Silent Sunday 26/10/14



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Peppa Pig’s Big Splash UK Tour … The Review

peppa-pig-logoRegular readers will know that back in September I was rather excited, the reason … Peppa Pig’s new UK Tour Peppa Pig’s Big Splash was coming soon to my home town and little did I know at that point that we would in fact manage to go and see it. 

So we headed out this afternoon to take our 3-year-old for the first time to a theatre and also to finally get to see this show live with one very excited toddler! 

2014-10-25 15.58.35About The Show
With the Nursery roof leaking Peppa and her classmates set up a fate to raise some money to fix the school roof. Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep have lots of fun setting up the stalls and to top it off there is even puddle jumping in which Mr Potato judge it and Peppa needs to find her golden boots! 

The show itself held my little guys attention from start to finish, with a large majority of the show being interactive for children to sing dance or otherwise. With dancing and singing in abundance I have to say hubs and I both loved how much Joshua loved it. 
PPBS_04122013_HighRes_rt_0184The 2 parts of this performance were ideal in length for us so just at the verge of full on wiggles (Joshua not hubs) it was interval allowing us to move if needed. 

Staging it was a really fabulous backdrop with its brightly colours props and scenery, just as you would expect from Peppa Pig .. although please don’t make the mistake that my husband did when he presumed the characters would be dressed in full on costumes … this show is performed with intricate puppets and the puppeteer/actors are dressed all in black.

We were sat really centrally in the theatre so barely noticed the people after a while, although my friend who was also there was sat directly on a side and struggled a little with seeing more of the people than the characters … although this didn’t affect how much their children loved it so it maybe it was just our theatre or maybe it might be wise to pick your seats centrally if you have a choice.

photo36Talking of picking seats … if you are in the first 5 rows … you are going to get a little damp .. don’t worry not full on wet just the odd sprinkle every now and again…. in fact If I had known this before I would have chosen to sit a little nearer as Joshua LOVED it!

Although we are not regular thatre visitors .. in fact this was a first for Joshua … this show really was fantastic and very well thought out. 

All the lovely quirkiness of Peppa Pig brought to life in front of your very eyes with lots of crowd participation should your child want it. 

If you are wanting to go and see it there is still some showing, which can be found on the website: Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

 Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets for the purposes of giving a review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse

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Project 365 Week 43 of 2014

week43week43of365A crazy chaotic week but all good …..

Saturday 18th October - Another fantastic Blog Camp event via Tots100 in Birmingham.

Sunday 19th October – After having a complete laptop malfunction it was time to get away from my screen and, supposedly make a start on clearing out the spare room … it didn’t get very far.

Monday 20th October – Our village post office has some fantastic little knick-knacks in … I love the saying on this one. 

Tuesday 21st October – Off to London to check out some amazing holidays with and  …… now if only I could move in permanently!

Wednesday 22nd October – Joshua is half day at nursery and Ollie was off work so we collected Joshua, headed for lunch out and then picked our new pets to bring home.

Thursday 23rd October – One of our new tanks from swell with our pets settling in! 

Friday 24th October – A new bed for Joshua means a happy boy … 

Thats our week in a nutshell …. what have you been up to this week?




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When I Went To Blog Camp

tots100 blog camp For me one of the fantastic things about blogging is the community that immerse you just for being you, for the things you write, the support you give and for the friendships that develop.

Don’t get me wrong I am not saying that there aren’t raging psychotic nutters or even generally vile folk, as with anything and every arena there are the odd few that spoil it for all and over recent months I had almost taken the final step away from blogging itself and the community, however after  a mojo realignment (who am I kidding – that’s a slap from myself for allowing the negative in) I have very tenderly begun to pick up my blog, dust it off and hope that I could find myself again

With the help of such an amazing bunch of people I reconnected with my blog in a way in which I thought was gone forever and so I will always be grateful to Ellie from the Mummy Diary, Kate from Family Fever, Afra from Mad Mum Of 7 (who still needs to show down when she is talking to me) and of course the wonderful Clare from Emmy’s Mummy & Harry’s Too

tots100 blog campLast weekend I travelled with the lovely Zena from Zena’s Suitcase and the lovely Penny from Parent Shaped from Nottingham to attended the Tots100 Blog Camp in Manchester and this event more than any other, this is where new friendships were found, some old ones cemented …. and I finally know in less than 5 minutes how the blogs are ranked in the Tots100

oh and I even took my camera out of its automatic settings! 

I am feeling invigorated and supported and full of ideas, still lacking in time but, hell I love long lists! 

Thank you Sally and the team at Tots100 for all your super hard work putting this event together, I learnt a lot, made some friends and ate cookies, as far as events go top marks! 

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Worlds Apart Planes Toddler Bed Review

Planes Toddler Bed ReviewRecently we were asked if would like to try a toddler bed for Joshua from the wide range at Worlds Apart and I jumped at the chance. 

Joshua has really struggled in his previous bed, it seemed shaky and  he took an instant dislike to it from day one. 

After nearly a year with almost constant night wakes, we really were excited to see how he would take to this one.

