Category: Trips and Travel

SEA LIFE Manchester Review

Last week we visited Sea Life Manchester – where the girls had loads of fun meeting the Octonauts, stroking snakes and starfish, and (kind of) high-fiving a turtle. We were kindly given entry to Sea Life to review the attraction, and it was a lovely way to spend a few hours as a family.

Exploring the aquarium 

There are lots of different zones within the aquarium, starting with Turtle beach. Here you find out about the life of a sea turtle through an interactive presentation, and it’s cute seeing the baby turtles projected onto the sand. Next you get to see some of the most unusual looking fish and sea creatures in the rocky hideout, find out more about sharks and seahorses and explore the coral reefs. Of course the “Nemos” were Clara’s favourites, and she enjoyed ducking through the tunnel to watch them. There are a few tunnels dotted around the aquarium so children can really get up close to the fish.

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In The Night Garden Live Review

On Monday we went to see In The Night Garden Live, which brings all your children’s favourite characters from the CBeebies show to the stage.

We were kindly given tickets for the four of us in return for an honest review. As the nearest venue to us is Manchester, we decided to stay over night and spend some time at the Intu Trafford Centre, which is where the purpose-built inflatable In the Night Garden showdome is.

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#GrinUpNorth in Cumbria with The Cumberland Building Society

As a Cumbrian born and bred, I know it’s far from grim up North. We’ve partnered with The Cumberland Building Society to shine a light on all that is great about our county, through the #GrinUpNorth campaign.

When The Cumberland Building Society asked me to take part in their #GrinUpNorth campaign and profile my favourite place in Cumbria, my only issue was picking just one. I’m incredibly lucky to have the Lake District on my doorstep – in fact I probably have one of the most picturesque commutes to work ever, right through the heart of Cumbria. However, as well as the fells and lakes that this area is famous for, we also have the benefit of living next to a beautiful coastline that overlooks the Irish Sea.

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Legoland Windsor: Tips to make the most of your visit

Our family are huge fans of all things Lego, so we were really excited to spend a few days at Legoland Windsor during the Easter holidays. It was our second trip to the theme park, and we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to share with any families who are thinking about visiting.

We first visited last May, and we only told the kids we were going to stay in Slough for a few days. Honestly, I don’t think anyone has ever been so happy about going to Slough; it’s all we heard about for weeks! They had no idea what was nearby, or why we were really going there. When we got there, after an 8 hour drive, we headed straight to Legoland to pick up our tickets. As the girls saw the Lego minifigure models dotted around the side of the road, it started to dawn on them where we were going and there were wide eyes and loud screams all round!  Of course second time round they were wise to us, so we couldn’t keep it a secret – but their reaction was just as wonderful to see. Here are our top tips to get the most out of your visit to Legoland.

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In the Night Garden Live – Save £5 on tickets to see Igglepiggle and friends!

Last year we took the girls to see In the Night Garden Live. They both loved it – and I’m pleased to be able to take them back again this year to review the show. Experience it for yourself – and save up to £5* with our discount code!

Tickets are now on sale for the world’s only live production of the popular Cbeebies show. Visiting London, Birmingham and Manchester this Summer, In the Night Garden Live is an amazing musical theatre experience for all the family. Your favourite characters are brought to life on stage using a mix of full-size costumes and puppets, to transport you to the magical world of In the Night Garden.

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