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

Contact:

https://www.emmerdalestudioexperience.co.uk/village-tour/

https://www.emmerdalestudioexperience.co.uk/studio-experience-tour/

https://www.emmerdalestudioexperience.co.uk/

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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

Contact:

https://www.ticktockunlock.com/location/leeds/

Hotel Football Class of 92 Room and The Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour – One for the Fans

Hotel Football Class of 92 Room and The Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour – One for the Fans: June 2018

Hotel Football is just a dribble away from the magnificent Manchester United Football ground.  Having stayed at Hotel Football previously, the hotel is not just for the mega Manchester United fans, as the place has something for everyone.

However, this visit was an all-star pitch perfect performance, which would see fans dribbling with excitement, as they live the ultimate Manchester United dream.

Kick off began in the Class of 92 room, a chic custom designed bespoke room which includes unique Class of 92 memorabilia, that pays homage to its class of 92 owners, Gary Neville & Ryan Giggs.

Above the bed was a signed Ryan Giggs shot and if that was not enough quotes from Zinedine Zidane, Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and the man himself Sir Alex Ferguson.

The well-appointed entertainment area, with desk, mini bar and a flat screen television,  had the ultimate fans dream, a Gary Neville’s signed shirt hung on the wall.  Along with a class of 92 timeline which included the players individual score tally’s.

In the mini bar the boys have left a stash of tasty treats including some good old retro classics along with two bottles of Café Football beer.  Ooo and some lovely chocolate balls of brilliance, as a wonderful welcome gift.

Choose a front row seat, chillax, read the in room class of 92 book, and enjoy the breath-taking view which has a direct vantage point overlooking the Manchester United Old Trafford Football Stadium.

Fancy a refresh, hit the showers or take a soak in the bath, using the fun player themed toiletries.

Grab your snug Hotel Football monogrammed robe and slippers, out of the well cool wardrobe, and maybe read a book using your complimentary class of 92 bookmark.

Need some fuel, head down to Café Football Old Trafford, and enjoy a reds Afternoon Tea which includes a range of sandwiches, yummy scones, cakes with unlimited tea or coffee.  Oh and yes…the view of the Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium is thrown in for free!

Why not keep things sweet, and try the pre-concert Billy Joel Afternoon Tea, on Saturday 16th June at Cafe football Old Trafford.

Walk off the treats along the canal way or why not hit the gym, get fit and keep hydrated with the complimentary water provided.

After all that training, head down to Café Football for some delicious dinner.  Ben, Terpsi and all the Café Football key players, did an amazing job looking after us, as usual.  Dinner was a game two halves Savoury vs sweet.

The menu offers a good range including nachos, halloumi burger with fries and the sensational steak.  Why not wash them all down with the Café Football beer.

A sweet stay highlight for me, is always the sweet shop stop! After enjoying sticky toffee pudding and bubble gum desserts, it is so much fun to pop to the shop for some ‘penny’ sweets. A perfect end to the evening.

Wake up well and kick start the day with a brilliant breakfast. Go hot, and have breakfast in bed, with Giggs. A lovely full English with bacon, banger, beans, egg, mushroom, black pud and tomato.

Fancy something chilled, well go cold continental with Neville.  Enjoy a fabulous fresh fruit platter, with pastries, yogurt, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and peppermint tea.

Having trouble deciding, well let’s call it a draw and go for both!

Why stop there, continue to live the dream, roar for the red devils and book onto the legendary Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour.

Prior to the tour, you have access to the museum, for me the highlight of this was the eye wateringly impressive Trophy room. Not just because of the shiny items, but the sheer volume of trophies achieved – incredible!

A fun interactive activity, that included silly selfie moments, to warm you up for the exciting stadium tour.

Brilliant Ben our guide made his introductions, along with security team Kevin and Dave, who provided a friendly and relaxed tour with lots of fun thrown in for good measure.

Get the behind the scenes scoop, and feel the atmosphere, as you look out onto the stadium from the dreamy director’s box, VIP area!

Both the home and away fitting rooms are included within the tour and you can only begin to imagine the buzz and focus, of the players prior to play, on match day.

Walk in the boots of your favourite player, imagine 76,000 fans roar, as you emerge through the tunnel like a pro, and prepare to clinch victory.  A fun moment of the tour, but no spoilers, you will have to just wait and see!

Back the home team, take in the view, and yes the lovely lanyard you do get to take this home!!

