We’re a Yummy Yorkshire Family!

Today we received some very exciting news! We have been picked to become a ‘Yummy Yorkshire Family’. We are absolutely over the moon because not only is it a great opportunity for us all, it’s also supporting and promoting local trading, which is something we love to do! We also all LOVE ice cream!!!
Yummy Yorkshire is a family-run farm in the heart of the Pennine Yorkshire Countryside. Passed on through generations of the Holmes family as a working farm, it remains so today, but now includes something very very special! In 2007 Yummy Yorkshire was born, and the farm started to make delicious artisan ice cream on the family dairy farm. Shortly afterwards followed a coffee shop and the most fabulous ice cream parlour too!

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The ice cream parlour stocks lots and lots of different flavours of (naturally sourced ingredients) ice cream, including the favourites, and the more unusual such as garlic and chocolate, basil and liquorice, how fab is that?!
Yummy Yorkshire has since gone from strength to strength since their most recent explanation in 2012, winning many awards for our innovative ice-cream flavours and both inspiring and growing business!

Being a Yummy Yorkshire Family will be so exciting for us, because we will be invited to different events throughout the year, including to see how the ice cream is made, reviewing the restaurant and also attending some of the wonderful family-themed events they host, including a Halloween party, ladies nights, cinema in the barn, and also children’s play-schemes. We’ll also be helping Yummy Yorkshire spread the word of their fun events, new ice cream flavours and also writing for their Yummy Yorkshire blog!

Watch this space for further ice cream related developments. We cannot wait!
Thanks Yummy Yorkshire :)

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The Baby Tilda Barn Dance

Tonight we arrived in Kent. I have brought Gabriel to Maidstone for the weekend so we can attend the #babytildabarndance organised by Jennie and Ami from Beebies Baby Store in memory of the beautiful Matilda Mae.
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Gabriel and I are very excited to be supporting what looks to be a wonderful event, and not only that but it will hopefully raise lots of much needed pennies for the Lullaby Trust, which is a charity close to my heart.

The barn dance which is being held
at Egerton Village Hall in Ashford, Kent and will include dancing, entertainment, afternoon tea, a children’s play tent with face-painting and also lots and lots of fun!

I cannot wait to see Jennie and her rainbow baby bump, to catch up with lots of my blogging friends and to relax after why has been a hectic week! But, my uni work has been completed, (for now!) and I can do-si-do to my heart’s content without having to worry about it. Which is brilliant! It is also lovely to spend some quality time with Gabriel.
Working full (ish) time I rarely have chance for this and with all the studying I’ve done recently it’s nice to just talk to him, laugh with him and act daft with him too! It’s also Gabriel’s third Birthday on Monday, so a few treats in London on our mini-holiday may have happened already! Daddy is at home with Willow as we felt the journey was too long for her on the train. She can definitely come next time!

The weather is set to be beautiful. Baby Tilda always seems to make the sun shine! If you’re local to Kent then why not join us? You can pay on the door between 12-1pm. For more information please see Jennie’s post Hope to see you there! Watch this space for a full report of the day too!

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Blogger’s Afternoon Tea in Scarborough at Ox Pasture Hall

Last week I was very lucky to be invited to afternoon tea at Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough. It was a really beautiful day so coupled with some good food and drink and beautiful surroundings it was a fantastic day out!

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I love afternoon tea. The finger sandwiches, the freshly baked, warm scones and the mini cakes and pastries. It’s a real treat to take time out and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea in my opinion so when I was invited to this event I was immediately excited! Having seen the glorious surrounding at Ox Pasture Hall on their website, I knew it would be an absolutely a lovely place to visit for a chill-out too!

On arrival we given a tour of the hotel grounds. Ox Pasture Hall is a country hotel located about two miles drive from Scarborough, and it is set in seventeen acres of picturesque Yorkshire countryside in the North York Moors National Park. It really is a beautiful place and the perfect place for a mini-break or a night of relaxation away from a hectic life! We were shown around the gorgeous snug, filled with comfy sofas, lots of cushions and space for relaxation. The bar area also has seating for meals and there’s also outside onto the lovely patio where some alfresco dining could be enjoyed. we walked around the outside of the hotel to find a lake and some breath-taking views of the local area. Ox Pasture Hall have done a fantastic job of making their gardens extra special including gazebos, their Wedding barn, water features and of course the deer (not real, but very pretty!)

