Monday, 27 September 2021

Competition - Win a Family Ticket to Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester VIP Night

You may have read our recent blog post announcing the wonderful news that Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester is returning to EventCity this December after a four-year gap. This fabulous festive extravaganza offers families the opportunity to make some wonderful memories together this Christmas and I am very excited to have a family ticket to give away to attend their VIP night on the 6th December 2021.

Kingpin Events, organisers of the UK's largest indoor Christmas theme park, are delighted to announce that Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester returns after a 4-year gap, bringing the magic of Christmas back to Manchester.

This much-loved festive extravaganza returns indoors at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre from Saturday 4th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022.

The Christmas event became a top attraction in Manchester for five years from 2013-2017, becoming one of the city's biggest annual events and now the much-loved attraction returns bigger and better than before with tickets now on sale for the unmissable festive family adventure.

Kingpin Events will transform the indoor 22,000 sq m exhibition space into an unbelievable and magical winter wonderland, featuring over 50 family rides and attractions all under one roof including Dodgems, Roller Coasters, Waltzers and too many children's rides to mention. There is also a dazzling array of theatrical shows on the main stage including TV stars Daisy and Ollie, Ice Princess Show, Christmas Meltdown plus the spectacular Christmas Circus returns, all with daily performances. Not to mention being greeted by Elves and Fairies and the amazing surprises that are still to be announced. 

Of course Christmas would not be complete without visiting Father Christmas - complete with real reindeers - who will be taking time out of his busy schedule for meet and greets every day, up to and including Christmas Eve. You also have the option to purchase a toy and a photo from Father Christmas Toy Workshop.

If this wasn't enough there are also games stalls and festive foods from German sausages to waffles and crepes, as well as an authentic German Bar for alcoholic drinks and refreshments.

Four hours of non-stop fun and entertainment all included in one amazing ticket price (excluding games and food stalls) along with 3000 free car park spaces.

To find out more or to book tickets please visit www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com or alternatively you can visit the following social media channels:

Facebook - facebook.com/winterwonderlandmanchester

Twitter - @wwmanchester

Instagram - @wwmanchester

Listing Details

Event - Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester

Venue - EventCity (next to Intu Trafford Centre), Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB

Dates - 4th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022

Parking - Free parking available

Ticket Information

Off-Peak Tickets

Adult: £29.50 (plus booking fee)

Child: (3-16) £29.50 (plus booking fee)

OAP: £20.00 (plus booking fee)

Child (Under 3): Free (Ticket Required)

Family Ticket of 4 (must include at least 1 Adult) discount of £10 (plus booking fee).

Peak

Adult: £35.00 (plus booking fee)

Child: (3-16) £35.00 (plus booking fee)

OAP: £27.50 (plus booking fee)

Child (Under 3): Free (Ticket Required)

Family Ticket of 4 (must include at least 1 Adult) discount of £10 (plus booking fee).

Carers tickets go free with full paying adults.

Groups: 1 in 10 goes free (no booking fee)

School and nursery bookings: From 7-10 December and 13-17 December, tickets £15 each including booking fee.

Payment plans are available this year - see website for details.

Reduced £22.00 (plus booking fee) tickets are available for NHS and Armed Forces on certain dates, see website for details.

All rides and attractions are included in the price (excluding games and food stalls) and each session lasts for 4 hours.

Bookings can be made online at www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com or by ringing 0344 815 7131 for both individual and group bookings.

Tickets can be purchased now, however if you are feeling lucky then why not enter our competition. Simply read the terms and conditions and then enter using the gleam form below: 

Win a Family Ticket to Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester VIP Night


Terms and Conditions

  • There is 1 (one) prize of a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children) to Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester at EventCity on 6th December 2021 only. The family ticket cannot be transferred to an alternative date and there is no cash alternative.
  • Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over.
  • Competition closes on the 31st October 2021 at 23:59pm
  • The family ticket cannot be resold and is not transferable. 
  • The winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries after the closing date and notified via email.
  • The winner shall have 7 (seven) days to respond to the winning notification and confirm their acceptance of the prize. Should the winner fail to respond, then an alternative winner shall be drawn from the remaining eligible entrants.
  • No bulk or third party entries.
  • Winner's details shall be shared with BEA for the purpose of prize fulfilment and permission shall be obtained from the winner prior to doing so. BEA are responsible for arranging/sending out the prize.
  • If circumstances arise that prevent the event from going ahead as planned then It's A Family Adventure accepts no liability and no alternative prize will be offered.
  • Entries will be validated to confirm that the entry action has been completed as stated. Any incorrect or invalid entries shall be removed.
  • The winner's name may be displayed on this blog post once the winner has been drawn and have confirmed their acceptance of the prize.
  • In entering this competition you confirm that you have accepted these terms and conditions and any additional terms that may be available to view within the Gleam entry form.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Dates for your Diary - Jack and the Beanstalk at St Helens Theatre Royal

A panto streamed online earlier this year is being brought to life to entertain families this October half term - with hundreds of tickets also being donated to frontline NHS workers in St Helens.

Leading panto producers Regal Entertainments is counting down four weeks until the curtain rises on family favourite Jack and the Beanstalk at St Helens Theatre Royal.

Regal Entertainments kept online audiences entertained at Easter when they went the extra mile to stream its popular seasonal show so families could still watch together at home while the country was still in the midst of a national lockdown.

The show proved so popular that theatregoers now have the opportunity to watch it in real-life during the October half-term school holidays featuring a cast of St Helens Theatre Royal favourites.

Jack and the Beanstalk comes to St Helens Theatre Royal for 15 performances between Thursday 21st October and Sunday 31st October 2021.

St Helens Theatre Royal has been granted the use of The Society of London Theatre & UK Theatre's 'See It Safely' mark. This certifies that the venue is complying with Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, performers and audiences.

Regal Entertainments and St Helens Theatre Royal wanted to mark the return of live panto to the venue by doing something special - so they are thanking the tireless efforts of frontline NHS workers by donating 500 panto tickets to Whiston and St Helens Hospitals.

Regal Entertainments, St Helens Theatre Royal, and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are working together to allocate the tickets.

Ann Marr OBE, Chief Executive of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented: "The past 18 months have been the most challenging time for our staff, and we are incredibly grateful for the support we continue to receive from our local community. Thank you to everyone at St Helens Theatre Royal for thinking of our staff during this time and giving them the opportunity to have some much-needed fun in our wonderful local theatre. I am sure they will enjoy every moment."


The fabulous cast sees Timothy Lucas reprise his role of Jack, Catherine Cunningham as Mrs Fleshcreep, Olivia Sloyan as Princess Jill, Reece Sibbald as Simple Simon, Mark Two as Dame Dolly Trott, and Jenna Sian O'Hara as Fairy Mary.

