British History Timeline – Review

British History is the latest edition to the Timeline series of games. You can buy British History now online or from your local toy store for RRP £13.99 suited ages 8+ for 2-8 players.

The British History edition of Timeline is a great addition to the series and can be played on its own or mixed into the other timeline games. The lovely handy storage tin contains 110 historical cards, and instructions. British History Timeline is so easy to learn that we now just have a quick game when we don’t have time for a whole board game set up. We decided that Bingo Granny might be good at British History so tested it out on her most recent visit.

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You don’t need lots of room to set up the game so British Timeline is the perfect family on the move game. Players start with 4 random cards, and one card is turned face up with the date. Players then take turns placing their cards where they think they belong in the timeline. The winner is the one who can place all of their cards.

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We love this game as it causes so many questions. It is a great multi generation game as we found age doesn’t always help. It can be played tactically by placing the cards you have no idea where they go early. Saving the ones you know the dates can make you the winner. Dad Dragon has found the game he can beat us at as he has a good memory for dates. The boy does well too as once played he too remembers the dated cards.

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We love the addition of the Brexit card, a great one to start with! The boy also loves to just sit and build his own timelines like a game of solitaire. He is learning about British history and keeping himself amused at the same time. British History Timeline is a great game as a Christmas stocking filler, and is great as a whole family game.

British Timeline is available now from Amazon (affiliate link below) and all good retailers.

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British History Timeline

Disclaimer we were sent this game in return for an honest review

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Timeline – Review

Timeline is a fact based card game from Asmodee and distributed by Esdevium in the UK, for 2-8 players aged 8+ RRP £12.99 per game.

We were sent two of the range of Timeline card games Science & Discoveries and Historical Facts. Each game comes in a lovely bright tin containing 110 dated fact cards. The game play is very simple each player is dealt 4 cards date side down, and you take turns placing a card where in the timeline where you think it belongs. Reveal the date, get it right and the card stays in the timeline, get it wrong and you discard and pick up another from the game pile.

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We have played Timeline as 2,3 and 4 players, and have had great fun finding out some new facts. I thought I would be pretty good at the science cards but there are some surprises when it comes to things like the discovery of the potato. Each game lasts about 15-20 minutes and causes much discussion. There is very little strategy needed to play timeline, and when you think you have learnt all the dates off by heart you can add in another set of cards.

The boy proved that you don’t need to know all the facts, some guesswork is good, and also a little cleaver placing where there are bigger gaps in dates. He found that he had as much chance of winning as an adult, and younger children with a little help could team up and play Timeline. You don’t need to worry about mixing up the packs of cards as the dates are different colours so its easy to separate again. The boy has even enjoyed playing a type of solo snap game and placing the cards in a date order.

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Timeline is such a quick simple game to learn, with quick play it is great as a holiday game. Timelines tin also means you are not going to lose any of the cards as they are kept safe. I have loved learning some fun facts, that I might never need again. Dad dragon has enjoyed memorizing the dates! and even Bingo granny has enjoyed playing this game as she thought her age meant she would have a good chance of beating us. If you would like to have the chance to win two timeline games to play with your family then enter with my gleam app below.

Timeline

Timeline are distributed in the UK by Esdevium and are available online with my links above or for store stockists check the store locator here.

Disclaimer we were sent these games in return for an honest review.

Terms & Conditions:

The giveaway is open to the UK only

  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
  • Winner will be drawn randomly after the competition closes at 23:59 on Monday 13th June 2016
  • The winner will be sent an  e-mail to the e-mail address left at time of entry. The winner will need to reply to the e-mail within 7 days of the notification. Every effort will be made to contact the winner, but if no response is made within the 7 days a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize details are stated at the top of the giveaway, and may be subject to change if they become unavailable.
  • The prize will be posted by the promoter, unfortunately I cannot be held responsible or replace missing parcels. Please contact me if there is a problem.
  • Please allow 28 days from notification for your prize to be sent out.
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Hampton Court Palace – Ravensburger Puzzle Review

Hampton Court Palace is a Ravensburger Puzzle in the series of Historic Royal Palaces. This 1,000 piece puzzle would be suited to ages 12+ with a RRP £11.99.

