The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester Review

The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester review: September 2018

Whether you go in solo or already have your squad worked out, The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester, located smack bang in Manchester city centre, right next to the Museum of Science and Industry, is where eight individuals become one team to conquer the crystal dome.

Based on the 90s Iconic series, with the original legendary Maze Master Richard O’Brien and his ever loving marvellous mumsie, The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester, offers participants a unique opportunity to grab their very own slice of this nostalgic era.

Warmly welcomed with energy and enthusiasm, by the Crystal Maze team, we were geared up and all ready to go, go, go!  We have been lucky enough to attend on several invites, with the first visit being thrown in with a group of strangers and our most recent experience a private session for two.

After the health and safety stuff has had the big thumbs up, you will be all pumped up and ready for a crazy crystal collection mission, you and your star team, get to pop on the brilliant bomber jackets, to take those ‘must have’ insta pics.

Then, prepare to hit the team booths to talk team captains, names, tactics and strategy.  Don’t under estimate booth team time, if you want your crystal count to soar, listen to all your team members.  The four game types include Mental, Mystery, physical and Skill, so play to your team strengths, so you can scoop as many crystals as you can.

Being team captain in a private session was easy, as I knew our strengths and played to our advantage, but our first mixed session made up of several guys and gals, they key is to listen, learn and become one.

Feel those motivation moments and get the cheesy slogans at the ready “one team one dream”, “there’s no I in the word team” and prepare to meet your marvellous maze master, who on all my visits have been top notch, as they fabulously and flawlessly present with natural flare and finesse, resulting in non-robotic maze masters, and not losing their personality within the process.

You and your squad need to be prepared for a journey through four zones, Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic, and yes for the mega super fans you do get to slide your way down the iconic slide in Aztec – one of my personal fav zones…apart from the Dome!

Maze Master pictured was a lovely cheery chap, and there is also a lovely mystical lady who was fabulous and Hanzza not pictured, was our gorgeous genuine Geordie, who during our private session, had us screaming out “Why Aye” at the top of our lungs, that kept us on our toes for sure, and motivated us to go crackers for crystals.  Rightfully so, as each crystal collected gives you 5 lovely seconds in the crystal dome.

The Crystal Dome, a moment of 90s nostalgia, take a breath and get the team in the iconic bomber jackets, smile for a quick piccy, before you take on the Dome – “Will you start the fans please”.  A slight twist with tickets, no gold or silver, just shiny foiled metallic tickets of loveliness, grab as many as you can, get them in the box and make each shiny token count.

Crystal Maze scores

Don’t play as an individual, and do like one group did, collect tokens, but never actually putting them in the collection box doh – listen to your Maze Master, think team, because team is how you will all conqueror the dome.

Mixed Team of eight: “4 Guys and 4 Gals” 10 crystals, 50 seconds in the Dome, 146 tokens: Playing in the mixed team of strangers, you get around 2 games per person, and the guys and girls we met on the first game were brilliant, a top bunch of team players who worked as one and when it came to the Dome it was all hands-on deck.  For a team of eight our crystal count was good, tokens slightly low, but the daft group fun we had was priceless.

Team of two: “There’s no place like Dome” 9 crystals, 45 seconds in the Dome, 98 tokens: Private sessions offer a unique personalised experience, playing more games each, but be prepared to work up a sweat throughout the four zones and when it comes to the Dome get grabbing those shiny tokens of joy, like your life depends on it.  For a team of two we did a cracking job and with a score of 98 tokens, left with big grins galore.

High octane, adrenaline pumping, immersive, entertaining and energetic experience, with plenty of Oooos, Ahhhs and lots of laugh out loud moments, but the question is can you crack the crystal dome and feel the foil fabulous rustle from the tokens of shiny success?  The formula is simple: More Crystals = More Dome Time = Shiny Tokens, now all that’s missing is you!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Escape Reality Manchester: Legend of the Mummy Review

Escape Reality Manchester: Legend of the Mummy Review: September 2018

Positioned within the Printworks, just opposite the Manchester Arndale and the Corn Exchange in Manchester city centre, this interactive live exciting, engaging and entertaining escape room experience, is in the heart of all the action.

On arrival, Nichol our games master, an all-round lovely lass prepped our team of two for play.  The core objective, 60 minutes to escape, by cracking a range of challenging puzzles using our mega brains, with the help of our games master and a nifty iPad which enables your team to unlock clues every 10 minutes throughout your challenge, but be warned you can only use this 5 times so use wisely.

Far back in time, scripted scrolls documented the alleged Legend of The Mummy, that deep within the Ancient Pyramids lies a treasure which if unlocked provides the founder with access to unworldly secrets.

