On tour at home and abroad with the Sumpners

The view below is Toad Rock, Tunbridge Wells

Legoland Trip – 27th to 29th July 2012

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Friday – late morning and we were off, sadly having to leave Archie, our 9 year old Border Terrier (an avid caravanner!) behind. Legoland was not for him. His place was taken by our 6 year-old neice, Evie. She joins us every year for a weekend away. The journey took about 2.5 hours, with stop and we were soon setting up at Hurley Riverside – a fully serviced pitch (sewage and water plus electricity) right by the Thames, between Henley and Maidenhead.

Once setup, we ventured out and visited Hurley village and the lock. Very pretty and lovely to see the boats. Very nostalgic for us. We love boating, too, and have done the entire Thames from Limehouse to Lechlade.

A nice cuppa, a paddle and then off to Maidenhead and the inevitable visit to Waitrose , after which back to the van. Gave Evie her tea and then had a walk along the Thames and the Nature Trail provided by the campsite.

Saw lots of bunnies and then it was back and bedtime for little people, and a quck squizz at the Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony for us.

There were hordes of kids on bikes roaming the site and loads of Dutch and Germans. Very near the Olympic rowing venue, so glad we booked nice and early! Apparently competitors and volunteers are also staying on site, which meant a lot of off car movement at odd times. Otherwise, we had a good night.

Saturday – up early and off to Legoland. This wa s a surprise for Evie and she was ecstatic. We had a great fun day and the additional expense of “Q-Bots” (which basically allow you to walk straight up to a ride and not queue!) proved a fantastic investment. Had a great day and were there for 7 hours! Exhausting!

We had an early table booked at Prezzo in Maidenhead so by the time we got back, had a quick shower we were off out again. We had a great meal and full marks to Prezzo for their children’s menu, which kept Evie entertained for the whole meal. After this it was home and bed, first for Evie and then – shortly afterwards – for us!

Sunday – up, breakfast and off to feed the ducks on the Thames (just a whole loaf of tiger bread then!) Then out to meet Mel who was coming by train to Maidenhead to collect Evie, who had an urgent and vital party (she’s 6!) to go to. Back to the site for coffee and lazy remainder of the morning – including a luncheon courtesy of Waitrose. Starting to wonder whether I should ask them for sponsorship for this blog?

Off and away by 2 pm and home by around 4.30. A lovely weekend with lots of happy memories.

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