Back in October we booked a two night stay at Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa down in Surrey. One of my best friends was getting married there and I was a bridesmaid, so we decided it would easiest to also stay on site for all the preparations. The Pennyhill estate is a really lovely area, and we were immediately taken by the lovely gardens and buildings.
Back at the end August we took off on our first foreign holiday with Imogen to Cala N Bosch in Menorca. We had an absolutely lovely time, our hotel was great with a lovely pool and the resort it self was so family friendly.
Take a look at the few photo highlights below, but I also did some filming whilst we were there so I love it if you’d take a look at the video, and if you enjoy head over to my youtube channel and subscribe !
Join us on Imogen’s birthday trip to Chester Zoo! She’s been showing a real interest in animals int he past few months so thought a trip to one of the best zoos in the in country was in order! It’s changed quite a lot since we last visited and we loved the new areas and how interactive it was. A great day out for children and Imogen Loved it! Have a watch below of what we got up to.
Where is your happy place? Recently, SACO asked 1500 adults across Britain about their happy place, and the results are really interesting!
If put on the spot, I would have to say that my happy place is somewhere by the seaside. Living in Birmingham, about as far from the sea in the UK as you can get, I often feel starved of the sea and sea air, so maybe this is why I love it so much when I am there. Saying this, I am equally happy closer to home. Having a staycation in my home city of Birmingham and eating out at one of brilliant restaurants here gets me just as happy!
The research, carried out by SACO who offer serviced apartments in Birmingham, showed that almost one in four (23%) people from Birmingham said a cosy gastro pub in the heart of the Cotswolds was their preferred choice, closely followed by eating an ice cream on Brighton Beach (22.6%) and hiking around the picturesque Lake District (22%). Tucking into fish and chips in Padstow came in fourth place (20%), while walking in the Peak District rounded off the top five (19%).
I would say that the top result was a little surprising to me but I would wholeheartedly agree with the others!
I think my top 3 happy places in the UK would be
- Eating fish and chips on the pier in Bournemouth
- Ice creams on the beach (any beach!)
- A relaxing cream tea in the countryside in Devon
Oh look – they all include food, no surprise there!
Cornwall came out on top in the staycation stakes, with 28% of people listing it as their preferred destination , with Devon hot on its heals. I can totally see why people choose these places, however having recently visited Dorset for the first time, I would put this up there too.
Food was found to be a big factor in Birmingham residents’ happiness levels on holiday too with 57% saying that eating fish and chips by the sea is an absolute must, while 53% liked going for pub lunches while on a staycation and 35% lust after cream teas. These are certainly people after my own heart!
According to SACO’s research, the top 10 happy places for Birmingham residents were:
Pub lunch in the Cotswolds
Eating ice cream on Brighton Beach
Walking / hiking in the Lake District
Eating fish and chips in Padstow
Walking in the Peak District
Enjoying a pasty in St Ives
Admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides
Enjoying a cream tea in the Isles of Scilly
Visiting the Roman baths at Bath
Eating candy floss on Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Have a look at the infographic below for the results in full!
*This post was in collaboration with SACO who supplied the infographic and research.
Where would your happy place be? Let me know in the comments!
Join us on a day out to the Monkey Forest in Trentham, Staffordshire. It’s a park where Barbery Macaque monkeys roam around getting up to all sorts of monkey business! Imogen loved watching the monkeys swing around in the trees and cause trouble!
To find out more about our day click below to have a little watch of the video over on You Tube.