Thursday, 4 January 2018

Beamish museum

On our drive home we stopped at the Beamish museum.  Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in the North East of England  from a Georgian Manor House to Pit Village, and Edwardian town to a WW2 era Land Girls farm. They are undertaking building work at the moment as they expend to include a 1950s town. The whole venue is connected by transport from the era, with trams and buses all free to board, though it can be quicker to walk from place to place!

The girls and the husband enjoyed traditionally fried fish and chips cooked in beef dripping over coal fires.
We then enjoyed looking round the pit villiage, seeing the pit ponies and visitingthe coal seam itself - a short walk through tunnels where we had to bend down.

We also liked the Edwardian town where the girls enjoyed buying sweets and cakes. We also went on the (short) steam train ride and enjoyed seeing the animals at the farm! 

This really has a lot to offer the whole family - the smaller girls enjoyed buying sweets and seeing the animals and I loved the houses and the Co-op shop as well as being amazed at how dark the 1820s Pockerley manor house was!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

New Year in the lakes

Over New Year we stayed in a beautiful house near Bassenthwaite - I got to live out my country fantasies with cooking in an aga, sleeping in a four poster bed and playing board games by a log fire.
We also did some great walks round the area. The first few days were snowy and icy and the last few days were wet and windy!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Dec 23rd - Visit to the RSC to see a Christmas Carol


We drove to Stratford upon Avon to go to the theatre. I loved the yarn bombed tree with the baubles!

 We went to have a spot of lunch in the Fourteas cafe, a 1940s themed cafe in Stratford. We had a super time - they even gave us crackers! I was so excited to see Bovil and baked beans on toast on the menu!

We then went to see a Christmas Carol at the RSC which was brilliant. We loved the setting and the live music. The scrip was funny and faithful to the book!
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We then also had a  quick wonder round Stratford.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Dec 20th Visit to London to see the Christmas lights and the ROH's production of the Nutcracker

We spent the day on London looking at the Christmas Lights.

 P was also keen to the National Gallery to see this painting which she studied at school.

 We also visited the M and M store where we bought some expensive chocolate!
 Then we wondered to the ROH via Covent Garden.
 We enjoyed our annual trip to the ballet to see the Nutcracker. It is really is so beautiful!

Monday, 18 December 2017

Dec 18th A history of magic and Lapland UK

Today we stopped off at the British Library's Harry Potter exhibition. Sadly no photos allowed inside but it was so well done! The exhibition is gorgeous. It has been designed to make you feel as though you might be walking through somewhere in Hogwarts. Separate rooms are themed on subjects taught at Hogwarts, JK Rowling's fictional school for witches and wizards. These cover potions, alchemy, herbology, charms, astronomy, divination, defence against the dark arts and care of magical creatures. Some of the display cases around the walls show genuine occult books, items and pictures; some show pages from JK Rowling's original manuscripts and notes for novels; some have interactive screens where you can do things like potion-making or tarot reading. There are also beautiful drawings and paintings used for illustrations in the books.

 Then, P, E and me went to LapLand UK. Our tour began bang on time, with the doors swinging open to reveal the woodland paths ahead. It felt as though we were stepping into Narnia. Our first stop was a fairy lit woodland glen where we were greeted by one of the elves. As we sat around the stage he talked us through the story of Lapland, explained the reason for our visit and shared with us the secret that every little pine cone grows into one of Father Christmas’s elves.

The girls had to help in the Toy Makers workshop by stuffing polar bears.
With the help of special glasses we could see the children's wishes.
Then we went to see Mother Christmas where we enjoyed a story and decorating yummy gingerbread!

The woodlands are magical looking! 

We enjoyed ice skating, although it was quite busy!

We also met a beautiful huskie!
When it’s your turn to see Santa you walk through a maze of wintery woodland paths, past his reindeer, to his log cabin home in the woods, where the girls helped him find their names in his ‘good book’ and he asked P about her starting Rainbows and E about her hockey.  Then they received a gift which, as you can see, high quality husky soft toy.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Dec 17th Enchanted Audley End

This evening we visited the enchanted event at Audley End. As English Heritage members, we got a sizable discount on our tickets (unlike the National Trust Anglesey Abbey lights). Not to compare too much to the Winter Lights, it felt a much better venue for families with smaller children. The lights were simple, although we did love the talking tree and the shadow puppets in the greenhouses. We went round in about 40 minutes and even the fair rides were suitable for the under 5s. We might go again but only if they significantly improve it.