It’s only January, but Cub is asking about his holidays already! I had to explain that the beach is not so much fun in the snow. I think in a few years he may enjoy something activity-packed like Butlins but at the moment, a we are opting for a quiet holiday. For the past two years my parents have treated us all to a whole family holiday and booked an apartment for them (Mum, Dad and Cub’s two Aunties) and a separate one for me, the Cub and the Dog (I wonder why!!). The first year we went in May to coincide with Dad’s birthday. We went to Watchet, but there wasn’t much to do there, and the weather was not great – cold and rather rainy. We still filled the time though, with fossil hunting, walks of the moors and strolls through picturesque villages. Cub had his first experience of the sea and promptly sat down in it, even though we were all wrapped up warm and bracing ourselves against the chill sea air. Minehead is a better place to hang out in for kids, with a nice beach, ice cream shops and Butlins on the sea front. Blue Anchor has a great beach too but the best bit about it was the seafront cafe, serving amazing food and allowing dogs in too, which greatly pleased me.
Last year we all went to Norfolk for the first time, near to Cromer and were thrilled (my son has turned me into a train enthusiast) to discover that we were in walking distance to the Bure Valley Steam Railway . Mundesley, Overstrand and Happisberg all have the most amazing beaches and dogs are allowed on the further reaches of them. We went later in the year and we caught a decent amount of good weather too (oh, don’t worry, we had the obligatory English Holiday Rain too!). We loved it so much that we have booked to stay in the same place again this year. The drive is a chore, but Norfolk is definitely part of England that goes rather unnoticed for holidays, for no reason that I can see. Maybe it’s because of the lack of funfairs, clubs and other things that appeal to the older kids but my son loves nothing more than building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and riding on trains.