Thursday, 25 June 2015

Family Fun #StayPlayExplore in Leicestershire

It is wonderful when reviewing introduces you to exceptional value offers, which we might have sadly missed otherwise.  The Family Fun short break allows your family to have pleasant days out together at world-class attractions and enjoy a very comfortable nights stay in a luxurious four-star hotel.  You can see the full details on the Stay Play Explore website and I would certainly recommend booking your own break based on our positive experience.  They also have other tailored breaks including a gourmet taste version for two people which sounds very appealing especially if you like your food, you can have a cream tea, learn more about the art of pork pie making or indulge in a cheese tasting session.

As a family we enjoy visiting new attractions so Family Fun is the break most suited for us, sadly due to budget constraints we usually end up in the cheapest Days Inn we can find but even our budget can stretch to £129 when the attractions AND accommodation are included!  So it’s lovely being able to enjoy the finer things in life on a shoestring budget.  When we reviewed breakfast, car parking, three attractions and the room for the night were all included as part of the deal.

Normally it’s the cost of the attractions that soon add up, so is quite impressive you can visit three.  The National Space Centre would normally cost us £13.00 for adults and £11 for children (aged 5-16) so that would be £48 straight away!!!  Then if we decided to visit Twycross Zoo that would be another £55.64 (adults are £16.16 with the online prices and children £11.66) then if we finished off with Twinlakes Theme Park that would be a further £57.56.  So after that tidy sum of £161.20 just on attractions, £129 suddently looks like a bargain when you calculate it out like that.

The two other attractions are Conkers where we had a fabulous time recently and Stonehurst Family Farm (which also throws in a bag of animal feed along with the entrance fee, can’t say fairer than that!).  Because we were at Conkers for an event we have not had a chance to use our attraction tickets yet but the great thing is they are valid until the end of 2015 so you have plenty of time to return for lots of fun.

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Returning to the hotel aspect of our break we stayed at the Hilton Leicester our room was sizeable and perfect to unwind after a busy day, we even had our own sofa and desk so the boys could spread out and get on with something quietly!  

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We had two proper beds so no one had to draw the short straw to sleep on an uncomfortable camping bed.  There were adequate tea making facilities, no biscuits mind but they made up for that by providing herbal teas to revitalise first thing (with lemon and ginger) and calm frazzled parents before bedtime (with camomile)!!!  We paid for room service ourselves as an indulgent treat; it arrived in a reasonable time frame and was very tasty and well presented.  Puddings were on the pricey side (£9 for cheesecake!) so we made the most of our Krispy Kreme donuts from the service station instead.

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Hubbie took the boys swimming the following morning, which burnt off some of their energy, and I had a chance to pack up in peace.  It was a nice pool and the boys even had Jacuzzi, so appeared in high spirits in time for breakfast. 

Breakfast was quite a generous spread, ample choice and presented appetizingly.  Everything from cheeses, yoghurts, smoothies, fresh fruit to full cooked breakfasts, nutella muffins and danishes!  All washed down with tea, coffee or juice.

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