After last years holiday with my Mum & Sister, we had every intention of booking up to go on holiday to Corfu as a couple this year… and then along came bump and with the main tourist season for the island only starting in May (Bump’s due month!) and it being super duper hot through the summer, we’ve decided to push that back to the summer of 2018 when we will go there as a family when she is a little older.
Instead, this year we are going to plan a few different short breaks & day trips here in the UK. We’re looking to go on a weekend baby moon in March / April, and once baby is here and I am on maternity leave we’ve a list of places and attractions that we’d like to visit across the country.
T H E L A K E D I S T R I C T & S C A F E L L P I K E | We are planning our first little get away as a family of four (including the dog) for around August / September time and the Lake District is at the top of our list. We’ve been searching through Trip Advisor at their list of the top things to do while there, and I really love the idea of the Beatrix Potter Lakeland Tour & the wildlife park and Sean would like to take on Scafell Pike again.
A L T O N T O W E R S | I have to admit, this one is more for me than it is for Sean – he’s not a great lover of theme parks, but I’m more than happy for him to wander around Cbeebies land with baby while I get my adrenaline fix on the rides throughout the park! You can get some really good discounts on tickets too.
O P E N T O P B U S T O U R & L O N D O N T H E A T R E | Okay, so we might need to leave baby at home with Nanny for this one, but Sean and I would really like to catch a London Show and maybe be tourists for a day in the Big Smoke. Mum & I went to see Wicked for my birthday which was amazing and the latest addition to the West End , Alladin, looks like an incredible show.
W A R N E R B R O T H E R ‘S S T U D I O T O U R | As some of you might already know, I am a MAJOR Harry Potter Fan and have already been to the studio tour twice – once for the Hogwarts in the Snow feature in 2014 & their Hallowe’en Dark Arts event after the addition of the Hogwarts Express in 2015. Both visits were amazing, and whether you’re an avid fan like me, or just looking for a cool attraction to go to in the UK, there really is so much to see and do and learn. This year, we’re looking forward to seeing the addition of ‘The Forbidden Forest’.
C O O M B E M I L L F A R M & T H E E D E N P R O J E C T | Cornwall has always been on my travel wishlist and this year might just be the year we get to go! Naturally, we would choose to stay at Coombe Mill after all of the brilliant reviews we’ve heard and of course, we couldn’t plan a Cornwall visit without paying a trip to The Eden Project too.
H O W L E T T S & P O R T L Y M P N E A S P I N A L L W I L D A N I M A L P A R K S | A little (a lot!) closer to home, a trip to each of these this year is a must. We are both big animal lovers and we’re excited to get up close and personal with some of the greats again after our visit to Howlett’s in Spring 2016. We’re even considering a stay in one of Port Lympne’s Pine Wood Pods to and booking an experience each while we’re there.
What’s on your list to see & do across the UK this year?