We have had almost a week off this week and it has been lovely, although slightly disappointed that we are not in France as initially planned.
The pre-school where I work have also finally been in contact and I have been offered just three sessions a week, due to a massive drop in numbers.
With the return of school next week, the kids beavers, cubs and scouts are all resuming too, but because numbers are being restricted it will only be every other week for them. New swimming rota’s have also been released and the number of sessions has dramatically dropped, but the fees have increased. Isaac and Eliza are only going to be able to swim twice a week, so we are looking into other options.
Here is our week:
Sunday 30th August
Last week we took part in a Harry Potter twitter party and got some amazing themed goodies to review, so I decided to continue the theme with a visit to Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire.
Lacock Abbey has stood in as Hogwarts for two of the Harry Potter films and more recently was used in the filming of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald in 2017, as well as Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall.
The kids really enjoyed exploring the grounds and the village, where they also filmed some scenes in Harry Potter, including James and Lily’s House in Godric’s Hollow. Beware, some of the houses are very enterprising and sell souvenirs outside their front doors, so take change with you!
On the way home we stopped in Shaftesbury to see Gold Hill.
The day didn’t end well. I always seem to have a camera around my neck in photo’s so took it off and put it on a table. We didn’t realise until the next day that I left it there and it’s now nowhere to be seen.
Monday 31st August
Although we booked the week off, I chose to work Bank Holiday Monday as we rarely go anywhere as the traffic in and out of Bournemouth is ridiculous and Eliza went to stay at her cousins house.
Tuesday 1st September
I booked our first night away from home in 6 months and we headed to the Wookey Hole Hotel in Somerset. We left home early so we could visit Cheddar Gorge before we checked in.
Sadly the caves were closed, but we made the trek up to the top.
Oh my goodness, those steps are a killer and it’s quite a challenging walk to the top, but we made it and the views were spectacular.
We then visited the Museum of Pre-History which tells the story of how our ancestors lived through a 40,000 year struggle for survival during the last Ice Age.
It is only a short drive from Cheddar Gorge to Wookey Hole and we were soon checked in to the hotel. It is all socially distanced now, and our key was waiting for us in our door, rather than being handed to us.
We were going to head offsite for dinner, but the receptionist advised us that they were still running the eat out to help out scheme so decided to eat at their Captain Jack’s restaurant.
Sadly, it turned out that they had stopped the scheme and the food was disappointing, so it wasn’t the best start to our break.
Wednesday 2nd September
Thankfully breakfast was better than our evening meal and staying onsite mean’t that we got into the caves nice and early.
It was lovely exploring the caves on our own and the kids got the undivided attention of the tour guides, who answered all the questions they had.
Sadly the rest of the attraction was rather disappointing as much of it is dated, or closed.
We spent less than an hour exploring, before heading off to explore elsewhere, starting with a visit to my friend Sarah, who has recently moved to the area and then for another climb – this time up Glastonbury Tor.
Thankfully it wasn’t quite as far to walk as Cheddar Gorge, but the views were still stunning.
It started to rain when we were at the top, so it was a bit of a race back down to get back to the car. If it had stayed dry we would have stayed longer, but we decided to head back home.
Thursday 3rd September
Another trip to the West Country, this time to move Kian into his new university accommodation.
His university doesn’t start until the end of September, so he is staying at home until then as he is still working at Splashdown, but it is nice to finally have some space back in the house.
Friday 4th September
We decided to stay a little closer to home and headed out for a walk around Old Harry Rocks in Studland.
We kayaked out to the rocks back in July and the kids were excited to see the instructor Kyle there with another group. I always wonder how much information they take in on our days out, but Sebby noticed that the tide was flowing out and that one of the kayakers made a mistake and got caught in the drag.
It is a beautiful place to walk and we made it all the way around to Swanage and back.
Saturday 5th September
The last day of our holiday and we had planned to take the paddleboards out, but sadly I am not feeling great, so we have stayed at home and caught up on some household chores and reviews.
How has your week been?