WET’S GO SURF­ING!

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - Edited by VICKY LISSAMAN ■ by ROSIE HEN­DER­SON

IN a su­per-fast lift visi­tors can travel 520ft up the Space Nee­dle (space­nee­dle.com) for a 360-de­gree city view from the glass plat­form. A re­cent $100mil­lion up­grade has added an­gled seats and a re­volv­ing floor.

Take a 90-minute tour of the streets and wa­ter­ways in an am­phibi­ous land­ing craft (ride­the­duck­sof­seat­tle.com), pass­ing pos­si­bly the most fa­mous house­boat in the US – the Sleep­less In Seat­tle movie home of Tom Hanks.

Pike Place Mar­ket, be­low, close to where Anas­ta­sia Steele had an apart­ment in the movie 50 Shades Of Grey, is great for fresh fish JUMP on a sea­plane like I did, left, for a 30-minute ride from Lake Union, north of down­town, to San Juan Is­land (ken­more­air.com, from £106 re­turn).

Step straight off the air­craft at Fri­day Har­bour on to the is­land’s main street where friendly lo­cals run in­de­pen­dent shops, ice-cream bars, pubs and restau­rants. A to­tal di­ver­sion from modern life, there are no traf­fic lights or shop­ping malls. Jet skis are banned as and donuts. It also has the old­est branch of Star­bucks.

The Un­der­ground Tour (un­der­ground­tour.com) is a hi­lar­i­ous way to learn about Seat­tle’s orig­i­nal lay­out be­fore the Great Fire of 1889.

En­joy a spin on the Seat­tle Great Wheel (seat­tle­great wheel.com) or a one-hour cruise to look back at the city sky­line from a mile out on Puget Sound.

See glass mas­ter­pieces by Dale Chi­huly (chi­hu­ly­gar­den and­glass.com) or get hands-on at Pa­cific Sci­ence Cen­ter (pacific­science­cen­ter. org) which has ot­ters, lu­mi­nous jel­ly­fish and oc­to­pus in its aquar­ium. are Sty­ro­foam take-out cups. Lime Kiln Point is the only whale-watch­ing park in the coun­try where it’s pos­si­ble to see them from the shore. Be­tween May and Oc­to­ber, this is one of the best places to spot or­cas and Free Willy 2 was filmed in these wa­ters.

Wan­der the fra­grant fields at Pelind­aba Laven­der Farm (pelind­a­bal­aven­der.com). Pick your own flow­ers and then watch them be­ing pro­cessed for THE Ci­tyPass (ci­typass.com, £70 adult/£54 child) grants ad­mis­sion to the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the Seat­tle Aquar­ium, Space Nee­dle, har­bour cruise and mu­se­ums.

Pub­lic trans­port costs £6 per day with a one-off £3.75 ad­min fee. You can catch the down­town mono­rail (£1.70 adults, 75p for kids per jour­ney) to the West­lake shop­ping cen­tre to pick up some de­signer bar­gains in Saks Fifth Av­enue, JCPen­ney and the flag­ship Nord­strom de­part­ment store. Or maybe pop into Daiso, a Ja­panese ver­sion of Pound­land, to find quirky bar­gains. AMA­ZON has its HQ here, right, and em­ploys nearly 5% of the city’s work­force. Tours of the web gi­ant’s ur­ban cam­pus are avail­able at ama­zon­hq­tours.com.

The Boe­ing air­craft fac­tory, north of down­town, em­ploys around 30,000 peo­ple. Tours of the as­sem­bly plant are of­fered all year round (boe­ing.com/com­pa­ny­tours). But bear in mind the min­i­mum height for visi­tors is 4ft. soap, per­fume and oil. Maybe take a trip to a smaller neigh­bour­ing is­land where you might spot a celeb – per­haps Oprah, Chris Pratt, Bill Gates or Oak­ley sunglasses supremo Jim Jan­nard, who all have homes here.

Lakedale Re­sort (Lakedale.com, from £120) is a peace­ful par­adise with log cab­ins, can­vas chalets, yurts and a big camp­site. Feel free to fish, walk, swim, kayak and let the kids go wild. HONG KONG: YORK­SHIRE: DUBAI: A TREE-LINED drive­way leads to an oa­sis of fir trees, green fields and wet­lands around Cedar­brook Lodge (cedar­brook­lodge.com, rooms from

£112) with its lake­side pa­tio, spa and fine-din­ing restau­rant. Cho­co­late, ice-cream and snacks are avail­able round the clock.

A pan­cake break­fast is in­cluded in the price.

Or stay down­town at

Kimp­ton Vin­tage (hotelv­in­tage-seat­tle. com, rooms avail­able from £150) a smart, lux­u­ri­ous and spa­cious ho­tel close to the city cen­tre. OUR trip got off to a shaky start – when six of us took to the water to try a new sport, it was a case of wob­ble­board rather than wake­board.

