Short Breaks in the UK

Not the most exciting post, but I thought it’s a start for the new year. With lots of big occasions coming up in 2019 and with two holidays already booked we need some alternative plans for the celebrations.

As the new year kicks in I am beginning to feel pressured into arranging more getaways for our special occasions. But, with two holidays already planned for Disneyland and a cruise later in the year, the other plans will have to be overnight stays or a little domestic tourism. Here’s my list of lovely retreats for 2019 in the UK for those special celebrations.

First Anniversary

The last year has been filled with highs and lows, and one of the best times was our wedding back in May. A lot has happened since then and it feels as though it was a long, long time ago but we want to celebrate so here’s what we’re thinking:

The Shankly Hotel – Liverpool

Living in North Wales means we can easily reach many great cities in the North West of England, one of them being Liverpool. This seems like the most ideal spot for celebrating our wedding anniversary, with plenty of restaurants and hotels available. Plus, we both support Liverpool, therefore we are considering a stay at The Shankly Hotel, of course, we will require food too.

This hotel seems perfect, the interior looks rustic yet modern and the facilities are great. The bar, restaurant, and large bath in the bedrooms are all bonuses for us. Friends and family who have stayed have all enjoyed their experience with some planning another stay.

The Llyn Peninsula

Alternativly, we are considering a day out near the seaside along the Llyn peninsula. The thing putting us off is the weather, but this area is one of my favourite places including Porthmadog, Morfa Nefyn, Anglesey, and Criccieth. The beaches here are beautiful offering coves of blue sea and rustic landscapes, they are romantic whilst telling a story of years gone by.

30th Birthdays

Both my husband and I are celebrating our 30th birthdays this year and we want to make them special. I already know what I want to do, instead of a gift I want to head to London and see a show, but I can’t decide which one, the choices are Chicago, Hairspray, or Matilda – if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

When it comes to accommodation I’m happy with a basic hotel with breakfast, as we’re probably not even going to be in there for long!

Another option is to combine our birthday celebrations and opt for a longer break in Ireland or Scotland, both places we have never been to.

Sons Birthday

In March we usually take to Alton Towers waterpark and stay in the hotel or the Enchanted Village, we love doing this, but as we have done this on several occasions we are thinking of doing something a little different.

London

At the top of the list is London, with so much to see and do we are considering a weekend break as a family to explore the Natural History Museum, take to the London Eye, and visit the Tower of London. A visit to the Lego shop will probably take place too. This may seem like a very educational trip but it will be a jammed packed weekend – we could even save Matilda for this visit.

Blackpool

Visiting the Pleasure Beach, indoor waterpark, and Blackpool tower this will be a weekend filled with fun and games and probably more appealing to my son than the London adventure, but when the weather isn’t great your mood can also be dampened so this may be one for the summertime.

Although with the Blackpool Resort Pass coming in at £55 and allowing entry to 6 attractions, this may work out a lot cheaper.

 

 

What’s On Your Doorstep?

Travelling is sometimes a dream, a list of places I wish to visit before I am too old. But sometimes, especially on snowy days like today, I think about how lucky I am to live somewhere that actually has some lovely sights to explore.

As I sit here listening to my son begging to go outdoors and play in the snow, I started to think about a time when I’d be eager to get outside to just simply be outside. So, once I have written this post I will grab my warm boots, hat and gloves and take to the snow.

It’s not just the snow that makes me want to be outdoors but the sun too, and occasionally the rain. Near my home is a park that I think many locals take for granted. The park is big has a wood, stream, pond, swings, visitors centre and a lot of wildlife. Local schools visit and discover the natural habitats of badgers and foxes but when it comes to taking a walk for some reason we choose to head to the shops.

This weekend I will be taking my son to the park and exploring some of the places it has to offer. This isn’t the only area on my doorstep, when I take the time to stop and think about it there are several of places we could go.

Just a half an hour drive away is a beach, many complain “it’s not the best beach”, but who cares it’s there. This summer the aim is to take to the beach after work for fish and chips, or a picnic because we should be making the most of this area.

On rainy days, for some crazy reason I like to go for a walk and the mountains that wall the county I live in are perfect for this. Although, if it is windy it’s probably best to stick to a park or garden but if it’s just rain, well that never hurt anyone.

It may seem ridiculous that a plan has to be in place to visit these places, but these days it’s far too easy to stay indoors.

Domestic tourism is just as good as outbound, we just take it for granted sometimes or focus on the things we can’t do or can’t afford. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of caravan holidays at Greenacres, Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog. Located an hour and a half from my home and located on the Llyn Peninsula this area of North Wales has a lot to offer.

The beaches here are beautiful and the towns full of heritage, myths, and legends. It is a great part of the world to explore but is often lost by the idea of an exotic beach break. Of course, the chance of sun is touch and go, but if you’re lucky enough to get some it’s an ideal location.