When the Planes Toddler Bed arrived I was shocked at how small the packaging was, I am not sure how big I had expected it to be! 

Once the box was opened I was really impressed to see that it was going to make a really straightforward flat pack build … thankfully as those that know us will be aware of the fact most DIY build projects do not normally end well … and at the very least we end up not speaking. 
worldsaparttoddlerbed.jpgThe instructions were easy to follow and I can say with great enthusiasm that the whole process was a really pain-free 20 minutes!

Once put together I really loved this super little bed, with its high gloss images of the lovely planes characters, its super zipped storage bags that fit neatly under the bed and the really handy little shelf that clips onto the side of the bed to house a story book and drink is really super for making the most at utilising any space going! 

I really loved the wide bed slats and I think these are a major factor in making this bed so sturdy! 

Overall I think this bed is a really lovely investment to a little tots room, and with a wide choice of character beds like available I am sure there is one for every tot! 

Disclaimer: This toddler bed was sent to us for the purposes of giving an honest review. All thoughts and opinions were formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.

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Review: Park Resorts Barmston Beach Yorkshire

Park Resorts reviewA few weeks ago Ollie, Joshua and I set off on our travels and this time it was a first. On our family holiday rounds we have covered other major UK holiday providers but yet in all these years we had not visited Park Resorts so we were really looking forward to see what was on offer. 

Barmston Beach is around 2 hours away from us and when we were selecting our holiday this one really stood out for us as it claimed “Barmston Beach Holiday Park is ideal for fun and relaxing family holidays” along with our continued love for this coastal area and the fact its claim was right up our street we were very excited. 

On arrival, we travelled through the beautiful, sleepy village of Barmston to the Park Resorts venue to what can only be described as the most breathtaking view at the top of a cliff! With a car park located at the side of the main building and the sheer drop that is well fenced off it certainly blew those driving cobwebs away.

Having already spent the day in Bridlington (approx 6 miles from Barmston Beach) we arrived mid afternoon to a really small, yet tidy reception with a very smiley member of staff (I believe her name was Hannah) that was incredibly helpful at not only explaining where our home for the weekend would be but also, on 2 other occasions we visited the reception for advice on local buses, the local area and her advice on the Fish and Chip shops (that request was Ollie’s) she was more than knowledgeable and it seemed there was nothing that was too much trouble, it made for refreshing customer service.

On arriving at our caravan ( Gold Plus, 2 bed £215) I was slightly anxious since we are talking about a caravan in October, which is obviously coming up to the end of the season.
Park Resorts Barmston BeachPark Resorts Barmston BeachHowever I needn’t have worried, this caravan was the most spotless I had ever stayed in, the carpet was immaculate, and the caravan itself was well stocked with crockery and even came with tea, coffee and sugar to start the weekend too! The only little niggle is that why are caravan mattresses always to flimsy in comparison to a normal bed?! .. this is not anything specific to this resort, but it seems that all caravans are designed to have rather flat mattresses.

During the weekend we did have a member of staff knock and pro-actively inquire as to if everything was OK with our facilities and the negative me did .. wonder if this was just because I was there to review, however I was pleased to see that this member of staff visited all the caravans around us too as I was watched her for 25 minutes to make sure! … sorry I promise I am not really a stalker! 

Location wise this resort has an almost sheer cliff face on one side and on the opposite its a gradual walk down the sand dunes to the beautiful beach, meaning you can access the beach directly from the park in a matter of a few minutes.
barmston beachWhile at the site we did go to check out the on site amenities and are pleased to report that there is a onsite shop, its small but does have all the usual item you would expect from a campsite shop… not over priced either!
SITE AND ENTERTAINMENT AT BARMSTON BEACHThere is a bar area and a function room all within the same complex and there is some on site activities for children although at this time of the year that is far more limited than peak time. 

We had the pleasure of attending a really lovely ballet class with pipsqueak and with a small arcades area on site it made for a lovely few hours after heading to the park on site too.
park at Barmstone Beach Park ResortsThis has been one of the smallest sites I have visited and the size of the site is reflected in the site of the onsite facilities which are all reasonably sized for the amount of caravans.

There is also only a heated outside pool at this site which looks good .. but was obviously closed with it being October. I think for us that was the only thing missing on this site was to have an indoor swim, but we knew that  when we chose the location so we can’t fault it for that. 

I loved the pro activity of the staff to ensure customers are happy and content and have everything they need, which also helps ensure a really customer focused stay. 

On a final note on the Monday we had intended to leave fairly early and have breakfast on site before heading off. We kind of expected that with serving breakfast the tavern would be open reasonably early and as we headed down around 8.15 we found it didn’t open till 9am and after going to reception to hand our key in that was not open either so  we hung around and waited till 9am for breakfast. Maybe making customers aware of where the keys can be dropped off if customer would like to leave early on day of departure would be fab. 

Overall we LOVED Barmston Beach and had a fantastic Friday to Monday stay. The site had more than enough to offer us, so much so we would certainly be interested in coming back to visit again. 

Disclaimer: We were given a complimentary visit for the purposes of giving an honest review. All Opinions in this review were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.

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