Our seaside holiday to Great Yarmouth & Felixstowe

OK, so I’m writing this while lying in the hotel bed on Saturday night. We don’t leave until tomorrow but as the weather is still meant to be beautiful, the only plans we have are indulge in the hotel breakfast and then morning hangs on the beach before we begin the 2 hour trip home. I won’t have time to get this written once we’re home and I’m almost buried under laundry, food shopping and housework so I thought I’d get a start on it now.

There will be separate posts on BeWilderwood and Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park later on in the week so I’m not going to go into much detail about them. There will also be 2 videos going live as well, one about our time in Yarmouth and another about our weekend in Felixstowe so keep an eye out for those.

It’s almost become a tradition to go to Great Yarmouth on holiday. This is our third year where we’ve chosen there and I don’t think it would be the same if we didn’t go. We only stay for 4 nights and every year, we say we wish we could have stayed longer. We did try and extend it this year, only to be told that it was fully booked over the bank holiday weekend which is why we ended up in Felixstowe.

This year, we chose the Hopton-on-Sea Haven site. In previous years, we’ve done Wild Duck and Seashore but I think Hopton is the one we’ll go back to. Our caravan was one of their Prestige ones, with features such as a dishwasher, TV in the main bedroom and an en suite too. The décor was lovely and it was beautiful when we arrived. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the weather, it was grey and drizzly when we got there. The only complaint I’ve got is that after arriving and seeing the boys bedroom, we asked for a bed guard. We were charged for it, £13.50 with the £10 deposit to be returned when we left. The bed guard never arrived. I rang on the Tuesday afternoon to see where it was and they did say they’d refund us the £3.50 as well but it was just annoying that it didn’t get delivered to us. In the end, we had to push the two single beds together and hope Archie didn’t fall out. Oh, and I’m still waiting for the deposit to be returned as well.

Our Monday afternoon was spent looking at the sea, going swimming and getting fish and chips. They’ve got a chip shop and a Chinese on site as well as a Mini Market and Papa John’s so you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. The pool is lovely too, there’s a toddler and main pool as well as a slide which Henry was just big enough to go on. The changing areas were clean and the lifeguards were all friendly too.

Tuesday we ventured out to Great Yarmouth. The Sea Life Centre is a must for us, Gareth loves aquariums and the boys are starting to take interest in animals and fish. We used a voucher from a cereal packet but admission was still nearly £40 which was steep, it’s not usually that expensive. The boys did get an Octonauts trail to do which they enjoyed but unless their prices have increased, I definitely feel we were overcharged. After that, we wandered into the town and got some drinks, ate some more chips (I’m surprised we haven’t turned into chips), had amazing flavoured ice cream and then went back to the caravan. Swimming was on the agenda again and then Gareth cooked us dinner.

Wednesday was BeWilderwood day and as I said, there will be a separate post on that but let me tell you…it was AMAZING. We didn’t pick the best day weather wise but because of the damp and drizzle, we were the only ones there. The boys could explore at their pace without worry of anyone else and we all had so much fun. There was muddy trousers and wet bums all round when we left.

Thursday was Gareth’s birthday and so it was his choice on where we spent the day. On our first family holiday, we went to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure park and absolutely loved it. I was 23 weeks pregnant with Archie so it was fun to go back with him and see what he thought of it all. There is so much to do there, we spent nearly all day just wandering and the boys loved seeing the “real” dinosaurs.

On Friday, it was time to leave Haven but instead of going home, we drove down the coast to Felixstowe. I used to go here all the time when I was a kid. For many reasons which I won’t go into, this was our happy place and being back here stirred up a lot of old memories, all of which were good. I haven’t been here since I was about 10/11 and it’s strange recognising a lot of it. The weather was amazing when we arrived and as we couldn’t check into the hotel until 2pm, we left the car in the hotel car park and went to the beach. We spent a good few hours there and the time just flew by. We walked into the town to grab some lunch and then checked into the hotel. As we didn’t have dinner plans, we booked a table in the hotel restaurant and went back to the beach until we could eat. Our bill came to £49 which while the food was nice, it was a bit steep for the food we received so we decided not to go back.

The main reason we came to Felixstowe was so that Gareth could go to Sutton Hoo. It’s a National Trust site in Woodbridge and it’s the site of an Anglo-Saxon burial. You can see the many burial mounds which have been excavated (there are some which have remained untouched), there’s a house you can look around and even stay in as there’s apartments on the top floor, as well as walks around the site and a café. Again, the boys had a trail to do which earned them a badge or a sticker and it helps to keep them focused while we’re looking at historical things. One of the main reasons Sutton Hoo is so special is the helmet which they found with the king when they discovered him. It’s one of a kind and they’ve never found another life it. I was a bit disappointed to find out that they hadn’t actually got the helmet at the site, instead it can be found at the British Museum. We’ve been there once before and it was so dull, I don’t want to go back but Gareth wants to see the helmet.

The evening was spent at the beach again, with ice cream, fish and chips on the beach and building sandcastles. We didn’t leave until 6.30, someone else had bought Dominoes to eat on the sand! There were still people milling about as we left, the weather was that nice that people just didn’t want to leave.

We’ve really enjoyed our holiday this year and I think we’ll do the same next year, explore different places in one trip. The next one we’ve got planned is our honeymoon in Edinburgh. It’s not until July but I can’t wait already!

What are your holiday plans this year? Or have you already had a holiday? Either way, I’d love to hear all about them. And if you’ve got any recommendations on where else to visit, please let me know!

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