Urban Tough Mudder Clapham Common: Review

From the bottom of an unreasonably high, sloping wall, getting up there seemed like an impossible feat. About two thirds of the way up was a small ledge. Tough mudders were standing on shoulders and hoisting each other up to reach the ledge. At the top, more competitors hung precariously over to grab hold of wrists and shoulders and haul people from the ledge. I looked around at my team and willed one of them to suggest missing this obstacle. They didn’t. Asking for help isn’t my forte, but neither is letting people down. I was going up the pyramid…

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Blackeyed Theatre’s Jane Eyre at Malvern Theatres: Review

From Charlotte Brontë’s decision to publish the book under a male pseudonym to the strong, female lead character, Jane Eyre is a feminist masterpiece. In contrast to many novels at the time, Brontë’s heroine fought for her own rights and freedoms. The pen name Currer Bell allowed readers to judge the book on its merits, rather than dismissing it due to its female author. This week, Blackeyed Theatre company brings an exciting adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre to the stage at Malvern Theatres. The show is running until Saturday, 28th September. About Jane Eyre Jane Eyre is a likeable character…

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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 His profession is outdated.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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Longleat Safari Park review: a family day out

Longleat Safari park is in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. A spectacular Elizabethan mansion and 900 acres of Capability Brown landscape would be worth a visit on their own. Now, throw in drive-through animal enclosures. Add a maze, boat ride and numerous other attractions and you’ve got a rather brilliant recipe for a family day out. We headed over to the park last week to see what it’s like. About Longleat Longleat Safari Park opened to the public in 1966 as a drive-through lion reserve. The first safari park of its kind outside of Africa. The house and estate…

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Pure Pet Food review

Dogs are funny creatures aren’t they? Bubbles is a fussy eater. That is to say that she’s fussy about dog food. She’s notably less fussy about titbits, scraps, rubbish she finds on the floor and poo from any animal. That all seems to go down a treat. Yet dog biscuits without a bit of added flavour? Not a chance. So when Pure asked if we wanted to try out their healthy, human quality dehydrated dog food, we were up for the challenge. About Pure Pet Food Pure was founded by Matt and Dan, who couldn’t believe that people felt they…

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A family meal at Côte Worcester

Where is your go-to place for eating out with children? Côte certainly wouldn’t have been our first choice. Recently though, they’ve developed some fantastic activity packs for little ones, along with a children’s menu. Better still, they were really flexible with my two. One of whom is vegetarian, and the other has just started doing meat-free Mondays. Of course, she decided this after we’d booked Côte for a Monday. Children’s activity packs at Côte The most difficult thing for us about taking the children out to eat is keeping them entertained. For us, it’s an opportunity to teach them how…

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