The Amazing Bubble Man at Lighthouse Poole

Bubble Man

Most kids love bubbles – FACT!! Mine love nothing more than heading outside to the garden and challenge each other to make the biggest bubble they can. When I heard that the Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl, was bringing his show to Lighthouse Poole, I was intrigued by how he was going to make blowing bubbles into a show. Ably assisted by the brilliant musician, Jet Black Pearl, the show features art, magic, science, audience participation and oddles of bubble fun. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks… Continue Reading “The Amazing Bubble Man at Lighthouse Poole”

Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line

Stena Line Lagan

When researching travel options for our holiday to Northern Ireland we decided that taking ferry would be the sensible and most affordable option as we would be able to take our car with us. Checking-in was straightforward and after picking up our boarding pass, we had a short wait before making our way onboard. What did surprise me was that the Stena Line Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast would take 8 hours and I did wonder if we would be able to keep the kids occupied for that amount of time, however I need not have worried about keeping the… Continue Reading “Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line”

Worst Witch Live at the Mayflower – Review

Mildred Hubble

Eliza is my little bookworm and devours entire books in a couple of days. Her current favourite book series is The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, which I have fond memories of reading when I was at school. If you have not read any of the books, in a time before a certain boy wizard was even a twinkle in the eye, Mildred Hubble was a trainee witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, and she made an awful mess of it. She was always getting her spells wrong and she couldn’t even ride a broomstick without crashing it. Now, the… Continue Reading “Worst Witch Live at the Mayflower – Review”

Visiting Titantic Belfast Museum with Kids

Titanic Sign

One of the first buildings we caught sight of on our visit to Belfast was the stunning Titanic Belfast Museum, which was sat beautifully lit in pinks and purples on the banks of the River Lagan. Titanic Belfast opened on the centenary of the Titantic disaster in 2012, on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. The building itself is spectacular, as it is covered with three-dimensional aluminium plates with the four corners of the building representing the sheer scale of Titanic’s bow. The kids were given… Continue Reading “Visiting Titantic Belfast Museum with Kids”

Visiting Crumlin Road Gaol with Kids

Isaac Crumlin Road

When we started planning our visit to Belfast, we had a list of places we wanted to visit. Crumlin Road Gaol wasn’t on it – who wants to visit a grim prison? However, a chance meeting with our AirBnB host and his recommendation for it as a brilliant day out, saw it added to our visit list. HMP Belfast, also known as Crumlin Road Gaol, is a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in North Belfast and is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland since 1996. We booked on a daily guided tour which runs every… Continue Reading “Visiting Crumlin Road Gaol with Kids”

A Stay at Staybridge Suites – Manchester

Staybridge Suites - Manchester

During February half term, we were invited to stay at Staybridge Suites Manchester. Situated in Oxford Road, in the heart of Manchester’s Knowledge Quarter, the suites are nestled in between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University Campuses.  The hotel does not have its own car park and I have to admit that, thanks to some building work outside, we did struggle to find the entrance to the NCP car park which is situated next door. Thankfully the hotel receptionist managed to point us in the right direction and we were soon heading upstairs to check in. Travelling with a family,… Continue Reading “A Stay at Staybridge Suites – Manchester”

The Full Monty, Mayflower Theatre – Review

Audition

Way back sometime last year, Hubby booked tickets to see The Full Monty at the Mayflower Theatre as a Valentine’s Date Night with a difference. The stage show, adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, has been running for an incredible six years, but this is the first time we have seen it and we were not disappointed. We were first whizzed back to 1972 when the Steel business was booming in Sheffield and the workers promised jobs for life. It was then fast forward 25 years to tell the tale of six redundant Sheffield steelworkers who turn… Continue Reading “The Full Monty, Mayflower Theatre – Review”

Discovering wonders of the deep at Bristol Aquarium

Sebby Aquarium

Back in November, we spent a weekend in Bristol visiting Kian who is now at university in the city. During our visited we enjoyed some of the city’s top tourist attractions including Bristol Zoo, We the Curious, SS Great Britain and Bristol Aquarium. Bristol Aquarium is just a stones throw from We the Curious on the harbourside, so we parked at Millenium Square and decided to make a day of it. Bristol Aquarium is home to 40 naturally-themed displays where you can spot thousands of amazing aquatic creatures, including tropical sharks, rays, seahorses, puffer fish, piranhas, and even a couple… Continue Reading “Discovering wonders of the deep at Bristol Aquarium”

A Winter visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens

Gorilla - Bristol Zoo

Since Kian started university in Bristol, we have been down a couple of times to visit, combining our time with him and visiting some of the local attractions with Visit Bristol. There are so many fun days out to do with the kids that it is hard to pick, but the kids all unanimously voted to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens, which is set in the beautiful Clifton area of the city. Like many UK zoo’s, Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project and has helped save over… Continue Reading “A Winter visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens”

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”