Our Summer of 2017 in Photos – Our Summer Bucket list

What a busy summer we’ve had. I wanted to fit in as much as possible before Jamie started reception class at primary school. It proved to be a very busy holiday and I took over 1,000 photos! (plus countless deleted ones). Overall he had 6 weeks off plus his first week back has only been part-time. I have a feeling we won’t manage anywhere near this amount of photos in September. It breaks my heart that my sidekick isn’t going to be around as much now. I’m sat here writing whilst he’s at school for just two hours, I miss him like crazy. We have had so much fun though. Here is our summer of 2017 in photos. I hope you enjoy being nosy as much as we enjoyed making the following memories. I have so much content to now get on and write about!

Before the summer holidays started I made a little bucket list of things to do. It had 28 things to do on it. We managed to tick most of them off


July – Week 1

Bucket list #1 – Holiday by the seaside. We managed to tick this off twice when we stayed in Scarborough at the start of the holidays and then Hunstanton at the end.

A weekend away to Scarborough – This was our view from our apartment

Bucket list #22 – Play crazy golf = completed

Bucket list #20 – Go for a walk at a nature reserve = completed

Exploring RSPB Gibraltar point in memory of my Dad


Week 2

Birthday treat with a weekend away to Windsor and a day out to Legoland
Our little boy turns 4

Bucket list #13 – Go on a boat ride = completed

Bucket list first – Taking a ride on a paddle steamer
Another bucket list first – completing the Maize Maze challenge at Uncle Henry’s farm near Lincoln
We were invited to review the Summer of Imagination at Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

Doddington Hall – A summer of Imagination – Family day out (review)

Week 3

Completing the Knights trail in Lincoln in just one day

Knights trail Lincoln – Follow the trail and collect your prize (review)

One of many playdates – this time to Bransby horses, near Lincoln

Bucket list #5 – Visit a castle = completed, something we managed to do twice.

We were invited to review the Grand Medieval Joust at Lincoln castle – perfect for our Knight mad boy

Lincoln castle – Grand medieval joust – event review

A lovely step back in time reviewing Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire

Crich Tramway Village Derbyshire – No ordinary day out – 16 great things (review)

Using up our free returns at The Deep in Hull – Jamie loved the ice wall

Week 4

Another invitation to review – this time it was the open top tourist bus in Lincoln

Lincoln tourist Sightseeing bus – A great way to get around (review)

Bucket list #3 – Go on amusement rides (this was completed many times over, he loves rides!)

An annual day out to Twin Lakes in Melton Mowbray

Bucket list #18 – Go to a historic house = completed twice

Starting our English Heritage pass adventures – Gainsborough Hall – what a gem
Another English Heritage property – The stunning Thornton Abbey in North Lincolnshire

Bucket list #14 – Visit the farm = completed

Sacrewell Farm invited us to review their Summer Fun – Jamie often asks when can he go back

Sacrewell Heritage Farm – Summer fun – A review

Bucket list #17 – Feed the ducks = completed (and Geese and Swans and Fish!)

Caravan holiday to Bosworth water park in Leicestershire – there’s so much to do there but it kept raining

Bucket list #6 – Watch a historical battle = completed

We were invited to review the Bosworth Medieval weekend. I have to say that this was our favourite day out of the summer

Bucket list #21 – See a theatre performance outdoors = completed (Sooty show counts right?)

Free Sooty show at Springfields retail outlet in Spalding – Jamie is a big fan
A lovely day out at Mablethorpe beach

Bucket list #2 – Eat fish and chips on the beach = completed (Well by the beach) We managed this on our day out to Mablethorpe.

Bucket list #27 – Ride on a donkey = completed

Week 5

Our annual day out to Wheelgate park in Nottinghamshire
Caravan site fun with friends in Monmouthshire
A visit to the stunning Tintern Abbey in Wales

Bucket list #28 – See a show (live concert) = completed

Jamie’s first ever rock concert at Chepstow Castle

Bucket list #10 – Meet a character = completed

Someone is growing up – He is no longer scared to hug a mascot – White post farm in Nottinghamshire

Week 6

So proud of him joining in with all the activities and discos on our final caravan holiday of the summer to Hunstanton in Norfolk

Bucket list #9 – Make a meal together = completed. Jamie made pizza as part of a weekly activity at Searles leisure. We all tried some.

From our bucket list, we didn’t manage to go pond dipping, watch a film outdoors. The weather was so bad we didn’t swim in our local lido (we have managed a few visits this year). I totally failed on going to a festival or carnival this summer and that was something I really wanted us to do. A ride on a steam train never happened as it was shut on the day we went. Neither did we go on a teddy bear’s picnic or sit in a fire engine. All things for next summer.

I also didn’t manage to take any picnic photos but we did accomplish this. Ditto for picking fruit. He also played in a splash park but no photographs were allowed. We also went on a bike ride but I seem to have lost the photo!

And that concludes our summer of 2017 in photos. Now to get writing about it all.

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