Its the tradition here in England for our Bank Holidays to be rainy and for us English to be determined to participate in outdoor related activities regardless of any potential hyperthermia risk it may incur. This weekend, our activity of choice was going along to Sundown Adventureland which is situated close to Markham Moor off the A1. We went along with my parents and I’m not sure who was most excited, us adults or the somewhat oblivious 18 month old who was wide eyed with wonder at the grown up over exuberance. With a journey time of less than 20 minutes from our hometown of Lincoln, we arrived as soon as the park opened at 10.00am – great planning as there were no queues and we were straight through the gates in no time. The slightly damp and drizzly weather wasn’t about to dampen our spirits as we took the nipper on the first ride we came across which was the Father Christmas one. Yes, I am fully aware its the beginning of May and yes it was a little surreal listening to Jingle Bells in a darkened room with twinkly lights and Christmas trees. However, the tiddler absolutely loved it and refused to get off it at the end – so the Grandparents had to ‘reluctantly’ jump on so he could go around again.
Though it has a few, Sundown Adventureland doesn’t have lots and lots of rides which is actually what makes it ideal for our little boys age and older – no snaking queues, no stressed out parents anticipating the next toddler implosion. Its somewhere the kiddywinkles can explore relatively independently. There’s a wild west themed street where they can try and break the safe and then visit the jail house next door. There’s a sweetie inspired colourful castle where they can clamber over giant sized treats and enter rooms smelling of mint and liquorice – a sense sensation. There’s also an array of the usual play parks and climbing frames for any excess energy to be burned off. The place has a slightly psychedelic feel about it but it certainly seems to have the formula right to fire the little peoples imagination. Sure it was cold, wet and windy but the look of wonder on the nippers face as he rounded corner after corner of adventure was enough to keep us all warm!
Thankfully, we did have one sunny day on Monday when we met Ellis’s cousin and his parents at Peterborough (its the 1/2 way point between where we and they live) so the suncream and sunhat did get broken out for a few hours of the bank holiday at least. But overall, it was just lovely to have some precious time together to make some precious memories……………Tuesday today and I’m feeling oh-so Mondayish! Oh well, not long until next weekend, not that I’m wishing the working week away or anything!
*This post is not sponsored – I just really enjoyed visiting Sundown!