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Florida, Parks & Swim with Dolphins with Phil, Pat & Isobel

  Florida, Parks & Swim with Dolphins    

On arrival our first stop was Mickey’s House where we all managed a hug and a photo with everyone's favourite Mickey Mouse a great and exciting experience for all! 

During our time at the park we were delighted to see many more of our favourite characters. We loved watching the amazing parades full of colourful costumes and danced along the music.

 We watched the Country Bear Jamboree show a funny musical which provided a lot of laughter, next was "Its A Small World" everyone loved the ride through all the different countries and a great display of the traditional costumes from around the world.

At the Disney's Hollywood Studios, we all sat in the large theatre and watched the fabulous Beauty and the Beast show, a great show that everyone loved watching. We also watched other shows from The Little Mermaid, the Muppet Vision 3D show and the Indianna Jones Stunt show.  

We all enjoyed the 3D interactive show Finding Nemo, before visiting the Sea Life Centre and saw sharks, turtles and ray fish before entering the theatre and joined in the interactive talk with Crush the turtle who was answering questions on the life of turtles and how they survive in the ocean.

At the Islands of Adventure some of the group were brave enough to go on the Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster and the  Spider-Man 4D. We then all went on the Rapids and got completely soaked this was a fantastic fun time, it was then off to the log flume, King Kong ride and another Harry Potter ride. 

At the Animal Kingdom our first stop was the Harambe Theatre to watch the amazing Lion King show, this magnificent show was full of music, colour and a fabulous atmosphere. Afterward we made our way to Kilimanjaro Safaris were we enjoyed seeing the elephants, giraffes, alligators and hippos

Another day we headed to Universal Studios which had been decorated in a Halloween theme. We all had a great time on the Minions ride, the Simpsons, Harry Potter and ET rides. Then it was time for an ice cream before braving the Revenge of the Mummy ride which was a great thrill!

Our trip to Discovery Cove was the highlight of our holiday! Photos were taken of our experience which was overwhelming, exciting and an amazing experience for all!

Norfolk - Boats, Trains & Seaside with John & Netty

Norfolk - Boats, Trains & Seaside

We were all excited to get on board our cruiser. It was a wonderful day on the water – along the way we stopped at a few places to have a stroll around and visit the shops. We had our picnic lunch on board our cruiser and celebrated Peter's birthday! Everyone was able to steer the cruiser and were awarded with a certificate of achievement for their efforts. 

We sailed around the Norfolk Broads. With the sun shining down on us, we made our way along the Broads taking in all the beautiful sights and wildlife along the way. We saw a pair of swans with nine cygnets in-tow, such a special sighting!

On another sunny day some of us wemt canoeing while others went on the motor cruiser. We all agreed it was so much fun!

We boarded a steam train which took us through the stunning countryside onto Holt. Holt station has a very impressive model railway and railway museum which we spent some time looking around. 

We visited an animal farm, restaurant and craft studios – we got the opportunity to feed the goats, chickens and horses. We were even able to hold 2-day old baby chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits. Bottle feeding the baby cows was wonderful!

Yorkshire Dales, TV Soap Country with Steve & Michaela

  Yorkshire Dales, TV Soap Country  

We visited the little village where they used to film Emmerdale. We visited the famous Woolpack pub and wandered the streets nearby - where so many of our favourite characters had wandered before us!

It was then off to Leeds and the ITV studios to see where the filming took place. We bought more souvenirs in the studio gift shop and had our photos taken. 

In Skipton we boarded a narrow boat on the canal and went on a trip back in time along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. We passed many old mills and factories as we went gliding across the water through the Yorkshire countryside.  

We went to an agricultural show and spent the rest of the day enjoying the attractions on offer including the cattle and sheep shows, the sheep dog trials, meeting many Yorkshire farmers and their animals, as well as visiting the funfair and various stalls. 

In Goathland (Aidensfield in the series), we walked through the village paying a visit to Scripps Garage as well as the other little village shops. The highlight of the day was taking a restored steam engine train ride from Goathland station to Whitby. We were pulled along through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside by this wonderful steam train.

 Another day we drove north through Wensleydale where we visited the famous Wensleydale cheese factory - sampling many different delicious cheeses. 

On board the Jolly bus we headed over to the Last of the Summer Wine country. We stopped outside the famous Sid’s Cafe in Holmfirth before taking a guided bus tour in an old-fashioned bus. Our driver, Collin, took us to all the famous spots that were used for the filming of the show.