At the start of this year, it was cold, Christmas was over and I had nothing to look forward to. So I decided to book my two year old and I a short break to Ribby Hall Holiday Village in Preston. I wanted somewhere safe, nearby, and with everything on site as I couldn't drive. Ribby Hall really exceeded my expectations and we had an amazing little holiday together.
Ribby Hall Cottages
What's included? The price of your stay includes your lovely accommodation, free range of the grounds including the wildlife trail, the two indoor soft play areas and the new swimming and activity pool. There are also outdoor play areas with swings, slides and a new wooden ship that we are looking forward to climbing on at our next visit.
Ribby Hall Swimming
You'll also get to experience the magic of the cheeky Ribby Hall ducks! It sounds quackers (sorry!) but everyone who visits comes back talking about them, they waddle up to your window and provide hours of free comedy entertainment, especially fun for little animal lovers.
The Ribby Hall Ducks
Extra activities: We tried to attend every activity during our visit! We decorated cakes, had a fun play dough session which included a pot to take away, took part in an active story time, joined in with a baby ballet session, chilled out in a sensory adventure and got extremely messy in a messy play session! At the time of our visit, each toddler activity cost around £4-£5.
There were lots of activities to keep this little one busy!
We also spent a happy hour visiting the animals at the Wildlife Discovery area which cost just £7 for me as under 3s go free. It is small, but has a nice mix of exotic and farm animals, and the farmer on duty toured with us and told us lots of interesting information. Activities vary throughout the year and as well as keeping toddlers occupied, there is also lots available for older children.
Meals: Although you can go fully self catering, we chose to treat ourselves to a cake in the café every day (well it was a holiday!) and an evening meal at the family oriented Bar and Grill each evening. Here the portions were generous and the food very tasty, plus there was often pre-bedtime entertainment. All the staff we encountered were lovely and went above and beyond to make sure that we were having fun.
Our lovely 'Poppy' cottage - we'll definitely be back!
We made such lovely memories on our holiday at Ribby Hall that we plan to make it an annual occasion.
Useful Info: You can check out all holiday costs, as well as information on the current activities on offer via the website www.ribbyhall.co.uk. Also make sure to keep up to date with special offers by following the Ribby Hall Facebook page.
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We booked our trip in the January sale and visited during term time in early February. We paid £179 for a Monday to Friday stay in a Lavender Cottage (although on arrival we were upgraded to a Poppy Cottage!) and spent around an additional £30 on optional activities.