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After our wander outside we were shown into the conservatory for our afternoon tea. Another blogger, Joanna was already enjoying hers so we joined her at the table and chatted whilst we waited for ours. Soon we were presented with the a lovely pile of gorgeous looking sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and cream and also a rather generous selection of cake! Ox Pasture’s afternoon tea is most definitely very decadent, especially as it is served on a tiered cake stand which really encapulates the sense of occasion.

As I am vegetarian I received veggie-friendly sandwiches which included cheddar cheese and tomato, and also cream cheese and cucumber. Both were delicious and it was nice to see that Ox Pasture Hall also cater for all type of dietary requirements. After a short while some of the other bloggers Faith, Carrieanne, Mel and Sally joined us and the hotel dealt with their diet requirements well too. We tucked into the sandwiches, and the amazing warm scones, served with cream and jam then onto my favourite part, the cake! They were divine. We each had four different types of cake; chocolate brownies, a rich fruit cake topped with cream, mini cheesecake and also the most amazing lemon meringue I have ever tasted. All the cakes and scones are all made on site, I was very impressed with the quality.

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A traditional Afternoon Tea is available at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel every day from 3.00 pm – 5.00pm (although, must be booked by 11.00 am, due to the fact that all scones and cakes are baked fresh). Afternoon Tea at Ox Pasture Hall is served in either the hotels lounges, bar, or if it is fine weather, on one of the beautiful hotel’s terraces. The cost for Afternoon Tea is a reasonable £15 per person, or for that very special occasion, you have the option to make it a Champagne Afternoon Tea which costs £24 per person. Although, if you don’t fancy a full Afternoon Tea, you can order the cakes, scones and a cup of tea too for just £8.50 per person.

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Ox Pasture Hall is a former country farmhouse surrounded by barns and out-buildings which has been transformed into a super-luxurious country house hotel. It has been beautifully restored and extended now housing many luxury rooms and suites from classic doubles, deluxe bedrooms and beautiful four posters. We had a tour around some of the rooms after our afternoon tea and they were so lovely! I was so desperate to stay and enjoy the views and amenities. I especially liked that all the deluxe rooms are named after local abbeys, and the newer bedrooms and suites are named after local places. It’s a really lovely touch and the perfect anecdote to a real ‘Yorkshire stay’.

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Ox Pasture Hall is more than a luxury country house hotel, it is perfect for weddings, family gatherings, celebrations, meetings and leisure activities. Relaxing, romantic and luxury short breaks in one of Britain’s most wonderful settings, in the North Yorkshire Moors.

So why not pay them a visit? You will not regret it! Visit their website for more information and special offers.

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An Exciting Announcement!

I am very excited to announce that I have been invited to a VERY special event next Friday!

The event has been organised by Chicago Town (The no1 frozen pizza company) who have arranged, just like the Chicago Town SWAT team, for us to jump from a plane and then have a feast of the new tasty range of Chicago Town pizzas!

How cool is that?!

The skydive (and pizza!) will take place at North West Skydive Centre in Flookburgh next Friday and I am very excited!

I skydived for the first time last year in memory of Matilda Mae and loved it, and well, I adore pizza, so this is the perfect event for me! What’s even more special is that last time when I jumped I shouted hello to Tilda, and I plan to do just that again. This week, Tilda should be celebrating her second Birthday. It breaks my heart that she is not with Jennie and her Family. I think it is fate that this opportunity has arisen this week and so I am going to go for it!

Team Matilda Mae are skydiving again in August and although I will be part of that again, I feel super honoured to be jumping next week for The Lullaby Trust too. All part of the fundraising!! I’d love if you could sponsor me, if you have any spare pennies? You can do so here

The Lullaby Trust is a charity very close to my heart, Jennie is a friend of mine and her daughter Matilda Mae sadly died at just nine months old last May from SIDS. The Lullaby Trust is a charity that supports parents who have been affected from SIDS, they promote safe sleep for babies, and they also help with much needed research into why SIDS so cruelly takes away babies from their families.

