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”

All the fun of Victorious Festival for kids

Flying swings

We love our family festivals but have been a bit unlucky with the weather this year, as the last day of Camp Bestival was cancelled due to the inclement weather and the Fairy Festival was a washout. We were hopeful that Victorious Festival would be luckier with the weather but skipped the Friday night launch night with my beloved Kaiser Chiefs because of the torrential rain. Photo Credit: Tom Langford Thankfully the worst of the weather blew through overnight and we set off bright and early for the park and ride. The traffic was surprisingly clear and we arrived nice… Continue Reading “All the fun of Victorious Festival for kids”

New Forest Fairy Festival 2018

Back in August 2016 we visited the New Forest Fairy Festival for the first time and the kids fell in love with this eclectic event. Sadly we missed it last year as were away, but I promised Eliza I would take her again this year before we dropped Isaac at Cup Camp in the New Forest. The New Forest Fairy Festival is held in Burley, New Forest and is a weekend packed with entertainment and workshops for the whole family everyone is positively encouraged to dress in your finery and take part in the fancy dress competitions that are held on both… Continue Reading “New Forest Fairy Festival 2018”

10 Fun Attractions to visit with the kids in the New Forest

Buckler's Hard

The New Forest is a fabulous destination to visit with kids where you can explore the woodland, discover wildlife around every corner, get up close to New Forest ponies and fish for minnows in the streams. Much as we love exploring the great outdoors, sometimes the kids want and need a little more structure to the day and there are some fabulous places to visit within the New Forest National Park. 10 Fun Attractions to visit with the kids in the New Forest Buckler’s Hard Have you ever wondered how to build an 18th warship? At Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum you can step… Continue Reading “10 Fun Attractions to visit with the kids in the New Forest”

The Mary Rose Takes Over Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle

Looking for a great FREE family day out this summer holiday? Join the Mary Rose team at Southsea Castle from where Henry VIII watched his beloved Mary Rose sink during the Battle of the Solent in 1545. There will be talks about the sinking of the Mary Rose, real Tudor objects to examine, storytelling, games and archery. Black Knight Historical will host Hobby Horse Jousting where kids can dress up as medieval knights, and ride a fearsome destrier, charging down the jousting field! They also will run St. George’s Knight School where aspiring young knights can hone their skills. For… Continue Reading “The Mary Rose Takes Over Southsea Castle”

A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage

Carisbrooke Castle Eliza

This weekend we were invited to stay on the Isle of Wight with Island View Holidays at Rookley Country Park and I put together an itinerary of where we would like to visit. Typically, the kids picked Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, where we had visited and enjoyed last year, but Hubby and I were more keen to take in some of the history of the island. On our journey from Yarmouth to Rookley where we were staying, we drove past Carisbrooke Castle and all agreed it was somewhere we would like to visit. Carisbrooke Castle is an English Heritage… Continue Reading “A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage”

The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Eliza

Last week we were lucky enough to attend the opening night of the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo. Powered by “zoo poo”, the innovative and sustainable “Energy for Life” Tropical House is the first in the UK to generate energy using waste created by animals at the zoo. The Tropical House looked stunning in the golden evening light and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look when the plant life establishes itself outside the building. You are greeted by large screens depicting moving images as you head inside the first door, which the kids were fascinated by.… Continue Reading “The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo”

10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018

A Day Out with Thomas

It is just over a week until the kids break for the Easter holidays and this year I am busy putting together activities to keep the kids occupied over the two week break. We plan on staying local this Easter and here are a list of the Top 10 things my kids want to do this Easter in Dorset and Hampshire. Visit Thomas and Friends at the Watercress Line Who doesn’t love the cheeky blue engine called Thomas and this Easter, ‘A Day Out With Thomas‘ is back at the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, with new, exciting funfair rides and a… Continue Reading “10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018”