hampton court palace

At first glance I thought the Hampton Court Palace puzzle would be tricky as I don’t do many photographic puzzles. But on closer inspection I realised there were a few bold blocks of colour. I sorted the edges, and also the blue of the sky and bright colours of the figures at the bottom of the photograph. The other part of the puzzle that stood out was the Astronomical Clock in the top left. These were all pretty straight forward to complete, and have some great details.

hampton court palace jigsaw

I was worried that I might lose interest in the Hampton court puzzle with its vast expanse of brick and greenery. I didn’t find this was the case as, as you sort through the pieces you realise they are very different. Details of the building pop out as you complete the puzzle. I thoroughly enjoyed completing this puzzle and enjoyed reading about each of the historical details on the picture sheet.

hampton court palace puzzle

Hampton Court Palace looks like a beautiful palace to visit, and is on our to do list, this puzzle has been lovely to complete and enjoy the detail of this historic palace.

Have a look at my Amazon affiliate link below for the current price, and visit the Ravensburger website for other puzzles in this series.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle to review the opinions remain my own and have not been altered.

Time Traveling Toby – and the battle of Trafalgar

There is a new Time Traveling Toby book, and this time the story follows Toby and his brothers back to the battle of Trafalgar. This is the second book of Time Traveling Toby and his secret time traveling sports car. You can read our review of the first book here, and the Battle of Britain.

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This rhyming story is a great way to introduce children to historical events. With plenty of bright and engaging pictures this is a great read aloud story. I enjoyed this easy to understand story and love the addition of the facts at the back, inspiring you to find out more. If you and your children would like to read more about Toby and his time traveling adventures then why not enter my Facebook giveaway.

Here is the link but you will have to be quick as it ends 23:59 Monday 1st December, simply like the photo of Time Traveling Toby and the Battle of Trafalgar pop in a comment to say you wish to enter and the winner will be picked at random from all entrants.

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So where will the next Time Traveling toby book take us? you will have to keep your eyes peeled to find out…
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History of Home: competition

British Gas are asking Bloggers to get all Nostalgic, thinking about the history of our homes, and our treasured or retro possessions. Just like the way we heat our homes has changed over the years, the things around us go through fashions and fazes. With so many knick-knacks finding their way to the bin, only to become fashionable years later.

Here is where I confess to being a hoarder! I have hundreds of little Wade ornaments collected through childhood, I think 400 last count. A spell of mug collecting through the 80’s. Milk bottles, yes the painted ones from the milkman, yes we really had a man that brought milk to your door! Then there were the dragons, more costly, impressive and less of them. There has always been a fascination with glass, this stems from one single ornament which lived on my Nans windowsill. Known by the family as the mouse in the glass, this ornament was owned by many a 50’s household, my Nan’s was no exception.

the mouse in the glass

This blue (cheep and I am sure mass produced) brandy glass with its worried mouse, and slightly wonky Siamese cat peering at him, brings back so many childhood memories. My Nan was a story teller, and a great one! Stories of how the mouse got trapped in the glass, how the cat was actually his friend trying to help him out, (not trying to eat him!) My Nan would adjust the mouse, talking to him and telling him off, for being naughty. The mouse had to be looking the cat square in the eyes!. As kids we feared touching it, till the cat movement became a game. When Nan wasn’t looking it was fun to just move him by a breath, just to see if she would notice? Of course she did, and would scold him accordingly, while we giggled from behind the sofa. My Nan may be long gone, but the smile that this retro mantle piece ornament brings to me, I can now share with my son. Telling him tales of what the little mouse has been up to while he’s been at school…

This is my entry into the British Gas Blogger History of your Home competition which you can find out about here. Step back in time with British Gas and their new infographic about the history of your home.

 

 

 

 

Medieval Tournament week at Arundel Castle

Medieval Tournament week at Arundel Castle took place this year from 22nd to 27th July and is just one of the many special events run by Arundel Castle through their visiting season which runs from 1st April to 2nd November 2014.

I had heard good things about the Jousting tournament week, from one of the boys fencing  Mum’s who said that they go every year, and I will confess to being more than a little excited to be going. When Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One said that she was coming to Bognor for an event, a plan was formed and we picked Friday to go and find out more.