Also, take time to visit the Munich tunnel to pay homage to those in the tragic Munich Air Disaster on 6th February 1958. As, Manchester United’s players of the past have contributed to the greatness of the Club we see today.

Go on be a devil, live the dream, with the Class of 92 team!

Thanks for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://hotelfootball.com/

http://www.manutd.com/en/Visit-Old-Trafford/Museum-And-Stadium-Tour/Stadium-Tour.aspx

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester City Centre Review

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester City Centre Review: May 2018

The 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester is located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and is the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, which is steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.

Originally, built in 1853 to commemorate the repel of the corn laws and sympathetically refurbished in 2004, retaining original features such as the façade, to create this stunning five-star hotel, with spa, restaurant and a bar.

Make your way through the airy, impressive and exquisite lobby, which hosts a mix of eclectic contemporary décor including a giant cockerel, bold Buddha head and some interesting wall art.

As you sweep through the lavish lobby, you will notice the Manchester iconic Bee wall art which will lead you onto the opulent hotel bar and restaurant.

Welcomed warmly by the charming Jack and Joe, our concierge and desk check in attendants, who directed us to our room.  Décor was a calming chic mix of neutral shades with splashes of gorgeous gold.

The room had the wow we factor, the view over Manchester’s industrial city skyline was wonderful, and just as things could not get any better along arrived the most marvellous macaroons!

To the right of the cosy, comfortable and snug bed, slide back the wooden door to reveal a fabulous vanity area which has all the must haves such as mirrors, a hair dryer, a larger wardrobe unit, robes, to make your stay a smooth one.

The bathroom included a hot towel rail, spacious tub, stand up wet room style shower with a handy inclusive mirror for all those singing in the shower moments!

Residents have inclusive use of the sensational Sienna Spa and health club.  Facilities include an air-conditioned gym, 12-metre deck level swimming pool, the poolside relaxation area along with facilities such as the whirlpool bath Nordic sauna and steam room sets a high-end tone which oozes quality and 5-star luxury.

After working up a sweat or simply soaking up some lovely leisure time, swimming, enjoying the whirlpool bath and turning up the heat in the sauna and steam room why not opt for a treatment to balance your inner mind, body and soul.

Available for those who have booked treatments, the relaxation room, decorated in opulent gold, with subtle cream tones, along with subdue lighting, peaceful music and relaxing recliners, is a place to relax and channel your inner calm.

The hydration station offers complimentary herbal teas and filtered water to keep you body hydrated, as you refocus and escape the city hustle and bustle.

The marvellous Moroccan mud ritual for two is a perfect treatment to share some relaxed R&R time with a loved one. A therapist will guide you through the treatments, which include a scrub, mineral clay and a face mask, and then you are left to carry out each step of the treatment in your own intimate private Rasul chamber.

The detoxifying and stimulating nature of the treatment, left us both feeling refreshed, cleansed and nourished. Once finished head back to the well equipped changing rooms with high spec hair dryers, straighteners and coded lockers.  Change there or throw on your robe and head on up to your room.

Steak and Lobster for dinner was perfect, Ana and Robert provided us with the most perfect service throughout the evening. Starters which included chilli cheese bits, cayenne peppered onion rings, Parmesan fries and my personal fav the wonderful warm veggie mince lettuce cups, speedily left the plates in no time.

The lovely Veggie Philly cheese steak with creamy spicy mayo was yummy. My plus one loved the ‘Bring it together surf and turf’, a huge serving which included grilled steak and half lobster with spicy roasted garlic chimichurri butter with chilli ginger dressing and a side of peppercorn sauce. The salted caramel cheesecake provided a sweet finish.

The hotel bar, was an ideal end to the evening, not only were the staff on point as usual, the lush raspberry & lychee sling and the kiwi ginger addiction mocktails hit the spot, but we also had the pleasure of meeting the resident llama lovelies!

Breakfast in bed began with room service of course.  With a delivery of a fully cooked English breakfast and a continental offering with fresh fruit and pastries.

Start the day relaxed and refreshed, pop on your robe, make that breakfast call and enjoy the amazing Manchester skyline, as you chow down.

Manchester Five Star Style and service, make sure you stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester and experience it for yourself.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel-gb-m2-5gp/gbmanche

The Principal York Hotel Review

The Principal York Hotel Review: May 2018

Located in an enviable postcode in the heart of York, with views of the Minster, only a few small steps away from York Train station, the Principal York is the place to stay, play and enjoy your stay the Yorkshire way.

