Friday, 26 September 2014

Longleat in the fog!

Saturday was our day out to Longleat safari park, it had been booked for months, taking advantage of the Tesco clubcard voucher deals, and booked with Nana and Grandad, and my uncles. We originally planned to stay overnight at a nearby hotel, but due to the girls not sleeping when we went to LEGOLAND, we decided to get up early and drive on the morning.... Wow... a very early start. We ended up waking at 5, and out the door by 5.30, hoping the girls would go back to sleep, however they never did. 3.5 hours later, we arrived, along with daylight and the fog. We met the grandparents and uncles there at the safari doors, and were one of the first ones in. Yippee...
 
We decided to skip the monkey bit after previous damage caused in Knowsley by monkeys. But my mum and dad and uncles decided to take the chance... and S joined them so she could enjoy the monkeys too....
 
 
Despite the fog, we still got to see the animals, and the fog slowly started to disappear.
 
 
The big cats were out for all to see to, which I was more then happy about... I love them..
 
 
and the younger lions were playing, and trying to get the food out of the tubes.... which made them very active, unlike the usual times we have been on "safari" when they have just been sleeping.
 

 
After the safari, we took to the river safari, and was able to feed the sea lions... S was shrieking with excitement over this, as they were swimming along side us, and clapping the water.
 
 
Once we were back onto land and foot, the kids could let of steam.


 
And enjoy the quality time with relatives they don't often see on their own without their cousins, in a fun atmosphere.


riding the lion
We then got to meet some of the animals close up....
 

 
the girls even got kissed by a parrot....

 
...walked with penguins.....
 
 
...touching stingrays....
 
 
...and meeting postman pat.... (random!) in the postman pat village...
 
 
We then ended the day with the birds of prey.... they had a show, unlike any I have seen else where... WOW...
 
 
...I have been to many birds of prey shows, but this is the first where they have over 5 birds swooping and flying at once... you never knew which way to look or duck to avoid being swooshed...
 
...my mum even got a chickens head landing at her feet, which I found hilarious, as it came tumbling from the sky.... I was waiting for one of the birds to come and retrieve it... but the guy did instead.... phew...!!
 
All in all it was a brilliant day out, especially as the rain only sprinkled a small shower, and remained dry after that, we never got to do it all, but we were non stop.
We had brilliant company, and it was suitable for all ages... its just a shame its so far away...
 
 
 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 19 September 2014

Mummy can splash too...

Last week we managed to get daddy M to come on a nature walk with us. We headed to the local country park, with our wellies on, (we really need to buy Daddy some!) in the hope we would find some puddles... obviously it hadn't rained for a while, so there wasn't any, but thankfully the stream was still there. We let the girls have a little splash around on the start of the walk, with the promise of a bigger splash time on the way back. Last time, J fell in well and truly....
 
 
The girls were eager to show daddy where the duck pond was as we had bought a few cheap loaves with us to feed them...
 

 
 
As well as exploring the woodland... and pretending to be statues...
 
 
We soon found the duck pond, and S was more interested in eating the bread, rather then feeding it to the ducks...
 
 
 
Then it was the walk around the pond and back to the stream...
 

...with a quick stop at a different path to say hello to the cows... which seemed rather curious but extremely nervous of the girlies... thankfully we didn't have to go that way!!...

 

 
We then made it back to the stream, and I got to join in with them too... seeing who could make the biggest splash....
 







 
We managed to remain fairly drive for the remainder of the walk back to the car....

 
 
All in all another lovely afternoon in the woods, and stream splashing, and even better as daddy could come and enjoy the giggles too as well as the fresh air.
 
 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A little moan about LegoLand Windsor

Back before the kids started school, we went to LEGOLAND Windsor and stayed in the hotel before, which you can read here. On our planned day, it was raining on/off but we didn't let that deter us. We went prepared, and still had fun.
We were a little annoyed we had to pay £4 to park the car, in their own car park, and we still had to walk in from the furthest point... what do we pay our admission price for?? Not a great start to the day. However we had to pay it, so no point moaning about it, but heads up if your going... if you want to park closer to the doors... of course the price goes up!!
Any way on to our day.... we arrived about an hour after opening, so the park was already buzzing, and the queues were already in place, so we decided to not rush to the first ride, instead stopping for the first photo opportunity.
We had measured the girls before leaving so we could have a rough idea on what rides we could go on, S was 1cm short for the majority of the rides.... d'oh.... so I attempted to make her a bit taller by putting a high pony tail in and big boots... we risked it, and queued for the first ride... its like the teacups, but under a large lego spider... however we got to the front, and they said no to S... so we had an extremely upset little girl... so haribo came in handy, whilst I went on with J. I can understand the staff not letting her on, this is fair enough, they are just doing their job, however having a 90cm restriction on the teacups seemed a little excessive, and this seemed to be a recurring theme through the theme park- very OTT height restrictions for tame rides. (She went on much bigger and faster rides in Disney, Florida last November. So this was laughable at how high the restriction were)
 
After S was so disappointed, we decided not to risk another ride, and kept to the all ages rides, which meant J missed out on a few good rides but with an hour waiting time, it wouldn't have been fair on S. So we decided to go to the mini Ferris wheel, S loved it, and so did J... phew!
 
After that we decided to do the carousel... again both girls loved this...
And then the heavens well and truly opened up...
 
we thought about heading to the decent rides to get a shorter queue time, but decided against it, as we would then be wet for the rest of the day, so instead we queued for a ride for 70minutes, but thankfully it was under cover, and had Lego statues inside to keep the girls entertained.
When we got out we decided to do the land train around the park as the queue was again under cover, and we came across a giant duplo block...
The rain then stopped, so we headed for a ride that J had spotted on the train. The queue was slow moving as they had a lot of people with fast passes or disabilities taking the boats. Which fair enough, but maybe stagger it 1:1 or 1:2 not until their queue is gone... but once finally on the boat ride, both girls had fun again steering the boat around a little track.
 
Time was ticking and we decided to head to the atlantis submarine voyage ride, this was our favourite ride of the day, and something we have not been on before. You enter a submarine, and dive into a live tank with sharks and other fish swimming round. We were mesmerised. And this was the one ride I would say was worth waiting for. However, they have a little kiosk about 5 minute from the entrance (in the queue system) we made the error of buying hot drinks to warm us up, BUT you can not take them on the ride.. this kiosk should not be that close in the queue, I refused to put them in the bin after spending just over £5 for 2 drinks, so they put them to one side, along with another families behind us, on returning, they could not say which ones where whos... so wouldn't recommend buying a drink from that kiosk.
After the ride, they had some shrimp that the girls could touch... they both loved the sensation of them cleaning their fingers
 We went to the shop after the rides and J was over the moon as they had a Lucy large character... her one figure she really wanted.... however to get a Lucy figure you have to buy a set, you cant get her on her own... so we lost a fair few quid in that shop... but we have a few Christmas presents sorted now.
 
 ...and the obligatory lego car photo too...

 
On reading this review back, it sounds like we didn't have fun, but we did, I wouldn't recommend under 3's going in half terms though, as the rides they can go on, have huge queues, and its hard to entertain them in such a small space. Would we return again? Probably yes, (but not paying full price) once both girls are tall enough to go on all the rides, and even then it will probably be a weekend rather than a half term as we only managed about 5-6 rides in the 7 hours we were there, we didn't get a chance to see the LEGO cities due to the rain, and we didnt stop for lunch as we filled up on breakfast, and had snacks for the queues.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall