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Calke Abbey
Posted on August 6, 2015

A Visit to Calke Abbey…

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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.

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Posted on June 16, 2015

A Visit to Conkers…

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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.

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Posted on June 11, 2015

The Milky Way Adventure Park Review

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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 😉
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Posted on May 27, 2015

Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival Review

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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!

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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.

Posted on April 17, 2015

Fun at the Thomas Land Expansion

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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 😉

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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!

Posted on April 13, 2015

Spring Bliss at Eden Hall

Adventures/ day out/ local review/ Review/ trip review

It’s no secret how much I love Eden Hall Day Spa. I reviewed for them back in 2013 and got the chance to go back again a couple of weeks ago to enjoy a Spring Bliss package with my other half. Well we had another amazing day, most of our day was sat relaxing and chatting in the conservatory which has had lovely new furniture since last time we went, I also like to spend lots of time in the outdoors hot tubs!


The Spring Bliss packages offers unlimited use of the spa and leisure facilities; you can take a dip in the pool, relax in the outdoor hot tubs or join in a fitness class. Also included is a three course lunch in the Seventh Heaven Restaurant. The food is absolutely gorgeous!


The revitalising treatment which is included in this gorgeous package offers a relaxing back massage using Elemis essential oils selected for individual needs and a facial which has been specially designed to awaken and brighten the skin. The final touch is a soothing scalp massage to leave you floating on air. Treatment time is 55 minutes and it really is 55 minutes of pure heaven. The package is £115 Mon-Fri or £125 Sat-Sun and is worth every single penny! I wish I could afford to go once a week lol!


All of the facilities are really clean, well looked after and the staff are really friendly! They also have a fantastic spa shop which sells the products that they use for the treatments. If you have a treatment then you can get good discounts on products in the shop afterwards or you can always shop online. I was treated to a goodie bag and just love the products I received especially the Spafind haircare goodies, my hair feels so amazing!

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My goodies to take home.

We will definitely be back to Eden Hall in the next few months, we absolutely love the place and cannot find a bad thing about it! We’ve been to a few spa’s now and this is most definitely our favourite!

Next time I’m there I will be trying their new ‘foot smoothie‘ treatment which is April’s treatment of the month for just £20 currently! I just love having my feet pampered!

I’m also really interested in their new ‘Essential Elements Spa Experience’ where you are given a back treatment to suit your personality according to your star sign! Find out more on the special offers page.

Well after writing all that I’m picking up the phone to book again now 😉

* We were invited to spend the day at Eden Hall free of charge, all thoughts are honest and my own opinion.

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