Children, Day Trips, Families, Travel

Visit: Teacup Travels House

teacup travels house

teacup travels house

If you’ve got small children then chances are you’ve heard of the newest CBeebies programme: Teacup Travels.  My three year old is hooked – she shouts “Great Aunt Lizzie” every time it’s on!

We were watching the first episode of Teacup Travels together and I recognised the location of Great Aunt Lizzie’s house as being in Edinburgh.  Last week my daughter and I were running errands in Edinburgh, and as a treat I popped over to the house with her.  She was so excited, bless her, and hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since!

If you live near Edinburgh, or are planning a trip to Edinburgh any time soon (perhaps over Easter?) then your kid will adore a visit to Teacup Travels house!  The house couldn’t be easier to find – it’s in Princes Street Gardens, just below Princes Street (the main street in Edinburgh).

teacup travels

To access the house, go down the steps that lead into the garden from The Mound – opposite the Scottish National Gallery.  You’ll go past the big floral cuckoo clock, which when it’s all planted up, is always fun to look at with kids!  The house is then tucked in the bottom corner of the garden closest to the steps that you just came down (you can see the steps in the top photo) – you can’t miss it!

If you’ve got a buggy or pram you’ll have to go down quite a steep ramp that is accessed from Princes Street, opposite the Frederick Street junction.  Just look for a large statue of a horse mounted soldier (the Royal Scots Greys statue) and you’ll find the ramp!

You can’t actually get inside the Teacup Travels House (also known as the Gingerbread House, or officially the West Gardener’s Cottage) – it appears to be some sort of office – but just being able to look at the house and peer into the gardens proved pretty exciting for my little girl!

Once you’re in the Gardens it’s a fun place to spot squirrels, have a picnic, or visit the play park at the opposite end of the the Gardens.  There you can get a cup of coffee, some lunch or some ice-cream and your little ones can run around the play park!  We spend a lot of time there!

Babies, Children, Families, Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #4: Kids

Tootsa MacGinty Autumn Winter 2013 Collection

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For this last in my installment of ethical Christmas gift guides I’ve focused on little kids as I find teenagers so difficult to buy for.  I did put a guide together last year that included ethical gift ideas for teenagers if you’re looking for inspiration!

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies

ethical gift guide for kids

1.  Cat Soft Toy* (£18.35) by Jane Foster via Etsy UK – babies will love the bright face on this soft toy, and it’s a great shape for little hands to grab!

2.  Zebra Soft Toy (£29) from Wildly Woolly – a lovely fair-trade hand knitted zebra soft toy from Moral Fibres sponsor Wildly Woolly.

3.  Romper* (£20) from Frugi – the cutest little romper.

4.  Charlie Bears Bunny (£14.90) from GreenBee Kids – made from organically grown cotton, filled with 100% recycled fibres and dyed with non-allergenic non-toxic paints there are no nasties in this little bunny.

5.  My First Book of Nature* (£3.77) – my daughter has a couple of these Alain Gree board books and they are great for little hands, full of bright and engaging illustrations, and the perfect introduction to nature.

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

ethical christmas gift ideas for kids

6.  Plan Toys Castle Blocks (£18.70) from Babipur – ain’t no kid in the land that doesn’t like building blocks – it’s a fact!

7.  Unisex Bear Top (£23) by Tootsa – this bright top is perfect for boys and girls, available in size 0-3 months, right the way up to age 8.

8.  A First Book of Nature* (£8.52) – perfect for slightly older kids to learn about nature, with some really lovely illustrations.

9.  Cardboard Playhouse*  (£29.95) – a fun playhouse made out of 100% recycled cardboard that can be stored flat (every parent’s dream!).

10.  Kids Tool Box (£12.74) from Babipur – kids will have hours of fun ‘making stuff’!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of ethical Christmas gift guide and found them useful!  If you missed any you can check out all the posts here.