Giant Duck Race

Charity race featuring giant ducks!

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Hastings!

Great stay in a lovely AirBnB, loads of sea time and some history and bug hunting at the castle. Tried out crazy golf (Jack picked the hardest course!) and Emily won a free game with a hole in one!

Paddling Pool Fun

After saying he didn’t want to go out and would be bored, Jack had a great day at the paddling pool in Stoke Park.

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Before we’d left he was asking when we can go back! 😁 He had a good few hours playing in the playground afterwards too. Definitely a hit.

Surrey Hills and Chantry Wood

Today we walked from Pilgrims Way across Surrey Hills and through some of Chantry Woods. We had planned to go to Pewley Downs but found we couldn’t follow our planned route as the path was too narrow once we were almost there. We had to come another way along some country lanes and then streets back to town.

We spotted lots of different plants and trees including elder, speedwell, dock, nettles, plantain, oak and horse chestnut. Also saw a rabbit, squirrels and various birds. Found a magpie feather to bring home and ticked off lots in Jack’s I- Spy nature book.

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Crystal Palace Park

We had a really nice day at Crystal Palace Park today. The weather was lovely and journey not bad at all. There was plenty of open space for running around and Jack really enjoyed the maze. We also did a bit of poke hunting and caught Stantler.

Unfortunately we visited on the only day the farm is closed, which was a shame as Rowan would have loved to see the animals. He did have fun spotting the dinosaurs on the dino trail. Definitely somewhere to visit again.

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Hastings and Battle Abbey

We spent the weekend in St Leonards and visited Hastings old town and then Battle Abbey on Sunday. Most of Saturday was spent on the beach having lunch, Poke hunting and looking for interesting rocks. On Sunday we spent most of the day looking around the Abbey and battlefield. Jack grumbled a bit about having nothing to do but was soon happily running round, reading the information boards and listening to the audio guide. He was adding in his own bits and bobs of information that he had learnt online last week. Afterwards we got the train back to Hastings, to the beach again. Jack was soon off exploring and found a crab washed up by the tide coming in. We also saw some seagulls sitting on rocks catching their lunch as the tide came in.

Monday Jack played Dinosaur King as always and won some prizes from the 2p machines. We had a cooked breakfast and then headed home.

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