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MNSN south west next meet up?

(141 Posts)
signandsmile Sun 17-Mar-13 20:21:42

Those who came to the last one were saying how much of good time they had, so I wondered if there was interest in an Easter Hols meet up, (at Gateway Centre again.)

I think Wilts have their hols earlier than the rest of the country? So I would be around to do a meet up some time in w/c 8th April...

Food if you want....Mushroom Curry, lentil dahl, naan, salad...

No probs if no-one is up for it... just thought I would offer

PolterGoose Sun 17-Mar-13 21:10:15

I'd love to come. But probably can't in the holidays as ds will refuse and even if I could persuade him I'd be too worried he would hurt one of the other children (he was in a better place when we met in Exeter) sad

The food sounds divine envy

OMG. Don't do that to me. I'm so hungry now!!!!!!

NoHaudinMaWheest Sun 17-Mar-13 21:23:56

I'd like to come if I can persuade Dh that he wants another day to bond with his Dcs.

coff33pot Sun 17-Mar-13 21:27:02

sorry no still to far for DS on train and murderous on them in the hols!

I am now hungry too! grin

lougle Sun 17-Mar-13 21:47:13

I may be able to squeeze one in...

I can't do 11th April - it's DD3's birthday smile

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 17-Mar-13 22:01:14

I'm back at school and have a temp job supporting another DC starting that week, so can't get time off. sad Curry sounds lovely...

hazeyjane Mon 18-Mar-13 10:50:02

If I could work out a way to get all 3 of mine there, I would come!

Galena Mon 18-Mar-13 18:10:29

We're back that week - holidays are 23rd March - 7th Apr. sad And since DD now has a 1:1 at preschool I feel a bit bad taking her out of preschool for a morning which isn't due to hospital appointments/illness...

Would it be Exeter? Bit far for a daytrip too... sad

PolterGoose Mon 18-Mar-13 18:14:15

Swindon, fantastic venue, host and food

Galena Mon 18-Mar-13 18:15:11

Ooooooh, Swindon is FAR more tempting!

Hazey, whereabouts are you? I have 5 extra seats in the car if I do go...

hazeyjane Mon 18-Mar-13 18:31:24

I am in Marlborough, Galena, the land that public transport forgot....

Galena Mon 18-Mar-13 18:37:06

Ahhhh, and completely the wrong side of Swindon for me... I'd be coming from the north...

blueShark Mon 18-Mar-13 18:38:27

I am coming if its after the 10/4, cant do 8th,9th and 10th sad

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Mon 18-Mar-13 19:36:58

I'll come if I'm nit working.

Hazey - I can give you a lift!

hazeyjane Mon 18-Mar-13 19:38:51

That would be lovely, Taggie, but I would have 3 small people with me, would we fit?

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Mon 18-Mar-13 20:18:46

They'd fit if I take the tank (picasso). Shouldn't think either DD would come with me.

hazeyjane Mon 18-Mar-13 21:07:28

I want you to drive a real tank, I have an image of you cruising down the middle of the high street, taking no shit, and leaving Cath Kidston and Joules as piles of chichi retro rubble.

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Mon 18-Mar-13 21:18:57

If I had a tank I'd have no trouble finding a parking space.

signandsmile Tue 19-Mar-13 11:17:03

we have some possibles then... I will leave it a day or two and then add up who can come when...

the other option for dates would be next week, (week beginning 25th) which I think will not be holiday week for most of you, is that easier for anyone?
if we timed it for the middle of the day again so you could drop kids off and then come? (Bring the pre-schoolers/out of schoolers)

and those in wilts who are off that week, bring the kids anyway.

(I have just tried out the coconut and red lentil dahl receipe... <<signs wafts spicy smells towards the thread temptingly>> grin)

Galena Tue 19-Mar-13 12:41:32

<sniffs, drools>

Next week is better for me in a way as it's school holiday, but will be guided by others.

(Gloucestershire are next week and week after too)

PolterGoose Tue 19-Mar-13 19:20:55

I can probably do next week, Thursday best...

<begs>

<promises chocolate cake>

hazeyjane Tue 19-Mar-13 19:34:36

If there is a lift available, I would love to come. And if Polter is coming and bringing chocolate cake, I would consider walking the 25 miles.

