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A Fun Filled Day at Weymouth Sea-Life Adventure Park

As blog ambassador for Weymouth Sea Life Adventure park, we had the pleasure of spending a lovely day at this fun-filled theme park in Dorset last Wednesday.  And luckily, the sun was out that day, making the experience even more pleasurable for us.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you will remember F, little T’s first best-friend, while she has a number of new best-friends, F will always remain special to her, so it wasn’t really surprising when we asked whom among her friends, she would like to take to go on an adventure with her to Weymouth, she chose him.  After all, when on a fun-day out, it’s always best to enjoy it with a friend right?

We left Cornwall about 8a.m. and after countless of “Are we there yets” (that started around 8.20), we finally arrived at 11am at Weymouth Sea-Life Adventure Park with two excited 5-year-olds.  There was already a queue when we arrived and we also had a bit of a delay going in,because of some miscommunication between the Sea-life Adventure park and their marketing department, but when that was settled, we were finally in.  And much to the delight of the two kids, they had a “Finding Dory trail” to do (they’ve just seen the movie).

T and F had fun gazing at the different species including the famous clown fish and blue tang fish first made famous by the movies Finding Nemo and Dory.

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And then they spied the Splash Zone and wanted to play in the water just like the other kids.  I’m glad I listened to one of my blogger friends who advised to bring their swimsuits.  It was a warm day, so playing in the water was actually a welcome idea.

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And also for the adults to have a little rest, while watching the kids have fun in the water.  As you can see, it was a total hit with T and F.  We had a bit of a hard time convincing them that there were still many things to do and see at the Sea-life adventure park.

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They did the trail, had fun touching the star-fish at the rock-pools, loved the New Ideas Zone where they learned which creatures used electricity to hunt or feed and also enjoyed looking at the blue luminous coral.

And of course, an adventure park won’t be one without the rides …

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All in all it was an enjoyable experience for the kids, especially for young children like T and F. Prepare to spend a whole day to be able to experience all what Weymouth Sea-Life Adventure Park has to offer.

Was it worth driving all the way from Cornwall to Dorset?  Definitely!  The look on the kids faces, don’t lie, do they?  Watch the short video below and you’ll see what I mean.

If you’re in the area and have little ones, it’s certainly worth a visit, especially during the summer. Click here for more information about Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park.

Have you visited? What do you think?

*As mentioned, we are a blogger ambassador for Weymouth Adventure Park, but all views in our posts related to them are ours alone.  Also, all photos taken are also by yours truly.

Lunch at Chimay, Belgium

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The day after that much-needed R&R, since we knew the weather was going to be bad again, we decided to drive into Belgium just for the day, hoping that the skies over there were blue and not grey!

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We drove to Chimay, a lovely town in Belgium not far from the French border.  As you can see, the weather was no different in France!  It was lunch time by the time we arrived and the plan was to look for a restaurant where we can have some mussels, frits and Belgian beer.  I love the Belgian Belgos restaurant in London, you see.  I wanted to have a taste of it in its home country.  But was in for a disappointment.  It was a sunday and the few restaurants that were open, didn’t serve them.

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But all wasn’t lost.  Had a taste of Chimay beer and it was delish!

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We went around the little town in the rain and took shelter inside this very old church.

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And when the weather improved, headed out doors once again.

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There really wasn’t much to see, because it was a Sunday and most shops, restaurants and tourist places were shut.  But in spite of that, still enjoyed our little drive into Belgium.

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On our way back into France, I just had to take a photo of the old, boarded-up border control between Belgium and France.  I wonder, when was the last time this was used?

Linking this post-up with PODcast’s #WhatsTheStory.

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Have a lovely week ahead folks!

We're going on a Road Trip!

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Here’s one-year-old T, keeping herself busy with a Cbeebies magazine.  We also brought loads of her favourite picture books, toys which we would give to her every time she became impatient during the very-long-road trip. At that age, she also loved “In the Night Garden” and would listen to the soundtrack again and again, which drove us mad, but seemed to calm her down.

The last time we went on a road trip was after little T turned one.  We travelled all the way from Cornwall-Bristol-Birmingham-Chester-The Lake District and finally to a small cabin near the woods in Loch Awe, Scotland.  And on our way back to England, we dropped by Heptonstall in Yorkshire to visit my favourite American poet’s grave, Sylvia Plath.

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And here’s our little cabin by the woods in a tiny little village called Dalavich.  This was our home for ten days.  Yes, it rained A LOT, but we also had sunshiny days, enough for us to be able to explore that area of Scotland.  We even managed a ferry trip from Oban!

Our next trip will be from Cornwall to Dover and take a ferry to Calais.  From there we drive to Picardy, where we’re booked to stay in a villa at Eurocamp for ten days.  Since little T is starting school this September, we also decided to take her to Disneyland in Paris.  It will be her first time (mine too!) so we’re really looking forward to that!

I love the countryside (anywhere in the world) so the plan is to explore as much French countryside as we can and also do a day-trip to Belgium and Germany.  But we’ll see what happens when we get there. One thing we learned from our last road-trip is to be prepared for plans to unravel (especially when travelling with a little one).  Like that time Scotland, when we were on our way to catch a train to see the Scottish Highlands and little T vomited all over her fleecy.  While we did bring change of clothing for her, we didn’t have an extra fleecy or cardigan she could wear under her coat.  This is Scotland folks, while it was early Autumn when we were there, it was still too cold to travel around with a just a coat on. So we changed our plans and decided to go to Oban and buy her a new fleecy.  But it turned out to be a nice day-out for us after all in spite the change of plans – that’s when we decided to hop on a ferry to see Balamory, but we didn’t have the time to get off.  It was really just a ferry-ride and see What’s-the-strory-in-Balamory-wouldn’t-you-like-to-know from afar.

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My word of the week is therefore – excited! And what makes this road-trip even more special and exciting is that I have two family members whom I’m really close to, coming all the way from home, to join us in this road-trip –  double-triple-quadruple-yay!

So the first week of July will probably be spent showing my lovely family around Cornwall.  By then they would’ve had a few days in London and in Bath (they love Jane Austen).  Then we drive off to France for ten days!

Are you going somewhere nice over the holidays too?

Do you also enjoy road-trips like I do?

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Have a lovely weekend folks!

Doing it “nicely”, according to T.

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T is potty-trained.  We can even do long road-trips and all she does is tell us she needs to go and patiently waits till there is a service station nearby or for emergencies, a lay-by.  But when she gets too engrossed playing, especially when her best-friend is visiting, she forgets herself – hence, the little accidents like this one which happened a few days ago:

Tamsin!  Have you wet your knickers again?!

Don’t worry Mom, I did it “nicely”.