The creative team includes director Chantelle Nolan, musical supervisor Callum Clarke, choreography by Nazene Langfield, and written by Reece Sibbald.

Theatre manager and director Chantelle Nolan added: "Online audiences absolutely loved Jack and the Beanstalk at Easter, it was different hosting a panto in this way but we had so much fun making it possible. Now we're counting down the days until we welcome families back to the theatre to experience our lavish and magical pantomimes for themselves. 

"After such a tough 18 months, we want to say thank you to the incredibly dedicated frontline NHS workers in our local hospitals by inviting them to join us for the show.  They've worked tirelessly and we're all in awe of them - they are real-life heroes. We're inviting them to take a well-deserved break and join us on a magical journey with Jack and his friends." 

Jack and the Beanstalk tells the rags to riches story of a boy who sells the family's cow for a handful of beans, getting him into a lot of trouble with his poor mother. But the story takes a magical twist when the beans sprout into a magnificent beanstalk that reaches up to a mystical land high in the sky.

Audiences will join Jack on his gigantic journey up the beanstalk as he discovers geese with golden eggs, a magic harp, and not forgetting a close encounter with a very hungry giant. But he needs to tread carefully, as the villanous Mrs Fleshcreep is hot on his heels, determined to stop him.

St Helens Theatre Royal has a range of Covid-secure measures in place. They include increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at points throughout the building, and a QR code phone app for audiences to order food and beverages to be delivered to them at their seats.

Customers are asked to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) as a courtesy to others, and are being encouraged to take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before attending the show. People are asked not to visit the theatre if they have Covid symptoms. Meanwhile theatre staff are taking daily Covid tests.

St Helens Theatre Royal's Autumn season brochure can be found online by visiting https://www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com/digital-brochure/

You can also follow St Helens Theatre Royal on the following social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/St-Helens-Theatre-Royal

Twitter - @TheatreRoyalStH

Instagram - @TheatreRoyalStHelens

Listing Details

Show - Regal Entertainments presents Jack and the Beanstalk

Venue - St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ

Dates - Selected dates from Thursday 21st October to Sunday 31st October

Tickets - From £13

Performance Schedule

Thursday 21st October - 12pm

Friday 22nd October - 12pm

Saturday 23rd October - 12pm and 5pm

Sunday 24th October - 12pm and 5pm

Wednesday 27th October - 12pm

Thursday 28th October - 12pm and 5pm

Friday 29th October - 12pm and 5pm

Saturday 30th October - 12pm and 5pm

Sunday 31st October - 12pm and 5pm

Tickets can be booked in person at St Helens Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756000 or visit www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com.

*Disclaimer - This post is written based on a press release kindly provided by BEA. Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the venue's own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Dates for your Diary - A Feast of Festive Fabulousness Coming Soon to Waterside, Sale

Sisters are indeed doing it for themselves in Sale this Christmas when the previously unloved and ill-fated Ugly Sisters come to Waterside to sing some songs, write some wrongs and tell it how it is, in this brand new musical play, The Not So Ugly Sisters, inspired by everybody's favourite fairy tale - Cinderella.

Presented by award-winning children's theatre makers, Wrongsemble in a co-production with Leeds Playhouse and Red Ladder, The Not So Ugly Sisters is a funny, fast-paced family show where the action centres around Dolly and Barb in their hairdressing salon on the day of their sister Cindy's wedding to Prince Smarming. Thinking that they have not been invited to the so-called event of the year, the sisters gather to share their story and wash their woes right out of their hair. With the salon phone only ringing for customers to cancel their blow-dry appointments, it is time for the sisters to tell the much-loved story from their perspective. Hell hath no fury like a hairdresser scorned!

Running at just under an hour with no interval and jam-packed with up-tempo original songs, puppetry and many funky moves - Not So Ugly Sisters is the perfect festive treat for small people and their grown ups with a good laugh and a family outing being the perfect way to end a challenging year for all.

Waterside is also delighted to announce a series of other festival treats, kicking off on Sunday 7th November with Ballet Theatre UK's beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson's classical fairy tale ballet, The Snow Queen. Ballet Theatre UK's renowned company of international dancers, beautiful costumes and glittering stage sets combine to create a magnificent spectacle, all set to a glorious and magical score.

For even littler people, Lyngo Theatre presents Little Red Riding Hood from Monday 13th to Friday 17th December. Recommended for ages 3-7, this is a theatrical gem of a show, complete with a magical wardrobe, a snowy wild wood, animal puppets hiding in trees and lots of catchy songs.

Older kids can hunker down at Waterside for the eerily beautiful retelling of everybody's favourite festive ghost story - A Christmas Carol on Friday 17th December. Aimed at ages 11 and over, this Christmas tale is brought to life while the ghosts of Christmas return from the dead through the magical art of storytelling - presented by The Book of Darkness & Light in association with Little Mighty.

Comedy lovers are in for a treat with not one but three great chances to laugh out loud this Christmas. Waterside's legendary monthly comedy night - Best of Buzz Comedy - brings the talents of Sam Avery, Bobby Murdock and Brummie funny man and compere Ryan Gough together for one night of hilarity for adults on Saturday 4th December. Waterside also presents the much loved ComedySportz improv comedy stalwarts in their annual adult panto which is created completely by scratch and on the spot in front of a live audience on Friday 17th December; whilst on Friday 10th December and Saturday 11th December - younger audiences are invited to come along and help make up their own family friendly version of the improv panto with the ComedySportz teams! Kids can expect quick-witted gags, games, panto dames and lots of silliness whilst the adults get a bawdier version of the same with the addition of rude words and even more innuendo. Oh No It Isn't.... Oh yes it is!

Rounding off Waterside's programme of festive delights is a one off musical gig with Belshazzar's Feast. Made up of Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) - together they have become one of the best-loved duos in folk music today and previous BBC Folk Awards Best Duo nominees. Join them on Thursday 16th December as they bring their celebrated Christmas show to Trafford, mixing traditional folk music and seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour that has won them many fans across the world. 

Manager of Waterside Darren Adams says "After another challenging year for the arts and artists alike, it is so great to end on a cultural high with so many great shows and companies joining us at Waterside this Christmas. From live ballet to comedy and from theatre to folk - there really is something for all ages and tastes. It was so fantastic to see families and grown ups alike out enjoying the arts together once more this summer at our annual Refract Festival and we cannot wait to welcome more through our doors once again over the festive season."

Elvi Piper, Artistic Director at Wrongsemble comments: "We are thrilled to bring The Not So Ugly Sisters to the brilliant Waterside this festive season. We've been waiting for two years to entertain the good people of Manchester with this ultimate family feel-good festive feast of a show - which has something in it for everyone! Live theatre is well and truly back with a fairytale bang and we can't wait to get started."

