Days Out in N.I

World Book Day with ASDA | Thursday 2nd March 2017 

Pictured is Asda’s Mad Hatter and Professor Snape at Asda’s launch for World Book Day

Asda set to bring World Book Day to Life!
Characters from the most popular children’s novels will take charge of the shopping aisles in Asda to celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 2nd March).
Big and little kids are encouraged to come along next week, to hear the magical words of JK Rowling and Lewis Carroll, as told by Asda’s very own Professor Snape and Mad Hatter ahead of World Book Day.
Speaking about the activity, Asda Antrim’s Community Champion, Barbara Logan said:

“World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage reading, and this activity will really help ‘the words jump off the page!’ Reading is a great way to fire children’s imagination, and we know our customers will enjoy seeing these classic stories being brought to life.”

Interactive reading sessions will take place in selected Asda Stores (Asda Antrim / Asda Enniskillen / Asda Larne) on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st February at selected times.

Children can swap their World Book Day tokens in store, or use their money-off coupons on a wide selection of book available in store. Asda has an extensive range of adult and children dress-up options available online and in store now. The Mad Hatter and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter costume (pictured) is available in store now.

What is your little one going to be dressing up as for World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017? 

Don’t forget, Asda has a great selection of costumes available for any Mums out there searching for the ideal costume for WBD, as well as having the books instore!

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Our trip to Castle Espie | Skint Momma


In August 2016, my family and I visited WWT Castle Espie wetland centre.

If you and your family love exploring, discovering different types of birds and learning about all things nature, then THIS is the place for you!

On our adventure…

We saw lots of birds, we went on an adventure in the woods, we played in the wildwood play area, we went on the zip-line, and we jumped in lots of  muddy puddles (thanks Peppa Pig)!

We had a little toilet stop at the Limekiln Observatory on our walk, and then afterwards, we stood at the huge windows to look out over Strangford Lough. There were headphones to listen to stories, and a telescope to look out far over the lough to try and spot anything in the water.

It was a fab day out that we all thoroughly enjoyed.

Here’s a little snippet of our day trip…

Points to consider for your visit…

  • You can spend the whole day there, so it is worth the entry fee
  • Bring a picnic to save money
  • A coffee shop is available
  • There is a soft play area indoors for the little ones
  • Wear your wellies and raincoat (or at least bring them just encase)
  • Take lots of photos
  • Be prepared to get your feet muddy
  • Check out the website for any events they may be running
  • Book online for a 10% discount
  • Don’t forget to pop over to the sensory garden for a look before you leave
  • Make sure you follow the map so you don’t miss ANYTHING!

It cost £7.45 (without giftaid) for each adult and both our children under 4 went free. They have a concession rate of £5.73 (without giftaid) for students, unemployed, 65+ and disabled visitors, and carers go free!

I will certainly be back, I felt that it was worth the money for the visit as there is plenty to see and do!

Skint Momma xx

Please note – any prices where correct at time of writing (Sept 2016), Skint Momma is not affiliated in any way with Castle Espie WWT, just simply a mum and her family who enjoyed their visit! 

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The Giants’ Lair at Slieve Gullion Forest Park | Review





Whether you are from Northern Ireland, or just visiting, Slieve Gullion Forest park – home of the Giant’s Lair – is the perfect FREE family day out!



Located in Meigh, Newry, Slieve Gullion Forest Park provides the perfect setting for the wonderfully magical land of fairies and giants.


The forest itself has a couple of different walking trails. The one we chose was of course ‘The Children’s Story Trail’. Perfect for little and large kids alike.

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I have to say, the view from the top was spectacular. You can really appreciate the beauty of our wee country from up there!


When you first arrive at the park, there are plenty of parking spaces and a cafe/restaurant (closed), with toilet facilities available (which were still open). There was also a quaint little coffee bar within the grounds of the restaurant. (I can’t comment on either as I didn’t purchase any food or drinks).

Next we arrived at the entrance to the magical Giant’s Lair – The Children’s Story Trail. I was glad that we didn’t have to walk miles before the magic began!


Here we discovered the homes of all the fairies…

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and the giants too…

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…and the amazing Fairy Kingdom


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At the end of the trail there is a huge play park. It is complete with a disability swing, adult fitness area & sensory play equipment. Along with toilet facilities too.


There is a huge picnic area in the park for those who prefer to save a few pounds on food (like me)!

There was also an ice cream van and hot food van there (I don’t know if that’s available all the time though).

The trail was certainly pram friendly and I assume wheelchair friendly (please contact the park first to check), providing you stick to the path!

All in all, we had a great day and would certainly return again.

My top tips for visiting –

  • Wear comfy shoes 
  • Bring a bottle of water for the walk
  • Bring your camera. That’s a must!

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Skint Momma xx
Info correct at time of writing (22/03/16) Skint Momma is not affiliated with Slieve Gullion Forest Park in any way. Please contact them directly for any updated info.


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