Exploring Thirsk: A Local Day Out

When it comes to planning the summer holidays we usually have a bucket list of sorts ready and like to tick things off as we go. On this list are a number of historical attractions or special places to walk around, Forestry Commission treksĀ and so on.

What we always make sure though is that we take time out when it’s sunny to explore where we live. We are lucky enough to live in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Thirsk if you haven’t heard of it is a medieval market town that perches close to the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. There is so much to see and do and so we make sure Thirsk adventures are at the top of our list.

There’s a waterfall, parks, walks and more. There really isn’t anything quite like a local day out and we love exploring Thirsk!


My cheeky adventurers


Obligatory photo bombing


The seven bridges walk


Norby waterfall


To the Millenium Gardens down by the Beck for a picnic


What a gorgeous day!


Millenium Gardens




Next time we’ll tour the Past and Present boards dotted all around Sowerby and Thirsk in order (this really is a town with a rich history and much to see) so that we can say we have and tick them off the map. There’s also a Blue Plaque walk which points out special buildings and why they were awarded a Blue Plaque.


*Don’t take my word for how fabulous Thirsk is. Have a good, have a read of the Wikipedia page and try not to be too jealous! This is just a mere snapshot of what the local are has to offer.

Our Family Valentine’s Day

We don’t do the whole “You must buy me this, I must buy you that, our marriage and future happiness depends on Valentine’s Day” thing. We just don’t.

Instead we have a family Valentine’s Day, because we love each other you see. We spend lots of time together, we play games and we do nice things for each other. There are goodies and special / favourite foods and it is all a great fun day (or in our case weekend!). Any excuse to tell people you love them is ok by me.

You can see what we got up to below.

What did you do for St Val’s?

There was "I love you pasta"

There was “I love you pasta”


My fabulously nutty little sister Lauren took part in our family Valentine’s – I got some surprise goodies (she knows me so well – there was BOVRIL!) and the boys did cards etc for “Eedie Lauren”

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There were surprise little gift bags for Roy and the boys (we don’t do big gifts etc so I was ticked when Roy bought me oodles of stationery (another who understands my role as Queen Stationery Tart) and some gorgeous flowers.

A great excuse to start Kieran on his first Terry Pratchett book!

A great excuse to start Kieran on his first Terry Pratchett book!

I might have gone slightly overboard with favourite foods – there was slow cooked lasagna, white choc and strawberry cake and more…..

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Above all though there was lots of laughter, messing about, chilling and games.



Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed our family St Valentine’s Day.

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