2017 has been packed with days out and adventures for my family. We love days out and UK based holidays. As the girls get older, I hope we will explore further afield but for now, we are happy exploring the UK. Here are my highlights from a year full of outdoor adventures.
In January we enjoyed a walk and play at the park at Tittesworth water. It was pretty cold so we finished up with a hot drink in the cafe to warm us up. We also had a little snow in January and F enjoyed painting snow. A really fun activity when there is not enough snow to build a snowman.
Another winter day out was Trentham gardens. I’d been recommended Trentham gardens numerous times and it is under an hour from us but we never got round to it. I loved it there. The fairy sculptures are enchanting and the play area fantastic. We pledged to go back in the spring or summer when the gardens were in full bloom and the barefoot walk open but unfortunately we never got round to it.
In the spring, we took F to watch the lambing at Blaze farm. We were lucky enough to see a lamb being born and also F and I got the opportunity to hold a day old lamb.
We had our first trip to my in-laws holiday home in Anglesey for Easter. We returned a couple of times of the summer as well. I shared a post a few months back with all my favourite family days out in Anglesey as it is really family friendly.
We joined the National Trust around Easter time. We have used our pass so many time since and will definitely be renewing it this year. Our favourites so far are Plas Newyyd, Dunham Massey, Hare hill and Quarry Bank.
For F’s fourth birthday we went to Legoland Windsor. We spent one night at the Legoland hotel where F loved the Lego-themed splash pool and all the lego everywhere. 8 months on she is still talking about it. Apparently, she always goes to Legoland for her birthday!
We tried a few local preschool forest schools and found one that we loved in the spring. Since F started school we have attended a few of the monthly Sunday morning family sessions. F loves it but E is still a little young to appreciate it. I’m hoping the Friday morning mums and tot sessions are still running when she is a little older.
We spent October half term in The Lakes. I love the Lake District. One of my favourite days out was a day cruising on Lake Windermere, stopping off at Wray castle and Brockhole for lots of indoor and outdoor play for the girls. We also love exploring all the sculptures in Grizedale forest and following the Gruffalo trail.
One of my highlights of the year and my favourite blogging opportunity to date was being invited along to review The Snowman tour. We loved watching the festive classic animation accompanied by a live orchestra. Another fantastic festive trip out was Chester zoo lanterns.
So those are my highlights from 2017, I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Perhaps it will inspire your plans for 2018. As for us, I wonder what we will get up to in 2018? We’ve not made any plans at all yet.
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