Wow, what a half term!
We were lucky enough to be invited to review a holiday cottage with cottages4you and chose Staffordshire as our base for the week. The cottage was stunning and set just outside Newcastle-Under-Lyme, which made the perfect base for exploring the North West.
We bought Merlin passes as the beginning of the year, so it made sense to visit as many attractions as we could. I didn’t realise there were so many and my only disappointment is we didn’t do the Dungeons as the little ones were too young and I didn’t want to give them nightmares.
Last Sunday we visited Warwick Castle which is a fabulous day out. The kids adored the spooky maze complete with Skeleton Ball and the Dueling Dead show was amazing.
Monday saw us heading to Alton Towers where Hubby and Kian headed off to do the big rollercoasters whilst I hung out at cbeebiesland, which is brilliant. If you visit, make sure you go to the Mr Bloom show – it was amazing!
Tuesday saw some gorgeous weather and a visit to Go Ape. Isaac has been begging to do it for ages and he is finally tall enough. I honestly thought he would be terrified but he charge around the course with a big grin on his face before launching himself down the big zipline.
On Wednesday we headed to the Legoland Discovery Centre and Sealife Centre at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. I wasn’t expecting it to be a full day out but it was and the kids bagged some gorgeous new toys in the Disney Shop and Hamleys.
Thursday saw us heading back to Alton Towers as one day isn’t enough. This time Hubby got to hang out at cbeebiesland whilst I did the big rollercoasters with Kian!
No visit to the North West would be complete without a visit to Blackpool. Sadly we didn’t get a chance to do the Pleasure Beach but had a great time watching the circus at Blackpool Tower, driving through the illuminations and visiting Madame Tussauds.
299. Sword fighting outside Warwick Castle
300. Meeting Upsy Daisy
301. Isaac does Go Ape
302. Sebastian gets his first taste of Lego
303. Playing with the interactive screen in the Charlie and Lola house at cbeebiesland
304. Blackpool Tower by night
305. Football practice