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A trip to the seaside – enjoying Saltburn by The Sea

May 31, 2015 8 comments

When you think of trips to the Yorkshire coast, you automatically think of Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington.

If you venture a bit further up the coast though, you’ll come across Saltburn by The Sea, a lovely seaside resort with a beautiful sandy beach and pretty cliffs.

cliff saltburn

If you tire of building sandcastles or paddling in the sea, there’s also plenty of little rock pools to explore.

rockpool saltburnstream saltburn

Plenty of fun to be had paddling, or finding different shells and pebbles.

(There’s also a great fish and chip place across the road too if you’re feeling hungry.)

We’ve been to Saltburn by the Sea before, but never really ventured further than the beach and the fish and chips.

This time however, we noticed a sign saying “Saltburn Valley Gardens” across from the beach and discovered a fantastic garden with play areas, a stream with stones across the middle that you could jump across, and a trail to walk along.

saltburn valley gardens

Next time you visit the Yorkshire coast, pay Saltburn by the Sea a visit. It’s definitely up there with the best of the Yorkshire seaside resorts.

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Following the Room On The Broom Trail at Anglers Country Park, Wakefield

May 19, 2015 12 comments

If your children are anything like mine, the mere thought of a 2 mile walk would be enough to bring on a case of the dreaded whines.

At Angler’s Country Park, Wakefield, however, even the smallest of small people will have great fun following the Room On The Broom trail.

The Room on the Broom, for those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, is a fantastic children’s book by Julia Donaldson, the author of the equally great Gruffalo.

Completely free, it’s a lovely way to spend a day outdoors.

If you like though, you can go to the visitor’s centre before you start, where you can pick up a Room On The Broom activity pack for only £2 to fill in on your way round.

We got a pack to add to the fun value, and it certainly kept them occupied as they went round – from looking for the different animal tracks and marking them off as they found them, to hunting for the statues themselves.

You can also trace rubbings on your way round too.

room on the broom activity pack

It didn’t take long before we saw the first set of footprints, swiftly followed by the witch herself.

room on the broom witch

The trail takes you on a lovely walk around the lake, and you can find the little dog, and the dragon hiding around the woods and lake too amongst the other characters.

We picked a lovely sunny day for it, so had a great time strolling round looking for the footprints, statues and eating an ice cream at the side of the lake halfway round.

A fun way to get the kids out in the fresh air for a nice healthy walk – they won’t even notice how far they’ve gone until they get to the sign at the end of the trail telling them!

To find out more about the Room On The Broom Trail, visit the Wakefield Council website here

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