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    Theatre Review: The Lovely Bones at Birmingham REP

    My name is Salmon. Like the fish.

    You may have read the bestselling novel, or seen the film directed by Peter Jackson, but now you have another chance to see The Lovely Bones on stage as it returns to Birmingham Repertory Theatre before embarking on a UK tour following a hugely successful debut last year. Directed by Melly Still with incredible set design by Ana InĂ©s Jabares-Pita, it tells the story of 14 year old Susie Salmon who’s a very normal teenage girl in Pennsylvania with a crush, a questionable wardrobe and Biology homework. That is, until she’s not. On 6th December 1973, she is raped and murdered by a neighbour. read more

    A watercolour print of Laura Ashley The Iliffe in Coventry

    Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe, Coventry

    This is a review of a gifted hotel stay.

    After experiencing Laura Ashley The Tea Room at the Regency Hotel in Solihull earlier this year, I was intrigued to learn that (the formerly known as) The Chace Hotel in Coventry was being rebranded as a Laura Ashley hotel. Even more excitingly, we visited the newly named Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe on opening night – and I’m very happy to report that it was an absolute treat. read more

    Golden Valley Caravan and Campsite, Derbyshire

    For me, bank holidays are made for camping. An extra night means all the effort of pitching the tent can be enjoyed that little bit longer, justifying it all the more (in case you needed any more of an excuse to get under canvas). This year, after venturing to Hogsdown Farm for the last couple of years, it was time to try somewhere new and so after a quick Google to see which campsites within about an hour’s radius had decent playgrounds, we settled on Golden Valley Caravan and Campsite in Derbyshire.

    I’m not over exaggerating when I say it was the playgrounds that sold it to me – I knew I wanted somewhere that Pickle would just love and with so many picnic benches situated nearby, the optimist in me was excited about the prospect of maybe sitting down and savouring a cup of tea or a gin and tonic in the sunshine whilst he enjoyed the slides. read more

    A Summer of Spectacular Shows at Warwick Castle

    This is a review post – we were gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review. To be in with a chance of winning a family day pass to visit Warwick Castle yourself, read this review and enter the giveaway below.

    When we told Pickle we were going for a day out to a Castle – he had no idea what to expect. In his head, we were going to a bouncy castle. Imagine seeing his face when he was actually confronted with the mightily impressive Warwick Castle, and it’s gorgeous grounds. read more

    Gorgeous sunrise over Mount Snowdon

    Sunrise Snowdon Summit from Llanberis

    On 13th July 2019, together with my Mom, my hockey friend Pat and about fifty strangers, I boarded a coach around the back of Selfridges in Birmingham at 9pm to make our way to Llanberis in Wales. At about 12.40am, we arrived and set off to do a Sunrise Summit of Mount Snowdon. I was not prepared for just how magical it would be.

    The Llanberis Path Route

    The Llanberis Path is the longest but gentlest way to climb Snowdon- making it the safest choice for ascent in the dark. There and back is about a 9 mile walk, covering an ascent of about 3,200 ft or 975 metres. Whilst there are a couple of sections that are a little steep and require a determined effort, describing it as a strenuous walk is probably about right. I’d say it’s very doable for a wide range of ages and experiences. read more

    Happy Holly surrounded by mist in the Yorkshire Dales wearing Regatta Outdoors

    Outdoors by Kilnsey Crag with Blacks and The North Face

    It’s now less than a month until my Mom and I are doing our charity Snowdon walk, starting at midnight and hitting the summit in time for sunrise (hopefully). I’ve obviously been doing more walking in preparation, and so when Blacks invited us to join them for a day with The North Face by Kilnsey Crag, in the Yorkshire Dales, it was the perfect excuse to fit another walk in (and, as it turned out, become totally inspired for future adventures).

    Kilnsey Crag

    Getting to Kilnsey involved a two and a half hour drive up to Manchester, before boarding a coach there to take us the remainder of the way – a further hour and a half. As the coach got closer to the Yorkshire Dales, the sound of the rain battering on the windscreen was a little daunting. Thankfully, although it wasn’t clear skies when we arrived, the downpour had reduced to a bit of heavy drizzle, and we were just excited to see what awaited us. read more