The last few months have been pretty hectic and for me, the end of term could not come quick enough. It was bittersweet, as ever when ever an era comes to an end; especially due to the fact that Gabriel had completed his Reception year but we were so grateful and thankful that we now had some time together. Some fun days and some peaceful days and also, a little holiday to Derbyshire to look forward to with my lovely family.
We went to Parwich with my Mum and her husband Mark, my Brother Kev, Sister in Law Hannah, my nephew Cameron and their not so baby son, Beck. Me and the kids packed ourselves into the car and drove down to the gorgeous little cottage which incidentally, was in a gorgeous little village!
Straight away, the cottage felt relaxing. We spent time on an evening talking, catching up and playing games. It was just what the doctor ordered! My Mum loves organised fun as such, (as do I!) and so had brought with her an array of games for us to play. It was really good to kick back, enjoy the company of those you love and miss, and enjoying the simple things in life.
During the days, we made the most of the sunshine and daylight. We hired bikes and cycled the Tissington Trail, we hired boats and kayaks on Carsington Water. We played games including football, tennis in the parks. We walked, we explored and we took in a lot of fresh air.
During the week we went to the Heights of Abraham cable cars and caves and had a fantastic day. Gabriel loved the caves and was super excited to be underground and learn all about the miners and their history. The cable car was fun and the scenery was lovely too. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area of Matlock Bath.
We also visited Gulliver’s Kingdom on a rather wet day. This did not matter as such, as the kids loved riding the log flume and dinghy ride that we were soaked anyway! The theme park is no Alton Towers, but that’s not a bad thing actually. It’s relaxed and there are plenty of rides to entertain little ones. We really enjoyed our time there.
We spent time in the nearby towns of Ashbourne and Buxton too. Both were lovely and it was good to enjoy coffee and cakes with a little bit of shopping thrown in here and there. We stumbled across some lovely little parks too which the kids loved. Overall it was a fabulous week in Derbyshire and we returned home relaxed, full of good food and ready to rock the rest of our summer!