Visiting the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu

Back in July I was invited to opening of the new World of Top Gear attraction at Beaulieu National Motor Museum. We had an amazing day but as it fell on a school day the kids were not able to join us so I promised them we would visit again over the school holidays. The Beaulieu Estate, is set in the New Forest and was first opened to the public in 1952. Originally it was the Palace House that welcomed visitors, until a small display of veteran cars outgrew the family home and led to the creation of a separate… Continue Reading “Visiting the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu”

Wonderland the Musical – Review

Wonderland Landscape

Last week we were invited to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to see Wonderland the Musical. Hubby and I love our musicals but had not heard of this one before, so were unsure what to expect, but we certainly were not disappointed. If you book tickets to go and see Wonderland, do not expect the original tale of Alice in Wonderland. The musical follows Alice, a 40-year-old divorced mum of one, who has fallen on hard times and doesn’t want to live in the real world anymore. Alice is living in the past and devastated that her ex-husband is getting… Continue Reading “Wonderland the Musical – Review”

A Dalek Invasion at Winchester Science Centre

This weekend we celebrated Isaac’s 9th birthday and booked a surprise day out for him. Isaac is Doctor Who mad, so when I heard that a Dalek Invasion was coming to Winchester Science Centre, I knew it would be something we would all love to attend. We dug out our Doctor Who costumes with Eliza choosing to go as the tenth doctor and Isaac deciding upon his Cyberman costume and set off for Winchester. Once inside we were booked onto two Dr Who themed shows and then headed off to see Dr Who themed displays, hands-on science, strolling costumers from… Continue Reading “A Dalek Invasion at Winchester Science Centre”

Bel & The Dragon, Odiham – Review

Bel & the Dragon

It is Isaac’s birthday this month and a few weeks ago he asked if we could go to Legoland to celebrate. Now a stay at the Legoland Hotel was out of our reach so we looked into alternative options and Bel & the Dragon in Odiham, Hampshire stood out from the start. Bel & The Dragon is a Grade II-listed former inn with features dating as far back as 1540 and from the moment you walk in the door you are made to feel at home. The 15th Century building retains many of its original features but has been renovated… Continue Reading “Bel & The Dragon, Odiham – Review”

The day the Gruffalo came to life at Moors Valley

Today we were one of the first to visit a new augmented reality trail at Moors Valley. The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities to enjoy along the way and is completely free to do although you can purchase an additional activity pack at the visitor centre for an extra £3 if you choose. To take part simply download the Gruffalo Spotter app before you visit which brings Julia Donaldson’s fabulous Gruffalo to life along the trail by simply reading the special code at selected points along the trail. The really clever bit is that once you’ve… Continue Reading “The day the Gruffalo came to life at Moors Valley”

Robin Hood at The Mayflower Southampton

Robin Hood

This year I have been in Panto heaven with not one, not two but three pantomimes to see. My first was Cinderella at the Pavilion, Bournemouth, the second was Aladdin at Lighthouse, Poole and on Christmas Eve, Hubby surprised us with tickets to watch Robin Hood at the Mayflower. We love our local productions, but there is something special about the Mayflower as it seats 55,000 people and always does West End quality productions. This year the Panto stars were Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace (Alfie and Kat from Eastenders) and Jeffrey Holland of Hi-De-Hi fame as the Dame. It… Continue Reading “Robin Hood at The Mayflower Southampton”

A Visit to Car Fest South

Right at the end of the summer we spent our last weekend of freedom at Car Fest South in Hampshire thanks to an invite from Peugeot. As it is less than an hour from home and we had just returned from a holiday abroad we made the decision to travel up to the event on both days, rather than camp. I have always wanted to go to Car Fest, but Hubby is not car mad and was skeptical about a car led event, but we all had the most amazing time. Car Fest is an annual motoring festival held in Cheshire… Continue Reading “A Visit to Car Fest South”