The reason I loved the skydive experience was the buzz of jumping, the feeling of falling and then flying, the plane (oh gosh that small plane!) the feeling of being free and dropping through the clouds. It’s so amazing, and I cannot wait to do it again. But, I am still terrified! It’s pretty scaring sat on the edge of the plane…

Here’s a photograph from last year’s jump!

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Watch this space for photos, reviews of pizza and white-knuckle fun! EEK!

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Octonauts & the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure LIVE!

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If you know someone who likes the Octonauts then you are going to love this news! I can announce that the producers of Peppa Pig LIVE have created a brand new stage show called the OCTONAUTS AND THE DEEP SEA VOLCANO ADVENTURE! Gabriel and Willow love the Octonauts so we are very excited about this upcoming show. We are very lucky to be reviewing the show in November, so watch out for that! We will also be hosting a competition very soon for a family ticket at a venue of your choice (subject to availability).

Based on the popular CBeebies’ TV show, Octonauts, this exciting new production opens at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Thursday 16 October and tours into 2015. If you would like more information you can see the Octonauts website

In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time!

The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. Equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the octopod.

Based on the original books by Meomi, Octonauts is animated by Brown Bag Films and continues to go from strength to strength as a unique and exciting global pre-school brand.

Director/adapter Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.’

Here are the tour dates for the AUTUMN 2014/15 TOUR

THURS 16 – SUN 19 OCTOBER ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD
Thurs 16 at 4 pm www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Fri 17 at 1 & 4 pm
Sat 18 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm
Sun 19 at 10 & 1 pm

TUES 21 – WED 22 OCTOBER PRINCES HALL, ALDERSHOT
Tues 21 & Wed 22 at 1 & 4 pm www.princeshall.com

SAT 25 – SUN 26 OCTOBER WYCOMBE SWAN, HIGH WYCOMBE
Sat 25 & Sun 26 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm www.wycombeswan.co.uk

WED 29 – THURS 30 OCTOBER FAIRFIELD HALLS, CROYDON
Wed 29 & Thurs 30 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm www.fairfield.co.uk

SAT 1 – SUN 2 NOVEMBER NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF
Sat 1 & Sun 2 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

WED 5 – THURS 6 NOVEMBER G LIVE, GUILDFORD
Wed 5 & Thurs 6 at 1 & 4 pm www.glive.co.uk

SAT 8 – SUN 9 NOVEMBER ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
Sat 8 & Sun 9 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com

WED 12 – THURS 13 NOVEMBER GRAND OPERA HOUSE, YORK
Wed 12 & Thurs 13 at 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com

SAT 15 – SUN 16 NOVEMBER CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE
Sat 15 at 4 pm www.cornex.co.uk
Sun 16 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

WED 19 – THURS 20 NOVEMBER ST GEORGE’S HALL, BRADFORD
Wed 19 & Thurs 20 at 1 & 4 pm www.bradfordtheatres.co.uk

SAT 22 – SUN 23 NOVEMBER GROVE THEATRE, DUNSTABLE
Sat 22 at 1 & 4 pm www.grovetheatre.co.uk
Sun 22 at 10 am & 1 pm
Further tour dates to be announced

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The Lion King: Hakuna Matata!

Today I took Gabriel to the Alhambra theatre in Bradford to see the West End’s production of the Lion King which is based on the famous Disney Film

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Gabriel is only two (three in June) and I had been concerned about whether he was too young to go, but when a friend was selling some great seats for a Sunday matinee it seemed like a ideal opportunity. I had three tickets, so we asked my Mum to accompany us whilst Dave stayed at home with Willow.

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On arrival we bought our programmes, hired our booster seat for Gabriel and took our seats for re performance. We spotted a few of the boxes had been reserved for the bongo drums and this excited Gabriel a lot! He sat clutching the programme and as the music started he giggled then held on to me as he was not sure what to expect!
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The music for the film and subsequently the stage is by Elton John, and the lyrics by Tim Rice. The show begins with ‘Circle of Life’ and it is just beautiful. I was almost in tears, the lovely animals and the live music go together wonderfully. Before the show started a lady in the toilets said to me, ‘I’ve got my tissues with me, I’ll most definitely cry’ and I laughed. But actually, I almost did too! It’s very emotional.

