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Last night we headed to Manchester for the press night of Winter Wonderland, which is a fantastic indoor festive theme park. Located at EventCity opposite the Trafford Centre, you will find plenty of free parking. Winter Wonderland is now in its 3rd year, and we have visited every year since it opened in 2013. As well as plenty of indoor fairground rides there is The Sooty Show, Magic Show, Circus, Father Christmas with real reindeers and a stage where we saw Ariel.

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Our 9 year old was eager to hit the rides, and you will find the bigger ones towards the back of EventCity.… Continue reading

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ON SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER – MANCHESTER’S BIGGEST INDOOR FESTIVE THEME PARK OPENS ITS’ DOORS!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at EventCity which has come over all fabulously festive in time to launch Winter Wonderland Manchester 2015 this Saturday.

With days to go until Manchester’s biggest indoor festive theme park opens its doors, tickets to this magical Christmas extravaganza, are selling fast.

In fact, organisers Kingpin Events are warning people to book their tickets now, to make sure they don’t get left out in the cold. Tickets are available to buy on the door, but to be sure you get the dates you want, it is advisable to book in advance.… Continue reading

I don’t know about you, but prior to even thinking about getting the Christmas decorations down from the loft, I have to give the whole house a good clean. I get a certain sense of satisfaction about cleaning, and the one room I am looking forward to tackling is the kitchen. We have a fairly small kitchen with limited worktops, so literally every available space matters. One thing that takes up alot of space is our microwave. I feel its far too bulky, and if I am honest I have never liked it. I am constantly cleaning the outside of it, as it shows every single fingerprint.… Continue reading

Over the past few weeks, I have been wondering whether this will be the final year. The year that my youngest, who will be 10 in January, stops believing in the magic of Christmas. And that leaves me with a heavy heart. Since my son was born 13 years ago, we have visited Father Christmas every single year. 13 years of taking those all important photos as they look excited, and sometimes bewildered at being in the presence of Father Christmas.

We have visited him in many different locations, but by far my favourite has to be Centerparcs. Not least because you get a fairly decent toy, though you do have to pay for the privilege.… Continue reading

With Christmas fast approaching, I have been thinking about all the times we have visited Father Christmas. This picture was taken at Centerparcs on Christmas Eve in 2011. Every trip to see Father Christmas is special to a child, but this trip had the extra sparkle.

It was 4pm on Christmas Eve, which has to be the most magical time to see Father Christmas, before he sets off on his travels around the world. We walked through the forest in the fading light, until we came to his woodland lodge. After seeing him, we returned to our lodge knowing that we would be waking up on Christmas day in Centerparcs.… Continue reading

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I have to put my hands up and admit I am not the most creative person when it comes to crafting. When my daughter reaches for the craft box at home, I shudder slightly, and glitter and glue have me running for the hills. But when Baker Ross sent me a huge box of Christmas crafts, I knew my 9 year old would be over the moon. Unlike her mum she is really creative.  As I write this post she has been sat at the dining room table since returning from school, doing some of the Baker Ross crafts.

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I even joined her for half an hour.… Continue reading

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Here I am writing my penultimate post in my ’10 reasons’ series. How fast has this year gone ? I can’t believe we are nearing the end of yet another year, though I think I say that every November. Here are 10 awesome things we managed to do this month.

1. Katie brought home a clarinet from school as part of the Sound Start project. Maybe not so awesome for our ears, but its nice to see her improving each week. She will keep the clarinet at home until next summer, when her school year will perform in a concert.

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This pictures proves that no two children are the same.

My eldest would sit for hours, quietly doing his puzzles and playing with his huge collection of dinosaurs.

He would never throw any food from his highchair. He hated his hands getting messy.

As you can see from this picture, no two children are the same. This is Katie, taken around 7 years ago.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I was faced with this. So I did what any parent would do. I grabbed the camera (there were no iPhones 7 years ago) and I took a picture.… Continue reading

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For the husbands birthday back in October, I surprised him with tickets to a John Newman gig and a night away in Manchester. We spent just over 24 hours away, and we definitely packed in as much as we could. The concert was in the middle of Manchester.  However, I opted to stay at a Premier Inn at The Trafford Centre, as we were heading there the following day.

So on Sunday afternoon after kissing the kids goodbye, we headed off around 1.30pm ready for our 2pm check in time. We quickly unpacked and we were soon heading into the city centre.… Continue reading

As its nearing the end of the year my thoughts are turning to our holiday plans for 2016.  One place we would love to visit is London. We have taken the children on day trips to the capital, but we have never stayed overnight. I would love to experience London at night. Maybe catch a show and then head for a stroll along the South Bank, taking in the beautiful sights of London.

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We would usually opt for a hotel stay, if we were heading for a city break with the kids. But as the kids are getting older now, and needing their own space, a hotel does not really suit our needs anymore. … Continue reading