The Not So Ugly Sisters runs at Waterside from Wednesday 24th November 2021 - Saturday 1st January 2022. Tickets are on sale now: waterside.org/sisters.

For further details on the shows at Waterside this festive season you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

Website - https://watersidearts.org/

Facebook - facebook.com/watersidearts

Twitter - @watersidearts

Instagram - @watersidearts_

*Disclaimer - This post is written based on a press release. Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the venue's own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester is Returning to EventCity - 4th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022

My family and I were absolutely delighted to hear that Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester is making a return to EventCity after a 4 year gap. We used to visit this event annually and it never failed to get us into the festive spirit. With so much to see and do, it really is a fabulous place to make some lovely memories together. I am therefore really excited to share all the details with you below.

Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester

Kingpin Events, organisers of the UK's largest indoor Christmas theme park, are delighted to announce that Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester returns after a 4-year gap, bringing the magic of Christmas back to Manchester.

This much-loved festive extravaganza returns indoors at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre from Saturday 4th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022.

The Christmas event became a top attraction in Manchester for five years from 2013-2017, becoming one of the city's biggest annual events and now the much-loved attraction returns bigger and better than before with tickets now on sale for the unmissable festive family adventure.

Photo Credit: Prakash Bhalsod

Kingpin Events will transform the indoor 22,000 sq m exhibition space into an unbelievable and magical winter wonderland, featuring over 50 family rides and attractions all under one roof including Dodgems, Roller Coasters, Waltzers and too many children's rides to mention. There is also a dazzling array of theatrical shows on the main stage including TV stars Daisy and Ollie, Ice Princess Show, Christmas Meltdown plus the spectacular Christmas Circus returns, all with daily performances. Not to mention being greeted by Elves and Fairies and the amazing surprises that are still to be announced. 

Of course Christmas would not be complete without visiting Father Christmas - complete with real reindeers - who will be taking time out of his busy schedule for meet and greets every day, up to and including Christmas Eve. You also have the option to purchase a toy and a photo from Father Christmas Toy Workshop.

If this wasn't enough there are also games stalls and festive foods from German sausages to waffles and crepes, as well as an authentic German Bar for alcoholic drinks and refreshments.

Four hours of non-stop fun and entertainment all included in one amazing ticket price (excluding games and food stalls) along with 3000 free car park spaces.

Photo Credit: Prakash Bhalsod

Organisers Tammy and Billy Silcock of Kingpin Events said "We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Manchester this Christmas after a four-year gap, after the last 18 months we all need to create magical memories with our families, and we hope the return of the event will spread joy across the region. As a special thank you for the hard work of our NHS and Armed Forces we are introducing reduced ticket prices on specific days throughout the run.

"We have worked really hard to ensure that we bring back all the magic we had before as well as ensuring we create a safe space for our visitors, performers and staff. We recommend early booking to ensure you get a ticket."

The organisers have also confirmed the return of the Celebrity VIP night as well as their annual Charity Night, which this year has been pre-arranged with targeted NHS and mental health charities.

Tickets are on sale now for the magical festive family adventure which is guaranteed to create that enchanting Christmas spirit and spread joy across the whole of Manchester and beyond.

Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester is operated on a session basis to ensure visitors can enjoy a covid-secure and enjoyable experience without overcrowding. There is also ticket insurance and a "Buy with confidence, exchange with ease policy" should a ticketholder have to isolate, full details on the website.

Photo Credit: Prakash Bhalsod

Tickets to this event are limited and we strongly advise that tickets are booked early to avoid disappointment. Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester is also available for private hire.

So don't miss the Christmas event of the year at EventCity which is open from the 4th December 2021 until the 2nd January 2022.

Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester will adhere to all government Covid guidelines at the time, hand sanitiser stations will be located around the event and stringent additional cleaning measures in place.

To find out more or to book tickets please visit www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com or alternatively you can visit the following social media channels:

Facebook - facebook.com/winterwonderlandmanchester

Twitter - @wwmanchester

Instagram - @wwmanchester

Listing Details

Event - Silcock's Winter Wonderland Manchester

Venue - EventCity (next to Intu Trafford Centre), Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB

Dates - 4th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022

Parking - Free parking available

Ticket Information

Off-Peak Tickets

Adult: £29.50 (plus booking fee)

Child: (3-16) £29.50 (plus booking fee)

OAP: £20.00 (plus booking fee)

Child (Under 3): Free (Ticket Required)

Family Ticket of 4 (must include at least 1 Adult) discount of £10 (plus booking fee).

Peak

Adult: £35.00 (plus booking fee)

Child: (3-16) £35.00 (plus booking fee)

OAP: £27.50 (plus booking fee)

Child (Under 3): Free (Ticket Required)

Family Ticket of 4 (must include at least 1 Adult) discount of £10 (plus booking fee).

Carers tickets go free with full paying adults.

Groups: 1 in 10 goes free (no booking fee)

School and nursery bookings: From 7-10 December and 13-17 December, tickets £15 each including booking fee.

Payment plans are available this year - see website for details.

Reduced £22.00 (plus booking fee) tickets are available for NHS and Armed Forces on certain dates, see website for details.

All rides and attractions are included in the price (excluding games and food stalls) and each session lasts for 4 hours.

Bookings can be made online at www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com or by ringing 0344 815 7131 for both individual and group bookings.

Photo Credit: Prakash Bhalsod
*Disclaimer - Details provided in this post are believed to be correct at the time of writing but can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the attractions own website in order to obtain the most up to date information. Post written based on a press release kindly provided by BEA. 

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Discover the Magic of Christmas at Delamere Forest With Their Brand New , After-Dark, Illuminated Christmas Trail

My family and I are beginning to get so excited about the countdown to Christmas and all the wonderful events that are being held in the North West region this year. However, one event that we are really thrilled to share with you, is the Delamere Forest Christmas Trail which we are sure is going to be a wonderful festive experience for the whole family.

This brand new Christmas Trail featuring enchanting illuminations and Christmas tunes, will illuminate Forestry England's Delamere Forest in Cheshire, from the 26th November to the 31st December 2021.

Visitors are encouraged to wrap up warm and be transported to into a winter wonderland where you will discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees illuminated in Christmas colours. 

Neon Tree by Culture Creative, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

Spend time together and create everlasting memories as you wander between the specially chosen illuminations, all choreographed to a soundtrack of Christmas classics. Pause at the mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden and don't forget to glimpse at Father Christmas along the way. 

Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special. 

*Additional charges apply

Christmas at Delamere Forest provides a special way to celebrate the festive season with an unmissable outdoor experience. The trail is designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Christmas at Delamere Forest is brought to you by Sony Music in partnership with Forestry England. The trail is created by Culture Creative. 