The animals, are of course the cast but their mannerisms and costumes are amazingly accurate and life like. I will not spoil the show for you, but there at
plenty of animals to see and some even raised a special applause!

The well known songs from the Disney film are in the show and the story is much the same. Telling the tale of Simba the young lion cub from Pridelands, who is due to become King after his Father. Throw in wicked Uncle Scar who attempts to steal his crown, a gang of funky-dancing hyenas and a sprinkle of love and you get the gist!

The show is full of brightly coloured scenery, lighting and impressive special effects. The cast have done an excellent job and are clearly working extremely hard. Their roles are pretty energetic and the choreography is really well thought out. (I’m quite obsessed with dance choreography!)

We especially loved the children playing the young Simba and Nala. We also enjoyed Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat! They are the stars of the show in our opinion with lots of jokes fun and dancing!

We had a great afternoon and Gabriel loved the show. I love the theatre and have seen many of the West End productions, this is most definitely one of my favourites! If you haven’t see it, you must. I’m so pleased the production has come to Bradford, a great opportunity to see a fantastic show. Hakuna Matata!

Disney’s The Lion King is at Bradford Alhambra until 10th May. For tickets or more information click here

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I’m Going To Britmums Live!

Hello! I’m Michelle, and I’m going to Britmums Live, so I thought I’d join in the meme and introduce myself properly!

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Blog: Crowtherclan

Twitter ID: @thecrowtherclan

Height: 5ft 10in

Hair: Black, long and some tell me very shiny

Eyes: Browny-green-grey (depends on the light!)

Is this your first blogging conference?

Erm…It was going to be when I first booked my ticket last year, but now I’m going to Blogs Up North’s Blog On MOSI in May too! So it will be my second!

Are you attending both days?

Yes, or course. I don’t like to miss out!

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2014?

There’s so many amazing people I’ve been chatting to on Twitter and reading their wonderful blogs, it will be great to finally meet them in person! I am also interested in hearing the speakers, learning new blogging skills and I can’t wait to have a peep inside my goodie bag!

My roomie is Katie Brown and although we’ve never met, she is in fact my Twitter BFF. She has a great sense of humour and I know we’ll have a LOT of wine (fun, I mean..)

I cannot wait to catch up with friends I’ve already met including the rest of the #MMSKYDIVE crew, AND I cannot wait to buy Kelly a wine. I think I’ve promised her about ten bottles over the last eighteen months.

What are you wearing?

Either skinny jeans and a bright blue top (I adore blue things) OR maybe a pretty flowery dress, hopefully the weather will be nice and I can wear sandals. I hate wearing socks! I imagine my outfit will be something bought in a panic a few days before the event!

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2014?

Well, I’d like to gain confidence about attending these types of events. I don’t really know what to expect, and that’s a little unnerving, but I know I’ll have a great time, I can feel it! With so many awesome people going, it’s going to be great.

I decided not to work with a sponsor, as it doesn’t really tie-in with my blog.I rarely do reviews, and it didn’t feel right . I want to attend for ME and more as a social event, rather than to meet brands and/or promote a company. Each to their own though, and I am very excited.

Bring on the wine!

Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?

No, sorry. But if anyone has any tips for me, please let me know!

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I Can’t Sing!

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Last night I went to the theatre. I was really lucky to be invited by TalkTalk to go to London to see ‘I Can’t Sing’ the new X Factor musical which is hosted by the London Palladium in the West End.

I Can’t Sing is a comedy musical written by Harry Hill and held it’s first showing on February 27th this year. The show like most West End productions lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes a 20 minute interval.
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The show itself is a very tongue-in-cheek look at the the popular television show. It is centred around a boy meets girl type story, whereby a young girl called Chenice meets fellow contestant Max and the show follows their love story and of course a fame-related split, then reunited through a very sweet acoustic love song from Max.

Max (Alan Morrissey) is based on Matt Cardle, who won the show in 2010. Max is a likeable male lead and cast well in my opinion. I loved the Rochdale accent and his sweet nature! (And well I did love Matt Cardle too…).

