It was quite a busy weekend to be honest! Good Friday was an empty day saying that and we generally chilled out from our busy week and prepared mentally for the weekend.
Saturday was gloriously sunny and we, myself and Callum, headed off to the English Festival at Riverside (yes, there again). We’d read that there was going to be a park and ride system set up from Dockside to Riverside which saved us relying on Phil to take us and he could get on with the bathroom; so off we set to get the bus to Dockside and then catch the vintage bus to Riverside.
On getting to Dockside however, we were greeted by a massive queue waiting for the vintage bus. Callum immediately wanted to go home, but I persuaded him that it would be fine and asked an event coordinator (who was handing out free flags) how often the buses ran. He stated that they were about every 20mins. Fine. The bus turned up and we knew that we wouldn’t get on the first one, but at least the queue moved forward enough that we were in the shade. The second bus turned up and it was a bit touch and go whether we’d get on that one, but the family in front had 6 people and there were only 3 places left, so we managed to get on.
The Festival itself was quite good. It was split into different sections: the Swinging Sixties, Medieval, Seaside, High Street and Pirates. The Swinging Sixties was a bit dull, only had a few scooters and cars and a tent set up with some games in. The Medieval section had a huge arena where different events would be taking place and an archery section where you could ‘have a go’, but the wait for the events in the arena was a bit long for both me and Callum, so we didn’t see any of them.
We had a good wander around, bought ice cream and Callum had chips at the Seaside bit and he had a go on the ‘Ring the Bell’ even though he was a little old to do it (thank you Mr Stall Man).
Journey home was even more horrendous as it seemed they’d ‘lost’ a bus!! We had to wait 40 mins to get home and had 2 little girls behind us screaming ‘hello’ at every person and every car we passed (10min journey)!!! Callum ended up with a headache and I just wanted to get home, so we called Phil to pick us up from Dockside rather than have to wait for another bus! So much for independent travel.
Easter Day Terri came over with Merlin the dog and that cheered Callum up no end plus, of course, there were the chocolate eggs!
Easter Monday we went back to Riverside (am thinking of getting a tent set up and camping out, haha), this time having to get a lift as no buses to rely on. Easter Bunny hunting was today’s game. We had a list of answers with a map of where to look for yellow bunnies that had the questions on and circle/tick the correct answer off the sheet! It was really hard!!!! Apparently it had been too easy last year, so they upped the game! It appeared easier if you had a family with a couple of kids as they could search a wider area quicker, but as it was just Callum and me, it took ages and we still got completely stuck on five and had to go and ask for hints (pathetic really, but hey ho). We eventually found all the questions and ticked off our answers – it had only taken 1.5hrs!!!!! Callum got his present and we went off for an ice cream while we waited for our lift. Have eaten rather a lot of ice cream recently, am glad I didn’t get any eggs!!