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York for families 

Published September 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Last month I had the pleasure of staying in York’s finest five star Grand hotel. Whilst we were there we made several trips around the centre of York to see what it had to offer for families.  

 First if you love your chocolate then you may wish to take a trip to the York Chocolate Story. This place is conveniently located near The Shambles. The tour lasts about an hour and takes families through the whole history of chocolate and the famous British chocolate brands.  


And yes of course, we got a few samples of chocolate along the way too. If you find history boring normally then believe me you won’t here, it’s pretty informative and at the end we got to make our own chocolate lolly too. I didn’t get to eat mine tho as Izebella took that pleasure from me and ate two of them.

After stuffing our faces with York’s fine chocolate it was  time to burn off that energy somehow. 

And what better way to do that than climbing a large tower. Clifford’s tower to be exact. 
This is one of York’s oldest monuments. To get into it there’s a big stone stair case to climb. Then once in, to go higher the stairs turn steep and spiral and yes it’s tiring! 


The views from the very top are pretty amazing. 


York boasts many museums. We just did not have time to visit them all. York castle museum really caught my eye when I spotted it online and I’m really glad we chose to go here as there is so much to see and do.  

 The museum has many sections including a much loved history of toys and play section at the top. It even includes a jail area which is rather eerie and spooky. A very strange atmosphere down there. 



The part that we loved the most was the old cobbled street town. 

This is like stepping into a time machine. There are old fashioned shops, stores, home scenes that we could go in and explore. Izebella loved it.

For any viking fan – Jorvik is a must. However be prepared for very long queues, huge queues in fact and I’m told it gets like that a lot. Jorvik again is a trip back in time through York’s history. It is essentially a museum too, with ancient tools, weapons etc that have been found on digs in York. The best part being the ride back in time. It can be difficult to work out the real people from the dummies. 


The Shambles is one place that should not be missed. It’s a street, the narrowest smallest street ever. It looks very old, still retaining many Victorian features and decor. Real small shops selling all sorts of treats too. Shambles is completely free of charge of course.


There are many sights to see in York and things to do. Old churches, old original buildings, a view of the river, plus many bars and shops. 


It’s a lovely place to see and stay and of course no visit to York would be complete without a visit to Betty’s tea rooms. Lovely cake here! 




Blogger board game club: Timeline British history

Published July 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am very happy to be part of the Blogger board game club. Each month we will be sent a different game to play from the Esdevium games collection. 

Our first game is Timeline. Timeline games come in tins and without the usual board or dice. There are many versions of Timeline. The version we have is British History. Other versions include inventions, music & cinema and even a Star Wars version (I would be hopeless at that one)

Timeline is essentially a card game as that is all that the game consists of, along with a decorative tin to keep the cards in. 


There are 110 cards in total, each one being double sided with very clear artistic images on both sides. 


One side has a description of an event in British history (left card) and the other side will have the same event but with a date added.

The idea of the game is to make a timeline. To do this, 4 cards get dealt to each player with the date side face down so only the event side is visible. One card from the remaining deck is turned onto the side with the date and this starts off the timeline. The first player reads out the event on the card and needs to guess whether the event occurred before or after the initial playing card and then places the card. 


If correct play passes to the next player and so on, if wrong they have to choose another card from the deck and everyone keeps playing with the timeline getting bigger and bigger. 

The winner is the person to place all of their cards correctly first so they have no cards remaining.


The timelines get long quickly, so can be made into other shapes rather than long lines as above. 

Timeline British history is a good fun family game which doesn’t take too long to play, but it’s a whole lot more than just fun. Many children (and even adults) find history a bit boring but this game makes it fun without them even realising. The timeline makes a good history lesson, learning about events and when they happened. My children were especially happy when a card came up that they knew the date of – The great fire of London being just one. The dates may even come in useful for school history lessons, when a teacher asks “if anyone knows when x event happened etc and also helpful with homework. Discovering British events on the timeline also gives a chance for family discussions. My children have asked about a few of the events on the cards including the Newtons Law one. I do my best to a serf and it’s easy to google it if I don’t know. A game like this has many learning benefits. 

