I was very lucky to grow up in the heart of the Peak District a few miles away from Chatsworth, we used to visit the gardens, farmyard and playground all the time as kids and we used to love to drive through the grounds and watch the Deer but until this weekend I had never stepped foot inside the house. Boy oh boy have I missed a treat! Read more
While we were on holiday in Pembrokeshire a couple of weeks ago we visited Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo for the day. Folly Farm have twice been the winner of Wales Tourist Board’s ‘Best Day Out in Wales’ and once the Pembrokeshire Tourism’s ‘Best Family Day Out’ award so we were very excited to visit.
Last weekend we visited National Trust property Calke Abbey and had an absolutely fantastic day out. We only live about 30 minutes away from Calke Abbey and we have visited before when we had National Trust membership. It is a beautiful place to visit and I would highly recommend it. There is always lots going on at Calke Abbey especially during the summer holidays. The kids will definitely not be bored.
On Saturday we went along to a blogger open event at Conkers which we had been invited to. It was a very wet day so I did check to make sure it would still be going on and we were very pleased to find out that it would be. So we got out the raincoats and wellies and off we went.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Conkers! Take it slow and explore the 120 acres of maturing woodlands, lakes, ponds and play areas – or go wild and take the 18 stage Assault course challenge.
Last week while we were on holiday in Devon we visited The Milky Way Adventure Park for the day. We went on a wet day so were unsure that there would be enough to keep the kids occupied but we needn’t have worried as there was plenty to keep them entertained indoors. When you arrive you are given a leaflet with a map and all the ride and show times which is very handy. The whole place is set up for adults too so don’t worry Mum & Dad you get to go on everything 😉
A couple of weeks ago we got to go and watch the Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. We love Disney on Ice and have enjoyed it a few times before but I have to say that I think the Magical Ice Festival was my favourite one so far. I took a friend and our three girls and they did not move out of their seats the whole time.
The show covered Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and for the first time Frozen! It was all just fantastic but it was wonderful to see Anna, Elsa and Olaf the snowman! I was actually covered in goosebumps when the whole of the audience started belting out ‘Let it go’ and ‘Love is an open door’ It was truly magical – we will definitely be booking for the next tour as soon as it goes on sale!
The show was incredibly well done, the skaters were fantastic and there were lots of oohs and ahhs from the kids and some lovely funny moments too from Olaf and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid! I love to see my old favourites Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, they come on in between the acts to introduce each one.
As always the food and merchandise was really expensive so we didn’t buy anything but we did go prepared with popcorn, sweets and drinks. I did buy the show guide which was £10.00, it is a nice keepsake for Boo and something she could take to school for show and tell
Unfortunately the Magical Ice Festival tour is over now but keep an eye out for the new tour ‘Worlds of Enchantment‘ starting in September 15.
Check out the preview to see what you missed though and make sure you get booked for the next tour
* We received free tickets for the show in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and completely honest.
Last week we headed to Drayton Manor Theme Park to check out the Thomas Land Expansion opening. We are huge fans of Thomas Land already so we knew any expansion would only make it a much better place and we were so right!
We were very lucky to be invited to the press opening and get to experience the new rides before the general public, the Fat Controller officially opened all the rides and the kids absolutely loved all the confetti and fireworks that went along with it.
We were also treated to candy floss, popcorn and ice creams which the kids (and me) couldn’t have been happier about 😉 I LOVE candy floss… but not the sticky mess that my 4 yr old boy makes with it 😉
The expansion includes three new rides Captain’s Sea Adventure, Flynn’s Fire Rescue and Toby’s Tram Express. Unfortunately Toby’s Tram Express was having a few issues on the day so we didn’t get to ride on him but the kids absolutely loved Captain’s Sea Adventure and Flynn’s Fire Rescue. The fact that they get to squirt water on both of them is just fab, all kids love to squirt other people with water so Captain’s Sea Adventure is hilarious fun as you can squirt the people in the queue, the people watching and other people on the ride too! SO much fun!!!
As well as the new rides Thomas Land now boasts a two-storey Sodor Airport complex, equipped with balconies offering ‘travellers’ unrivalled views of Thomas Land and beyond from themed rooms. This has an amazing cafe in downstairs which sells the most gorgeous cakes! I wish I had taken a photo of them now but I just remember the most enormous eclairs!! Yum!
There is so much more to explore at Drayton Manor Theme Park, not only is it home to Thomas Land you can also find a zoo, an amazing play area, a dino trail, an indoor play area, Thomas exhibition, a 4D cinema and many other rides. It is most definitely worth a day out, we always arrive for the opening of the rides and leave when it closes, you can pack so much into a day and still have thing left over to do.
We had another wonderful day out at Thomas Land and will most certainly be back to explore more in the next month or so, the kids haven’t stopped talking about it since we got back!