Recently I was offered tickets to Ludlow Food Festival 2018 however due to a change in my personal circumstances I was unable to go so instead I gave the tickets to my brother Paul and my sister-in-law Emma. They took along my niece Alex and nephew Jack and had an amazing time. Here is not my review but their review of the festival. Continue reading “Ludlow Food Festival 2018 – Review”
The Greatest Showman is a film that has recently been on at the cinema and is by far the best film that I have ever seen.
I had heard fantastic reviews about The Greatest Showman and having been someone who not only is a massive fan of musicals, had spent many hours as a child watching The Sound of Music over and over and also someone who has always enjoyed being on stage myself, it sounded like something that would be right up my street.
My daughters also really wanted to watch the film so it seemed like it was going to be a win win situation. My niece Alex had asked on Facebook if anyone wanted to watch it so I decided to be an awesome Auntie and take her along with us too.
We went along to our local Odeon cinema, collected our tickets from the collection point and headed over to the snacks counter. There was definitely no dieting happening that day as I collected my cheese nachos with jalapenos!
We made our way to our seats and already you could feel the excited buzz within the cinema. I think everybody in there were as excited as we were to see the film. A lot of my blogging friends had already mentioned that they had been to see the film in fact Lisa from Pass The Prosecco Please has seen it 3 times!
What was the film like?
I am not exaggerating when I say that I had goosebumps pretty much from the beginning of the film right through to the end. Not only does it show you the history of Barnum’s circus but it also shows you an incredible love story between the main character and his childhood friend and a real rags to riches story. All of the songs are extremely catchy and each song has its own meaning.
My favourite scene in the whole film was where Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron were striking the deal in the bar and as they sang the song ” The other side” the choreography alongside the bar man and drinking the shots was just incredible! Who knew what an incredible voice Hugh Jackman has!
Before I went to watch the film I fell in love with “This is me” for my own personal reasons, for me the song hit home do to my own experiences with struggling to find my feet and fit in. Especially when it came to school and bullying. Then when I watched the film and saw how the song fitted into the film it was even more empowering.
The film itself was incredible. I NEVER watch films over and over again, I’m very much the kind of person that watches a film then doesn’t see the point in watching it again as I have already seen it ( well apart from Bridget Jones, I will never get bored with that film) but when it comes to The Greatest Showman I genuinely feel like I will watch it over and over again.
I can’t remember the last time I watched something that gave me such a buzz and excitement. Of course this was helped by getting to watch the beautiful Zac Efron on the screen.
I would highly recommend seeing the film if you haven’t already, even if you aren’t a fan of musicals I would give it a go because the overall storyline is very interesting and a great portrayal of the history of the circus.
We had asked on Facebook for idea’s of places to go for an after school picnic that wasn’t too far from home as we only had a couple of hours spare to go in. Loads of ideas were thrown up and one that particularly stood out was a Gruffalo Spotter Trail in Haughmond Hill which is just by Shrewsbury.
There is parking at the start of the trail but rather than 1 big car park there are a few smaller car parks going around some trees. The car park is pay and display and costs just £1 for up to 2 hours. We parked right next to some picnic tables and a picnic area but chose to get the full picnic effect by lying a blanket on the floor.
The trail itself is FREE , you are able to buy activity packs for just £3, However due to us not getting there until 4pm we were unable to purchase one as the cafe shuts at 3:30pm , we found this quite disappointing especially when the trail itself is open until 8:30pm. Luckily we had taken our own picnic and drinks but had we have wanted to buy a cold drink on a hot day the option wouldn’t have been there. Most children finish school about 3pm so I would have thought with it being aimed at small children maybe something would have been open.
There is an app that goes alongside the trail but we were unable to get a good enough signal while we were there to download it. We decided that we would still do the trail and see what we could find despite not having the activity pack or app.
Searching for clues
Annabelle who is 7 really enjoyed looking for the clues
It was one of those parenting moments when I looked at her and thought she’s still just a little girl. She genuinely loved every part of it and reciting the book so that we knew which animals too look out for. Before we found each animal there were clues to find, then we tried to guess which animal was coming next by those clues.
I thought this was a fantastic idea and Freddie really learnt from it, being about to turn 3 the world is still very new to him and he learnt about a mouse, a fox, an owl and a snake before finding the Gruffalo itself.
We did find it very sad when we got to one of the clues to find that vandals had destroyed it, not only had they destroyed the actual clue but we also found the temporary one on the floor.
Despite not being able to fully use the trail to its full potential we really enjoyed it. It says on the website that it is aimed at very small children yet we all thoroughly enjoyed it as a family and I would say that Annabelle probably enjoyed it the most, In fact we enjoyed it so much we are going to go back again during the day so we can do the whole thing properly. I would definitely recommend it. oh yes and I almost forgot we found the Gruffalo!!
If the kids are under your feet and you’re looking for somewhere fun, educational and very cheap ( we literally paid a pound for the car park and have a fantastic time) Then a Gruffalo Trail is for you!
I actually Vlogged our experience and you can find it over on YouTube , please feel free to subscribe whilst you’re over there and if you enjoy the Vlog give me a little thumbs up I would really appreciate it.
We had a fantastic time at the Gruffalo Trail why don’t you visit one too! There are over 26 different sites so there may be one near to you 🙂
We have a little bit of a tradition with the older 2 of going to watch the Horrible Histories stage show every year. We have been going since they were 6 and 7. They are now 12 and 13. You can imagine our excitement when it was finally coming to our home town! You see normally we would travel to Theatre Cymru to see the show. Continue reading “Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Review at The Place Theatre Oakengates – Review”