The breath-taking building with grandeur and grace stands dominant and proud, awaiting to welcome visitors to enjoy a first-class experience.

The gorgeous grounds have that secret garden feel.  These vast sprawling gardens are an ideal hub in which to escape the hustle and bustle of York and have some rest and relaxation time.  You may not be the only residents taking advantage of the greenery, you may be lucky to see a ducky.

Warmly welcomed at reception by Alex and his team, we knew the stay was going to be rememberable for all the right reasons.  The perfect balance has been struck, with their choice of bespoke décor, between the opulence of late-Victorian architecture and contemporary charm which suits the discerning and modern traveller.

The restorations and refurbishments, carried out by award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair, have remained sympathetic to the original period features retaining the buildings elegance and natural charm.

Take the sensational staircase or catch a ride in the lift up to your room.  The décor is well balanced using natural tones and textures to create an elegant space to revitalise and relax.

Useful features at the bedside brilliance included enough plug sockets to charge all your gadgets, reading lamp, notebook, pen and a cool quirky red usable telephone.

The spacious room included two full length mirrors, one suspended on the wall and another behind the grey doors to the right, in a wonderful wardrobe with plenty of space to hang all those fancy outfits.  Also, a flat screen television tastefully fitted above a fabulous fire surround. Particularly nifty was the table which had a fold out mirror feature, which was ideal to beautify located where natural light was plentiful.

The solid wood unit provided additional garment hanging space, a safe, mini fridge, tea tray, and a complimentary tuck box.  An extra super surprise, just for us, came in the form of this wonderful wicker hamper packed with Yorkshire treats.

Fantastic, fresh and fabulous, the bathroom was stunning.  Fully tiled, including a top of the range standing shower unit, a vanity sink area, with a super large mirror, and exquisite Elemis toiletries.  Bathrobe on the door ready for you to get all snuggly.

After some in room pamper time, strut your stuff, make an elegant entrance and walk your way down the opulent sophisticated staircase like a movie star.

Delightful dining can be enjoyed at the Refectory Kitchen and Terrace, where they celebrate seasonal local produce by using some of Yorkshire’s finest ingredients.  Along with Yorkshire’s finest staff, as George and Richard did a fab job looking after us throughout the evening.

Meaty Main and a vegetarian option both went down a treat, which included the roasted cauliflower risotto, with watercress, ginger and toasted sunflower seeds.  Also, the sensational Sirloin 10oz served with hand-cut Maris Piper fries, vine-on cherry tomatoes, a Portobello mushroom with lashings of peppercorn sauce.  Why not go all out an add on some tasty truffle and parmesan fries.

Mains and Mojito mix well, so why not pair them up with a refreshing mouth-watering virgin blueberry Mojito shaken up with blueberries, mint, sugar syrup, apple and soda.

Devine desserts included the delicious dark chocolate cheesecake, pistachio crumb and steeped blackberries.  Also, a trip to Yorkshire would not have been complete without trying the cheeseboard, that includes a variety of regularly changing cheeses from Yorkshire and across the UK.  Served with honey, Netherend Farm butter, caramelised walnuts, home-made chutney and Peter’s Yard rye crispbread.

Make things even sweeter with a brilliant berry fizz, a non-alcoholic mocktail made with a mix of blackberries, blueberries, apple, cranberry, elderflower, vanilla syrup and lemonade.

After dinner why not chill in many of their lovely lobby areas, or if you need to get online the free wifi throughout the hotel worked wonders, without a device, well head to the business centre for all your online needs.

Luxury for me don’t get better than breakfast in bed, the continental offering included fresh juice, fruit, pastry’s, toast with preserves and tea/coffee.

Feel like something hot to start your day, well pop on your fluffy robe, and why not opt for the full English breakfast or go for the hot vegetarian option.

Work off some of your indulgences, by heading down to the leisure club which includes a gym with a range of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.

Take a dip in the heated swimming pool, then chill out in the steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.

Have a fabulous finale to your stay and conclude in the gorgeous grandeur of the Garden room.  Served between 5 – 8pm, enjoy a tremendously tasty twilight Afternoon tea, in this sensational setting.

Wyatt and Sebastian provided a wonderful welcome and provided sensational service throughout.  There was even a game station if you fancy challenging someone to a game of scrabble.

