Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool

Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool: July 2018

“Help I need somebody, Help not just anybody, Help”.  Help yourself and get a spring in your step, by heading on down to Albert Dock Liverpool, and feel that marvellous magical musical melody.

Book yourself onto the Magical mystery Tour and get on board your very own “yellow submarine” for the Ultimate Beatles Fan experience. “She’s got a ticket to ride”…well I definitely did and could not wait.

Packed with larger than life Liverpool characters including our host Jay Johnson and driver Ross, I knew to be prepared for an action packed whistle stop Beatles tour with a lorra lorra laughs.

The Tour has many highlights including the childhood home of Ringo Starr, St Peters Church where John and Paul first met, John Lennon’s childhood home and Former schools and colleges of John, Paul, George and Ringo including the Art College and the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA)

Excitingly, there are four stops, where you can get off the bus, at key Beatles locations and snap away to your hearts content.  Walk with the boys (Fab Four Statue located at the docks) to the first of these stops which was Penny Lane.

For the Beatles boys and Liverpool community, the barbers shop, the bus terminus at the top of penny lane was a social hub and a meeting place.  Hence, the Penny Lane Song was about the bus terminus in penny lane rather than the actual street.

George Harrison’s birthplace; 12 Arnold grove, where the home had a tin bath, coal fire and outside toilet. Due to their fame, the boys often used a pseudonym when checking into a hotel. It was funny to learn that George often used the name “Arnold grove”!

Next, “I’m going to Strawberry Fields, Nothing is real, And nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever”

For the final pitstop, Paul McCartney’s childhood home, and we were one of the lucky tours to be in town at the same time, as the legend himself.

The Magical Mystery tour was relaxed, fun, friendly and delivered with genuine interest and true passion.  The Magical Mystery Tour ticket also includes Cavern Club Admission for that day or evening.

“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down…” a sure thing to perk up anyone’s mood is Location Matthew Street, the beating hub of Liverpool’s music scene, with the Cavern Club being at the very heart of it.

Cavern Club Front stage has a variety of truly talented live musical performances with musical “words of wisdom” so “Let it be, Let it be, let it be”

Also, there is masses of Liverpool Legends memorabilia to keep any Beatles fans and lovers of Liverpool entertained.

Liverpool, we love you yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Breakout Room Liverpool The Heist Review

Breakout Room Liverpool The Heist Review: July 2018

Location Liverpool, on Sir Thomas Street, lies a challenge like no other.  Choose your team and prepare your squad to take on Breakout rooms exciting escape room challenge – The Heist.

My marvellously daring team of expert elite bank robbers docked into Liverpool for a Heist of a lifetime.  Lovely Joe, our games Master guided us deep down into the legendary vault of, Locke and Quay Treasury, that is rumoured to hold the private depository of one of their famously rich and wealthy clients.

After gaining entry to raid the Vault…no drill required, the 60-minute, automatic fail-safe security system kicked in and our only hope of escape was to find clues, solve puzzles before the back up security system sealed our fate forever.

Disguise your identity, but use your cunning mind and a focused team strategy, to gain an employee identification card, override the security systems, find the treasure and make your escape.

Make sure you have a getaway vehicle planned, we made our escape on foot and then a ferry across the Mersey.  We escaped, but can you escape the Heist…get down to lovely Liverpool to find out?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review

City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review: July 2018

For over 30 years, Manchester City Centre Cruises, have been operating passenger boat cruises in their two luxury barge boats.  The Castlefield cruise location, was ready and waiting, for our turn to set sail with Captain Alan and his skippers Sarah, Ellie and Ted.

Participation in the cruise was to celebrate positive steps toward female emancipation, pay homage to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes, as in February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, with December marking 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK.

Our super sensational Sunday lunch began with fresh Soup, a crispy bread roll, all washed down with a range of light liquid refreshments.

Mouth-watering Mains included roast beef, roasty potatoes, boiled potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, broccoli, carrots and lashings of gravy.  With advance notice being provided, an extra bonus was that chef Lorna catered for Vegetarians, with a yummy cheese and bean melt which tasted delicious.

