My preference for a short break would be some kind of 5 star hotel but obviously that is not compatible either with my financial situation or a small child.
A lazy and relaxing weekend getaway is always welcome but obviously that is not compatible with a noisy 4-year-old who requires entertainment.
What is compatible with a small child is lots of other children, various adults, self-catering facilities to administer to the whims of unpredictable early rising and ad hoc snacking. Practical and child friendly surroundings which a child can explore without their parent becoming hoarse from barking instructions to ensure that something isn’t broken or someone unduly disturbed.
A few months ago a friend suggested a group weekend away in a Youth Hostel, to be honest I liked the idea. I was less keen than had I been offered a luxury spa, but there was an appeal and I marked it on the calendar. When something is proposed in February and it’s cold, sunshine is a forgotten ideal I struggle to envisage a weekend involving the seaside, a hostel and a large group. The large group aspect equates to military tactics and a barrage of emails. Groups are great and I do think there are wonderful benefits to group holidays with kids (see ‘entertainment’ mentioned previously) but I am pleased it wasn’t me responding to every query and calculating how many sausages make a BBQ for 31.
The organisation has been rolling on. Rising to the boil through May. May, however, has not been playing ball weather wise and the prospect of rain-soaked weekend was distinct. Then last week the sun came out and stayed out and my enthusiasm bloomed. We duly packed and headed to the coast last Friday a disparate group aiming for Boggle Hole Youth Hostel on the North Yorkshire coast. I have very little experience of Youth Hostels but I see this changing. They seem to be perfect for families, reasonably priced (see ‘financial’ mentioned previously) a combination of self-catering (see ‘whims’ mentioned previously) and affordable cooked meals (see ‘lazy’ mentioned previously) very much suits. Boggle Hole is pirate themed. It has a dressing up box, games and various activities available. Had it rained it would not have been a disaster. The rooms are basic with shared facilities. For my 4-year-old bunk beds the equivalent of holiday heaven and showering isn’t a priority.
What makes Boggle Hole stand out is its fabulous location; a walk down a leafy lane, across a wooden bridge and there is it right on the beach. Disney could not have done better. When the tide goes out short stroll along the beach to Robin Hoods bay a very pretty village (and chips for lunch). Climb the hill to the side of the hostel and enjoy fantastic views and from the Cleveland way walking route.
Sometimes it all comes together time and place, good friends and good weather; making a perfect weekend.
Pop over to Penny’s Blog The Alexander Residence for more Youth Hostel experiences.