About Us

We’re going on an adventure is an award winning family lifestyle blog written by Colette Burgess and based in the North West of the UK.

I started blogging back in 2012 as a mainly personal record of life with Ben, Chloe & Amy – a place to note down the things they have done to make us smile, their achievements and our adventures as my little people “take on the world”.  Since then blogging has become a full time obsession and I write about anything and everything – from general day to day life to the major milestones, product reviews to days out or holidays.

We're going on an adventure - Colette Burgess, blogger

Why “We’re going on an adventure . . . “?

I’m not sure how it started but when Ben and Chloe were really little, I never really told them our plans just that we were “going on an adventure“.  This meant that it never mattered if plans had to change, they couldn’t be disappointed if they didn’t know what we were doing in the first place.  And now that they are a bit older we still say “We’re going on an adventure” if we’re heading out for the day – sometimes they know where, other times we don’t tell them anything at all – I always think surprises are so much more exciting anyway!

So here we are. A family of five . . .

Colette Burgess - family lifestyle travel blogger

Mummy – Colette Burgess

I’m 39 and although a Yorkshire lass at heart I’ve been pretty much living the Manchester side of things for most of my adult life (bar a brief and wonderful respite in Leeds in my mid 20s and a year or so in Todmorden).

I’m a qualified primary school teacher and have been teaching for 16 years now.  I gave up my full time job in 2012 and moved onto supply – which was possibly the best thing I’ve ever done.  I’m now just about the only teacher I know who has actually achieved that mythical thing called a “work / life balance” – I get to go to work a couple of days a week and I get to just be at home and be Mummy a few days a week. I take great pleasure in the mornings I get to take Ben, Chloe & Amy to school or go to assembly or have a quick chat with their teachers – I never thought I’d get to do that.

Outside of my Mummy duties I love the chance to put on a full face of make up, some nice shoes and go to gigs – this is of course rare!

Daddy – Dave 

He’s 39 too – though he would make pains to point out that he’s younger than me (less than three weeks I might add).

My lovely husband is a massive geek – and proud of it.  He LOVES tech and spends an obscene amount of time reading news and reviews of phones, tvs, audio things – all stuff he is unlikely to ever own but it does make him useful when people are planning on buying new things – I very rarely understand what he’s talking about.

He is a fairly keen (if fair-weather) cyclist and trains for some big rides each summer – this year he’s going to be doing the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride as well as training Ben up to take part in a number of long rides.


Ben, born summer 2009, is now 10 and full of questions (though he doesn’t always listen to the answers – like most kids of his age, he already knows it all . . . ) Ben has always astounded us with his incredible vocabulary and understanding of language.  He adores books, and I’m sure that the fact he has had a bedtime story daily from 5 weeks old has certainly impacted on his language ability – it’s a real pleasure seeing him devouring books but he’s less keen on writing! Ben loves Maths and Science and wants to be an inventor when he’s older. He’s massive fan of LEGO, XBox, Marvel super heroes and being outside, especially if it means “We’re going on an adventure . . . “! He took up cycling at the start of this year and recently raised over £600 by doing a 40 mile bike ride in August in aid of Diabetes UK

He’s bright, cheeky, entertaining and absolutely adores his little sisters – I’m enjoying this while it lasts!! 


Chlo, born summer 2011, is now 8 and is growing up fast – she has developed a real love of books which fills me with pride – she’s currently obsessed with Harry Potter (both the books and films).  She’s definitely a drama queen (couldn’t possibly say where she gets that from!)  Chloe is also a big fan of playing outdoors.  She loves to draw and write and is constantly working on new stories.  Although I steadfastly avoid buying pink clothes for her, she does love a dress!


The baby formerly known as Beak made her entrance into the world in November 2013 and is now nearly 6.  Amy is a super sociable little girl with a ready smile.  She loves her dolls, small world toys and is a bit of a telly addict! She is an extremely able communicator and often surprises people with the things she comes out with! She’s currently fairly obsessed with learning about Letters and Sounds and tries to read and write things constantly!  She enjoys her sleep & adores her big brother and sister!  

That’s it. That’s us!  Hope it wasn’t too rambling!

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  1. Sadie
    August 26, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    Colette you describe your family to a T, it is well written and if I was to meet you all tomorrow, I would feel as if I would already slightly know you all too thanks to this page x

    • August 27, 2013 / 1:13 pm

      Thank you 🙂 x

  2. LizT
    September 6, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    Loved reading this! xx

    • September 15, 2013 / 11:55 am

      Thanks Liz! I enjoyed writing it 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    November 14, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Thanks for the information, it was nice to read. Lucky you having a work / life Balance. I had heard the term Fabricator, tough wasn't aware of what the job entailed :- so thanks for the little bit of info (information).
    Nice to see you include your dog :- Thomas. I am fond of dogs, though no experience personally of boxers. Good to know temperament of various breeds, as they do vary.
    Beak (unusual nickname) Best Wishes, and keep us updated.

    Rachel Craig

  4. Kim Drayton
    November 24, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    Such a perfect little family, it really made me smile, you are so very lucky. X

  5. Twiddle Dee
    January 21, 2014 / 3:52 am

    What a lovely family you have x

    Natalie Gillham

  6. Clare Locker
    March 8, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Hi Colette,
    I've just discovered your blog. As a fellow Mancunian I'm always on the lookout for local blogs but never seem to come across that many!

    We seem to have a few things in common. I'm also a Primary school teacher. I recently left my full time job to do supply and hopefully find that elusive work/life balance. We have 2 children and also used to have a Boxer dog. We lost him 2 years ago at the grand old age of 10 but he still hadn't 'grown up'!

    Looking forward to reading.

    Clare x

    • March 8, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      I hope supply works out for you! It certainly was the right choice for our family.