Just for Grownups

Grown up days out

We all know being a parent is tough, it’s fantastic, but just sometimes it gets a bit much! Some people may frown at that but that’s ok, they might be SUPER MUM or SUPER DAD but for little old me it truly can get a little overbearing at times. That’s when a Grown-Up day out can save my sanity!

Now I would never say I prefer a grown-up day out more than a family day out because I adore taking the kids out with us but there are some places that kids just don’t want to go! It’s easier when they’re younger as they don’t really have an opinion and just go where you go BUT as they get bigger, more hormonal and attitudal TRUST ME you’ll be lucky to drag them out of their room for food let alone go out!

So the grown-up day out relieves all that stress and agro! No huge heavy changing bags to lug about, no pushchair to wrestle in/out the car or up and down steps, no thinking about what time they need feeding next, dirty bums, or where the nearest toilet is, no constant questioning of ‘When are we going home?’ or ‘How much longer are we gonna be here?’! Just drop them off with the sitter/grandparents/nursery/childminder and away you go!

A grown-up day out is, quite simply, delightful!

My Fiancé and I have been on a few Grown-up days out and over the next few weeks I’ll happily be sharing with you my favourites so far.

So to set the ball rolling here’s the first….

Chatsworth House & Gardens

Home of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire and passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family Chatsworth House is located in the Peak District, Derbyshire and quite simply it is breath-taking!

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The glorious gilt façade glistening golden in the Autumn sunlight is truly a spectacle to behold! The gardens are equally beautiful throughout the year with their glorious water features and stunning planting.  When you go inside you are sure to be blown away by the opulent beauty of the house, the vast collection of wonderful artworks is magnificent from paintings to sculptures and items of historical importance.

There really is nothing I don’t like about Chatsworth and although I’ve already been several times (with and without the kiddies) I could happily continue to come back again and again and never tire of the stunning landscape and of admiring the glorious house.

They run various events throughout the year, courses, exhibitions and activities.  I recently attended a herbalist course held in and around the Kitchen garden and found it to be very informative and thoroughly enjoyable.

From 10th November 2018 the house is dressed for Christmas, they have a different theme every year, and what a sight to behold! This years theme is Once Upon a Time and promises to be enchanting! I can’t wait!  The festivities also include the already sold out Masquerade Ball and I am determined ‘I shall go to the ball‘ one of these years!

The Café and restaurant serve fantastic food and the wonderful Orangery gift shop or in fact any of the gift shops are bound to entice you to take home a little memento of your visit!

I would say this is my perfect Grown-ups day out!

(I must add there are activities for children too, The farmyard and playground are a huge hit with the kiddies and they are made very welcome around the gardens and house too, although no pushchairs or backpack style carriers are allowed in the house.)

Beside the Seaside

Beside the Seaside: Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire UK

Located on the East Coast of Lincolnshire, on the Humber Estuary, Cleethorpes was our surprise destination on Sunday.

It was only a fleeting visit as, spur of the moment, we decided to go to the beach after a Village Parenting – Village Showcase Collective event we attended in the nearby town of Grimsby. I’m so glad we decided to go though!

Cleethorpes is a lovely, what I would call ‘Old Fashioned’, seaside town. It has a lovely little pier which is really rather sweet with the traditional photo opportunity board and stamp a penny machine and at the end there is the very popular Papa’s fish and chip restaurant!

Having never been before and George needing his lunch we decided to give Papa’s a try and my goodness I had no idea what I was about to experience! When we entered there is such a lovely buzz about the place, it’s not at all what I had expected. The bar area is lovely with fantastic views of the beach and promenade and as you walk around to the restaurant area the view extends out to the sea to the right. To the left is what I can only describe as a scene from Strictly! The ballroom with huge chandeliers, gold pillars and a stage with a grand piano on it! WOW, like I say, totally unexpected! (Really wish I’d taken photos now! Novice Blogger mistake!)  Our table was in the centre of the Dancefloor, sadly no sea view, but plenty of room for us and the pushchair and they supplied a nice sturdy highchair. The newspaper style menus were a really lovely touch and the food was delicious! We both had Haddock & Chips and even George had a little try too. The staff were all very friendly and the facilities were nice and clean too with baby change in the disabled toilets (although you do have to ask at the desk for them to open them as they are kept locked). The only downside is its popularity as there was quite a wait for the table, 20 mins or so, but with a drink and nice views it didn’t put us off and I would certainly recommend a visit (maybe booking a table in advance)!

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After lunch we took a walk down the beach, which was lovely. The sands seemed really clean and for the kiddies it’s great as there are Donkey rides and a funfair. Also, for the avid beachcomber like me, it’s fantastic as there are loads of shells and goodies to scavenge! Looking out to sea you have a perfect view of all the huge ships and tankers going in and out of the Humber Estuary.  You can also see the large offshore wind farm so there’s certainly plenty to take in.

IMG_E7210A trip to the seaside just isn’t complete without a trip around the “tacky shops” and the arcades so George came home with a Cleethorpes Cuddly Starfish as a memento of our visit!

I will be doing a collection of Beside the Seaside Blogs featuring various places we’ve visited so keep an eye out for my next instalment!