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Butlins, Fun & Dancing with Andy & Isobel

  Butlins, Fun & Dancing  

We headed out in the minibus to Lynmouth, admiring the breathtaking scenery along the way. At Lynmouth we walked along the river edge until we reached the coastline with spectacular views over the sea. 

 We then took the Cliff Top Railway up to Lynton. This is the steepest water powered railway in the world providing stunning coastal views. Making the most of the beautiful weather we enjoyed wandering along the paths, popping in and out of the little boutiques and souvenir shops. 

In the evening we danced and sang the night away to Freddie Mercury, Sir Elton Jogn andThe Beatles tribute band!

The entertainment team put on an amazing pantomime, Cinderella Rocks, which provided us with lots of laughs. We were amazed at how they remembered all their dance routines! 

We couldn’t wait to go to the bowling alley for a few games of tenpin bowling. Two teams battled against each other and both got some fantastic high scores and even managing a few strikes! 

At the adventure mini golf we had a great time putting our way through this fun course.

Bursting with excitement we couldn't wait to try all the rides at the fairground. We went on the swing ride, carousel, bumper cars, waltzers and the umbrella ride.

Another day we headed to the West Somerset Railway for a trip on the Steam Train to Watchet. The journey was fabulous with the group admiring the beautiful countryside and views along the way. At Watchet, we took a relaxing stroll from the station down into the harbour. We visited the small but informative museum and managed to walk up to the lighthouse and admire the stunning views.

Country Walks in the Peak District with Darren & Pat

  Country Walks in the Peak District  

 We were all eager to go out and explore our surroundings. First we took a stroll around the woodland trail where the paths were lined with beautiful flowers and moorhens were swimming on the pond enjoying the sunshine as much as we were.

During our walk we came across trunk and branches covered with hundreds of coins which have been hammered through the bark and into the wood. The local tradition is that a wish will be granted for each of the coins so treated.

We went to the Dovedale, in the South Peak area. We walked beside the River Dove through the limestone hill valley reaching the famous stepping stones. It is a truly beautiful area. 

 In Ilam Park we threw wood sticks off St Bertram’s bridge followed by a traditional cream tea in the Italian garden and strolled around the beautiful grounds.

We drove to the Crich Tramway Village, a period village containing The National Tramway Museum. The museum’s tramway runs through the village transporting visitors out into the local countryside and back. We bought tickets and decided to go see it for our self, and we weren’t disappointed. This was a fantastic experience! The museum has a fantastic display of trams, both horse-drawn and mechanical. The workshop is also an interesting place where you can watch trams being restored.  

To top off a fantastic morning we were able to ride horse drawn tram. The conductor happily posed with us for a photo. 

At  the bowling alley we enjoyed a friendly, yet competitive game of Tenpin bowling. Everyone did really well with some great high scores. Well done! 

Next stop was to the very grand Chatsworth Estate. We had a lovely walk across the park in the glorious sunshine, spotting so many different plants and sculptures. We followed the river and eventually the famous Chatsworth House came into view. What a beautiful building set in such idyllic surroundings. We went inside the house and had a fantastic time exploring the beautiful rooms.

Disneyland Paris with Jon & Donna

  Disneyland Paris  

We watched an enchanting performance from all our favourite princesses on stage and we sang and danced along with the rest of the crowds. The atmosphere was amazing. We then watched the huge parade of floats, where we saw all the Disney characters you could think of dancing and waving to us. We even got a few kisses blown our way! 

The famous magical Disney Castle was just as mesmerising in real life. 

We went to Alice in Wonderland and found our way through the maze and up to the top of her castle. We got to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter for a photo opportunity!

 Another fantastic moment was meeting the very friendly Mickey Mouse. We couldn’t wait to shake his hand and give him a cuddle! We also met up with our friend Goofy who posed for photos with us too!

We took the opportunity to all have a ride on the Magic Carpet. Flying high up in the air we felt just like Aladdin and Jasmine.

We went on a journey with Mickey as he trained to become a magician. At the end he finally earned his Magic Wand! Très bien, Mickey!  

Another fantastic experience was the tram ride on the Disney Behind the Scenes Tour, where we experienced an earthquake, fire and thousands of tonnes of water all released down on the carriages. It was fantastic and a little bit scary! 

We saw the amazing Marvel Superheroes in action. They were awesome, fighting against evil to protect us!