Casual Red, White and Blue Outfit for a Day at Jodrell Bank

For days out that involve a lot of walking, boyfriend jeans and classic white tennis shoes is my go-to combination. I wore this casual red, white and blue outfit for a day out at Jodrell Bank over the Easter holidays. It’s only a 20 minute car journey from where we live and it’s a great day out for kids. It was quite cool when we first arrived so I was glad I’d taken a scarf, but later when the sun came out it was really warm…typically changeable Spring weather!

Another item I’m wearing on repeat lately is the striped jumper I chose for Bonmarché’s denim guide outfit.

This red coat is a nice relaxed fit that’s perfect for wearing with jeans and smart trainers. I’ve worn it a couple of times before on the blog with a smarter work outfit (here and here) a couple of years ago when I first bought it, but until recently it hadn’t had much wear. Now I’m wearing it almost daily because it’s such a comfortable, lightweight coat and goes with so much in my wardrobe. Another item I’m wearing on repeat lately is the striped jumper I chose for Bonmarché’s denim guide outfit. It’s a lightweight, soft, cotton blend sweater that feels incredibly comfortable on. Combining stripes and floral embroidery, it’s perfect teamed with jeans and white tennis shoes for off duty chic.

Casual Red, White and Blue Outfit for a Day at Jodrell Bank

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre gardens is about 35 acres and contains over 3000 trees and shrubs. There’s an outdoor play area, picnic benches and a path for taking a leisurely stroll. We started off in the Planet Pavillion exploring the clockwork orrery – a mechanical model of the solar system that demonstrates the relative positions and motions of the planets. Children (and adults) love turning the handle to make the planets move.

Day Out at Jodrell Bank, clockwork orrery

Jodrell Bank is probably most known for the Lovell Telescope – one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world. The whole structure rotates on circular railway tracks, while the bowl, which is supported on either side by two towers, can be tilted at any angle from the horizon to the zenith. It’s visible for miles and is a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape.

Learning about terms such as “event horizon” and “escape velocity” was an education for me as well as the kids!

As it was the school holidays there were various activities throughout the day, including a presentation on black holes. All of the children got front row seats in a mini theatre and took part in some fun demonstrations. It may have been aimed at kids but I thought it was really interesting. Learning about terms such as “event horizon” and “escape velocity” was an education for me as well as the kids! I don’t about you, but I find it so hard to comprehend some of the concepts involved in cosmology and astrophysics, so a child-friendly explanation suits me just fine!

I hope you enjoy the long Bank Holiday weekend…fingers crossed for the weather! Don’t forget to pop back on Tuesday for the link up!

Day at Jodrell Bank, Lovell telescope

Day at Jodrell Bank, Lovell telescope

Casual Red, White and Blue Outfit for a Day at Jodrell Bank

Casual Red, White and Blue Outfit for a Day at Jodrell Bank

Bonmarché jumper c/o – low stock, but I’ve found some similar ones below | Gap jeans | Adidas Stan Smith trainers | Wallis coat (old) | Rowallan bag from TKMaxx | Joe’s sunglasses from TKMaxx

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Equipment silk Paris top Gap jeans Stan Smith trainers Zara jacket

We usually go on our Summer holiday to my Dad’s in Brittany during August, but this year we made the most of the school term ending early and went in July. This meant that the weather was much better and I got to spend my birthday there. To celebrate we had a family meal out at a lovely restaurant called La Passerelle in the seaside town of St-Quay-Portrieux. People dress casually in Brittany so I wore jeans and my new Adidas Stan Smith trainers in white and rose gold (a birthday present from my husband). My trusty Zara navy jacket goes everywhere with me because it’s perfect for pairing with jeans. It was quite a warm evening so I wore a silk Paris print top from Equipment.

I find it quite easy to pack for Brittany now and streamline my packing to a capsule of sensible footwear, jeans, t-shirts and a couple of jumpers.

I never bother taking heels on holiday any more because they’re just not practical. For this trip I just took FitFlops, a pair of low wedge espadrilles and my Stan Smith trainers. Confession time…I also took my running shoes but didn’t use them due to the heat and, ahem, copious amounts of wine. When in France and all that. I find it quite easy to pack for Brittany now and streamline my packing to a capsule of sensible footwear, jeans, t-shirts and a couple of jumpers. This time we were lucky enough to have beach weather so a couple of bikinis and a cover up went in the case too. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of the beautiful beaches we went to. Due to the sun setting so late we were going later on in the afternoon and sunbathing until 8pm some days!

Zara jacket Equipment silk Paris top Stan Smith trainers

St Quay harbour boats

St Quay harbour Zara jacket Equipment silk top

Boats in St Quay harbour

Adidas Stan Smith rose gold trim trainers Gap boyfriend jeans

Equipment silk top Zara jacket Stan Smith trainers

Birthday meal at La Passerelle

My Dad and step-mum are regular visitors to La Passerelle and know the owners well. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere with wonderful food and views of the harbour.

Scallops birthday meal at La Passerelle st Quay

Scallops are one of my favourite foods and luckily for me they are in plentiful supply in Brittany, so choosing what to order wasn’t difficult. The main course was delicious, as was the tarte au citron meringuée (basically lemon meringue tart) I had for dessert – complete with an indoor firework! Afterwards we took a stroll around the harbour, enjoying the late evening sun. Perfect.

St Quay boats in harbour

St Quay harbour sunset Equipment silk Paris top

Jacket: Zara (old, similar here and I also love this one with the red trim) | top: Equipment (I love this one) | jeans: Gap (similar) | trainers: Adidas (they are available with a yellow gold heel, and you can also get them in silver and leopard print…hello new addiction!)

 

 

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