This time last year, Pickle had his first experience of theatre: In a Pickle by Oily Cart. It absolutely blew me (and him) away, and was the best possible introduction to children’s theatre I could have asked for. They set the standard bar really high! And although we’ve seen some pretty brilliant theatre together since, nothing has quite matched that first production for me. It’s no surprise then, that I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my last day before going back to work than enjoying another Oily Cart theatre performance with Pickle, Hush-a-Bye. In fact, I delayed my start date…

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Who doesn’t love a little bit of Julia Donaldson? Right from when he was just a few months old, our Donaldson board books have been highly amongst Pickle’s favourites – in fact, I rarely attempt a lunch out or a coffee date without taking Postman Bear* with us. I was, obviously, delighted when I heard the Town Hall in Birmingham had programmed in a touring production of Stick Man by Scamp Theatre and after we’d finished off our Christmas Dinner, walked off the pudding on our traditional Boxing Day Clent Hills walk, we headed into town on 27th December to…

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We’re lucky to live in the West Midlands – we have a wonderful wealth of cultural venues to choose from. We’re a stone’s throw away from Birmingham and all our second city has to offer (from big arena venues and multi-disciplinary centres to smaller intimate studio spaces), Warwick Arts Centre is only a hop along the motorway and more locally, Artrix in Bromsgrove has a fantastic programme for young people and families. These venues offer such a wealth of theatre that I rarely look further afield, but our visit to the Lichfield Garrick this weekend to see New Old Friends‘…

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Well, we couldn’t have picked a more appropriate weekend to go and see The Snowman Tour! Less than twenty-four hours after we ventured to Coventry (newly appointed City of Culture 2021, don’t you know), we were building our very own Snowman, complete with bowler hat, scarf and multicoloured buttons. Thank goodness that the snow didn’t start falling until after we’d returned home as I’d have been absolutely gutted to have missed what was a completely magical evening.

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Last Thursday night we had the absolute joy of visiting the Christmas Trail at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a very festive #BrumBloggers meet up. If you read my Christmas Culture post, you’ll know I’m a sucker for night time events that involve pretty lights, sounds and walking so this special Christmas at the Botanical Gardens event was 100% up my street.

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