Ox Pasture Hall Hotel-Honest MumTwo weeks ago, we headed to the stunning Ox Pasture Hall Hotel for a little weekend break by the sea.

You can read our review HERE-warning you’ll want to either get a train or move to Yorkshire immediately and you’ll feel rather hungry too (sorry)!

The Yorkshire countryside is breathtaking-I’m not surprised Lonely Planet voted it the 3rd must-see place in the world… and we live here too in Leeds!

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alexander-Honest MumSituated in Scarborough, the luxurious hotel was minutes away from the sea so we spent a lot of the weekend wandering along the beach for some reinvigorating sea air, fun donkey rides for the kids and succulent seafood at the seaside!

Autumn-Honest MumI tucked into lobster on the seafront in Scarborough below as we watched the waves and we were so lucky to baske in the gorgeous Autumnal sunshine in October!

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Alexander dropped his cone-looks rather artistic!

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Oliver wrote his name all on his own, in the sand. Proud!

Drawing in the sand-Honest MumThe following day, we headed to the Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park where the kids could feed goats and ponies and play on swings…and how wonderful is this huge blackboard below, encouraging outdoor learning too!

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beach-Honest MumNext, we headed to the beach in Filey for the first time and something crazy happened- as we strolled along the sea front taking in the stunning vista (expansive, untouched acres beach), I literally bumped into my twitter friend Sue T whom I’ve met once before (when she ate at one of my folk’s restaurants The Olive Tree with her gorgeous kids)-it was so fun to see charismatic Sue and so randomly too!

We were due to meet the week before and had to cancel but seemingly the sea gods had a rendez vouz in store for us after all!

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As we parted ways, the kids bounded towards the donkeys, desperate for a ride.

Oliver’s donkey was called William and Alexander’s, Alexander-even stranger, a lady who follows me on my blog’s FB page commented on the donkey pic I posted, that her daughter was in fact pulling the boys along! It really is a small (online) world isn’t it?!

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The boys relished their donkey rides (Peter and helped prop their backs up so they felt more secure) and once off, they darted towards the tiny fairground rides at the bottom of the beach. It felt like our private playground and Oliver and Alexander were among only a couple of other kids bouncing on the bouncy castle and enjoying the rides in the afternoon sun!

I must note there is nothing tacky about Filey, it actually reminded me of the South of France, sea for as far as the eye can see, minimal (and spotless) shop fronts on the beach with a only a few rides at the end of the promenade so the view is all yours to behold!

It truly is an idyllic day out for all the family (especially when the sun is out) and a place we’ll be returning to soon! Wonder who’ll we’ll bump into next!

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30 Responses

  1. Sunshine Dad

    Absolutely stunning photos. I really need to get over and visit more of Europe. It’s gotten increasingly more difficult (and expensive) to fly now though with all these kids in tow. Maybe when they get older it’ll be easier.

  2. Amanda

    Looks like a lovely place to visit, living by a mainly pebble beach I’m so envious of all that sand. And how lovely to bump in to the gorgeous Sue T

  3. Seychellesmama

    The weather looks perfect!! I’ve never been to Scarborough but the beach looks absolutely gorgeous!! There really is something special about British beaches. I really love going when it’s colder too, wrapping up warm and taking a windy stroll along the beach is perfection to me!!!

    • honestmum

      Thanks for your lovely comment, we were so lucky at how hot that weekend was-we didn’t even need our coats, so rare for October x

  4. Coombemill

    Gorgeous photos and what luck to have that lovely clear weather for your break. Funny bumping into Sue and well done for spotting each other, I always struggle seeing people out of context to work out I how know them! This is not an area of the country I know at all but it looks fun filled and perfect for the children. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • honestmum

      It’s a stunning part and so lovely to see Sue, we had incredible weather that weekend, felt like August not October! Thanks for your lovely comment.

  5. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    What a gorgeous day at the seaside! I love that the lonely planet has named Yorkshire the 3rd must see place, that’s amazing and you can see why with views as gorgeous as this. The ice cream is brilliant, such a shame but definitely looks artistic 🙂 its also fab that you bumped into your friend, it really is such a small world sometimes! Xx #countrykids

  6. Dean of Little Steps

    Beautiful photos as always! We’ve only visited (West) Yorkshire once, and it was to visit the Bronte Village and the poet’s Sylvia Plath’s grave in Heptenstall. And you’re absolutely right, was blown away with the lovely landscape 🙂 #countrykids.

    • honestmum

      Oh love it there but not been since I was a child. Gorgeous landscape, thanks for your kind words, we love living in Yorkshire!

  7. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Beautiful photos Vicki! Yorkshire has a special place in my heart as I went to uni in Leeds- a favourite thing was to hop on the train to Ilkley and climb the rocks. I massively heart the breathtaking scenery Yorkshire has to offer! If I didn’t live in London, I would be there in a heartbeat x

    • honestmum

      That’s so funny I got into Leeds uni but wanted to study in London then returned after eleven years when my eldest was nearly one. I love it here so much and really appreciate London more now when I visit. I think for me, it’s so good being near my folks x

  8. Cerys

    Gorgeous gorgeous photos! I know you’ve got glorious sunshine here, but somedays you can’t beat a good old walk on the beach where you have to wrap up warm!

  9. Notmyyearoff

    I love seeing your pics of Yorkshire. I have to admit, about 10 years ago I thought it was fairly bleak round those parts. Then I moved to the edge of it 5 years ago and now love exploring all the beautiful parts of it.

  10. Lucy Bishop

    Oooh I’m even more excited about our visit in a couple of weeks now. I’ve done Scarborough, Filey & Robin Hood’s Bay (a MUST if you haven’t been before) as a child, but can’t wait to return and show hubby! We’re having a child-free weekend too, so going to make the most of some well earned “grown up time” x

  11. Susan Taylor

    Such beautiful photos, Yorkshire really is a beautiful county, such varied scenery, rolling hills, lakes & coastline. The weekend you had looks idyllic, I want to try the hotel soon. So lovely to bump into you & your gorgeous family. Will def see you all again soon.

    • honestmum

      Thanks Sue, so true, we are so lucky to live here aren’t we. Lovely seeing you and let’s def arrange a meet up soon x


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