To help celebrate World Book Day, Travelodge sent us on a Famous Five adventure around Dorset. Obviously were from Dorset so the territory wasn’t all new to us but we did to some really fun things that we’ve not done before and definitely thought about them in a different light. Enid Blyton books were part of my childhood, The Magic Faraway Tree being a huge favourite of mine and as I got older I loved the adventure tales of the Famous Five. I can’t wait to delve into these with Amelia as she gets older.
Although Enid Blyton was born in South London she took inspiration from Dorset for many of her books. Her holidays in the Purbeck’s and exploring the Jurassic Coast gave her plenty of beautiful scenery to be inspired by and Corfe Castle’s mystical ruins being the inspiration of Kirrin Castle.
Our Famous Five adventure started with a stroll around Corfe Castle; we parked up in the village and had a lovely walk. We’ve previously been in the Summer so it was like a different place and I can totally see the how the ruins on a not so sunny day could be inspired for a novel. Amelia loves Corfe Castle and is always so excited to get up to the top. It was soo windy but the views across the Purbeck’s are always beautiful, you really can see for miles.
Our adventure continued as we got on the Steam Train. The Steam train runs from Norden to Swanage stopping at Corfe and a couple of other stations on it’s way. I’m not sure who was more excited about this; Amelia, myself or my parents?! As a child I went on the Steam Train a few times and it was Amelia’s first time which was really exciting. She even got a My First Train Ride ticket which is such a nice touch. We managed to bag ourselves a box to add to the vintage feel of the railway and enjoyed our trip as it chuffed down toward the coast at Swanage.
The weather was a bit gloomy so we did have a little wonder around but were keen to get inside and warm up with some food. We stopped at a lovely cafe called LoveCake and had an amazing afternoon tea. They even do a ‘Little Person’s Tea’ which was adorable and Amelia tucked right in. Once we were all full we made our way back to Swanage station and boarded the train back to Norden to get the car. Amelia was just as excited going on the train this time and loved spotting things out of the window; you get such a great view of Corfe Castle.
We were tired after a full day of exploring and in much need of a good nights sleep so myself and Amelia ended our adventure day exploring the #LiteracyLegacy of Dorset with a stay at the Travelodge in Poole. We both had an amazing nights sleep in our comfy beds, Amelia even stayed in her own bed so I had a King to myself *winning*. We woke up Sunday feeling super refreshed and had such a good breakfast to start our Sunday; Amelia literally had something of everything if only she ate that well at home!
It was a fantastic weekend exploring and seeing places in a different way because of the literacy history.
Thanks for reading!xx