Hi guys! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was pretty hectic but also super fun so I wanted to share what I got up to with you all! If you're following me on social media, you might have seen that Vantage Motor Group kindly lent me a lovely Hyundai Tuscon to use for the weekend and as I don't actually have a car at the moment (we couldn't have one whilst our mortgage offer was going through as it affected our affordability too much) I couldn't wait to have the freedom to go wherever I wanted without needing to rely on public transport.
My boyfriend and I picked the car up from Hyundai on Saturday morning and were greeted by the lovely manager Steve who gave us some details about Hyundai and the car we'd be taking away with us, the Tucson. We decided to go for the automatic over the manual as I personally find automatic cars so much easier to drive, especially when driving in the city centre where you constantly need to stop and start. We were really surprised to hear that Hydunai is mostly popular with the older generations (he said 64 was the average age people buy, eek) as they have some really lovely cars and super cool features perfect for those of us in our twenties! Steve showed us all the features on the inside of the car such as the lane assist function which basically drives the car for you as it keeps you within the white lines on roads with lanes and will beep if you're getting too close to the edge. My boyfriend and I had so much fun testing this feature - if you take your hands off the wheel, it actually steers the car for you - madness! Obviously it's not recommended you take your hands off the wheel but it's great to know it's there for extra safety if anything happened that prevented you from handling the car properly.
Another feature I loved was the parking assist to help with parallel and reverse parking. As someone who is completely useless at parking, being able to see exactly where you're going on a screen in the car and also have the car actually park for you is absolutely brilliant. I also loved the built in sat-nav, the sunroof and the fact the seats can be heated up or cooled down. It was a really sunny weekend so we used the cool seats the whole time and absolutely loved them. There's nothing worse than feeling too hot and stuffy in a car or too cold so this is a really cool feature as it means you can tailor the car to your own needs!
So after we'd had an overview of the car, it was time to get going! We were absolutely starving so we asked Steve if he'd recommend anywhere for brunch in the local area and he recommended Unico, a gorgeous little cafe in Wilmslow. We'd never been to Wilmslow before but had heard lots of good things about it so it was nice to go for a look around. I can confirm it's a very cute little town with lots of lovely restaurants, boutiques and eateries. In true blogger style, I ordered the avocado and eggs for brunch and it was absolutely divine. Matt went for the breakfast muffin which also looked yummy! We sat outside in the sunshine on the cutest little table with pretty pink flowers and watched the world go by - it was perfect. We also spotted Tanya from Real Housewives of Cheshire heading in to Starbucks so I guess it's one of her fave areas too!
After brunch we decided that while we had the car, it would be the perfect opportunity to go and see the house we've bought which is a new build and still in the process of being finished ready for us to move in. Last time we went to see it, there was no front of the house - just the structure inside and the roof so it was amazing to see how far it's come along in the last few weeks. We were both in complete awe when we saw it - even though we knew how it was going to look, it was so exciting to see it in real life. I still can't quite believe it's going to be my house - it's the kind of house I've dreamed of owning for years now so I'm really proud I can say I've made that dream a reality. We're due to move in at the beginning of October and we're so excited - I can't wait to show you all the inside and share some interior posts when I finally get to decorate it, yay!!
We had a fairly chilled evening on Saturday watching Stranger Things on Netflix which I wanted to watch after Zoella recommended it in one of her recent vlogs and I'm so glad I did. It's a show about a little boy who goes missing and there's lots of paranormal and rather creepy twists and turns. There's only eight episodes in the series and we're already halfway through which is a bit annoying (only because I don't want it to be over) but I'm excited to see how it ends!
On Sunday we got up bright and early, jumped in the car and made our way to Alton Towers. I've not been to a theme park in years and I always used to love visiting Alton Towers when I was younger so when my boyfriend suggested we go whilst we had the car to travel in, I was more than up for it! As the Tucson is a big car, it's so spacious inside which makes it perfect when you're travelling long distances. Luckily Alton Towers is only around an hour and 15 mins away from where we live but it was still lovely to travel comfortably - it even has a sunglasses holder, USB to charge your phone on the go (a blogger essential) and the best cup holders ever - I hate cup holders that don't keep your drink secure and end up splashing it all over the place but these ones were very secure indeed! Just thought I'd point that out in case you're a coffee lover and regularly drink it in your car!
We had the best day ever at Alton Towers and although I was a total whimp before going on some of the rides, it's definitely proven to me that there's no better thrill than going on a rollercoaster. I even went on The Smiler which got lots of bad press last year after it collided with another carriage which resulted in serious injuries and a girl having to have her leg amputated. Stories like this are really scary and sad to hear about but I wouldn't let it put you off going to the theme park as that was a very rare situation and something that will hopefully never happen again! We didn't experience any problems when we were there and the staff were very thorough in ensuring everyone was safe on the rides.
My favourite ride of the day had to be Thirteen as it had a very unexpected bit in the middle which I won't tell you about in case you decide to visit yourself - all I can say is that it shocked me and had my boyfriend and I in hysterics. I also loved Galactica which is a new ride at Alton Towers and the first virtual reality rollercoaster ever. We had to put a headset on which was attached to the seat before we set off and this made it look as though you were flying through space whilst on the rollercoaster - such a cool ride and one I'd highly recommend you go on next time you're visiting! Unfortunately I didn't get many photos while we were there as I was too busy on and off rides all day and stuffing my face with donuts - as you do. I don't eat donuts anywhere else other than a theme park - they just go together so well, don't they?!
After a long day of being thrown around the air on rides, we decided it was time to head home and I was definitely ready for a nap! Luckily for me, the seats in the Tucson recline pretty far back which meant I could have a really comfortable snooze while my boyfriend drove us home. I usually leave long car journeys to him as he's a much more confident driver than I am - motorways terrify me!
So there's my weekend and the Hyundai Tucson in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed and do let me know what you think about the car and if you own a Hyundai yourself. My boyfriend and I are actually looking to buy a car in the next few weeks, so let me know your faves!
*Sponsored by Vantage Motor Group - all opinions are my own.