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The Wonders of the Isle of Wight with Paula & Phil

  The Wonders of the Isle of Wight  

 What an incredible time we had on the Isle of Wight! We danced our socks off each night and enjoyed amazing shows put on by the brilliant entertainment team!

At the top of Alum Bay we were astonished by the view across to the Needles and the multi-coloured sand cliffs. We went into the craft shop and filled different shapes with varied coloured sands that had been gathered from frequent rockfalls from Alum Bay itself. 

We had a super game of ten pin bowling in Ryde, which was great fun! Everyone achieved smashing scores!

During our holiday we had the special occasion to celebrate Carol's birthday. We arranged a birthday cake to be presented to her. She also received presents and cards and the whole restaurant sang happy birthday to her!

Our trip to the Donkey Sanctuary was awesome! We all enjoyed stroking the donkeys soft fur. It was lovely to see them being so well looked after.

We visited the very pretty little village of Godshill where we went to the amazing model village. The miniature world fascinated us all as we wandered leisurely around. 

What an amazing holiday to remember!

Wales - Castles, Coast & Steam Trains with Pat & Jim

Wales -  Castles, Coast & Steam Trains

We could hardly wait to get to Wales for our fantastic holiday! Arriving at our very comfortable accommodation we settled in right away. 

We visited the magnificent Newton House, it was built in 1660, and significantly changed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house is decorated the way it looked back in 1912. We all had fun getting dressed up as maids, soldiers and country gents with top hats. 

We travelled back in time on the Gwili to Dan-y-Coed steam railway. We got aboard “The Welsh Guardsman”, sat back and relaxed. We enjoyed looking at the stunning coast and countryside. We completed our day with a trip to Port Barry where we watched the boats bobbing in the harbour, white horses rolling in from the sea and oyster catchers flying high in the sky.  

We got into the Jolly minibus and headed to the pretty harbour village of Solva. We walked by the sea front where we spotted a few windsurfers on the water doing tricks. From there we drove to St David's, a unique city surrounded by some of the finest coastline in Europe. We had a leisurely walk around the town and wandered into a variety of gift shops where some of us bought presents to take home. 

We all loved visiting the magnificent Kidwelly Castle with its fascinating history. On top of the tower we could see stunning views of the River Gwendraeth and the pretty town of Kidwelly.

Norfolk - Boats, Trains & Seaside with Netty & Andy B

Norfolk - Boats, Trains & Seaside

 We all enjoyed cruising down the river on the motor boat from Ludham Bridge to Ranworth Broad. We each had our turn as a captain driving, steering and tooting. This proved to be a fantastic experience!

 On a beautiful day we enjoyed a relaxing morning sailing away on the broads. We were astonished by the beautiful scenery and the variety of wildlife. 

We had an amazing time canoeing! We got our equipment and off we went for our first canoeing session. We all listened carefully to our instructor who told us what to do and how to row efficiently. 

 We went to Sheringham and boarded the Poppy Line steam railway train to Holt. The engine dates back from 1957 and it was as if we had stepped back in time. We all sat back and enjoyed looking at the stunning coastline and countryside whilst eating our picnic on board. 

As always the JollyDays went ten pin bowling and enjoyed the friendly competition. In the evenings we enjoyed regular meals out in lovely country pubs and restaurants.

Yorkshire Dales, TV Soap Country with Michaela & Steve

Yorkshire Dales, TV Soap Country

First stop was Heartbeat country and the village of Aidensfield. We visited Scripp’s garage and the Aidensfield arms. We wandered around the village where we did a spot of gift shopping for souvenirs.

We went to Emmerdale's very own Woolpack! We were excited to be where all our favourite soap stars had been before. 

We visited the famous market town of Skipton with its castle, canal boats, market and beautiful scenery. We went to a craft fair before heading to the Bolton Abbey Steam Ralway to catch the train to Embsay. We travelled first class in our own carriage at the front of the train and we even got to meet the driver.

We went to visit The Druids Temple situated near Ilton. There we saw incredible large stones of which some stand over 10 feet high. The structure was built by William Danby around 1800. What an incredible place!

We visited a lovely family run farm where we fed and petted all the animals including sheep, lambs, rabbits, chickens, ponies and Flossy the pig. We even had the amazing opportunities to bottle feed the lambs!

In Ripon we visited the Pottery studio and  painted our own pieces of pottery to be fired in the kiln. We were shown what to do by a well known local artist and we all had a great time. 

One afternoon we went to Newby Hall and gardens where we had a fantastic time! We visited the dolls house exhibition and afterwards had a ride on the miniature railway that took us on a tour to explore the grounds.