I had been looking forward to Half Term for so long. Ever since the Little Man started school last year, weekends and school holidays have become so precious. You often hear of some parents saying that they dread the holidays and can’t wait for the kids to go back to school, but so far, I’m yet to experience that feeling. We were especially excited this half term as we had a mini break to Great Yarmouth to look forward to.
Unfortunately, we have no plans to go abroad this year and the last holiday we had was to Portugal last October. It seems so long ago now, so we were very much looking forward to getting away and having a change of scenery to look forward to. We had never been to Great Yarmouth before. We have always travelled South when heading away on a UK break, so when I booked it earlier on in the year, I was keen to pick somewhere we had never been before. We were headed East for a change!
We chose to stay in a caravan. We love staying in caravans. There is just something about them. I don’t know whether it’s the fond memories I have of holidays when I was a child, or just the novelty of sleeping somewhere that isn’t a house, but I just love them, And is there anything more therapeutic than the sound of rain on a caravan roof?
Having said that. Is there anything more therapeutic than the sound of rain on a caravan roof?
— Jaki (@jakijellz) June 2, 2018
Not that you want rain whilst you’re on holiday of course, but I’m sure you know what I mean!
We were away from Friday until Monday and so we had three nights away at the Vauxhall Caravan Park in Great Yarmouth. Our caravan was lovely. We chose an extra wide one and it is the loveliest caravan I have ever stayed in. It was clean, it was plenty big enough for the three of us, and it had bedroom heating. So we never experienced that unpleasant chilliness that you sometimes get in a caravan.
Vauxhall is a fantastic site. It has absolutely everything you could ask for. It has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. A huge play area. Mini-golf. A pub/restaurant. A shop. A craft area for the kids. Several takeaways. Arcades. A gym. A launderette. Children’s entertainment in the evenings and a separate area that is for over-18s only. They also have these brilliant trikes that you could hire and cycle around the whole park, seeing areas you probably wouldn’t normally see. They really do have everything.
We played mini-golf. We went for a swim. We headed to the beach on a beautiful hot sunny day, only to get down there to be welcomed with a whole lotta mist! You’ve got to love the UK in the Summer, right?!
The weekend absolutely flew by! Before we knew it we were having to pack up and think about heading home. But before we did, there was one last treat in store for the Little Man. Recently he went on his first school trip to the Sealife Centre and he really loved it. As soon as he saw that there was one in Great Yarmouth, he begged and pleaded with us to go. I won’t lie, we did use it as a bit of bribery and said if he behaved himself all weekend, we would take him before we came home on the Monday. And that’s what we did.
It’s not the cheapest of places to visit but we bought our tickets from the holiday park reception before we left and managed to save well over £10 in doing so. For a family of three, it made a mess of over £30!
The Little Man loved it though and it was a good place to go to make the most of our last morning. The weather wasn’t too great on the Monday either and it was warm in there, so it was a win, win really!
We loved Vauxhall and we loved Great Yarmouth. We have already said we will go back next year all being well. It was great to get away from the hectic day to day life and spend some time together too. Needless to say, I’ve already started looking into where we can go next for a little getaway.
How did you spend half term? Did you go anywhere nice? Have you ever been to Great Yarmouth? Let me know in the comments.