The dessert was a completely tasty triumph, a rhubarb crumble with custard, which I could have easily ate more than one serving.  All washed down with a choice of tea and coffee.

The barge boat experience is sensational with informative and comical commentary from captain Alan partnered with a pleasant poem. You also get to see a whole range of sights, including Manchester’s beautiful bridges, on the Bridgewater canal system.

Graffiti which can be both controversial and subjective, but get down with Bart Simpson and on lock down with the Panama dock number 3 which is the only lock left in water.Notice the interesting contrast between Manchester’s industrial past with the old soap works factory with the modern Media city including the likes of the BBC and ITV.  Along with Manchester heartfelt iconic symbolic bee symbol, which is about the people of Manchester’s courage and strength to fight future conflict together.

Synonymous, with when the suffragettes used their united courage and strength, to gain women of today the freedom and right to vote and have our say in society.

Why not book onboard for a Sunday celebration Lunch, celebrating women’s life and liberty, and raise a glass or two in respect and tribute to the suffragette’s bravery and sacrifice.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Smooth your way into Summer with Nutri Ninja Review

Smooth your way into Summer with Nutri Ninja Review: June 2018

Shark Ninja, the brilliant brand behind the Nutri Ninja product, have an energetic and enthusiastic team dedicated to making your lives better, with a marvellous machine that is a seriously smart bit of kit.

Power up your kitchen, for a perfect performance, with the two in one, Ninja ultimate chopper, blender and mini food processor with Auto iQ 1200W and with a massive 10 one touch intelligence programmes.

Dive into the fully loaded box to find the strong, sturdy 1200w motor base, a 900ml and 650ml Tritan Nutri Ninja cup, 2 spout lids, a pro extractor blade, a nutri bowl with lid, dough blade and precision prep blade assembly and an innovative and inspirational recipe booklet.

Smooth your way into a super sizzling summer the easy way with Nutri Ninja.  Blitz and blend, all with one touch of a button and use the sophisticated blend, pulse and pause patterns for perfect precision control.

Why not create a beautiful berry blitz, bang in the berries along with water or milk, ice, protein powder and honey, to ensure your smoothie has maximum berryliciousness or go for green goodness and gorgeousness with this homemade kale and mango smoothie.

Create a sizzling summer menu, using the compact food processor, that blends, chops and mixes.  Ideal for delicious dough to make fresh pizzas, homemade burgers to throw on the bbq along with a good healthy salad all chopped by the brilliant blades.  No fuss, just fast fabulous faff free foodie freshness.

Feel the heat, power up your kitchen this summer and become part of the Nutri Ninja revolution!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Luxury Leeds: Crowne Plaza Leeds Hotel Review

Luxury Leeds: Crowne Plaza Leeds Hotel Review: June

Crown Plaza Leeds on Wellington Street, a real jewel in the city, a lovely luxury hotel for you to explore all the city has to offer.

Ideal for both business and leisure, and if you don’t want to venture out the hotel has plenty to keep you busy.

First impressions count, amazing Alex at check in welcomed us warmly and along with Katie in the management team, both went out of their way to ensure a smooth stay.

Enjoy some lovely Leeds Luxury, join the club and treat yourself to an upgraded Club Room.

The fully air conditioned Club room had a nice lounge area, that allowed you to relax and refresh, along with some complimentary water to quench your thirst.

Enjoy the perks with a wonderful work desk, spacious and an ideal spot to sit back, watch the flat screen television and catch up on all the newsy happenings. Well received, was an extra special welcome gift, including some fab fizzy stuff which my plus one enjoyed and a lovely Leeds skyline card.

Bathroom with sunken tub, overhead shower and large mirrored sink area stocked with plush Temple Spa toiletries.

The dressing area, with full length mirror, a well-appointed tea tray with Nespresso coffee machine and a wardrobe stocked with everything you could need during your stay.

Grab your robe and slippers and head down to the onsite Spirit Health Club for a little you time.

Indulge yourself and take full advantage of their super large heated swimming pool, with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

Focus on you, make use of the lazy loungers, and escape the hustle and bustle of Leeds City Centre, and drift off as you enjoy your latest read.

