T R I P T O S W A N A G E
Some photos and information about our amazing trip to Swanage, England 2018. This is fairly local to us and such a lovely place to visit without having to travel too far!
C A M P S I T E-
So one of our first camping trips as a family in our lovely 4 berth caravan was to Swanage. It is only an hour away from where we live, almost on our doorstep. This was just a quick 4 day trip with some other family members who stayed on the same campsite in a couple of static caravans which were very nice. The campsite is called The Lookout in Wareham- http://www.thelookoutholidaypark.co.uk which was fab, perfect for what we needed, good cleanliness and was great for the children with a huge park. There are a few facilities here if needed, a convenient shop for anything you need to grab to stock up or if you have forgotten anything, a games room (seasonal, great for rainy days) and a laundrette if needed.
B L U E P O O L-
Our first day trip I had planned for us all was to the Blue Pool- http://www.bluepooltearooms.co.uk I had seen a friend post about this place a couple of weeks earlier but before then had never heard of it and didn’t even realise it existed. Unsure how I had missed this for so long! It’s a small fee for adults and OAP’s and children under 16 years go free. The girls received a map with a game on to spot as many model squirrels and fairy doors as you can and tick them off, then when you have found them you get a certificate at the end. This kept the walk a bit more interesting for them and their mind off their little legs getting tired. We spotted a couple of little parks along the way round and there are some benches if you need a rest and to take in the beautiful views. There is a little tea room which has lovely outdoor seating, overlooking the the picturesque water. After we finished our walk we sat down with a cuppa and the girls had an ice cream. (It also sells delicious cream teas) There is a cute little gift shop there, a huge collection of The Wareham Bears in their 15 room bear house with other workshops they work and play in, and also a museum with the history or the Blue Pool. Highly recommend a visit here if you can.
S W A N A G E R A I L W A Y-
A huge hit with the girls (and possibly the adults more) is the Swanage Railway and steam train. You hop on at Norden station and can ride the beautiful 6 mile scenic route all the way to blue flag beach, Swanage. The journey takes you past the most spectacular countryside views and right next to the historic Corfe Castle ruins. If you wanted to break the trip up you can get off at Corfe Castle station and have a look around. If your into Harry Potter it certainly does feel like your on the Hogwarts express! Think this was one of my favourite things to do, the views and peacefulness of gazing out the windows makes you feel very serene. www.swanagerailway.co.uk
S W A N A G E P I E R-
Once we got to Swanage station we ventured up to the pier to find a nice spot to eat. The weather was so sunny and warm. We came across Gee Whites Seafood Restaurant which had an upstairs alfresco dining area with stunning views over the the water stretching to the cliffs- https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186266-d1535544-Reviews-Gee_whites-Swanage_Isle_of_Purbeck_Dorset_England.html (I have linked the Tripadviser link as their main website isn’t working) It was the perfect spot to refuel. The food was delicious and the services was very good. It was busy but we didn't notice. We stopped at the arcade on the way back and won a huge bag of sweets which the girls were very excited about, got back on the train and enjoyed the relaxing ride back to Norden where the car was parked.
K I M M E R I D G E B A Y-
One of the last places we visited was Kimmeridge Bay. https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/kimmeridge-bay-p581223 It lies within a marine Special Area of Conservation and boasts the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset. The Bay is also located on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and along the South West Coast Path national walking trail. It a very picturesque place to relax and have a picnic or read a book with the sound of the waves next to you. Sienna was very lucky a family friend has a boat and she got to go out and have a little go at driving.
We had such a lovely time, and wish we could have stayed longer. It was great having lots of BBQ’s with the family every evening on the campsite. Swanage is definitely a place we shall be going back to, hopefully when we have brought our motorhome but we are also close enough to have little day trips beforehand.