I'm from Burnley originally, but in truth I really do love this place that I call my home now: Lancaster, Lancashire, in the North West of England.
Lancaster has been my home since I was 18 and first venturing out from my parents protective wing as a student at St. Martins College. And I have never felt the urge to leave since I arrived!
There's the sentimental stuff: I met my husband here. I gave birth to my 3 sons in the hospital here. We are raising our family here and making some of the very best memories right here in Lancaster and in the surrounding area.
And the the practical stuff: We have an awesome school and nursery right on our door step which are taking excellent care of our kids educational needs. We both work here so there are no hour long commutes. The town provides much of everything we need day to day: we love our local butchers and fishmongers that are conveniently right next door to each other, and the market is a great place for fresh fruit & veg and some exciting and interesting treats too!.
But what really does it for me is how living in Lancaster is proving to be great for raising kids! Lancaster is a city, but it's a small city so there doesn't seem to be a lot of the trouble you hear about and see in the news nationally.
Lancaster Castle for a start. What kid doesn't love a castle?! The local parks and green spaces are just great! Some of our favs are Fairfield Park and Williamsons Park (and butterfly house!), and you'll pretty much always find us running about in one or the other on a sunny day. Not to mention that Morecambe is only a spit and a stride away with the beach and Happy Mount Park. Even if it's raining, cold and horrible outside we have The Zone, Giggles, and Brewster's at the local Brewers Fayre to keep the kids entertained.
Living in Lancaster isn't just good for things to do IN Lancaster, it's a great starting point for so many other adventures! It's right off the M6 and close enough to places like Preston for a days shopping, Blackpool for a fun day out with the kids, and the Lake District for the endless possibilities that offers.... All close enough for a day trip and home for the kids bedtime. You don't need to search my blog for long to find day trips we've had to Blackpool, visits to Old Holly Farm near Preston, and you can see one summer we loved spending locally and up in the Lake District on YouTube. There's ways something to do, somewhere to go, a way of having an adventure with my kids. And that's what this blog is all about really.
I think it's official.
I love living and blogging in Lancaster!