Making the most of an inset day with a weekend in Somerset

So earlier this month we were really blessed by having an inset day on a Friday and thought we’d make the most of it by going away somewhere for some quality family time. We originally planned to go camping but a couple of days before we were due to go, our campervan broke down so we had to decide on something else.

We ended up booking a beautiful safari tent on Airbnb that was still available and we couldn’t wait to go. We set off early on the Friday morning and planned to stop somewhere once we’d got around the M25. Finley’s been obsessed with Stonehenge for a while (thanks to Go-Jetters) so we decided to stop there for lunch, and as we’re English Heritage members we knew we wouldn’t have to pay any entrance fee so that’s always a bonus. Finley was so excited to see it in real life and really enjoyed reading about the different types of stones that were used and also learning a little bit about the history and the summer solstice.

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We didn’t actually stop for too long, but had a little walk around the site, took some photos then headed back on the bus to the entrance. We let the boys have a little run around then got some lunch from the cafe. We couldn’t leave without a quick browse in the gift shop so Finley could pick something up to show his teacher and friends at school. He chose a children’s book all about it, a couple of postcards and two little mini stonehenge figurines.

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A couple of hours later and we finally arrived at the farm and it looked beautiful. There were three safari tents in one of the farm fields, opposite some cute little goats that they kept.

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It was just perfect and definitely just what we needed. It had the perfect mix of being in a fantastic rural location, back to basics living, but with those extra creature comforts that we wouldn’t have had if we had been camping. The interior was gorgeous, with lovely comfortable beds and the cutest little cupboard bed for Finley. The tent could be heated using the large wood burning stove, which you also used to cook on. Then there was a separate burner for heating the water for the shower and bathroom.

The boys had so much fun being free to run and explore in the field. They loved feeding the goats and went to see them each morning we were there. We had a lot of fun cooking on the stove and toasting marshmallows on the outdoor bbq. It got pretty chilly in the night and early morning, but we stayed so cosy with the burner on, it really did heat the whole tent.

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We found a lovely local pub for dinner the first night, and explored beautiful Lynmouth the following day.

We really had such a lovely weekend together, and came back feeling like we’d had some quality family time and much needed chill time too.

We will definitely be returning and hoping to plan another weekend on the farm for sometime in 2016

(This is a backdated post from June 2016)

 

A trip to Center Parcs June 2015

This family absolutely love Center Parcs! We have been for the last three years and really do have the best time. We go with our good friends and their two boys, who Finley adores. It was extra special this year as it was our first as a family of four and we couldn’t wait.

We set off early(ish) on the Friday and drove the fairly short journey to Elvedon, Suffolk. We collected our bikes and went to check out our villa. We hoped Finley would be able to ride a bike without stabilisers this year, but unfortunately mummy and daddy have been pretty rubbish taking him out to practise, so we thought a tag-along with daddy would be a good idea. I had Hugo in a trailer on the back of mine, which was a little worrying as i’ve never been the best on a bike but it was all ok, I just had to remember to take the corners slow!

We then headed to The Village to do a bit of shopping and have a much needed Starbucks whilst we waited for our friends. Finley was super excited to see them, and they were running around like crazy together. We all headed back to the villa and had a quick freshen up and change before heading back out again to dinner at Bella Italia, our usual tradition. It was a lovely well needed relaxing evening and we were excited our weekend had started.

The next 3 days were taken up with sensory class for Hugo, Archery and Crazy Golf for Finley, with swimming, bike rides, boating, bowling and lots of eating for us all! Finley, daddy and our friends also did the treasure trail race again, as we had such fun doing it last year and actually came in second, this year they actually  won it! Me and Hugo stayed at the villa and had a much needed nap instead.

It was Hugos first time swimming (yes, bad parents) whilst we were at CP as we just hadn’t got round to it at home. He absolutely loved it, a definite water baby for sure! Finley is so much more confident in the water now, even riding on the slides and chutes with daddy, not minding when the water went in his face or getting splashed (this was a different story last year).

It was by far our best trip to CP and we’re already planning next years 🙂

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And here’s a little film of our stay