I don’t mind admitting I was a little apprehensive about taking two young children on a four-hour coach trip by myself from Hull to Legoland.
My six-year-old and four-year-old have never been on a coach for that length of time before and I worried I may not have been able to keep them entertained on the journey.
However, we like an adventure and when I told Oliver and Jasmine they were super excited so off we went and I’m so glad we did because it turned out to be one of the best family weekends away we’ve ever had.
We went on the Legoland Spectacular break with National Holidays – the UK’s leading specialist in short breaks and holidays by coach – which included a one-night hotel stay, travel and entry into the theme park in Windsor on two days.
The coach first picked up at Hull Paragon Station but we got on closer to home in Elloughton. Despite it being early at 7.40am the driver couldn’t have been cheerier welcoming us aboard and after I’d secured my children’s booster seats off we went.
I thought I would be the only one travelling alone with children but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Behind me was a mum and daughter spending some quality time together for her sixth birthday. In front of me was another single Mum from Hornsea and her son.
There was also a Grandma travelling with her grandson and a dad travelling with his toddler son and his mum.
I needn’t have worried about keeping the kids entertained either because the coach driver put Disney films on the main TV for them to watch and being in row four we had a perfect view.
I was also armed with their tablets, sticker books, colouring books and a huge picnic so they were happy and thought the whole experience was a wonderful adventure.
The coach also had a toilet so I didn’t have to worry about them needing the loo.
We stopped for 45 minutes at a service station, where we got lunch, and arrived at Legoland just after 12.30pm.
I actually enjoyed the journey and found it very relaxing. Usually when I take my children away, I drive us there, so it was nice having someone do that for us. I also felt very safe and it was nice to chat to other adults, too.
We were given free time in Legoland until it closed that day at 5pm. See my more detailed thoughts about Legoland in this review.
It’s a brilliant family day out. The theme park is dedicated to children aged two to 12 and has more than 55 interactive rides and attractions. If you go in summer don’t forget your costumes as the outdoor splash zone is amazing. My children most enjoyed the pirate show – seeing them summersault into the water and also loved taking their driving test in the Lego cars.
After our day out we were then driven to our hotel, which turned out to be the Hyatt at Heathrow Airport, which was about a half-hour drive away.
I was really impressed with the hotel – it was of a very high standard. Our mini break included bed and breakfast, but I’m told many National Holiday breaks also include an evening meal.
I asked my children whether they wanted to get changed and go down for a meal or get into our PJs and get room service.
So my son leisurely changed into his PJs while my daughter put on her dress and sparkly tights to go downstairs. Typical.
Anyway, it was two votes to one because I fancied seeing what the restaurant was like and I was glad I did, because we had a lovely meal. Then it was back to our room for a relaxing bath before bed.
The next day, we didn’t have to meet at the coach until 9.30am, so it gave us chance to have a leisurely breakfast first
Oliver and Jasmine saw our driver and ended up calling him over and he even buttered Jasmine’s toast – if that’s not good and beyond the call of duty service – I don’t know what is!
We were back in Legoland by 10am and, having found our bearings, knew exactly what rides we wanted to go on.vWe had until 3pm when we met back at the coach to set off for Hull.
On the way back, once the kids were settled and watching the film, I found myself googling more coach holidays.
It turns out National Holidays offers more than 1,000 holidays every year, including weekend and city breaks, showtime breaks, special event and sporting breaks, family fun breaks to the UK and Europe’s top theme parks and attractions and seaside breaks.
I’ve got my eye on going to Blackpool with the kids on our next trip.
We were back in Elloughton just after 7.30pm after having a 45-minute break at Woodall services for tea. By 8.15pm both Oliver and Jasmine were tucked up in their beds after a brilliant weekend and Mummy returned home relaxed for once!
- Reviewed March 2017
Need to know…
LOCATION: Legoland Windsor, Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY
PRICES: Prices start at £99 per person with National Holidays, travelling from Hull.
MUST SEE: The pirate show at Legoland.
CONTACT: National Holidays website or call National Holidays on 0844 477 9990.
Legoland website or call Legoland on 0871 222 2001.