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It was Indie’s birthday at the weekend, so we decided to head over to the Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park in Nottingham to celebrate.  We’ve not been to a trampoline park as a family before so this was a first for all of us. What is Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park Like? Getting to Red Kangaroo We drove to Red Kangaroo as it is on Blenheim Industrial Estate which is about 30 minutes from our house by car.  There is a bus stop about a 10 minute walk away if you want

We love the opportunity to pop into town, so when we were invited to review Red Dog Saloon restaurant in Nottingham I knew we couldn’t say no.  Finding good places for family dining is important to us, so we went along one Sunday with the girls to check out the restaurant. Red Dog Saloon is in a great location on Victoria Street where the Lace Market meets Hockley in Nottingham’s city centre.  It’s a stones throw from the Lace Market tram stop and there’s also a bus stop just down

I can’t believe I’ve not written a ‘things to do in Nottingham’ post until now.  I’ve lived in the city for well over 20 years and all three of my children have grown up here.  I’d like to think that makes me a bit of an expert on things to do and what to see in and around Nottingham, many of which myself and my family have personally experienced. Nottingham has a lot to offer people visiting here, and it’s great to see more and more tourists enjoying our lovely

We are huge fans of the Lakeside Arts Djanogly Theatre in Nottingham so we couldn’t wait to see this year’s Christmas performance, Red Riding Hood.  Going to the theatre at this time of year is one of our favourite family Christmas traditions.  When the weather is cold and damp, and the days are cold and dark there’s no better way to lift the spirits in my book. The Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts is a lovely venue perfect for family friendly theatre.  It’s small and intimate which means there really are

Hello Friends! Did you enjoy my Disney Princess Sing and Sparkle Ariel Doll Review yesterday? Well, I’ve got even more things Disney to share today.  If you follow me on Instagram you might have spotted that we went to the latest Disney on Ice show to arrive at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.  I shared a lot on Instagram stories that day because it was a lovely show,  if you go and have a look at my Disney on Ice highlights, you can still see some of my favourite moments. The girls were so

Are you looking for places to visit Father Christmas in Nottinghamshire? If that is the case this is a great list to visit Santa near me.  Going to Santa’s Grotto is one of my favourite Christmas traditions and I find it’s a lovely way to keep the festive magic alive.  So if you want the best Santa experience you are going to find exactly what you are looking for in the list below. Where To See Santa in Nottinghamshire Santa Specials with the Great Central Railway Great Central Railway’s “Santa”

I’ve been keeping a little secret from Indie and Brook.  Very soon they are going to see Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and I know it will be such a super surprise for them. I love taking them to live shows as it helps to bring their favourite characters to life and of course there’s something very magical about Disney isn’t there.? I think it’s important to show children that there are many different forms of entertainment and it’s a good thing to go out there and

Relaxation isn’t always easy, especially when life gets busy with work and family.  This is exactly why a visit to Eden Hall Day Spa is going to be perfect for you as you can leave all the daily distractions behind you, just for a day, and focus on recharging your batteries just in time for the festive season. I was so keen to arrive at Eden Hall, that I was actually 30 minutes early for check in. It definitely wasn’t time wasted though, as I was able to tick a few

Spending a day or weekend even at spa, free from distractions, is one of life’s simple pleasures as far as I’m concerned.  I like to think of a visit to a spa as a mini holiday for the body and mind, and what’s so great about it is you don’t have to travel that far from home.  If you live in Nottingham and like to visit the spa, this post is going to be right up your street. I’ve done the very tough job of bringing together the best spa

We have been putting together our plans for things to do in Nottingham for Christmas and we soon realised there are lots of events to keep kids busy for the festive holidays.  We love this time of year and find that going to Christmas events form a huge part of our family traditions.  We have hand picked the best Christmas activities just for you to make sure you have a magical time during the season. If you are looking for great Christmas days out and festive activities near Nottingham we’ve got you

We have been putting together our plans for things to do in Nottingham for Halloween and we soon realised there are lots of events to keep kids busy for October half term.  We love spooky fun Halloween events that the whole family can enjoy and we have picked out the best in the region just for you. There are free things to do for Halloween as well as great days out and activities.  No matter what your budget, we will soon have you out and about enjoying the best of

You guys already know that we love live shows.  It will come as no surprise then that when I was asked if I’d like to see OVO Cirque du Soleil in Nottingham that I was quick to take them up on the offer.  I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil  at the Nottingham arena before but the rest of the family hadn’t yet had the pleasure.  Our invite to OVO seemed like the perfect opportunity to change that and I was really interested to see what a 4 year old and 6

When we heard that Bing Live was going to be coming to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham I knew I wanted to take the girls for a holiday treat.  They are both huge fans of Bing Bunny and his friends.  They really enjoy their real life adventures so I knew they would love going to see the show. I didn’t tell my little Bingsters they were going to see Bing Live until we were heading for the show.  As soon as they found out they were going to the

There are lots of places to eat in Nottingham but if you really like steak you might want to check out Bar + Block on Chapel Bar near Maid Marion Way.  Seeing as it only opened a few months ago, it’s still considered to be one of the new restaurants in Nottingham so we were keen to go and take a look.  The invitation also coincided perfectly with our wedding anniversary, so it came as a welcome treat for us too. We arrived at Bar + Block on one of

Over recent years, going to the theatre has become more and more accessible to children.  I love taking the girls to see a show, and they love watching stories and characters be brought to life in front of their very eyes.  We never fail to have a good time when we go to the theatre as a family. We were lucky enough to be invited to see What The Lady Bird Heard Live showing at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal recently at it was a big hit with both Indie and Brook.