Hit the gym and work up a hot sweat on a range of quality training equipment.

Spruce yourself up and prepare to indulge in another Club room Perk, Exclusive access to the Club Lounge.  Take the lift from the Club floor or head up the opulent staircase.

The Club Lounge is a sensational space which serves complimentary continental breakfast, all day soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Also, a range of board games and reading literature are provided.

In the evening the Club Lounge becomes a social hub, a place to mingle where complimentary alcohol and canapes are served.

Richard, the Club Lounge host, did a perfect job looking after us throughout the evening and the following day.

After evening time in the Club, head to the hotel Bar & Kitchen LS1 for a delightful delicious dinner and drinkies.

A chic contemporary city hub serving up British food, cooked with care, creative flare and with a yummy Yorkshire twist.  A warm Yorkshire welcome from Adriana got the evening off to a super start.

To begin, we opted for some snacking olives, a quinoa super salad with avocado, water melon, feta cheese and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds.  Along with the Cheese board, with the fabulous fine Cryer & Stott cheeses, which turned out to be a first-class choice.

Mouth-watering mains included the yummy vegetable wellington, a real winner, served with a ratatouille sauce, but my obsession for peppercorn sauce took over.  My dining companions steak offering was served with tasty triple cooked chunky chips, mushroom and roasted cherry tomatos.  All washed down with a well-balanced berry mocktail.

A sweet finish included homemade sticky toffee pudding with vanilla pod ice cream and toffee sauce, the triple chocolate melt brownie with slated ice cream and a passion fruit mocktail martini.

On the evening it was a pleasure to meet resident Head Chef Lee Miller. Living in Leeds for over 20 years, using his knowledge of the local area in conjunction with his natural flare, passion and drive, Lee has excelled to produce homely, flavourful regional dishes using only the finest quality ingredients and where possible with locally sourced produce.

Accountable for his kitchen, Lee ensures tractability, sustainability and authenticity, are key criteria when menu creating.   A lovely lad, Lee loves Leeds, and this is clearly demonstrated throughout his culinary creations.

Wind down the evening back in Club room heaven, make use of the brilliant bedside units, charge your phone, plug in the laptop or switch on the reading light to enjoy your fav novel.

Reflect on the days activities, pop on the kettle for a brew, hit the sheets and enjoy the chocolates provided for that lovely sleep feeling.

Enjoy a breakfast boom in your room.  Enjoy a full brilliant British breakfast or opt for the impressive vegetarian offering, along with a pot of tea.

Perhaps chill out in the lounger with cold continental breakfast offerings including fresh melon, segmented grapefruit, pastries, cheese and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Stay in the #JEWELINTHECITY enjoy Leeds luxury with a first-class team.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Emmerdale Village and Emmerdale Studio Experience Tour Review

The Emmerdale Village and Emmerdale Studio Experience Tour Review 

Bright and breezy, location Leeds Weetwood Hall, on a Sunny Saturday morning, where the lovely Georgia checked us in for the excellent Emmerdale Village Tour.  With transfers the total tour took around 3.5 hours.

After a pleasant coach journey, thanks to driver Andrew, through Yorkshires scenic countryside we arrived on set where Bex our guide prepared us for our on-set debut.

Take your moment to shine alongside the famous road signage and the iconic Emmerdale Village entrance.  Make sure you also check out the original Emmerdale stone signage.

Make sure you wear flat footwear, because no matter how much you check the time, no bus will be coming to pick you up from the on-set bus stop.

Even though the sun had turned overcast, the Emmerdale set looked a real sight, with the brilliant bold red telephone box, café and Woolpack all in sight.

Put your feet up, take a seat at the café and imagine cake and coffee served by some of your soap favs.

It was all happening at the grange, because since this is a live set, there was hot of the press Intel, as we were privy to an upcoming future story line with the skip being parked right out front.

Make a pitstop at a proper good old fashioned countryside pub, The Woolpack!

The Wonderful Woolpack was in all its glory, with Charity Dingle and Chasity Dingle named above the door, licenced to serve the cast their tasty tipple of choice.

