Our Pretty Little Trip To Paignton!

8th July 2018

Hey everyone!

Todays post is a simple and sweet one about mine and Jakes mini-break to Paignton this week. We’re trying to make sure we’ve always got things to look forward to together as I’ll admit that life is a little tough at the moment. He currently works full time and then some in hospitality on the complete other side of Bristol whilst I’m stuck at home battling an aggressive auto-immune disease. Finding slots where we can have some quality time together where we’re both not exhausted is a struggle. Booking things like this really gives us something to look forward to.

A few more things we’ve got coming up are his birthday at the end of July, attending our first wedding together and Friendsfest in August and our 5 year anniversary in November. We’re really hoping to do something exciting for that but it’ll have to be planned last minute due to my health. We’ve been to Paignton before just over 3 years back but only on a day trip to Paignton Zoo. This time we decided to stay for 3 nights in a Travelodge right near the seafront. We had a lovely little sea view room on the top floor

Day 1 In Paignton

We arrived in Paignton on the train just after 1pm. I made Jake and I a packed lunch so we had something to nibble on and wouldn’t be hangry or famished when we arrived. It was extremely hot and our available check-in time wasn’t until 3pm so we decided to head down to the seafront anyway and find a bar to relax in. After checking in, I was so unbelievably warm that I insisted we went straight to the beach to get in the sea. Jake being someone that is really sensitive to cold was reluctant to get in but when I say the water was warm, I’m talking almost bath temperature and I’m not one to exaggerate.

It was so beautiful that we stayed in the water for a really long time with no intention to get out. That was until something that I can only assume was a crab decided to pinch my toe. It actually REALLY hurt and I hobbled out of the sea clutching on to Jake to see if there was any lasting damage (yes, you can laugh, it was pretty funny). Luckily it was only a small cut but still, the pesky little critter drew blood! After drying off and heading back for a quick shower, we ventured out for the classic fish and chips. The heat had exhausted us both so we decided to have a nice chill night. I did a bit of blog post writing and Jake watched TV.

Day 2 In Paignton

The forecast for this day was cloudy but we definitely weren’t expecting it to rain. It was still moderately warm despite this and we’d planned the zoo for this particular day so we went anyway. It was around a 40 minute walk from the Travelodge so to be quite honest with you, we were already knackered when we got there. We had an incredible time, really paced ourselves exploring the entire place. We’d grabbed a trusty meal deal from Tesco on the way too so we were fueled and ready. Half way through the day we did get pretty soaked by a downpour but it didn’t ruin our fun at all! It was actually quite a relief after how hot it has been recently.

From cute little marmosets to large, growling mammals and pretty pink flamingos to wrinkly, grey elephants, this zoo has something for everyone to enjoy. We also managed to catch a peacock trying to court with a peahen. He fully opened all his feathers and was doing some sort of mating ritual by vibrating them which was pretty amazing to watch. After a long trek back from the zoo, we were beyond exhausted but we needed feeding. After a little rest, we dragged ourselves to the nearest pub for some food and to watch the first half of the England game. I had a chicken burger and Jake devoured a pizza before heading back to the hotel to watch the second half and collapse into bed for the evening.

Day 3 In Paignton

Our plan for this day was to spend it on the beach and get in the sea again as the weather was forecasted to be beautiful. Alas we live in England and guess what? It wasn’t. Silly old me also didn’t bring any sort of jumper or coat so we spent the morning searching for one. I ended up having to go with a baggy mens jumper from a charity shop as New Look, Select and none of the cheapy seaside shops cater for cold this time of year. On our way back to the seafront we wandered into the amusements. Of course we ended up wasting our money playing on 10p machines and some weird piano game that I thrashed Jake at.

The pier was the next stop, although we didn’t manage to find any more interesting games so just decided to have a wander and take a few photos whilst there. The rest of our afternoon was spent just exploring around where we were staying. We paddled in the sea, saw lots of dogs and had a nap before getting dressed up for our last night and finding the yummiest tapas bar. This now seems to be a recurring theme when we go away, we bloody love tapas.

