Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham

Last week, I headed into Birmingham for the day with Lia to take her to the Sea Life Centre to meet Santa. While we were there, I thought I’d take the opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done in the fabulous Grand Central shopping centre. They even provided me with a convenient gift card that is valid in all their shops to help me out. The convenient place to shop Despite being about an hour away on the train, Grand Central is my first choice for Christmas shopping. It’s festively decorated and it’s so convenient having such a huge number of shops,…

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National Sea Life Centre Birmingham Meet Santa

Last week, Libby went on a school trip to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. She came back so happy at having had the chance to meet Santa that Lia was a bit jealous. Luckily we are blog ambassadors for the National Sea Life Centre and seeing Santa is included in the ticket price. Or in our case, it was free with annual pass entry. So on Thursday, Lia and I headed there for the day. The National Sea Life Centre We’ve been ambassadors for the National Sea Life centre for the past two years now. This given us the…

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10 West Midlands Christmas days out 2016

*** UPDATED FOR 2018! New post here: Best West Midlands Christmas Days out 2018. This post goes against every ounce of my personality. It’s September and I’m writing about Christmas, this is most unlike me but hear me out. Last year, I wrote about my top 10 Christmas days out in and around the West Midlands. Lots of people found it useful but in my usual style, I didn’t get around to publishing it until November. Well this year, people have been reading that post since the beginning of the school holidays. This has made me realise that it’s time for…

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Webbs by the Beach: Review

We were lucky enough to be invited to spend a couple of hours at Webbs by the beach for the purpose of this blog post. I do love living in our little part of the West Midlands, it’s beautiful. I adore the Malvern hills and the fabulous Malvern Spa is just round the corner. The only thing that sometimes makes me consider moving is the fact it takes us such a ridiculously long time to get to a nice beach. If we want to head somewhere to play in the sand and swim in the sea, we have to drive…

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National Sea Life Centre: 20 year anniversary

We are huge fans of the National Sea Life Centre and we are blogger ambassadors for them in 2016. We tend to head up to Birmingham for a day out at the Sea Life Centre once every couple of months, and we spent a lovely day there a couple of weeks ago. This year marks 20 years of the National Sea Life Centre, and this Tuesday (5th July) will be their 20th anniversary. The first 100 people to visit that day will be charged the original entry price of just £5.95. They will also receive a limited edition badge. And if…

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What’s on West Midlands February 2016

Monday 1st Ancient oceans, Sea Life Birmingham: Walk with the dinosaurs at the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham. Two weeks of themed talks and activities for visitors to learn about the times when dinosaurs roamed the earth – and the oceans. Tuesday 2nd Women of RAF Defford, National Trust Croome: A talk about the 600 women who were based at RAF Defford during the Second World War. Light refreshments included. The Sound of Music, Malvern Festival Theatre: Musical production with Maria played by Lucy O’Byrne following her recent success as a finalist on The Voice. Wednesday 3rd The Sound of Music, Malvern…

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What’s on West Midlands January 2016

Back in November, I wrote about ten amazing Christmas days out in the West Midlands. A lot of people found it quite helpful, so I thought I’d follow it up with what’s on West Midlands January 2016. If you have an event that you would like me to include for January 2016 or subsequent months, please do get in touch. Friday 1 January 10.00 The Valley, Evesham, Worcestershire: Dirt run and junior dirt run – 10km for adults, 3km for juniors. In aid of St Richard’s Hospice. 14.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Johan Strauss Gala – orchestra and dancers. Saturday 2 January…

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