Renowned Archaeological The Professor, began his dangerous journey, into a mysterious land, where the all great and powerful Pharaohs ruled with an iron fist, to retrieve the coveted treasure, but there have been no updates from the Professor and since setting out silence.  Presuming the worst, my squad was selected to complete this crazy cursed mission.

As the sands of time started to tick away, my crack team of amazing academic Archaeologists, grabbed their shovel, trowel and mattock tools, and prepared for an exciting Egyptian expedition.  Beginning, in the Archaeologists office and artefacts catalogue room, unearthing clues to lead us to steal the treasure from the ancient Legends.

Want to hear more about our adventure…shush I have told you way too much already, as the game is as top secret as the hidden treasure, but I can tell you our Egyptian escape expedition offered a realistic, high quality and immersive game play.

The professor payed with his life, so make sure you steal the treasure from the Ancient Legends or prepare to be imprisoned and trapped within the Pyramids for all eternity.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


East Lancashire Railway: Lancastrian Lunch Review

East Lancashire Railway: Lancastrian Lunch Review: September 2018

East Lancashire Railway has a rich historic industrial past, with story’s telling of the heart-warming heroic struggles, both past and present, to keep a dying part of Britain’s railway heritage alive.

Due to innovations and advancements in technology, this has resulted in a drastic decline of the traditional railways, and why the East Lancashire Railway along with their budding team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, strive to keep Britain’s Railway legacy living on for future generations to experience.

Step on the platform and enter a bygone era of transportation and travel, feel like you have stepped back in time, to experience Britain’s booming rail era empire.

Dine with distinction and sophistication, by opting for one of their on board dining services such as the Red Rose Dinner or as we did the lovely Lancastrian Lunch.

Roll out the red carpet, step on board their traditional Orient Express Pullman style carriages, as the team prepare for your arrival, with the dining manager and your personal waiter making their introductions, to provide you with the ultimate first-class elegant experience.

Feel the 1920s glamour and grandeur, within vintage dining trains, with opulent upholstery, fully complete with the bells and whistles, including clean and crisp fresh white table linen along with the best in bespoke dinnerware’s.

Prepare for departure, waive bye to the people on the platform, as the staff salute, and the steam engine begins motions to get you away on your exciting and exquisite journey back to the Golden Age of Steam.

Beginnings start with a classy champagne toast or for the non-drinkers amongst us, a fabulous flute of fresh orange juice.  Steam engines all go, soak up the sounds, atmosphere and enjoy the picturesque and lovely Lancashire countryside and beautiful Irwell Valley.

Silver service, four course gorgeous gastronomic dining with their sensational signature service, style and flare, the lovely Lancastrian lunch was a lovely way to spend a few hours of our day.

Food is seasonal, quality and where possible locally sourced.  Sensational starters included the Smoked Salmon Beetroot Gradvadlax Terrine with a crisp summer salad and the vegetarian offering of the tasty Three Bean Salad with Seeds and a Balsamic Glaze.

Sit back and enjoy the fantastic food, as you look on at what railway life has to offer, see signals and many a happy worker waiving, as you head off on your journey.

Mouth-watering marvellous mains included the Honey Roasted Duck Breast with sauce l’orange and the Vegetarian choice a brilliant Beetroot, Butternut Squash and Brie Pativier on a Bed of Rocket with Spiced Beetroot Puree all served with fresh vegetables and potatoes.

Steam through stations, and you will witness many rail enthusiasts, taking their moment to snap a pic or two of the sensational steam giants.

The beautiful Baked Wild Blueberry Cheesecake desert with fresh cream was just stunning and how the team manage to produce this first-class high-quality nosh on board a moving train is beyond me.  It’s no wonder why they have received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for outstanding customer reviews and the prestigious Taste Lancashire award.

All washed down with complimentary tea, coffee and a delicious dining with distinction chocolate.

Rawtenstall was the end of the line, so the super steam train makes that all important pitstop and provides passengers on board the chance to stretch their legs and also watch the exciting and entertaining action, as the train prepares to be pulled onward back to Bury.

The noise and sounds of the railway are all part of the trains movements and safety, but for me are an immersive, unique moment to saviour and a special part of being aboard such a magnificent train.

Arrival back at Bury, the train slowing down to a stop, allows a moment to reflect on an outstanding, opulent, elegant and sophisticated dining experience.

