Finally, we got to go on our break. You really don't know how happy I am that we actually got to go. You see, Simon's colleague had already booked this fortnight off work which meant that Simon had to work this week.
We had thought about cancelling the holiday altogether but, after much persuasion, Simon's boss said that he could take a few days off, as long as he got the weeks work done first. This meant that our Monday to Friday break was cut to Wednesday to Friday instead, but we didn't mind, as long as we got a couple of days away.
So, rushing around to pack and booking last minute tickets from Red Spotted Hanky, which were surprisingly cheap, we finally set off to the station. Going from Leeds to Scarborough only took just over an hour and the boys loved getting to go on a train. Watching the other trains pass by, seeing the animals in the fields and hearing the train 'toot toot' was a young boys dream and both boys loved every minute of it.
We then arrived in Scarborough Railway Station and just outside was our bus stop which took us straight to Cayton Bay, only a 10 minute ride away.
Cayton Bay is a caravan park run by Park Resorts. It is quite a small caravan site and being totally truthful, I was dreading arriving there. I had spoken to a few people about us going there and all I heard was bad things about it being small, nothing to do and a bit run down. Why people told us things like this before we went I really don't know, but it meant that we were expecting the worst.
And then we were pleasantly surprised...
It was a lovely place. Yes, it was smaller than other caravan sites, but this meant that it wasn't as busy, queue's weren't as long and it was peaceful. I really don't know what all the fuss was about as, for the whole duration of our stay, I had nothing but praise for the place.
Our caravan was fab. It had a spacious living room area which included the dining table and the kitchen came from there. 3 bedrooms and a bathroom were at the back of the caravan which were all space saving. I loved that they had worked in more space by making bunk beds in one of the twin rooms and that there was nifty storage everywhere around the caravan. You could even make it into an 8 berth as the sofa pulled out into a bed too.
Everything inside that we would need, fridge, cooker, even a t.v. and the beds were already made, ready for us to jump into. A small t.v. in the living room gave the boys cartoons to watch on a morning before we started our day.
The only problem we found was, when we entered the caravan, none of the electrics were working. Just our luck right?! But after a simple phone call to the reception, a maintenance man arrived within 5 minutes and had the electrics on in seconds.
Choosing to spend the remainder of our first day in the complex, we popped along to have some tea. The restaurant was lovely and serving some yummy food. Simon had a grilled chicken burger whilst I had gourmet mini burgers and the kids had sausage.
Whilst we were waiting for the food, the boys went into the soft play area which was great. A huge area full of climbing frames, slides and all fun for the kids. Thomas loved that he could throw himself around and, since it was all soft, did not hurt himself. He took to siding down the stairs quite well!
After the scrummy food, we went into the amusements and had a play before heading back to the caravan for the night. The first day was so shattering that we were all asleep early.
On Thursday we went to the beach. Luckily, it is only 5 minutes from Cayton Bay, just across a road and then down a very, very steep hill. When we finally made our way down, the view was wonderful. Such a beautiful beach where all the other Cayton Bay holidaymakers were enjoying themselves also.
We were really lucky to get some fine weather. It meant that we could don our shorts and head into the water, which was freezing! But Thomas loved it, choosing to throw himself around in the water and build sandcastles in the sun,
It was truly amazing, British weather at its best!
We played all day, building castles and blowing bubbles and then finally made our way back up the hill to the caravan site to have a play in the park area before settling down for the night.
Friday was our last day away, boohoo! but we made the best of it. Checking out in the morning and going for breakfast at the restaurant. We were all a little gutted that we were only there for a few days as there was so many activities to get involved in but we were too late arriving to book.
You could have breakfast with Sparky and his Krew, make pirate ships and go on an adventure and even go swimming in the pool which had awesome slides. So many things that we missed out on but didn't have enough time to do. After having one last play in the soft play area, off we went to Scarborough for the day.
I love Scarborough and have fond memories of going many times when I was a child. I know people love going abroad and seeing the sights, but I love our British seaside's, our heritage.
We walked along the pier to see the lighthouse close up and see the huge gun that was found it the sea after World War 1, which my husband used to make rude gestures with!
Hot dogs, burgers, fish and chips. We stuffed ourselves full and then filled up some more on delights. Doughnuts that were made fresh, right in front of us. Waffles, squirted with chocolate sauce and whipped cream and as many ice creams as we could fit in. Lovely!
We then spent the rest of our time on the beach. Enjoying the gorgeous view and playing in the sand before going for the tram, to take us up the hill to go and wait for the train.
After a few short days away, we arrived home. back to business as usual. But dreaming of the lovely time we had and already planning our next break away to Scarborough again!