Typically when we woke up on the morning we were leaving, the sun was shining and it was absolutely boiling. If Jake didn’t have to head to work that evening then nothing would’ve stopped me from booking an extra night. I’m so glad we went though as it came at the perfect time when we both really needed the break.

Where is your favourite place in the UK to go for a mini break? Do you prefer being in the city or by the sea?

’Til Next Time,

48 responses to “Our Pretty Little Trip To Paignton!”

  1. ruthinrevolt says:

    This sounds like a lovely trip, and I’m so happy you were able to have some quality time together! 🙂 Love the pictures and you look amazing, lovely x

  2. Miranda says:

    Sounds like a lovely little break xxx

  3. Merkitty says:

    I enjoyed reading about your break! It sounds like you had a good time and the photos are lovely. I love seeing peacocks vibrate their feathers, it’s so cool. I was looking to see if you had a photo of it and you do!

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much! It was a really lovely break and the peacock was an odd experience haha! X

  4. I loved reading about your trip! And Paignton looks like an incredibly beautiful place, so glad you managed to have an wonderful time! I say this all the time but your photos are always the best and you are by far my favourite blogger at the moment ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thanks Hayley! It is so cute down there we had a lush time, thank you so much that means the absolute world ❤️

  5. Kayla says:

    What a fabulous trip!! (Besides getting clamped by a crab!!! That’s crazy, I would have freaked!) The zoo pictures look awesome, especially that cute little chameleon!! I wish our oceans were that warm! I can’t swim into the Pacific Ocean because it’s to cold for me, I’m also very sensitive to temperatures. Also it’s to wendy here and gives me an earache. I’ll take your beach any day!! I’m so glad you had a great trip!

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really was! Heheh it was weird but hilarious. Oh gosh really?! I thought it was meant to be lovely over there! Our seas usually aren’t this warm, it was very weirdly hot on this day because of the heat wave we’re having! x

  6. Katie Henry says:

    Wow this looks amazing. I’ve never been to Paignton but I’m certain I’ll love it. Thanks for sharing x

  7. Annie says:

    I love the way you laid out your pictures for each day! It sounds like you had a lovely time away! I’m obsessed with the dress you’re wearing in Day 2. It’s such a nice summery colour!

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thank you! I thought I’d try something different. Thank you so much it’s actually from George in Asda, I love it too! X

  8. jazziepickles says:

    I think I visited Paighton when I was little. Sounds like you had such a lovely time. <3

  9. Clem Loves says:

    What a lovely trip, it sounds so nice in Paignton. I’ve never been before, but Paignton Zoo sounds great. I love elephants! I really like going to the seaside and having a walk along the beach.
    Clem xx

  10. This looks like such a lovely trip, and your photos were beautiful! Going to the beach sounds like it would be wonderful!

  11. Paul says:

    Sounds like a great mini break. I love your images to, so good!

  12. andthenzen says:

    I’m one of those people that always needs something to look forward towards – whether that’s a day trip or a full holiday! I just find that having something makes the days a little easier and makes the difficult days a little more worth it.. ? I’ve actually never been to Paignton but after reading this post, I’ll definitely consider it! As much as I’m loving the hot weather, and the sea being warm is a definite bonus, I’m beginning to struggle in the heat a little and I doubt I’d have been able to make the 40 minute walk in this week’s temperatures! ? I miss seaside arcades so much – I used to live in Brighton as a child, and we would always spend our Sundays on the pier, playing the two pence machines. I need a trip to the sea soon, it’s been way too long.. ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It’s so good to have it to count down to! You really should, it’s such a lovely little place and there’s quite a bit to do. Yeah it was difficult but we weren’t keen on paying for a taxi and it was quite overcast on the day which was helpful! They are super fun and I adore being by the sea! ❤️

