My Top 10 Days Out and Travel Posts of 2017

Walt Disney World Photo Gallery Disc

It was very clear to me that when doing my top posts of 2017, that, although not quite viral, there was a sudden surge in December on my toy reviews as people struggled to decide what to get their kids for Christmas.

Then on Christmas day there was another surge as people wanted quick answers on how to operate the toys.

My more steady traffic is always on days out and travel related posts, so I have decided to do a rundown on my most visited days out and travel posts of 2017.

1. The New LEGO® NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND® Windsor

This year saw us join a smattering of celebrities as we attended the launch of the new LEGO® NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND® Windsor.

LEGO® NINJAGO™ Legoland

 

Both Isaac and Sebastian are huge NINJAGO™ fans and adored being put through their paces in various character scenes on offer, which help to test balance, agility, speed and creativity with Zane’s Temple Build, Kai’s Spinners and Cole’s Rock Climb. After tackling the activities and perfecting their Spinjitzu skills, the kids then got to try the new LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride.

LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride

We have visited LEGOLAND® Windsor on several occasions this year and this is always the first ride they head for!!

2. A Perfect Winter Holiday with Newton Farm Holidays

In February 2017, we took the 9 hour drive from Bournemouth visit Angus, Scotland with Newton Farm Holidays.

Newton Farm Holidays

We spent a week exploring Angus, Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh and everything they had to offer, with the promise of coming home and warming up in front of a roaring fire and Newton Farm more than lived up to our expectations.

3. Crabbing at Mudeford Quay

A post that proves that SEO doesn’t always need to be en-point. This post from 2012 transferred over from my move from blogger and is not a polished as some of my more recent ones, but people seem to love a spot of crabbing and Mudeford is one of the best spots to do it locally!

Crabbing

4. A Thorpe Park VIP Experience

For Abbey’s 21st birthday I wanted to give her an experience to remember and back in 2014, I booked a Thorpe Park VIP Experience package.

Thorpe Park VIP 8th June 2014 575

Not only did we Champagne in the gardens which overlooked Stealth, but we got to queue jump for the day and got to climb up the rollercoaster, Swarm, which gave us fabulous views over the park and all the way to London!

Thorpe Park

5. 10 Things I wish I’d known before our visit to Walt Disney World

Visiting Walt Disney World has been a dream for a number of years and we have been busy saving, but this year we were lucky enough to be one of two families to be chosen to go to Florida with Mumsnet.

Frozen

 

With just a couple of days notice to get packed and 7 days to cram our visit in to, my list of hints and tips for planning a trip to Walt Disney World was everything we wish we had known before we travelled.

Hollywood Studios

6. Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

Back to our February break, our visit to Edinburgh Castle with kids is a popular post.

Edinburgh Castle

The castle is in the middle of the city, on top of an extinct volcano, 135 metres above sea level and offers a panoramic view over Edinburgh. It is a fascinating place and we loved learning all about Scottish History and exploring all the nooks and crannies. Oh, and don’t forget to see the famous one o’clock gun display.

Edinburgh Castle

7. A Sightseeing Tour of London with London Duck Tours

We love visiting places and viewing them from an unusual angle and there is nothing more unusual than sightseeing with London Duck Tours.

A Sightseeing Tour of London with London Duck Tours

Hopping aboard a DUKW (known as a Duck) is an experience in itself. The six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2½ ton CCKW trucks used by the U.S. military in World War II takes you around the streets of London, before plunging into the River Thames so you can see the sights from the water too!!.

London Duck Tours

8. All the fun of the fair at Folly Farm

Another of Abbey’s birthday treats, we spent half term in Bluestone Wales and for her birthday I arranged a trip to Folly Farm.

Folly Farm Lion

 

I have to admit that we expected a zoo, but what we actually got was a full, fun day out with not only zoo animals to look at, but a fully functional lovingly restored vintage fairground with 17 funfair rides to try.

Folly Farm Fairground

9. Exploring Bolsover Castle with Kids

Back in April, we enjoyed a Stay, Play Explore Break in Leicestershire and as part of that trip we visited Bolsover Castle.

Bolsover Castle

The romantic ruined terrace range which overlooks the Vale of Scarsdale is a dramatic roofless shell that was once a range of stately rooms that formed the entrance to Bolsover Castle and is perfect for a game of hide and seek with the kids.

10. New Caribbean Cove at Weymouth Sealife Centre

2017 saw the opening of Dorset’s largest adventure playground at Weymouth Sealife Centre, where children can have fun exploring and learning about the importance of marine conservation with Tyler the Turtle and have fun as they climb to the top of the climbing frame, where they can spot rays, jellyfish, octopus and turtles swimming around on the floor.

Caribbean Cove

Have you visited any of these places with your family?

18 thoughts on “My Top 10 Days Out and Travel Posts of 2017

  1. Crabbing would be top of our list. It’s one of our favourite family activities as we can all take part. We have great fun and it’s a relatively cheap day out too! The crabs at New Brighton (where we go) love raw bacon!!!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Fantastic list of places to visit. I really want to do Edinburgh Castle. My son would love it

  3. They all look great and I love that you all really enjoy spending time together x

  4. Edinburgh Castle is so stunning! I can not wait till my son is big enough to enjoy visiting the Legoland 🙂

  5. Anosa says:

    Travel is one topic that is always surging on my blog too, I am planning a getaway to Angus so I will definitely be reading through your post

  6. What a great year! Your trip to Disney looked amazing and my kids would love to check out the NINJAGO area at Legoland.

  7. Shoshana Sue says:

    I am about to read the post on the 10 things you wish you knew before visiting Disney because it is a dream of mine to want to take my kids there and I want to hear your experience. You had an exciting 2017 looking at these posts above!

  8. It is always nice to look back and see what posts proved popular with readers! I’ve been to Legoland and Folly Farm with the family.

  9. Legoland Windsor is somewhere I would truly love to take our children. One day we will definitely get there xx

  10. They all look so much fun! I remember going to legoland as a kid I loved it!

  11. Kira says:

    We are hoping to go legoland this year – I am so excited ! Lol

  12. Scots2travel says:

    Next time in London- a Duck tour. Love taking to the water.

  13. It is always interesting what is most popular with readers. Not surprised that the Ninjago land post was in there, though – very popular with little ones! 🙂

  14. All such brilliant posts – I want to take Pickle to Legoland this year. Kaz

  15. We’ve been to Folly Farm and Legoland as a family and I have been on the Duck Tour in London. I love reading these types of posts to see what the top posts are for fellow bloggers. They’re always interesting!

  16. Sonia says:

    I’ve only been to lego land out of all of those but the rest look great places to head to as well, and great variety too

  17. I have not visited any of those places! A bit embarrassing when I have 4 kids! The kids are just getting old enough to enjoy Lego Land, which is on our priority list. I am a little worried regarding all of the queues though. I want to take the kids to The Black Country museum in the next few weeks though. x

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