(moved over from the other thread!)

signandsmile Tue 19-Mar-13 19:34:59

Great, I will investigate next thurs with the wonderful ann, to see if the church is free. As a first check...

Anyone else can do maundy thurs?

signandsmile Tue 19-Mar-13 19:38:22

Got new tablet, and couldn't find my brackets, so here goes a smiley, hopefully ... (smile)

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Tue 19-Mar-13 19:38:42

I'm protesting at Parliament on Mondsy. Working Tuesday and Wednesday nights. So will be unconscious on Thursday.

signandsmile Tue 19-Mar-13 19:39:05

Bum. Back to the drawing board.

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Tue 19-Mar-13 19:40:16

Or I could sleep for a bit and then come.

signandsmile Tue 19-Mar-13 19:40:24

[Smile] yay!

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Tue 19-Mar-13 19:40:52

Or I could sleep for a bit and then come.

hazeyjane Tue 19-Mar-13 19:41:17

smile bloody tablets!

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Tue 19-Mar-13 19:41:20

smile

Nearly smile grin

signandsmile Tue 19-Mar-13 19:44:31

That's really freaky, I was trying oug my new tablet and have accidentally had a conversation with taggie thru cross posts, grin but yeah, grab some sleep and toddle down later... grin

Fab, Maundy Thursday is the only day I can make!

PolterGoose Tue 19-Mar-13 21:29:05

Let's hope rooms are available

<fingers crossed>

silverfrog Tue 19-Mar-13 21:52:16

oh, sad

if it was in dd1's holidays, then I oculd make it, but she breaks up on the Thursday. It isn't doable for me while she is in school because of the distance involved.

hope you all have a fab time smile

Galena Tue 19-Mar-13 22:09:01

I can do Thursday! Yay! smile

NoHaudinMaWheest Tue 19-Mar-13 22:25:39

Not sure if I can do it. Dh tends to spend most of Holy Week singing in church but I will see.

lougle Wed 20-Mar-13 07:21:04

I won't be able to do a term time meet. It's just too far with school runs to consider. Have fun, though smile

signandsmile Wed 20-Mar-13 07:54:30

[Sad] to miss silver and lougle... we will def do another during the summer hols...if people want it, of course... hope dh finds a space nahaudin ...

Anyone else free maundy thurs?

signandsmile Wed 20-Mar-13 07:55:47

Bloody tablet, sad

I'm sorry. It's too much of trek for term time. I woukd never be able to make the school runs if I came. sad

Maybe next time.

signandsmile Wed 20-Mar-13 19:27:40

sad Will def do another day, maybe early in the summer hols,

Right oh, will check church is free and then get back to you all to check numbers,

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 09:48:35

Where would it be on Maundy Thurs? Have both boys, but ironically with no school runs to contend with, it's actually easier when they're off school than trying to coordinate travelling between certain hours.

Trigglesx, it's in Swindon. Took me 45 to 50 mins last time. Would be great to see you. X My boys are being picked up by their dad at 11.00 ish so I won't be able to leave until after that so probably see you there? We met between 11 and 2 in Swindon last time. Challenging DC welcome! Although, TBH, they were able to do their own thing in a nice, safe environment with no judginess, so weren't particularly challenging! smile

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 10:07:01

EllenJane - it'd be great to see you again. Sounds good to me. I've never been to Swindon (gulp!) but am up to try it. (I've heard stories about a particular roundabout that makes me feel a bit nervous though!)

DS2 & DS3 are both challenging. DS2 is a runner, and he has trained DS3 well. sigh.. but safe environment sounds nice! grin

Galena Thu 21-Mar-13 10:09:37

Sounds like there's a big contingent coming from my neck of the woods smile I look forward to meeting you all - even if I have to go to Swindon to do it! grin

I was sent directions by signandsmile that took me around the back of Swindon, mostly easy country roads then a straightforward route along a newish road through some warehouses, car showrooms etc. I'll see if I can find it. smile

PS, you won't recognise me, I'm half the woman I was! wink

Galena, we'll have to have a Regency meet up! wink

Only one door in, so as long as that is guarded, nowhere to run!

