Carly Bond

Great! Yarmouth – Day 7

After another lovely swim and as it was our last day we decided to go to the next beach up the coast at a place called Gorelston.

The beach there was gorgeous, lovely soft sand and it went on for miles. The weather was just glorious too.

Daddy and Grandpa managed to even build a sandcastle before the little man kicked it down, which has to be a first!!

Great! Yarmouth – Day 5

We woke up to another glorious day, but we decided to have a fairly lazy morning and head to the swimming pool for a much longer swim than the other day. The pool facilities at Haven Holiday Village are brilliant. 2 lovely safe pools for our little man to play around in with big changing rooms, making it so easy for us as parents.

After a relaxing morning (including an hour snooze for me), we headed to Lowestoft, which unfortunately disappointed a little. It is very much a busy port rather than a seaside town. The South Beach, however, was beautiful, especially in the sunshine. 

We spent a little time wandering on the beach before we heading back to the holiday village for some more family bingo! 🙂 

Great! Yarmouth – Day 4

Today the sun was shining so we decided to head to the beach for some DIG! 🙂 We travelled the small distance to Great Yarmouth which is literally about 10 minutes drive from the holiday village.

We managed to get parked right on the front where we had a lovely view of the beach. We were able to just come & go from the camper as much as we wanted as we were a few yards from the beach.

We stayed on the beach for about 2 hours which included a paddle in the freezing water, before heading for a wander into town. Great Yarmouth is very much a typical seaside town, a little run down but with lots of amusements and places to keep you entertained.

There looked to be so much more to do in Great Yarmouth that we will definitely be back again if we have time over the next few days.

Great! Yarmouth – Day 3

Today we headed to a place called Somerleyton Hall and Gardens. A stately home 5 miles away from the holiday village. 

It was a lovely big stately home set in a beautiful 5000 acre English estate. The gardens were very well maintained, along with a maze, a parterre, one that was sunken and loads of grounds to run around in. 

The maze is a quarter of a mile to the middle & a quarter of a mile back, although the number of dead ends we went down, I’m sure it was more like half a mile both ways 🙂

We went on the hall tour which took approx 45 minutes, and as it was bank holiday, there was a brass band playing in the marquee, which was a lovely touch.

At the end of our visit we went into the Kitchen Garden Café and had the most delicious scone with the works…it come highly recommended!!!

We got back to the caravan early enough to have a really quick swim. It was so quiet as most people had obviously gone home after the bank holiday weekend. The pool itself was really safe for the little man, where he was able to wander around by himself for the most part. I’m sure we’ll be going back a few more times before the week’s out.

Great! Yarmouth – Day 2

We checked the weather this morning and the forecast was for a day of sunshine, so as we’d spent a day in the car yesterday we decided to spend the morning on the beach. 

It was a little bit windy which meant it wasn’t as warm as it could have been but it was lovely nonetheless, and of course my little man couldn’t be happier digging in the sand and throwing stones into the sea. I even had a little paddle, which was a little cold to say the least.

In the afternoon we had a nice rest (as its so tiring doing nothing :)), followed by the boring job which is food shopping. 

At night we sampled the on-site entertainment which was great for the kids but sadly, we didn’t win anything on the family bingo…better luck next time 🙂

Great! Yarmouth – Day One

The day had finally come where we were heading off on our little family holiday to Norfolk, specifically Hopton Holiday Village near Great Yarmouth.

It’s probably been 35 years since I was in this neck of the woods (yeah I know, I’m really that old) so I was looking forward to exploring a new part of the country with my little man.

The journey down was great. No motorways & lovely countryside, which always looks better when the sun in shining.

We arrived on site mid afternoon to be shown to our, what can only be described as, spacial static caravan. It’s like being in a hotel. TV’s in the room, Bluetooth speaker systems, central heating, hair dryers, towels, so far away from the caravans I remember as a kid.

After the long journey all we were up to was a little wander round the site. We found the clubhouse & the pool which look lovely but more importantly we found the beach. Looked like a good place for a DIG!

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 😉

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.