Last week I started a new job and whilst I’ve been spending the Easter holidays in Inverness getting trained up, my littles have been enjoying time with grandparents in Findhorn. I’ve loved coming home each night to hear what they’ve been up to, and so I thought I’d share some of these things here in case you’re looking for Easter holiday inspiration in the Moray area.
We spend most of our holidays in Findhorn as we have family here – and it is one of my very favourite places. It’s the perfect place for little ones to explore, from the long stretch of beach on the back shore to the sand dunes to the piers. My wee ones have been busy sandcastle-making, crab fishing with nets, beach-exploring, scavenger-hunting, treasure-finding… and generally just enjoying the lovely seaside setting of their grandparents’ home. Just stunning if you catch it on a sunny day – and full of character and charm whatever the weather.
(Yes, these are pearls! I didn’t know you can find pearls in mussel shells…).
Isaac and Flora loved their trip to Macduff Aquarium last week (I loved the photos of them high-fiving the scuba divers!). They had been given a sheet with all the sealife to try and spot during their visit and when I got home that night they excitedly pointed to what they had ticked, telling me about their favourites. Highlights for them were the hermit crabs, the dog fish, and watching the divers feeding the fish (and the starfish).
A great place to visit with kids at any time of year, Logie Steading has a number of Easter activities on at the moment. Isaac went to badge making and wet felting with Jude of Hellygog, and he was so proud of his creations. (What a lovely activity for little hands – and what a beautiful felt picture). Other Easter activities include storytelling, bookbinding and knitting. As well as the Easter events there is a wonderful cafe and walks along the River Findhorn.
Gordon Castle Walled Garden
I LOVE Gordon Castle Walled Garden – if you haven’t been, go! The food delicious, the shop is just lovely and, of course, the garden is a great place to enjoy a peaceful walk. We adore their natural play park – the wee ones stopped here for lunch on route to Macduff Aquarium and enjoyed the kids platter for lunch before an explore in the play area. The natural materials and tranquil surroundings are ideal for letting little imaginations to run wild.
And still to do this week is Room on the Broom and Dinosaur World at Eden Court theatre in Inverness. They’re both going to the musical adaptation of Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s picture book, and Isaac is going to the dino show. I’m sure I’ll be reading Room on the Broom at bedtime tomorrow night!