Happy New Year everyone, thank you for reading and supporting us in 2018. I hope that we can share many adventures and days out/holiday ideas again in 2019. As we move forward into 2019 I thought that it would be fun to publish another year in review. This is now my second yearly round-up post and now my second year of Our bucket list lives. Happy Birthday to us (well almost!). We ticked quite a lot off our bucket list in 2018. I can’t begin to cover everything in this post but I will include all our highlights.
January started off quite quietly with a few days out and a mini break to Scarborough. We tend to not take any holidays in January, even though it is the month of my birthday. We love to stay at The Sands in Scarborough. It’s a great location in 5* self-catering apartments.
In February we set off on our epic 3 week bucket list holiday to Florida. During those 3 weeks we stayed on and off-site to Disney World in Orlando. I wrote a great number of posts which you can find over here. Our son loved meeting all the Disney characters and went on as many of the scarier rides as we could persuade him on. We then spent 4 nights in St Augustine which is a beautiful and historical town on the east coast of Florida. Finishing with 5 nights at Cabana bay at Universal. This was a big highlight for us. I still can’t believe some of the rides that we got our then 4 year old on. It was unseasonably hot at around 30oC every day we were there. It was quite a shock to come home to snow.
This was a cold month and a month for days out rather than a holiday anywhere. We had a few trips to Skegness Pier as they have some great early bird bowling deals. We also took another trip to The Deep in Hull and fitted in a couple of farm play dates.
In April we took one of only two touring caravan holidays of 2018. We went to Blue Dolphin near Filey and it was just a total disaster. It was the main reason that we only took one more caravan holiday last year as it put us right off for a bit. I have never seen so much mud in my life. The site shouldn’t have been open. In Easter, we went to Bournemouth for a few days with my Mum to see our relatives. We had a wonderful time at Beaulieu and a rather busy day out to Paultons/Peppa Pig world. A day out I really enjoyed in April was to Rufford Abbey. We were also lucky to be invited to review Disney on Ice again. Another highlight was our weekend break to Ribby Hall near Blackpool. The accommodation was excellent and there was so much to do on site. It is a bit like a mini centre parcs.
In May we had a weekend break to Stratford-upon-Avon with my Mum. Our son loved it so much that he often asks when are we going back. There was so much to do and all within walking distance of our hotel. It’s such a beautiful place to visit. We also had a fun day out to Conkers in Leicestershire.
June was quite a quiet month. We finally discovered Crewswell Crags in Nottinghamshire and I was glad that we did. It’s so beautiful there and it was the first time that my son had ever gone in a cave. We visited Fantasy Island again and managed a few more rides than our last visit as our son had grown again.
July saw us crossing off a few fun bucket list ticks that my son had wanted to do for a while. We walked Alpacas at Charnwood Alpacas. Then we stayed at the CBeebies Hotel and had a couple of days at Alton Towers where our son was brave enough to go on the new Wickerman ride. Sadly he contracted Rotavirus just after our visit and he was hospitalised on and off over two days. He was so poorly bless him, I felt so helpless. At the end of July, we celebrated his 5th Birthday party with a really fun birthday party in our back garden with all his friends (where does the time go?). Part of his birthday gift was a night away with a day at Roarr Dinosaur Adventure and then the enchanting Bewilderwood, both in Norfolk.
August saw the third month of wonderful weather and 4 more weeks off school for our little fella. We took the caravan to Skegness and stayed at Southview Caravan park again. Then we had a couple of nights away with my Mum to Castleton in the Peak District where we climbed up to one of the highest castles I’ve ever been to and down three caves that I explored many moons ago as a child. (posts to be published soon on my big catch up attempt for 2019). Springfields in Spalding opened its wonderful new Adventureland. We returned to Scarborough for a mini break and also down to Warwickshire to visit Kenilworth castle and Warwick castle.
Life went a bit pear shaped in September. The people who were supposed to be buying our house pulled out a few days before completion. But my son and I had already moved away as we wanted him to start September in his new school in what was supposed to be our new area. We committed to this and because of this we spent 4 months moving from one holiday let to another as they are so hard to come by for any length of time. We still haven’t sold our house so we have bought something small to give us a base until we do sell. It’s been a crazy few months and we are nearly settled now. But it has taken a lot of our time from us and kept us apart for way too long from my husband and his Daddy. I fully intend to make it up to our son and I have promised him a day out every weekend from mid Jan until December….so watch this space. I’m also aiming for at least 10 holidays this year (most will be mini-breaks).
In October we visited Scarborough fair which was really good fun and much better than we were expecting. We also went down a RAF bunker at Holmpton and visited Bridlington wildlife park where we hand-fed wallabies. We also went to Hardy’s animal farm near Skegness and we were both very impressed…. more reviews to come soon. Moving has taken over but normal writing service will resume.
During half-term I treated our son to a day out to see the Dinosaurs at Wollaton Hall. We had a mini-break to Blackpool and a day out to the Yorkshire air museum.
We finally bought a house (see above). We also won an influencers competition to go to Santa’s Lapland. This was exactly what we all needed and we had such a magical time away. We also reviewed Enchanted Brodsworth and The Snowman in Beverley.
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