Back in June we went on holiday to Broadstairs in Kent. We spent most of our days on the beach. But the weather forecaster was predicting that it would be overcast and cooler on the Wednesday. So we decided to take a day trip to Dover Castle. We packed up the car with everything we would need. And we made sure to include our Quinny Zapp Flex Plus which we had recently been sent by the lovely people at Quinny.
The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus
The perfect pushchair for a day out at Dover Castle
Quinny were kind enough to send us a Zapp Flex Plus in frost on grey. My first impression was that this is a beautiful pushchair. It is swoonworthy. It’s stylish and elegant and I adore the colours.
But the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus isn’t just a gorgeous pushchair to look at. It also has a huge number of other plus points.
1. The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus can be forward facing or parent facing. And in each position the seat can be reclined flat. So it is perfect for when your baby needs a snooze. Just lie them flat and within minutes they are snoring merrily.
2. The four large wheels allow the pushchair to travel smoothly over various terrain. It coped brilliantly with the gravel, tarmac and cobbles at Dover Castle.
3. The closed handlebar makes the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus easy to steer one-handed. This is perfect for me as I often have to push Little Mister H in the Quinny while holding on to Little Miss H’s little hand.
4. The easily extendable sun canopy is brilliant. And it kept the sun out of Little Mister H’s eyes as we wandered around Dover Castle on one of the hottest and sunniest days of the year. The sun canopy also provides UV 50+ sun protection and is a great way of shielding your bubba from the wind and rain.
5. The pushchair is lightweight which is just what you need when negotiating somewhere like Dover Castle. The castle is situated on one of Dover’s iconic white cliffs. As a result, there are stunning views of the English channel but there are also many slopes to conquer. I was extremely grateful that we had popped the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus in the boot of the car. Pushing Little Mister H up a steep incline on a very hot day still wasn’t exactly pleasurable, but thanks to the lightweight Quinny it wasn’t the hideous ordeal it could have been with a more cumbersome pushchair.
6. The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus is compact when folded. We have a Ford fiesta so it’s very handy that the Quinny is small when folded. It meant that we were easily able to pack up our little car with a family of four, two car seats, the Quinny and everything else we needed for a week’s holiday.
The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus also comes with its own rain cover and Maxi Cosi car seat adaptors. Which is fabulous as Little Mister H currently uses a Maxi Cosi Pebble car seat.
But other accessories are available including:
I would have loved it if the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus came with a bigger shopping basket, a slightly larger sun canopy and the ability to check on the baby when they are forward facing. But it was certainly a brilliant pushchair to accompany our day trip to Dover Castle.
Our day out at Dover Castle
Anyway, back to our day at Dover Castle. So the weather forecaster had lied. It wasn’t overcast or cool at all. Instead, it was one of the hottest days of the year. And although there were times when it was too hot, we still managed to have a perfect day exploring Dover Castle.
Exploring the Great Tower
We started off by exploring the Great Tower.
“We’re having a castle adventure.”
Little Miss H loved going around the tower. She excitedly declared that we were having a castle adventure and that we were trying to find the king and queen. Sadly we didn’t find them. But we did see their beds. And we got to pose regally on their thrones.
Although she loved walking around the rooms of the Tower, Little Miss H wasn’t keen on all the steps.
“There’s too much stairs in this castle. I need you to carry me.”
She insisted that Daddy carry her. So Mr H and I both had to carry a child up the stone steps. But it was worth it, as the views from the top of the tower are amazing.
After we’d fully explored the Great Tower we went and had a spot of lunch. We then discovered that a tour for the Secret Wartime Tunnels was about to set off. It was baking hot in the sunshine and we decided that some time 15 meters below the cliff tops would be ideal.
Taking a tour of the Secret Wartime Tunnels
There are over three miles of tunnels underneath Dover Castle and so the only way to see them is by joining an organised tour. There is a tour to experience the sights of the Underground Hospital and then another to view the tunnels which were used to mastermind the evacuation of Dunkirk (codenamed Operation Dynamo).
We joined the tour for Operation Dynamo and both Mr H and I found it fascinating. The tour leads you into a tunnel known as Casemate. This is where Dover Naval Command was based during World War II. It was also where Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay engineered a wartime miracle when he led Operation Dynamo and organised the rescue of over 338,000 troops from Dunkirk in France.
The tour takes you through the operation day by day and charts the reasons for the rescue and the problems the evacuation faced. It uses real film footage projected onto the walls of the tunnels to retell the stories of not only those evacuated but those involved in the rescue operation.
We were worried that the tour would be too much for Little Mister H and Little Miss. It lasts for 45 minutes and features some dramatic film footage. But Little Miss really enjoyed the idea of being in tunnels underground and Little Mister H slept the entire time.
We had such a fabulous day at Dover Castle. It really was one of the highlights of our week’s holiday in Broadstairs. And Little Mister H was able to explore this iconic English fortress while sitting comfortable in his Quinny Zapp Flex Plus.
Have you ever been to Dover Castle? I’d love to know what you thought.
We were sent the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus for the purpose of this review. But as normal, all photographs, words and opinions are my own.