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The Snowman Tour 2017 – A Season to Remember

The Snowman Tour 2017 – A Season to Remember

With the nights drawing in and the temperatures dropping, Autumn is well and truly setting in. As much as I’ll miss the Summer months, there’s so much to look forward to in the colder seasons. I love hearing leaves crunching underfoot, seeing beautiful Autumn colours and as we head into Winter there’s Christmas!

Ever since we had children, Christmas has become even more magical. I’m already excited for how much fun we’re going to have as a family. One of my favourite things to do around Christmas time is indulge myself in seasonal TV, December just wouldn’t be the same without watching all of the classic Christmas movies. My absolute favourite is The Snowman. I’ve watched it for as long as I can remember and last year, for the first time, we all sat down together as a family to enjoy the classic Christmas tale!

 

Copyright Snowman Enterprises Limited

 

This year however, we’re going to step it up a notch, after I recently found out about The Snowman Tour from Carrot Productions. I decided that visiting one of the many venues to see this amazing show, would be ideal way to kick off our festive season. When I checked the dates for our local venue I noticed that some were already sold out!

 

Copyright Snowman Enterprises Limited

 

The Snowman animation that we all know and love will be shown on a big screen, but the beauty of this show is that the traditional tale will be accompanied by a live orchestra. Thinking about how amazing the atmosphere will be already sends shivers down my spine, it will be such a treat for us to witness their amazing talent!

 

Photography Copyright Tom Bangbala

 

Depending on the venue you decide to visit, you’ll also be treated to ‘The Bear and the Piano’ with recorded narration by Joanna Lumley,  ‘The Nutcracker’ animation by Tom Scott or even ‘Cinderella’. We’re so excited to see ‘The Bear and the Piano’, it’s something I’ve never seen before so it will be new and exciting for me and the kids!

 

Copyright David Litchfield Illustration

 

The festive season just can’t come around quickly enough now that our girls are a little older. We have so much to look forward to and so many happy memories to make. I know The Snowman Tour is something we’ll never forget!

 

 

*We were given tickets to see The Snowman in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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PLAY! – Our Perfect Family Outing at Chester Zoo!

PLAY! – Our Perfect Family Outing at Chester Zoo!

I love the zoo, it’s always been one of my favourite things to do even before I had children. Now that I have two girls, I certainly don’t take any persuading if a trip to the zoo is on the cards. So when we were given the chance to take our girls to Chester Zoo for the day, I literally jumped at the chance!

We were all super excited on the morning of our trip. With Hubs singing ‘We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo’ and the girls raring to go, I packed up a picnic and we headed off. We were really lucky on the journey as both girls had a little nap, there’s nothing worse than a tired toddler combo when you’re off out. When we arrived in Chester, they were rested and ready to go!

 

As we headed through the gates of the zoo, we were greeted by a lovely lady who gave the girls a bag full of goodies which absolutely made their day. I still find the biggest walking around with her Chester Zoo bag over her shoulder! The eldest of our girls is a huge fan of elephants and as we walked into the park they were ready and waiting for her just around the corner, she was in awe of them – especially the baby elephants who were so cute!

 

One of the highlights of my day was walking through the butterfly house. It has a free flight zone with the most beautiful, big butterflies I’ve ever seen. As we were walking through, a vibrant blue butterfly landed on J’s coat and sat there happily as we made our way through the house. It really was amazing to see! Soon after we went into the free flight area in the bat cave which was also great fun, we had to do so much ducking and diving as the bats darted around our heads!

 

Both of our girls were in their element as we made our way to the PLAY! zones at Chester Zoo. The main play area was amazing for the kids to burn off a little energy! The zoo also has smaller play areas dotted around the park, adding more entertainment for them along the way.

 

We had the best time at Chester Zoo, it was amazing to see our children enjoying themselves so much as they took in all of the amazing sights. If you’re thinking of heading to a zoo this Summer, we can’t recommend Chester enough! It really was the perfect family outing and we will definitely be returning, thankyou Chester Zoo!

*We were given entry to Chester Zoo in return for our honest opinion of the day. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Now that the Summer is upon us, we love nothing more than getting out and exploring. Our girls are at perfectly inquisitive ages and their enthusiasm and excitement when we go out for the day is amazing to see. So recently, when we were offered the opportunity to visit Diggerland in Yorkshire, we just couldn’t say no!

So how did we get on?

On arrival our girls were completely awestruck by the amount of diggers all in one place! There were so many fun things for them to do each way they turned, they didn’t know which way to run first! We’d read on the Diggerland website that they had a new range of Little Tikes play zones which sounded perfect for them, so we decided that’s where we would head to!

As soon as J and E saw the Little Tikes play zone, they couldn’t get in there quick enough. The littlest jumped straight into a cozy coupe and the biggest dived to one of the may water tables that surrounded her.  All of the water tables had different elements, with diggers, flumes, fishing rods and much more. It was a scorcher of a day, so they were a great way to keep the girls cool too!



It took us a while to convince the girls to explore the rest of the site, they were having more than enough fun where they were! With the promise of another visit before we left, we strolled around the rest of the park. There are so many rides to choose from! We were a little restricted due to our eldest daughters height, but at 0.8m this was to be expected. Nevertheless there are more than enough rides to keep children of her age happy. Hubs was in his element as he took her on the diggers to knock down skittles and to hook a duck, it was perfect father and daughter time. They absolutely loved the go carts too!


As well has having the outdoor rides, Diggerland also has an indoor soft play and picnic area. Our girls love soft play, so this was an added bonus and they couldn’t wait to go inside. This area offered the perfect end to our day out, with a bouncy castle to play on too which the kids loved!

Overall, we had a fabulous day out at Diggerland and we’ll definitely be returning. As our girls get older there will be so much more for them to do, as well as all of the activities they enjoyed on this visit! We all left with smiles on our faces and the girls were absolutely shattered, I call that a parenting win – thankyou Diggerland!

 

*We were given entry to Diggerland, Yorkshire in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 

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