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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

Family Day Out at Twinlakes Last half term the girls had an inset day following the week off.  I went online and had a look at Twinlakes ticket prices, and because it was ‘off peak’ to them it was just £8.50 a ticket.  It was a no brainer really, I booked tickets for Indie, Brook and I and had my fingers crossed for a blue sky day for our family day out. How to Find Twinlakes Twinlakes is just 45 minutes from Nottingham, just outside Melton Mowbray.  It’s now in

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

I’m really not a huge fan of having a bored 4 year old and 6 year old at home over the summer holidays.  Can you relate?  We’ve actually been on the look out for some new days out near Nottingham to take Brook and Indie for this very reason. Our visit to Timber Festival in The National Forest reminded us about taking them to Conkers in Derbyshire, namely because it was straight across the road from the festival site and it sounded a lot of fun too.  Shortly after being

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

Glamping with kids is one of the easiest and best ways to get your children enjoying the outdoors at this time of year.  We were lucky enough to be invited to Wigwam® Holidays Millside near Grantham recently and I was super excited to be able to take the girls glamping in Lincolnshire and spending some quality time with them in the fresh air. We decided to leave Daddy at home and make it a real girlie weekend away for myself, Brook and Indie.  Wigwam® Holidays Millside provides luxury glamping near Nottingham

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

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

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)

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

My daughter and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Nottingham Contemporary to find out more about their summer exhibition and free family activities.  I love introducing my family to new experiences, so I jumped at the chance to pop along.  My daughter really enjoys arts and crafts, so I knew she would love it, and it also gave us the opportunity to spend some precious Mum and daughter time together.

Highfields Park in Nottingham is one of our very favourite places to go, and my daughter and I visited after going to the theatre on Sunday to see The Elves And The Shoemaker at Lakeside Arts.  Princess had the scooter and I had the camera and we enjoyed getting some fresh air together.  It was so nice to get out and about after being stuck indoors with tonsillitis the week before.

I absolutely love that I am able to share so many trips to the theatre with my family.  I really appreciate being able to share with them different opportunities to enjoy entertainment in all it’s various guises. After we saw Going On A Bear Hunt, we had the opportunity to see a completely different kind of performance.  Bleu by East Midlands Children’s Theatre and Dance Network was showing at Nottingham Lakeside and it sounded perfect for my 3 year old daughter.

I took my 3 year old to see Grass at Lakeside Theatre this weekend.  She was very excited as she enjoy’s the theatre a lot and Nottingham Lakeside is one of our very favourite places. We left Daddy and Little Pudding at home as I don’t think the 1 year old would have sat still like she used to now that she has found her feet.  It was nice for just the two of us to go along though, and we were both excited about seeing the performance together.

I hate to say it but I think summer is almost done.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting wetter and colder by the minute.   The reality for us parents though is that the kids still need entertaining and getting out of the house, before everyone goes up the wall.  As we go rushing into autumn at full pelt I’ve started to think about what we’d like to see at the theatre over the next few months to fill the gap of outdoor play. It’s nice

May half term saw another week of fun and frivolity at Nottingham Lakeside with the return of Wheee! The International Children’s Theatre & Dance Festival. We were lucky enough to be invited to enjoy the latest Luminarium from Architects of Air and to see Statik, the hilarious performance from Action Transport Theatre. This delightful story is based around Mikey’s first day at work in the factory.  Everything is running like clock work in the factory, but Mikey has trouble with the new routine and fitting in with everyone.  Voices start to

We thought we’d stay local for a change this weekend, so packed up the kids and headed out to run a few errands, play at the local park and grab some lunch. There are plenty of places to eat in Nottingham, and West Bridgford has more than it’s fair share.  It’s very popular as it’s a perfect location for Nottingham Forest, Notts County and the world famous Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.  Something us locals are constantly reminded of when in comes to parking on fixture days. We picked Mud Crab

We love Lakeside Arts here in Nottingham, it’s one of our favourite family places to go. We love the theatre, and walking round the park.  I’ve recently discovered they have an archeology museum and the cafes are great for a coffee and cake stop.  There’s definitely something for everyone. One of the highlights in the Lakeside Arts program is Wheee! The Childrens Festival, this May half term.  If you’re looking for something to do that will inspire and excite your little ones this half term, Wheee! is the place to

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