Bank Holiday’s for us are normally spent with as many of the kids as possible, normally visiting local fete’s and festivals but this year has been different for a few reasons.
Due to the nature of Hubby’s work he has to work bank holiday weekends and I was hopeful he would get this one off work so I could attend Blog On in Manchester which fell on Sunday. Thankfully he managed to get the Sunday off work so Abbey looked after Eliza and Isaac on Saturday afternoon, taking them to the cinema to see Jungle Book and Sebastian got to play round Nanny’s House.
Hubby was torn between what to do on Sunday as two events we all enjoy were both on at the same time. In the end he decided to do both.
The morning was filled with innuendo and fun at the Dorset Knob Throwing festival in Cattistock. Before you think I am going mad, a Dorset knob is a hard dry savoury biscuit made from bread dough which contains extra sugar and butter. They are rolled and shaped by hand and as well as being delicious with some artisan cheese, they are great for playing comical sports with.
Alongside the traditional Knob Throwing there are additional fun knob attractions including Knob Eating, Knob Painting, Splat the Knob, a Knob & Spoon Race, Guess the weight of the Big Knob, Knob Darts and a Knob Pyramid. The kids (and Hubby) enjoyed trying their hand at some of the games as well as exploring the stands in the Frome Valley Food Festival which runs alongside it, with a chance to sample, taste and buy foods including breads, cheeses, ciders, meats, game, poultry, pies and much more.
Once they had their fill of games they headed to Lyme Regis for the annual Fossil Festival. In the last few years the kids have thoroughly the Fossil Festival which had been set in a large Marquee on Lyme Regis beach. This year it was set back from the promenade next to the Museum and the Theatre, in 3 tents, inside the Theatre itself and in the Hub and it wasn’t as enjoyable as the kids found it frustrating moving from tent to tent as it broke up the continuity for them.
Isaac and Eliza had both been looking forward to recreating Dinosaur footprints which they have done in previous years but sadly that was not there either but they did find some exhibits to get stuck in to including making clay pictures and playing Jurassic Twister.
In the last two years we have got up close and personal with Horace the Pliosaur but this year there was a new dinosaur in town – ‘Iggy’ The Iguanadon Restaurant street theatre. The show illustrates how significant fossils found in the 19th century led to theories of extinction and evolution and challenged long-held beliefs. Pigs will fly out of pies and blancmanges will explode in the Iguanodon Restaurant!
The kids also got up close and personal with fossils, bones and other creatures. Eliza astounded one man with her knowledge of caterpillar’s and their metamorphosis into butterflies as she has been studying them at school. Of course being in Lyme Regis, there had to be a beach stop too.
On Bank Holiday Monday itself we didn’t venture too far from home as I arrived home a midnight after a busy Blog On and road closures on the way home, choosing to venture to our local village fete and Donkey Derby.
The field was packed full of things to do with Bric-a-Brac stalls, challenges, local produce and of course a bouncy castle slide and children’s fairground rides.
The highlight of the day was the actual Donkey Derby, with several races which you could bet on and laugh along with the riders. There were a few fallers, none were injured, and they all gallantly remounted their trusty steed to get to the finish line.
It may not have been a conventional family bank holiday weekend, but we all made the best of it and the kids had great fun!