The lead Chenice (Cynthia Ervio) gives a fantastic performance, especially considering her previous work and theatre experience, which is minimal. She has a fantastic voice and definitely holds the show together! 20140321-141632.jpg Rather bizarrely what both stole the show, and perhaps ruined it for me was the role of a talking dog called Barlow (Bet Gary was chuffed about that) who was puppeteered by a male performer on a skateboard! (Simon Lipkin). Now hats off to Simon he did a great job, he has a fantastic singing voice and good comedy timing, but sadly I failed to understand the relevance of the dog within the storyline, although by the end of the show, I had become quite pleased the dog was there as often most of the jokes were originating from it!
20140321-141755.jpg The judges included in the show are Simon Cowell (Nigel Harman), ‘Jordy’ (Victoria Elliot) and Louis (Ashley Knight). I’m not sure why Cheryl was called Jordy, perhaps she hasn’t authorised the use of her persona? Victoria does an excellent job of playing Jordy, and in my opinion is once of best cast members. Whilst Nigel Harman may look like Simon Cowell, he certainly doesn’t sound like him, he has a good set of lungs on him though, and apart from sweating profusely it worked.

Other charactersI liked were the ‘Altarboyz’ based on the comedy (?!!) duo Jedward. They certainly provided energy and colour to the show, and I challenge anyone not to laugh during their Irish leprechaun performance. It is hilarious! There’s reference and jokes about other past contestants and a lots of the actors have their characters mannerisms spot on, which was great to see.

I think Harry Hill has done a great job with the musical, and although a bit too cheesy for my taste, the audience did seen to enjoy the show. Overall the I Can’t Sing is entertaining, but I wouldn’t be rushing back to see it again. I enjoyed parts of it. It is what it is, a fun musical full of cheese and laughs. Leave your high hopes at the door and sit enjoy the silliness!

I Can’t Sing is suitable for older children and adults and I’d recommend sitting in the stalls, we were sat on row G and had a fantastic view. Special thanks to TalkTalk, Kip and Lillinha for a great evening out!

For more information you can look below
Facebook.com/ICantSing
Twitter @ICantSingUK
www.ICantSingTheMusical.com

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A Day Out With Thomas: Peep Peep!

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Today we visited Kirklees Light Railway in Huddersfield to experience the ‘Thomas & Friends Day Out’. Gabriel awoke very excited indeed and he travelled the hour’s journey clutching his ticket in the back of the car, ready to hand over to the Fat Controller at the station!

We arrived at Clayton West station and we were surprised to see how well organised the event was, we’ve been to these railway events before and they are sometimes mayhem! The event had lots of free, nearby parking which was great to see, as we are so used to be charging £5-10 to park our car at these types of events!

We had a wander around and saw that included with the tickets (Which were £37 for all four of us) were Thomas & Friends platform rides, a small monorail train ride, face painting, donkey rides, Thomas DVD screenings, trains, play areas and craft activities.

We had a few minutes to spare before our official train ride to Shelley Station, so we had a nosey in the gift shop and bought some badges! Gabriel loved them and wore his with pride all day. A pound well spent!
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Once we climbed aboard to train to Shelley, it wasn’t long before we were off! Gabriel was so excited and kept jumping around singing along to the Thomas music they had playing accompanying the journey. Both Gabriel and Willow loved the train, the journey was scenic and we pointed out all the different animals along the way. All was going well, until unfortunately Willow choked on a piece of biscuit and it made her vomit in the carriage! Luckily she was okay, and the floor was cleanable with a few wet-wipes!

At Shelley station because it was very windy we went into the crafts marquee and played with the wooden trains sets, and ate our packed lunches. I’d called at the supermarket prior to attending for sushi and sandwiches, and I was glad I had because the café and the barbeque at the stations were busy and had long queues.

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After lunch and playing, we went to watch the puppet show, it was basic, but amusing and good fun. Gabriel and Willow absolutely loved it, and Willow’s infectious belly laughs could be heard outside of the hut I am sure! One of the entertainers then made a song up for each of the Children, using their names and something they liked, I thought this was a nice personal touch and although Gabriel didn’t appreciate his own song (Yes, it was my child who shouted for him to STOP STOP STOP) everyone else seemed to!