This wonderful event sounds like the perfect way to enjoy some special time with family or friends, so if you would like to find out more or book tickets, then please visit the website at forestryengland.uk/christmas-at-delamere for further details. For information about COVID-19 and booking tickets with confidence, you can also visit https://mychristmastrails.co.uk/covid-19.

Event Listing

Event - Christmas at Delamere Forest - The magical, after-dark, illuminated Christmas Trail

Location - Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2HZ

Dates - On selected dates between the 26th November to 31st December. Open from 4.30pm, last entry at 8pm and closes at 10pm.

Admission - Advanced tickets are from: Adult £19.50, Child £13.50, Family £62 (2 Adults, 2 Children). Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under. Parking £8 per car. Delamere Forest members receive £1.50 per person discount (max 6 people).

Cathedral of Light by Mandylights, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

Disclaimer - Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, however they can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the events own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.


Monday, 13 September 2021

Preview - The Snowman Tour 2021 Returns to Chester Cathedral this December!

Every September we begin to look forward to Christmas and start to plan which attractions and shows we would like to attend. My children definitely have their firm favourites and my youngest son Riley always has The Snowman Tour at the top of his list. 

Like many families we really missed being able to enjoy our usual Christmas experiences last year, so we are definitely making up for it this year and we cannot wait to make some magical memories together. I am therefore delighted to share the news that The Snowman Including We're Going on a Bear Hunt will be visiting Chester Cathedral this December as part of their fabulous tour.

© Snowman Enterprises Limited / © Bear Hunt Films Limited MMXVI


The Snowman Including We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra. Immerse yourself in this magical award-winning concert, set within the splendour of Chester Cathedral. 

Alongside The Snowman, enjoy We're Going on a Bear Hunt based on the best selling book by Michael Rosen with music by Stuart Hancock. With exquisite hand-drawn animation by Lupus Films - the team behind The Snowman and The Snowdog - We're Going on a Bear Hunt is suitable for all ages, and is guaranteed to enchant with its story of perserverance, optimism and love of nature.

Suitable for the whole family to enjoy together, it's the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations, and is sure to create memories to cherish.

These concerts often sell out, so book soon to avoid missing out on this extraordinary event.


The Snowman Tour Including We're Going on a Bear Hunt, will be at Chester Cathedral on the 18th December 2021 at 1:45pm, 4pm and 6:30pm. Ticket prices start from £12 and can be purchased on the Chester Cathedral website here.

Don't worry if Chester Cathedral is a little too far for you to visit, as this magical experience is also visiting Buxton, Coventry, Derby, Durham, Liverpool and Winchester.

© Bear Hunt Films Limited MMXVI
We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a Lupus Films production in association with Bear Hunt Films and Walker Productions for Channel 4, Universal Pictures and Herrick Entertainment with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA programme of the European Union.


Alternatively you can catch The Snowman including The Bear and the Piano at Cardiff and York or The Snowman including The Nutcracker at Salisbury.

The full list of tour dates can be found here - https://www.carrotproductions.com/snowman

If you would like to find out more about The Snowman Tour 2021 or about Carrot Productions, then you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

Website - https://www.carrotproductions.com/

Facebook - facebook.com/carrotproductions

Twitter - @CarrotProd

Instagram - @carrot_productions

YouTube - CarrotProductions


© Gareth Widdowson

*Disclaimer - Details provided in this post are believed to be correct at the time of writing but can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the productions own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.


Saturday, 14 August 2021

Crazy Construction Fun with Junkbots from Hexbug - A Review

My family has been huge fans of the Hexbug range of products for many years and my children have enjoyed many of their toys, with my eldest two children building up quite a collection at one stage. My youngest son Riley also loves Roblox and unboxing, so we were really excited to learn more about Junkbots, along with Hexbug's latest project that merges toys with entertainment.

A new eight-part digital series based on Junkbots, is now available to view on the HEXBUG Official YouTube page and from the 20th August, fans will be able to join in with the fun with the launch of the Roblox game that will follow a brand new adventure which all kicked-off when Junkbot Jack Static received a cryptic radio transmission. 

To celebrate the launch of the digital series and game, we held a fun screening event for Riley where he watched some episodes whilst also playing along with some awesome Junkbots toys. Of course no screening would be complete without some sweets and popcorn, so we made sure there was plenty on hand for us to enjoy whilst watching the show. 

Junkbots are the ultimate unboxing experience and there are items galore for you to rummage through and find the rubbish that can help you create your Junkbot character. They come in a selection of different sizes ranging from the Junkbots Trash Bin with an RRP of £4.99, the Junkbots Dumpster with an RRP of £9.99 and the Junkbots Industrial Dumpster with an RRP of £19.99. There are over 36 Junkbots to collect, but the beauty of this product is that items can be mixed and matched, which means that children can create numerous characters of their very own.

The Junkbots Trash Bin has an RRP of £4.99 and is the smallest in the range and perfectly priced for a pocket money purchase. Once you have opened the trash bin lid you can rummage inside to find the 15 pieces that you need to build the Junkbot character. Some pieces are loose in the trash bin, whilst others can be found inside the mini bin bags, providing plenty of unboxing fun. The design is fabulous and looks like a brightly coloured bin. The Junkbots are recommended for ages 3+ however there are some small parts, so I would definitely advise parental supervision if allowing younger children to play. 


The Junkbots Dumpster has an RRP of £9.99 and includes 30 pieces inside allowing you two build two completely different Junkbot figures. This was my favourite in terms of price and value for money as in addition to the two Junkbot figures, the pack also included an energy module. Our energy module was easy to build and was a light which could be attached to Junkbot figures to make them glow. My son Riley absolutely loved this and enjoyed moving the light from one figure to another. Some of the connections and joints can be a little difficult to put together, so I did need to help Riley from time to time, but personally I enjoyed that I could also be involved and it was nice to be able to work together.


The Junkbots Industrial Dumpster has an RRP of £19.99 and is the ultimate construction adventure. It features over 50 different pieces allowing for 4 Junkbots to be built and this set also includes an energy module and a motion module which really help to bring the figures to life. Riley described this pack as being 'epic' and unlike other unboxing toys where the fun can be over very quickly, this set offered Riley hours of entertainment. He loved rummaging through all the bin bags, separating the junk from the pieces and creating the character designs. It kept him entertained for a full afternoon and once he has finished playing with the existing figures, he can do it all over again and create his own. I therefore really like the fact that these toys can be played with over and over again which definitely gives added value to the product.


