Holiday ideas for water sports addicts

Water sports are a bit like marmite. You either love them, or you hate them. And if you love them, they become all-consuming. Fondness for sailing turns quickly to a love of the sea. Appreciation of the tranquility of paddle boarding can quickly turn to a desire to dive in, and a lifetime yearning for wild swimming develops. Before you know it, you’re researching water sports holidays and buying kit to see you through the next season of getting out on the water. Sailing Sailing holidays are perhaps the ultimate water sports getaway. With a yacht charter you’re free to…

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The Entertainer at Malvern Theatres: Review

Since its premier in 1957, the Entertainer has become an iconic play. Now set in 1982 with a backdrop of the Falklands war, Archie Rice finds his showbiz career going down the pan. His profession is outdated. His best jokes are no longer considered funny. So where does he go from here? The brand new version of John Osbourne’s The Entertainer is showing at Malvern Theatres until Saturday, 14th September starring Shane Richie as Archie. About The Entertainer If I had to describe The Entertainer in one word, I’d choose the word ‘bleak’. Set between a theatre stage and the…

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A dog friendly family weekend at the Sunshine Festival (review)

Glorious weather during the August bank holiday weekend made sure the Sunshine Festival lived up to its name. Not only is this Worcestershire festival great for families with a packed agenda for children, but it’s dog friendly too. A varied lineup included everything from popular bands like Scouting for Girls to local legends like the Worcester Ukulele Club. Sunshine festival: the music The sunshine festival lineup tends to be bands that most of us remember dancing to a good few years ago. My favourite this year was Scouting for Girls. Other acts on the main stage included 10CC, Showaddywaddy, Boyzlife…

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Book recommendations for primary school children September 2019

This month, the girls and I are continuing on our search for engaging books for primary school children. A summer of bedtime stories has finally got us through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Without pausing for breath we’ve moved straight on to The Goblet of Fire. Aside from that, we’ve been looking for books they enjoy reading themselves to keep up their reading ability during the holidays. Plus, audio books have helped us out on long car journeys. We’ve found some really gorgeous, engaging books this month that I’m happy to recommend. As always, please do let me…

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Thursday photo #278

Just like that, the summer holidays are over. The children are back to school, the leaves on my favourite wall are turning red and there’s a distinct chill in the air. We’ve had a brilliant summer, making the most of every moment the girls were off school. Perhaps that’s why we’re all so ready for them to go back. Craving routine, time apart and a rest from all the chaos. New glasses For several years, Libby has been desperate for a certain style of glasses. Most of her friends wear the larger, chunkier frames that are fashionable at the moment.…

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A September resolution about priorities

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’ve always been terrible at them. By 1st January, I always have a bit of a food hangover from Christmas. It’s usually so long since I’ve exercised that I’ve lost my trainers, so resolutions almost always revolve around losing weight. In September though, making a resolution to last me until the end of the year seems a lot more reasonable. So this September, I’ve decided to make a resolution to prioritise better. The to-do list Like most freelancers, work is always at the top of my to-do list. Of course, it sits alongside the…

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Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2019

Christmas days out in the West Midlands sell out fast! This is a comprehensive list of places to see Santa as well as other festive events. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any brilliant events off the list, I’d be happy to add them in. Advance booking essential at all attractions unless otherwise stated. If you’re looking for a Christmas event in a particular part of the West Midlands, click the county below to jump to that section. For more days out around the area at any time of year, check out my list of things to do in…

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