Make your way round to Bernice’s Beauty & Bernice Hair & beauty salon to spruce yourself up ready for more picture-perfect photo opportunities.

Do things the dingle way and drive up to Dingle & Dingle garage to ensure you get yourself a full MOT.

While the car is getting checked out, over at the Dingles, head over to David’s shop for your five a day.

Need some spiritual guidance, head over to the parish church of St Mary’s Emmerdale

The inside scene is set for service with Vicar Rev’d Harriet Finch. Let us pray together.

Park up at the playground, then head onto the village hall.  Be sure to keep in the loop and check out the notice board for activities and general Village info.

Pay your respects to characters past, who’s fate has resided them to the parish church of St Mary’s graveyard.

Relive the excitement, twists and turns of the characters plots.  Leave Emmerdale Village with memories that will last a lifetime.

Lights, Camera, Action…at the Emmerdale Studios tour check in for an immersive, interactive and interesting 90 minute behind the scenes glimpse of life on set.

Think you have what it takes to write an award-winning script?  Well, be prepared to dedicate time to detail and devote time to drafting a script that wins Emmerdale there many amazing accolades.

Before hitting set, make the mandatory makeup and hair stop to ensure you get into character.  Whether that be a gorgeous glamorous look or something more fatal for an accident scene or was it a murder?! Need to shed a tear, use the tear stick containing menthol and transparent jelly aka sweat and tears.

Kane Dingle, Bernice, Edna and a variety of other famous soap stars line the costume corridor for you to check out their wonderful wardrobes of preserved costumes.

Bring on the beauty with Bernice and check out the inner workings of her princess pink parlour.

Or get down with the dingles, grab a can from the bar, get couch cosy, stick on the telly and have an evening in with the Dingle family.

Expert editors at the ready, switch things up a notch, as you have the chance to edit your very own Emmerdale scene and see the results of your handy work.

The marvellous mini model village set is just amazing and a great photo opportunity.

Things get heated in the danger zone, who is in the dock this time and what evidence do Yorkshires finest Hotten police station have?

When disaster strikes, Emmerdale pulls out some sensational stunts. Who done it, gripped to your seats, wipe away your tears and continue watching to find out what, who, why and where.

Super Sophie our guide shined as brightly as the 120 lights, that light up the Woolpack set, at any one time during filming.

Why not end on a high and have your photo taken pulling a pint, of the Best brilliant Black sheep bitter, behind the replica Woolpack Bar.

Pint pulled and last orders called.  Head over to lovely Leeds, to make your Emmerdale special guest appearance.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Tick Tock Unlock Leeds – The Forgotten Tomb Review

Tick Tock Unlock Leeds – The Forgotten Tomb Review: June 2018

Challenge your squad and take your team back in time to ancient Egypt, at Tick Tock unlock Leeds.  An interactive live exciting, engaging and entertaining escape room experience.

From the get go there is mystery, wonder and intrigue, as the Tick tock team meet you in Leeds city centre and whisk your team off to a super-secret location.

Years of tradition saw Pharaohs buried with their prize possessions. Along with his vast riches, Pharaoh Kamzu got buried with shh…a dark forgotten secret.

After setting up a dig site, archaeologists excitingly uncovered the treasure tomb and final resting place of Pharaoh Kamzu.  Expedition excitement waned, and concern kicked in, as the team went silent.  Weeks went by, until a brief crackly radio signal bellowed out one word only – “Cursed”.

Amazing Amy our games master got us explorers prepped for our exciting Egyptian expedition, as now it was our turn to take the treacherous Tomb steps, in a land where great and powerful pharaohs, once ruled all of ancient Egypt.

With trepidation, we treaded into the hidden tomb of Pharaoh Kamzu to try and break the curse.  Watch the sands of time though, as you only have 60 minutes to break the curse and make your escape.  The Egyptian Escape game offered a realistic, high quality and immersive experience.

Gather your fellow adventurers, your trowel, mattock and shovel tools, to trek to a far away place, with intense heat, for Expedition Egypt.  Can you break the CURSE? Only one way to find out…


Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx