Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Summer on the Southbank

Well, due to me being a stay at home mum and my husband starting his own business, holidays are looking unlikely for a while, but no need to worry as I have all I need a short train ride away at the Southbank! I have always loved the Southbank and this had already grown since having the baby. The Royal Festival Hall is a life-saver. a big open space where the babies/toddlers of the world can be set free after a day often trussed up in their buggies. When he was tiny I used to go up for the free lunchtime music on a Friday (which they set up a carpeted area with toys for!) We went up to the Imagine children's festival but I think the area has out done itself for the summer.
We went up on Saturday and had an amazing day. Arrived for lunch at the Slow food market- it was a street food affair this time. So we all got to try some yummy foods we hadn't had before. Then we had a wonder around before nap time. We went on the carousel (happy toddler), saw the Purple Udderbelly cow (unhappy toddler "no like cow" repeated for the rest of the long weekend),

Climbed on some traditional dry stone walling (very happy toddler, slightly nervous parents due to excited wobbly running very close to weaponised rocks!)
Hung out with Billy Brag and over 300 other musicians at the Big Busk- slightly randomly New England is one of the toddlers favourite songs so it was very cool to hear it live.

And as if that wasn't enough there is a beach!! Very difficult to top a big pile of sand when it comes to making small children happy.

And appearing rooms should be open now so, what with sand, water loads of free cultural events and many yummy places for food (not to mention nice baby changing facilities) I think it will be our holiday destination of choice this year.

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