Take N Play Travel Games Review

Take-N-Play

It is important to be prepared when travelling with kids and keeping them entertained can be a challenge. When packing activities for the kids, we tend to pick small items that can be carried in hand luggage, so it is easily accessible. New Interplay Take N Play Anywhere Magnetic Game Tins are ideal for taking away on travels, home and away. The ultra light and convenient square tin case makes it easy to slip the games into your bag and take anywhere. The box will never get ripped or torn, keeping the magnetic contents nice and safe. There are 6… Continue Reading “Take N Play Travel Games Review”

Afternoon Tea at the Knoll House Hotel

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Living in Dorset, we are spoiled with miles and miles of stunning coastline to explore, but one of our favourite places to visit is Studland. With its unspoiled beaches and stunning views over Old Harry Rocks at the start of the Jurassic Coast, Studland Bay has a fascinating history which can still be seen, with lines of Dragons Teeth tank traps, pill boxes and Fort Henry over looking the bay. Possibly less well known, but equally fascinating are its links to Enid Blyton’s, who based the Famous Five adventures on the Isle of Purbeck and PC Plod (Noddy) on a… Continue Reading “Afternoon Tea at the Knoll House Hotel”

Piccolo Mondo Wimborne – Review

Piccolo-Mondo

Now that the kids are back to school, my husband and I try to have the same day off mid-week and we have been treating ourselves to either breakfast or lunch out. We tend to head to chain restaurants with the kids, but we are trying to make a conscious effort to support local businesses and last week we headed into Wimborne and had lunch at the small, family run restaurant Piccolo Mondo, which is tucked away in a little square in the centre of town. We picked a busy day for our visit, as they were not only hosting… Continue Reading “Piccolo Mondo Wimborne – Review”

Victorious Festival 2019 – Review

Victorious-Festival

We love Victorious Festival, but it is safe to say that the weather hasn’t always been kind to us. This year, it was positively glorious, with wall to wall sunshine from beginning to end and not a drop of rain in sight. Victorious is the UK’s Biggest Metropolitan Festival which is set on Southsea Common, over looking the Solent. The festival starts on Friday afternoon, but due to work commitments we travelled up to Portsmouth on the Saturday and Sunday, taking advantage of their park and ride facilities. We started both days getting our faces painted or glittered and making… Continue Reading “Victorious Festival 2019 – Review”

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”

Matilda the Musical on tour!!

Matilda

We first saw Matilda the Musical in London back in January 2017 and then last year we took Eliza to see it and she fell in love. When we found out that they were taking the musical on tour, we made sure we booked tickets to see it when it landed at the Mayflower Southampton. The stage was set up just like it is in London, which added to the excitement for us all. Matilda is mine and Eliza’s favourite Roald Dahl book, full of magic, dark humour and larger-than-life characters, which transfers perfectly to stage and the actors really didn’t… Continue Reading “Matilda the Musical on tour!!”

A springtime visit to Dover Castle

Throne-Room

Last weekend we were invited to stay in a stunning holiday cottage in Littlesea, by Kent and Sussex Cottages. When we go on holiday we tend to head West, so Kent is somewhere we have yet to explore properly and we have a long list of places we would like to visit. Sadly a weekend is not enough to do everything on the list, so we decided to take advantage of our English Heritage membership and visit Dover Castle. Dover Castle is a large medieval castle that was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key… Continue Reading “A springtime visit to Dover Castle”

Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at Mayflower Southampton

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If there is one show that sparks the interest of all three kids, it has to be Horrible Histories. Fresh from seeing the Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, tonight we went to see Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors at the Mayflower, Southampton. Horrible Histories on stage is brought to life by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company and we got a fantastically enjoyable history lesson from Dr Dee and his pupils Drab and Dross who take on the roles of all of the key characters. Despite being just three of them on stage, they had the kids transfixed by… Continue Reading “Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at Mayflower Southampton”

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”