Days Out, Holidays and Travel

We are quite an active family and enjoy making the most of our weekends and school holidays to get out and about and spend time together as a family. On Muff and Teacake I aim to make recommendations for special places to visit, either for a day out, a weekend away or a holiday… I endeavour to ensure that all my recommendations are appropriate for family visits, with enough to do to keep both children and their parents happy!

We are based in Kent, so some of the places recommended will be close to use and perfect for those who live in the SE of England. We do venture further afield though to visit family and friends, and will share these adventures with you too!

Whatever you’re looking for there will be something on Muff and Teacake to inspire your choices for days out, holidays and travel!

The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook
The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook

Last month I had the pleasure of attending a special event to mark the official opening of The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend. There were a few celebrations that evening, including a celebration of Millbrook’s 40thanniversary – but more on that in my next blog post! Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Centre plant and…

Petersham Nurseries – Underwhelming Mondays
Petersham Nurseries – Underwhelming Mondays

Having previously visited and loved Petersham Nurseries I decided that a quiet Monday during half-term provided the perfect excuse for a return visit. We had a couple of errands to do in the area and were very much looked forward to returning to this emporium of home and garden design. There were some benefits to it being a wet and miserable…

IKEA Greenwich
IKEA Greenwich

Last weekend we went on a visit to the new IKEA Greenwich. We wanted to see for ourselves what this celebrated store had to offer Londoners, and to find out if the rumours of traffic/travel chaos and huge crowds were true! IKEA Greenwich Designed with Londoners and the environment in mind, IKEA Greenwich is their most sustainable store. It really…

Visiting Petersham Nurseries Richmond
Visiting Petersham Nurseries Richmond

Well, over the past couple of weeks I’ve been following my own advice, and embracing all the joy that a change of seasons brings with it! I’ve been out and about and we had a wonderful family visit to Petersham Nurseries last weekend! Petersham Nurseries has long been on my ‘to visit’ list, as I’ve heard nothing but good things…

A Blogging Break at Lake Annecy
A Blogging Break at Lake Annecy

I think one of the difficulties as a blogger is finding the right balance between life and blogging! As bloggers we do tend to feel guilty if we’re not blogging regularly, and always wonder what impact that will have on our followers and our ability to be noticed! Having said that life is often about balance, and as a blogger…

Visiting Penshurst Place
Visiting Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place is a beautiful and very historic building situated near Tonbridge in Kent. It is the ancestral home of the Sidney family (who still continue to live there), and was the birthplace of the great Elizabethan poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney. The original medieval house is one of the most complete surviving examples of 14th-century domestic architecture…

Bewl Water for Families
Bewl Water for Families

Bewl Water is well known to those of us living in Kent, as it is the largest stretch of open water in South East England. The 800 acre site is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the High Weald and is open all year round. It is situated near the picturesque town of Lamberhurst…

Visiting Whitstable in Kent
Visiting Whitstable in Kent

There’s nothing nicer than a family day out at the seaside, and we think that one of the nicest seaside’s to visit is Whitstable in Kent. Visiting Whitstable in Kent Whitstable harbour was built in 1832 by the Canterbury and Whitstable railway company in order to serve the ‘Crab and Winkle’ line, the world’s first passenger railway service. The Crab…

Bluebell Heaven at Riverhill Gardens
Bluebell Heaven at Riverhill Gardens

One of the lovely things about blogging with Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is having an excuse to visit frequently and watch the seasons continually unfold! Riverhill is an amazing location, and having blogged about some of their forthcoming events I had to pop down and see their bluebell festival myself! Bluebell Heaven at Riverhill Gardens   My children had an extra day…

Comfortable and Stylish Moshulu Summer Sandals
Comfortable and Stylish Moshulu Summer Sandals

It seems as if we’ve had every kind of weather during the last few weeks – sun, rain, wind, sleet and even some unexpected snow! Despite this I am still hoping we’ll see some lovely summer weather soon, and the new Moshulu summer sandals range is inspiring me to start planning my summer wardrobe! As many of you know, I’m…

Visiting The Ideal Home Show 2016
Visiting The Ideal Home Show 2016

There is something quite special about the Ideal Home Show, it’s been around for decades (since 1908 to be precise!) and was for many years organised by The Daily Mail. I remember visiting it in the 1990’s with my Mum and being blown away by all the exhibitors! I also remember coming home with a bag full of ‘goodies’, it…

A Visit to Columbia Road Flower Market
A Visit to Columbia Road Flower Market

This Easter I had to opportunity to tick another thing off my birthday list – a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market! Columbia Road is completely transformed every Sunday morning into a bustling, vibrant and scented oasis of foliage and flowers. Everything from shrubs, bedding plants, cut flowers and even small trees are available to buy from the many stallholders who…