Our Summer Holiday in the Lake District

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

It's been a long time with no writing, so I thought I would update you all on our recent holiday to the Lake District.

We decided to keep it a secret from Mikey. I love surprising him, but it's so hard now he's older. He's always getting wise to what I'm planning!

The rest of our family knew we were going away and we packed the car up the night before. We even borrowed a fold up pushchair from my mum so we could get everything in the boot, rather than things around our feet!

We all piled into the car, persuading a suspicious Mikey that his Dad was working from home that day and we were just going for a day out. This little fib worked for about an hour, then the questions came. We managed to get away with it, until we had to stop at a services for a break!

The questions and lies continued for the next few hours until we reached a part of Hadrian's Wall. It was a strange feeling to be standing next to, and able to touch a piece of history.

We walked for a while, with both Mark and I checking the time every so often as we couldn't check in to our cottage until 4pm!

Finally, the time came to check in. Mark parked up and I took Mikey with me to unlock the door. It was only when I told him that we were staying for the week and showed him around that it clicked! He was so excited! Bless him :)

Our week was a really eventful one! We made sure we did something every day and that we did something that everyone wanted to do.

Some of the things we visited were; the Lake District Wildlife Park; the Roman Army Museum; Carlisle Castle, where we met Mary, Queen of Scots and Birdoswald, where Mikey learnt how to be a Roman soldier, and I learnt that although we say Centurion, it was actually pronounced Kenturion!

We also went over the border to visit Gretna Green. My favourite thing there was that after a while of watching a piper play, we asked him if we could take a photo. After a chat, we told him that it was Mikey's birthday. With that, he played Mikey "Happy Birthday"!

I really loved the South Tynesdale Railway, which is a small, volunteer-run railway line that runs from Alston to Lintley. It takes about 30 minutes to get from one end to the other and is great fun for little ones. It was the first time Dot was quiet throughout our holiday! She was watching out the window and taking it all in.
I almost volunteered to help, but then realised that I don't live there!

Overall, my favourite place was the Puzzling Place in Keswick centre. It's small, but full of Optical Illusions and a room that made Dorothy look like a giant! It's also very reasonably priced, which means it's perfect for popping in on a rainy day after shopping with the kids as well as part of a family fun day out.

It was a hectic, but amazing family holiday. There is so much to see and do in Cumbria and we will definitely be going back :)

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