A few weeks ago,, I launched a competition to win a stay and play break in Leicester and as it’s due to finish tomorrow night, I thought now would be as good a time as any to tell you about how much fun we had when we reviewed a stay and play break ourselves last week.
First of all, we chose to stay at the Hinckley Island Hotel which was a lot more impressive than you would expect considering the cost of the deal! There’s not too much to do in the immediate area of the hotel but to be fair, the hotel served us so well as a base that we didn’t really need to venture out. There’s a bar, a restaurant, a games room for the kids and a swimming pool that the kids loved! They also do some great children’s activities in the school holidays so it’s ideal as a base for your family during your stay. Miss Frugal just reminded me that breakfast was DELICIOUS!
When we checked in, we were given a voucher which entitled us to entry to three of the following five attractions:
- National Space Centre,
- Snibston Discovery Museum,
- Twinlakes Theme Park,
- Twycross Zoo.
We knew we were going to the National Space Centre as Master Frugal was desperate to go and we also fancied Twycross zoo but as for the third one – we had no idea.
We started off at the National Space Centre which was very different to what I thought to be honest – it was very interactive and a lot of fun! There was that much for us to get involved with – including making our very own snot in a pot and watching a really interesting show in the planetarium. It was fascinating for all of us and we spent a lot longer than we expected looking round.
After we’d finished at the National Space Centre we drove over to Twycross Zoo which brilliant. You might remember that Master Frugal loves monkeys and he was in his element here! There were so many animals to see and a lovely cafe where you can sit looking out on the Snow Leopards.
We didn’t even have time to visit our third attraction which was really disappointing but we had so much fun at the first two. Ideally we would have done one attraction the first day before checking in to the hotel and then two the following day but we were late arriving on the first day as we were travelling over from Wales and stopped quite a few times for toilet breaks, play parks, ice creams and just to look at the view once or twice. We had a lovely journey but with hindsight, we should have just powered through so we could squeeze in another attraction.
Now, if you fancy staying and playing with your family, you should pop over to my competition before it ends and see if you can win a break. If not, you can book one yourself here. It’s just £109 for your stay in the hotel and entry to three of the five listed attractions which is amazing value and even though the price is based on 2 adults and 2 children, they can accommodate larger families if you just ask them.