We’ve just got back from our second family holiday of the year, comprising of my, Lee, the boys, my brother, sister-in-law and their two children, and my folks (plus our respective dogs). And, as usual, we had a great time. We were only slightly cursed by a bug this time (poor Lucas) and although the weather wasn’t brilliant, it didn’t rain every day, and we kept power all the time, which was an improvement on last time.

We had a long drive down to Dorset on Friday evening, eventually arriving about 11pm, by which time the children had fallen asleep in the car and were ready to party on arrival. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that I was a complete dumb-ass and managed to remember everything, apart from the tickets for Longleat that I had bought for the whole family, using our Tesco vouchers. I may have had a few choice words to say to myself under my breath when I realised an hour into our journey, but made the executive decision not to go back for them as I didn’t want a seven hour journey turned into a nine hour one. Instead I rang Tesco who were able to give me the codes from the vouchers by email, and told me there was a very slim possibility that Longleat might accept the codes, but not to get my hopes up.

We decided to give it a bash on the Sunday and had a day trip out thinking that if they wouldn’t, we’d just pay for it. Longleat were fabulous! They couldn’t accept the codes, but if we paid by card, they are happy to refund us the cost of the tickets (a small fortune for ten, as I am sure you can imagine, but well worth it all the same) when I send the Tesco vouchers. I can’t ask more than that!

What a brilliant day we had. Possibly against our better judgement we braved the Monkey Jungle, which was hilarious when the monkeys were on Stu’s car roof, but slightly more worrying when they were on ours. Thankfully it seems new aerials only cost about a tenner, so we will club together to get Stu a new one.

It was worth it to hear the giggles from the children and see their faces when the monkey and baby scrambled across our bonnet (we still have muddy monkey footprints on it too). Personally I was more concerned about the damage threatened by the rhino, who was getting quite annoyed by a certain Bactrian camel!

The tigers were impressive, and as for the lions… well, who wouldn’t one of these gorgeous cute cubs?? 

It was a long and tiring but unforgettable day, and probably not one we are likely to repeat any time soon, so I am glad we got to see everything we wanted to. If you haven’t been to Longleat, you really should make a date to go – it’s definitely one of the best attractions in the UK if you ask me.

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