Travel: Our Roadtrip & Vlog

The week before last week we went on a UK road trip… I hate the term ‘staycation’ but I guess that’s what it was! Six nights away from home,  three individual nights in different hotels on the way up north and then 3 nights in a hotel in the village where my dad lives on the Cumbrian coast in the Lake District. I’ve put together a little holiday vlog, mostly for us to look back on but I thought I might as well share it too, that’s at the end of this post and along with it I thought I’d share some snippets and photos too.

Here’s what happened on our holiday…

  • Athena asked where we were going approximately three hundred times over the course of the week. Evenif she’s just asked it a split second ago.
  • We listed to a lot of podcasts in the car (Answer me This and ‘No such thing as a fish’ mostly!) oh, and some Fleetwood Mac, always good driving tunes!
  • Arlo fell in love with trains,  tractors, lorries and said ‘wow wow wow’ whenever he saw any of them,  which was a lot!img_0111
  • We discovered Athena is a bit of a thrill seeker,  she loved the rides at Drayton Manor loads and was sad she was too small to go on the big ones! I however remembered that I’m not a huge fan of the insane rides once I was strapped in and ready to go! I still went on a couple more though…
  • Got pestered by a bunch of wasps when we were trying to get in the car… obviously there was something sweet in the car and every time we got one out another would fly in. We must’ve looked like a bunch of absolute loons slamming doors and waving things around trying to entice them away!
  • Ate way too many ice creams!img_0162
  • Rode on Thomas the Tank Engine (at Drayton Manor) and a proper steam train,  plus saw lots of trams in Blackpool too. It was a very traincentric holiday!
  • When we were leaving Athena said she didn’t want to go away and when were heading home said she wanted to stay on holiday!
  • Visited Kendal Castle
  • Had one sleepless hotel night then five surprisingly good ones after that,  despite staying in four different hotels. I think the first night was just too exciting for Athena so she woke in the night and wanted to chat to us all. Plus we had pushed two single beds up against the king size one and Arlo kept crawling over to her in his sleep!
  • Drove over one of the steepest roads in the UK, hardknott pass in the Lake District,  full of hairpin bends and steep drops but with some wonderful views!
  • Only one kid was car sick, and that was Athena on the way home on the last day!
  • We loved the illuminations in Blackpool, in fact we loved all the cheesiness of Blackpool! We spent an hour or so in one of the arcades and won reams of tickets… enough for two tiny little sea creature toys! What a jip!
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  • There was a lot of stomping around the woods, the forestry commission sites are wonderful, with stick man trails and lots of activities for kids. We visited Whinlatter forest and Cannock Chase. Whinlatter was by far the best!  img_0273

We really did have a great time, originally I had wanted to go abroad for an all inclusive holiday but actually I think with the kids still being this young i’d not have been able to relax around the pool or at the beach properly and we might have struggled to keep them entertained. I planned this trip round them mostly, i’ll admit but we all had a great time and the kids experienced so many different things. I think we’ll hold off on the all inclusive resort holidays for a few more years until they’d both be happy in the kids club!

Here’s our vlog, it’s the first I’ve done so don’t expect too much!

 

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11 Comments

  1. 27th September 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Sounds like a great little trip around! I’ve never thought of hopping int he car and visiting different places and staying in different places every night. I love it though!

  2. 27th September 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I don’t think you can ever eat too many ice-creams when you’re on a road trip/holiday…it’s like a given thing! lol! Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time though and the vlog is lovely. Such a great way to have captured some wonderful memories xx

  3. 28th September 2016 / 12:57 pm

    This looks like a class trip. I really need to go to the UK because I see so many bloggers going to these parks and all. We have nothing like this in Ireland.

  4. 28th September 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Oh what a fantastic road trip – we love Drayton Manor and I would love to do a Gruffalo trail, there aren’t any near us. Kaz x

  5. 29th September 2016 / 8:47 am

    Gorgeous photos! It looks like you had a great trip! I really want to take my 3 year old on a gruffalo trail, it looks so fun! X

  6. 29th September 2016 / 9:32 am

    Enjoyed your vlog and think we will have to give Thomas land a try. We’ve been to ravenglass pre kids and always said wed love to go back with them. I am an amateur vlogger too now as I think there is only so much a photo can tell you!

  7. 29th September 2016 / 7:35 pm

    What a gorgeous place to visit!!! I love staycations in the UK, there are some really incredible places to visit. I love that tree and the gruffalo seat! So cool! Great first vlog, it looks like you had a great time. Can’t get over the views when you’re driving. x

  8. 29th September 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Wow, looks like you had a lot of fun! Staycations are all the rage now – they’re such a fab way to spend time together. Love that you saw Thomas the Tank – my toddler would have loved that 🙂 x

  9. 2nd October 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Sounds like you guys had the most wonderful little break away and packed in stacks of fun things too. I love a little UK break, it’s still feels like a holiday as you’re getting away from home and the usual routine! xo

  10. 8th October 2016 / 12:56 pm

    It looks fabulous! Your photos are stunning. I’ve always wanted to head to that neck of the woods. I’m adding it to our “must do” list 🙂

  11. 12th October 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Aww, what a lovely trip! As much as I love to go away I love exploring the UK too. Sounds like you fitted in a lot in a week. Whinlatter forest sounds lovely & the first photo of the sunset is just stunning. My boy would love all the trains too! Arlo has grown so much, love his curls! Thanks for joining in with #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

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