Welcome back to another week of the Ordinary Moments. If you haven’t joined in before this is a weekly linky that launches every Sunday morning and is open until midnight on the following Saturday. It’s a linky that celebrates any ordinary moments in your life – or the not so ordinary some weeks too. Basically – anything goes. I’ll be sharing and commenting on the posts that are linked up during the week and there’s a badge at the bottom of the post if you’d like to add it to yours too.
We spent the first week of the Easter holiday in Wales with our lovely friends from Mental Parentals. We hadn’t seen them in about 18 months and so booked the holiday a few months ago to catch up and have some quality time together – they live at the opposite end of the country to us so it isn’t always easy to get together.
We stayed in a four bedroom lodge in Llangollen which was perfect for us – three bedrooms upstairs, one downstairs, so many toilets and showers and a really nice open plan living space. Plus, it had a hot tub on the decking! It was probably one of the most quiet and secluded places we have ever stayed and we would definitely go back again. When we were at the lodge we hardly saw another person and it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
The weather during our stay was pretty dismal so the first day we spent at the lodge, exploring the outside space and having an Easter egg hunt – and a roast dinner. It was lovely to have some downtime after the long drive and the children appreciated the slower pace.
But the sun was shining the next day so we spent Easter Sunday at Chester Zoo – somewhere I have always wanted to go to. It’s a pretty epic zoo and I know we didn’t see anywhere near everything as there’s just too much to do in one day. But I would definitely go back again.
The next day we thought we’d brave the weather and went to Chirk Castle but sadly it was so foggy when we got there, with snow on the ground and pouring down that it wasn’t the best visit. We explored the castle and the children enjoyed it but I know it would be such a better experience on a dry, clear day.
After that, we had yet more rain so took the children swimming before getting out and exploring Llangollen. It’s such a pretty town with a river to walk along, steam trains to watch and so many quaint shops. Plus, it had a pretty awesome play park along the river path too – and the sun came out briefly which made it a lovely wander.
Another rainy day took us to Cheshire Oaks for lunch and the Blue Planet Aquarium. This was a really nice day but the aquarium was overpriced and just as we were getting into it we were at the end. I was expecting a lot more for the £60 entrance fee but it did get us out of the rain for a day.
Our last day in Wales was a gloriously sunny one and so we went to Ty Mawr country park which was pretty amazing – and free. There was so much space to explore, animals to see and a fantastic play park too. We had a picnic, played and spent a really lovely morning there.
We then headed to Conwy to see the castle but couldn’t get parked so carried on to Llandudno instead – and I’m so glad we did. What a beautiful seaside town, with a lovely pier and pretty perfect ice creams too. It was a great way to finish our holiday.
We were so sad to leave Wales. Despite the bad weather it had been a lovely week, we had a great time with our friends and had some lovely trips out. It was our first time exploring North Wales and I know we’ll be back again in the future.
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