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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

The Independence of the Seas is one of the UK’s favourite cruise ships, and since her multi-million pound refit she’s also managed to go up in her guests estimations.  This Royal Caribbean Freedom-Class cruise ship has spent the best part of the last 10 years sailing from Southampton during the summer months, showing UK cruisers the true meaning of what it is like to have fun at sea. If this is your first time on the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, or your first visit since the introduction of the  new

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.

It was an absolute delight to be invited back to Chamäleon Theatre in Berlin so soon after seeing the previous show, Scotch & Soda back in March. When I received the email asking me if I would like to see the latest show, PARADE, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.  I was so excited to see what was coming next from my contemporary circus friends in Berlin, and I was curious to see how they would top their previous show stopping efforts. Pre Theatre Visit To The TV Tower Before

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

Sid’s Show came to Derby’s Guildhall Theatre for half term and the girls and I were lucky enough to be invited along.  We are all huge fans of Sid Sloane in the CBeebies show Let’s Play and couldn’t wait to pop along and see him live on stage.  It was lovely to have a fun activity to look forward to with the children, as all their usual playgroups and sessions come to a grinding halt in the school holidays.  It also turned out to be on a pretty wet day

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

We have all wanted to see In The Night Garden Live for a long time now.  The girls both adore the TV show and secretly Daddy does too.  Going to see it live at some point was a given I guess, as we’ve talked a lot about In The Night Garden here.  When we were invited to see the show, it meant it was going to happen sooner rather than later, so all 4 of us headed to Birmingham recently to see our favourite friends.

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

This week two very excited little girls made their way to the Theatre Royal Nottingham, escorted by their Mummy’s of course, to see the all new Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live Tour. Leading up to the show had been a little like the long journey to that long awaited holiday, but in stead of ‘are we nearly there yet?’ it was ‘are we going to see Ben & Holly today?’.  We had to do the all famous sleep countdown so Princess knew exactly when she was going to see

Last year we took Princess along to see Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Tour.  We went with friends, who have a little girl who is also a big Peppa Pig fan.  I’d go so far as to say bigger than Princess! The pair of them thoroughly enjoyed the show, spending every minute on their feet singing and dancing.  The weren’t the only ones either, all the young theatre goers were on their feet too.  The atmosphere was brilliant.

I took the family along to see the Big Window Theatre Company’s production, One Finger, One Thumb this weekend at the Lakeside Arts Theatre.  Princess was as excited as ever, and is really getting into her theatre now. The story is based around the well known nursery rhyme of the same name, and is the most adorable tale of a family and what happens to them one windy washing day. Ruby Ring loses her favourite doll, Baby Small and must find her right now.  She retraces her steps and takes

We really love taking the girls to the theatre, it is definitely one of our favourite places to go.  Princess really enjoys it now, and gets really excited when she knows we are going to see a performance.  Even Little Pudding, at 8 months, is transfixed by the storytelling that the theatre can bring to life now she has been a few times.  I love how they are both growing to enjoy going as much as I do. We visit the Nottingham Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside about once a month

This weekend we took a couple of trips to the theatre (because Mummy isn’t ever so good at checking her diary to see what’s already planned!).  If you managed to catch up with this post you’ll know we’re trying out some ‘indoor’ activities with the girls now that Autumn has finally caught up with us. The first was to see Emily Brown and the Thing by the Tall Stories Theatre Company. Now I have to admit this wasn’t a story I’d heard of but as it was co-written by Cressida

We’ve been trying some new things this weekend and our first stop was a Sensory Play Centre called ‘Look Inside’.  Unfortunately I didn’t feel I could take photo’s of this but here’s a link to their gallery so you can have a quick look at what’s on offer. I find that weekends can be a blessing and a curse all at the same time.  We have a busy house and people start getting under each other’s feet very quicky.  Getting out is the best way to diffuse what can fast

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