Last weekend we packed our bags, jumped in the car and took a long drive down to one of our favourite English seaside towns, Torquay. We have visited Torquay several times over the years and it always kind of feels like a second home every time we return. We met my Mum and Dad down there who were having a bit of a longer break than us so I was looking forward to spending some quality time with them and a Torquay holiday was the perfect opportunity.
We are lucky enough to have some family friends who run a Bed & Breakfast, so not only does the town itself feel welcoming, so does our home for the weekend.
Pat and John run the Crowndale Hotel which is about a ten minute walk from the town centre. It’s a wonderful little hotel with the best Full English Breakfast I have ever had the privilege of eating! The rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished and you won’t find more welcoming hosts anywhere, that much I am sure of.
The Crowndale have three family rooms available. Our room was perfect for us as a family of three. Staying away in hotels can be quite hard with a small child. Usually you have two beds in one room and you have to be super quiet in the evenings as the little ones sleep – that’s after you may have struggled to get them to sleep with you sat in the room with them (in the past I’ve been known to hide in the bathroom until the sweet sound of snores can be heard!). We didn’t have this problem with our room at the Crowndale. Our room was a Family Suite with a single bed annex. One main door, two separate rooms. Perfect. Ethan loves staying here as he has a room with us but he’s also got his own little room – it even has it’s own TV. He felt very grown up with that!
We spent two nights and three days in Torquay and the surrounding areas and we filled each day as full as we could. We arrived on the Friday morning and took a trip down to the pier in Paignton for the Little Man to have some fun with the penny machines. Who would have thought we would actually win him something from them – not only one Paw Patrol figurine but four! That was a good start to the holiday!
Ethan had been longing to have a go at Crazy Golf for as long as we could remember so on Saturday morning, we took him to get it out of his system. Have you ever seen a three year old attempt Crazy Golf? Highly amusing. Although I think I cheated more than he did. In fact I think he was better than me. It was really quite embarrassing how bad I am!
We took in a drive into Torquay town centre so that we could have a mooch around the shops and find some lunch, take a few pictures and make the most of a view with some sea as opposed to green countryside that we get so used to at home. Ethan loved the Big Wheel and was fascinated by it every time he saw it.
That night we took the passenger ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth as we wanted to take my Mum and Dad for the best fish and chip meal we’ve ever had. We took them to Rockfish in Dartmouth. Admittedly for Fish and Chips it’s a tad more than you would pay in your local chippy but oh my days, they are the best you’ll ever taste. Locally sourced fish with a slogan of ‘tomorrow’s fish are still in the sea’, you really can’t get better. Kids also get given a fantastic little Fun Pack as soon as you walk in. It had in it an activity book, a pack of colouring pencils, stickers, a card game, a window sticker (or car sticker for Mumma!) and a wallet. The best children’s activity pack in a restaurant I’ve ever seen! With children’s drawings adorning the ceiling and a warm, happy atmosphere it’s a lovely little spot to enjoy this country’s favourite meal.
The next day was our last and we said goodbye to my Mum and Dad and to Pat and John and went to meet some friends of ours in Paignton. The kids played on the pier and typically, it was the nicest day of our trip, with gorgeous sunshine. It was a great opportunity to get some last few breaths of sea air.
It was time to start heading home and as always when down this way, the Mr wanted to visit Trago Mills in Newton Abbott. I won’t lie. I’m not a huge fan but he wanted to let the little man have a go on all the things he used to play with when he was younger. So we took him on a steam train, he played with a digger and had great fun on some quad bikes – first with his Dad and then he went for it on his own! He was so happy! The picture says it all!
We had such a fab weekend and it was a shame it had to end. We try to go once a year for a short break away so it’s always nice to know that we will be going back soon.
Have you been to Torquay? Have you been to Rockfish? How about Trago Mills? Tell me below and if you like, give me so ideas of things to do for our next trip!
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