Thursday 5 January 2017

Lets Go Somewhere Nice in 2017

I haven't made any resolutions as such -I'm old enough now to know that I'm never going to actually do anything about the things I keep saying I should change, so just have to accept them and roll with it instead!

But I did ask the kiddos to help me come up with a list of things they might want to do this year. For those 'lets go somewhere nice today' days,  I thought it'd be handy to have a ready-made list of ideas to work from. 

Unfortunately I made the mistake of asking two children hopped up on Christmas chocolates and brain-mushed from two weeks off school, so I didn't initially get the useful answers I was hoping for. Their earlier suggestions had answers as diverse as 'Alaska' and 'Asda' (I assured them we could almost definitely get to one of these!)

Finding pictures for things you haven't done yet is hard! I went for a tenuous boat link....

1) Go trampolining. Trampoline parks seem to be popping up like wildflowers at the moment, which is quite handy. I like that we have at least one indoor suggestion to get us through the winter months!

2) Look for monsters at Loch Ness. This was the first thing Little Miss asked for when we were heading to Scotland on holiday last year but we never made it (technically we were in the right country but still a good four hours or so drive away!) We promised instead that next time we'd stay a little closer and definitely go looking for Nessie, so we are back off north of the border this summer where we can hopefully get this one ticked off!

3) Go on the Harry Potter Studio Tour. We have actually gone on this tour before, but it was years ago and well before the kids were fully versed in the magical world of Harry Potter. In fact I distinctly remember a tear-filled breakdown as the elder one discovered poor Dobby's tragic fate. They've watched all the films a couple of times now, so no more unpleasant surprises!

4) Explore around Malham Cove. Not sure where they came up with this one from, but I'm glad to have one not too far from home! 

5) See some gorillas. We all love animals, but since 'adopting' a Gorilla from the WWF, Little Miss has had a particular affection for the mighty primates. Preliminary research shows there's a few places in the UK to find them, so we will see what we can do! 

6) Climb a mountain. Actually, the specified three mountains but I suggested it might be a good idea to start with one and see how we get on. I don't actually think they like walking and climbing as much as they seem to think they do, but it would be nice to be proven wrong!

7) Go on a boat. No specifications have been given to the type of boat or the length of time to be spend on said vessel, so this one is pretty open to interpretation.

8) Spend a weekend camping. I really don't like camping. I've not been camping for years, and don't have the fondest memories from childhood school trips. But I shall be brave, keep an open mind and give it a go!

Not the most extensive list but covers quite a few bases, and should keep us plenty busy throughout the year! Is there anything I've missed that you think we should try getting to? We'd love your suggestions! 


  1. This was a lovely post, and I loved your children's responses! I really like the one about trampolining, I was watching a programme the other day where they went to a big indoor trampolining place, where the floors were just huge trampolines; handy for someone as short as I am, as I can never climb onto them! The one about gorillas is lovely too, I adopted a pair a couple of years ago with the Born Free Foundation, and the dream is to one day save up so I can go over and see them - perhaps in a good few years' time! There are plenty of really good zoos and safari parks across the UK, so that should be worth checking out - I've heard great things as well about Monkey World, which is in Dorset, so not too sure how far you are from there, but they're a charity who rescue primates and give them a second home to live out their lives in, so it doubles up as a good cause too, and the animals are very well cared for. Lovely post! - Tasha

    1. Yes, some of the trampolining places at the minute look AMAZING! I'm not very coordinated though, I'm at high risk of injury!
      Dorset is sadly a fair trek from here (Yorkshire!) but I'm sure I've heard about Monkey World before and will definitely make it a priority if I'm ever in the area!

  2. I just wanted to pop back across to say thank you for the kind comments recently! - Tasha

    1. Aww, you are totally welcome - and thanks to you too for yours! :D

  3. Such a lovely fact... I may have to steal it...I@m joking - but it is so nice to have a plan for the year. And "Asda or Alaska" - love that so much :)

    1. I should have kept 'Asda' on the list, we'd have guaranteed to tick at least one off then! :D

  4. What a lovely list!
    Hope you get to see some gorillas! :)


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