Overall, we really loved the concept and design of the Junkbots and the fact that they offered so much unboxing fun. We particularly liked the fact that we could create our own characters, which was something that Riley definitely enjoyed. The initial diagrams are slightly difficult to follow and could do with being a bit clearer for children who want to make their character perfectly, but we managed on the most part and for any connections we weren't sure of, then Riley just used whichever part he liked the look of which seemed to work really well for us. The design is really fun and we loved that you had miniature bin bags to rummage through and find the pieces. I also feel that the RRP of the products is very reasonable and offers good value for money. I would definitely consider buying more of these in the future and will also look to buy these as birthday gifts due to their price. Junkbots are available to purchase now from The Entertainer, Amazon, Toymaster and other local independent retailers.

If you would like to find out more about Hexbugs or the Junkbots range of products then you can visit their social media pages on the following channels:

Website - Hexbug.com/Junkbots

Facebook - facebook.com/hexbug

Twitter - @HEXBUG

Instagram - @hexbug

YouTube - hexbugtv

Why not also check out the HEXBUG Junkbots series trailer below:

*Disclaimer - We were provided with a complimentary selection of Junkbots toys for the purpose of writing an honest review of the products. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.


Monday, 9 August 2021

Roll Up, Roll Up to Goldilocks and the Three Bears at St Helens Theatre Royal This Christmas

Goldilocks and the Three Bears comes to St Helens Theatre Royal this Christmas and producers have recently announced that Hollyoaks favourite David Tag will appear as the Ringmaster. The spectacular seasonal production promises St Helens audiences a fantastic festive treat complete with madcap comedy capers and all the fun of the circus. 

The theatre's Christmas pantomimes have become a real highlight of the festive season year after year, and with Goldilocks, audiences are being guaranteed 'the greatest show on earth'.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears will run at St Helens Theatre Royal from Friday 10th December 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022 and tickets are on sale now.

David Tag, who will take on the role of Ringmaster, is best known for playing Sylvester 'Sylver' McQueen in award-winning Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks where his character has been involved in a number of key storylines. 

The Manchester born star has also enjoyed roles in Emmerdale and the 2020 coming-of-age drama S.A.M, which has been a hit at a host of British film festivals. And he can next be seen as Prince Charming in a new short film.


Goldilocks and the Three Bears marks his pantomime debut, and the actor says: "I'm really thrilled to be cast in my first panto and I can't wait to get started."

The rest of the all-star cast will be announced soon.

The magical show from Regal Entertainments Ltd promises family fun, unbelievable circus tricks and lots of excitement as Goldilocks, with the help of the Three Bears, tries to save her Big Top from a rival circus owner.

Audiences can also expect high production values, stunning and colourful costumes, laugh out loud comedy and a fantastic selection of chart hits to sing and dance along to.

Theatre Manager Chantelle Nolan says: "Our pantomimes have become one of the real highlights of Christmas for many people. 

"We had to cut last year's panto short because of pandemic restrictions, while our Easter show was streamed online. So we really can't wait to get back on stage and present Goldilocks to our audiences in person this season. It's a magical show full of fun, excitement and laughter.

"And we're also absolutely delighted to welcome David into the St Helens panto family - I know he's going to make a fantastic Ringmaster for our unmissable Christmas circus."

St Helens Theatre Royal will ensure that any government guidelines still required in December will be in place to ensure the safety of theatregoers, venue staff, cast and crew.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears will run at St Helens Theatre Royal from Friday 10th December 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022. Tickets are on sale now starting from £16. Tickets can be booked over the phone or in person at the box office between 10am and 5pm, from Monday to Friday. Tickets can also be purchased online. For more information please visit www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com.

You can also visit St Helens Theatre Royal social media pages on the following channels

Facebook  - www.facebook.com/St-Helens-Theatre-Royal

Twitter - @TheatreRoyalStH

Instagram - @TheatreRoyalStH

Listing Details

Show -  Regal Entertainments Ltd presents: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Venue - St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ

Dates - Friday 10th December 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022

Tickets - From £16*

*All prices are inclusive of a £1 per seat booking fee. Online bookings are subject to an additional 50p per seat online processing fee.

** Disclaimer - This post is based on a press release kindly provided by BEA. All details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the venues own website in order to find out the most up to date information.

Friday, 4 June 2021

Disney Classic Plush Collection - A Review

During the most recent lockdown, my family and I subscribed to Disney+ which not only allowed my children to watch some of their favourite films, but it also gave us the opportunity to rediscover some Disney Classics together. I was therefore really excited to learn about the Disney Plush Classic Range from Simba Toys, which features iconic characters from films such as 101 Dalmations, The Aristocats, Lady & The Tramp, Dumbo and even more. 

Riley recently received three plush toys from the collection with the first one being the stunning Dumbo. I used to love this film as a child and each of my children had a small Dumbo soft toy when they were babies, so this particular item brought back some really nice memories for me. My son is still at the age where he loves pretend play, so from the moment it arrived, he immediately began to run round the garden with Dumbo, trying to teach him how to fly. 

The quality of this product is absolutely superb and the stitching is very neat and detailed, which really contributes to the character likeness. Riley loves how cuddly it is with the material being so soft. My son enjoys placing his face next to Dumbo's ear as the fabric feels so lovely and it is such a nice item to snuggle up to.

The second toy Riley received was the beautiful Marie from The Aristocats. She is so snuggly and features a pretty pink bow. Like the other toys in the collection, Marie is hand wash only, but given their size, this shouldn't be too difficult a task and in the summer months they can easily dry outside in the sunshine.

Riley hasn't actually seen The Aristocats before, so he is now intrigued to see the film and find out more about Marie. In the meantime he has been enjoying plenty of pretend play and cuddling up to the adorable snuggly fabric.


The Dalmation is so huggable and this was Riley's favourite of them all. He has watched the film 101 Dalmations numerous times, so he was delighted to have a plush toy of a beautiful dalmation pup. The fabric is so gentle and incredibly soft and even the little red collar is nice and smooth. The collar is also centrally stitched at the front and rear, so no worries about it coming loose or being removed.

The attention to detail is fabulous and Riley enjoyed counting all the spots over it's body. He kept losing count of how many there were, but I am now reliably informed that there are 30 spots in total.

Overall I absolutely love this range of soft toys and they are the perfect gift for both children and Disney fans of all ages. They are beautifully made, super soft and there is a great selection to choose from. They can be purchased in a range of different sizes which include 17cm, 25cm and 35cm. The toys featured in this review are the 25cm size which I felt was just perfect for playing with at home, or for taking on our travels too. 

The toys are really light and comfortable to hold, so Riley has already decided that the Dalmation will be coming on holiday with us in the future. One thing I really liked about the soft toys in this review, was that they can also be displayed nicely without just falling over, which is a common problem I have had with other toys. I feel that these plush toys offer excellent value for money and they can be purchased from Amazon.

