Carly Bond

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 6

Today we went to a little town called Brouwershaven which we’ve been to before last year but we knew there was an little enclosure of animals for the kids to look at.
We had a little walk round the marina & harbour but it was a little cold.

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After that we drove to a place by the sea called Renesse to the best pancake house! Well it was Pancake Day after all so we thought it would be rude not to :) My husband & his friend had pancake for main & pudding!!

After all that eating we went swimming when we got back to the ranch and then we ate our own body weight in Bittenballen (well holidays are for indulging)

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 5

Today was the first day we ventured off the CenterParcs site and we decided to go to the beach for a picnic because the weather was lovely.

We went to just outside Ouddorp the nearest town to where we are. The beaches were called West Nieuwland and Oude Nieuwland and were as beautiful as the rest of the beaches around this area. Both had cafés (that were closed for renovation but looked ace) and both had children’s play areas built on the sand. Thankfully my little man loved the beach today, building sandcastles & digging.

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After the picnic we went into the town of Ouddorp to do a bit of shopping and to have a lovely hot chocolate. The windmill in the town was a working one so we saw the sails going round & round which the bubba just loved :)

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Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 3

Today has been a bit of a lazy day. Another couple were coming to join us so we waited in for them to arrive. We then went for a walk down to the marina to feed the ducks and see the boats.

Just on the marina was a little park, with some climbing frames and a sand pit so the kids had a bit of a runaround in there.

After lunch we decided it was time to go back into the Aqua Mundo for a swim. Unfortunately it would seem my little has lost his love for swimming, however he does love splashing in the baby pool which is funny to watch :)

After we’d got far to cold in the water we went to the Adventure Factory for drinks & to watch Orry & Friends.

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Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 1

After a long and boring day at work I was picked up and we decided that instead of eating on the ferry we’d stop at Ask on the way which was a much better way of doing it. Much better that carrying a load of food on board.

We found our way to the Sky Lounge again and sat in exactly the same seats as last year and this time our little man, being a year older, stayed up a bit longer.

He crashed about 8.30 which then resulted in us taking it in turns to walk around the bar to get him to sleep. It’s surprising what people do for entertainment in the bar (I was being nosey on the way round), poker, mobile phones with scrabble, iPads, board games, etc)

We finally made it to bed at about 12 and by that point we were pretty much ready for a sleep but not looking forward to the disembarkation bing bongs at 5.30.

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 2

As we have brought all the food for the holidays with us we were left with a full day free. CenterParcs is only 40 mins from the ferry terminal so we were in the complex for 10am.

We couldn’t get into the apartment until 2.30 we decided to make the most of the facilities. We had a coffee and then went for a swim in the Subtropical Swimming Pool. As it is change over day it was so quiet which meant we could easily get onto he slides, but it also meant some bits were closed too. It was enjoyable nonetheless.

We then went into the Adventure Factory for some lunch and a little play on the bouncing castle and trampolines.

Once we got into the cottage we then had a relaxing afternoon reading books listening to music. It was very similar to the cottage we had last year with a balcony overlooking the water, just looking in a different direction.

North-fun-berland Holiday – Day 6

As we are going home tomorrow we decided to stay fairly local today. So after a fairly lazy get up we went for a wander round Seahouses again. Went in all the shops as a lot more of them were open today. We went for a walk to the end of the harbour again and the sea was slightly more choppy that last Sunday. The waves were crashing over the harbour wall, luckily the other side to where we were stood.
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In the afternoon we went for a little walk into Beadnell beach. Had a little paddle & built some sandcastles with the little man! It was beautiful, if not a little windy. It was pretty warm for this time of year.
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North-fun-berland Holiday – Day 5

Today was the first day of bad weather so we decided to go into Alnwick to look around the town centre.

We had heard about an amazing secondhand bookshop which is situated in the old railway station. They were right, the bookshop called ‘Barter Books’ is, in fact, awesome! There’s thousands of secondhand books, all in different sections from the smallest, cheapest book to some amazing first editions. There’s a wonderful children’s corner & there’s a model train running at the top of all the bookshelves. Just an awesome place to sit & chill out next to an open fire or in the old waiting rooms where there’s a ‘buffet car’.
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After a wander round the shops we went back to ‘The Treehouse Restaurant’ at Alnwick Castle and Gardens for lunch, which I have to say was amazing. Such a lovely place to eat in a very weird but wonderful setting. The staff couldn’t have been more welcoming and even with my little man it was such a relaxing time.
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After Alnwick we went for a coastal drive home, back to Beadnell, but with the weather so rubbish we waited until we were back at the ranch before we went for a stroll on the beach!
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North-fun-berland Holiday – Day 4

We had a lazy morning today not setting off until about half 10, which is very unlike us and we headed to Berwick Upon Tweed.

The town was a little disappointing but with a few shops to wander around it wasn’t to bad. We then found the city walls which had lovely views of the coastline. It was a bit breezy but was a lovely walk.
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We moved off then to Spittal for some lunch which was next to a beautiful stretch of beach! My little man loved going for a walk in his wellies & puddlesuit.
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North-fun-berland Holiday – Day 3

Today we went to the beautiful Alnwick Castle and Gardens. We set of at 9.15, didn’t get home until 5pm and still didn’t see everything. It was lovely.

The morning was spent wandering around the gardens which, if you were there at the right time of year, would be absolutely brimming with colour. There was a lovely cherry tree orchard, a poison garden, a serpent garden, a bamboo maze and a rose garden. Right in the middle is a huge cascade waterfall/fountain that goes every half an hour.
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After lunch we went into Alnwick Castle which is featured in the Harry Potter films. You can learn how to fly a broomstick with the professors where Harry Potter and his friends learnt in the first film.
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The grounds and views are amazing and we were so lucky to go on a day where the sun was shining. We made soap, played quoits and went in the stocks in the courtyard, there’s loads of things to keep everyone entertained.
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Lastly, The Treehouse Restaurant was my favourite. If only it was open for us to eat in it, it looked like my kind of place. All beautiful and romantic inside with intertwined twigs and twinkly lights. On the outside of it was wobbly rope bridges and turrets. I really hope we can go back.
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North-fun-berland Holiday – Day 2

Today’s day out was a little trip to Holy Island which is only accessible at certain times of day as the causeway gets swallowed up by the tide. As we drove over the causeway we saw loads of seabirds, Oystercatchers, Snipes, and Curlews to name but a few.

On Holy Island is Lindesfarne Castle which was unfortunately closed, but with the weather so nice it was lovely just to be able to walk round and look at the view.
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After lunch we had a wander round the Lindesfarne Priory and the Lindesfarne Mead shop, obviously, sampling a little!