Well, even after a crazy first week of the holidays, we still had a lot that we wanted to do before we went back to work and school.
On Saturday, we had a fantastic time at Dewflock Farm. We had visited Kingston Maurward earlier in the year for their lambing weekend but this offered something different – the chance to give the lambs a little cuddle! For a nominal entrance fee, we were able to walk freely around the farm, looking at the cows, watching some sheep shearing and eating some of the lovely homemade food on offer. The best bit was being able to sit on hay bales in a little pen to cuddle and feed the lambs. We couldn’t believe how tame they were. TJ absolutely loved having one of them sit on his lap and he was really gentle and patient with them. Whenever you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he always says, “A farmer, a policeman and a daddy” so this was a great experience for him.
TJ has been getting excited about Easter for ages. We have a family tradition of setting up bunny footprints from his bedroom to the lounge which lead to his Easter Basket. His little face when he woke up and followed the trail downstairs was priceless.
This year, we even managed to get hold of this very cool Lego chick which he loved making before we headed to Exeter to spend the rest of the day with family.
Once in Exeter, we headed to Killerton – a beautiful National Trust property in Broadclyst. We completed the Easter Egg hunt with TJ’s cousin, had a picnic and spent a lovely few hours laying in the sun.
After a quick visit to a local park on Monday, we headed back to Dorset around lunchtime. It being the Bank Holiday weekend, the traffic was pretty heavy so we decided to stop off on the way at Burton Bradstock (taking advantage of the free parking available to National Trust members). We’ve been wanting to go there for ages and weren’t disappointed. To any Broadchurch fans out there, Burton Bradstock is just down the road from West Bay where Broadchurch was filmed and the cliffs are very similar. It was only meant to be a quick stop off but we ended up staying there for about four hours! We collected shells, build stone stacks and had a lovely long walk along the shoreline. It really was beautiful and we hope to return in the summer.
On Tuesday, we had a bit of a quieter day. We went to the cinema in the morning and stopped off at the library on the way home (wearing a cheetah mask of course!) We wanted to save our energy for Wednesday and a trip to Longleat!
If you’ve read any of our blog before, you will know that Longleat is one of our absolute favourite places to go. TJ loves animals and every time we go, there is something different to see or experience. This time, it was the Marvellous Monsters exhibition. When I first saw it advertised, I thought it was just going to be a ‘meet the creature’ sort of exhibit where you could hold millipedes or giant snails but I had it completely wrong. Dotted around the park are enormous models of insects, mini beasts and arachnids which move as soon as you go near them. They are amazing and well worth a visit – TJ wants to go back already!
On Thursday, we decided to take advantage of our annual passes with a visit to the Sealife Centre. They have just finished building a fantastic adventure playground called Carribean Cove which TJ really enjoyed playing on. It’s a bit of a shame that they’ve got rid of the the crocodile log flume and the rides but I do think this is better – and more importantly they now sell Costa Coffee in the cafe! TJ enjoyed stamping his card to receive his pop badge and having his photo taken in front of the green screen.
Our final outing of the holiday was to the Tank Museum in Bovington. We took TJ last year and once you’ve bought a ticket, you get unlimited free entry for a year which is brilliant value for money. As it was the school holidays, there was a small display in the Kuwait Arena where some of the tanks were driven round while a man gave a talk about them which was quite interesting. We also got the opportunity to be driven round the arena in an army vehicle which TJ loved! We made and painted a wooden tank and TJ ran around in the soft play area before finishing off the day with a chocolate ice cream!
We had such a fantastic holiday – can’t wait for the next one!