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Have you seen them? Those little glimpses that it’s coming. You might have noticed the tins of Roses and Quality Street, suddenly popping up when you walk in the supermarket. You might have even seen the likes of Marks and Spencer and Lidl, showing pigs in blankets and sausage wreaths on your social media.

Getting Festive in London

While I don’t think Christmas season officially begins until you hear your first notes of Michael Bublé, Christmas is looming ever closer, and that can only mean one thing… lots of festive cheer.

The local high street may not be as … Continue reading

London is a brilliant city to visit, and it’s full of things to do for the whole family. There’s an endless list of museums, parks and other tourist attractions to entertain the family, and you’ll never be lost for something to do. Amazingly, viewing numbers at London attractions are climbing, despite their being fewer overseas visitors. Everyone is welcome, and there’s so much to experience.

A day in London

With so much potential on offer, what should your family do with a day in London? Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Covent Garden

The Covent Garden area is … Continue reading

Looking for things you can do with the kids during the summer holidays? With six whole weeks to try and keep them entertained, it can be difficult coming up with new and exciting ideas. One great idea you might want to consider, is heading off on a day trip.

Educational trip to Brighton

There are lots of great places you can go for the day with the kids. If you’re looking to enjoy a family-friendly, beach style getaway, Brighton is a great option. Not only does it offer a great seaside experience, but it can also be educational too. Here, we’ll look at just … Continue reading

Relaxing at the DoubleTree in Chester with Buyagift

A few weeks ago, Hywel and I got to spend a rare day together during the week. Buyagift had kindly gifted me a Premium Spa Day voucher, and it was the perfect chance for us to spend some quality time together, unwind and indulge in some treatments and food.

We decided to visit the DoubleTree Hotel in Chester, which is around 20 minutes from where we live. We have experienced the spa there before, but this time we were booked in for treatments and afternoon tea. We were both really … Continue reading

On Sunday as we were driving along the M55 into Blackpool, we played the usual game of ‘who can spot The Tower’ first. A few hours later and we were at the top of The Blackpool Tower, seeing who would be brave enough to stand on the Blackpool Tower glass floor. No trip to Blackpool is complete without setting foot inside the world famous Blackpool Tower.

How much is the Blackpool Tower Eye Experience ?

The Tower Eye Experience is currently priced at £12.50 per adult on the day, and £10.00 per child. If you book online, prices can be … Continue reading

I know we have only just entered October, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas Pantomimes. The popular Epstein Theatre in the heart of Liverpool, will be playing host to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Friday 7th December to Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Panto - The Epstein Theatre

Cast members braved the cold to pose for pictures along The Strand – capturing Liverpool’s beautiful and famous landscape, before heading to The Epstein Theatre where press and VIP’s got a sneak peek at what they can expect this Christmas.

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I have lost count of how many times I have suggested a nice family day out, only to be met with a ‘Kevin and Perry’ moment from the teen. And of course our days out as a family are getting few and far between, as both children spend more time with their friends.

Family days out when you have teenagers

But holding on to precious family time is really important to me. In just over two years, the teen could well be heading off to University. So instead of my ideas being met with a resounding NO, I asked them to give me some ideas for our … Continue reading

Chester Zoo Madagascar Play Area

Yesterday we were invited to try out the brand new Madagascar PLAY area at Chester Zoo. We were told that we could climb like a lemur in the tree top adventure, play on the sandy beach like a tortoise, and hide in the Madagascan grasses. Animal noises optional.

Chester Zoo Madagascar Play Area

Our 2 explorers for the day were Katie and her cousin Finn, all set to experience Madagascar with their lemur tails. We were welcomed into the Madagascar Play area at Chester Zoo, by the most delicious and refreshing mocktails, and WOW what an area.

Mocktails

Slide at Chester Zoo

Madagascar PLAY at Chester Zoo

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For our wedding anniversary last year, I decided to get my husband a love lock. For those of you who have never heard of a love lock, it’s a padlock which you can lock to a fence, bridge or gate to symbolise your love. As we were celebrating 15 years of marriage, our Albert Dock love locks was inscribed with ’15 Years Married’ and on the other side ‘Tracey and Hywel, 12th May 2001’ which is the date we got married.

Love Lock - Wedding Anniversary

Where to buy Love Locks

I am pretty sure my husband did the usual male response of thinking … Continue reading

Ever since the Storyhouse in Chester opened its doors in May 2017, I have been longing to see a production there. Located in the heart of the city, The Storyhouse is not just a theatre, but also houses a cinema, arts centre, restaurant, bars, and a pretty impressive library.

Gangsta Granny

Katie and I were invited to the Storyhouse to watch the theatre production of Gangsta Granny, which is based on the book written by David Walliams. The theatre is an impressive 800 seat auditorium, and we found ourselves sitting in row L in the stalls. I would imagine that pretty much … Continue reading