30 August 2016

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Without the "Let's" it may have a very different meaning but let's be sure here we are talking about actually flying kites!

It was pretty blustery at the seaside. Windy enough for flying a kite (but not too windy). On holiday it had been too windy for flying a kite and a cheaper kite broke easily, but I digress. This time, the weather was perfect. The sun was shining, fish and chips and ice creams devoured and the Links has ample space for flying a kite - the perfect place even for beginners.

Who hasn't heard Dick Van Dyke sing 'Let's Go Fly a Kite' in Mary Poppins? There can't be many.

Hearing those words just inspires thoughts of freedom and fun for me. In the musical, those words are all about how friends and family are more important than work, and an afternoon flying a kite is certainly a tonic to a stressful time at work or in other parts of your life.

You're out in the fresh air, in the sunshine, disappointed when it falls and delighted when the kite is airborne. Some say it even feels like there is something alive on the end of the string!

It gets all of your senses going. See the kite fly in the sky; hear the tail flutter and flap in the wind, smell the sea and freshly cut grass, fell the strain on your hands; and as for taste that will be the ice-creams we enjoyed too.

It's a calming exercise for all involved, to watch a kite soaring above your head, fighting the breeze to stay in the air. And best of all its adds a great big smile to the face. And don't forget to look around you too - it's amazing how people can't help but smile at seeing a kite soaring above their heads.

Where: Whitley Bay Links
Cost: Free
Equipment: Shark kite cost £9.95, 6 years ago at a kite festival and is still going strong.
Boys Club Rating: There were very happy smiles on all faces :)
When to go: Anytime of the year. Ideally, the weather needs to be dry but windy - if it's sunny don't forget the sunscreen.

Deb x

11 August 2016

Lovely Lulworth

It was like this. We were lucky enough to have a two-night child-free break in Dorset last year.

Lulworth Cove
But here's the thing ... it was soooo lovely we wanted to take the boys there :)

So on a journey between London and Devon, we decided to take a slight detour.

Just an easy 2.5-hour drive from London and you find this amazing place.

If you haven't been to Lulworth Cove it is in Dorset located on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It welcomes 500,000 tourists per year but we've been twice now and although busy there is a big enough car park to accommodate everyone. With a shingle beach surrounding the cove, fantastic views from up top, visitor centre, shops, toilet facilities, ice creams and fish and chips and plenty of other food places on hand its a great family place to visit.

This time, we didn't stay but we saw plenty of self-catering cottages, Inns, B&Bs as well as caravan and camping sites in the area - but I'd advise booking ahead if staying as its very popular.

Last year we stayed at Bishops and had this great view from a window seat in our room (The Boat House). It also had an outdoor swimming pool and yes it was cold but we swam :)

Lulworth Cove from Bishops

But back to this year, and we finally got to enjoy the steep but lovely 1-mile walk up, along and down the South West Coastal Path to Durdle Door. The magnificent Durdle Door arch and beach also has a shingle beach recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality.

Man O'War Bay

Durdle Door

It's quite a steep walk and a hot dusty day we were in need of refreshments - the bottle of water had not lasted. One of the boys had already been for a dip in the sea. We had also promised the boys an ice cream on the return leg back over the hill, (which is never as much fun!) and then we came across these ...

When you really need an ice-lolly but really want an ice-cream, then the Royal Slush is perfect. A double Slushie with Mr. Whippy topping. An amazing thirst quencher but oh so delicious.

A Royal Slush
Cost: Parking £4 for 2-4 hours Royal Slush £2.50
Time: 4 hours as a stop-off but could easily spend a whole day or more.
Equipment: Sturdy shoes.
Boys Club Rating: I'm hoping we'll make a third, fourth and fifth visit :)

Have you been to Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door? I'd love to know what you thought about it?

Deb x