Another good thing about Timeline is that it’s one of those games where the rules can be slightly altered to suit. For instance – The four cards dealt can be changed to a bigger number, we like to play 6/7 each at a time. A timer can be introduced for quicker thinking and cards placed wrongly can be put in their correct place rather back in the pile, again increasing the size of the timeline.

The size of the game and practicality of the small tin makes it a good game to take away on holidays, trips and time at relatives. 

One timeline tin is suitable for 2-8 players. The recommended playing age is 8 and over: but…. I do think this could be lowered a little. Izebella is only 4 and obviously can’t read the cards herself, yet she still plays along with us. She joins in just the same and the only difference being that I read the card to her. She then looks at the pictures on the cards and places where she thinks it will go. She knows what modern day people and places look like and knows if a picture looks much older etc. She is actually quite good at guessing and again it’s educational fun for her.

This version of Timeline is currently available over on Amazon starting from £12.99.

(I received this game as part of the blogger board game club, free of charge)

Mysteries in time subscription 

Published February 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This subscription box is one for the kids and mainly aimed towards 7-11 year olds and therefore Jordanna gets it this time around. 

I think many children can find history lessons a little boring, I for one was never a huge fan of the subject at school; although I did find some parts of it more interesting than others. 

The Mysteries in time box makes history more fun by sending a personalised monthly time machine box to children every month. The box comes with child’s name on and is full of items relating to part of the worlds history.


The first box starts with ancient Egypt which happens to be one of the history areas I did enjoy at school. These are Jordanna’s box contents. 


There are two box sizes – classic and bumper and both contain similar items. The boxes start at £7.95 monthly. There is quite a few interesting things inside the Egypt box such as colouring sheets, world map, a booklet all about ancient Egypt which is quite informative for children and even an Egyptian statue to keep too. The included yellow craft packet contained even more products to help create more models and crafts. 

I think it’s a nice idea to help get children interested in history. Other box subjects include WW2, Aztecs, Ancient Greece and many more. Learning about historical important events such as these can help children with school subjects and homework and of course learning about the world and history all around them. 

The subscription can be stopped any time and these boxes seem perfect for boring rainy days school holidays too.

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Fun with Esdevium games 

Published November 7, 2016 by Bizzimummy

A few weeks ago we received some games from Esdevium, I also had the best pleasure of meeting Esdevium at the blogging conference back in September. 

The first game is Dory Dobble. There are many other different versions of the Dobble game but this one is focused around Dory characters.

Dobble is an easy game and there are a few ways you can play it. If your not familiar with Dory then it’s all about matching images on two cards. 

Each card contains several images, including Dory and friends and other things. The way we play is a little like any other cars game. We deal out one card each, turn the remaining card pile face up and then try to match one symbol on our cards with the top playing card. The one who matches first keeps that card and then a new card is revealed and the winner is the one with the most cards at the end.

The rules do sound a bit hard to follow and perhaps confusing but it is really easy to play. 

It comes in a small round metal tin so all the cards are kept together and not lost. It is so easy that even the very young ones can join in and it’s perfect for travelling too.
Our second game is Timeline. Again this comes in many different versions. We have the British history version and trust me, you can learn a lot from this game.

Timeline consists of lots of small highly decorative cards. One side of the card will have a moment in British history and the other side has the date.

A good way to play is by dealing 4 cards to each player, obviously this can be changed to suit with more or less cards. The cards need to be dealt date side down so the year is hidden.

One card from the pile is then turned over, date side up to reveal a moment in time. Players then play one card at a time and have to guess if their moment in history occurred before or after the card in play. If it’s guessed correctly their card stays but if wrong the card goes to the bottom of the pile and player chooses a new card. The winner being the player to correctly guess and place all their cards first.

Timeline may start easy but quickly becomes difficult as more cards and dates are placed down.

As it’s a guessing game it does mean that most ages can join in. Even Izebella who is still in nursery happily joins in. I just tell her what the historic event is and she will guess where it may go. The educational part of course is finding out when historic events actually happened.

Timeline also comes in a beautiful decorative tin so we never need to lose our cards.

Both of these games can be purchased from Amazon and most good toy stores. You can find out more about Esdevium games on their website.

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