Monday, 20 November 2017

Visiting the National Slate Museum

We were on a bit of a budget over half term with our holiday to Florida to save for.  Usually I don’t think twice about how much we spend on a day out, but lately I am being much more careful.  We picked this attraction because it had free entry!  With the entertainment covered without any charge I didn’t mind us having lunch in the café.  When we went to Sygun Copper Mine we made a point of taking packed lunches to keep the cost down as entrance set us back £29.  It’s got to the point we either eat out OR spend on an attraction we really can’t justify doing both.

The slate splitting demonstration was a highlight, the craftsman was very informative, it’s quite a talent splitting slate successfully and not cracking it in the process.  Although some of it is skill the quality of the slate plays a part too.  Slate sizes are identified by highborn female names, queen, duchess, lady etc, this is something we hadn’t realised, so the attraction is very educational.

The boys enjoyed seeing all the machinery and equipment, there is quite a lot to get around.  

We spent a couple of hours here quite happily, I think it’s better to come here than Inigo Jones as much as we enjoyed that attraction at the time I can’t get over the National Slate Museum costing nothing to visit and still be very enlightening. 

We all liked having a nose inside the miners cottages, they have cleverly used the space to show how houses have changed over time.  There were outfits to try on so you could feel like you had been transported back in time.  In the last house they had much more to do to keep themselves amused, reading, making phone calls and listening to music on the gramophone and they had the luxury of a kettle and an electric stove (no more cooking on the fire!).

The moulding in the sand lots of children made a beeline for.  Mine had lots of fun here and didn’t want to leave.  It was tricky getting the pattern to come out as expected but a good way to teach children how moulds are made and how difficult it could be.  The moulder would have to deal with molten iron, so it was vitally important their mould kept its shape!!!

The National Slate Museum had a park too, so your kids could let off a bit of steam.  You really can't fault the place, if you happen to be in the area (Llanberis) do pop in!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Win a Christmas Celebration Hamper worth £150

Christmas is coming at us perhaps more quickly than we would like to admit, but that's OK, all the festive cheer is on its way and to help you get into the mood for a big Christmas celebration myself and a whole host of lovely bloggers have teamed up together to help you win a John Lewis hamper full to the brim with goodies.

The hamper is worth £150 and is crammed with ample indulgent treats to enjoy over Christmas.  It really is quite something to see full of alcohol, fudge, chutney, marshmallows, popcorn, mince pies, olives, biscuits and crackers, both the edible and pulling kind!  One of my favourite things about Christmas is the extra food and this hamper more than delivers in that respect.

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I love everything!  An excuse to eat too many mince pies and warm myself up with hot mulled wine!  Going shopping for the most perfect presents for my boys, watching their Christmas shows and witnessing their growing excitement as the 25th gets closer!  It really is one of the most magical times of the year.  I don't know if we will go to as many grotto's this year (yes Santa has been rumbled!) but we will watch the lights turn on in our little town, soak up the atmosphere at the late night shopping events and enjoy everything else the season has to offer!  

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Sygun Copper Mine

First things first if your planning on visiting bring cash, otherwise if you have to use your card you have to pay an extra £1 for the privilege.  Not ideal really and something I haven't encountered on a day out before and we have been on LOTS of days out.  So it wasn't off to a great start but it did get better!

The Sygun attraction was over and done with quite quickly, that said it was still enjoyable.  We learnt a lot during our brief visit about life in the mines, the poor conditions the workforce faced during long grueling days underground.  It's a self guided tour so you can go whenever you like without having to wait for a set time, this I like as your free to make your way around the mine at your own speed at a time that's convenient to you.  You are given hard hats to wear and a sheet of paper to guide you through the mine.  

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It's quite damp inside, so dress warm.  Prepare yourself for lots of steps too!  It's a good workout anyway.  But might be challenging for some people.

It was educational listening to the recordings.  They are quite good as you feel like you have been sent back in time hearing all the realistic sounds from the mine.  The stalactite and stalagmite formations are very impressive and we all liked seeing them.

However it is the type of attraction we would only visit once to tick it off our list.  But there wasn't enough there to warrant a repeat visit, especially at the price you pay, even with the gorgeous views and educational value.  

They do have more on in season, but these extras all cost more on top.  We spent £28 (or £29 with that sneaky card charge!) which is quite a lot for one hours entertainment.  There was also a pleasant lakeside walk but you can do that separate to the attraction.

We spent another hour walking around the lake and the boys skimmed stones.  But we could have done that without spending so much on the mine tour.  I am glad we have been as its nice to see the attractions in the area around us, but we won't be making a return trip.  

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