  13. Looks like a lovely little trip with some super photo’s. My favourite little mini break is always to a little village in Cornwall. There’s no signal so it’s a wonderful place to go to just enjoy away from the stresses of normal life <3

  14. It looks like you had a lovely trip! And that yellow dress on you is lush!

  15. Looks so so pretty there!

  16. Aaliyah says:

    That looks like it was such a really nice weekend away! Since the weather been lovely I’ve really wanted to go to a beach for a couple of days! It looks like you had a really lovely day, great photos as well xx

  17. Bexa says:

    This sounds like such a delightful trip Alice! I’m glad you and Jake both had a wonderful time. Bath water temperature sea sounds lovely, I bet the crab was a shock though! ? The zoo sounded awesome and your photography is absolutely fantastic! Really love your yellow dress on day 2, it’s such a pretty colour. Thank you for sharing your adventure ? xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really was!! The crab was really odd but hilarious and deffo a story to tell haha. Thank you so much Bexa, glad you enjoyed! ❤️ xx

  18. Samantha says:

    Looks like you had such a lovely trip to Paignton. I always love something to look forward too even if it’s just something little, it keeps you going if you’ve had a bad day I think! I love the way you’ve set out the photo’s in this post as well! xo

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really was a fab trip! I definitely agree, nice to have something to countdown to! Thanks so much, thought I’d try something different ❤️ x

  19. CharlotteShares says:

    Paignton is honestly such a beautiful place, I live really close so visit quite regularly. You’re photographs look stunning!

  20. I’m so glad you had such a lovely trip, it’s a shame about the weather but at least it didn’t ruin your time there! I haven’t been to Paignton since I was a baby but I’d love to visit I know a lot of people love it there. Your pictures are so cute and I hope you manage to do something for your 5 year anniversary as that’s such a big milestone, me and my Fiancé will have been together 5 years next May and hopefully we’ll be in Cyprus for it! I love a weekend trip to Wales so we can be by the sea but I also love going to London to see all the sights and take a trip to the theatre!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  21. Beautiful photos! The food looks delicious and it looks like you had a wonderful time! xx

    Mich | simplymich.com

  22. Sahara says:

    It sounds like you had an amazing trip, I’ve heard England has been having great sunny days recently! So sad to hear it wasn’t sunny on your Day 3!


  23. How bloody cute are you packing a lunch for the train?! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this post as I’ve been so excited to see all of your photos from your little break away. I especially love your photos of the animals at the zoo, your photography just keeps getting better and better! That tapas looks absolutely gorgeous, I’d definitely eat my entire body weight in aioli there x

    Alice | http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

  24. So glad you managed to spend some quality time together, you both look so happy in these photos:) I’ve never been here but it looks alot of fun, and all of that food looks amazinggg!!! LOVED this post x

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk

  25. […] a day generally too and it does me for the entirety of it. I walked 20,000 steps one day around Paignton Zoo in a Summer dress and didn’t even need to top up! It’s actually quite an odd sensation as […]

  26. helloaycan says:

    What a lovely post! I’m glad you have such a good time, it sounds well deserved. You have really made me want to go to a zoo now! I haven’t been to one in years and they’re always a great day out. 10p machines are my addiction! I’m sad they no longer do 2p machines. Oh! Sorry about the crab. What a naughty little thing.

    Aycan // http://www.littlewhitesocks.com

  27. Ahhh this sounds like it was a lovely trip Alice (and well deserved!) I did laugh when I read about the crab nipping you though – reminded me of your tweet about it the other day ? and I do love some time in Brighton – beautiful, everyone is accepting of everything and I just love the atmosphere! ❤️❤️

  28. […] while since I did a lifestyle/rant post. The idea for this post came about recently when I was in Paignton with Jake. The pictures in this post are taken on this day as I knew when I thought of it just how […]

  29. Aw this looks like a lush trip! I don’t know if I’ve ever been to Paignton before actually?! I love all your pictures and that tapas looks amazing – I’m obsessed with tapas too and will always choose it if I can! What a lovely little trip 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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