Quite a long time ago we booked a special deal to stay in the Village Ashton Moss Urban resort in Manchester. We stayed in this hotel for the MIL’s funeral and we all love it. It has free wifi, free use of leisure facilities including an excellent pool, 2 on site restaurants and a Starbucks in the lobby. What’s not to love? It also is right next to the tram line and the family room configuration really works.
So we booked a deal with 2 nights for 4 of us (2 adults and 2 kids because we went with a friend and her boy) which included dinner one night and breakfast both mornings.
We then made plans for what to do each day. On the drive down we passed the Trafford Centre so we went to the Lego Discovery centre. We loved it and spent over 4 hours there. We used the “adult goes free with a child” voucher off the Kelloggs packs, which I was glad of because it’s very expensive.
But we all loved it.
(the little one believes she’s a unicorn right now. This is the entrance to the Trafford Centre)
There is a ride where you go round and shoot lego men and trolls. The little one was sulking because she wanted to go on the carousel outside the Discovery Centre (I hadn’t realised at the time) I was trying to get the bad guys but my gun wasn’t scoring. Josh aced it and did most of the scoring and my friend Jenni was just having fun!
This ride went round and round and the faster you pedalled the higher you went.
The little one and I had great fun on it
And she did get a shot on the carousel
We had a great day all in all and spent over 4 hours in the Lego Discovery Centre. We went back to the hotel and had a lovely dinner.
That night the little one got earache and was up from 2am crying. I had one sachet of Calpol which allowed her to get a bit more sleep but basically between 2am and 7am she slept in short bursts, on me. Meaning I couldn’t get any sleep. She also kept crying and saying she missed the hubby and wanted to go home. So in the morning my friend took her little boy for a swim and we both went back to bed for an hour. She seemed a little better after that.
The plan for the day was Chester Zoo and the weather was glorious.
Can you see the queue? Easter + nice weather = busy! There were two lanes of cars queuing to go into Chester Zoo. Each was streamed off in a different direction. There were 4 full fields of cars plus the main car park. And they were still arriving – this was at about 11:30 and the zoo opens at 10. We were really glad we bought our tickets online. Apart from the price being £20 cheaper, this also gave us fastrack entry.
Chester is a fab zoo. Loads of different animals, all within easy reach. And you don’t feel ripped off. These cups cost £8 and had unlimited refills. Every snack shack (all over the park) would refill the cups whenever you wanted. We got one to share between two of us – and with the weather being so lovely it meant we never went thirsty.
I met my best friend from school and her daughter there. She was up visiting her dad on Anglesey. The shame was that after an hour or so the little one started feeling rubbish again so I ended up leaving Jenni and my friend, Ruth, who had never met, to wander the park together! I felt so bad, and it meant we didn’t get a proper catch up.
I took the little one back to the car and she had another nap. When she woke up she said she didn’t want to leave the car and wanted to just go home to her dad. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t think straight because I’d had no sleep. We phoned the hubby and he persuaded her to take more medicine and go back in the park.
We managed to see some animals.
She loved the giraffes most of all
Mind you, she was equally impressed by this massive range of slushy flavours!
We went through the gift shop at the end and she got these two. Elvie on the left and her mum, Geraldine, on the right. The prices were really reasonable in the shop. I was pleasantly surprised.
Despite illness, she did manage to enjoy a fair amount of the zoo. I just didn’t get to spend much time catching up with my friend. It’s been about 15 years since I last saw her!
Both kids were very happy with their new friends. As ever, they really enjoyed their time away together. They get on so well. And we had a great holiday too.