Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is by far our favourite. Half terms go too quickly, the Christmas holidays are too busy doing Christmassy things and the summer holiday is, dare I say it, too long! Generally the Easter holidays see a change in the weather, lighter evenings and lots of different activities put on to get you out and about.
We started our holiday on Friday straight after school with an impromptu trip to the beach. TJ loved making sandcastles and even managed a quick swim in the sea. Weymouth beach is just lovely – lots of soft sand and shallow waters which mean we can relax and watch TJ splash around without a worry.
On Saturday, most of the day was spent clearing the garden. We only have a small courtyard but it was looking quite sorry for itself after the winter with discarded toys and overgrown flowerbeds. A few trips to the tip later and it was looking pretty good. We bought some new lights and a new BBQ ready for those warm summer evenings.
Sunday and Monday was spent at Legoland! You can read all about that here.
After a tiring couple of days away, we spent Tuesday morning at home. We got some new plants for our pots, set up snail races and played with Lego.
In the afternoon, we decided to head out to one of our favourite places – Thorncombe Woods. It’s a fantastic place for a run around and more often than not, you bump into a group of wild horses roaming through the forset. It’s supported by the National Trust and contains Hardy’s Cottage which is a lovely little thatched cottage and the birthpace of Thomas Hardy.
TJ had a great time climbing trees, building ‘camp fires’ and running around and it was a brilliant way to end the day.
On Wednesday, we met some friends and went to Corfe Castle – another National Trust location. (It’s a No Brainer!) One of the things I love about the National Trust is that they are so child-friendly and always have a range of activities during the school holidays to keep the children entertained. The entrance to the castle had been transformed into a little Medieval Village and TJ got the try his hand at archery for the first time. He did really well and really enjoyed it too – and at just £2 a go, it was a bargain! The views from the top of the castle were stunning and the children loved exploring and chasing each other around. On the way back to the car, they raced their paper boats which we had made in the Tea Room (it would have been rude not to have had a cream tea after all that walking!) and spotted some amazing beetles.
A trip to Sandworld was the order of the day on Thursday. We had collected some tokens in the local paper which meant we could get season tickets for £11 for all 3 of us instead of £7 a visit per adult. We have been visiting Sandworld for years, even before we moved to Dorset, and have always loved it. This season, for the first time in 15 years, they have decided to add colour to some of the sculptures and it is simply stunning. The tiger is just amazing. As always, TJ wanted to make his own sand art and chose a seahorse to fill and was able to do it all by himself. As well as the scupltures, there are two huge sandpits which the children can play in along with equipment and instructions to make pillars, castles and a turtle. We spend ages building a sandcastle and making pillars before heading off home for some dinner.
Good Friday began with TJ decorating our Easter tree and a special Easter breakfast of Hot Cross Buns and bunny shaped crumpets before heading out for the day. First stop was Brewery Square as quite randomly, Mr Bloom from CBeebies was paying a visit. I have never seen the place so busy! Mr Bloom appears to have quite a few mummy fans as well as children!
After that, we drove to Kingston Lacy to take part in the Easter Egg Hunt. We did the hunt last year (twice actually!) and it was good that this time, it took a different route along the Woodland Walk. It was really lovely – TJ enjoyed completing the trail – writing and drawing the answers to the questions and found a couple of friends to run around with in the Play Area. Kingston Lacy is such a beautiful place and we are looking forward to spending lots of days there in the summer.
We’ve had a brilliant few days and can’t wait for more adventures next week!