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 family days out together.… 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 all of the seats have a good view of the stage, and booster cushions are provided for little ones.… Continue reading

Yesterday we took a break from the modern world, and immersed ourselves into the Victorian era of Blists Hill. This recreated Victorian town can be found in Telford, and as we were staying in nearby Shrewsbury for a few days, it seemed the perfect chance to visit.

A Day out at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Blists Hill has been on my ‘bucket list’ to visit for a few years now, but would it pass the all important ‘teen test’. Believe me, planning a day out with a 12 year old girl and 15 year old boy is no mean feat, and I was hoping that Blists Hill would be engaging for all ages.… Continue reading

Does anyone else feel that Mother’s Day seems to creep up on us each year. Especially now as we seem to have regressed back to Winter with all this snow. I associate Mother’s Day with warmer days, not being wrapped up in 4 layers as you battle with the snow. But thankfully with Buyagift you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home.

Buyagift Smartbox

This Mother’s Day, Buyagift is supporting Breast Cancer Care for their wonderful Mum of a Kind campaign. When purchasing their Superwoman Smartbox, Afternoon Tea with Bubbles, or the Indulgent Pamper Treat Smartbox, 25% of the sale price will go towards helping families that are affected by breast cancer.… Continue reading

This weekend sees the Festive Flower and Food Show returning to Blackpool for its second year. Running from the 9th to the 11th November 2017 at Winter Gardens in the heart of Blackpool. Organised by The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), their aim is to take the art of flower arranging and place it firmly into the 21st century.

Flowers

And this event is not just for adults, as kids will have their own workshops to attend on the Saturday. If you have not purchased your tickets yet, here are 8 reasons why you need to visit the show which opens tomorrow.… Continue reading

In less than 2 weeks PLAY Expo will return to Event City in Manchester for its 6th year in the city. Running over 2 days (the 14th and 15th October), the convention will see an expected 25,000 attendees. If you are still considering tickets to this amazing gaming convention, here are 10 reasons you need to visit PLAY Expo.

PLAY Expo in Manchester

Minecraft

A gaming convention wouldn’t be complete without Minecraft would it. Head over to the Minecraft zone where you will find four huge sets up for you to play. There will also be a Hunger Games map where you can fight it out to survive the harsh landscape of traps, and of course other players.… Continue reading

Last weekend I managed to tick off another item on my A to Z of things to achieve in 2017….. hiring a beach hut. I have had my eye on the beach huts at Lytham St Annes for a few years now, and last Friday I got my wish of hiring one for the day.

Beach hut at Lytham

Lytham St Annes is a traditional seaside resort, and the beach huts are proudly displayed on the promenade. Prior to our visit we received an email advising us of our hut number, directions, and where you will find your key. The hut office can be found at the back of the cinema, and there are a few free parking spaces just outside the office.… Continue reading

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.

Lemur Tails at Chester Zoo

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 PLAY area by the most delicious and refreshing mocktails, and WOW what an area.

Mocktails

Slide at Chester Zoo

Madagascar PLAY at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo have teamed up with play experts, and developed the land into a place of wonder and adventure.… Continue reading

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 then lock to a fence, bridge or gate to symbolize your love. As we were celebrating 15 years of marriage, our love lock 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

I am pretty sure my husband did the usual male response of thinking ‘why the hell has she got me a padlock’, and the lock has sat gathering dust in his wardrobe for nearly a year.… Continue reading

On our recent trip to London we were kindly invited to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! which is in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. We arrived straight from Euston Station on a Sunday afternoon, and after negotiating the tube and the busy streets of London we were thankful of Ripley’s air conditioning. Ripley’s is over 6 floors and you start your adventure on the top floor. Whilst you are up there don’t forget to check out the fab views over Piccadilly Circus.

Ripleys in London

Robert Ripley was an avid traveller and collector of unique objects. He managed to travel to an astonishing 201 countries in 35 years, all before 1949 when he died.… Continue reading