What a wonderful week. Our first October half term where we have taken a break together. In the past we have saved our holidays for December however as we don’t have a festive break planned this year we thought we would break for Halloween. I am so glad that we did, we recharged our batteries. Took in so much fresh air and man adventures. And as we close the door on our first half term of Year 3 we can’t help but feel happy, lucky to have spent a few days together as a family and grateful for blue skies and sunshine. We were so lucky with the weather, a real treat for this time of year.
I didn’t manage to break for the whole week however we did manage 5 whole days together, wrapped in our little family bubble enjoying the kind of time together that we crave. Weekends just aren’t enough. And I know that the boys enjoyed their two days together. Thankfully as the cold snap arrives so do the slow weekends, cosy movie afternoons and preparations for Christmas.
And so, join me in a little round up of our adventures…
First stop Blackpool. George had a wish list of the Tower, the Sealife Centre, Madame Tussauds to see the new Marvel characters and lets not forget the slot machines on the Pier. As much as I don’t like some parts of Blackpool you can’t beat these attractions and walking along the promenade. Doesn’t it look beautiful? As we have Merlin Annual Passes we thought we’d make the most of them and book all 5 attractions for our visit.
We ate fish & chips on the promenade whilst watching the sunset, drank hot chocolate with a sea view. Breathtakingly beautiful. A day for the memory book. I’m so glad we made the last minute decision to head to the seaside. They said the best made plans are the spontaneous ones. They certainly are. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. I do like to be beside the sea.
We only decided on the morning of our trip to pack an overnight bag just in case we found a good deal. And that we did. To Southport it was. And after a long day exploring, visiting all the Merlin attractions I was so glad when we arrived in Southport. The Hotel we stayed in was lovely – the Lord Street Hotel a real treat. The view, the comfy beds – did I say the view?
We struggled to find a spot open for breakfast so I would keep this in mind during the winter however we did stumble across the Bistrot Pierre as we walked down the main street – really lovely. The coffee and the bacon butties were very tasty. Very quickly followed by a stroll along the pier, although again as it was late October it was closed for restoration so we only made it out a short way.
A firm favourite in the Hargreaves household. Always our first choice when visiting the seaside. The lovely team over at St Anne’s Beach Huts very kindly allowed us to warm up in one of their beach huts whilst we visited. A welcome treat for me whilst the boys played football on the beach. Always playing football. They soon retreated to the hut for a cosy cup of tea. Oh I do love to be beside the seaside. If you’re ever in Lytham taking a walk along the promenade and hiring a beach hut is a must. Don’t forget to wrap up.
And back to Blackpool…
Back to where our adventure started. We arrived in Blackpool to a gorgeous blue sky. For the first time we walked along the North Pier which is now my favourite, George rode the helter skelter and screamed with joy as he flew down. Quickly followed by The Dungeons whilst I grabbed a coffee and then The Circus. I wasn’t sure about George going into the Dungeons however he assured me that he wasn’t scared and laughed in parts. They do say it’s a family attraction. We haven’t watched the circus at The Blackpool Tower since George was 4 so it was lovely to go back. I’d highly recommend going along but do book in advance as it is such a popular attraction.
And then it was back to work for me whilst the boys enjoyed two Daddy and Son days. It is so rare for them to get this time together, and despite feeling a little glum about returning to work the flood of photo’s which kept arriving really made me smile. George has had a blooming great half term and despite being tearful on Sunday evening for his break to end I know that he has so much to look forward to. And a camera roll of memories. And if you are wondering they decided on Chester Zoo, a trip to Snugbury’s Ice Cream Farm and Kickair in Manchester for their boys club days out.
Ah what a lovely week you have had. I always try to take the October half term off work as I feel my girls are always in need of a little Mummy time after adjusting back into school. You pictures are beautiful and just look at that sky!!
We really did. George really enjoyed our break together. Countdown to Christmas now
You always seem to have so much fun on your time off! I’ve never been to Blackpool before but those pictures make me want to book a break and go there! Your pictures are so gorgeous, you are an amazing photographer
Aww you think so? Honestly I think it’s about making the most of our time together as we work full time. We both feel like we miss so much and thank you for being so kind about my photography skills
Gorgeous KA I adore following your adventures, all your photos are stunning and I totally agree there I parts of Blackpool I really don’t like but there is also so much that is fun for families x
Aww thank you sweetie. We really did have a super few days together. I treasure them as one day it will just be the two of us x
What a wonderful half term you had, so many adventures and wasn’t the weather kind to you. I’ve never been to Blackpool before, but seeing your photos it looks like there is lots for families to do x
What a lovely half term you had. And those blue skies are just beautiful. I’ve never really fancied Blackpool, but you’re tempting me to give it a try x
We were so so lucky with the weather. Blackpool is great for little ones, I remember going every year as a child. It’s one of those places you have to visit
So many stunning photos girl I don’t know how you do it be each one a lovely moment, a glimpse into your family adventures, captured in still forever. I love it. Looks like you had great weekend. You know I love this beach too. We need to get the kids all together for a beach day.
Aww thanks Jenny, sure is easy to grab a nice shot when there’s a blue sky and everyone is relaxed. A play date would be lovely x
It looks like you had so much fun! I’ve never been to Blackpool though the husband is desperate to go. Lovely photos 🙂
Oh we did. Such fun and the weather helped
The shots look amazing! Congratulation for a successful adventure. It really is nice to have some quality time with the family especially when the kids are young. I hope we can visit Europe next year together as a family.
And I’ll practice taking shots like that!