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  1. Every parent loves to visit a cafe where the children can play safely whilst they enjoy a cuppa and Cupcakes Play Café in Weymouth ticks all the right boxes.

    We knew the play café had not long opened and had heard good things so we visited during the summer holidays and weren’t disappointed.

    There’s plenty of seating and a lovely little gated indoor play area which is perfect for toddlers.  My boy was straight in playing with the train set whilst our little miss enjoyed making tea in the kitchen.  Luckily there was a free table right by the play area so after we said a quick hello myself and a friend made ourselves comfortable and took a look at the menu to see what we would have for lunch. 

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    Food options included sandwiches, toasties, paninis and salads but we opted for jacket potatoes with my friend having a generous dollop of homemade coleslaw on the side.  For children they have mini tapas, sandwiches, tiny toasties, toast and beans, a little lunchbox or ½ a jacket potato.  They also serve fab fresh milkshakes as well as other hot and cold drinks.

    Lauren the owner has a passion for making cake which is clear to see when you walk up to the counter.  Every day sees new and exciting bakes and if my slice of lemon cake was anything to go by then I’m sure you’ll be pleased too.

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    It didn’t take long for the kids to notice there was outdoor seating and play area too so after we ate our food we watched them happily running in and out of the play house.

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    Before I knew it we’d been in there for ages and needed to leave as we’d promised a stroll down the beach before having to get back home.

    I can thoroughly recommend a trip to Cupcakes Play Café.  The staff are lovely, the place is clean, the food is fresh and delicious and above all the kids were happy!  So next time you are in the area, please pop on in and enjoy this hidden gem in the heart of Weymouth.

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    Good to know…..

    The play café is perfectly situated next to a public car park and can be easily reached by both bus and train. 

    For location and details on private/party hire please visit the Website.  For deliciously inviting pictures of cake and upcoming events which include cupcake decorating workshops and a princess pyjama party please see the Facebook page.   
    If you are planning to stop for lunch then there’s plenty on the menu but please also check out the specials board which is up on the wall.

    The staff are very helpful so let them know if you need baby milk or baby food warming.

    Baby change facilities are available.

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  2. Last Christmas City Cruises Poole ran daily competitions with some great prizes and I was delighted to win the family ticket for a sea train adventure!

    So last weekend we set off in warm sunshine from Poole Quay and after an hours cruise we arrived in Swanage and headed straight for the railway where we caught our steam train to Corfe Castle for a beer and an ice cream! 

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    Before embarking on our return journey the boys had a good look around the little museum which is situated at the end of the Corfe Castle platform.  I can thoroughly recommend the buffet car in Swanage if you need any food or drink.  We had a picnic on the train to Corfe but the staff very kindly sold me a cup of milk and even warmed it up for our baby while our son enjoyed a homemade airplane biscuit.

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    From there we still had a couple of hours to relax before our return cruise so we took the kiddies to the little Santa Fe Fun Park which has a play park next to it and then had a nice wander around the town.

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    If like us you find yourself back on the pier a bit too early then the kids will enjoy spending some time in the Pier exhibition and shop.  The have the coolest vintage slot machines and you can exchange 10p’s for an old penny and have a go on them. 

    Sadly by now the sunshine had gone and it was pouring with rain but it certainly didn’t ruin our wonderful day or the journey back home.

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    Good to know………

    The bar on the boat sells snacks and hot/cold drinks for the journey.

    There are toilets on board the boat but no baby change facilities.  The staff however are more than happy for you to find a corner should you need to change your baby.

    If you are planning this journey with a buggy then help is on hand both on the boat and the train.  If you are using the train then I recommend you ask a porter for help at Corfe Castle as they will happily escort you over the track so you don't have to worry about going over the bridge.  They also have a carriage for buggies and wheelchairs and a porter will help you with this too.

    Trains are quite frequent in the summer holidays but it is advisable to check a timetable to see if the steam or diesel train is running.

    If your child has never experienced the Swanage Railway before then you can let them know at the ticket desk and they will issue you with a fantastic souvenir of the day.

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    For full details on City Cruises Poole please visit the Website and keep an eye out on the Facebook page for regular special offers.

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