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.
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.
We woke up this morning to heavy rain ? Sad times! So we had a lazy morning before deciding to head to a town called Lannion. Again it was market day, we must be following them around, but it was a pretty little town with a much bigger market. Vegetables, Fruit, Clothes, Food to eat, you name it…they had it…even live chickens!!
For lunch we headed to a little place behind the market halls called ‘Cafe des Halles’, which if you get a chance to go to, do! It was beautiful! The best meat out we’ve had. Lovely relaxed, busy atmosphere & very accommodating to my little family (P.S. With a chocolate fondant to die for!!!)
After that we went for a drive along the coast and headed for a place called ‘Le Gouffre’ which is just outside Plougrescant. Here, there is a little house built in between two massive pieces of rocks which was pretty beautiful…right on the edge of the coast.
When we woke up this morning it was raining…I know, can you believe it! I didn’t sign up for this! So as it was a bit dull we headed for a town called St Brieuc which is about 40 mins away from where we are staying. The town itself didn’t have a lot to offer to be honest, but there was a market, an old town and a large, very damp, cathedral…plus the weather decided to take a turn for the better ?
After St Brieuc, we headed up the coast, making our way up to Paimpol and stopped in Binic for a lunch on the beach. This was a really large beach where the sea went out a good quarter of a mile, but it was lovely and safe for Stanley to run around.
After lunch we followed the coast for a drive through Saint-Quay-Portieux then onto part of the ‘Circuit des Falaises’ which took us along a cliff top drive with some great views which were unfortunately spoilt slightly by the misty, murky weather.
We stopped at the ‘Abbaye de Beauport’, just outside Paimpol, which is an 18th century abbey. I wish we’d had more time here as it looked like a nice place to look around, but we just wandered in the gardens for a while to give the little man a leg stretch.
This morning we were all up randomly early so headed into Paimpol to have a look round the market before heading to Pointe de L’Arcouest to catch a boat to the Ile de Bréhat for the day, which is a small island just of the coast. We decided to take a boat that did a 45 min tour of the island first then went into the main port of Le Port-Clos. It was a very hot day but on the boat it was a bit breezy.We headed straight for something to eat slightly off the beaten track at a beach called Le Guerzido, which was consisted of a little snack bar overlooking the most amazing view. Nothing fancy, just paninis & salads but with that plus a very cold glass of white wine, we needed nothing more.From there we walked to the join of the 2 islands, which was quite a long dusty walk, but beautiful nonetheless. There are so many routes on this island that if you had your boots on, you’d be laughing. But with a 2 years old & a pram there was only so far we could go.After a few hours on the island, we headed back to the mainland, and hoping to eat in Paimpol, decided a DIG was needed for the little man, so headed to a little beach called Launay just outside Loguivy, which was lovely if not a little stony for paddling.For tea we headed into Paimpol, but as they eat a little later than us we went to our favourite bar for a drink & to feed Stanley. A lovely little bar called ‘L’Epoque’ which is just on the harbour front that we have accidentally been in 3 times already! ? We then wandered around for a bit until we found a restaurant called ‘Le Terre-Neuvas’, again on the harbour front. Stanley fell asleep in the pram so we had a very relaxing, delicious meal, in the most beautiful surroundings.
We went to find a much better, more picturesque beach today, not too far from where we are staying, at town called Perros-Guirec. There are 2 fabulous beaches here, the first one (the one we actually stayed at for most of the day but the smaller of the two) is called Trestrignel. It was very much like the beaches that we had been frequenting in Southern Brittany, in that it was very flat. The sea went out a long way but it was such a gradual descent that it was so safe for Stanley. For the most part we had the place to ourselves so we could just let him run around as much as he wanted.
The sea was much colder here than at the beach last week, but it didn’t stop me going for a dip. I love swimming in the sea, but I didn’t stay out there long as it was so cold it was making my body ache.
After lunch and a nap for most people (apart from me I might add), we went for a drive round to the next beach called Trestraou. This is much bigger, more popular and more touristy of the two and there were many more places to eat and drink. We stopped off for a coffee…which turned in to a crepe stop for some & Margarita stop for others…yep the latter was me (well I am on my holidays after all & 4pm *is* Margarita time isn’t it?)
P.S. Apologies for the mainly beach photos today.
After the long time we spent in the car yesterday we decided to just have a fairly relaxed day today. So we headed for a beach nearby called Kermagen. The man who owns the gite apparently goes to swim here every day, and although not the most picturesque of beaches, was still a nice place to pitch up the picnic blanket and chairs & let the little man have a DIG!
This beach is more on an estuary that on the sea itself so the tide goes out a long way with the boats that are moored up all being beached for quite some time, however, the tide does start to come in fairly quickly. My dad went for a long walk onto a peninsula which soon became an island later on in the morning.
After lunch we set off to a place called Paimpol, which was another harbour town & would love to go back on a different day when more shops are open. But we had a lovely beer on the front while the little man had a very timely nap then walked around the town buying a few souvenirs. There was also a display of pigs on the front (like the Larkin Toads in Hull of anyone saw them)
It was then back to the gite fairly earlish to get the little man into bed for some well needed sleep…with the adults having a BBQ in the sun, even if it is a little bit cooler than previous nights.
Today we were travelling from Southern to Northern Brittany for the second part of our 2 week holiday, so unfortunately there is not much to write about today. We decided to take the non-motorway route to make it a bit more scenic so we drove through a number of little towns & villages.
We stopped for lunch at a place called Corlay, just a place we came across but had some lovely fishing lakes next to a chateaux which made for a very picturesque stop off.
We made it to Kerbors, our next destination about 4pm and the lady who lives on site showed us around…it is amazing & smells beautiful with fresh cut flowers in nearly every room. The upstairs is just full of toys for the little man, including a retro fisher price kitchen and loads of dolls & prams which he headed straight for as I’m sure he’s been missing the ones he plays with at nursery.
The garden is huge with swings, a sand pit, flowers, vegetables and even chickens. The fridge was full with eggs, jams, compotes, artichokes and potatoes, all home-grown or homemade. We have been made to feel very welcome.
Today we decided to not travel too far with the little man as we’ve to travel 2.5 hours tomorrow to our new home for the next week so we split up from my parents for a change.
We started by visiting a place called Parc de Keraveon which was a chateaux & it’s grounds, however, when we got there we realised the chateaux was in fact a private hotel and all there was was a few walks around in the woods. There was a children’s play area so it was great for the little man to run around but not somewhere where we’d rush back to.
After the chateaux we went into our local town, Erdeven, for lunch where the hubby had oysters!! They looked gross but he enjoyed them!
An afternoon of DIG was to follow but before then we went a short drive to a place called Crucuno where there was some stone dolmens.
We love to DIG…more to the point I love to be able to read my book for a little bit which I never really get the chance to do anymore! Add that to a lovely swim in the sea, it was a delightful afternoon.
As we are are off early in the morning we decided to go out for tea, so as a Father’s Day treat we took my parents out to a local restaurant (the same one we went to for lunch), it was so nice. Such a lovely end to a lovely week! Roll on the next 7 days in Northern Brittany ?