Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cirque du Hilarious

 Last week, we went to Blackpool to see Cirque du Hilarious. Which is situated on Central Pier, we made the mistake of going onto the pier, all the way to the bottom in search for it, whereas in fact its right at the front next to the amusements on the right hand side as you look at the pier... (please don't make the same mistake as us!)When we got there, we walked into a bar for refreshments which was very welcomed in this hot weather we are enjoying, and a small stage with seats and tables positioned around in a cabaret style.
It started shortly after arrival, and the girls were mesmerised with the dancers... J is a very keen dancer, so this was greatly appreciated, and I think Daddy enjoyed them to, but didn't let on...
 

...and then it went onto magic...  Wow is all I can say about the magic... daddy and I still cant work out how the tricks were done.... It was at this point that we realised 'Cirque du hilarious' was no normal circus. There was no clowns, no trapeze artists or juggling... it consists of dancers, magic shows and slapstick comedy.... which results in pain in the sides from laughing so much.



It had the girls entranced the entire 90 minutes (with a small break in the middle) with laughter and concern...


 

With the show story lines they draw the audience into the scene, so be prepared to get a little or possibly a lot wet.... most of the audience was sprinkled with the water pistol, but poor S got soaked by a bucket of water.... and no spare clothes... which resulted in an almighty shocked scream and cries... poor S... but was glad I had hidden the camera from the bucket, but poor S got the brunt of it.


There were many different scenes so the joke didn't get bored, which I wont go into here, as I don't want to spoil it for you... but here are a few snapshots of our show...



It was a lovely family afternoon, that kept us adults and the girlies amused, and rounded off our day nicely. You can see what else we did to fill our day in Blackpool here.

 
Would I recommend it.... YES!!! They are only at the pier until the 31st August though, so if you want to see them, be quick. They have showings every day except Fridays at 3.30pm, they may have one at 1pm too, but please check as it has been cancelled due to heat the last week. A family ticket is £26, an adult £10 and a child £8.
 
 
We were given a complimentary family ticket in return for an honest review, all words, pictures and opinions are my own.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

BLACKPOOL!!!!

 
Last week, we had arranged to go to Blackpool to see Cirque du hilarious at Central Pier. Daddy M was on standby in the morning, so we were keeping everything crossed that he didn't get called out, and thankfully he didn't. So after lunch we made the 90minute journey. I had a little bucket list in my head that I wanted us to do...
Build a sandcastle
Ride a 'Blackpool Donkey' on the beach
Have a paddle in the sea
Play in the amusements
Grab an ice cream
Chippy tea watching the waves
 
So once we parked up we headed straight to the sand.... at this point, I remembered I had left the bucket and spades at home... D'Oh! Daddy stopped to check something, so I asked the girlies to pose with the sea as a back drop... this was the result....
 

Which ended up in them dancing around pretending to be fairies and butterflies...

 
We then headed down the storm defence onto the beach...and headed straight for the donkeys...
 


J loved them, and before we had even asked, 'how much?' she had chosen the one with pink reins. It wasn't the rip off we were expecting, at £2.50 per child. And they are there every day, bar Fridays...
 

The girls happily posed with the donkeys whilst they were stationary, and the donkeys were great with the children.


 ....Until they started to move... J looked uneasy, and S burst into tears.... whoops... J soon got used to the movement, and daddy walked alongside S to reassure her, and both enjoyed the experience.... yeay!

 
After the donkeys, we realised we didn't have much time before the show started, so we posed quickly for a family photo now I am starting to learn the other features of the camera.. i.e. timer... then it was off to central pier....
 
 
We saw the advert on the front of the amusements.... and the girls got excited...
 

We made the mistake of walking down the pier to the very end, when in fact the show was at the front on the other side, but this meant a few more photo opps as daddy was with us...

Daddy's Girl
 
Then it was time for the "Cirque du Hilarious".... which is an entire post on its own... but would recommend if your in Blackpool.
 