If you would like to find out more about Simba Toys UK or the Disney Plush Classic Range then you can visit their social media pages on the following channels:

Facebook - Simba Toys UK

Instagram - @simbatoysuk

*Disclaimer - We were gifted three Disney Classic Soft Toys for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Sleeping Beauty at The Auditorium Liverpool - A Review

My family and I were so excited to be returning to the theatre and it is fair to say that I definitely became a bit emotional as we sat down in the auditorium waiting for the show to begin. It has been such a long time since we were able to enjoy the glitz and glamour of a good old pantomime, but Shone Productions' Sleeping Beauty certainly made up for the wait, in a show that was packed to the brim with singing, dancing, magic and plenty of laughter.

Before I begin my review of the show, I did just want to highlight the excellent Covid-safety procedures in place at The Auditorium venue. Guest safety is clearly of great importance and there are excellent measures being followed throughout the building that ensure the safety and comfort of all guests. This includes hand sanitisation stations, social distancing, reduced capacity seating and staggered exits to name a few. Masks are to be worn for the duration of the show for guests over the age of 11 years, however they can be removed for eating and drinking. The climate in the auditorium also seemed well controlled, so although I was a little apprehensive about wearing a mask indoors for so long, it was more than comfortable and I didn't feel too hot at any point. The staff were also really welcoming and friendly and they were visibly present should you have any queries or require assistance. My family and I felt very safe from the moment we arrived which immediately put my mind at ease.

This pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Beauty who is cursed by the Evil Carabosse to die on her 21st birthday. However, Beauty's fairy ensures that she only falls into a deep sleep which can broken with a kiss from her one true love. A handsome prince must therefore battle against the Evil Carabosse and her dragon, in order to come to Beauty's rescue and save the day. There is plenty of fun, comedy, singing and dancing along the way in this enchanting and entertaining production.

Gareth Gates is fabulous as the charming Prince, who falls in love with Princess Beauty (Emma Grace Arends) soon after they first meet. It was great to see him performing on stage, and he was clearly a firm favourite with the audience. He worked well with Beauty and their singing vocals complimented each other perfectly. 

Emma Grace Arends is stunning as Princess Beauty and her voice is absolutely mesmerising. Her rendition of Don't Stop Believin' was both beautiful and captivating. My youngest son even commented that she was amazing and I completely agree. She had a superb stage presence that grabbed my attention every time she sang.

Bippo was an excellent entertainer throughout the show and was able to showcase some of his many talents. Yes there are innuendos a plenty and some of the jokes are definitely aimed at the adults in the audience, but this is one of the things I personally love about pantomimes and the fact that they provide entertainment for all ages. There were plenty of jokes for the younger members of the audience too and Bippo encouraged children and their parents to dance along to some popular well known tunes. Both of my sons enjoyed watching his juggling skills and it added something a little extra that we hadn't seen featured in a pantomime before. 

The wardrobe team should definitely take a bow as the extravagance of the costumes was simply superb. Queen Fanny of Fazackerleys' outfits were absolutely outrageous and my son kept bursting into fits of giggles each time she appeared. The Prince and Princess Beauty, along with the dancers, dazzled in their beautiful array of outfits which glistened beautifully against the impressive backdrop of the stage. Carabosse's outfit was devilishly divine and whilst they may have been the baddie in this production, there was certainly nothing bad about their attire, which highlighted both their wickedness and glamour.

Sleeping Beauty features everything you could hope for in a pantomime and with a strong cast delivering a wonderful performance, this show is sure to put a smile on your face. Despite a smaller audience due to the social distancing measures, there was still a fabulous atmosphere and the show had implemented a great variety of different ways to allow for audience participation. The lighting effects are spectacular and the skilled live band exhibit their musical talents throughout the show. Overall this is a fabulous production and I would happily recommend it to others for an enjoyable half term treat. Tickets are still on sale for the remaining shows and you can find further details on the dates and times of the performances below.

Listing Information - SLEEPING BEAUTY

Dates

Tuesday 1st June - 3pm and 7pm

Wednesday 2nd June - 3pm and 7pm

Thursday 3rd June - 3pm and 7pm

Friday 4th June - 3pm and 7pm

Saturday 5th June - 11am

Tickets 

Ticket prices vary.

Venue Details

The Auditorium, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, L3 4FP

Booking website: www.mandsbankarena.com/

*Disclaimer - I was provided with a complimentary press ticket for the purpose of writing an honest review of the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, however I would always recommend visiting the venues own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Biggest Indoor Funfair Yet Returns to Liverpool This August! - Competition

It is so exciting to see a whole host of events being prepared for this summer, and like most families we cannot wait to enjoy plenty of time together visiting some fun attractions and enjoying ourselves. A couple of years ago we visited the Indoor Funfair in Liverpool and I am delighted to announce that it shall be returning once again for a spectacular 12 day event this August.

The UK's biggest indoor funfair is coming back to Liverpool later this year and this time it's even larger and visiting the city for longer. There will be more than 25 rides and inflatables that will feature across the full 90,000 sq. ft of space at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for the 12 day event in August.

It is an ambitious move for the organisers, but the extra space will not only mean more room for bigger attractions, but will also allow people to move around safely.

More than 25 rides and inflatables will feature across the full 90,000 sq.ft of space at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for the 12 day event in August.

Tickets are now on sale for the Indoor Funfair, which is filled with everything from dodgems, waltzers and The Twist to the cup and saucers. The UK's largest travelling funhouse will also be making its debut at this wonderful Liverpool event.

More rides and inflatables are set to be announced for the event, which takes place from the 11th to the 22nd August and offers unlimited access to rides during each session.

John Lowery, director of Indoor Funfair said: "We're looking forward to taking over the whole of Exhibition Centre Liverpool on the waterfront and bringing the biggest Indoor Funfair the city has ever seen.

"We know people are looking forward to finally having fun indoors without having to worry about the weather outside."

Faye Dyer, managing director of The ACC Liverpool Group, operator of Exhibition Centre Liverpool, said: "Indoor Funfair has become a firm fixture at Exhibition Centre Liverpool and we're looking forward to welcoming the organisers and visitors back.

"It's yet another example of a recognised brand showing confidence that our team will deliver a first class experience."

Fun for all the family at Indoor Funfair this August in Liverpool

Pre-booked tickets cost £10 for unlimited access to a three-hour session with spectator tickets priced at £3. There is also a special online offer of four riding wristbands for £36. Refreshments and any prize games are not included in the ticket price. 

Sessions run daily from 10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm.

There is an early bird offer of evening session tickets for just £7.50 until 11th June.

Between 6pm-9pm on the 12th and 19th of August, there'll be autism-friendly sessions for those with sensory needs where the venue lights will be switched on, music will be turned down, ride lights switched off and rides slowed where possible.

