A Week in Wiltshire {The Ordinary Moments}

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 half term last week in Wiltshire and it was one of the nicest breaks away we have had in ages. We don’t often get to spend more than a weekend on holiday in the UK so it was really nice to get away and explore an area that we haven’t really spent much time in before. We stayed in a holiday cottage, a barn conversion, and it was such a lovely home from home.

We started off with a trip to Stonehenge, somewhere we have driven past so many times but never stopped at. The children were so excited and we were able to walk to Stonehenge and get a little bus back. It was so incredibly busy – I’d forgotten that as a World Heritage Site it’s somewhere people from all over the world want to visit. But, we still had a really nice time – despite it being really windy too.

Our first full day away was spent at Cheddar Gorge, somewhere I loved as a child and somewhere I think I loved even more now as an adult. We explored the whole Cheddar village, went in the caves, saw little movies and interactive exhibits, stopped for cream tea at the Lion Rock Tearooms and climber Jacob’s Ladder to see the views over Cheddar Gorge. It was a really lovely day out.

The following day we headed to Wookey Hole, somewhere else I remember vividly from childhood. The caves were amazing and the outside space – full of fairies, dinosaurs and even King Kong was great too but the rest of Wookey Hole felt a bit confusing, disjointed and odd. It hasn’t changed much since I visited as a child either.

Our last full day in Wiltshire was spent at Bowood House – somewhere I know we’ll visit again. It was such a great family day out with so much outside space to explore, a beautiful waterfall and the most incredible adventure playground the children have ever been in. It’s somewhere I really wish we lived closer to.

Our week ended with a drive home, stopping off at Hinton Ampner, a National trust property in Hampshire on the way. We had more tea and cake, stretched our legs and looked at pumpkins dotted around. A lovely end to a lovely week.

Our half term has made me long for more simple time spent exploring the UK, the places fairly near to us that we don’t take the time to see, allowing us to spend more time together, being and doing, rather than travelling. I wonder where our next break will take us?

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5 Comments

  1. November 4, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Wow it looks stunning. I would love to explore those caves

  2. November 5, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Looks amazing! I’m desperate to go to Cheddar Caves; my hubby is actually from the south-west, but we still haven’t managed it yet. My girls would LOVE the caves (and I’d love the cream tea…). x

  3. November 5, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    It looks and sounds like you had a lovely week. Sometimes it’s nice just to go somewhere that doesn’t require too much travelling and there are so many lovely places to explore in the UK! Jemma #TheOrdinaryMoments

  4. November 5, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Wow that looks amazing. I would love to visit here one day. I love the caves they look incredible. Glad you had a good time. There are so many places to explore x

  5. November 6, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Looks like you made some amazing memories. Wiltshire has been a county next to mine more than once and I regret not exploring it enough apart from Stonhenge and Salisbury One day …. #TheOrdinaryMoments

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