At a day out with the kids at the BFX Festival Family Weekend

Tardis

The BFX Festival is a week-long event designed to celebrate visual effects, animation and games to inspire the next generation of talent and share the latest knowledge. We first experienced the BFX Festival back in 2013 when it first launched and I firmly believe it contributed to Kian’s journey to study Games Design at university. Since then it has grown and moved locations and this year, the Family Weekend was held at the B.I.C. BFX Family weekend is a two-day drop in event aimed at visual effects and games enthusiasts between the ages of 8-18 years, although there are things… Continue Reading “At a day out with the kids at the BFX Festival Family Weekend”

Wicked on Tour at the Mayflower, Southampton – Review

Defying Gravity

Wicked is one of my favourite musicals and we were lucky to see it in the West End when Idina Menzel played the iconic role of Elphaba. As the kids get older we are keen to introduce them to the delights of the theatre often play our favourite soundtracks in the house. Eliza has really caught the theatre bug now and has been nagging us to take her to see Wicked for 5 years (according to her), so when we discovered it was heading off on tour and coming to The Mayflower in Southampton, we bought our tickets. If you… Continue Reading “Wicked on Tour at the Mayflower, Southampton – Review”

Climbing Portland Bill Lighthouse with the kids

Portland Lighthouse

Last year we enjoyed a visit to Portland Bill, however, as I was on my own with the kids, we could not make the climb up the Lighthouse as Sebby was too small – much to Isaac’s disappointment. We have been promising him we will return ever since and on Sunday, we headed to Portland on a rather stormy looking day. The kids love Portland Bill itself because it is the perfect location for exploring, climbing and running around. In fact, we saw a school full of kids all kitted up ready to climb Pulpit Rock, an artificial stack of rock… Continue Reading “Climbing Portland Bill Lighthouse with the kids”

A visit to the Imperial War Museum North with Kids

Imperial War Museum

Last weekend we headed north to Manchester, with a plan to see as much of the city as possible. We stayed at Holiday Inn in Media City, which is a great base as there are lots to do surrounding it, plus it is just a short tram ride into the city centre. One of the things we spotted almost immediately was the Poppy Wave at the Imperial War Museum North, something we had been impressed by earlier in the year when we saw it at Fort Nelson. I have to admit it was more impressive in Portsmouth, but that was… Continue Reading “A visit to the Imperial War Museum North with Kids”

Holiday Inn Media City Review

Media City Manchester

This weekend I headed to Manchester as I was due to attend BlogOn Conference at Hotel Football. As my husband was weekend off, we made the decision to all go to Manchester, so they could explore everything the vibrant city had to offer whilst I did all things blogging. We made the decision to stay in at Media City as not only is it home to BBC and ITV studios, but is also houses the Blue Peter Garden and the Imperial War Museum, has brilliant transport links into the city centre and was a short walk to Hotel Football, which… Continue Reading “Holiday Inn Media City Review”

A visit to Madame Tussauds London with kids

R2D2 C3PO

My boys have always liked Star Wars, influenced by their Dad’s obsession with the series, but over the last year since attending the Jedi Training Academy at Walt Disney World that like has grown in love. When Isaac had his birthday back in April, he asked to go to Madame Tussauds as he wanted to see their Star Wars exhibition but it is something we kept putting off due to work commitments. During the last week of the school holidays we surprised the kids with a visit to London and started the day with a visit to Dinosaur World Live… Continue Reading “A visit to Madame Tussauds London with kids”