Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Summer Fun At Princesshay, Exeter

*We were invited along to Princesshay to try out their free of charge activities, and enjoy a complimentary lunch at Wagamamas in return for this. All words and opinions are my own

Last week we were invited along for an afternoon at our local shopping centre, to see what they had on offer for families during their #SummerOfFun.

Princesshay Exeter is already one of our favourite places to head to when we fancy an afternoon of shopping as not only does it have a fantastic selection of shops and restaurants, but it also has ample parking available and it's all pedestrianised - which means I don't need to be constantly worrying about the children!

They often have activities going on for families - we visited at Christmas and had a fantastic time at their Grotto - and so I knew their #SummerOfFun activities would be worth a look and they didn't disappoint.

The summer activities at Princesshay vary from week to week - over the course of the summer they've had a climbing wall, mini golf and much more - but on the day we visited, the entertainment included balloon modelling and circus skills.

There was an area in front of Coal Restaurant which was home to a huge selection of circus bits and pieces for the children to try out - and mine were delighted to give it all a go!

There were stilts, balance challenges, hula hoops, mini cycles, juggling kits and so much more - the children loved getting the chance to try everything out at their leisure and would have happily spent hours here!

There were deckchairs dotted about for parents too, making it an ideal rest spot during a day of shopping with little ones...it really was loads of fun!

We also found a very cute little area in the centre of Princesshay too which was run by Ikea- it had a table for colouring in, a chalkboard and some story books along with some seating for children and parents.

The children loved it here too - I think it's fantastic that Princesshay operate these little pop up spots as anything that makes shopping trips with children a little easier and more enjoyable is always very welcome!

After a couple of hours of playing and shopping, we headed in to Wagamama for a bit of lunch.

Jon & I are big fans of Wagamama but it was our first time visiting with the children so I was a bit unsure of how they'd like it - given that they have a tendency to be quite fussy eaters!

We found Wagamama super accomodating to the demands of fussy children though - mine decided they'd like to have the children's fried rice option but the menu stated that it came with mange tout which I know my children would not be happy about! I asked our waiter if this could be left out of the dish and they were happy to do this.

To my delight, they all wolfed their dinner down and declared it to be delicious!

Jon & I went for our favourite dishes - pulled beef bao buns for starters which were as delicious and moreish as always, and Chicken Donburi for our mains which is a dish of rice, vegetables and chicken - it was fresh, delicious and just filling enough without being overwhelming.

We didn't want to overdo it with dessert but the children happily indulged in ice creams and fruit lollies for their pudding, which put huge smiles on their faces!

Our visit to Wagamama was the perfect end to a lovely afternoon out.

Princesshay Exeter are running their Summer Of Fun family activities every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 23rd August. 

You can find out more at www,princesshay.co.uk

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