For more information or to book, please visit the homepage: www.indoorfunfair.org, or follow on Facebook or Instagram.

We also have a very special competition to give you the chance to win a family ticket to the Indoor Funfair in Liverpool. If you would like to try your luck, then please read the terms and conditions and then enter using the gleam form below. Good Luck!


Win a Family Ticket to the Indoor Funfair Liverpool

Terms and Conditions

  • There is 1 (one) prize of a family ticket to the Indoor Funfair Liverpool
  • A family ticket is for 2 adults and up to 4 children
  • The winner may choose the date that they wish to attend with the exclusion of the opening session on 11th August (10am-1pm).
  • Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over.
  • Competition closes on the 24th June 2021 at 11:59pm.
  • A winner shall be drawn within 7 days of the closing date and notified via email.
  • The winner will have 7 days to confirm their acceptance of the prize, before an alternative winner is drawn from the remaining eligible entries.
  • No bulk or third party entries
  • The winners details shall be shared with the promoter for the purpose of prize fulfilment. 
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • In the event of cancellation no alternative prize will be offered.
  • Additional Terms can be viewed on the Gleam entry form.
  • Entry to this giveaway confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions.
*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post. The details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the events/attractions own website prior to visiting in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Top Magicians Line-Up to Re-Open Liverpool's M&S Arena with Spectacular Show

Shone Productions are bringing a spectacular magic show, which is set to be the first performance of the year at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena this Summer to mark the venue's post lockdown reopening.

The show will form the first live programme taking place at the waterfront venue when Covid-19 restrictions are eased following 17th May.

Liverpool-based producer James Shone is delighted to reveal that X-Treme Magic will be staged on Saturday 22nd May at 7pm in The Auditorium at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena, and tickets are on sale now.

This is no old-fashioned, rabbit-out-of-a-hat magic, this show is a spectacle, designed to thrill with death-defying edge-of-your-seat stunts, grand stage illusions, daredevil escapology, and mind blowing magic all within a fast-paced performance.

Organisers are keen to reassure theatregoers that all necessary safety measures - including social distancing - will be in place to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable return to indoor live entertainment.

Producer James Shone commented: "I am delighted to be bringing the very first live show of the year to The Auditorium at the M&S Arena. Audiences have missed out on so many live experiences over the last 12 months, so it is a real privilege that we will be presenting shows once lockdown restrictions are eased.

"And what a show it is, we have some of the leading magicians and illusionists in the industry, we have created a spectacular production for all the family to enjoy. We want to reassure theatregoers that social distancing and safety measures will be in place to ensure Covid-secure performances - audiences, cast and crew safety is paramount."

X-treme Magic - The World's Most Dangerous Thrill Show is packed with fire, illusion and death-defying stunts. Master illusionist Richard Cadell will be joined by a full supporting cast of magicians including Pete Firman (Tonight At The London Palladium), Elizabeth Best (Britain's Got Talent) and Craig Christian (Evolution of Magic), as well as fire artistes, speciality acts and dancers. The show is billed as being unlike any other magic show ever seen in the UK. Created in Las Vegas, it was then brought across the pond to entertain UK audiences. Highlights include making a motorcycle appear from nowhere; Russian roulette with sticks of Dynamite; and even trying to escape from a straight-jacket while hung from a burning rope.

To book tickets please visit: www.mandsbankarena.com

Listing Details

X-Treme Magic

Date - Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 7pm

Venue - The Auditorium, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, L3 4FP



*Disclaimer - This post is written based on a press release kindly provided by BEA. All details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing but can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the venue's own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Sleeping Beauty to Bring Half-Term Magic to Liverpool Starring Gareth Gates

Panto magic comes to the Liverpool waterfront next month when Shone Productions' enchanting Sleeping Beauty opens at The Auditorium at the M&S Bank Arena.

Singing Sensation Gareth Gates stars as the handsome prince in Sleeping Beauty - The Pantomime of Your Dreams which runs from Saturday 29th May until Saturday 5th June 2021. He is joined by Peppa Pig's Emma Grace Arends as the Princess, while the cast also includes comedy favourite Bippo.

When the Evil Carabosse curses Princess Beauty to die on her 21st birthday, Beauty's Fairy ensures she only falls into a deep sleep which can be broken with a kiss from her one true love.

A handsome prince must come to her rescue and save the day.

The sparkling show also features a live band, beautiful scenery and costumes, amazing special effects, and lots and lots of laughs.

Gareth Gates shot to fame at the age of 16 when he was runner up in the first series of ITV talent show Pop Idol in 2002. He went on to have three consecutive number one hits - the third a duet with Pop Idol winner Will Young - has sold more than three-and-a-half million records in the UK alone.

In 2009 he took on the leading role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and his musical theatre career has also included Marius in the 25th anniversary world tour of Les Mis, Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde and Willard in Footloose.

His panto credits include Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Robin Hood, and several seasons as the Prince in Cinderella at venues including the New Wimbledon Theatre, Manchester Opera House and Nottingham Theatre Royal.

Gareth Gates says: "It's always a pleasure to perform for Liverpool audiences - people in the city really appreciate live theatre and they know how to have a good time. 

"The last 12 months have been very difficult for everyone in the entertainment business, performers and audiences alike. I know I can't wait to get back on stage, and I can promise this brilliant new production of Sleeping Beauty will be a real treat for all the family."

Emma Grace Arends has enjoyed a career in film, television and theatre both here and in America and Australia.

She has appeared as Daisy in Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience, alongisde David Mitchell and Jo Brand, and on stage in Peppa Pig's Big Splash and Peppa Pig's Surprise, while her previous panto roles include Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.

Meanwhile Bippo the Clown has been a favourite on stage and screen for 20 years. His panto credits at the Auditorium include Silly Billy in Jack and the Beanstalk, Muddles in Snow White and Smee in Peter Pan.

Producer James Shone says: "We all deserve some fun and laughter in our lives, and what better way to celebrate the easing of Covid restrictions than with a magical panto?

"The Auditorium is a fantastic venue and I know that our audiences are going to have a happy half-term as they cheer on the handsome prince and plucky princess and boo the baddie Carabosse."

The pantomime will be staged in a Covid-safe space which includes reduced seating capacity to allow social distancing, a one-way system around the venue, hand sanitiser stations and deep cleaning between each performance. The venue also has a 'Book With Confidence' policy in place, in the event of any changes to government guidance or local measures, full refunds will be given.

