Posted in Adventure, family fun, Kent Family, summer holidays

Our Weekend at Haven Weymouth Bay – Weymouth

We booked a long weekend at Haven Weymouth Bay. It didn’t take too long to get there even though we visited about 5 service stations on the way and got stuck in traffic!

When we finally arrived at 9pm, we did leave at 4.30pm, we were checked in with security but on the way to the caravan we noticed movement inside, we knocked and there was another family in there. We went back to the Security and were given another caravan key and we were lucky it was slightly bigger and felt very roomy.

The site was very clean and tidy and the caravan was only a couple of years old, and still felt brand new!

On Saturday we went swimming, Bear was up at 5.30am wanting to go swimming, we had a good few hours until 9.30 when the pool opened, so we had a wander around the site and cooked breakfast.

 

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Live Lounge at Sea View watching the children’s show

 

When we got into the pool it was lovely and warm, and also very clean and tidy. They had a lazy river which we could walk around which started of inside and went outside, it was freezing but after a few times round you didn’t even notice the cold air or the breeze. The lazy river did get very busy though!

Every where we went in the complex everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Saturday night we tried to get into the Live lounge but it was so busy, we went back home and tried their sister site Sea view which was a short walk away through a nature trail and it was less busy and we managed to enjoy a evening, dispute Bear wanting everything and everything from the shop which was situated in the back of the Live lounge.

We had dinner over in the bar in the Sea view complex on Sunday night and the food was lovely especially the chips, there was a Sunday carvery but no one mentioned this to us, which wasn’t too much of a problem but it would of been nice.

All the staff at both Weymouth Bay and Sea view where very helpful and couldn’t do enough for the guests, there is security on both complex’s and everyone’s passes where checked before they could enter the main areas. This gave a great peace of mind when the children were running around the arcade area.  The security team are very approachable and children could go and report any problems and they dealt with them swiftly.

The walk to the beach wasn’t as far as they mention on their website but it certainly isn’t buggy or wheelchair friendly as you need to go over a country fence and walk through another caravan site. The beach has a fun fair type area, ice cream shop, fish and chip shop, a restaurant and of course a gift shop.

 

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The beach near the caravan site

 

The beach is pebbly and a small area of sand. The river also meets the sea here which is really lovely to see and I found it very tranquil.

Weymouth beach is just 15 minutes drive and parking is very reasonable, there is the sea life centre, a small beach fun fair, lots of shops and restaurants. There were volleyball players when we went, playing a few games on the beach. The beach is very dog friendly so if you have little ones who are a bit scared please do be aware, they usually stay near where the Jurassic  tower end is.

Overall we had a lovey time here and will most likely go back sometime in the future!

 

 

 

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Safari Zoo – Sa Coma

The Safari Zoo In Sa Coma has been there since 1969. We picked up the free transfer  Safari bus from just outside our hotel and it took us to the Zoo.

We had to pay before we bored and at 19 euros per adult and 10 euros per child is was’t too badly priced. When we got there we had to hop of the safari bus and get into a little train which was very open. We started of going round a dessert looking field and there were lots of Animals roaming around with very little shade for them. They all looked a bit skinny, but happy and healthy, if that makes sense?

Anyway we carried on and we stopped with the Zebras, one of the Zebras came right up to the trailers and the guide said he was very friendly and he liked being stroked. Seeing as I dout I would ever get to feel a Zebras skin again it was a great opportunity. The Zebras skin/fur actually felt silky but rough at the same time, if that’s even possible? Bell and Bear didn’t want to touch the Zebra.

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Next we drove along to the area where most of the Monkeys where hanging out and the monkeys were all wondering around expect for one who ran as fast as he could, then slowed down and climbed up onto the trailer and sat for a minute or two on the side enjoying the ride. Bell wasn’t keen on the monkey catching a ride with us she moved from me to another bench, Bear however couldn’t stopped looking at him.

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We then went to the Graffias and some people even feed them, there tongues  are very strange, but they are beautiful creatures. We didn’t feed them as I do’t think the correct diet for them is bread!

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We then carried on and we got dropped of at the top to where the lions and tigers, Llamas where along with a few birds and my favorite the Meerkats, I could watch them for hours.

There was a huge play area for the children, some of the rope bridges where frayed or had holes in them which was a shame. The cafe was nice and friendly, but the floor was a bit grubby with crumbs where we were sitting.

But overall it was a lovely few hours out of the hotel complex. All these views are my own and I haven’t been paid for this.

 

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A day at a Castle

Day four of the school Holiday’s and we are of to discover a Castle!

Living in Kent is great, We have a few beautiful Castles within 40-50 minutes away. We also have the choice of a few National Trust and English Heritage properties too.

We decided to go to Leeds Castle  which is just 38 minutes away (according to the Sat Nav) , the weather looked good so We packed a little packed lunch and of we went.

