Our weekend in pictures

Our weekend in pictures!

Woweee! It’s been a blustery one Mummy!

On Saturday we hibernated indoors and watched telly. In the afternoon we went to Milestones Museum to see #BricksinMotion which was sensible as the weather was so bad.

Milestones Bricks in Motion

Finkley Down Farm

On Sunday we braved the weather and headed off to Finkley Down Farm in Andover. We saw the little chicks and baby lambs and I held a baby rabbit that was only 5 weeks old!

I jumped in puddles and rode a tractor in the drizzly rain. We had the best roast dinner at the farm too!

I also chilled out and watched Disney’s Beauty and Beast on DVD for the first time in my loungewear ‘Picklesuit’ from Picklebee.

I did a lot of crafting and painting too which was good and I enjoyed painting my hands and printing them onto the paper.

Bella painting

We hope the weather is better for Easter Weekend as we have a lot planned outdoors!

See you all next week 🙂

Love Bella x



Living Arrows

Bricks in Motion at Milestones Museum

Milestones Bricks in Motion

Bricks in Motion at Milestones Museum Saturday, March 28, 2015 Dear mummy, it’s blowing a gale outside today so we opt for an indoor activity. We head to Milestones Museum where we are sheltered from the elements. It’s our third time … Continue reading

Top Ten Places in Hampshire this Easter!

Easter in Hampshire

Top Ten Places in Hampshire this Easter!

Dear mummy, here’s a little list I compiled of places to go and things to do in Hampshire this Easter! Easter is a lovely time in this neck of the woods and we love visiting gardens and farms in Spring. Here’s our top ten attractions.

  • Exbury Gardens, Southampton – Explore the Rhododendrons and jump on the steam train to see the Easter Bunny. We visited last year and had a great time!
  • Visit Marwell Wildlife, Southampton – To join in with the Easter Park Trail in the Zoo!
  • Build Lego at Bricks in Motion at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke – Watch the master builders create stunning displays out of Lego. We went last year to Lego Lost World and had a fab time.
  • See the spring lambs at Manydown Farm, Basingstoke – It’s lambing season along with Easter crafts and activities. We went last year and I made an Easter Egg card for my mummy!
  • Visit The National Trust at Mottisfont, Romsey and go to the Easter Bunny Ball and join in with the Easter Egg hunt.
  • Visit Wellington Country Park, on the Hampshire border of Basingstoke/Reading and join in with one if their themed days over the Easter break! We’re looking forward to visiting the Circus!
  • Visit The Vyne and join in with their Cadbury Easter Egg trail.
  • Finkley Down Farm, Andover – Pop down to the farm come rain or shine and see the little chicks and lambs!
  • Pop into Basingstoke Town and enjoy the events Festival Place have put on – Eat Street will be bringing live cooking demonstrations, entertainment and prizes. Also at the Top of Town in Basingstoke there will be Easter activities and entertainment too!

We hope you like our little list on activities over the Easter Break in Hampshire. Hopefully you can join in the fun! Let us know where you visit if you are local 🙂

Love Bella x

The List

Soldiers’ Journey at Milestones Museum

Soldiers’ Journey at Milestones Museum

November 2014

Dear mummy, it’s not often that we attend a historical exhibition and this week we feel that we are really witnessing something special.

Every year we honour Remembrance Day, we hold our minutes silence, wear our poppies and remember the brave heroes that fought in the First World War for our country, however this year is different.

As it’s the 100th year anniversary of the First World War, people up and down the country are celebrating our heroes by holding events to commemorate our fallen.

The most famous of these is the Poppy Display at The Tower of London, an art installation to mark each and everyone that gave up their lives to spare ours by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.

Closer to home, Hampshire are commemorating the centenary year by celebrating across our county. Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914, is a website dedicated to showcasing events and exhibitions marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. It’s a great resource that lists local events and exhibitions taking place throughout 2014 and into 2015. The Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914 website also shares personal stories that help viewers to understand Hampshire’s unique role in the conflict and provide previews of the forthcoming exhibitions.

Little did I know that Hampshire played such a critical role in the First World War, millions of soldiers headed to Hampshire to start their travels to join the conflict. Both my mummy and I wanted to gain a greater understanding of what people experienced during the war.  My mummy has watched war films, documentaries and attended the War & Peace Show but we wanted to immerse ourselves in an interactive experience. Bored of stuffy museums (which aren’t really child friendly) we headed to Hampshire’s Living History Museum, Milestones in Basingstoke. The last time we visited Milestone we saw the Lego Lost World down there!

Milestones is playing host to the ‘Soldiers’ Journey’ which is part of Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914 – a series of exhibitions to mark the centenary of the First World War. Soldiers’ Journey is an interactive exhibition designed to help kids understand what it would have been like to live in Hampshire during the First World War. Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914 had recommended this exhibition as family friendly, so we travelled back to the streets of wartime Hampshire at Milestones. To see Hampshire’s Home Front from a new perspective. Milestones is full of old-fashioned streets, vehicles and shops and is the perfect setting for this new type of exhibition.

