Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Historic Dockyard at Chatham

We had a long weekend last week, with Monday as a public holiday. Although the weather was still somewhat dismal, the good news was that it wasn't raining and that it was slightly warmer than it had been. We didn't really have any plans, so we went down to an old restored dockyard in Chatham, a place Matt had picked out to visit some time ago.

It was so cool! Maybe it was because I was starting to hear CBeebies presenters in my head even when the tv wasn't on, or maybe it was that I actually do harbor (excuse the pun!) a passion for historic boats - but it was definitely a great outing for us.

There was a huge building with lots of old lifeboats, an old ship where we could see the cabin's quarters, a submarine which we didn't go into, along with a little steam train, a play area for the kids, an outdoor playground, and a van selling ice cream - what more could we need?! We had lunch in the cafe, where Blake made some friends who seemed to be trying to pick a name for a dog and his eyes just seemed to light up when he heard their suggestions and offered his own.

The boys loved the whole day - we all did, really, and I got some pictures of them being cute. It reminded me a little of Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, and got me excited for our trip to Clinton in June!

If you are looking for a fun day out, head to Chatham docks. I think you'll enjoy it!



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