Bear is really starting to get into history which is great I love learning about the Past as it has helped our country and our world to become how it is today.

Bell is still at the age where she just loves running around the gardens of the castle and feeding the ducks and swans.

At Leeds Castle  there are two  beautiful play area one for the younger children and one for the older children.  They do get busy as they are quiet small but its Ideal size for my two.

We tried buying Ice Cream in one shop but it was Cash only, I typically only brought my bank card as we already had the pass to get into the Castle.  We managed to get one in the shop further up luckily or there would of been tears and not by the children hehe. I have learnt my lesson to take money and not my card next time we go.

I think Leeds is very reasonably priced Under 4’s go free, 5-16 £16.50 and Adults £24.50. There are discounted rates for people with disabilities and  their carers. The ticket lasts one year and one day , which is great especially over the Summer Holiday’s it will defiantly keep Bell and Bear busy.

The other great thing about this stunning place is they offer a bus for the elderly to get up to the castle (may take my Nan next time!) and a little Road Train which is £2.50 per adult, children travel free.

They sometimes offer craft for the children and Knights and Princess school but I think that is mainly over the Easter Half term. They also have a lovely Christmas Market with stalls and a few children’s rides,  so I can’t wait to go back to.

The grounds are very buggy friendly, but you will need to leave your buggy in the buggy park and walk to the castle as it isn’t very buggy friendly so if you have a baby sling please do take it, it will come in handy. Also some reins if you have a little walker.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Kent Family, Local life, nature, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, summer, summer holidays, Uncategorized, Wood, Woodlands

Day two of summer

It’s day two of summer, they are both hyper, they are both arguing with each other, Bell is being a little madam and demanding everything and anything.

 

We had to get out of the house try and burn some energy of.

We popped to Tesco and then to the Nature Trail for a run around.

The nature trail is lovely full of birds, goats, wallaby’s , pigs, ducks and chickens.

There are little paths and down most of the paths there are little houses made from natural materials.

There are also lots of ideas to encourage insects into your garden. Such as building Bug hotels and plants to attract certain bugs.

We can feed the fish, ducks and chickens for 20p each. Which I divide food mix between Bear and Bell.

The entry price isn’t too bad either, its one of the cheapest morning or afternoon out for a family and even cheaper if you buy the annual pass which I have done.

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A busy weekend…

We  have had a busy weekend. My cousins are back from uni and have spent this Saturday entertaining Bear and Bell for me. We have visited the horse’s at the local stables and we have gone to a play park around 15-20 minutes drive from our house where there is a huge sand pit!

My cousin has deiced to join the bubble society at her university (who knew?). We love bubbles especially Bell. They are so calming to watch floating away with not a care in the world. Its a beautiful sight especially when you catch the sunlight in the bubble it causes them to look a bit like a rainbow.

The play park has mini golf, a ice cream van and four different sections, which is great if you have mixed age children. I am always on tender hocks in busy place’s. I am terrified I will lose one of them! I love my little local park as I can see all the way round and not panic too much!

We have started our Summer Holiday homework. Bear is learning about Dinosaur’s when he goes back to school and has to do at least two of the 8 things on the list unless “parents” have some ideas. Just need to remember to take it in, when we go back in September!

I have realized  I need to plan my blog’s more and do some on a more daily basics. I will certainly try, but with the 6 weeks holiday’s here I’m sure I won’t have a moment to myself!

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Dear Bear … (End of term)

How is it the end of term already?

This year has flown by. This time last year we were saying goodbye to your amazing pre-school teachers ready to spend summer together before  you started on your Reception class adventure.

You have graduated from Reception and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and you are now ready for some serious but fun learning, in your next class.

Your Reception Class adventure is now over the next school chapter will be opening after the summer holiday’s. 6 whole weeks of not dashing about and chilling out.

Mummy will be working two day’s a week over the holiday’s but luckily you can come with me, but we will be going out  doing some things with the little baby I look after.

The day’s I am not working we will be having lazy mornings, and fun day’s out which will be a bit more suitable for you and your sister.

I bet you these  6 weeks will go so fast, we will be finding things to do with Dinosaurs as that is what you are learning about next term, we will also be finding some fun things to do with Space, the weather and Woodlands as that is what you will be doing in Year One.

Your year one teacher’s seem amazing you have one teacher Two day’s a week who has been teaching over 10 years and the other three day’s a newly qualified teacher, who used to be a teaching assistant. You will also having a Teaching Assistant too!

I can’t put into words how proud I am of you, you are such a caring,loving, polite and handsome young man. Your teachers say you are a pleasure to have in the classroom and you are helpful and caring too.

I am so excited for your Year one adventure, I hope it is as magical as your Reception adventure was.

Lot’s of Love

Mummy

x

P.s I know a Auntie who has also missed you too whilst you been at school and she can not wait to spend some quality time with her favorite and only Nephew