A Visit to Portland Bill Lighthouse

Happy Saturday Everyone! Today, the sun most definitely had its hat on and it made for the perfect weather for an adventure. We drove along the South Coast to Portland Bill Lighthouse which is near to Weymouth, on the Jurassic Coast.

I love spending our weekends visiting new places, especially when it means discovering somewhere exciting on our doorstep in Dorset. Today was no different, and in fact I don’t think I have ever climbed a lighthouse before – something to tick off a UK style bucket list.

Portland Bill Visitor Centre

What’s more, when I was younger, I wasn’t a huge fan of traipsing around museums for hours on end, but since being in my 20s and exploring the world a little more, I do appreciate learning about different cultures and dipping my toes in a little history (sometimes)…

Alex and I approached Portland Bill Lighthouse around midday and were in awe of its striking appearance.

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

The staff were absolutely lovely, from when I called up to enquire about opening times to the team who welcomed us at the front desk. Entry was £7 which included a 35 minute guided tour of the lighthouse (it is 153 steps to climb to the top – our step counters loved us!) and a look around the visitor’s centre – which is so great for kids and big kids too…!

Our tour guide was fantastic (I regret not getting his name), I just love it when a guide is so passionate about their industry and work, because their enthusiasm is contagious and I feel I learn so much more.

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

I knew absolutely nothing about lighthouses, but feel slightly more informed and the view from the top was just breathtaking. We were lucky enough to climb to the lantern room on a day with fabulous visibility, which meant we could see the coastline stretch down to Devon and across to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in the other direction.

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

We each received a little badge as a souvenir of our trip (so cute!).

I believe all the lighthouses in the country are now controlled centrally and looked after by Trinity House. An initiative, would you believe it, originally started by Henry VIII more than 500 years ago.

After our visit, we ventured outside into the brilliant sunshine to explore the coastline and fill our lungs with the fresh sea air. I actually felt the sun on my face and it was so relaxing to have it cooled by the sea mist as each wave came crashing in (summer, I can almost smell you!).

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring today and I would love to hear your recommendations on where to visit next! Let me know in the comments 🙂

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy my write up of our stay at Orchardleigh Estate in Somerset.

XO

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Frieda’s Afternoon Tea Bus

This post is a yummy one…

I recently spent the afternoon with two of my best friends in the world, on a Frieda’s Tearoom bus, travelling along the Bournemouth coastline while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea!

Frieda's Tea Bus

Everything from the decor to the service was just lovely and once we’d taken our seats upstairs on the bus, we didn’t know where to start with the heavenly spread laid out in front of us!

From macaroons to sandwiches, cakes and scones we were in for a treat and it took us a little while to decide where to start.

The girls were so thoughtful in planning ahead to definitely make sure that Frieda and the team know that I am vegetarian.

Of course, being on a moving bus means that we had to be extra careful with our orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Luckily we avoided spillages as our hot drinks were served in these coffee cups and there were cup holders in the tables – every tiny detail had been thought about 🙂

Afternoon Tea

Coffee Cup

We hopped on the bus at Bournemouth pier and the journey took us along the cliff top to Hengistbury Head.

Our driver was also a knowledgeable guide and told us things about the coastline we never even knew, despite growing up in the local area!

We were so lucky with the weather and our afternoon was blessed by some glorious Autumnal sunshine!

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Frieda's Tea BusFrieda's Tea Bus

We certainly polished off our plates, but who could really blame us?! The scones were my highlight, a classic for afternoon tea 🙂

Thanks so much again to the both of you, it was an unforgettable birthday present!

Have you spotted Frieda’s afternoon tea bus in Bournemouth? Do you have a tea bus where you live?

Let me know! I’d love to hear all about it! 🙂

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Firework Night at Sherborne Castle

I hope you all had a lovely firework weekend and are starting to feel truly festive – cue the Christmas tunes!

To celebrate bonfire night we decided to head 40 miles into the countryside and spend the day and evening in Sherborne, Dorset.

Whatever the season, there’s something magical about getting into a car, driving into the countryside and taking in the beautiful views as they roll over the horizon.

Once we arrived in Sherborne we found that we were so lucky with the weather (although it was very, VERY chilly) and enjoyed a stroll around the town and wander in the Abbey.

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Costa Christmas Cup

After resting our legs with an obligatory Costa (I recommend the honeycomb latte (ohemgeeee)!), we went for a walk in the fields just outside the castle…

Sherborne Countryside

Sherborne

Sherborne Dorset

As the sun set we made our way into the grounds of Sherborne Castle where we met our friends for an evening of live music, fireworks and a bonfire.

The grounds were stunning and before even a single fuse had been lit, I just knew that the lake would be a magical addition to the overall firework display. While the lake reflected the colours of the fireworks, the bonfire created breathtaking silhouettes of the trees with its mighty orange glow.

Sherborne Fireworks

Sherborne Fireworks

Sherborne Castle

There was so much to do, including fair ground rides, hook a duck (we won a super cute monkey teddy!) and plenty to choose from when it came to food! I had a delicious Nutella crepe, a classic combo, but there were SOO many different options including Tia Maria and butterscotch!

Overall we were really impressed by the whole event, especially as the firework display itself lasted more than 20 minutes! So if you live in or near Dorset and fancy going somewhere different to your local display, we can definitely recommend the beautiful location, Sherborne Castle.

We love exploring new places up and down the country, let me know in the comments if you recommend anywhere special!

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My Cousin has Started her own Dance Party Business!

Starting your own business is a dream that most of us have and my cousin has recently taken the plunge and done it! Combining her love for dancing and children, Jess now hosts fun and fabulous children’s dance parties!

Jazzy Jess Dance Parties, based in Dorset, is a unique birthday party experience! From Disney, to Olly Murs and Little Mix, you can choose the perfect song for your birthday prince or princess and Jazzy Jess will teach your little one and all their friends a super cool routine! At the end of the party, all the mummies and daddies will be treated to an exclusive performance which they will be able to treasure forever!

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After starting dancing at just three years old, Jess has taken centre stage in countless shows and in recent years has become a fully qualified dance instructor and regularly teaches youngsters after school. By day Jess is a teaching assistant and is currently training to be a teacher.

In addition to dancing the day away, Jess also hosts party games and entertains the little ones with arts and crafts too!

If your child’s birthday is a little while away, don’t worry! Jazzy Jess is hosting some summer sessions at the local libraries! Stay tuned for the dates as I will be posting them along with the locations closer to the time!

Here’s a snap from the most recent Jazzy Jess Dance Party which was held at Castle Point Library! The girls had a great time learning and performing a routine with the track “Wrapped Up” by the gorgeous Olly Murs!

Jazzy Jess Library

For a full list of prices and packages you can email Jazzy Jess via jessdancing@icloud.com , like the Faceboook page or follow all the action on Twitter here

Finally, a massive congratulations to you Jess, for following your dreams and bringing some birthday sparkle to lots and lots of children! 🙂 xo

 

 

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