Monday, 7 March 2016

Our Day out at Brockholes

It was a beautiful day but cold, the girls had park run first thing in the morning and Summer decided she wanted to do it this week.  Every week she said she would do it but never did it when it came to it.  She ran the whole way round with a great big grin on her face.  However trying to get all 4 of them to smile for a photo was impossible this was the best one out of 6.

After they had finished the park run 

I had said I would have E for the day so we asked Nanna Dawn and Grandad Colin if they would like to come out with us for the day.  We all came back to our house after park run and had drinks and biscuits, Uncle Gareth left to go and see Aunty Faye and Baby who had been born on the Saturday morning,

It took ages to decide where to go, Nanna Dawn came up with Brockholes, all the kids had been their before with Nanna and Grandad so we got the kids changed, made sure they had hats and gloves and headed out.

We got to Brockholes at lunch time so we went to check how busy it was and do a toilet stop at the same time, the restaurant was really busy so we decided to leave it for a bit and let the children have a play in the park and run some more steam off.


The park was extremely muddy, which none of us were expecting,  Kacy wasn't wearing the best shoes either - Ugg boots. The kids got very muddy but had so much fun and that's the main thing.  They all needed help going around the obstacle course which I was very glad with the extra hands of the grandparents at this point so there was a child to an adult each.

Fun at the park

We got off the obstacle course and the kids went on the swings, Nanna turned around to Daddy and said "I'm getting grumpy, I need some food" we rounded everyone up and headed back to the restaurant.  Just as I was just thinking that no-one had hurt themselves; what does Kira do?  Shows off and fell over hurting her hands, nothing major but with her hands being cold it hurt more.

Action shots of these two, they were being so cute and funny I couldn't resist 
The Restaurant was manic still and there was two doors to get into it so no one actually knew where the queue was, we sorted the kids out with lunch boxes, sent them off with Grandad who had walked off already (he can't cope with crowds) to find a table, got Daddy to find out what he and Grandad wanted then sent him off to help with the kids while Nanna and I got the lunch.  My word that was stressful, had to get Daddy to come back for extra hands but we got sorted and we all got some food even though Grandad's was slightly wrong - it got a bit confusing as you can imagine, I'm used to ordering for 5 people not 8!

When we were paying we got told that because we spent over £25 we can get free parking which I thought was a great incentive to get people to eat at the restaurant.  The restaurant is actually on the lake so when the water rises so does the restaurant, I was excepting the restaurant to rock, I wouldn't of known it was just sat on top of the water unless Grandad told me, the view was stunning, we managed to get a table next to the window, so you could see the water, it was just beautiful.

Kira and E eating lunch while a swan swam past 

After lunch we decided to do a bit of exploring, before we did that we had to nip to the shop to get our free parking, well the kids all found something they would like quiet cheap.  I did have to whistle at them to make them all be quiet, they did get rather excited and loud.  Daddy and Grandad managed to slip out leaving me and Nanna with the kids, what is it with men and doing that?

Cousins and their toy ducks, "quack quack crash"

With the extremely muddy conditions and clock watching due to Liverpool FC playing at 4, we decided to have a small stroll, we tried one way but it was far too muddy, so we went a different way. Daddy and Grandad walked off leaving Nanna and I with the kids (I'm seeing a pattern here).  Whilst I was trying to get Summer and E up one very slippy part of the walk, I was half excepting me to fall over but managed to catch myself and get them up to the top without them falling into the mud.  At the top and walking through a woody bit we saw a bench and Kacy moaned because she knew so well that I would ask for a photo!

I love this photo of all of them 
The kids were so funny while walking round, all you could hear from Summer and E was "quack quack cash", Kira pretending she was a rabbit and Kacy being a typical 10 year old.

We found some stones, the older two both thought of the similar things, Kira thought of Brave and Kacy thought of stone hedge which I thought it looked like as well. The views were stunning, I wish we could have stayed longer and it wasn't so muddy to walk around the lake, so we could have done some more exploring.

Stones and views
We all had a fantastic time at Brockholes, we will definitely be going back to do more exploring and probably take a picnic with us, hopefully it wouldn't be as muddy for us to be able to do this. I had never heard of this place until today, by the time we got back to the car, the kids were ready to head home, Daddy went with Nanna and Grandad so he could watch the football and I took all the kids with me.

I was half excepting Summer to fall asleep and maybe E but no; they all talked all the way home, at one point I did have to tell them to be quiet because they were being that loud and I couldn't concentrate.

We got home and Kacy took Spirit for a walk for me and Kira started a bath for Summer and E, well before I even got upstairs they were running around in their birthday suits! Kira did join in but I told her to put a dressing gown on, she really didn't understand why, so that she didn't feel like she was missing out I gave her an important job to listen out for Kacy and Spirit.

Summer and E loved having a bath together, they were so good, I was excepting a battle from E but nope he let me wash his hair and his face no problem, Summer was a good role model for him, after they got out the bath I put a film on for them while I started tea and Kira had a bath.

snuggled on the sofa watching Big Hero 6
When it was time for E to go home, he really didn't want to, he was too busy watching Big Hero 6. His excuse for having to go back into the living room was to give Kira a kiss, I kept lifting him out of the living room it was so cute.

Everyone had a fantastic day and I hope to do it again soon but with Auntie Faye, Uncle Gareth and not forgetting baby F

Have you been any where new recently?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. It looks like you had a fab day out! What a fun place to visit x

  2. Sounds like the cousins have a wonderful bopnd and E really enjoyed his day with you. Looks like you chose a great place to visit with plenty of fun for the children. A little run around space and some good play equipment makes all the difference. The view from the restaurant sounds amazing too. I hope you make it back for you summer picnic day. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  3. Looks like you really did have a fantastic day, I recently visited Airspace ( a trampoline park) but other than that it's been a home-stay for a few years, we rarely go out anymore.
    Must make time to get some fresh air, We used to go on weekly hikes and mountain trecks.

    1. we have a national trust pass why don't you look at getting one of them hun?


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