To say we’ve had a busy few months is an understatement. Not only do both our children’s birthdays fall in the same month, we’ve also just recently moved house and Christmas is just around the corner. So it’s all go in our household and it doesn’t look like we’re going to get a break for quite a while yet.
Both my husband and I work busy jobs and never really have time for a break. If we’re not working, we’re ferrying the kids to football practice, making the tea or keeping the dog out of trouble. There’s always something to do and we’re never going to get a break unless we make time for one – which is exactly what I’m trying to do this year.
And when I say a ‘break’, I mean without the kids.
Last time we took the kids to a Haven park, my husband Mark and I were so surprise to see couples on holiday there. I mean, we’d always thought of it as a family resort – not somewhere you’d go on a relaxing, couples retreat.
As we took the kids for a bike ride around the park, we looked longingly at the couples who were sat out on their caravan’s veranda enjoying a glass of wine and the gorgeous view of the countryside. I can’t remember the last time Mark and I have had time to just sit.
That’s why we’ve decided that as soon as Christmas is over and the holiday parks are open, we’re leaving the kids with my parents and having a weekend away. We’ve heard the parks are reasonably quiet at the start of the season, which is perfect if you’d prefer a relaxing break to an action-packed family holiday.
We love both but this time we definitely need some down time to recharge our batteries for another busy year.
Relaxing walks in the Lake District
One of the best things about going away in off-peak season is that you can explore the Lake District without all the tourists. And it’s hard not to feel relaxed when you’re surrounded by gorgeous scenery, away from the hustle and bustle of a busy family life.
March may still be a little bit too chilly for proper hillwalking but there are still some lovely walks to do around the lakes. If we’re away for a few days we’ll have plenty of time to explore a few of the lakes but Coniston is one we’re already planning to visit.
Coniston and the island in the middle of it were the inspiration for Swallows and Amazons – my favourite book as a child – and it’s only half an hour from where we’ll be staying at Lakeland Holiday Park. I found some incredible offers online so if we save money on our weekend away, we might even be able to afford to take the kids away for a bank holiday break at Easter.
Thinking ahead to Easter
In fact, when I was looking online, there are already some great deals for bank holiday breaks at Easter online. Throughout most of April you can save up to 30% on 3, 4 and 7 night breaks, which is brilliant considering the school holidays are usually the most expensive time to go away.
And by the time Easter rolls around, holiday park life will be in full swing – perfect for kids like ours who want every minute to be action-packed. And because we know the parks will be busy, we’ll book our sports and water activities in advance so we don’t miss out on a thing.
At least Mark and I know we’ve got a relaxing minibreak to look forward to before we take the whole family away!
**Writen in perspective of a Haven Mum