New Years Eve isn’t the same with small children around. The last couple of years we have generally been tucked up in bed as the bells chime and fireworks bring in the next year, which to be honest is fine by me.

This year was no different but we did however have a little minibreak planned for the first weekend in 2014 and we headed for two nights to St Anne’s near Blackpool with some lovely friends and their family. The sea was a pretty rough when we arrived on the Friday afternoon but on the Saturday, all wrapped up warm, we had a fantastic explore on the beach. There were loads of shells that looked as though they had been dragged from the seabed and dumped on the beach!


As well as the beautiful beach there are sand dunes to play in and a great pier with amusement arcades and cafes. We had such fun!



Luckily I had been loaned a great little gadget called a Mi-fi from Three which enabled me to have internet access to keep on blogging despite being away from home. It was really easy to set up and holds a charge so you can use it out and about. How fab is that!? They can be purchased as pay as you go or on contract and are really handy little devices to have. Although wifi is available in some places it isn’t always available and usually comes at a cost so these do make sense for blogging on the go.

We stayed at the Dalmeny Hotel which is very popular with families due to its children’s activities such as arts and crafts, Nerf Wars and a swimming gala which went down very well with our two boys. It has a relaxed atmosphere, spacious rooms and as well as a 25 metre pool there is a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi and lots of places to sit and relax whilst the kids have fun in the games room making friends.

So this was our New Year and great fun it was too!

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15 Responses to Kicking off 2014 with outdoor adventures on the go!

  1. Shirleen C. says:

    What a beautiful way to usher in New Year with family! While we are well into the first quarter of the year, this post reminds me that we have a chance to start afresh every day. Must admit too, the beach photos are beautiful! such freedom!

  2. TheBoyandMe says:

    Wow, what wonderful photographs of playing in the outdoors at the beach. Must confess that photo of your son with the log on his legs had me very confused for a few minutes, is he carrying it? Love the one of him sliding down the sandbank!

  3. Great idea to get the gadget 🙂 I hate being without internet. But I was all NY’s too – it was a nice break in a way.

    Love the photos.

  4. This looks like a lot of fun, I especially like the sand dune sliding going on 🙂

  5. Sounds fabulous 🙂 a relaxing fun break for everyone. Love the beach photos, I love going to the beach in the winter! #CountryKids

  6. Jaime Oliver says:

    what a super duper trip, those seashells are mad!!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

  7. Erica Price says:

    Must be amazing to explore the beach after a heavy storm. I’d love to live near the sea enough to be able to go whenever I wanted. I’ve heard good things about mifis. Hope you got on with it.

  8. Monika says:

    What a great way to start the year! Hope you have lots more adventures in 2014

  9. Kizzy says:

    Looks like you had an amazing adventure!

  10. Granny says:

    Sounds such good fun Louise! I loved to see the boys exploring, what lucky boys they are to have such a good mum and dad. Xxx

  11. Great photos! #whatsthestory

  12. Charly Dove says:

    What a fabulous post Louise – I love all the photos, looks like you’ve been having the best time. Neat little sounded gadget too, always nice to stay connected! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. Happy New Year – here’s to a great 2014 #whatsthestory

  13. Coombemill says:

    What a lovely little get away after Christmas, perfect to get the kids outdoors and enjoying some fresh air after all the Christmas fun. Hope you will link up to Country Kids too.

  14. Ooh that’s a really good idea. I hate being without internet, even for 5 minutes!

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