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 10:22:45

EllenJane - so jealous!! Wish I was half the woman I was! (I say this after baking a batch of sinful brownies yesterday! lol) Would love the directions, if you don't mind.

Galena - will be nice to see you!

As it will be just myself and 2 small boys, I will have room for 2 more in the car if anyone is brave enough to risk going a "scenic route" through Swindon. (yes, that's code for "oh blast it, we turned the wrong way" grin)

PolterGoose Thu 21-Mar-13 10:26:23

Triggles was it you I promised to send instructions to make a weighted snake and I have since completely forgot? blush if it was I can bring ds's to show you as his is very simple and would be very easy to re-create.

Also, assuming it will be next Thursday (don't think I can do another day) do any of you want a set of GroBag bedding? It is the sheet with integral pillow case plus zip on duvet cover, pale green monkey design with a spare white sheet, ds refused to use it as he didn't like monkeys confused Also have a largest size summer GroBag white with colourful spots, used a couple of times (if I can find it) all bought when going through a tricky sleep period and prepared to try anything grin

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 10:39:20

PolterGoose yes, re the weighted snake.

Also, if anyone that is coming uses a Mac Major, I have a couple sewn cover pieces (strap covers, seat cover) that we used with DS2's Mac Major and would be happy to pass along to anyone that could use them. Nothing fancy, but certainly useful and clean. I'll bring them along, just in case.

PolterGoose Thu 21-Mar-13 10:44:10

I'm so sorry I completely forgot, I have no organisational skills at all.

Galena Thu 21-Mar-13 10:47:50

Triggles, I could give you a lift if you want (Have Ford Galaxy and only me and DD going... However, I get travel sick as a passenger, so can't take you up on the offer of a lift!)?

And could I have directions too please? Thanks

Oh, and Ellen yes, we should have a regency meetup!

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 11:07:48

PolterGoose no worries. I have organisational skills, but they often get sidetracked by everything else going on.

Galena I'll PM you, if that's ok. And will send you the directions that Ellen sent me.

zzzzz Thu 21-Mar-13 11:11:12

Sorry not ignoring you all my sister is critically ill and everything is awful. Otherwise I would have come bringing entourage. For those with runaways it is very secure and easy.

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 11:19:03

zzzzz lol.. that would be me then... the paranoid mum with the runaway child (that uses a wheelchair)... you just don't know the laughs that gets from the OT. grin Sorry to hear about your sister being so ill. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

PolterGoose Thu 21-Mar-13 11:37:39

Sorry about your sister, zzzzz thanks

Let me know if I can do anything

Honking for you smile

zzzzz Thu 21-Mar-13 11:42:34

Thanks polt FIL has gone home grin so it could be worse.

Otherwise nothing is looking very good.

signandsmile Thu 21-Mar-13 12:12:49

zzzz sorry to hear about your sister.. (you know you are welcome to come for as long or short as suits)..

So pleased more are able to come..

will check numbers for food after the weekend...

hey... just twigged that its the day before my birthday, so I will have a MNSN birthday do... grin

PolterGoose Thu 21-Mar-13 12:38:44

A birthday shock

I may have to make a bigger cake grin

silverfrog Thu 21-Mar-13 12:46:03

zzzzz, so sorry to hear about your sister thanks

I hope things are as well as they can be, thinking of you and yours

xx

Galena Thu 21-Mar-13 12:46:54

Out of interest, what happens with children's food - do we bring for our own DC? DD probably won't eat curry although she might try it.

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 12:58:59

oh, yes I didn't think of that. Mine won't eat curry or try it. I'll have to pack a lunch for them. lol (thanks for mentioning the food - I'd have felt pretty silly not being prepared for that!)

Galena Thu 21-Mar-13 13:04:13

grin Food is something I often think about (as you'll see when we meet!)

