A day by the seaside

A day by the seaside in Scarborough.

While we were on holiday ‘up north’ we decided to take the opportunity to visit Scarborough and see the sea. It’s our first visit to the coast on this side of the UK, as we’re used to dipping our toes in the English Channel as opposed to the North Sea.

Scarborough Beach

It’s a beautiful sunny day and we head off from our holiday home to the beach. It takes us just under an hour from York to the coast through beautiful countryside full of bright yellow rapeseed fields, blue sky and white fluffy clouds. It’s really picturesque. When we get to Scarborough it’s clouded over, so we head to the SeaLife Centre to see the fishys.

SeaLife Centre Scarborough Beach

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We can spot the Scarborough Sea Life Centre from the other side of the bay, it’s huge with white peaks pointing up from the shore. We see the Penguins, rescued Seals and are most impressed with the Jelly Fish and turtle area.

SeaLife Centre Scarborough Beach

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We spend 2 hours in the centre and hang out with The Octonauts. My mummy and daddy enjoy lunch in the cafe while I have a little play in the soft play area. Which is a great idea!

SeaLife Centre Scarborough Jelly Fish

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The afternoon brightens so we sit on the beach and enjoy carving out our names in the sand and play chase.

We even enjoy a sneaky ice cream and sweets too. The coast line is impressive and we spot a castle on the cliff. It seems we have the whole beach to ourselves as it’s not half-term just yet! I enjoy running around and letting off steam while my mummy sunbaths.

Scarborough Beach

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The sand is soft and I even have a little bit of a paddle with daddy before being chased away by the ripples of the waves.

Scarborough

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On the other side of that cliff is another bay which we drive through on the way home, it’s smaller but it’s where all the fun attractions are, like the arcades, shops, fun fair and pretty marina. Next time we visit we’ll come here first. So much to see and do, we ran out of time. We’d like to take a trip on the miniature railway and visit the castle ruins next time we visit. Scarborough’s a great seaside town!

Love Bella x

 

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Room on the Broom Trail

Room on the Broom Trail

Dear mummy, we’re not usually up this neck of the woods, but while we were visiting friends and family we decided to stop by Anglers Country Park in Wintersett, Wakefield. The country park is 64 hectares in size and dominated by a huge lake, surrounded by grassland and woods. It used to be a open-cast coal mine in 1974! One of the deepest in the country. The lake is entirely man-made! It’s now been filled in with water and is a top nature reserve, attracting migrating birds….and visitors* each year. *inc. the occasional witch and dragon!*

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

The country park is maintained and run by Wakefield Council and is open every day of the year. It’s free too, with no parking charges which is refreshing. The visitors centre is open from 10.30 – 4pm in low season and 11-4pm in high season. There is a kids activity centre which includes information on bird watching and conservation. An adventure playground and great, cheap little cafe. Baby changing and toilets. All facilities and paths are buggy and wheelchair friendly and the route around the lake plays host to walkers, cyclists, joggers and even horse riders! We saw a group of girls on horseback cantering (even though I’m sure they should have been walking or trotting! 😉 ) it was a beautiful sight. Everyone was friendly and we had a good time roaming.

The main reason why we are here is to catch up with old friends who live nearby and see the Room on the Broom Trail which we’ve heard so much about!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

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The trail is not for the faint hearted though…it’s a two-mile walk around a large lake, which on the day we visited, was very cold and windy.

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

We weren’t disappointed with the carvings though as there were at least 5 that we saw, but we were walking aimlessly. The visitors centre had run out of Room on the Broom activity packs (£2) and we didn’t have a map, we just followed the path around the lake.

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We saw all our favourite characters from the Julia Donaldson book ‘Room on the Broom’. We saw the witch on her broom with her hat and cat, the dog, the bird and the frog…and then the most exciting part..we saw the dragon! RARGHHHH!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

A great place to visit for fresh air and exercise – the lake is deceptively big! I was knackered when we reached the cafe afterwards!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

If you love Room on the Broom – you won’t be disappointed. A great FREE day out.

Love Bella x

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

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