What makes for a memorable restaurant in your book?  Is it a warm and friendly welcome?  Perhaps it’s the comfortable dining experience?  I’m pretty sure an excellent menu and high quality dishes will feature in your list somewhere, right? Well, if you are looking for an Indian restaurant in Nottingham that has all these bases covered then let me introducing you to The Calcutta Club on Maid Marian Way, also known as the ‘Madras Mile’. My husband and I enjoyed a rare night out in Nottingham to find out more

Nottingham is an incredibly unique city in that it is brimming with independently owned shops and businesses.  In some areas,  you will probably find as many independently owned cafes, restaurants and shops as you will find High Street chains.  It makes for a really varied shopping experience especially when it comes to Christmas time and buying unique gifts for friends and family. On Saturday 2nd December, I was invited into town with a group of lovely bloggers to celebrate our fantastic local business owners and see what they had to

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t go into town as much as I used to.  In fact it’s probably been years since I went out for a few drinks and some dancing.  When I found out there was a Bierkeller in town  though, I couldn’t resist popping along to find out what it was like.  As you might already know, I’ve been to Germany a few times this year and I love their attitude to socialising.  The Germans know how to let there hair down and going

As you might already know, I’m a huge fan of the Eden Hall Spa Day.  When I was given the opportunity to go and find out what the Comfort Blanket treatment was all about, I literally couldn’t refuse.  Doesn’t it sound like the perfect way to fgive the mind and body a boost already? My Eden Hall spa day was very well timed.  I had spent the previous weekend in Hamburg with my 3 year old daughter on a really fun city break.  We had a fantastic time, but I did

Weekends at home do not need to be dull, and you can always find an attraction or exhibit close to home that the whole family will enjoy.  We had heard a lot about the Dinosaurs of China exhibition running at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and decided to venture to down to see what all the fuss was about. We all enjoy natural history exhibits, so it was nice that the Dinosaurs of China was so accessible and close to home.  Wollaton Hall is a fantastic building in it’s own right, with

Rushcliffe Country Park is definitely our favourite place to take the kids near to our home, but it dawned on us today that we hadn’t been for sometime.  Last year we would go and visit a couple of times a month in the warmer weather, but we don’t seem to have got into the same good habits this year. Sundays start early in this house with our first swimming lesson starting at 9am.  Seeing as we are out and about so early it’s nice to keep this momentum.  After Sunday

When thinking about where to take the kids to eat, I am a huge fan of buffet style restaurants with good quality food and a wide selection of dishes.  We were recently invited to Cosmo Restaurant in Nottingham to try out their 5 star approach to the all you can eat buffet, and it definitely sounded right up our street. We headed into Nottingham on St George’s Day and caught the city in full swing of the celebrations.  We headed up to the restaurant and had a great window seat from

Birthdays aren’t complete unless you are having fun with family and friends.  It also helps if they feature pizza and prosecco.  I think the two go very well together and one of the best places to enjoy all of the above is in the relaxed atmosphere of a Pizza Express restaurant with the exciting new Spring menu. April always give rise to some special celebrations at Zena’s Suitcase, as I get to celebrate being one year older and my sister also celebrates her birthday around the same time too.  This year

Las Iguanas invited us to their restaurant in Nottingham this week to check out the new menus, including what’s on offer for kids.  Las Iguanas is a South American restaurant & bar that I used to visit before having the girls.  I hadn’t really thought about it being a family friendly restaurant to take kids to eat in until our visit on Sunday. The sun was shining and everyone was in a good mood so we took the girls into town.  We did a bit of shopping and played in the

A few weeks ago, the girls and I were invited to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham to find out what the Beanbag Music Club was all about.  It’s been on my list of local activities to try for a while now so this was just the push I needed to take the girls along. The Beanbag music club is a whole heap of musical fun for under 6’s and their families.  Each Beanbag music club is a fun music concert hosted by different local acts.  The Uke Box got the (kids)

I have wanted to know what a show like Cirque Du Soleil is like for a long time, so when I got the chance to go down to the opening night of their latest show, Varekai at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena I literally jumped at the chance.  If I could sum up my night in one word it would have to be EPIC!  Cirque Du Soleil know how to put on a show, and I was literally mesmerised from beginning to end. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect

We love to take the children to the theatre, and we are especially fond of going to the Djanogly Theatre at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.  We have enjoyed some lovely performances with the children over the years and this Christmas was no exception. We were invited to see Beasty Baby, a collaborative family performance between The University of Nottingham, Theatre Rites and Nottingham Lakeside Arts.  Beasty Baby is the perfect children’s Christmas play, suitable for ages 3-6 year olds, for lots of reasons.  The theatre is small and intimate, making it a great

I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to keep it a secret from the girls that they were going to be seeing Frozen Disney On Ice at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.  Bless them, it didn’t even dawn on them what was happening when I said they could both wear a Frozen dress on a Sunday afternoon.  We even got to the arena, and because they are still quite young, they still didn’t really understand what was happening until we pointed out all the Frozen merchandise and

How excited are we that the number 1 animated movie of all time is finally making an appearance here in Nottingham at the Motorpoint Arena?  Well, to say we are very excited to see Disney On Ice presents Frozen is quite an understatement.  My daughters are literally going to pop when they see their favourite characters, Anna and Elsa, take to the ice.  How I’m going to keep it a surprise until next month, I don’t know! I know this is going to be one magical show, as this brand

My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of the UK tour of Marvel Universe LIVE! and what a night it was.  There was much debate in our house about who was going to be going, but my husband was clear that he was at the top of the list from the start.  He’s a big Marvel fan, and loves all things geek and sci-fi, so of course it was a given he’d love to go. This meant the kids had to stay at

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