Let the adventure begin

Features some places which we were gifted tickets to visit and an item for featuring in this post.

There's been no shortage of adventures this Easter holiday. Starting straight away from the second the girls finished school we were in the car and on our way to Brighton. Well Worthing really. Anyways after several hours in the car with some very tired children we arrived at my Sisters house and went straight up to bed, as the next morning it was parkrun day!

My daughter seemed to forget the memo that I asked her to take it easy and instead took a massive 4 minutes off her PB. We ran Littlehampton Pier which was a brand new course, really enjoyable and by the sea. One definitely to come back to.

The majority of our afternoon was spent in the car waiting to find a parking space in Brighton. I had to collect my number for the marathon and had wanted to make a day of it. Unfortunately for us, the weather was horrendous and we spent most of our day in traffic. I collected my number and then took the kids for a late lunch or early dinner.

Sunday was all about the Brighton marathon. I've written my full race report here if you want to read more details. It was just an amazing marathon, I absolutely loved it and achieved a huge personal best. 

The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing at my sisters house and a fantastic BBQ to boot from her partner. Perfect post marathon recovery. After a good nights rest and a lazy morning there was just enough time for a quick stop at the beach before heading home.

The glorious weather seemed to be making an appearance, much better than previous years snow. It meant we could spend much more time outside and in particular visit one of our favourite places Nostell Priory. Easter Egg hunting in the beautiful sunshine was simply perfect. 

Easter egg hunting continued on Thursday at Thwaite Watermill. We had very kindly been gifted tickets to visit. This time instead of hunting eggs we were hunting fish! 

Well the mill is on the side of the canal so hunting fish makes sense. I always find Thwaite watermill really peaceful and love just sitting by the side of the canal. The girls hunted all the fish and completed the challenge to reveal the mystery word. We were the only family there and it all felt really relaxed in the sunshine. After spending a few hours exploring the outside and walking by the canal I dropped the children off at Grandma and Grandads house as I had to travel to Manchester.

What better way to spend Good Friday than running from Manchester to Liverpool in the boiling hot sunshine along the trans Pennine trail. Over 50 miles in the heat. Still it was a great day out.

The lovely weather has also meant we've spent some time playing outside. My eldest daughter has loved playing with Ztringz and learning new tricks to do with it. I have a giveaway over on my instagram page to win a Ztringz bundle.

A good friend celebrated a special birthday and we had a wonderful evening celebrating her birthday.

It seems fitting that just as our second week was about to begin, I would receive a gift from red candy. Since we moved into our house I have been looking for the perfect doormat for our front door and the second I saw this online I knew it was the right one. It sums us up perfectly as we are forever on an adventure! In fact we probably spent most of our Easter holidays, as you can probably tell, having adventures than at home.

Whilst there are loads of doormats to choose from at red candy, in fact I was surprised at just how many different doormats there actually are, it was this one that I knew was just right. I personally think the grey mat works better with the slate we have than a straw coloured mat. It is bold enough to stand out just enough, without standing out too much [if that makes any sense]. Given the amount of time we do actually spend outdoors, I am now rather grateful that we have a place to wipe our feet before coming into the house. 

The door mat itself has withstood our Easter holiday with no moulting/shedding and is actually really quite thick. It also feels quite heavy so I hope it will last for some time.

Easter Sunday was now here and it was time for our next adventure. This time off to Temple Newsam, we had been gifted tickets to visit.

Upon arrival at Temple Newsam we decided to visit the farm first before eating lunch. The farm had an Easter egg hunt which the girls took part in and we even got to see some Easter animals. We hadn't spent much time in the farm on previous visits so it was lovely to take our time and explore. 

We even stumbled across and play ground and some bee hives, which were rather interesting finds 

After our lunch it was time to head inside the house to look for magical beasts. I found it really interesting learning about the beasts hidden in the house. We even managed to fit in the egg hunt and a spot of dressing up!

The house was really peaceful and I couldn't believe how few people were walking round. We would have stayed longer and had a tour but we had promised Grandma we would be over for dinner.

Easter weekend wouldn't be complete without a visit from the Easter bunny and in keeping with tradition we even managed a day on the steam trains.

Grandma accompanied us on Tuesday, it was rather an early start but totally worth it. We had been gifted tickets from Fun Rise Toys to visit Blackpool pleasure beach. The girls were incredibly excited to ride roller coasters, and I think Little Man was just excited to spend a day with us.

We arrived just as the park opened and headed straight over to Nickelodeon Land. The girls initially ran straight into the gift shop, well who could blame them with the huge Wonder Park toys on display. After persuading the girls to leave the gift shop we headed over to the biggest roller coaster the girls could find, their faces say it all.

Little Man meanwhile was playing our next adventure, I didn't dare tell him the map was upside down.

We spent all day in Nickelodeon land. I discovered that Little Man is a thrill seeker. He was able to ride some of the roller coasters and absolutely loved it and kept wanting to ride them several times. The girls would have loved to have ridden the bigger roller coasters but were just a little bit too small.

Our day was filled with laughter and thrills, before we knew it the park was closing and it was time for us to head home. Not before eating fish and chips on the beach.

A chilled out day was needed after a long day at Blackpool and we could not have picked a better place. A lovely sunny day at Lotherton Hall.

Chilling on the lawns and playing the giant board games. Following the white rabbit on the Alice in Wonderland trail and simply sitting and watching the world go by.

The girls ventured down the rabbit hole and found the Mad Hatter and his tea party. After some crafts with the Mad Hatter and Alice herself we ventured out to see what other adventures we could have.

Lotherton is full of surprises and adventures and it was a lovely day and the perfect way to unwind after a busy day in Blackpool. The Alice in Wonderland theme was such a wonderful alternative for Easter too.

Our Easter holidays had been jam packed full of adventures, and an Easter I am sure we will remember for a long time. 

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