Soldiers-Journey-1We follow two fictional characters, Tom and Emily, around the museum to help solve the mystery of a suspicious stranger…is he a German spy? On the way we meet soldiers from across the world and hear their stories via video and pop-up displays and life-size talking illustrations. During the school holidays and weekends live costumed actors talk to the public as well, which added to the whole experience. We even had the chance to play dress up too, by squeezing ourselves into old fashion nurses outfits and soldiers uniforms.

On entry to Milestones we were given a copy of Tom’s Diary which leads us through the war years, pausing at ‘story stops’ where we completed tasks and learnt about life in First World War Hampshire. We were also given pencils to fill in the worksheets in the diary, an audio guide and a map of Milestones.

We spent 3 hours following Tom and Emily around, occasionally stopping for a dance on the bandstand, a drink in the local pub and spend some pennies in the old-fashioned arcades. It’s a very educational and fun experience, perfect for attending this November. My favourite part was pressing the audio buttons on the displays and hearing the people talk and tell stories. Mummy loved the cardboard cut-outs of the characters and the drawings. Tom’s diary was also very easy and fun to follow and a lovely keepsake of the day.

Milestones Post OfficeAfterwards we visited Milestones old-fashioned post office, where you can dress up and post letters in their very own fully working store (You will need a key for this room from the information centre) they like to keep it in good working order. I enjoy listening to the audio description of the shops in the Milestones too! And wore the audio guide around my neck to listen to it. We finished off with tea and biscuits in the great little 1950’s cafe at Milestones and browsed around the extensive gift shop. My mummy bought me some stickers which kept me amused on the way home.

If you want to give your family a fun but educational overview to remember and celebrate the centenary year of the First World War, then we would highly recommend a visit to ‘Soldiers’ Journey’ at Milestones.

Soldiers’ Journey runs from Tuesday 5 August 2014 until Sunday 11 January 2015.

£8.95, Concessions £7.95, Child £5.25, Family £26.75

Love Bella x

Lost World

Milestones Lego Lost World Zoo.

Friday, 28 March, 2014

Lego ZooDear Mummy, it’s a wet and blustery day and I’ve been confined to the house all morning. We hear from friends that at Milestones Museum, the Lego Lost World Zoo has come to town! We decided to head down to the museum, it’s been plugged heavily on #museumweek and looks like a fun way to spend our afternoon.

I’m a bit young to play with Lego yet as the pieces are too small and fiddly for my small hands, but mummy thinks it would be nice to see the Lego sculptures.

Milestones StreetMilestones Museum of Living History is located in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. It is made up of a network of streets that have been recreated like those found in Victorian and 1930s Hampshire. It was opened in 2000 and funded by the National Lotttery.

It is filled with Victorian terrace houses, shops and vehicles and it’s very own Victorian pub! I love looking at all the classic cars and walking along the cobbled streets. I had to watch my footing though as I kept tripping on the uneven floor while looking around at all the attractions.

Baverstock ArmsThe museum is suitable for all ages, with plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Younger visitors can explore the museum’s specially created Post Office and explore the museum through a range of I-Spy trails. Older visitors can enjoy a trip to the Gramophone shop – and hear favourite tunes from years gone by. People were even making themselves at home by sitting in the comfy chairs in the period rooms.

My first piano lessonsMy favourite shops were the old fashioned sweet store and the toy museum terrace house. We even stopped by the Baverstock Arms pub on Jubilee Street as we heard music coming from inside. We looked through the window and saw a lovely lady playing music on the piano.

We went inside and I had a little dance on the creakily wooden floor boards. She played ‘wind the bobbin up’ for me and I jigged up and down. I even had my first Piano lesson from the lovely lady.

MegalosaurusThe Lego Lost World Zoo exhibition was integrated within the Milestones Hampshire museum displays and we found the Megalosaurus in the Mottisfont Paint works room, hidden away in a corner. Wow mummy, he must have taken ages to make! In fact he took one person six weeks to make!! He was built with over 27,000 Lego pieces.

He was very impressive! The Lego exhibition includes fun fact sheets and games for children which is great fun.

Cycle shopI toddle around to the far side of the museum and we are transported from Victorian times into the 1930’s, 40’s and beyond. Mummy is taken with the old fashioned sweet shop too, which is open and trading to the public. We also see the bandstand with wartime bunting and classic vehicles.

While we are strolling around we visit the gramophone shop, the toy store, the camera shop and the cycle shop which all display goods from past times. It’s very interesting and mummy could spend all day here!

Building with bricksIt seems strange seeing two individual attractions, the Lego exhibit and the old fashioned Hampshire museum, but I think it works really well. We head back to the show ground, where a man is building a large Lego Woolly Mammoth! We watch him for a little while then I spot the larger Lego bricks and I get the urge to built something!

I’m not allowed to play with the smaller Lego bricks, but luckily Mikestones Museum have laid on tables for under 3’s. Good thinking!

All in all, a good afternoon spent at Milestones museum, Hampshire. So much to see and do we didn’t get round to seeing half if it! Well worth a visit.

Bella x


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