Carly Bond

Whitby Fun – Day 7

Today was my birthday and the last day of our holidays. The weather took a turn for the worst so we decided to head to a soft play centre called Mini Monsterz which was situated just outside Whitby.

It was great for the little man and very quiet too, which meant he could roam almost anywhere without the fear that he would get lost.

In the early evening we walked into Whitby  for one last time as we were going out for my birthday tea.

After playing on the amusements for a while we went to a lovely little Italian restaurant called Moutreys. It was so so good…the staff, the atmosphere, the food, everything. They couldn’t have made us feel any more welcome!!

Whitby Fun – Day 6

As it was due to be such a lovely sunny autumn day today we decided to go to Staithes, which is somewhere I have always wanted to go. It was quite pricey to park and there is a steep road to walk down to the harbour but it’s worth it when you get there. What a quaint little harbour town.

Once we’d had a wander around the town, on the beach and had a love cuppa on the front we headed back along the coast towards Whitby to a place called Sandsend. There is a a huge expanse of beach which was great for doing what the little man loves to do…dig and there were some lovely views of Whitby Abbey.

On the night we decided to head to a pub called Middle Earth Tavern for a couple of drinks and a few games of pool, which was a welcome change. Lovely homely atmosphere and to top it off I beat both my husband and brother in law at pool, so a great night all round đŸ˜‰

Whitby Fun – Day 5

The Scarborough Sealife Centre was today’s destination, which was exciting for the little man. He’s was shouting ‘the penguins, am excited’ all the way there :)

Unfortunately some of the centre was closed for refurbishment but we had a 50% voucher plus they gave us a voucher to go in February for £5 each.

We were just in time for the Otters feeding time and then the seals were next. It was a lovely day out and we would like to go back when it’s all opened.

Whitby Fun – Day 4

We headed towards the North Yorkshire Moors today. The steam railway wasn’t running unfortunately so we just drove the route up to Goathland. Starting off at Grosmont, through Beck Hole and ending at Goathland.

This part of the world is beautiful especially on a glorious Autumn day like we had.

When we got to Goathland we had lunch in ‘The Goathland Hotel’, more commonly known as ‘The Aidensfield Arms’ from the well known TV show, Heartbeat.

After that we drove to Whitby Abbey, although with the winds being almost gale like, we didn’t get out, but chose to go round to North Whitby and wander along the coast in that direction instead.

Whitby Fun – Day 3

As the weather dictated we decided to have a day in Scarborough, so we headed towards North Bay. It was a bit windy but we still managed a little while on the beach which the little man LOVED!

We then went for a little walk around the shops in the high street before spending a little quality time in the amusements on the front of South Beach. There is nothing better that a chilled out day at the seaside, no matter what time of year it is.

Whitby Fun – Day 2

Today was a very wet & windy day. We decided to wander into Whitby centre to see what was on offer.

We wandered around the shops until the heavens opened when we ducked into a cosy little coffee shop called Marie Antoinettes and I have to highly recommend the cream teas…Mmmmmm.

We thought we just have a little look at the train station & to our surprise, there was a steam train just pulling into the station. One that my little man was very lucky to have a chance to step onto the footplate off.

We then just had a lazy afternoon in our holiday home. Watching the wind & the rain build up to what looked like a very uninviting outside ? Hopefully tomorrow will be better. But to be honest…what can beat a lazy Sunday afternoon snuggling watching Frozen and eating Sunday Lunch.

Whitby Fun – Day 1

So I’m hear again, lucky enough to be going away for another week with the family. This time to Whitby on the East Coast.

We had a lovely drive over from home with the sun shining over the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors with the temperature at 17 degrees which is just crazy for early November. Here’s hoping to that kind of weather all week.

We got to our apartment, which is lovely. A new development of town houses, just by the river side, about a 10 minutes walk to the centre of Whitby. We have a little park just outside the door, which will be great for the little man.

Just before tea we decided to walk into town. It was still warm but started to rain, which was a shame. Whitby still looks lovely in the dark though with all the lights twinkling & reflecting in the water.


Stockeld Park

I have heard so many good things about Stockeld Park over the last few months that we thought we’d give it a try. We were half thinking about cancelling after an extremely wet day yesterday but as the sun was shining we risked it.

It was a good choice as there was hardly any sign of the bad weather when we got there. We headed straight for the Woodland Cafe for some lunch which was a nice but part of me wishes we’d taken a picnic as there was trolleys you could hire to wheel your freezer box around the grounds and the prices were a little on the high side.

After lunch we headed for the playground next to the inflatable zone which was great for a 2 year old. Really chunky wooden climbing frames and slides. Alongside that was a bouncing pillow which Stanley thought was hilarious if not a little scary for his mummy ?

Once we’d prised Stanley off the climbing frame tractors, we headed for Enchanted Forest. This is about a mile walk around the forest with loads of interactive houses, trees and play areas. Some of which were a little too old for a 2 year old so we had to bypass them but there was still plenty to do. Stanley very much enjoyed the Noah’s Arc play area which was surrounded by sand (his favourite thing).

After that we ventured into the maze which was much bigger than you first think, again with interactive things around the place. You had to find the globe in the middle of the maze and, to be honest, it was pretty difficult to find :)

There was also a great indoor inflatable play area with an inflatable pillow, a bouncy castle, a little play house & large Lego bricks which Stanley loves bombing around.

Overall, we really liked the park, although at £12 per adult, we all found it a little expensive for what it was, especially with only one 2 year old taking advantage of everything. We would have loved to have gone on the Scooter Trail too, but thought another £5 each was also a bit too much.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Today we decided to take the little man for a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster. The weather was glorious and just perfect conditions for a day looking at the animals.

We have been before, about a year ago, but Stanley was just a little too small then and, to be honest, at 2 years old, he was still a little young for some of the things this year…still very interested in running and kicking stones instead of the larger animals.

Smaller animals, such as squirrel monkeys, mara and wallabies that he could get close up to, he loved it immensely. I was so happy when he lost his inhibitions and was shouting that he wanted to stroke a wallaby (he is petrified of dogs so this is a breakthrough)
We stopped for lunch at the Tsavo Lodge which was reasonably priced and tasty too and throughout the day we had drinks and ice creams which again were decently priced but there are plenty of seated sheltered areas if you want to take your own picnics.

After lunch we wandered around the giraffe and lion enclosures which were fantastic. Just beautiful creatures that you can get really close up to (if they want you to).
All in all, I cannot recommend this place enough! It is so big that it never feels busy…so much space, such beautiful animals and so much to do! Please give it a try.

Des vacances en famille en Bretagne – Day 15

Today is our last day in Brittany so we wanted to spend a bit of time on the beach with the little man as it’s going to be a long day travelling tomorrow. We headed to Sillon de Talbert which is 3km spit created between 2 estuaries. My parents were going walking along the spit themselves but we decided to stay on the sand & play. The weather wasn’t that great, a little windy, but we still had lots of fun.

At nap time we went for a little drive from there to Tréguier via a few different places. One of them being a lighthouse at Bodic, which was in a very strange place, seemingly a long way from the rivers edge.

Once we got to Tréguier, we went for a wander round and bought a few more souvenirs.

We went inside the Saint-Tugdual Cathedral which had the most amazing stained glass windows. It was a very quiet but quaint town! Very enjoyable for a little afternoon stroll!

For our last meal we went to the ‘Creperie de la Presqu’ile’ which is just across the road from our gite & it was amazing. Authentic and delicious with the owner cooking the crepes right in front of you! Great experience ?