Friday, 16 August 2013

Five Favourite Free Things to do (if you don't spend a fortune in restaurants) in Dolly Dorset

Number 1 The playground at Tolpuddle.
My best Swing
  This is the first time that I have been sooooo high on a swing.  There is a small fenced area for toddlers like me to stop me escaping to the pub and a larger area with football goals/basketball hoop and a very exciting adventure climbing frame. 
Trying to climb before I can walk
Mummy likes it because it is always quiet (she won't be happy that I've blogged about it) and it is very green and there is no tarmac or metal to be seen anywhere.  I like it because it is so big and there are nice wood carvings in the fence and I can explore on my own.  Mummy has found a selection of wooden toadstools under the small slide where she can feed me when it rains.
I usually drive my chariot through the village but the pavement runs out and I get to drive in the road which is OK as it is quite quiet.  Some people come in their parents' chariots as there is plenty of free parking outside.  There are no toilets but plenty of bushes and a pub in the village which Mummy hasn't tried as she seemed to find it hard work to get a anything to eat at ten to two.  (Mummy isn't very tolerant of people who think they should be going home to their families when she thinks they ought to be making her lunch).  There is also a play group in the Village Hall ( abit further along than the pub) on Mondays from 10-12 am.

Number 2 Bowleaze Cove/Weymouth.

Most Mummies have a pop up tent.........
  Mummy parks for free on the hill on Bowleaze Causeway but you can also park in the Beach Leisure Park Car Park for £2.50 for 4 hours or £5.00 all day. If you want to eat anything fried then there is a café at the Leisure Park with baby change facilities (ask for the key).  Or you can walk back up over the hill towards Weymouth where there is a nice café on the hill The Look Out Café with great views (even for short people) and a nice grassed area into which you can rub your crab sandwich.  If you continue down the hill towards Weymouth there is also the Spyglass pub with excellent value food (no haute cuisine but huge platefuls of roast dinner) and again good views.  We usually go onto the beach here as it is less crowded than at Bowleaze.  There are also free public toilets opposite the pub at the bottom of the hill.  If you fancy driving your chariot then you can drive it all the way along the front to Weymouth but we have struggled to find anywhere good to eat there which fulfils our criteria 1.  edible food 2. not overly expensive 3. room for a pram 4.  room for breast feeding 5.  room to change my nappy 6.  and mummy wants me to add not too hot as being from the North she always has to have a window open.  Let us know if you do (find somewhere good - not have a window open).

Mummy doesn't just go to the beach when it's sunny
3.  Sandbanks has to be the best beach for getting sand up your bum.  It is also fantastic for paddling and flying kites.  Mummy keeps saying she must buy a windbreak every time we go though.  Mummy gets free parking on the some of the roads off Shore Road and then we take the pram (most mums say buggy) to the beach.  There is a café on the beach Jazz Café but Trip Advisor says that it has a 'no buggy policy'.  Hmm - check it out.  We always go to eat at Lochfyne as Mummy loves fish and there is a £12 for 3 courses lunch deal.  There is changing room for me and if the car park is full you can park on the street opposite.  Mummy fancies walking along the front to Bournemouth but hasn't done it yet.

4.  Holesbay Poole
Rather a bleak scene
 A bit of an odd one this one but Mummy parks in Upton Park and we walk around Holesbay with the pram.  (Upton Park has a lovely walled garden and café and is nice in itself.)  Great chariot ride with some exciting bird hides but a bit close to the nioisy road in some places.  Can't have it all.  Some park benches en route for Mummies to nod off on.  It takes just over an hour to get to Asda Poole where there are fabulous changing rooms and free nappies for me.  The café has sofas round the back which are great to partake of the old Birdy Num Nums if you don't mind the glass windows giving great views both inside and out.  Food in the café is dreadful but you could always buy a picnic to eat on the way back or go into Poole.  Mummy's favourite ice cream shop has just opened a branch here Giggi's

5.  Bournemouth

The Trees and the Flowers and Me
Me and a bloody big balloon
I do like Bournemouth.  It is such a gentile seaside town.  Daddy says he finds English seaside towns depressing but Bournemouth seems so vibrant.  Anyhow, you can park for free in this area and then walk along the river Bourne through the park into the centre of town.  There are plenty of toilets both in the centre of town and then in the park down towards the sea.  There is also the most fantastic Italian ice cream shop in Bournemouth Giggi which Mummy adores.  There also seems to be plenty going on in the Summer for free and it is worth checking this website before visiting  When we were there were entertainers in the park and live music and dance on the front.  I danced in the waves and slept on the sand.  Mummy sometimes eats at Wagamama's as there are small person facilities and chopsticks for me to poke in my eye.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Joey boy! You really are a hoot and a half - I thought I was the only person who loved rubbing crab sandwiches into the ground - what a lot other people miss out on, eh? We're so looking forward to you coming down here where you and I can rub sandwish au crabe into all sorts of exotic places.


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