Crowngate Kids Club at the Pod

Keeping the children entertained in the school holidays can be pricey. Shopping trips seem like an expedition with reluctant little ones. Sometimes though, a shopping centre goes the extra mile to make it a bit easier. We headed to Crowngate Shopping Centre in Worcester over half term to make the most of their free kids club. Kids club at the Pod For two days during half term, Crowngate arranged for a local independent business to come into the Pod and run free children’s activities. The first day, children decorated a ladybird house. We attended on the second day, to decorate…

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Inflata Nation Birmingham review and tips for visiting

We were invited to put Inflata Nation in Birmingham through its paces. We visited during a bounce session as a family group consisting a four year old, a six year old and two adults. However, there are different sessions, classes, parties and areas catering for both younger children and adult-only groups. What is Inflata Nation? Inflata Nation is a huge room full of inflatables. Their website describes it as an “inflatable theme park”. I would say it was more comparable with a trampoline park. It’s done in the same style, whereby the whole room is a massive inflatable. So, even…

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres

There’s no such thing as a bad pantomime at Malvern Theatres, but this year’s is a corker. Big name stars, catchy music and a bucketload of fun. In fact, we all agreed that this year’s panto was the best we’ve seen. And we’ve seen each and every one for the past six years. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – the story We meet Snow White briefly as a child, learning the sad tale of her mother and father’s death. She ends up as a slave to her wicked stepmother, the Queen, with only her best friend Muddles to keep…

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Frugi in the wild clothing review

Getting children outdoors at this time of year can be tough. Like us, they’d rather wrap up warm and watch a film. But it’s also important, because children need to be outdoors, getting fresh air and exercise. And it’s true what they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Only the wrong clothing.  About Frugi British company Frugi are passionate about good quality, ethical clothing. They only use organic cotton grown by farmers they trust. Better still, their outerwear is made from recycled plastic bottles. That includes these gorgeous jackets. Frugi sent both girls a matching puddle buster coat…

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Christmas gifts for animal lovers and their pets

Pets are part of the family and many of us put something extra under the Christmas tree for them. If you’re buying for an animal lover this year, this guide includes some great ideas for both the recipient and their pet. Eco-friendly pet toothbrushes Tooth care can now be better for the planet with the Woobamboo range of eco-friendly toothbrushes for the whole family. Brushes are available for adults, children and even pets. These pet toothbrushes are made with 95% less plastic than regular toothbrushes. They come in two sizes with biodegradable bamboo handles. An ideal stocking filler for a…

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Review of the Nightingales at Malvern Theatres

Living near to Malvern Theatres is always a privilege. Sometimes though, the theatre in our little town really excels itself. This week, it plays host to The Nightingales starring Ruth Jones. We were there for opening night last night, and what a night it was. The Nightingales by William Gaminara, directed by Christopher Luscombe As we waited for the performance to start, my husband commented that the scene could be any village hall, anywhere in the country. That comforting familiarity of grey plastic chairs, a tatty piano in the corner and a scout banner above the door. We’ve all been there…

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A Winter weekend at Bluestone Wales

As Autumn turns to Winter, time seems to slow down. Weeks and months drag on. Exercise levels decline and exposure to the outdoors decreases. It’s no wonder then that most of us find this time of year tough. The one thing that seems to help is taking a break. Getting away from the daily grind and better still, getting outdoors and active. And there’s nowhere better to do that than Bluestone, the home of Free Range Breaks. Accommodation at Bluestone The self-catering accommodation at Bluestone is an ideal home from home. Beautiful wooden lodges offer upside-down living, with the bedrooms…

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