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Mary and Monkey had told us all about the Jousting they have seen at Blenheim Palace, and the boy and I were even more excited to see what all the fuss was about. We were not disappointed, after the very short drive, we parked in The Mill car park. (Arundel can get very busy in the summer, so parking can be a real problem. Arrive early and the Mill Car Park opposite the castle is a reasonable £5 for the whole day). A quick walk across the road, we headed to the gate to collect our tickets and on into the castle grounds.

Arundel Castle is set high above the surrounding countryside, and the views as you drive in towards the town are beautiful, but as you enter the grounds of Arundel Castle, you are still taken aback with the size and splendour of the 11th Century castle. We didn’t have to walk far before we realised that we were on the lower lawn where the jousting takes place, with the first joust of the day, we picked our spot lay out a rug and waited.

arundel castle jousting

The jousting itself takes place three times each day, with a slightly different format each time. There are four teams to cheer on, with some very different characters, and magnificent horses. While the commentary was given clearly through a pa system, nothing was missed. Of course the boy chose to cheer on England while I just chose to cheer whenever I could. Both boys were transfixed and despite the day starting to heat up as well as the battles, we enjoyed the demonstrations of skill and horsemanship. I just kept wondering how on earth they were still riding in full armour in the heat with 70lb of armour, as I was melting sitting on a rug!

jousting starts at arundel castle

We were treated to amazing displays of skill, all demonstrating beautifully just what was expected of a medieval knight, resusatating the poor dummy who had a nasty blow to the head made us all chuckle. With a whole camp to walk round, tents to admire we didn’t leave the lower lawn till lunchtime. Heading into the Encampment area, you are taken back completely in every way to a medieval camp. With so many people all in costume, it is like the whole castle has been transported back in time.

jousting at arundel castle

While Mary and I were seeking shade, Monkey and the Boy were keen to watch the weapons demonstration, with swords and more costumes, we were all encouraged to cheer on our favourites. We all needed some lunch and after a quick picnic, and some strange tree climbing from the boy. We headed towards the castle entrance this time distracted by the story-teller, with his tale of George and the Dragon. Members of the public form the cast, and the peasant hat game fun was a giggle to watch. I think the mums enjoyed the shady story as much as the boys did.

story tellers at arundel castle

Before we knew it was time for the next joust, and the boys didn’t want to miss it, so back the way we came this time we had a different viewing angle. With all four teams, England, Poland, France and the Burgundian Alliance competing to win not just that days matches, but score and win the weeks tournament, there was plenty to get excited about. If like the boy and me you have never seen jousting, you are in for a treat as it was full on, fast and had plenty of thrills. I didn’t think anything to rival watching the boy fencing, but jousting is now up there on my list of exciting new sports!

knights of arundel joust

By the end of another very hot jousting session, and England clinging onto their lead in the competition, we were all keen for something cool. Ice cream was the answer, and the Castle has a very nice restaurant and coffee shop. After a quick regroup, Mary and Monkey decided to explore different parts of the castle, while the boy wanted to have a go at archery (ages 8+) so we agreed to meet for the last joust of the day a bit later.

Walking through the grounds you get a feel for the size of Arundel Castle, and the archery tucked up near the Fitzalan Chapel was the perfect activity for the sporty boy. I decided that if I had to queue up as well I had better give it a try. It was great fun, and while some people made it look easy, I found that only one arrow hit my target. The boy after a change of hands, as he cant shut one eye at a time? was a little wobbly. He did still enjoy the archery and if there hadn’t been a long queue would have liked a second go. As the wind had picked up and black clouds were looking ominous over the castle keep, we headed back past the entrance, for the last jousting match of the day.

archery at arundel castle

The boy had bumped into his fencing friend B and the two of them were mock fighting their way down the hill. Mary and Monkey were waiting for us, and as we took up our spot under a tree the rain set in. Despite the cold rain, we stayed till the last fight had been won by France, before saying our goodbyes and heading home.

When I look for days out, I find myself looking to other counties, Arundel Castle has given us the most fantastic day out on our doorstep. I think I loved the jousting more than the boy, and the elegant and amazing horses, costumes and even smells coming from the encampment transported me back 100’s of years in time. It made the whole day something I know I will remember for a long time. We didn’t get time to see inside the castle, so will have to make sure we come back another day, and I will definitely be putting the jousting week in my diary for next year.

