So that’s week 4 done! With the announcement last night that indoor play areas were allowed to re-open we look forward to welcoming a lot of our favourite establishments back!
Another busy week for us all. We hope this blog gives you some ideas for you to do with your family and also give you some reassurance as to what some of our local attractions are doing to keep us all safe!
Sally returned from their epic Camper Van holiday! Not quite the 3 week trip around Europe but they had a fantastic time camping in Cotwsolds and Cotswolds water park!
“We borrowed the grandparents motorhome & had a camping trip to the cotswolds & visited the cotswolds water park & beach & can highly recommend. They’re limiting visitor numbers (you have to prebook) & have marked our picnic pitches. It was brilliant- felt like a proper holiday spot in the warm weather. Lake swimming, pedalo’s, boats & water sports.”
They also went glamping with some other families to Bivouac at Swinton. They stayed in the meadow yurts. Its a great way to have a holiday with friends but still be able to keep a social distance! They have a lovely cafe and the woods are brilliant so plenty to do!
We had a trip up to The Lakes this week. A lovely little cheeky break near Bowness-on-Windermere. If you’re going that way this holiday a trip to The Beatrix Potter Attraction is a must! You don’t need to book. There are plenty of hand santiser stations, as well as signs everywhere asking to keep your distance. Adults need to wear masks. We all loved it, especially my little girl who keeps asking to go back! We also went to the Windermere Jetty Museum which was brilliant! The cafe is lovely – with lots of outdoor seating, as well as a pirate ship which we couldn’t get my little one off! Notice the inventive use of my face mask ????
Evie and Eddie have been baking again. How gorgeous does this cake look? And packed full of veggies too! It’s still got sugar, butter, all the normal cake bits, but the added veg is a bonus! a hit with Eddie and his cousins. Evie used this recipe. A great way to keep children and parents entertained indoors!
They also took a trip up to the Pinewoods – taking their dog Bear with them. This was when it was boiling – the Pinewoods is a great shout for if you want to get out of the sun! I spent many an afternoon pushing a pushchair through there when my daughter was a baby. If you keep an eye out there are a few Fairy Doors to spot as well as painted stones spotted about! Pinewoods is just on the doorstep – take a walk up from Valley Gardens. It’s a great day out – and completely free!
There was also a trip to Bilton Library this week! All our local libraries are now open. Evie and Eddie had a great time, Clear signs on where to go, hand santitiser on arrival and volunteers on hand to help with any queries. All seating areas are taped up and toys have been removed. You can take books out using the machine as normal, with wipes provided to wipe down the machines before and after use! If you took books out pre-lockdown remember fines are applicable from 1st September so remember to get your books back or renew them before then! Another great way to spend a few hours – again free!
Not quite an enjoyable day out, but we thought it was a good idea to include it anyway, Eddie went to get his pre-school injections this week. It’s really important to keep up to date with all your child’s immunisations, and I can totally understand that it might feel a little daunting going to the Doctor’s surgery at this time so we thought we’d let you know exactly what went on with Eddie and Evie’s visit.
“We were sent a letter confirming that Eddie was due to have his preschool jabs. I rang and managed to get an appointment within a few days. They told me I would need to wear a mask and to ring the bell upon arrival and wait for the nurse to come and get us. I found this really helpful, as I knew exactly what to do and what to expect – I find going to the Dr’s quite stressful.
We arrived in plenty of time, I put my mask on, we sanitised our hands, and then rang the bell. The door is locked, as when the nurse arrived she had to unlock it. This is obviously to make sure nobody just walks in and is a covid-19 precaution.
When we were through the door, she took our temperatures with a handheld infrared thermometer, and then we sanitised our hands again (Eddie is used to this now and does it without question).
The jabs were done, 2 in total, one in each arm, and he was very brave. Then the nurse took us through to a different door to leave. So there is a one way system in place. She was really friendly and patient when explaining what we needed to do. I felt very safe in the knowledge that everything had been thought of to ensure our safety and the safety of the NHS staff.”
We’ve all been taking advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. If you want to know what local establishments are taking place see our latest blog here. Between us we’ve been to Farmhouse, Banyan and The Drum and Monkey! All delicious and all taking relevant precautions to keep us safe!