Sunday, 24 June 2018

Park Dean Resorts Hayling Island

If you read my blog regularly you would know we had originally planned to go to fuerteventura for this year's holiday. What you won't know is that we  changed the plan to give us more time to save, so we can go for two weeks instead of one. 

We still wanted a little holiday so we headed out to Hayling Island with Park Dean Resorts. Hayling island is on the south coast of England, in the borough of Havant in the county of Hampshire, near Portsmouth. 

After a 2 and half hour journey we finally arrived to Havant. We decided to get a taxi to the resort, as we had our luggage and Stuart is currently on crutches due to problems with his knee. The taxi didn't take long to get us there and even though we arrived an hour before our checking time our caravan was ready so they let us have the keys.

I've heard good things about park dean resorts however this was our first experiance with them. We went to camber sands last year with pontins so in  my head I was expecting the same kind of thing available. Admittedly the the caravan site at Hayling island is a lot smaller than I expected however it was a good thing as it wasn't too overwhelming for Blake. 

Our caravan was fab. It had a good sized living room area which included the dining table then there was the kitchen off the living room. At the back of the caravan there was 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The twin bedroom was smallish as was the double bedroom however was an ideal size for the 3 of us. There was a great amount of storage for us to use around the caravan and we could use the sofa as a bed if we wished as it pulled out so that 6 people could sleep in there. The caravan had everything inside that we would need, fridge, cooker, a t.v. attached to the wall and the beds were already made giving us one less thing to do on arrival.

A few days we decided to stay on site and explore what was available. Sunday was both Fathers day and my birthday and we had originally planned to eat a roast dinner in the resorts palms bar and restaurant however unfortunately they had a limited menu that day as the chef hadn't turned up. We still stayed and ordered though and the times we have eaten in the restaurant its been a pleasant experiance and the food has been delicous.Foodwise there is also the takeaway fish and chips which was delicous and there is also a Nisa supermarket on-site if you need to buy anything although it is pricey.

Entertainment wise there is a small arcade which I preferred as the one with pontins was large and the 2p machines can be addictive. The arcade also had other amusements such as a ride on boat which cost us a small fortune as Blake wanted to be on it constantly. 

Other entertainment includes crazy caves soft play, adventure playground, heated indoor pool,  toddler pool, spa bath and outside pool. There are children's clubs available from 0-15 such as Tot stars, star landers and freestyle. There is also evening entertainment as well unfortunately the kids clubs and evening entertainment wasn't something we got around to doing as we wanted to explore what we could of Hayling Island and Havant.

Outside of the resort we visited a few places. One was a trip to Havant where we looked around the shop's and found a small gazebo garden. We also went back to Havant and went to Staunton Farm, gardens and country park which has to be my favourite place we visited. We took a trip to Hayling Island beach we were unfortunately disappointed with as Funland was shut and Blake wasn't keen on the beach of stones however we made the most of it as the view was stunning and we got to enjoy fish and chips.

We ate off resort a few times one of our favourites the Barley Mow where I got to finally eat a carvery and the food was delicous and the service was good along with it being a lovely quiet restaurant.

On our last day we ate at The Ship Inn Langstone where we dined alfresco and enjoyed another stunning view this time of the boats and the sea. The food although pricey (£13 for burger and chips) was delicous and we even decided to fit pudding in which was gorgeous too. 

If we decide to visit Hayling island again in the future them two restaurants will be at the top of our list of places to eat out.

Overall we had a lovely time away and will definitely be going with Park Dean Resorts again whenever we have our next UK break as a family. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

3 Popular Festivals in Spain

I don't know about you but when visiting another country I love to know about their culture and traditions. I've yet to visit mainland Spain however its a popular destination. I'll certainly check prices at holiday gems. There are many popular festivals in spain and I'd certainly love to experiance going to at least one of them in the future. 

 La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

A crazy tradition that started 70 years ago and held for fun on the last Wednesday of August. Every year thousands of people throw tomatoes at each other.  It's so popular that people are just visiting Spain to join in and tickets sell out fast!

Running of the Bulls — Pamplona, Spain

Celebrated every year between 6th and 14th July the Running of the bulls is a famous festival where the bulls are lead through the streets as far as the bull ring by runners.Celebrated in honor of San Fermin, patron saint of Navarra, the festival is  seen as a gathering from all the corners of the world.

The Fallas of Valencia, Valencia,Spain 

In March a big festival takes part in Valencia city all day for an entire week. There are gigantic, colourful statues and figures that fill the city's squares and streets. Every day at 2 pm, you can enjoy spectacular shows with music and then the evening's firework displays. The festival finishes on the last day with the statues burnt during a live show which many people feel is the highlight of the event.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Win : £20 Amazon Voucher

Happy Fathers Day! Today also happens to be my birthday so I thought to celebrate I'll  run a competition for a £20 Amazon E-Voucher for one lucky person. 

With Amazon being one of my favourite places to buy near enough anything I wanted to share the love.

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