It was a rather grey and cloudy bank holiday here in Hove, but at least it wasn’t raining (though the black clouds suggested that might not be the case for long). So we decided to head over to Hove Park and check out the Martlets Carnival.
The Martlets Carnival is an annual event, featuring charity stalls, a fun fair, arena acts, like a dog show and a falconry display, plenty of food stalls and several bouncy castles and slides. We’ve not been before as Big S wasn’t great with rides or busy environments (and to be honest, nor am I) but he’s come out of his shell so much since starting nursery that we decided to wander down and give it a go.
When we arrived we walked in past the park cafe and you could see the top of a bouncy slide peeking over the trees; Big S starting jumping on the spot with excitement. I think we knew then we’d made the right choice to come!
The rides were mostly £2 each and Big S got to go on a fair few without any really long waits. The longest wait for was for the bouncy trampolines with harnesses (they probably have a proper name, but I have no idea what it is!) which was about a 15 minute wait, but it was worth it as I don’t think he stopped giggling the entire time he was on it!
There wasn’t a lot for Little D (14 months) to do; it was too busy for her to get down and toddle about and while we could have gone on a few of the more gentle rides with her I’m not sure how much she’d have actually got out of it. So she spent most of the time in the sling where she had a good view of her big brother having fun!
After an hour or so we splashed out on some chips (exactly as expensive as you’d expect for an event like this, but fresh and hot and with unlimited ketchup, so not too bad). We sat on a bench around the middle of the park and looked out on the arena set up below (for the dog show and falconry) and enjoyed a little rest from the chaos.
It was grey and breezy but stayed dry all afternoon, which was a relief as we were walking home and it’s no fun all damp in the rain. I imagine if it had been a bright sunny day that it would have been much busier, but grey as it was, it was busy but not manic so perfectly
manageable with a 4 year old and a little one in a buggy. I was glad to have Mister Coastal with us though, as Big S (only 4) was happier going on some of the rides with an adult there too and I wouldn’t have been able to go on them with Little D in the sling, so he would have missed out.
After all the fun of the fair we were feeling rather tired so decided to do the lazy thing and ordered a Pizzaface to arrive when we got home. It was their vegan Monday/Tuesday special so we were able to order a nice vegan pizza for me and the kids to share (dairy/egg allergy rules out most pizza places). They’d run out of their vegan brownies though so I was sad about that. We flopped on the sofa and ate while watching on of Big S’s favourites; Monsters University. It was a pretty perfect end to a lovely, happy bank holiday. Best of all Big S was utterly exhausted and dropped off to sleep nice and early giving us some time to relax in the evening (inbetween Little S’s wakings, she’s not really nailed sleep yet).