After the show, we said the girls could a £ each for the 2p's machine... that went very quickly with J, but S was getting distracted as she couldn't reach the slots easily, and comfortably...
 
So we started on the games instead... J and Daddy love air hockey... but S couldn't reach up so she had to watch... one day S will be taller and can join in....
 

 
...but instead she could go on a car ride, and she sat in on the simulator flying ride with Daddy and J...
 
 
 After the amusements, it was off to the fair ground on the pier, earlier when we went past we had promised the big wheel to J, and so Daddy took her up, S went on the toddler wheel, and shrieked with enjoyment on that, but the larger one, we felt was to unsecure to have a terrible 2's tot that high up...
 
 
those two single rides cost almost £10 so we decided to make tracks quickly before we spent all of daddy's wages...  so we headed for the beach for a paddle as we walked back to the car... as its not the cleanest of beaches its not that busy, even on hot days like this... and we were stepping over litter in places... but the girls sure do make great photographs....
 
 
...testing the water...


Wave jumping
 So out of the bucket list we completed half, we didn't have time for anything else, but we still had a great day.... and lots of memories made...
Build a sandcastle
Ride a 'Blackpool Donkey' on the beach
Have a paddle in the sea
Play in the amusements
Grab an ice cream
Chippy tea watching the waves

We opted out of the chippy as S started to get a high temp, and not herself, so decided it was best to get out the sun. And due to the time, headed for the golden arches for their dinner on the way home, so no ice cream either... it wasn't missed though.
 


My Sunday Photo


OneDad3Girls

Friday, 25 July 2014

Foodie festival @ Tatton Park

Last weekend we were kindly given free entry to the Tatton Park foodie festival. We have been in the previous years, but this year the advertising seemed to miss us, so was glad to receive these tickets. We chose the Saturday, and this particular day the weather was horrendous... with a storm the night before, and another one passing through, throughout the day. We thought it would be like the last years, under a huge tent/gazebo so didn't pack coats, as it was still extremely hot, but very wet. 
 
So..... what a shock when we arrived.... no big tent.... this was going to be fun....
 

It was after entering, when I realised I had left my phone in the car, so I ran back leaving Grandma and the girlies watching the band warm up... in the rain.... the stalls were all under cover, but the guests.... nadda.... this was a real let down.

J was not happy....
 
 
After we got ourselves sorted, the rain seemed to ease, so we got browsing... the first stall to grab our attention was Whiteys Gourmet Popcorn, we were able to try the different flavours, and I was amazed at the quality of the popcorn. I am a big fan, and have tried various brands, and home popped... these samples though, left none of the corn on the roof of your mouth... BONUS.... I loved the sweet chilli flavour, and the girls the cocoa popcorn, so we bought both to take home.


The next stall was CHEESE..... again we are huge cheese fans...the girls prefer the cheddars, and I am willing to try anything without mould on, so got stuck into the samples, whilst Grandma bought some to take home.

We were also tempted by the ceramic frying pans, and we both almost brought them... they looked fantastic... the guy just blew the omelette off the pan, now that is non-stick! WOW!! Will have to pop one of these on my Christmas wish list.... (hint hint!)


After the demonstration stalls, there was a chutneys area, but this seemed to attract a lot of WASPS... im petrified of wasps, so we moved swiftly on to the sweets and fudge, where the girls got a sweet straw thing each.





It then started to really rain heavy, so we got through the next stalls very quickly, but the pure stall caught my eye, as the girls needed a drink. I got J (the fussy one) to try a few samples of their juices, and she loved the wheatgrass one. WOW!! She is drinking organic, raw cold pressed vegetables and fruit.....SO........ that was sold. It was £4 for one 200ml bottle, or 3 for £10. So the girls had one each, and as Daddy was getting ill with the stress of work at the moment, we took one home for him to benefit from the vitamins.





