UK Road Trip Day Three: Newcastle

Very rarely do plans and expectations meet up with reality when you have a baby.

I learned that pretty quickly the first time we ever took Isabelle to an aquarium. She slept the entire way round. Today we almost had a similar experience.

When it comes to travelling, I don’t really like too much planning. I like to know where the hotel is, that always helps, maybe one or two things to do nearby, and that’s about it. Whatever experience we have, is purely down to chance. But for Blackpool, I had one thing I knew I wanted to do.

Illuminasia. It’s the worlds largest indoor illumination experience. Essentially, the perfect place to take a baby.

Much like the aquarium, Isabelle was flat-out. Only this time I took a risk. I went against the conventional wisdom of “don’t wake a sleeping baby” and poked and prodded her until she woke up. It was totally worth the risk. She bloody loved it.

The vibrant lights, enormous animals and the finale of the laser show left Isabelle staring around in amazement the entire way round. It was a rare moment of what you pictured in your head, translating perfectly to reality. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s an amazing thing.

Next up, we had the potentially difficult task of travelling across the country from Blackpool to Newcastle. It’s almost a three-hour journey, with a baby who generally doesn’t like to nap and likes even less to just sit there with nothing to do.

This time, however, besides the initial 10 minutes of cries, she slept the entire way there. She thoroughly deserved her new Sebastian toy from the Disney store. Much to her delight:


It wasn’t long after this that we found ourselves wandering the streets of Newcastle, with Isabelle in prime position in her carrier. The quaint cafe’s and seemingly posh restaurants in the gentrified quayside were of little use to a couple and their new-ish-born baby, but we still managed to stumble across the Millennium bridge, into the Baltic art gallery and came away with two more activity books for future Isabelle.

As for now? Well I’m currently sat in a Travelodge, re-reading this as Sebastian the crab to Isabelle, not quite as content as I was last night but I’m still pretty happy with the adventures so far.

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You can read about the other days on this road trip here.


I’m a 27 year old married father of one – soon to be two! I started blogging after suffering with postnatal depression when Isabelle was born. These days I just talk about my life as a dad.

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