Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

When we finally booked for our family holiday to Florida, it occured to me that Poppy and Freya had never been near a plane, never mind flow across the ocean for 10 hours.

So I hatched this idea to take them to an airport and let them have a look around and get a taste of what goes off there and see some real planes in all their glory.

Looking around, there aren’t many airports these days that encourage spectators, or even have facilities for them, and as we were flying from Manchester I thought I would check them out too.   I’m glad I did, because what I found exactly fit the bill.

Not only did they have a really nice viewing point with a restaurant and shop, and of course one of the few Concorde exhibitions, but they also operated “flight academies” aimed at children in two age ranges.

Poppy is older than her years so I decided to enrol them on the older course, which is held inside the front section of an old Monarch airliner. A member of their staff led through a history of flight with a few example models, and then introduced the children on the course to the various roles that made a busy airport tick. The children did a bit of role play, with some dressed as firemen, Poppy ended up being the Captain and freya looked just the part as an Emirates Flight Attendant.

After a quick visit to the cockpit, we left the academy session for a tour around Concorde -I’m not sure who was most excited – the girls or me!One thing was for sure – they were under no illusions what it was like to be on the inside of an airplane, and that’s exactly what I had hoped to achieve. Mission accomplished!

To book a tour, head to http://www.runwayvisitorpark.co.uk and select Tours from the menu.

You can also see a video of our time there on our YouTube channel

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It’s a “No'” for 5229 Oakbourne Avenue, Solterra.

Welcome to our review of “Dean’s Villa”, 5229 Oakbourne Avenue, Solterra Resort, Davenport Florida.

I’m going to start by saying we had a problem with the booking – a quite major one. And it would be easy for you to assume therefore that our opinion of the villa was somewhat skewed and malicious as a consequence. Hopefully by the end of this post you will see it as a fair and balanced review which will give you some information to mull over when considering this property. It’s quite a story but it’s relevant and I hope you’ll persevere and read through until the end.

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Review : Icelandair : March 2022

We’ve been planning our flight to Orlando for over two years, and after a long search through all the available options, we opted for Icelandair. And now we’ve finally taken the flights after two years of waiting, we can tell you what we thought…

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Review: Shearwater Country House

On the south coast of Ireland, sitting on the side of a hill overlooking the beautiful Glandore harbour and the fishing village of Union Hall, the Shearwater Country House bed and breakfast is a idyllic location for visiting Cork, Skibbereen and the South West of the country.
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Review: Rhu Glenn Hotel, Waterford

Down in County Kilkenny in the south of Ireland sits the small, good value and good quality three star Rhu Glenn country club hotel, just outside the town of Waterford.

With 31 en-suite rooms, we found the hotel quiet, comfortable and welcoming.
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NYNY. So good we’d stay there twice…

If you are looking for a good hotel in Las Vegas, then I’m afraid to say you are spoiled for choice.   And we are no experts, as we’ve only been the once, and we’ve only had one experience of a hotel over there.   But it was a good experience, so we will tell you more…

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REV IEW BLE TCH LEY PAR K…

For a long time one of Great Britain’s best kept secrets, when the activities of Bletchley Park were final revealed to all after it was declassified under the Official Secrets Act, a race was underway to restore the rapidly decaying huts where hundreds of men and women (mostly women) served relentlessly to decipher enemy messages which were to shorten the war significantly.

Many years later, and after many years of tireless restoration, the Park now stands to inform and commemorate many unsung heroes of the second world war.

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Review: Kilbora B&B, Camolin, Ireland

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A few minutes south of the village of Camolin, on the east side of Ireland about 90 minutes from Dublin, nestled in picturesque open fields with views of the countryside in all directions, you will find the Kilbora B&B owned by Anne Marie, offering four spacious and well appointed double or king size ground floor rooms.
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