We're off on holiday in just a few weeks time and needed to do some last minute shopping for sticker books/colouring pads/headphones ect...... well anything that will keep the kids entertained during our 36 hour coach trip to Spain. Shopping on a Saturday with the kids isn't usually my idea of fun so we headed to Dalton Park as I knew they had a few things planned over half term which would hopefully make our shopping trip a whole lot easier.
FREE Half term events at Dalton Park
- Saturday 28th May: ‘Celebrating our Coast’ – special event with Heritage Coast Partnership. This event is to ‘celebrate our coast’ and learn more about what to see and do along our beautiful coastline.
- Monday 30th – Saturday 4th June: ‘Treasure Hunt’. Look for the hidden treasure along the mall. Pick up an entry form from Customer Service next door to Cadbury. See how well you do – and you might win a prize!
- Monday 30th May, Wednesday 1st June, Friday 3rd June 12pm – 4pm: ‘Dalton is back’. He’s cuter and cuddlier than ever – and he’s got some new green spots! So come and say ‘hello’.
- Wednesday 1st June 11am – 12:30pm: Meet “Red” at McDonald’s. Head to McDonald’s for a visit from one of the Angry Birds, Red!
- Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June: ‘Playful Pirates on the mall’ 12pm – 4pm: Come and have some swashbuckling fun with the playful pirates on the mall.
First up, I loved the free play park and left Steve and the kids here whilst I browsed some of the shops in peace.
|Butter wouldn't melt!|
For lunch we headed to Spud-u-like and I was impressed. My pesto and rocket potato salad was delicious and lunch for the 5 of us was only £25 including drinks. The staff were lovely and friendly too.
Lunch was followed by a trip to Millies Cookies where the kids picked a cookie lollipop each (cookie lollipop and a drink is only £1.99).
Reach For The Beach Festival
We visited during 'Reach For The Beach' day and there were lots of fun, free activities available. Crabtree and Evelyn invited us in to sample cakes. The lady in the shop was ever so lovely, entertaining the kids as I tried out some hand cream samples.
We stopped by the RNLI stall and chatted to the friendly volunteer about their service. The RNLI receive NO Government funding so rely on events like this for spreading the word and donations. Around 23 lifeboats launch in the UK every day however as this was bank holiday weekend the total was already up to 18 by lunch time. You can keep track of and view a map of the latest lifeboat launches here. It was a pleasure to speak to this volunteer and it has definitely increased my awareness.
Jack and Heidi were also ecstatic to be allowed a seat on a police quad bike and a friendly police officer even let them try on his helmet.
Heidi was super thrilled to spot two mermaids and we impressed with the girls from Let It Snow Productions who were lovely and applied a FREE glitter tattoo to Heidi and then posed for photographs. There were pirate ones for the boys too.
There was a special space provided for lots of FREE beach-themed activities including crafts, touch pools, challenges, games and information. We loved it, especially as Heidi has been learning about creatures of the sea at school this term.
It was such a nice change not having to drag whiney kids around the shops. I either left them with Steve to take part in the activities or we did one activity followed by one shop then an activity again. It felt like a real family day out and not a chore.
Of course we couldn't leave without popping into Cadbury which the kids described as 'chocolate heaven'. Heidi picked up these oreos which were a bargain at £1 a tub.
|Can't believe I managed to buy all this and more in a stress-free shopping trip!|
This was our first visit to Dalton Park but we're already planning another visit next month for Steve to buy a new suit. There are lots of shops but we found it to be specifically useful for shoes, sportswear, outdoor clothing, occasionwear and suits. All of the staff we encountered were super friendly, the food choices were healthy and delicious, parking was ample and free, there were lots of clean and accessible loos (important when you are out with little ones I think) and the kids were entertained. All in all a very successful shopping trip I think!
Find out more:- www.dalton-park.co.uk
Thanks to Dalton Park who invited our family to spend the afternoon with them. All thoughts and opinions are our own.