Our Summer 2021

It’s so strange to be writing this post as it feels like we should still have summer holidays left. The weather has been pretty hit and miss and, added to the pandemic ups and downs, this summer is over before it’s got started. We’ve done so much and yet at times it doesn’t feel like we’ve had much summer at all.

We kicked off the holidays with a week in Shropshire with our friends who we go away with every year. But, due to the pandemic we hadn’t been away together in nearly two and a half years. It was just the break we needed and a great way to start the holidays.

It was such a busy week but had time to relax too. We went on so many day trips – to Bewilderwood, Cadbury World and most of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums with Blists Hill being our favourite. It’s was great for the kids to spend time together and we can’t wait for our next break away next year.

We then spent a couple of busy weeks at home, juggling work and time in the garden with a few days out in between. We went to Amberley Museum with Lauren and the kids, went to see other far away friends and had a really lovely but exhausting day at Blenheim Palace and a day at the Rural Life Living Museum too.

We then had tickets to the Buckingham Palace Gardens and made it into a mini break in London, having two nights in a Premier Inn and cramming so much in! We went to the Churchill War Rooms, did a Treasure Trail around Westminster, saw so many sights, went to Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and even had a GoBoat adventure on the Regents Canal. It was such a busy few days but we absolutely loved it – it was great to play tourists properly in our closest city!

We then had a day at home before heading to Weymouth for a week where we did more Treasure Trails, went to Portland Castle, explored Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens and walked so much!

We also had time on the beach, enjoyed time at the marina and ate so much ice cream. We stayed in a cute little pod and had a really nice break from routine, getting home just in time for LP’s 10th birthday.

The last days of summer were spent celebrating LP’s birthday, seeing friends and getting ready for back to school. This summer has gone by far too quickly and I’m already looking forward to the next holidays – they can’t come quick enough!


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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