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On the ride back to Clayton West we read the free Thomas books we’d been given at the puppet show and sang along with the Thomas ‘rap’ (again..). Then it was time to have a ride on Thomas! This ride was only very short, although as it was open carriage, this was for the best, it was slightly cold! Gabriel was very excited to ride on Thomas and even got the chance to sit in the driver’s seat! At this point we also met the Fat Controller, and received our certificates from him. Gabriel refused to have his photograph taken with him so Willow accepted the certificates on his behalf..

Overall I’d say ‘A Day Out With Thomas & Friends’ is well worth the visit. We had a wonderful day and both Gabriel and Willow loved it. I personally think it’s great value for money too, as I assumed all the extras would have been ‘extra’ cost. All the staff were friendly and helpful and to say that there was a few hundred two and three years olds in attendance all very excited to see Thomas it wasn’t stressful at all. As we left I asked Gabriel, “Have you had a good day?” He replied, “I want to come again please Mummy” So, I think that’s a definite YES!

So if you have a train mad toddler I’d really recommend you get some tickets booked as soon as possible! You will also receive a free gift with your booking, but I won’t spoil the surprise..

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Bloggers Day Out: Spinning Cars & drinking wine!

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited on a weekend break in Northampton to have a Skid Pan experience as part of a new project by Direct Line Car Insurance

We had such a great time the night before and had lots of laughs over a meal (and a few wines). It was not only lovely to catch up with my blogging friends Hayley, Rachel and Kip, but it was great to meet Penny, Lilinha, Tim and Catherine too.

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The next morning we headed to the Skid Pan track and started the experience! Well. After becoming rather lost but that’s another story…

The course is essentially a large slippery road service which has been prepared for users to practice how to deal with a skidding car. At the experience we had, oil has been poured on the ground to ensure a decent skid!

We took it in turns to drive the cars around the course, and took advice from the instructors before being left to our own devices, which of course meant lots of spinning and skidding!

What was surprising driving the cars on the Skid Pan course was that even at very slow speeds, skidding is still possible. We learnt how to deal with a skid, and also how NOT to deal with one.

It’s great to have practiced these skills in a controlled, and most importantly safe environment, and whilst we had great fun spinning the cars and sliding about on the oil, it really was quite scary to feel how easily the car can lose control when it starts to skid.

We also learnt how to deal with a skid when driving at different speeds, but of course, the best way to get out of a skid, is to avoid getting into one in the first place, so we learnt about that too!

Sometimes it really is about being aware of the type of road you’re driving, and what types of hazards may be there, or about being aware of the weather conditions and having your vehicle suitably prepared and in good condition.

There are three main causes of skidding; harsh acceleration, harsh braking and harsh steering alongside harsh acceleration.

So, basically and perhaps rather obviously the smoother driver you are, the lower your risk of skidding. It may sound simple, but so many accidents occur on our roads each year due to skidding and whilst there is not much you can do to control the weather or external factors such as oil spillages or other substances on the road, it is helpful to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation!

Do you know what to do if your car starts to skid? Regardless of the external factors, the action you need to take is the same. Just remember:

If you’re in a skid best thing to do is to lift off your right foot to remove the cause

It’s pretty simple. Take your foot off the accelerator to avoid skidding, you need to try point the car where you want to go. The reason you need to move the wheel is because, by slipping, the car has changed direction and you need to compensate for it.

The biggest mistake people make is to wrench the wheel round and over-compensate. You need to keep your eyes on where you want to be, and keep steering towards it.

Depending whether or car is front or rear wheeled drive you have to take action with your acceleration, as in DON’T!

But…in a front-wheel-drive car, you don’t take your foot off the accelerator when things get hairy, you correct the steering and give it more power so the car can pull itself out of the skid.

All sounds very confusing in words, but once we had a few practice runs, it became clear. I think keeping calm and going with your gut instinct really helps too. I found that I took the right actions without thinking about it, the key is not to panic!

Direct Line Car Insurance very kindly paid for the Skid Pan experience, our accommodation, meal and refreshments (wine) so huge thanks to them! We had a great and very useful weekend! Special thanks to Graham who organised the event too :)

If you have the chance to have a Skid Pan experience, go for it. You’ll learn loads AND It’s great fun!

Here’s a very cheesy video of me and some other bloggers at the Skid Pan experience! The videos can also be found on their website!

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