Arundel Castle prices vary so it is best to visit their website, but start from £9.00 upwards to £19.80 for an adult depending on which parts of the castle you want to see. We were given a family gold+ pass to visit the castle during jousting week and this would cost a family £49.50 which covers up to 2 adults and 3 children (children under 5 are free). I think that Arundel Castle was a much better day out than I had expected, there was certainly plenty for all ages. Even thought the boy has been to Arundel Castle recently with school, he still learnt something new and there are some great special events coming up including Pirates and Smugglers days.

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Disclaimer, we were given press passes to attend the medieval jousting in return for a review, the opinions remain our own and have not been changed.

Fishbourne Roman Palace

This week the boy had an extra day off school due to his teacher being on strike so we decided that we would make use of a quiet day to visit Fishbourne Roman Palace. This seemed fitting as the boys upcoming topic will be Romans. So on a slightly cloudy morning we set off with our notebooks to find out all we could about the ancient Roman civilisation.

Roman Gods

It has been a long time since my school days, and I wasn’t sure how interested the boy would be in this history lesson so with the plan to just go with the flow, we arrived at the entrance. Being a weekday it was super quiet and only 2 coaches of school children meant we had the whole place to ourselves for the first hour.

Welcome to the largest roman home in Britain. Imagine the luxury that would once have surrounded the proud owner of this lavish Roman residence. This palace was certainly fit for a king. Stroll around the recreated Roman gardens – the earliest gardens found anywhere in the country – and enjoy the largest collection of mosaics in situ in the UK.

We started our visit in the Museum as the lady told us it was the warmest part of the building. The entrance contains the history of how the site was initially found by workmen in the 1960 while digging a water main for the area. There are plenty of hands on exhibits as well as the static ones you might expect. We built a Roman road, and looked at Roman Gods.

roman road

Because there were schools on site there was also a lady dressed in roman costume who happily told us all about the Romans and their love of keeping clean. This was great as it was a one to one and the boy enjoyed having the time to ask lots of questions.

roman weaving

After a lovely Mum, Son lunch in the Café and a chance to have a little sketch of some stones he had in his pocket, we continues through the main building to see the mosaics. The scale of the site is amazing, and  thinking how old these little pieces of history are is very humbling.

roman baths

The boy enjoyed playing a game of mosaic bingo, which you can get for free from the entrance and it was more difficult than it looked. I am sure I must have been here on a school trip at some point, but I don’t remember seeing the mosaics or remembering how beautiful and big they are.

mosaics

There is plenty to look at in this part of the building with more interactive exhibits in the lower part of the museum. We built our own mosaic and looked at Roman armour. After another quick pit stop for tea and cake in the café we crossed the site to see what was in the collections and discovery centre. We had the whole of this building to ourselves and after looking at some of the windows full of artefacts we discovered some draws of examples of finds from the site and the local area. The boy and I decided to sketch these so that we can put together some information for him to take back to school after Easter.

roman pottery

I love the detail in the boys sketch and he worked hard to include all the different patterns on the piece of samian pottery. It was incredible to see these items up close all be it in a glass draw. Before we knew it, it was time to head off for the boys fencing lesson. The time had gone quickly and I am sure that the boy has learnt a lot. I know that I have enjoyed spending time with just the two of us and doing the things we love most chatting and learning!

Below are the opening times for 2014, and admissions, we are English Heritage members and received a 50% discount on the costs which made our day out very affordable even with the costs of our lunch and tea included.

January open Saturdays & Sundays only: 10am – 4pm                                        February open every day: 10am – 4pm                                                                     March – October open every day: 10am – 5pm                                                     November – 15 Dec open every day: 10am – 4pm                                                      From 16th -31st December open Saturdays and Sundays only: 10am – 4pm

  • Adult £8.70
  • child £4.30
  • concessions £7.70
  • family (2+2 or 1+4) £22.00
  • Admission price for groups of 15+: Adults/students/seniors £7.00, children £3.50.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on at Fishbourne Roman Palace by joining their Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can also find details of the events and workshops going on over the Easter and Summer Holidays.

Disclaimer we visited Fishbourne Roman Palace as a day out and the opinions remain ours and have not been altered.
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