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

hh-tudors-pressshot

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”

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”