As we pulled into the vast National Trust car park, Monkey shouted in delight: “Castle, castle, look look!” And his enthusiasm was shared by us too, because Bodiam is a stunning archetypal medieval castle – the stuff of story books and films. Basking in the splendour of the sun against the bright blue sky, our son’s imagination went into overdrive and he excitedly talked of knights, kings, dragons and princesses…
Kung Hei Fat Choi! On Saturday 28 January, over a billion Chinese people will begin celebrating Chinese New Year, with festivities continuing until the annual Lantern Festival which falls in the middle of the month. (more…)
Last Summer, we had a glorious weekend away in West Sussex exploring Climping Beach and staying at the wonderful family-friendly Baliffscourt Hotel & Spa. On our way home, we decided it would be a waste of the day if we didn’t explore the area more – and it was a great decision because we would never have discovered the majestic features of Arundel Castle and its beautiful gardens.
Ice skating is such a festive treat – a real winter tradition the whole family can enjoy. And there are several pop-up rinks which spring up all over London during the Christmas season – some traditional, some with wonderful backdrops, but all of them offering good old-fashioned fun. You’ll be spoilt for choice, so here are the Urban Monkey Guide’s top picks of where best to strap on some blades and hit the ice this winter… Book early to avoid disappointment.
Museums are fantastic places to fire the imaginations of both the young and old. There’s something inherently exciting about a day trip to a museum, particularly those that are catered for children. Learning really can be fun and interactive and, while our home town of London has scores of world-class museums, there are also plenty of must-sees across Europe. (more…)