Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Docker Park Farm during October Half Term

We went to Docker Park Farm this Summer and the kids had an awesome time, so I had promised them a return trip at Half Term.

This time Nana came with us, and because it's Autumn now - and dark and damp - the prices are slashed. Adults go free, and kids aged 2+ are only £5!

The paddocks are closed at this time of year, but the play areas are still open and you can still visit the pigs, goats, and petting zoo animals. These are my boys favourite parts so it's perfect for us.

We were lucky to have a bright and sunny, if cool day. But it wouldn't have mattered if it had been pouring with rain because pretty much everything is under cover.

The boys had a brilliant time playing in the barns and riding about on the tractors. Me and Mum managed to sit back and relax with a couple of extremely nice coffees and catch up on all the gossip confident that the boys were adventuring in safety.

We did also treat them to lunch in the cafe - the food is lovely - and they had a play with some of the toys in there and did word searches and puzzles in the warm. Jack even managed to lean a new word: chitting (we had to Google that). Mum and I spoiled our selves with a slice of home made pumpkin pie, which was just delicious!

It's a brilliant day out. And if you managed to get there on Halloween this year they are having a Halloween Crafts day - at no extra cost.

Check it out: http://www.dockerparkfarm.co.uk/

Docker Park Farm, Arkholme, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 1AR

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rainy half term holiday = Giggles!

Half term madness... it's really not easy keeping these lot happy and occupied at the moment. Freddie still monopolises my time through the day and my bigger boys need to run off their energy.

Yesterday they actually ASKED for a chilled out day - I think the excitement of the weekend combined with the late nights from sharing a hotel room had taken it's toll. Today, however, they were full of beans and raring to go! I was still knackered!

So what better for a soggy holiday than an indoor play area? Giggles Play & Adventure fits the bill perfectly on a day like today, we come here a lot. It's so handy being right here in Lancaster. I get to put my feet up and snuggle the baby (while having a read of my book on Kindle and having a sneaky look on Facebook thanks to the free WiFi), they get to run around, climb, scream, shout, play with other kids, drink fruit shoots and eat snacks. It's a win-win from the moment we walk in the door!

It's a fab place. The staff are really friendly and actually recognise regular customers and their kids. It's always busy, but doesn't feel over crowded. It's clean and well organised. But best of all the kids simply adore the place. It's Georgie's favourite place on earth at the moment! There's not a week goes by that he doesn't ask to go to Giggles. And I like it because - even with the noise of kids playing - I get some peace!

http://www.gigglesplayandadventure.co.uk/

Giggles Play and Adventure Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, LA1 3LA

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Premier Inn - Rotherham East

This weekend we went over the Pennines to visit family. It was our nephew Ben's 4th birthday party. Bob, Rach, Ben and baby sister Holly travelled up from Birmingham for the day to have the party with family as that's where most of this side of the family live, and we travelled over too. We used to stay at Jenny's house but now that there are 6 of us it's not as easy to do that as it used to be. The boys are very boisterous, and no respecters of other peoples desire for sleep in the mornings! So although Jenny is more than welcoming we chose to book into the nearest Premier Inn: Rotherham East.

We've used Premier Inn before, this April when we went to Clare & Miles wedding, and liked it so much better than other chain hotels we've used that we didn't really consider any other options. Plus there was the added bonus that this hotel is pretty close to in-laws, Jenny included.

We booked a family room which gave us space for everyone. In addition to the king size bed I'd booked two single beds for the Tom & George, and a travel cot for Freddie. We brought an air bed for Jack. (Originally I had thought that Freddie would be in his moses basket and not need a bed, George would have been in the cot, and Jack would be in a bed like Tom, but the kids grew much quicker than I expected!) I was amazed that there was room for everyone. I could have easily brought the moses basket if I'd needed it.

The room was clean, tidy and modern. The kids loved the massive TV, and were happy with the internet speed! Tech mad, those lot. The bathroom was clean and fresh, and well stocked with towels, paper and soap. The beds were lovely and comfortable... my fussy kids had no problems getting cozy and snug watching Doctor Who on Saturday night - hiding under the covers during the scary bits!

Breakfast was served in the Beefeater Restaurant next door, and excellent! We were greeted and served by a lovely young lady whose name I wish I had remembered so she could be commended. Jenny & hubby Ash came to join us for breakfast and this lady rearranged tables to make sure we could all sit together, and then catered to & entertained our demanding kids. She never passed by without asking if we needed anything and offering us a warm and friendly smile. The kids adored her. The food was delicious and there was loads of it.

We had a great stay. It was exactly what we needed with the added bonus of service with a smile!

We'll be back... I've already booked our next stay!

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