Trigglesx Thu 21-Mar-13 13:13:03

That's pretty accurate for us here. DS2's food issues can make us crazy some days. Curry is well beyond his comfort zone (we've tried!). I looooove curry though. grin

As I mentioned earlier, if I was "half the woman" as EllenJane is (lucky her - well done!!), I'd be thrilled. Ah, well. I suspect it's part and parcel of the whole "care for the child, the family, then be too tired to take good care of yourself" syndrome that I imagine a fair few of us fall prey to. Trying to be better about that, honest I am!!

signandsmile Fri 22-Mar-13 07:45:03

This is odd, thread keeps disappearing from my screen... the gremlins don't want us to meet... never mind,

curry will be very very mild, and also naan and salad, so hope that will suit, will bring the notorious chilli chutney for those who like it hotter.. grin ellen

PolterGoose Fri 22-Mar-13 08:20:49

The disappearing thing happened with your last meet up thread confused

I assume we are on for next Thursday then?

<racks brain to remember what went in last chocolate cake>

We've bigged it up so much, Polter, I hope you can replicate it! smile

Mmmm, chilli chutney...

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Fri 22-Mar-13 08:26:50

Zzzzz sorry to hear about your sister.

I'll forego sleep for birthday cake.

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Mon 25-Mar-13 16:03:46

Bumping to remind everyone grin

Who's coming then?

Sign
Polter
NoHaudin
Galena
Triggles
Taggie

There must be more?

zzzzz Mon 25-Mar-13 16:19:50

Are we still talking Thursday?

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Mon 25-Mar-13 16:41:50

As far as I'm aware...

You coming?

zzzzz Mon 25-Mar-13 16:43:09

I don't know. I can't see how, but I want to!

Me!

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Mon 25-Mar-13 17:09:39

blush Ellen How could I forget you!

zzzzz I hope you can come thanks

Yeah, I go away for a few days and get completely forgotten! wink

Hope things aren't too vile, zzzzz. sad

signandsmile Mon 25-Mar-13 18:21:06

All welcome..as ever, hoping situation improves zzz, whether that means you come or not...

I am having a curry week, as fed my signing team, and Deaf friends and family yest... fab time and part of the extended birthday ... [grin)] so looking forward to thurs...

Galena Tue 26-Mar-13 11:10:45

Sorry, but I've got to cry off - DD has a horrible virus, cough, rash, temp, general poorly-girl-ness. Either she won't be better by Thursday, or she will, but will still be susceptible to bugs and, as we go away on Saturday, Ican't risk her catching another something. Sorry - gutted to be missing it. Please tell me about the next one!

Oh dear, Galena. I was looking forward to meeting you. Hope your DS is better for your holiday. We'll have to have that 'Regency' meet up soon. X

Galena Tue 26-Mar-13 11:55:45

Yes, I was looking forward to meeting everyone too. sad Hopefully she'll be better soon. Get organising, Ellen! grin

DD I typed DD, I'm sure I did. blush

Trigglesx Tue 26-Mar-13 12:01:38

Still planning on coming. First time driving in Swindon, so not sure what time I'll arrive. LOL Might bring my adult DD and DGS along, as she at least has been to Swindon before, and it gives me adult company for the drive. grin

And you can get her to map read!

Sign, what time are you planning on? 11 until 2 like last time? I'll be leaving at 11ish so should be there before 12.

Galena Tue 26-Mar-13 12:05:36

Glad you're still going, Trigglesx

And Ellen, I read DD, you're fine!

signandsmile Tue 26-Mar-13 15:50:17

11 till 2 suits me... I will be there from about 10.30am onwards diddling about anyway

sorry to miss you Galena sad next time eh?

hazeyjane Tue 26-Mar-13 16:00:49

Ah bollocks.

I have just had a text from a friend reminding me and dcs to wrap up warm for our day trip on Thurs......

.....I had forgotten that my lovely friend with a ds the same age and similar issues to ds, had offered to take us for a day out at local farm on Thursday - which is very sweet of her, but I had forgotten that it was same day as snmn meetup, and it is going to be FREEZING!!!!!!

signandsmile Tue 26-Mar-13 18:27:18

Hazey bring yr friend and her ds too.... grin tell her too cold tto do farm, come for free lunch instead...

Trigglesx Tue 26-Mar-13 20:10:43

Oh poo. DD can't go and something else has cropped up as well. I'm going to have to cancel and plan on coming next time. So sorry. I'm quite frustrated but a bit out of my control.

hazeyjane Wed 27-Mar-13 08:42:39

Sign, I would love to bring them, but they go to the farm every year as a family tradition, it is lovely that they want to include me, dds and ds in the tradition, so i'd feel a bit bad. Although warm curry and lovely mnsn geese, sounds a lot better than a flask of coffee and some bloke dressed as the Easter bunny running around a field!

signandsmile Wed 27-Mar-13 08:52:02

No problem, for those who will miss, we will be thinking of you... it seems to be a good venue, so I am happy to.organise another in the summer hols...

