We had a short holiday last week, just a few days away, but it was still our main break this summer, as we have other little treats planned in over the coming weeks.
We wanted to take the children to Legoland again, as it’d been a couple of years since we last visited and Little Man is now old enough to go on more rides. We also wanted to take them into London, as we’ve not been for years and I suspected a few shops like the Nickelodeon store and Hamleys would appeal – I was not wrong! So I searched around to find a hotel that was a nice and easy journey down the M40 for us, and still close enough for Legoland and a short train ride into London – The Bull hotel was perfect!
We visited Legoland on our first day…
We hired one of the double buggies for the kids to travel round in, which was definitely a hit – part of the fun of the day. The play areas there were fab, and we spent a lot of time in those, the pirate show in Heartlake City was fun, and of course they went on a few rides, though to be honest, the queues were long and they were happy to just look around at everything. Little Man was totally enraptured by the Star Wars exhibition. I think he would have stayed in that part all day long!
On our second day we took the train into London. It was just a 20 minute journey from where we were staying, and from the station we took a taxi to Ripleys’s Believe It Or Not! I was pleased that there were no long queues on arrival, and interesting exhibits to look at whilst we did wait to go in. You start at the fifth floor, and work your way down through the building, exploring the strange, the amazing and in some cases, the revolting! I really enjoyed it in there, as there was just so much to see and read about. It was very interactive, too, with plenty for the kids to look at, press and puzzle over.
There is a dungeon and darker section in there, though it does carry a clear parental guidance warning, and there is a way to bypass that section, as it is not suitable for young kids. There is just so much to see and take in. Boo and Little Man were dashing from one thing to the next, and I was amazed by toast art, Charles I’s gloves and the biggest nose! I was impressed by just how much they’d packed into a seemingly small space, plenty to look at and absorb.
After Ripleys, we lunched at Planet Hollywood and then it was all about toys, as we hit the Nickelodeon store (you know Boo loves the TMNT, right?!), the Disney store and Hamleys…
They bought a lot of stuff! It was a long and busy day, but the kids absolutely loved it all.
Having had crazy and busy days, I was longing for wide open spaces and less queues and hustle and bustle, so we took in a couple of National Trust places on our last couple of days. They were just what the children needed, too, as they just ran and ran in the wide open spaces and scrambled about the play areas there. We visited Cliveden and Waddesdon Manor, both beautiful houses and grounds.
And now we are home. It was a break full of fun and laughter, that we all enjoyed. The kids are still playing with their new toys, and I hope we’ve created some lovely memories.
I’d thoroughly recommend staying at The Bull in Gerrards Cross to explore this area, as it was well-located and a lovely hotel. The room was spacious and comfortable, the staff friendly and the breakfast delicious! We have talked about going back in a couple of years time, as there is so much more we want to explore, and with the kids that bit older, we will see more of the sights in London (and probably Hamleys again…!)
Disclosure: We paid for all parts of our trip, apart from receiving complimentary entrance to Ripleys Believe it or Not, and all words and opinions remain my own