Welcome to the Forest: London Borough of Culture 2019

It’s another cold January day and we’re at our local park. But this is unlike any other visit we’ve ever had. Museum Girl is craning her neck, mesmerised by the intense shafts of light that dance across the dark, cloudy sky. They are so powerful I saw them from miles away, crossing the marshes on a freezing cycle journey home.…

View Post

Giverny: Monet’s Garden with kids

Even those who know nothing about art will know of Claude Monet. They may not describe the French painter as the creator of a whole new style of art, Impressionism. But they will recognise his art immediately – the little dashes which capture the fleeting light and colours of a landscape, a historic building, or most famously, waterlilies reflected on…

View Post

London Transport Museum Christmas visit

Right in the heart of London’s bustling Covent Garden is one of London’s most family friendly museums, the London Transport Museum. It tells the story of London’s transport from 1800 to present, with hands-on interactives and historic vehicles, housed within a Victorian flower market. We’ve visited countless times as a family, but it never crossed my mind to make a…

View Post

A tour of Jumièges Abbey with kids

WHAT IS JUMIÈGES ABBEY? Jumièges Abbey is many things – an incredible survivor, a Romantic muse – and a wondrous place to visit, especially with children. It is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Normandy. Founded in 654, the first buildings were ransacked during the Viking Invasions. The rebuilt Abbey suffered again during the Hundred Years War. With the…

View Post

Spanish Flu at the Florence Nightingale Museum

What if I told you that a strain of flu could be so virulent that it would kill 50 to 100 million people worldwide? That you could be fine at breakfast but dead by tea time? And it would disproportionately take the lives of otherwise fit and healthy 20 and 30 somethings, the age group we now dub millennials? This…

View Post