South coast holiday

We've spent the last week on holiday on the south coast. We stayed at a great campsite called Chestnut Meadow, which I can highly recommend - the site has 10/10 reviews on ukcampsite which are completely warranted. The site is arranged so that the tents and caravans circle a central field, so we could kick the kids out of the awning and could keep an eye on them in the middle. It's definitely the best campsite we've been to since we had the caravan.

We couldn't have picked a better week, weather-wise, it was over 20C every day and all of us have a tan now. We went to the beach at Eastbourne and Hastings, where we buried Nicky :-)

The big day out was to Drusillas Zoo Park, where of course the number one attraction as far as Nicky was concerned was Thomas the Tank Engine. We rode on him three times! Apart from that though the whole site is great, the first area is a zoo, then afterwards are several play areas including an indoor soft play, then there is an adventure maze and swimming lagoon. Nicky was thoroughly worn out by the end of the day! Kitty also liked Thomas (or 'Toto' as she calls him) and also enjoyed seeing all of the animals as well.

On one day we went to Brighton to catch up with one of Anna's friends, then afterwards we went to the Sea Life centre, which unfortunately wasn't as good as it could have been - not helped by tired kids, but the place was too dark to see a lot of things and there was loud music in places. The glass bottom boat was great though, as we could float over the big pool and see the sharks, rays and giant turtles.

On the last day we went to the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, which featured (like most of our visits these days seem to!) a miniature railway. They had a diesel train, a miniature steam train and a train that looks a bit like Toby from Thomas & Friends. Nicky also enjoyed the car museum, especially the car that looks a bit like Brum:

Usually we come back from a holiday and immediately feel like we need another to recover, but this time seemed much easier than usual - maybe it helps now that they're slightly older. We all had a really good time though. I think I've put on a little weight, what with eating loads and not cycling - will have to put that right this week!

Keane Ingram

A father of three and husband of one. I enjoy spending time with my family, staying active (especially cycling, running and capoeira) and playing video games. I also enjoy reading and watching films.

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