Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole

Eliza with Santa

There is one Christmas day out that has become an annual event since 2015 for us, because we love it so much – Sail with Santa around Poole Harbour. Every year, Santa takes a break from all of his hard work in the North Pole to join City Cruise Poole for a trip around Poole Harbour, passing Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more.  However, it is not just Santa onboard, but family favourite Dr Balloonman who provides the entertainment and magic to help get the big man on board. Adults get to enjoy a glass of mulled wine… Continue Reading “Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole”

Dick Whittington at Mayflower Southampton – Review

Mayflower Southampton

As a lover of all things pantomime, in a bit of a shock twist, I had never seen Dick Whittington until last week, when we saw it at Lighthouse Poole. and now I have seen it twice, with our second version at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. We arrived at the Mayflower, full of anticipation for the night ahead and the kids were over the moon to meet some of the menacing rats before the show. The show opened with the cat dancing around the Dick Whittington in lights before King Rat (Steve McFadden) appeared on the stage, to the… Continue Reading “Dick Whittington at Mayflower Southampton – Review”

A visit to the SS Great Britain in Bristol

SS Great Britain Isaac

We last visited Bristol back in 2016 and fell in love with the vibrant city and there was one attraction that we wanted to visit, but sadly ran out of time – the SS Great Britain. Now, with Kian at university in Bristol, we have an excuse to visit more and when we headed there last month, I made a plan of places to go and the SS Great Britain was top of my list. The SS Great Britain was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel,  one of the world’s most pioneering engineers – surveyor of the Great Western Railway, architect of… Continue Reading “A visit to the SS Great Britain in Bristol”

Dick Whittington roars into the Lighthouse Poole – Pantomime Review

Lighthouse Poole

We are big fans of pantomimes and visiting the theatre is always one of the highlights of this time of year.. We were invited along to Lighthouse Poole to go and see their latest Christmas offering – Dick Whittington and were not disappointed. Produced by Peter Duncan and Duncan Reeves from Duncan Reeves Productions, who are at Lighthouse Poole for the third year after the success of Aladdin and Cinderella, they are joined by CBeebies star Chris Jarvis as director, co-writer and star of the show!! This rags to riches tail starts with a bang as Fairy Bow Bells (Charlotte Knowles)… Continue Reading “Dick Whittington roars into the Lighthouse Poole – Pantomime Review”

Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland 2018

It has felt like Bournemouth has had the same Christmas decorations for the last decade, but this year things are changing with their FREE Christmas Tree Wonderland, set in Bournemouth Gardens. Open until 2nd January 2019, we started our walk from the top of West Cliff, down past the BIC towards Bournemouth Pier and the first sign that something was different was the glowing lights in front of us. We were initially disappointed to find that the Bournemouth Wheel was closed, despite being advertised as open until 8pm, so turned left at the first tree to be met with a… Continue Reading “Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland 2018”

4 Fun Christmas Days Out to enjoy with the kids in Hampshire

Winchester Science Centre

It is that time of year where it can be tricky to decide which is the best Christmas day out for the kids. Do you take them to see the Garden Centre Santa, enjoy a slap up breakfast or Afternoon Tea with the big man, or make a full day out of it? We have been busying trying out some fabulously fun Christmas days out and these are four of our favourites in the county of Hampshire. Best Christmas Day Out for under 5’s in Hampshire Paultons Park Paultons Park, home to pre-school favourite Peppa Pig World, is transformed with… Continue Reading “4 Fun Christmas Days Out to enjoy with the kids in Hampshire”

Shrek The Musical at The Mayflower Southampton Review

Shrek the Musical

There is something about Shrek that captures the hearts of almost anyone who watches the film and I remember the DVD’s being watched constantly on repeat when my older ones were little. Now, there is a new bunch of fans in our household, who not only love the film but also love Shrek’s Adventure in London, so when I heard that Shrek the Musical was heading back out on tour and coming to the Mayflower in Southampton I just had to get tickets. SHREK THE MUSICAL® is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the… Continue Reading “Shrek The Musical at The Mayflower Southampton Review”