Twilight tea, as you gaze over the grounds with the marvellous Minister in the backdrop, made for the most perfect early evening.

Twilight time includes two finger sandwiches, delightful home-made scones with clotted cream and jam, along with some lovely cakes and pastries.  Also included, a bramble cocktail which they were more than happy to make a non-alcoholic bramble mocktail for those who do not drink or are the designated driver.

There was even a delightful departure, with the lovely Carolyn on check out and super Steve the door porter, who directed us through the building to a door, that lead directly onto the train station platform, to ensure smooth and safe onward travels.

I love the people of York, Love York and Love The Principal York.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.phcompany.com/principal/york-hotel/

York Theatre Royal and Colonnade Café Review

York Theatre Royal and Colonnade Café Review: May 2018

Taking a lead role in the theatre scene, for over 270 years, York Theatre Royal reopened in 2016 after a six million development.  Creating a state of the art 21st century theatre.

The bespoke décor, that combines traditional with the contemporary, while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features, has created a warm, welcoming hub with an airy feel.

The Colonnade café was ideal for a pre-theatre bite to eat offering simple, honest and yummy homely food.  We chowed down on sandwiches, a lovely halloumi salad with a good handful of chips.

‘Did the Minster please you my lady?’…Even the tables had a sparkle and sprinkle of theatre on them with these charming little quotes.  Just as charming were the staff on duty, Adam and Simone, did a fabulous job of looking after us all evening.

For delicious deserts, we opted to go all out chocolate in light of York’s chocolate heritage, which included slices of the most divine dark chocolate & raspberry brownie, and the scrummy chocolate orange slice.

Our evening of attendance was when York theatre Royal Youth Theatre, one of the largest theatre groups in the country, presented Legacy.  Legacy, a production by Paul Birch, directed by Kate Veysey ‘We will change what we do.  We will change who we are.  We will change…Everyone’.

The Legacy production, with its mix of dialogue, along with the injection of upbeat music spurts, and strobe lighting, worked in harmony to create an exciting, engaging and entertaining production for both young and older audiences.

The organisation Legacy promise an elite service to erase your digital DNA profile and create a new “perfect” you all for a cost of course, but is the cost just a financial one?

The production seeks to explore this through looking at relationships, the impact of modern technology, media privacy issues, elitist inequalities and societal judgements.

For myself there was a synonymous connection, with the ‘blogger’ who featured throughout the production.  When termed by some as a blogger in a derogatory fashion, she continued to justify herself and term herself as an ‘independent journalist’.  Being both, I can see both sides of the spectrum.

What is Legacy, an organisation, media or both, when the lines become blurred, do morals too? With memory modifications, unethical sabotage, and sinister company misdealing’s, in the end you pay the ultimate price, legacy is your life.  Live your life, your way, and create your own legacy.

Such an enjoyable evening of theatrical talent which provided interesting content for later after dinner conversations.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/

City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Review

City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Review: May 2018

The King’s Staith Landing location, on the picturesque river Ouse in York, is where City Cruises York depart for their amazing Afternoon Tea cruise.

Their fully roofed brilliant boat will protect you from natures elements and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy.

All aboard! Let Captain James Cook and his team of loyal skippers, sail you down the river Ouse in style, for a full 1 hour and 45 minutes, ship ahoy.

Onboard the setting was lovely with gorgeous gingham lemon and white clothed tables, blue covered seating and fabulous floral centre pieces.  I loved that the afternoon tea had been wrapped over in clingfilm to keep all your goodies fresh and fabulous.

While you enjoy your afternoon Tea, you will have the pleasure of listening to marvellous musical melodies along with some of the Captains commentary…and comedy.  As you can see, giggles and fun were plentiful…and so were the food offerings.

Afternoon tea included fantastic finger sandwiches, fruit scone with jam & cream, an array of dainty sweet treats, tea and coffee.  Also, you can add on prosecco, if you fancy getting fizzy with some bubbles.

During your sail, get your camera ready, and prepare to snap away, as you will see some sensational sights.  Bishopthorpe Palace is the stunning residence of his Grace the Archbishop of York.

The York Motor Yacht Club, landing ground and club, has some incredible vessels docked up for you to admire.

As if that was not enough you will see York’s rowing club, and the many bridges, with their elaborate delightful décor.

The Afternoon Tea on City Cruises York was a chic, classy and a charming way to spend an Afternoon in York.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.citycruisesyork.com/

https://www.citycruisesyork.com/dining