Listing Information - SLEEPING BEAUTY

Dates

Saturday 29th May - 3pm and 7pm

Sunday 30th May - 1pm and 5pm

Monday 31st May - 3pm and 7pm

Tuesday 1st June - 3pm and 7pm

Wednesday 2nd June - 3pm and 7pm

Thursday 3rd June - 3pm and 7pm

Friday 4th June - 3pm and 7pm

Saturday 5th June - 11am

Tickets

Silver Performances: £18-£19

Gold Performances: £25-£26

Venue Details

The Auditorium, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, L3 4FP

Booking website: www.mandsbankarena.com/


*Disclaimer - This post is based on a press release kindly provided by BEA. Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the venue's own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Anti-Bacterial Slime from Canal Toys - A Review

If you are a regular reader on this blog, then it will come as no surprise that my boys are huge fans of slime. They have tried out numerous different kinds over the years and despite my constant worry of it being embedded into my carpet or sofa, I know just how much they enjoy it, so I've always been happy for them to play with it. 

They were therefore delighted to be offered the chance to try out the latest Anti-Bacterial Slime from Canal Toys, which I found to be a really interesting concept. At a time where hand sanitisation and cleanliness is of the upmost importance, I really liked the idea of a product that makes hand hygiene fun and I couldn't wait to find out more.

Whilst I have always encouraged good personal health and hygiene with my children, it is safe to say that this has been extremely prominent in the last 12 months. Washing your hands, sanitising and regularly wiping down items and surfaces has always been important, but we are now seeing these recommendations absolutely everywhere, with hand sanitisation stations in shops, supermarkets, schools and pretty much any public space in general. For younger children I can imagine that this can feel very excessive and my youngest son will often comment that he feels like he has washed his hands a million times a day in school. I therefore knew that this product would be an instant hit with him and I definitely wasn't wrong.

Canal Toys Anti-Bacterial Slime is a unique product and the first of its kind in the market. It is child-safe and can kill up to 99.9% of germs. This isn't just a one time use product either, as it can be used over and over again, with it's anti-bacterial properties lasting up to 1 month. It is also alcohol free and comes in a funky little pot that can easily be carried around for use on the go.

The Anti-Bacterial slime is a great way to encourage keeping your hands clean through play. My son sat quietly for ages just quite happily covering his hands fully, which made me think that he was possibly also getting better coverage using the slime than he does with his usual hand sanitiser product. As a parent this gave me lots of reassurance that my sons hands were super clean and that the product was seeing off any germs that may be lurking.

The product can be bought as a single 40g pot with an RRP of £2.99 or alternatively it can be purchased as a tube of four pots with an RRP of £9.99. They are available at both Smyths Toys and Amazon and there are six different colours to choose from. My sons favourite is the purple, but all the colours look lovely and vibrant.

Overall we loved this product and I would be more than happy to purchase this for my children again in the future. I found it to be really innovative and I love the fact that the creators have taken a well loved product and added an anti-bacterial element. I feel that the recommended retail price of a single pot for £2.99 is a very reasonable cost and also an affordable pocket money price for children to buy themselves. For extra value the 4 pack tube is available at £9.99 which would also make an ideal gift. 

If you would like to find out more about the Anti-Bacterial Slime or other products in the Canal Toys range, then you can find their website and social media pages on the following channels:

Website - www.canaltoys.com

Facebook - fb.com/canaltoysglobal

Instagram - @canaltoysglobal

TikTok - @canaltoys


*Disclaimer - We were gifted sample products for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All opinions are my own. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link, which means that we may receive a small commission should you choose to purchase this product through the link provided. 



Sunday, 14 March 2021

Love Corn - Crunchy Snacks Review

(AD) We were gifted a LOVE CORN care package for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a family of five it is fair to say that we go through a fair amount of snacks on a daily basis. This has been especially highlighted during the recent period of home schooling, where it has become apparent that my children have felt the need to have a snack break every hour. However, on a positive note, this has encouraged us to try some new food products and discover some snacks that are different to the usual contents of our weekly shop. 

One of the new tasty treats that we have recently tried is LOVE CORN, which are crunchy corn kernel snacks that are packed full of flavour and available in a range of different varieties to suit all tastes and appetites. We were sent a Love Corn care package to review the product and we were very excited to try them out and learn a little bit more about the brand.

The four fabulous flavours are Sea Salt. Salt & Vinegar, Smoked BBQ and Habanero Chilli and there are a choice of portion sizes which are a 20g snack pack, a 45g portion size and a 115g packet that is perfect for sharing. They are ideal for families to enjoy at home, great for on the go, enjoying with a picnic or packed lunch, or even as a meal topper such as on soup or salads.

Love Corn snacks are plant based, vegan, gluten free, verified Kosher and Non GMO. The ingredients are super simple, just corn that's been roasted then seasoned. For example, on looking at the ingredients for the Smoked BBQ flavour, these are listed as Corn, Paprika, Onion, Garlic, Sea Salt and Sunflower Oil. So simple, yet so tasty!

Each of my children were keen to try specific flavours that suited their individual preferences, whilst I was looking forward to trying out the Habanero Chilli. My youngest son opted for the salt and vinegar flavour and the first thing that he mentioned was that the smell was not too overpowering. This can put him off foods quite quickly, so it tends to be the first thing that he notices. I emptied a 45g packet into a bowl for him and he was able to help himself throughout the day. He really enjoyed them and was very complimentary about the taste and how crunchy they were. He has already asked me to put some in a small container in his lunch box each day when he returns to school next week. The salt and vinegar was also my eldest son's favourite, who enjoyed them in moderation.

My daughter usually dislikes Salt & Vinegar flavouring, but she also helped herself to a few in the bowl and was pleasantly surprised. However, her personal favourite was the Sea Salt. She found she didn't want to eat a full packet at a time, but enjoyed getting a handful every now and again when feeling hungry. She therefore made good use of the fact that the packs are resealable and she enjoyed a packet over 2-3 days.

Both my husband and I enjoyed the Smoked BBQ and the Habanero Chilli flavours and these went down a treat with a glass of wine and a pint of lager in the evening. My husband usually enjoys a snack of ready salted peanuts with a beer, so this was a great alternative that also provided much more flavour.

Overall we really enjoyed Love Corn and we each had our own preference to our favourite flavours. We found them to be really crunchy and delicious and a great alternative to a packet of crisps. I will personally continue to use these as evening nibbles and my children have said that they would be happy to eat them as a regular snack, especially in their packed lunches. We all agreed that they were tasty and enjoyed trying something new and different from our usual choices. 

If you would like to try Love Corn snacks for yourself, then I have a 20% discount code available to my readers. Simply visit the Love Corn Website and enter the code "CRUNCH20" at the check out. Alternatively, if you would like to try before you buy or you're not quite sure which flavour to purchase, then why not request a free sample pack (Postage additional at £1.99).


*Disclaimer - We were gifted a LOVE CORN care package for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.