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”

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”

Halloween Fun at Parc Asterix

Asterix Gaul

Over October half term we stayed just outside Paris with Al Fresco Holidays at La Croix du Vieux Pont. When visiting Paris, there is one theme park that is always top of the list of must-visits – Disneyland Paris, but let me introduce you to another option – Parc Asterix. If you have not heard of Asterix, he is one of the most beloved characters in French popular culture. He resides in a remote Gaulish village in the middle of the Roman Empire, with his best friend, Obelix and a series of humorous comics portray him as a diminutive but fearless… Continue Reading “Halloween Fun at Parc Asterix”

Staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco Holidays

Kayaking

Over October half term we headed to France with Al Fresco Holidays to their fabulous park La Croix du Vieux Pont, which is the perfect base for day trips to Paris and Disneyland. We opted for their package holiday option, which included ferry travel with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen. I have to admit, there was a certain amount of trepidation for the ferry journey, as our last one back in 2016 was a real baptism of fire as the weather was terrible. Thankfully we took our own advice on preparing for a ferry trip with kids and were ready… Continue Reading “Staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco Holidays”

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”