But, with the help of coach Alice, by the end of a twohour fam­ily ses­sion we could all stay up­right. Some of us even made it right across the lake.

Wake­board­ing – a cross be­tween wa­ter­ski­ing and surf­ing – is just one of the ac­tiv­i­ties at Tat­ter­shall Lakes in Lin­colnshire.

A hol­i­day park set around 10 lakes, there is plenty of water-based fun, from jet skis to fish­ing, swim­ming and ped­a­los.

Avi­a­tion is the other big theme here, thanks to the site’s prox­im­ity to RAF Con­ingsby.

The air­base is a five-minute drive away and con­ver­sa­tions were of­ten in­ter­rupted by the roar of Ty­phoons and Spit­fires fly­ing low over­head.

We even had a fly­past by the Red Ar­rows that was so close the mark­ings on their wings were as clear as those on the ducks that greeted us at our lake­side home each morn­ing.

Our Willerby Clear­wa­ter lodge was modern, roomy and well-equipped, with two bath­rooms, wash­ing ma­chine and dish­washer. There were TVs in each bed­room plus a huge flat-screen in the open­plan liv­ing area. The crown­ing glory was the hot tub on the deck­ing.

An­other stand-out fea­ture of Tat­ter­shall Lakes is the aqua park. A To­tal Wipe­out­type in­flat­able as­sault course on a lake in the shad­ows of the 15th cen­tury Tat­ter­shall Cas­tle, it of­fers the chance to swing, slide and bounce your way across NEW YORK: and into the water, and had the kids whoop­ing through­out their hour-long play.

Back on dry land, our gang – Will, eight, Olly, 12, Chloe,

13, and Joe, 16 – tried the new high ropes course, kart­ing and hov­er­board­ing.

There’s lots to love about this hol­i­day park with­out hav­ing to book ac­tiv­i­ties. My­self, in­set, and my part­ner Adam and I sat in the sun with a drink from one of two bars – the Spit­fire and the Pro­peller – as the kids had fun on the play­ground, at the ar­cade, in the splash pool or just play­ing games in the open spa­ces. Space is not in short sup­ply at this re­sort. It cov­ers 360 acres and the best way to nav­i­gate it is to ditch the car and hire bikes. This made it a breeze to get from our lodge to the entertainment hub and ex­plore fur­ther afield. Tat­ter­shall is a quaint, his­toric vil­lage with a hand­ful of shops and pubs. Small in size and pop­u­la­tion, it was home to Tom Thumb who was said to be

47cm tall and died in 1620 aged 101. His dinky house is on the roof of a larger prop­erty in the Mar­ket Place.

Nearby Lin­coln is a classy city, fa­mous for its im­pos­ing me­dieval cathe­dral plus a great range of mu­se­ums, gal­leries and shops. Kids go free on the open-top sight­see­ing bus. Mean­while, the sea­side charms of Skeg­ness are just 40 min­utes away.

Back at base, we bagged a bal­cony ta­ble at the bar for din­ner. As we tucked in, the Moon­light Cin­ema played a fam­ily-friendly film un­der the stars on the lake­side shores. Sheer bliss!

Ex­plore the Kowloon district with five nights’ room-only at the four-star Re­gal Ori­en­tal Ho­tel for £686. Fly from Manch­ester on Septem­ber 26. See away­hol­i­days.co.uk.Save 30% and pay £295 per fam­ily for a three-night self-cater­ing hol­i­day at Prim­rose Val­ley Hol­i­day Park in Fi­ley. Price is based on a fam­ily of up to eight shar­ing Pres­tige ac­com­mo­da­tion. Ar­rive on Fri­day. To book visit haven.com or call 0333 202 5250.Stay five nights on half-board in a deluxe twin room at the four-star Lapita Ho­tel in Dubai Parks and Re­sorts for £3,459 for a fam­ily of four. Depart Gatwick on Oc­to­ber 22. Book by Thurs­day. See emi­rateshol­i­days.com.Leave from Leeds Brad­ford on Oc­to­ber 26 for four nights’ room-only at the three-star Para­mount Ho­tel on West 46th Street for £779. See jet2hol­i­days.co.uk. ■A LOT TO LAKE IN: Wake­board­ing is a mix of wa­ter­ski­ing and surf­ing A THREE-NIGHT week­end stay at Tat­ter­shall Lakes in an In­dul­gent Lake­side Lodge (sleeps eight), with hot tub, costs from £569.Book at awayre­sorts.co.uk/tat­ter­shall-lakes. For more in­for­ma­tion on Willerby hol­i­day homes visit willerby.com.

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