We then decided as we were like drowned rats, we would call it a day, the girls were getting miserable, and cold, and had had enough. Which was a real shame, as there was still stalls to be seen, but didn't want to get ill. BUT... on the way out, the ladies on the Colgate stall gave us a bit of shelter in the blow up tent/igloo and offered the girls some ice cream to see if the toothpaste would help J's sensitive teeth. And.... she said it did  a little, and that's just one application leaving it 60 seconds, so that's a hit. She then went on to share it with S, which was a special moment. YEAY!
 
So here are the goodies we got whilst visiting the foodie festival. 
 

There were some points I really didn't like about the show this year, which is a real shame,
  • It was not undercover, which meant not only did the paying guests get wet and not want to have drink and food at the festival, but also meant wasps...
  • I could not see any toilets, there may have been, but in the rain, couldn't find anyone to ask, so had to take J behind one of the stalls.
  • Entry into the park via car was another £5 on top of the ticket price. National Trust members still had to pay. Which makes it all add up. If we had to pay, £12 per adult, plus parking its £29 before we even get to see the products.
The plus sides:
  • Cash machines were available if needed.
  • Lots of lovely food and products relating to cooking etc, all in one place.
  • Workshops were under cover, once you queued up to register in the rain (about a 30minute wait)
Would I return next year? That depends.... on the weather... however if they return it back to under cover, yep!


 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Deer at Attingham Park

Last week, my sister asked if I could pick something up for her in Shrewsbury. With it being over an hour there and another hour back, we decided to make a day of it as she was paying for fuel. Grandma had a day off, so joined the girlies and myself. After a look around on geocaching.com (I am not as addicted as it looks, honest!) we saw two areas that looked like a great walk. We settled on Attingham Park, which is a national Trust park, so we knew it would be good. We packed a packed lunch, and was set to spend the day with a walk of around 2-3 miles. This turned into around 5 miles... whoops!
We had Uncle N stay with us from Oman for a few days, so the girls were exhausted after lots of late nights. (But if we stayed inside, they would have caused havoc.) J was insisting on a very short walk, so wanted to cram in our usual woodland activities in quickly, and went running off into bushes to hide for 'hide and seek'  running into stinging nettles.... with shorts..
This resulted in a huge tantrum, and a search for a doc leaf... it took about 10 minutes to find one, but when we did it was huge.... It took several leaves to take the 'hurt' away, and another to stiff in her sock...
 

She only snapped out of her bad, irritable mood, when we found a small stream with stepping stones. She was able to play on these for a good 5 minutes whilst I grabbed a cache nearby, and watched as she almost slipped...
 
She was finally in a happier place, and was exploring the surroundings again. Here there is many HUGE tree's.... so big that we couldn't hug them, or all four of us linking arms, still wouldn't reach half way around the trees.


...and the paths were ideal for the pushchair that we tagged along expecting S to get tired, I would expect this to be ideal for J to ride her bike when she has learnt....
 
 
On the search for a geocache I headed into 7ft high stinging nettles.... thankfully I was skilled enough not to get stung.. :-)
 
 
We then headed to a different area of the park which we didn't know was here.... so was excited to see them close up. The girls were under strict advice to stay to the mowed paths to not stress the deer out, and S decided she had enough of walking, and wanted to go back in the buggy.

 
J was amazed at how close and how many deer there actually was around us... and the deer were curious about the girls...
 

Whilst having a little break for another geocache, J took a well earned rest on the front of the buggy to watch the deer.
 
 
Once in the deer park, we had to continue on the path, or double back on ourselves... so we were committed to a longer then expected walk. J did fantastic at the 5 mile walk, and S managed around 3 miles before giving up, so once back at the house, they were treated to an ice lolly as the rain came....


We have had yet ANOTHER great day at a national trust place, so think a membership is certainly on the cards...  and if you are in the area with an urge for a nice walk, or an afternoon tea, (they looked awesome!) I would certainly recommend Attingham Park.
 
 
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