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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Day Out // ... Mountfitchet Castle ...


During our half term, Noah went off on holiday with his cousin Sam glamping in Lincoln so we were down one kid.
I was pretty much working every day but on the two days off I had we decided we do something a little bit different and go a tad further afield. 

So on Tuesday my first day off, we jumped in the car and headed to Essex.
Two hours later we were at Mountfitchet Castle.


Mountfitchet Castle is a unique time capsule.

With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley, the Castle is situated on its original site which is steeped in history.
Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by William the Conqueror who built a wooden Motte and Bailey castle here.
Mountfitchet Castle was also briefly used by the Royalist Army to King Charles in the English Civil War (17th C). 
The Royalist forces held out at the castle when they were laid Siege to by Cromwell.
The grounds were cleared to reveal the original earthworks and mounds and after years of battling with planners, in 1980 the work began to reconstruct Mountfitchet Castle. After many years of work, the restoration of Mountfitchet Castle was completed and was opened to the public in 1985 and is unique as being the only wooden Motte and Bailey reconstruction on its original site anywhere in the world.
This historic castle enables the visitor to travel back in time to 1066 Norman England. Explore the Castle and roam through the Norman Village hidden behind the castle walls, wander in and out of the many houses and view the scenes, smell the log fires burning and experience the ambience of an ancient bygone lifestyle. A living history, hands-on and interactive experience.




We started off in the Toy Museum and Haunted house, we all really loved seeing all the toys, the boys all loved the Star Wars and Doctor Who collections.

The boys, however, weren't so keen on the Haunted House, Alex even cried halfway through! 
So we quickly turned on our phone lights and zoomed them through to the otherside.
Once through they all cheered up.
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When we arrived there was a school trip going on, so the grounds were full of children, but it didn't phase the boys and they got on with what they wanted to do.
The school kids were all very polite.

After lunch, the school kids all went back to school and the grounds became very empty, the boys pretty much had free range.

We went back around so the boys could do some bits that they had missed, like go inside the jail and play with the mills.

Also, once the school kids had gone the Deer came out to play!
They were super friendly and even fed straight from our hands.
That was probably my favourite part of the day.














Mountfitchet Castle is definitely worth a visit with the kids.




The staff were all really helpful and friendly.
We had a fab time and will probably go back again with Noah.



Friday, 18 October 2019

... Pumpkin Patch Fun ...

Hellooooooo.

Yes, I know I've been away for well over a year, but I'm back now!

I had a break from the blog as life got a little bit hectic with work, Uni and family life.
A lot has happened in the past year and I will write a proper catch up about all of that in another blog post.
But for now, this is just a short one about our fun at a pumpkin patch over at Undley Farm in Suffolk.



The boys have always enjoyed visiting Pumpkin patches and we did it a few times when we lived in Kent but have never done it since we moved to Norfolk.
Last year we grew our own in the garden so there was no real need to go and buy them.
 This year however only two grew in the garden, and after seeing a friend post some pictures I knew the boys would enjoy it. 


It only took an hour for us to get there, most of the drive it was chucking it down, but fortunately for us, the weather dried up as we arrived.
The inflatables weren't on as it was too wet but the boys weren't really too bothered by that, as there was plenty of other things to do once we had finished pumpkin hunting. 




We each picked a pumpkin each and then we decided to get a massive white pumpkin for the whole family.
I think it will look pretty awesome once it's carved.


In total we spent just under £30 on a ridiculous amount of pumpkins as Ru sneaked in some diddy ones towards the end.

I now need to think up lots of uses for the pumpkins we aren't going to carve.
If you have any good pumpkin recipes I would love to know.


Happy Pumpkin Picking if you're heading off to a patch this weekend.




Thursday, 17 October 2019

Easy craft ideas for kids to make at home


As the days draw in, and the weather takes a turn for the worst, entertaining your children at home becomes ever more important! So, from DIY hamster toys to seasonal crafts, here are a few easy ideas for activities to do with your children at home.




Get your seasonal craft on

It’s a beautiful time of year, so why not do some seasonal crafting to suit! Here are a few ideas:

1.    Cut an apple in half and create pumpkin paintings. 
Simple dip the half apple in orange paint and print the shape onto paper. 
Glue on a brown pipe cleaner stalk, googly eyes and draw a mouth and away you go!

2.    Go pumpkin picking. Pumpkins can be fun for many different things. 
Why not pick out your favourite at the pumpkin field; carve a fun shaped face into the side; get your bake on for a pumpkin pie; or cooking up a pumpkin soup.



Go on an adventure walk, and then get crafting

This time of year is beautiful, with its autumn leaves, fallen conkers and so much more. 
Why not take your children out on a nature walk and pick up a load of seasonal goodies to get craft with? 
Here are a few ideas for things you can do with your autumnal pickings.

1.    Use conkers to help toddlers paint. All they need to do is dip the conker into the paint, and make patterns like flowers, dots and so much more.

2.    Create bunting or an autumn mobile with fallen autumn leaves. Use a piece of string and tie the stalks of leaves into pretty patterns. 
There are so many beautiful, bright colours to include.



