Review: Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Tour at Bournemouth Pavilion

Fame The Musical-Tour-Jorgi Porter

I was brought up in the 1980’s and my TV programmes of choice were always Knight Rider, The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard and Fame. In fact, I have clear memories of making up dance routines in my lounge, to the soundtrack of Fame – probably very badly!! Last night, we were invited to relive our youth and see the 30th anniversary tour of Fame at Bournemouth Pavilion. Set in 1984, the musical follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks… Continue Reading “Review: Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Tour at Bournemouth Pavilion”

A Paris Trip with Children

Paris

ome of you have probably already been to Paris at least once and can confirm that the French capital awakens a very particular nostalgia that manifests itself from time to time. As always, when you’re travelling with children, it’s a bit of balancing act. On the one hand, you probably fancy seeing quite a few of the sites yourself but at the same time, there has to be something in it for the kids.  So here’s my idea of trying to find that ‘perfect’ balance. Discovering Paris: Metro, Cycling and Walking. Paris has a perfectly developed metro network and will… Continue Reading “A Paris Trip with Children”

Meeting the BRICKOSAURS at Marwell Zoo

Brickosaur

We are regular visitors to Marwell Zoo and back in April we were invited to the launch of their BRICKOSAURS! – a collection of life-like LEGO® brick dinosaurs on display throughout the grounds. Since the initial launch in April, they have been adding new BRICKOSAURS throughout the zoo, so we headed back to see if we could find them all. We arrived on a beautiful sunny and warm day, but were soon greeted by a huge storm cloud and rumbles of thunder, so we took cover in the penguin house and watched as they danced in the rain. Thankfully the… Continue Reading “Meeting the BRICKOSAURS at Marwell Zoo”

A Family Trip to California

Los Angeles

Enchanting beaches, impressive national parks, friendly people and sunshine – that’s how California can be pretty much summed up.  It’s a great destination for families with kids although you do need to take into account that the state is big so it’s well worth planning ahead.  California is relatively easy to travel across, offers adventure, pleasure and relaxation for all age groups as well as exciting cities, but also spectacular experiences if you’re nature-lover.  If you’re thinking of undertaking a road-trip with a child in California, here’s a suggested route you could take. Starting in Los Angeles Los Angeles is… Continue Reading “A Family Trip to California”

Shrek’s Adventure London – Review

Shrek's Adventure

We first visited Shrek’s Adventure in London when it opened back in June 2015 and a couple of times since, but the kids have been asking to return this summer. Situated between the London Dungeons and Sealife Centre on the South Bank, Shrek’s Adventure is part of the Merlin group and offers discounts when booking tickets with the other attractions, or free entry with a Merlin Annual Pass. Shrek’s Adventure is an immersive, interactive experience with live actors and sees you meet Princess Fiona and board a magical bus to the land of Far, Far Away for an adventure like… Continue Reading “Shrek’s Adventure London – Review”

A Day Out on Seaton Tramway

Seaton-Tramway

We love exploring the Jurassic Coast and yesterday we hopped over the Dorset border to visit Seaton in East Devon. We have visit this area a few times as my Dad lives nearby and one thing I have always wanted to do is ride the Trams. Seaton Tramway has recently opened a brand new Tram Station in the heart of the town, offering guests modern facilities, a small cafe and gift shop. Seaton Tramway is a 2 ft 9 in narrow gauge electric tramway, which runs a three-mile route through Axe Valley, from the coastal town of Seaton, through the… Continue Reading “A Day Out on Seaton Tramway”

Taking part in the Knoll Gardens Wildlife Survey

Sebastian Knoll Gardens

Last week we took part in the annual “Every Creature Counts Wildlife Survey” at Knoll Gardens with Dorset Wildlife Trust. The survey provides an important year-on-year record, and offers the opportunity for everyone with an interest in wildlife, regardless of age to get involved and I was relieved to see lots of other children taking part when we arrived. We arrived to a hive of excitement as a juvenile grass snake had been found sunning itself near a seating area. We then headed to the survey area to pick up our clipboard and bug pot and headed off to see… Continue Reading “Taking part in the Knoll Gardens Wildlife Survey”