We had tea in Mrs Minnigans coffee house followed by a short walk to the Abbey, there we followed an excellent children's trail, Pip wrote a prayer for her daddy and I admired some beautiful tapestries, made by this textile artist We had time for a quick ice-cream treat before completing the last leg of our journey.
After a good night's sleep and a yummy breakfast, the kids and I made our way to the beach, which was quite literally a two minute walk from the house:
We examined rock pools, built sandcastles, found a water snail and left a beach mandala as a gift to the sea. After lunch a Sunday nap was the order of the day, followed by outdoor play on the front lawn and a tea on the picnic bench.
Benedict and Pip had a great time charging around the green space and paddling in the various mini rock pools. The rose garden smelt divine and the serpent maze was a welcome oasis of shade from the blistering heat. We saved the splash park until last and it was well worth the wait! Once the kids had dried off we made our way to the café for a pot of tea and some gluten free cakes. Despite having been on the go all day, B and P still managed to find the energy to run around the lawn just before bed!
On Wednesday we made a trip to Lindisfarne it was not our best day, which was a real shame since it was the only place I had really set my heart on visiting; never mind it's an excuse for me to return before too long!
Our summer scrapbook was very useful for documenting our days. The Lindisfarne centre was a hit with the kids; Benedict enjoyed pretending to be a Viking and Pip made a friendship with a retired teacher!
Our last visit before returning home was a trip to Bamburgh Castle:
This place was great value for money and had loads for us to see and do. A children's quiz sheet had been thoughtfully constructed and for anyone with a disability, there was a DVD of those rooms which were inaccessible. After lunch we made our way to the smaller museum housing various inventions courtesy of Lord Armstrong, followed by a mini dig in the children's archaeological pit! From our seated position we could observe various archaeology students working on a full scale excavation.