Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Our family summer holiday 2014

Well its been nearly 2 weeks since we returned from our fantastic summer holiday. We has so much fun, it seemed to go so quickly. Sadly we are back to reality now, and getting ready for the new School year tomorrow!

As you know, we went to Walt Disney World last year, so as our finances are still recovering we opted to stay in this country, and even better at my parents in Dorset! I knew that them moving so far away would come in handy for us at some point!

In all seriousness though, it was a fantastic week spent with Family. Chester and Millie adore their Nannie and Grandad, and my parents adore them just as much. We loved getting to spend time with them, and explore Poole, the lovely town that they now call home.

We went down to the Quay every single day, on the children's request. They just loved it, they loved having fish and chips, they loved crab fishing (a first for them), they loved bike night, they loved dinner in The Jolly Sailor, they loved the fireworks evening, and most of all they loved the arcades! Over the week, between Chester, Millie and my Dad managed to win 6,000 tickets!! Chester was ecstatic when he won the jackpot on a fab digital fish harpooning game! 630 tickets in one go!

Another favourite of the childrens is Sandbanks beach, so we had two trips there over the course of the week. One in the day and one in the evening. We certainly would of spent more time there if the weather had been a little bit kinder to us! Its such a lovely sandy beach, we were there for hours during the day. All we needed to take with us was a picnic, a parasol, the kids swim gear and of course the all important buckets and spades. The children just loved building the sandcastles, looking for shells, paddling in the sea (which, by the way, looked much cleaner than it does in Kent) and burying each other in the sand! We even spotted an ice cream boat, complete with ice cream van chimes!

Making the most of our new National Trust family pass we enjoyed a day at Corfe Castle. I just love the walk around the bottom of the hill which the castle sits upon. Corfe is such a picturesque village, we even saw a steam train, plus, I can confirm that they sell amazing ice creams! The castle itself was an amazing exploring adventure for Chester and Millie, who both exclaimed that it was 'awesome'! So I think the National Trust pass is going to be well used here! I am amazed that some of the remains are still standing, they really do appear to be teetering on the edge.

Of course, I mentioned in my 30th Birthday post that we visited The Tank Museum. It was an amazing day out, there is simply too much to see in a day, luckily our tickets are valid all year and we certainly will be returning!

Another highlight for Chester and Millie was the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. It is a quaint little museum, tucked away just behind the high street. We still managed to spend almost 2 hours inside. So many interactive stations for the children, and I learnt lots too. It has actually fueled Chester's new love for Dinosaurs. He talks about his visit to the museum and about the fact he learnt about the dinosaurs lots!

All in all it was a fantastic week, we did want to visit a couple of other places, but we simply ran out of time! We decided that this holiday should be mainly child lead, and it worked out really well. Everyone was happy, and according to Chester and Millie 'everything was awesome'!

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