July 2017: My Month in Photos

Hannatalks July 2017 in photos

July has been a really busy month for me, with a trip to Weymouth, attending an Essex food festival, a blogger event and taking the plunge in booking my first driving lesson!


Waterside Holiday Park & Spa

At the beginning of the month, I went to Weymouth with James and his mum for a week staycation in the wonderful seaside destination! We stayed in a lovely cosy caravan for a week and spent the days by the beach and the evenings in the sports bar with dinner, drinks and arcade games! It was such a lovely week and the weather was on our side – we all came back with a lovely golden brown tan!

Alcoholic slush puppies

Most evenings we sat by the beach eating fresh fish, crunchy chips and curry sauce – and sipping on delicious alcoholic slush puppies! The beach side bar had two flavours, strawberry daiquiri and pina colada, both of which were incredibly sweet and refreshing.

Ice cream by the sea

Have you even been on a beach side holiday if you haven’t eaten your body weight in ice cream? We visited the beach on two occasions and each time we tried different flavoured ice cream, including this delicious Mr.Whippy in vanilla and chocolate – with a flake of course!

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

On one of our day trips in Weymouth, we headed to Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, a huge rescue centre for primates across the world that suffer abuse or neglect, especially those that are used in the illegal trade. It’s a great park and the space for the monkeys and chimps to enjoy are incredible! Well worth a visit if you find yourself in Dorset.

Lulworth Cove

It’s hard to believe that this is in the UK but it is! Lulworth Cove is a beautiful coastal beach, carved into the Jurassic coast by coastal erosion. There’s a car park at the top of cliff, and you can walk down a slop to get picturesque views of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The sea is a crystal blue and the sand white – it’s such a beautiful place!

Weymouth beach

Weymouth beach has recently been voted ‘The Best Beach in Europe’, so we made sure that we spent as much time as possible enjoying the beautiful white sand and warm, blue sea. We spent our time relaxing on the deck chairs and eating ice cream. It was incredibly relaxing, and I miss it so much!

Head massage at Waterside Holiday Park & Spa

I had a head massage whilst I stayed at Waterside Holiday Park & Spa and it was the most relaxing treatment ever. I really want to find a local salon where I live to book myself in for a head massage every few months.

Essex Food and Drink Festival

James and I headed to the Essex Food and Drink Festival one weekend and had a great afternoon exploring the various food and drink stands. James enjoyed a crispy bacon roll and I enjoyed some delicious Thai dumplings, and we both shared a delicious coconut water drink and elderflower cocktails! We brought home brownies to enjoy later on in the evening, which tasted SO delicious.

Recipe from The Body Coach cookbook

I want to start following more recipes and creating yummy food (as opposed to just tasting and reviewing it!) so I tried the chicken and chorizo dish from The Body Coach’s cook book. It was a delicious combination of chicken, chorizo, spinach and mozzarella – so good in fact I made another batch straight after for my lunch the next day.

Kingsford Park Spa VIP event

I was invited to Kingsford Park Bannatyne Spa for a VIP evening to view the brand new spa facilities! I went with my friend Chloe, and we had a lovely evening looking around all the new beauty treatment rooms, receiving complimentary beauty treatments and taking advantage of the fantastic offers on products throughout the evening.

Freakshakes at Queenie’s Cafe

I met up with Alice last weekend and we headed to Queenie’s Cafe to try out their brand new Smartie freakshake. It was a super delicious nutella chocolate milkshake, with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, a piece of chocolate fudge cake and a mini doughnut. The outside of the jar was decorated with nutella and smarties, too!

Tropical Wings Zoo

I went to Tropical Wings Zoo with my boyfriend James and sister Megan, and we had a great time exploring the walk-through butterfly enclosure and seeing all the super cute farm yard animals and birds.



I’m looking forward to seeing what August has in store for me. So far, I have a weekend anniversary trip to Brighton booked and a day ticket to V Festival in Chelmsford to enjoy!


What have you got planned this month?



Afternoon tea with the big cats at Paradise Wildlife Park

Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2017

2017 – A half year review

6 things to do on a trip to Weymouth

Kingsford Park Spa £1 million refurbishment VIP evening



  1. August 3, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I was hoping to go to Brighton this month as well, but with this weather you never know. In September I`m going home for one week though, very excited for that!


    • hannah
      August 24, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      The weather is SO temperamental at the moment isn’t it? 🙁 aww I hope you have a lovely time!

  2. Pam
    August 4, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Your holiday looked amazing and I can’t believe it was in the UK and not abroad! You definitely got lucky with the other. O need to try a milkshake like that, looks soooo good!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • hannah
      August 24, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks lovely – it was so beautiful in Dorset! Definitely – I had super dark tan lines!!

  3. August 7, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Wow Lulworth cove looks absolutely stunning. A VIP spa day sounds lovely too. It looks like July was a fun month!

    https://amyevans.co.uk – Amy

    • hannah
      August 24, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      So beautiful, I’d definitely recommend a trip there! July was a fab month for me, I hope it was for you too! 🙂

  4. August 7, 2017 / 10:07 am

    It sounds like a really great month! I especially approve of the freakshakes! 😉 xxx


    • hannah
      August 24, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Ahhhhh SO YUM! I need more freakshakes in my life!!

  5. Rosa
    August 9, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I think this is a great idea for a post. I like how the things have a matching photograph so you can really picture them.


    • hannah
      August 24, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks lovely, I really enjoy writing them! 🙂 it’s good to see what I’ve been up to so I don’t forget anything 😀

  6. August 9, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Ice cream by the sea sounds so lovely, you always have to eat your body weight in ice cream when you’re at the beach haha. You’ve done so many things this past month, it sounds like a great summer so far!


    • hannah
      August 24, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Haha that’s so true – ice cream by the sea just tastes SO much better, doesn’t it?! 🙂

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