So we’re a week into the Easter holidays already, and we’ve just had a little break away. We took a little detour on the way to our hotel and showed the kids the flat that I grew up in and the house that Colby was born in. I can’t believe we moved from there 14 years ago, that has flown by.
We then surprised the kids by telling them we were spending that night and the next day at Southend-On-Sea. They’ve been there a couple of times before, but the last time was around 5 years ago so the twins couldn’t remember.
It’s the closest Seaside place to East London, and I spent a good few summer days there as a child.
We got to our hotel and had a lovely sea view from our window, the sun was shining and it was a perfect start. We went straight down to the restaurant and had our dinner. James and I both had carvery, the twins and Courtney had chicken gourjons and Colby had chicken curry.
We then went for a walk along the seafront and let the kids have a quick run on the beach.
They had a go at skimming stones, although I think James had more fun doing this.
A quick little photo opp on the sea wall. We then let the kids get a bit wet in the fountains that were all lit up. This is my favourite memory of the trip, they all laughed and screamed and at that moment everyone was relaxed and happy. When Courtney came out of them she said it will be one of her treasured memories. Oh the little things in life are sometimes the best.
We then give them a couple of pound each to go in the arcade. The 2p machines it was. Who doesn’t love them. They all won a few little bits and bobs like keyrings and emoji figures. We then took a slow walk back to the hotel. What a beautiful day.
The next day, we had a lovely breakfast and then headed off for Adventure Island. We spent the whole day here and I think the kids went on every single ride. We ate our dinner in there too. Jungle Jive cafe. It was ok, just your typical burger and chips affair. We then had another hour or so in the arcades before heading off to our hotel in Thurrock.
This was a travelodge and wasn’t as nice as our Premier Inn had been, but was still ok.
The next morning we set off and drove into London. We spent the day at Madame Tussauds. It was a lot of fun, everyone loved getting their pic taken with all the stars. We weren’t allowed to take the pushchair in, so Carson had to be carried, it was just to busy for him to walk. I should have done my homework there as I didn’t realize you couldn’t take pushchairs in.
Cerise loved doing this pose.
Of course I had to get a pic hanging out with some You Tubers.
Yep! I can imagine this one day.
We mingled with The Royals.
Now that is about right haha.
Of course there was a little piece of Liverpool in there too.
After we came out we went for a little walk around Regents Park. It was a lovely walk, lots to see and a little playground that the kids had a play in for half an hour.
It took quite a while to get back to the hotel and everyone was tired, so a quick trip to KFC was dinner and then a little relax in the room before bed.
The next day was spent at Lakeside, a shopping Centre in Thurrock. It was right next door to the hotel. We got there around 11am and met up with my sister and niece. It was a lovely afternoon, just having a nice walk around the shops. We haven’t seen them both for a while and it was nice to catch up.
We ate our lunch and dinner in there up in the food court. Everyone had something different, and we finally left there at 6pm after a really good day.
The next day we drove home, and what a long boring drive that was. There was a 2 hour delay on the M1, and it took 6 hours to get home. We were all really tired and just ASDA pizzas for dinner.
But what a little break away that was, we all enjoyed it and made a few little memories for the bank.
Don’t forget you can see our trip on You Tube
See you soon