For the bank holiday weekend we rented a property within a converted farm building in Charmouth, Dorset. After a week of poorly children, I was really, really looking forward to getting away for a few days.
After an early start (for us) we finally arrived at 4pm, a 6 hour drive in bank holiday traffic. We stopped along the way for a pub lunch in Ringwood which was really nice.
The property was really lovely, two en-suite bedrooms with a kitchen/diner/lounge area. After a quick look around the apartment we decided to have a wander to the local town to see what was there and get some food. There were a couple of pubs, a small supermarket and a few gift shops. We went in one of the pubs which did the job and then headed back to get the children ready for bed. Never an easy task on the first night away anywhere.
The following day we went for a swim in the on site swimming pool. Charley loved the paddling part of the pool while Bodhi was his usual reserved self in the water and just wanted to be cuddled, although I suppose he was recovering from a cold.
After getting dried and dressed we headed to Lyme Regis. However, being a bank holiday with reasonable weather everyone else had too and we didn’t manage to get a space anywhere so we ended up driving to an out-of-town bakery. You could eat as much bread and jam as you wanted (oh dear), help yourself to pastries and sit on a big bench gathered with others.
We then decided to head back to Charmouth beach where the children had a great time running in and out of the waves, building sandcastles and enjoying themselves.
Then it was back home for tea before we headed to the fun fair which was next to the caravan site. There were only a few rides with Charley choosing to go on the big inflatable slide. It had been raining beforehand so a couple of older girls very kindly helped Charley up the steps, wiping the rain water away with the curtains they’d been given by the attendant. Charley had a great time and I was sure she’d have a great night sleep after climbing all those steps.
The next day we ended up in Sidmouth. We had a little wander around the town. I found an amazing little shop selling jewellery beads in little cup cake cases, a selection of door knobs, handles, bunting and other wonderful stuff that I resisted buying (but will probably regret) and then went onto the beach so the children could have a play (where we watched a couple of blokes snoring away in their coats, lager bottles at their heads at 4pm – I was intrigued as to what their story was – but we had to make it up for ourselves!)
That evening we went into Lyme Regis where 5000 tea lights had been lit around the historic Cobb harbour. As we approached the harbour Elton Johns “Candle in the Wind” was playing over the speakers and with the lights glowing, it was all a bit emotional! But it did look stunning. We only stayed for a bit as the children were getting tired and it was getting late for them.
It was a lovely weekend away, could have just done with a few more days!