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We booked Belfast with trepidation, taking five children on-board a WWII Cruiser was daunting. Steep stairs, narrow gangways and confined rooms.

After spending several hours exploring the amazing ship we were proved wrong. The children copped with the layout better than I did. A few pounds lighter and an inch or two narrower would have done me well. I am, of-course referring to my Christmas Bulge that seems to last longer and longer each year.

After battling the London traffic, dodging all the storm damage we made it to our pre-booked parking, north of the river, was easy to find and gave plenty of space for manoeuvring into the space marked on the map. It was a cold day but bright, we walked around the Tower of London, over Tower Bridge and down past City Hall then into the smart, modern admin building. Nice little cafe area, if a touch expensive. Fast, friendly and efficient staff got us processed and on our way quickly, with a quick toilet stop for the younger members of the group. We had pre-booked via the web site and only had to pay for one adult. Very reasonable of IWM.

Along the gang way we marched, ready for service aboard HMS Belfast. Greeted by friendly staff handing out FREE audio guides for all. They engaged the children well and built their excitement before climbing the first ladder to the Gun Turret Experience. Very nicely done, not over the top and enough to make you feel like your there in the midst of battle in the icy waters around North Cape.

Back down and we started to climb down into the bowels of this great ship. The engine room is fascinating, so intricate and pre-computer control. With an engine case removed you can see just how detailed the steam turbine is. The sound experience really helps give you the feeling of how deafening the engine room must have been and the size just seems overwhelming.

So much to see and experience on-board the ship. We took our time and explored every, open, part of the ship. I won’t go into more detail as I don’t want to spoil your visit. This is such a great place to visit and the educational value is priceless.

Adobe is at the fore front of content creation for all aspects of multimedia. Photoshop being the most popular in the suite and Premiere Pro the go to video editing software then paired with After Effects you have the most powerful editing suite IN THE WORLD!. I’m not really watching Jeremy Clarkson as I type this.

They offer a huge 65% discount bringing the price for the whole suite to just £16.24 per month. For someone learning to create anything in the diverse multimedia world this is the way to go.

Use the link below to have a look.

Imperial War Museums are an amazing set of places you can visit to learn all about World War II. They have the Duxford Air Museum, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast. For ALL Home Ed families they give free entry to children and one adult. A day out for the price of an adult ticket is amazing and the most expensive is only £16 an adult.

Well worth a visit. All you have to do is visit and fill in the Self Guided Visit forms for each attraction.

Places to Visit

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