Our Norfolk Holiday

Last week we were lucky enough to have a family week away in Norfolk.

We stayed in the same caravan I used to visit each year with my family when I was younger. It was amazing to share days out with my own children in the same place some of my happiest childhood memories were made.

I think my love of the seaside comes from our holidays at the amazing beach in Norfolk. I love the crisp sea air, spending the day with no shoes and sand between my toes, the peaceful sound of the sea crashing against the sand and the fact that the whole beach is a massive playground with treasures of shells and mermaids purses waiting to be discovered.

Unfortunately we didn’t have a smooth start. We set off for the three hour drive in our family car that so far had served us well. That was until we were 30 miles from the caravan. The car started making the most awful noise and we knew something was really wrong. We decided to try and make it to the caravan before we called the break down service so that at least the children had somewhere to sit other than the side of the road and a toilet!

Thank goodness we did, the breakdown service took over 4 hours to turn up! When they did turn up they pretty much told us the car was in a sorry state and it would cost us over £300(!) for them to tow us home as we only had free recovery 50 miles from home. We were determined to still have our holiday. We had all been counting down the days we needed this holiday after a seriously stressful week. Hubby decided he would drive back home to borrow his mum’s car whilst the boys and I waited at the caravan, after all, the closer he got to home the more the cost of recovery would go down.

The caravan park is gorgeous, well looked after and ideal with the beach right on the doorstep but there is absolutely nothing with in walking distance. We had no food in the caravan apart from a few packets of mini chedders so when Hubby returned the next day with a McDonalds breakfast it was heaven.

The rest of the holiday was one of the best weeks we have ever had together. The weather was amazing. We had so much fun doing everything I loved to do at the beach when I was younger, Crab fishing and building sand castles were always my favourite.


I swam in the sea as well, I haven’t done that since I was probably about ten years old and it was gorgeous. Amazingly there was this one black seal that we saw every time we were at the beach. It was so close to the shore and when we were swimming in the sea it was about 20 metres away. The boys couldn’t believe it and were transfixed.


We also had an mazing day out at Dinosaur Adventure which was a short drive away.

We spent the week with zero phone reception, no gadgets and very little T.V and it was lovely to be off grid and back to basics. The boys were calmer which meant Hubby and I were more relaxed. I loved everything about it. I loved squishing into the caravan at night, eating pizza on the grass outside and shaking bucket full after bucket full of sand out of our shorts at the end of the day.

We definitely plan on returning next summer and who knows we may even see the same seal again.

 

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I am a 28 year old mum living in Kent. I am totally outnumbered living with my husband and 3 boys but I love the fun and adventure they bring to my life. As a family we enjoy being active and to get out and about as much as possible. A little about us Me- My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was 16 and him 19. Being so young I don't think either of us expected a nervous first date at the cinema to lead to marriage and 3 children but we soon became inseparable. It can be hard staying 'girlie' in a house full of boys. DS1- DS1 is very sporty. He enjoys football, rugby and swimming but his real passion is motocross. I think hubby would have happily had him on a motocross bike the second he took his first step but he first started to ride when he got his first 50cc bike at 6 years old. Now, aged 8, he rides with complete confidence on his 65cc and is desperate to start competing. As his mother I will always worry about him no mater what he does but seeing how happy this sport makes him makes me want to support him 100%. DS2- DS2 is a real animal lover. He would love nothing more than to have a house full of cats and dogs but unfortunately for him the only pet we have is our goldfish named 'Goldie'. When we visit family who have dogs DS2 will happily sit there for hours talking, stroking and trying to teach them tricks. Computer games is DS2's favourite pass time. He was gifted a tablet for Christmas last year and now, at 6, he has my husband bugging him on tips to get new levels. To keep active DS2 really enjoys swimming. He is not afraid of the water at all and would swim every day given the chance. He has such a loving, caring personality. DS3- DS3 is, well, a real handful as most 2 year olds are. He is never short of energy and zooms everywhere at a million miles an hour on his favourite balance 'motorbike'. Much to my husbands joy DS3 is also obsessed, yes obsessed with motocross. All he wants to do is play motorbikes, wear DS1's helmet and boots at any given chance and watch the videos of DS1 riding. DS3 learns so much from his older brothers and he surprises me everyday with how daring and forward he is in so many ways.

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