Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times: May 2013

Saturday, 18 May 2013

The View From The Shard

 Robert, Dad and I were very lucky to go up 244m to experience spectacular views at the Shard.

The day started off with very little waiting, as there is timed entry. We were soon whisked off to one of the lifts, which go up at 6m per second! There were two lifts in total and our ears popped when we got to the top.

Once we were up there, the view was absolutely spectacular. There were three floors to walk around, each one more astonishing than the one before. On a clear day (like the one when we went), you can see for 40 miles around you when you walk around the 360 degree viewing platform.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A safari that's not so far from home...

So, we didn’t really make it on holiday last summer, but we still had a great time, not least thanks to the Olympics. And while you might think we should be envious of our friends who went to France, Italy, Yorkshire or even on safari, we weren't. That was because we not only saw Usain Bolt at London 2012 (it was the heats, but so what?) but had a safari of our own.

The pictures in this post were taken by me from our car at Woburn Safari Park. It was one of the highlights of our summer, seeing wild animals so close up.

Woburn was perfect for an unusual day out. It is not cheap (though there are often special offers around) at £20 an adult and £15 for children, but it is a real treat.

It’s also suitable for the whole family as you don’t have to walk around much if you don’t want to (you can drive round the park). However, the kids can easily let off energy in the huge indoor soft play area if you need them to. There are also lots of eating places, as well as other opportunities to get up close to animals such as marmosets, penguins and goats.
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