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Family Time Ideas – A trip to Aberystwyth

Does anyone else get to the weekend and know that they want to go out and do something, but have absolutely no idea what it is you want to do? I am terrible for hassling my husband at the weekend to go out. It is a bone of contention in our house, he spends all week running around, driving here there and everywhere with work and at the weekend he wants to chill out at home. I on the other hand, spend the whole week toddler wrangling and I spend too much time in the house, so when the weekend rolls around I am desperate to get out and about as a family and spend some quality time together doing something fun.

As you may know, we have recently moved house and part of the fun of that is adventuring around our new area. I have spent hours Googling places where we can go at the weekend but annoyingly everything seems to be closed at the moment. This weekend just gone, we had intended to go to the beach for the day. My husband woke up late after struggling to sleep that night and by the time we were discussing what to do for the day it was already lunch time. We nearly gave up on the idea of a day trip since it was so late in the day and the place we were planning to go (Aberystwyth) was a good two and a half hours away, but in the end we went anyway and I’m glad we did.

We got to Aberystwyth at about 14:30 and headed straight to the seaside. I won’t lie, it wasn’t the quaint little seaside town I was expecting but we did have a few nice hours wandering around (in the freezing cold) and exploring. We  drove home at about 17:00, which to some people might sound a bit ridiculous. 5 hours of travelling for 3 hours in Aberystwyth? It does sound a bit mental but we quite enjoyed the drive to be honest, we went through the most beautiful Welsh countryside and I quite enjoy the fact that we have proper conversations when we are in the car because you are kind of trapped there and have to talk to each other.

I got home that night and sat and made a list of other ideas for weekend family time. The theory is, we will get to the weekend and rather than sitting there and making a half arsed attempt to come up with ideas for what to do for the day, I will have a list we can simply pick from. It isn’t the longest list at the moment, as I don’t really know the area or what is around yet but it is a starting point for us to add to.

  • Hoo Farm
  • Warwick Castle
  • Our local Wyvedale Garden Centre
  • Hawkestone Park
  • Rays Farm
  • Wonderland Telford
  • Wyre Forest Discovery Centre
  • The Wrekin
  • Monkey Forest
  • Northycote Farm
  • Churncote Farm Shop
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Softplay
  • Swimming
  • Cardiff Day trip
  • Peppa Pig World (Poulton Park)
  • A weekend at Bluestone Wales
  • Birmingham Sealife Centre
  • Cadbury World
  • A weekend at Center Parcs

If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them. What do you tend to do at the weekends? A lot of mine seem farm based which is strange considering I don’t really like mud but that just seems to be what is around in our area. I can’t wait for summer when my ideas can be a bit cheaper and involve picnics in the park and nice walks. We ended our weekend with a trip to Zizzi using our Tesco Clubcard vouchers, which was lovely. For the first time ever I ordered a salad whilst out at a restaurant ( I usually order something creamy and full of carbs to get my moneys worth) and it was gorgeous. Butternut squash, chicken, brie and just loads of other amazing ingredients. A lovely weekend all in all, now I just have to decide what to do next week!

 

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2 thoughts on “Family Time Ideas – A trip to Aberystwyth

  1. My husband went to Uni in Aberystwyth and it’s been somewhere we’ve talked about visiting together for years! Love that you made the trip even though the drive was longer than the time you were there! From what I’ve seen of it it can be a bit wild there, but that’s part of the appeal to me! x #TheList

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