Giles Button’s house when I was out walking with Sam. Or finding information about the wire mills while lunching in the pub.

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan, Cornwall

We first discovered The Lost Gardens of Heligan for ourselves on our first trip to Cornwall 9 years ago. Back then our oldest three children were quite young, and the Gardens have changed a bit since then (of course! That’s the nature of gardens). We found that The Gardens had a lot more to offer the children this time around – especially with the improvements they have made in The Jungle area

Dover Castle, Kent

As we were in Kent during half term visiting Grandparents, we decided that we would try to take the children to Dover Castle because neither Ben or I had been before and it’s fun to go somewhere new. We were hoping to combine the visit with a walk along the White Cliffs, but although we were experiencing an unusually warm February, the coast was covered in fog.