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!!
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.
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.
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.