Hi DH, DS(5) and I are staying 4 nights just outside of York, self catering cottage.
Food: we plan to have sandwiches everyday, have clubcard vouchers for Pizza Express and Cafe Rouge. Keeping cooking to baked potatoes/soup/salads
Travel: Tank full of fuel - would like advice on park and ride
Days out: planning a trip to beach, which one is best? We have days out vouchers from clubcard to use for Yorvic, and we know the national railway museum is free. - Any advice about these attractions or suitable alternatives - DS is 5 and I am 15 wks pg so no hikes!
Food and fuel paid for + 2 meals with vouchers and days out vouchers The rest of our spending is £100 this has to cover incidentals like coffees, no presents to buy.
York is great! The railway museum is free and great fun - don't park in their overpriced car park though, use one of the council ones slightly further away (Esplanade is nearest). I've not done Jorvik, there are often long queues though and I think its a bit of a marmite experience - maybe look up some on-line reviews? The central library in town has a coffee shop right by the children's section . Walking the walls is a great way to see the city but it depends how good your 5yo is at following instructions and not walking near the edge and giving you a heart attack. I'd take my 4yo DD up there quite happily if that helps. I've never used the park and ride as I'm walking distance from town, but it seems to run quite frequently. I prefer Filey beach to Scarborough (no tat on the beach front) but when the tide comes in it comes all the way in, whereas Scarborough always has sand showing. Both are great days out. Absolutely do not bother with Scarborough sea life centre though. Will see what else I can think of....
Ooh yes the playground at the Designer Outlet is great (and right by the entrance where Gap and Starbucks are ) as its undercover - perfect for very hot or very wet weather! Then you can get the P&R into town from there.
I second Jorvik, its dire. Its not even worth a fiver. The castle museum is fab www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/Page/Index.aspx. Go to the lovely food market in the Shambles and eat all the samples. For seaside, you cant beat Scarborough.
Went to the natinal railway museum on bank holiday mon - it was lovely and relaxed, not too busy, park and ride efficient.
Arrived at cottage - absolutely superb, would recommend if looking for luxury cottage - PM if anyone wants details I'll not 'advertsie on here'!
Went to the castle museum it was great DS(5) understood about old things and the past, it just seems to have clicked and he really loved it especially the prison cells, he has 'made' a museum out of paper this AM
We are having a drive to the coast today, looks like wellies not beachwear.
I never used any of my Days Out vouchers from tesco clubcard in the end, so have a few for back home - wished I'd known could have swapped them for double value tokens for xmas presents.