May day bank holiday weekend

DSCN0680 It’s been a scorcher, which also means it’s been very tiring too.  We’ve been out and about, trying to keep ourselves entertained,  Saturday morning I took part in my first Darley Parkrun and was quite pleased with the result, considering the hill you run up twice. Saturday afternoon, as you’ve previously seen we went for a pub meal to celebrate my stepdad’s 70th birthday, which this cake was made for. allotment cake On Sunday we thought we’d try the pirate day at Tutbury Castle. I’ve taken the boys there before on a normal day and it was quite fun.  We arrived in Tutbury and the car park was full, we were told to try a different car park, but couldn’t actually find it and as we were driving through the town we could see loads of pirates kids everywhere.  Hmm maybe this is not such a good idea.  We changed the plan, I felt a bit mean but the more I thought about it, the more I realised it could be quite stressful.  It was already lunchtime and we were all getting hungry.  We’d have to navigate ourselves around a town we didn’t know to get back to the castle, with a two year old who’s not that keen on walking. We’d then have to keep hold of the boys hands the whole time because it would be so busy, our boys need room to run. On our way into Tutbury the boys had seen a playground fort, so we suggested we went there instead then over to Derby University after for a family fun day. They were pleased with this plan, thankfully. PicMonkey Collage The park there is lovely, lots of space for running about and a nice playground, for big kids too. So then we headed to Derby Uni, I heard about the event just that morning by fortunately spotting a tweet from @derbyperegrines who had a stand there.
There was so much more to do than I’d imagined, we didn’t get to join in with everything but it was really good fun.   The Fireman had a go at ‘making an impact’ exploring how meteorites form craters.
Made a peregrine mask, of course 🙂 Joined a massive queue to have a go at climbing, to then decide he didn’t want to climb…. So joined in with an egg and spoon race instead.
Ate ice cream and rolled down hills.
Said hello to parrots and meerkats. Then finished the day with a BBQ. The fun didn’t stop there, Monday we headed to the mediaeval market in the village, where The Fireman was keen to have a go at maypole dancing, but sadly we didn’t see it.  They did do some good sliding down this bouncy thing and were mesmerised by the morris dancers.
Sunny bank holidays are great, but so, so, so tiring!!

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