In The Night Garden Live – a fab family day out!

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We recently booked tickets for Georgia to go and see In The Night Garden Live – she is almost 2 and In The Night garden has been quite a big part of her life as nana introduced us to it when she was around 5 months old. Every night before her milk we watch an episode of it regardless of where we are. It’s our thing and such a nice way to have a cuddle and end the day.

I wasn’t sure if she was ready for it after booking Panto tickets at Christmas and poor daddy spent the whole show in the restaurant with her as she didn’t get into it at all. I thought that as she was a few months older and this was going to be full of her favourite characters she may be more engaged. I was excited to see how Georgia would react to her favourite characters right there in front of her and larger than life, so booked the tickets and here’s how we got on.

 

You can still see the shows at 3 venues – we went to the O2, but this showing has now finished. It is now moving to Richmond Old deer park from 16 June until the 1st of July when it heads up to Birmingham (7-22 July) and Manchester (28 July – 19 August).

There are 2 shows, the Ninky Nonk show and the Pinky Ponk show. The show lasts around 50 minutes and each show follows a different story line – but don’t worry, they both feature all the characters.

There are 2 options when buying your tickets, Standard (from £12.50 pp) and Premium (from £20 pp).  If you choose premium tickets you will get to sit in the first 5 rows. We booked standard seats and were seated in the 6th row. Its auditorium style seating so you can see from any row.

Georgia was a bit taken a back when it first started – the characters really are quite large so I think the standard seats were better for us anyway. She came around and was eventually smiling and dancing away to the songs she’s listened to every night before bed. The ticket price includes a souvenir activity book which Georgia loved.

When booking your tickets in advance you can pre book a Goody Bag worth over £60 for only £29 which is a great saving. If you don’t book it in advance you can buy one on the day for £39.00 – they really did look decent – here is what’s inside:
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Another add on is to ‘meet a character’ – this happens after the show and you will have a private 2-3 minute meeting with your chosen character. A great opportunity to give your favourite character a cuddle or get a selfie. The cost is £15 per character – you can meet either Igglepiggle or Upsy Daisy. Looking back, i’m glad we didn’t book this as I don’t think Georgia would have cooperated. The slightly older kids were loving their meetings on the day and came out with smiles from ear to ear.

Upon arrival, your tickets are checked and you’re directed to collect your goody bag and then line up in Premium or Standard seating rows. The gates open 30 minutes before the show starts. There is a bar where snacks and drinks for both kids and adults can be purchased.

vSit back, relax and enjoy watching your little ones take it all in.

Before you leave the Showdome you have another opportunity to be persuaded by your kids to spend some money. Shirts, memorabilia and balloons are available to buy. My tip would be to bring your kids’ In The Night Garden character from home so that they don’t try and get you to buy them a new one before you leave.

All in all it is a very well run and organised event. We were emailed 3 days prior with instructions on how to get there, where to park, info on baby changing facilities and where to park your buggy. They even tell you the walking time (at buggy pace) from the parking area to the Showdome.

Georgia loved it and it really was a lovely family day out. I would highly recommend it to friends with little ones who like the show.

 

Don’t miss out – book your tickets here

 

Our visit to ‘Christmas at Kew’ 2016

kew3I have been wanting to go to ‘Christmas at Kew’ for a few years but every year remember too late and by the time I try to book they are sold out! This year we booked in time and got tickets!

We booked a 6.30pm slot which gave us time to drive from school, grab dinner and park in the Kew car park – which by the way, I would highly recommend if you have young children. By the end of the trail they were ready to drop and slept all the way home.

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We were really lucky with the weather, clear skies and a little chilly so perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, so often when you have high expectations of something you are eager to see and it disappoints but Christmas at Kew certainly didn’t.

 

 

Beautiful light displays are spread over a mile of gardens, winding pathways take you on a journey of a fairy tale Christmas delight and the kids enjoyed the freedom to explore.

kew2One of our first stops was at a floor display which we thought looked like a magic carpet and the kids promptly jumped on board!

 

 

 

 

 

I had been eager to visit The Hive this year and was delighted that it was part of the display, the kids enjoyed listening to bee sounds through their teeth!

 

Every so often there are activities to titivate a different sense. Toasted marshmallows were especially welcome!

Father Christmas and his elves also made an appearance!

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One of the most amazing light displays takes place on Palm House, a fabulous light display set to music across the lake. The whole adventure ends with some festive food, shops and fairground rides (please note that the rides are not included in the price).

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Freddie thought Christmas at Kew was ‘amazing’ and was surprised by ‘how many lights’ there were, I have to say I agree.

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If you have tickets to go to Kew this Christmas you are in for a real treat, if you haven’t then make sure you get it in the diary to buy some next year! We will certainly go back.

There are a few main gate tickets left (ones with car parking have sold out).

Off peak still available family ticket £48 (2nd January only date available now)

All other times £52 for a family ticket (£18 adult and £10 child)

http://christmasatkew.seetickets.com/tour/christmas-at-kew/calendar/2

Team Honk Comic Relief relay 2014 – very proud to be part of it!

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Last year the fabulous bloggers (Annie from Mammasaurus, Tanya from Mummy Barrow and Penny from Alexander Residence) had a master plan: to relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Comic Relief using the steam and energy of bloggers throughout the UK. Their target: to raise £10,000 for Comic Relief. This year they are doing it again and have raised the stakes to £20,000! So I am proud to be one of over 150 bloggers and their families and friends helping make this happen. For six weeks and 3000 miles, bloggers in the UK will unite around the country starting in Cornwall on the 12th January finally finishing on 23rd March in John O’Groats.

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I am very excited to say that I am taking part in the London leg of the relay. Over 40 of us will be honking around London on the 5th February following a Monopoly theme – our very own Honkopoly! After relieving Steph from Steph’s Two Girls and Hannah from Muddling Along Mummy of the baton we will head off around London visiting all the colours of the Monopoly board and we might be dressed accordingly too – watch this space… We will travel by foot, bike, train, tube and bus in true London style before passing the baton on in Fleet for 6th Feb.

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Bloggers so far taking part in the London Honkopoly are:

Vanessa from HPMcQ, Sophie from Franglaise Mummy , Sarah from Grenglish, Swazi from Chocolate is not the only fruit, Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Jennifer from Jenography, Gillian from A Baby on Board, Rosie from Mummy and Boo, Gretta from Mums Do Travel, Julia from I Carried a Watermelon, Stephanie from Was This In The Plan?, Nimmo, Jacinta from Jacintaz3, Maria aka @maniasmama3, Sachelle from Holiday Tots (that’s me!:)) Maggy from RedTedArt and Loved by Parents.

The very kind guys at Micro Scooters have offered me a Scooter to use for the day and we will be auctioning it after the event. Thank you Micro Scooters!

You can donate by visiting our London Comic relief, Just Giving page here. http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/londonteamhonk

More details coming soon along with other ways to sponsor.

Some areas of the route still need participants. Visit the Team Honk website for details. It’s easy to get involved, every area has it’s own Facebook page. And you can find all the details here http://teamhonk.org/2014-blogger-relay/team-honk-2014-relay-route-and-masterplan/

To give the team Social Support sign up to the Team Honk Relay email feeds, where you will be able to share the daily news! http://teamhonk.org/2014-blogger-relay/call-for-social-media-supporters/

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For Now… Over and Honk! xx

Honkopoly image and map by Oliver : Mr Mc Quitty Ltd