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Wed 27-Mar-13 11:53:03

Sorry that some of you can't make it sad

Chocolate cake done grin

I'll be more than happy to accept some choclate cake in the post.

What day do I need to ensure I am in?

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Wed 27-Mar-13 14:43:56

I think i'm not going to make it. Npt enough sleep.
Although if i wake early i could come. But i think i probably won't.
Bloody work.

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Wed 27-Mar-13 14:45:50

Taggie sad

Star grin

That's down to four of us, then?

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Wed 27-Mar-13 22:15:05

Hmm, only 4, maybe zzzzz and her flock of beautiful children can come after all?

zzzzz Wed 27-Mar-13 22:26:56

We also have no heating which makes anywhere out actually "to keep the children warm" rather than so I can gossip.

I can't really dsis still very very ill and much as I'd love to sort of pretend it wasn't happening for a day, I think I need to be here.

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Wed 27-Mar-13 22:29:07

I understand flowers

Take care x

hazeyjane Thu 28-Mar-13 08:57:43

Have a fab day today, I'm sorry we couldn't make it (I am not having a very good run with the meet upsblush)

Zzzzz, sorry to hear how tough things are at the moment, thankswine and honks for you.

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 09:02:39

Hope everyone has a fab time!

Zzzzz, sorry to hear things aren't good at the moment. Hope things settle down a bit.

I made the right decision regarding DD - she is more herself today, but still coughing like a good-un and full of snot. Should be ok for our holiday though. smile

lougle Thu 28-Mar-13 10:11:49

Have a lovely day. I'll miss meeting you all again envy

We'll have to lean on sign to organise another one in the summer. X

Well that was nice. smile I ate my own weight in cake, curry and shortbread! Do I need to keep that chutney in the fridge, sign? I assume not. Happy Birthday for tomorrow.

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 15:39:02

grin

Next time, Galena, no excuses! wink

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 15:42:35

Gutted we couldn't come, but flippin' DD gets every germ going...

Make the next one more than a week into the holidays and we should hopefully be ok...

Your holiday is slightly more important, admittedly! <grudging>

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Thu 28-Mar-13 16:58:43

Lovely food and company as always, big thanks to sign for organising and catering and happy birthday for tomorrow flowers

And we met mini-sign who is just gorgeous and very smily smile

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 16:58:43

grin Marginally grin

It's not like it's Bahamas for a month or anything - we're going to South Wales for a week in a cottage...

Oo, I love South Wales. Pembrokeshire?

I have just scoffed 2 homemade shortbread biscuits, courtesy of NoHaudin, so authentically Scottish.

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 17:33:08

Carmarthenshire... A cottage on a smallholding with chickens and sheep (and hopefully lambs!).

Sounds lovely. smile

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Thu 28-Mar-13 17:55:43

Have a lovely time Galena smile

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Thu 28-Mar-13 18:01:19

Hello all.
I didn't wake up till 4.30!

Very envy of the cake and curry and chutney.

Galena - have a lovely holiday.

And I am def coming to the next one.

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 18:13:18

Looky here smile

signandsmile Thu 28-Mar-13 18:43:20

Lovely to see those who came, and those who cOuld not were missed...

Amazing cake from poulter, and superb shortcake from nauhaudin...

Next one in the summer.. and may be outside somewhere safe...

I provided no food, but consumed much. blush I might have to shift that balance a bit next time.

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 18:55:34

I don't know what it's like, and I don't know if one or 2 of us joined whether we'd be able to go as a group, but has anyone been here?

Haven't heard of this one, thanks. We were talking about Hop Skip and Jump, there's one in Swindon, or maybe a safely enclosed school field with trim trail we could use?

Galena Thu 28-Mar-13 19:25:15

smile

NoHaudinMaWheest Thu 28-Mar-13 20:44:27

Sorry to all those who couldn't come missed meeting you.

