Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Disney On Ice - Dream Big Coming To UK This Autumn

When I heard about that Disney On Ice was returning this Autumn with a new show I was eager to see how it could top the show we saw a few years ago. When I saw the announcement that Dream Big will feature Moana, Frozen, Beauty and The Beast, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin I was so excited, what a fantastic bunch of characters. 
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Splashing Fun In The Sun

We are absolutely loving the heatwave that we have been experiencing over the past month or so. It's just like being on holiday so we have had lots of play days in the garden and fun days out. One of our favourite things to do so far is lots and lots of water play. It's a perfect way to keep cool during the day and it is so much fun.
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Monday, 9 July 2018

CBBC Summer Social Is Coming To Liverpool

We are so excited about CBBC Summer Social coming to Liverpool this year. We have been to something very similar in the South a few years ago and it was amazing. This time it is our hometown and we cannot wait to attend.
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Monday, 2 July 2018

Exploring Cheshire This Summer

The Summer Holidays is one of my favourite times of year. I get the whole school holidays off with the boys and together we love planning all the things we want to get up to. Days out is usually top of the list as we love being out and about and this Summer we are going to be #ExploringCheshire. We are so lucky to live close to Cheshire as we get to experience all the fantastic things to do and see.
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Breakfast With Santa at Alton Towers Hotel


One of our favourite Christmas traditions is visiting Alton Towers each year for Santa’s Sleepover. This is a tradition that we have enjoyed for about 11 years now and over those years we have seen the special event change and evolve with new activities added each year. This year we enjoyed a breakfast with Santa for the first time.
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Half Term Travel With Virgin Trains


I know a lot of my readers will be enjoying Half Term this week although up in the North of England a lot of schools enjoyed their autumn break last week. We had lots of plans for half term but as you may have read little J got a stomach bug so all our plans went on hold. However as we missed out on a week of adventures we are planning a weekend away and I can't wait. You may have read recently that John and I headed to London for the day to see Wicked The Musical. We got the train bright and early and we were in the capital in no time. I love sitting on the train knowing that we will be in a new city soon, it's now one of my favourite things to do. We are lucky to be able to get a Virgin Trains Pendolino train and it's so nice to sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving. For our next break we will be taking advantage of the Virgin Trains family ticket at a fixed price for up to 2 adults and 4 children.
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Monday, 23 October 2017

Pumpkin Picking At Kenyon Hall Farm


Last week my social media was full with photographs of people Pumpkin Picking. It's something we have never done before so we decided to go on Saturday morning. I googled the best places to pick a pumpkin in the North West and lots of choices came up. I then researched a few that were local to us but we actually decided on Kenyon Hall Farm based on a friends recommendation. She went last year and said it was really good. I headed to the website to check out where it was and for those local it's by Warrington just off the M62. Saturday morning it was raining so I hoped not many people would want to go picking in the rain but I was wrong, it was so busy.
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Friday, 20 October 2017

Scarefest At Alton Towers 2017


Last weekend we headed down towards Stoke for our October visit to Alton Towers to celebrate Scarefest. We have been going every year for as long as I can remember and each year it gets bigger and better. Now that we have little J we have to divide our time between the main park and CBeebies land however based on his no fear attitude when it comes to rides it wont be long before he will be wanting to get on the thrill rides!
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Is Taking The Kids To The Pool A Dad Thing To Do?


Both boys absolutely love the water and we try to take them swimming as often as we can. I probably shouldn't say we, I actually mean John takes them swimming whenever he can. I'm not fond of swimming or water if I'm honest. I don't feel confident at all and if something were to happen I don't think I would react well. I'm not quite sure where this fear has come from but I would hate the boys to pick up on it so I tend to take a step back. Don't get me wrong I will go in from time to time but if I can get out of it I will. 
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Our Sunday Photo - 15/10/2017

Yesterday we spent the day at Alton Towers for their annual Scarefest event. We have been going every year for as long as I can remember. It's such a great day and it's the first time all season you can experience the rides in the dark. I will pop a full post on soon about all the scary things you can get up to but for now here's our Sunday photo.

