Well after a hard couple of months at work, we decided to take ourselves away for a long weekend, heading up north on Friday afternoon and coming back late Sunday evening. We stayed in a Premier Inn in the Queen Elizabeth II country park in Ashington, which is kind of in between Newcastle and Alnwick. It’s recently been refurbished and it was really lovely.
On the Saturday, we started off by going to Barter Books in Alnwick, a huge second hand bookshop complete with roaring fires and a miniature train set running around the top of the book shelves. We spent over an hour looking round the books, and I think I managed to restrain myself pretty well, although I don’t think Cameron would agree! After we’d been there, we headed for the beach at Alnmouth for a bracing walk along the water’s edge. We were both glad to get back in the car after that! On Saturday evening we headed down to a local retail park for a bit of shopping and then a lovely romantic date at Bella Italia.
On Sunday, we stayed in bed a bit later (checkout wasn’t til 12), and after we’d eaten breakfast we decided to head up to Hadrian’s Wall. Cameron had never been there, and I’d only ever been inside the visitor centre, so it was a new experience for both of us. We headed for a National Trust visitor centre so we could get in for free with our memberships, and spent quite a while wandering around the museum and the ruins. We could have driven back across to Newcastle and headed down the A1, but we decided to take the long route and continued across the country to Penrith and then a hairy drive back down through the Yorkshire Dales in complete darkness. I was very glad it was Cameron behind the wheel and not me!
When I realised that the Jubilee would give us two bank holidays in a row I decided to take the rest of the week off work. Cameron finished his final exams at uni a couple of weeks ago, so I booked us a little holiday as a celebration.
We stayed at the Premier Inn in the centre of Scarborough, and the room was much much better than the hotel I stayed at in London. Air conditioned room, big modern bathroom and a really comfy bed. A lot of people on Trip Advisor had complained about the noise in the hotel, and although our room was right on the roundabout, it wasn’t really much of an issue. The fact that the hotel was so central was good for walking into Scarborough, but did mean that the hotel didn’t have its own car park and we had to pay to park in the council car park across the road.
When we got there on Thursday we went for a walk into Scarborough, along the front and to the end of the pier, and then back along to the other end of the front and up the South Cliff Lift, which is apparently the first funicular railway in the UK. We managed to avoid the rain on Thursday, getting back to our hotel and down to the restaurant before the heavens opened. Unfortunately, it didn’t really stop raining for long after that.
We went to Whitby on Friday and got completely drenched. Although I’ll blame that on Cameron for leaving his brolly in the hotel room. Sharing an umbrella with someone who is about a foot taller than you guarantees that you are going to get soaked. When we got back to the car, I took my shoes off and tipped a puddle of water out of them. I’m glad that we bought the first series of Game of Thrones at Morrisons on the way so we had something to do in the rain.
But even though we had a lot of rain, it was a fantastic holiday. It was awesome to get away from work and family for a few days and just chill out, and to spend a few days with Cameron after living in different cities for so long! I just hope that next time we get some better weather…