A Birthday Weekend of parks, bowling and Viking festival fun

Joshua, my eldest turned six this weekend. I’m not sure how that happened, time seems to have flown by! We decided to head to our caravan close to Morecambe for a birthday weekend away. We drove straight after school, which also finished for summer on Friday and had the entire weekend to look forward to.

Saturday morning.

Like most households with young children, we were up early. We packed a picnic and headed to Happy Mount Park, one of our favourite parks to visit and only a 5 minute drive from our caravan.

We parked on the main road right next to the park and let the kids walk there, hand in hand! Happy Mount Park is fab! There’s a couple of play area’s, large sand pit, swing boats, trampolines, a miniature train, crazy golf and a fantastic splash park.

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The weather wasn’t really good enough for the splash park unfortunately, although there was plenty of people have fun in it! We headed to ‘PlayLand’ which is an enclosed part of the park. It’s £1 per child to enter, the area is full on climbing frames, swings and ride-on cars! The kids had a ball. After a little walk we had our lunch before heading into the centre of Morecambe. We had a little walk along the promenade and the stone jetty before meeting family at the brand new bowling alley.

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Soul Bowl only opened in Morecambe this month above the PleasureLand amusement arcades. We were really excited about the new bowling alley opening since the previous was knocked down. We booked two lanes for the early afternoon and headed upstairs to check the place out.

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As you enter, you walk into the restaurant area, Vista Italian Soul Bar and Kitchen. The place was very stylish, modern and had some fantastic views! We had a fab time bowling, the kids loved it. Daddy won but not by much, mummy did pretty well! We will definitely be back and love that Morecambe now has a trendy bowling alley.

We headed back to the caravan to give the kids their tea and a shower. My sister (who loves to bake and is pretty good) surprised Joshua was a fantastic cookies birthday cake! After a couple verses of Happy Birthday, we all had some cake. After the kids were asleep, we had a yummy takeaway and a couple of games.

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Sunday Morning.

We were woken up to Joshua shouting that it’s his birthday! After opening presents and enjoying a birthday breakfast of chocolate brioche (Joshua’s choice), we got ready to head out for a walk to Heysham to join in with the Viking Festival. Before we headed out, my sister had another birthday surprise for Joshua, a pirate treasure hunt! The hunt took him from clue to clue around the caravan site until he finally found his treasure. He absolutely loved it and all three of them had lots of fun.

We parked in Morecambe near ‘The Batttery’ pub, close to the water fountains and we walked along the promenade towards Heysham. Joshua was riding his new bike so was having lots of fun. We soon came across some beautiful painted slates to the kids (and my) delight! On the back there was a sticker with the words ‘Pebbleart Heysham Viking Festival 21st/22nd July 2018. We collected 4 in total on our walk into the village.

We stopped for a short while at the little park before heading to the cute little cafe, Mad Hatters! I had to have a slice of carrot cake again, the birthday boy wanted some of the raspberry and white chocolate muffin. Yum yum!

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Next we headed past the church into the village where the Viking Festival was taking place. We passed several houses and cottages that had been decorated and there was a great atmosphere.

We soon came across the Pebbleart stall, we showed them our findings and they gave my children a couple of badges! The ladies on the stall told us all about Pebbleart and mentioned a treasure hunt on Tuesday (24th July) I’m going to keep my eye out on Facebook for the details.

There was lots to see and do at the Viking Festival, our favourite part to visit was the Living Historical Encampment. Here we got to see what it really would be like living as a Viking, we found out about their lives, how they cooked, how they settled arguements, what they wore and much more. Check out some of the fab photos we took on the day, Joshua loved holding the Vikings sword and shield.

On the way back we headed past St Peter’s Church to the chapel ruins and the rock cut graves. The whole area around the chapel ruins is extremely interesting and the views are stunning!

You already new that I loved the village of Heysham, we will definitely be back, I can’t wait to explore the ruins some more!

Daddy has to work tomorrow but me and the kids have decided to stay in the caravan for a couple of days now that Joshua has finished for summer. We are thinking of visiting the National Trusts Sizergh Castle tomorrow and maybe take part in the Pebbleart treasure hunt on Tuesday.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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