Christmas Tree

I have to admit that this term has literally wiped me out, studying full time, working and juggling sick children has made me very tired and so all I want for Christmas is a few days break over the Christmas period. At home would be great but even better would be a few days away.

The question is where, I love London, and being in London for New Year’s eve would be fantastic, but I think I’ve had enough hustle and bustle for a while and at this time of year being by the sea comes into its own.

Having done a little research, Fareham in Hampshire seems like a great place to visit, not too far to travel to and whilst the market town between Southampton and Portsmouth won’t leave me feeling completely cut off there are also coastal walks by the solant that are sure to help blow any cobwebs away. There really is nothing more exhilarating than salty wind blowing your cheeks pink on a cold winter’s day,  it certainly is one of the best feelings ever.

Where to stay in Fareham

Of course I need somewhere to stay and the Holiday Inn Fareham seems like a good bet with rates starting at £75 per night and if I book early enough in advance I may qualify for a rate that includes breakfast and a three course dinner. Any money saving ideas are welcome here.

What to do in Fareham

If we want to add some sightseeing to our trip there is of course the Spinnaker Tower where if we are lucky we may get to see 23 miles of views from the top. Then there is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where we can also see the HMS Victory; Lord Nelson’s ship at the Battle of Trafalgar. The boys love battle ships.

I quite fancy a trip to the 13th century Titchfield Abbey where Henry V once stayed and there are many Cathedrals we could visit too.

Water Boat

A little light relief will be found at Marwell Zoo, which isn’t too far from Fareham, and all the children love Meerkats, we could spend hours watching them. I would also be making one little person’s day if we went a little further afield and visited Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park.The Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth sounds a good bet too, and it will be warm and dry.

Meerkat

We could even catch the ferry and visit the Isle of Wight for the day! Of course a wintery riverside walk in Holy Hill Woodland Park sounds great too.

 

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Hmmm decisions, decisions…has anyone got any ideas to add? Or are you getting away for Christmas or New Year?

 

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