#GrinUpNorth in Cumbria with The Cumberland Building Society

As a Cumbrian born and bred, I know it’s far from grim up North. We’ve partnered with The Cumberland Building Society to shine a light on all that is great about our county, through the #GrinUpNorth campaign.

When The Cumberland Building Society asked me to take part in their #GrinUpNorth campaign and profile my favourite place in Cumbria, my only issue was picking just one. I’m incredibly lucky to have the Lake District on my doorstep – in fact I probably have one of the most picturesque commutes to work ever, right through the heart of Cumbria. However, as well as the fells and lakes that this area is famous for, we also have the benefit of living next to a beautiful coastline that overlooks the Irish Sea.

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Our Weekly Roundup #35

Since our last roundup, we’ve had the Easter Holidays, a trip to Legoland – and I jumped out of a plane!

  • I’ve always wanted to do a skydive even though the thought terrified me. After my husband did one last year and loved it, I decided just to go for it and signed up with 4 friends. There really isn’t anything quite like it. I’ll be writing a blog post about my experience soon but it was the scariest and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done – and I can’t help but feel incredibly proud of myself. Plus I’ve raised over £800 for the MS Society so far!

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Legoland Windsor: Tips to make the most of your visit

Our family are huge fans of all things Lego, so we were really excited to spend a few days at Legoland Windsor during the Easter holidays. It was our second trip to the theme park, and we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to share with any families who are thinking about visiting.

We first visited last May, and we only told the kids we were going to stay in Slough for a few days. Honestly, I don’t think anyone has ever been so happy about going to Slough; it’s all we heard about for weeks! They had no idea what was nearby, or why we were really going there. When we got there, after an 8 hour drive, we headed straight to Legoland to pick up our tickets. As the girls saw the Lego minifigure models dotted around the side of the road, it started to dawn on them where we were going and there were wide eyes and loud screams all round!  Of course second time round they were wise to us, so we couldn’t keep it a secret – but their reaction was just as wonderful to see. Here are our top tips to get the most out of your visit to Legoland.

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Taking Holidays During Term Time

If you are a parent of school aged children you may well have seen the news today that the Supreme Court has ruled a Father who took his seven year old daughter out of school for a week to go to Florida broke the law.

If you go on holiday during term time, your child’s school may report you to the local authority – and if you don’t pay the fine you could be prosecuted. Essentially, let your child miss a day of school for a reason other than illness and you are committing a criminal offence.

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Our Weekly Roundup #34

  • The week got off to a surprisingly bright start with a glimpse of Spring, albeit brief. We went to the beach on Saturday and twice on Monday – partly because the tide was in when we visited in the morning, so Clara and I just got to walk across the pebbles, and partly because Izzy was desperate to play in the sand after school. They got soaked going in the cold sea but they had grins from ear to ear.

  • The nice weather also meant Izzy could finally get out on her bike. The rain has put awash to that over the last few weekends. She tried to ride without stabilisers for the first time and was quite unsteady and very frustrated but she did well for her first attempt. Meanwhile Clara was zooming off on her big sister’s old scooter without a care or fear in the world.

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