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10 things you need to know about Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

The children sat, mesmerised by Captain Hook and his pirate ship gliding across the ice. Jolly pirates danced a jig to a well-known song and Tinkerbell flew through the air overhead. After last year’s Frozen show, they weren’t expecting such a vast array of colourful characters. Here’s what we learnt from watching the wonderful Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure. 1. Arrive early The atmosphere was electric outside the arena. Crowds of people milled around, looking for their entry gate. Excited children stood by posters of the cast to have their photograph taken, whilst adults queued to buy sparkly props.…

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10 tips for cutting the cost of Christmas

This is a collaborative post. It’s not just presents that end up costing a fortune at Christmas. Although with children and family to buy for, spending on gifts soon adds up. But it’s the other stuff too. Like the fact that I see it as a personal challenge to make sure that there are no mince pies left at the end of any day. Which means buying more the next day. I estimate my mince pie costs alone to be in the region of £29,384,795 per year. Well, maybe not quite that much. But you get the gist. So, I’ve…

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21 West Midlands Christmas days out

Update: Check out my new post for Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2019. Here in the West Midlands, Christmas events for 2017 are selling out incredibly quickly. So, I make no apologies for publishing this so early and I would recommend purchasing tickets relatively soon. I’ve linked to all relevant websites, plus comprehensive reviews where available. If I couldn’t find a blog review, I have linked to the relevant page on Trip Advisor. 1. Santa’s Winter Wonderland – SnowDome, Tamworth If you dream of a white Christmas, the Snowdome might just be the place for you. Follow the Christmas snow…

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Telford Steam Railway Polar Express

Over the past few years, we’ve been lucky enough to go to various Christmas experiences all over the West Midlands. I’ve reviewed most of those on the blog. But when I was writing my Christmas days out West Midlands post last year, there was one event we just couldn’t bear to miss out on. Tickets were about to sell out, so I booked ours straight away. And it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. And why am I telling you about this in March? Because the tickets for the Telford Steam Railway Polar Express 2017 have gone on sale, and…

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Thursday Photo #138

I nearly didn’t write this post today. You may think there’s some philosophical reason for this, but if that’s the case you’re crediting me with too much intelligence. The sad fact of the matter is that I had no idea it was Thursday. Christmas week The past week has been a lovely break from the norm. We’ve seen family, walked the dogs, relaxed at home and played games. We’ve eaten too much, drank too much and made New Year’s resolutions that we’re determined to stick to this time. My husband and I have both been to the pub with friends and…

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