Thanks to Sign for organising and great food, to Poulter for the now legendary chocolate cake (and the lift), to Ellen and all for the best chat I've had in ages.

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Thu 28-Mar-13 20:52:44

Apologies if I talked too much, I rarely get to talk about this stuff unhindered and everything sort of pours out blush

Ellen, I wish you were ds's TA smile

It did sort of all pour out. blush It reminded my of chatting with my family (not my DSs) when we all just talk over each other.

zzzzz Thu 28-Mar-13 21:00:01

Oh it sounds like it was lovely. envy

PolterGooseLaidAChocolateEgg Thu 28-Mar-13 21:02:18

How are you zzzzz?

Sorry you couldn't make it, zzzzz. Hope you are bearing up. X

zzzzz Thu 28-Mar-13 21:17:21

Things are inching towards better, but I really wish I could have come. sad

The concept of Internet friends is a little weird, but it works doesn't it.

Dh home for the long weekend now, so I am planning my first lie in for a long long time.

Glad it's inching in the right direction, at least.

I really appreciate Internet friends, TBH. They're more reliable than RL ones. And don't get hurt if you ignore them for a few days hours. smile

eggandcress Thu 28-Mar-13 22:07:45

I am very jealous - would love to meet up one day
Sounds like fun. It seems very difficult to meet other parents with sn children

It is hard, eggandcress. Does your area have 'contact a family?' I think they're a bit like 'meet a mum' but for parents of DC with SN.

eggandcress Thu 28-Mar-13 23:11:59

I will try googling. We seem to live in a bit of a desert in terms of any kind of help or services

Thank you EllenJane

Galena Fri 29-Mar-13 06:47:11

I emailed Bournstream about the possibility of using them for a meetup and got this reply from them:

It sounds perfect for your group to use & enjoy together!
And yes, best & necessary for a couple of you to join & be shown the ropes - just contact our joining coordinator, Jinny, her details are on the website under "how to join" & they run fortnightly on Saturday mornings at 11am - or by separate arrangement Jinny can tell you all about. The one-off joining fee is £10 & others may chose to either share that cost or leave a small donation in the box on site when you come, that's up to you of course.
Bournstream is not staffed so it's important to be fully briefed & know what you're responsible for yourselves in coming to use the play site when it suits you all to meet up.
All our play site details - rules & pictures & info - can be shared with the others in your group via the website, our latest newsletter should be on their soon under "news" page.
Do please find out more & come to join - & let Jinny know how you first heard about Bournstream too?
We look forward to you making the most of all we can offer - but you'll need to bring your own picnics & sunshine!

auntevil Fri 29-Mar-13 15:14:11

Calling all SWMN - we're coming down to Bideford next week - any ideas as to what we can do - come rain and shine?
DSs 10, 7 and 5, DNs 11 and 8 - combo ASD, dyspraxia, hypermobile - all boys!
All ideas welcome as I have stupidly agreed to check out whats available

zzzzz Fri 29-Mar-13 16:39:17

Woolacombe bay, best beach on earth grin

http://www.woolacombetourism.co.uk/thingstodo.asp

Huge and sandy, rocks to climb, huge dunes, surfers, ponies, dogs, mine love it.

Galena Fri 29-Mar-13 17:23:35

Yep, Woolacombe beach is fantastic!

Exmoor zoo is nice (not too big, but interesting animal selection)

The Quince Honey Farm thingy was nice - not huge, but would occupy an hour or so...

Ilfracombe is nice for a potter around (but the beach isn't as good as Woolacombe). It also has a nice little aquarium.

We didn't like The Big Sheep. VERY expensive and nothing much for DD (3 with cerebral palsy) to do.

Big swimming pool thing at Croyde which would be nice if the day is wet/cold.

We've heard good things about Watermouth Castle, but didn't make it.

(Can you tell we were based a little further north than you? We were literally around the corner from Exmoor Zoo)

zzzzz Fri 29-Mar-13 17:31:27

We find this place heaven on earth

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark

But probably too far for you. They have a fabulous cycle hire place with bikes, trikes, and more, call them if you need spcialist stuff, they seem to stock tons. The explorers trail is dotted with secret paths and giant glockenspiels....and it's only a couple of quid to park, no entry charge

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