Our Easter Getaway

We have all come to really enjoy and look forward to our short getaways we’ve done over the years now.  We do the cheap holiday deals that you can book by collecting the tokens in a national newspaper.  Every one we’ve booked has resulted in a great time away, just the four of us, a bit of exploring and some down time too.

This time we headed to Heysham, I kept telling everyone we were heading to Morecambe, but as it turns out, they aren’t that far apart.  In fact, they just merge together as one.

We’ve stayed at better parks and the drive there was a nightmare {who doesn’t love travel time DOUBLED because of traffic?!}…but, hey, you make your own fun, don’t you?  And that we did.  Once we’d f i n a l l y arrived… ;)

Here’s some highlights from our trip as well as a Must See/Do if ever you’re in the area…in the form of a load of photos, obviously.  You’re all used to that by now though, aren’t you?!

Lancaster Castle:

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England’s dark history, with tales of persecution, incarceration, punishment and execution, has been lived out over the centuries within the confines of Lancaster Castle.

And now, after almost 1,000 years as an imposing and impenetrable place of penance, the castle’s magnificent John o’Gaunt gates have been swung open to unlock a veritable vault of intrigue, interest and interaction for visitors of all ages.

Taken from their Website

We prefer to walk around and have a nosey at our own pace at places like this, but a tour is the only way you can see it all.  A family ticket cost £20 and lasts for an hour.  We were really glad we did the tour and heard stories of witchcraft, crime and punishment and, seeing as the Castle is still used as a Crown Court, we got to see inside that too.  The building was very impressive.  Definitely worth doing!

The walk back down into town is just as pretty too…

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A walk along the beach front from Heysham to Morecambe

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After a morning dip in the pool, we headed out for a walk along the beachfront to Morecambe.  With it being very cold and bit blustery, we got Alfie there with bribes of hot chocolates…and ice cream?!  How they ate those ice creams after being so cold, I don’t know.

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One day I’ll get a good photo of us all looking at the camera and Robb not pulling a face behind us!

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St Patrick’s Chapel – National Trust

The ruins of an old Chapel sits inbetween Heysham and Morecambe and was a nice walk along the beach from the park we were staying at.

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Views at Half Moon Bay on the way there.

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Local tradition states that St Patrick may well have come ashore here in the fifth century, after being shipwrecked off the coast, and subsequently established a small chapel. The existing chapel is thought to have been built at least two centuries later to encourage the act of pilgrimage.

Taken from National Trust website

{ Head there for better photos too! ;) }

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St Peter’s Church sits below the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel and was looking very pretty that afternoon.

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From here it’s a nice walk to Morecambe…along the way we got that cold, there was mention of getting a bus or a taxi back.  But a coffee, cake and a bowl of cereal if you’re Alfie, we were all {kind of} ready to make our way back.  Running along the rocks was a great way of taking Alf’s mind off the cold…actually, I think I’m fair in saying it worked for us all!

Windermere Ferry

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We caught the ferry to cross Windermere Lake when we were heading over to Consiton for the afternoon.  It was a quick ten minute crossing and just something a little different to do while we were there.

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All the scenic views as we crossed! And it was only £4.40 one way.  And something else worth doing if visiting.

And that’s it, what we all enjoyed while we were away.  We also visited Lancaster City Museum, which was also very enjoyable for us all…if only for the “Guilty or Not Guilty” Dial in one of the rooms as we all got the verdict on whether I farted or not…you know, the usual stuff when it comes to our bois!  We also walked up The Old Man of Coniston…but I think that needs a post all to itself!

Some of the other places we’ve visited on the newspaper holiday deals;

Edinburgh / Northern Ireland / North Yorkshire

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