Dorset – our mini break

We have recently returned from an amazing holiday in Dorset. We were really lucky with the weather which I am sure is fundamental for the type of holiday that we had.Dorset, the Jurassic coast, is where I spent my childhood summers. Days spent at the beach in Sandbanks with picnics in Tupperware boxes with nothing but a bucket and spade and a pocket of flags to adorn our creations. I remember early mornings in order for my dad to be able to park and then waiting excitedly for the first calls of I can see the sea.

We usually go abroad as the weather in the uk can be so unpredictable. We had our family holiday in August planned and 👧🏻 had a guide camp booked for the end of July giving us a few days either side to go on an adventure. 

We decided to camp and booked with Shorefield Holidays staying at Merley Court. Again this is something we did as children and summer holidays when I was really little was a caravan holiday at this campsite. We really need a new tent and we had a couple of trips to go outdoors to try and find one but in the end stuck to the one we have had for many years. It was my first time pitching a tent on my own and despite the heat it was actually easier than I anticipated.

After setting up the tent we went for a swim – with the Shorefield sites you get a pass to use any of the sites ad facilities. It was lovely to be able to use the pool and water slide at a nearby site.

The next day we were up bright and early and got the Steam Train to Swanage. You park at Corfe Castle where there is plenty of space and also a lovely wooden play park which is suitable up-to about 12. The train takes about 25 minutes – a really lovely way to travel. Went on different trains on the way there and back. The ride takes you past the castle and also rolling fields.

We spent some time having a wonder in the shops before going to the beach. There is a Punch and Judy show on several times a day. The beach was busy despite the ferry from Sandbanks not running and it was fun to watch the paddle-boards. We then had a quick play on the 2p machines before getting the train back.

We also visited Poole Park, it is you bigger than I remember. There are several play areas and loads of different water sports. Being one of the most unsporty people you will meet we decided to try out the pedalo boats, who doesn’t want to ride a swan over the water!! We were quite uncoordinated but we spent the full 30 minutes giggling. I think 👧🏻 was trying to tip me in!! It cost £8 for 30 minutes. Parking was free.

We spent much of our time away on the beach. It was warm enough to be in the sea. Like I say the weather really helped. We enjoyed days with sandy toes and evenings roasting marshmallows on the camping stove. These are the memories I hope 👧🏻 keeps from our lovely impromptu stay in Dorset.

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