How often do you really get family time away from home? We have just spent a fantastic weekend collaborating with #stayplayexplore in which Leicester shire promotions have chosen a bunch of the best attractions and hotels in Leicester for families to enjoy at an affordable price. Read on to find out what my family has been up to for the past few days.
#stayplayexplore offer ten attractions on their family itinerary weekend. Our mission was to choose three of the ten days out to enjoy over a period of two days. We then had to choose a hotel from the accommodation menu provided, bearing in mind the distances of the attractions we had chosen. Upon confirmation, we were sent our tickets which were to be printed out and presented at each attraction. Very straightforward.
This is a getaway where you really do require a car to travel between attractions. We left our house around 8.30am Saturday morning with a packed lunch as we wanted to visit our first chosen event on route to Leicestershire. The ticket is valid for Two adults and two children but our party was just a family of three. My Sister joined my Daughter and me on our trip this weekend. The perfect excuse for family time and of course a girly sleepover! We arrived at Twinlakes just after opening time.
We did catch a little bit of rain but luckily I packed Olivia’s rain suit. She really enjoyed playing at the splash park and I cannot wait to go back there with her in the summer holidays. Twinlakes has lots of small indoor rides and a mini farm.
After a full day at the theme park, we headed to our hotel. I was so impressed by the Hilton Est Midlands that we had chosen. The hotel was clean, modern and had a pool and gym. We ordered some wine and ice cream through room service as a treat and then had an early dinner. The restaurant was great and we loved the food. I am really glad that we chose to eat at the hotel.
The next day we headed to Swadlincote Ski center for a few tobogganing rides and a 30-minute tubing experience. Olivia really surprised me and loved this experience. I was worried at five years old that she would be too little but I really need not have fussed. We pre-booked our slot a few days prior to our trip. It was not busy but I can see this place being really popular for the holidays. You must be physically fit to enjoy this experience as there is a lot of gradient climbing.
Our last outing of the day was a 20-minute drive to Twycross zoo which is famous for its world primate collection. If you like monkeys then you will love Twycross. There is also a splash park at Twycross so don’t forget to take a change of clothes for the kids. Admission was effortless and we did not have to queue for anything.
We made a short video of our weekend away where you can see a preview of our attractions!
•We received a free weekend ticket to review #stayplayexplore and all opinions are honest and my own. Thank you to Leicester shire promotions for collaborating with my blog •