Make something for your pets

From DIY hamster toys to homemade cat or dog toys, why not recycle old items from around your home to create things for your home. 
Here are a couple of ideas:

1.    Rip an old t-shirt into strips and tie them around an old tennis ball. This creates an ideal tug toy or fetch toy to play with puppies and dogs!

2.    Stack up old toilet roll cardboard inserts into a pyramid and glue old ice lolly sticks to the sides to hold them together. This creates a fun tunnel stack for your hamster.



So, whether you want to have a little adventure outside before getting crafty with seasonal ideas or recycle things at home to make DIY pet toys, these ideas should be everything you need to keep your children occupied indoors.


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Friday, 19 May 2017

Win a Family Ticket To Big Day Out - 1st July Mote Park Maidstone

The main stage will be headlined this year by X-Factor star Louisa Johnson, who will be performing some of her unreleased music as well as fan favourites ‘Bad Behaviour’ and ‘So Good’. She will be joined by her X-Factor contemporaries Reggie ’n’ Bollie, Atomic Kitten, and for the kids we have CBeebies’ own Mr Bloom performing in the early afternoon.

 To top all this off we have the UK’s best dance group Diversity returning to Big Day Out with an all-new dance routine that is sure to wow old and young alike.




Big Day Out 2017 will play host to performance classes for everyone to get involved with. 
There is a Circus School for the class and office clowns, and those with a feeling for music and dance can put their best foot forward in our Hip-Hop and Ballet dance classes! 

On top of this, the kids’ favourite characters will be roaming the festival for them to meet, including Fairytale Princesses, Comic Superheroes, Paw Patrol, and Bing & Flop!

All in all, Big Day Out has returned bigger and better with the sole intention of making all family members happy! 



I am giving away one family ticket 2x Adults 2x Children tickets.
All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below.





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Friday, 5 May 2017

Win Tickets to WWE Live and WWE Power Props Courtesy Of Jakks Pacific!


WWE Live

WWE returns to the United Kingdom in May 2017 for a nine-day, nine-event tour through England, Scotland and Wales, starting Thursday, 4 May in Glasgow, and wrapping Friday, 12 May in Newcastle. 
Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown LIVE will make the trip. 


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Recreate fantastic WWE Superstar action with these amazing wrestling props and costume sets. 
Each set includes a highly detailed foam prop and a dress up piece to become a true Superstar! 
Battle your friends with these safe wrestling props to recreate your favourite WWE matches!
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Prize package: 2x tickets to WWE Live 
(Wednesday 10th May, Genting Arena Birmingham
and 2x Jakks Power Props

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  • Tickets are available for Wednesday 10th May at the Genting Arena, Birmingham only
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Monday, 10 April 2017

Paw Patrol Live!

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PAW PATROL LIVE! “RACE TO THE RESCUE” ANNOUNCES 
THE 2017 UK TOUR CALENDAR
The UK’s Favourite Pups Star in a Heroic Musical Adventure Coming to the UK this summer

London, Monday 10 April PAW PatrolNick Jr.’s phenomenally popular property produced by Spin Master Entertainment, has added further dates to its PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” UK tour with shows confirmed in London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and Cardiff throughout August 2017.

The 2017 UK tour schedule is now as follows:
Friday 4th & Saturday 5th August - The SSE Arena, Wembley London
 (show times 11:00, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Wednesday 9th August - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Wednesday 16th August - Echo Arena, Liverpool 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August - Manchester Arena 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Wednesday 23rd August - First Direct Arena, Leeds 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
 (show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September - SEC Armadillo, Glasgow 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily))
Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th September – The SSE Arena, Belfast 
(show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September - Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 
(8th Sept 16:30 show only, 9th & 10th show times 10:30, 13:30, 16:30 daily)

Tickets for PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” throughout August at the additional seven locations go on general sale from Thursday 13thApril 2017 at www.pawpatrollive.com/uk
Tickets for the Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin shows are already available to purchase but are selling out quickly.
 Fans can also sign-up on the site to receive exclusive PAW Patrol Live information about the show and venues, read about the PAW Patrol Live! characters. 

About the show:
PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” shows that “No job is too big, no pup is too small!” and shares lessons for all ages about community, social skills and problem solving as the characters each use their unique skills and teamwork. 
When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest for the show’s first tour in UK and Ireland. Running at 80 minutes, PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” includes two acts and an intermission. 
The show is set to engage audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs. 

“Using Bunraku, puppetry elements are built into costumes worn by real actors to create a wonderful combination of life-size pups and to make a stronger connection with the audience. The PAW Patrol cast sings and dances, which brings a fun, realistic parallel between the animated series and the live show,” says Jim Waters, producer, VStar Entertainment Group.

The performance features music, dance and an original script as well as classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall that visually transports families PAW Patrol locations such as Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate in the show via interviews, solving puzzles with the Pups, following Mayor Goodway and much more. 

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” is presented by Life Like Touring, VStar Entertainment Group and Nickelodeon
PAW Patrol airs every day on Nick Jr.