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Our Sunday Photo - 01/10/2017


Last night we headed up to Blackpool to see the Blackpool lights. It's something we do every year but usually we have our winter coats on, hats, scarves, gloves etc but yesterday we just had our rain macs on. It wasn't very cold yesterday so it didn't really feel right seeing the lights on a warm day. We are so used to walking round Blackpool with the cold wind on our face. We might have to take another trip up before they finish. Anyone else been to see the lights yet?
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Monday, 28 August 2017

A Trip To Blackpool With Virgin Experiences.

Blackpool is a place that whenever I hear the name it takes me back 30 years to when I was little and I would visit Blackpool on the train with my Mum and Dad. It used to seem so far, like it was a million miles away when the reality was we could have reached it in less than a hour by car. I think because both John and I have fond memories of visiting Blackpool we have tried to visit quite a few times a year with the boys. You may have read a few months ago we visited Blackpool Sealife and last weekend we were back at the seaside resort thanks to Virgin Experiences. We were invited to choose an experience and we all agreed that a short break to Blackpool would be a perfect way to end the Summer. 
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Our Summer Days - Day 16, Walton Hall Gardens

We spent a lovely day at Walton Hall Gardens on Day 16 of Our Summer Days. The weather wasn't great but it was dry so we made the most of no rain and headed out. Walton Hall Gardens is in Warrington so about 30 minutes from home. We haven't been for quite a few years now and I am pleased to say that it was so much better than I had expected thanks to a few enhancements. 
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Our Sunday Photo - 06/08/2017

Highlight of the week was booking The Overtones at Christmas. Absolutely love The Overtone so roll on December.
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Our Summer Days, Day 8 - Thorpe Park


I have mentioned it before on our blog that we are Merlin Pass Holders, and have been for as long as I can remember. Although we don't venture down South to the attractions very often we think it is still excellent value for money just for the amount of times we go to Alton Towers each year. This year we said that we would try and make an effort to go to Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures as we have never been before. Last weekend we finally made it down South and visited Thorpe Park and Legoland. 
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Theatre Review - Wicked at The Apollo Victoria, London



A few weeks ago Daddy and I headed to London for the day. We got the 6:45am train and was in London by 9am. I had booked us tickets to see Wicked at the The Apollo Victoria. It’s not a musical I had wanted to see before but Daddy really liked the sound of it so I booked them for Father’s Day.
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Our Summer Days, Day 5 - The British Music Experience



Today we were invited along to The British Music Experience. I had no idea that this even existed until we got the invite, which is sad as its only 20 minutes from home. The British Music Experience has been open 4 months and has so many exciting things planned for the future but for now we popped along to check it out.

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Our Summer Days 1-4



School is out for Summer which means that I have to now think of ways to keep the boys entertained for 6 weeks . . . eek! I actually love the Summer holidays and being with the boys. Whether it's days out or play days in we always have lots of fun. Here is an update our Our Summer Days 1-4.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Disney Pixar Cars 3 Movie Review


Last weekend we headed to our local Odeon to watch Cars 3. It's been 11 years since the first movie was released and in the 11 years since, we have been massive fans of Lightning McQueen. Big J's first cinema visit was when he was just 4 years old and we watched Cars so its odd that Little J's first ever cinema visit is when he is also 4 but he's watching Cars 3.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Gruffalo and Organix Giveaway



You may have read my earlier post about us being a Merlin Annual Pass holder, which means we get to visit attractions across the UK throughout the year. One for our Summer Bucket List this year is to visit Chessington World Of Adventures for two reasons. Firstly we have never been and secondly because little J absolutely loves the Gruffalo and Chessington World of Adventures now have a new Gruffalo River Ride. Celebrating its partnership with the new Gruffalo River Ride Adventure at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Organix are giving one lucky Playdays and Runways winner the chance to win a Gruffalo DVD and a £10 bundle of its top selling Goodies healthy snacks. 
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