Carly Bond

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.


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.