Prior to departure, the train showcases one last all mighty puff of super steam and one thing that you can guarantee is that taking part in this experience your money has not gone up in smoke, as the experience provides memories that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Team Sport Go Karting Manchester

Team Sport Go Karting Manchester Review: August 2018

Grab the Girl & Guy squad and head down to the Team Sport Go Karting Multi Level Circuit, in Manchester city centre, for the race of a lifetime.

Meg and Clo welcomed our team, assisted with the pre-driver registration, making the process for you and your mates’ super-duper easy!

Aim for the fitting rooms, get kitted up and then prepare for the safety briefing meet and DVD, prior to track time.  Adrenaline flowing, head down to track and get ready to gear up for a track thrill.

Helmeted up, lower your visor, give your competition the racing stare, and prepare to buckle up, take on 550m of Team Sport track, with karts capable of 40mph speeds, high-octane straights and 15 bends!

Who will your on-track persona be, The Stig or Lewis Hamilton, you decide? Want to stay off the track, no problem, there is a full spectator area and bar for you to chill track-side while watching the action.

Hit the track, rev your engine, feel the speed, use your super skills, maintain pole position, aim for the chequered flag and prepare to clinch victory from your opponent by driving quick smart.

You may have a bump, but safety is number one at Team Sport Manchester, and on the evening Meg, Clo and Hillary had this covered, so we could focus on fun and the drive of our life’s.

Want the top spot on the racing podium, think you have what it takes, well head down to the Team Sport circuit under Manchester Arena Car Park and drive your way to the winning top spot.

Team Sport Manchester – TSM – Track Smart Moments

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Roxy Ball Room Manchester

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Review: August 2018

Rock up to Roxy Ball Room Manchester, located on Deansgate, and prepare for a fab fun filled game playing experience.  Check in with the team, Molly, Ashley and Laura, a bunch of laid back, friendly guys and gals, who will make sure you have a shed load of fun.

Stripes or spots, either way prepare to go large, when you play pool on Roxys full size Sam K Tables.  Rent them by the half hour and pot your way to winning.

Relax and refuel Roxy style, opt for their platter and make way for a monster feast including classic pizza slices, Buffalo chicken wings, mac & cheese bites, onion rings, garlic ciabatta, and fully loaded fries. On our visit, we decided to replace the fully loaded fries with cracked pepper and sweet potato fries which was no problem and the team were happy to do so.  Wash this all down with a pint of beer or a berry mocktail.

Bring on the ball control and prepare to ping pong your way to victory on the Roxy full size competition tables.  Again rentable by the half hour.

On a winning streak, I managed to ping pong my way to the number one spot and found the game totally addictive, it was hard to put the bat down, but it was time to move on.

After winning both Pool and Ping Pong, feeling pretty confident I headed on upstairs with my plus one, for 18 holes of crazy golf, preparing to perfect my swing and get a hole in one.

Prepare to chillax, as you enter a Jamaican style smooth tropical paradise, with shack style seating and chilled music vibes.

Hit the beach, Treasure Isle or get jamming with Bob Marley as you race your way to the top spot.

Finally, dare to enter smugglers cove, challenge them pirates and bag that treasure chest.

Shiver me timbers, all games complete, Ball control skills on top form and clearly on a winning streak, I bagged all 3 victories! Hey look, you might balls things up, but everyone is a winner at Roxy’s, roll on the good times, Eat, Drink & Play.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Coronation Street The Tour Review

Coronation Street The Tour Review: July 2018

Manchester’s media city is the place to make your on street debut on Weatherfields famous Coronation street.

Wonderful Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford, is the setting for the ITV Coronation Street Soap.

Be streetwise with your foot wear choices, and prepare for a few bumps along the way, on the streets iconic corrie cobbles.  Amazing Allan, our lovely tour guide, gave nothing but a smooth performance.

The first glimpse you see the brilliant Bistro, Dev and Sunita Alahan’s convenience store and located at no 10 the Kabin News Agents.

Turn the corner, take a breath, and there you have it Coronation Street in all its glory.  Jack and Vera Duckworth’s, stone clad terraced, as iconic as the Coronation Cobbles.

Park up at the plats for a cuppa before you head on into Underworld for your shift in the knicker factory, but make sure that you don’t air your dirty linen in public!

Got a puncture, call into Webster’s Autocentre and Kevin will sort you out.  While you wait, grab a copy of the Weatherfield Gazzette, to catch up on all the weathy gossip.

Take a moment Imagine the buzz on filming day, as the characters prepare for another day in Wetherfield, rolling into the Rovers Return for a glass or two of their fav tipple.

Ooo go on then duck, I’ll have a bag of chippy chips with lashings of salt and vinegar, from For Your Fries Only.  Head under the arch, turn right, to get the back street take on the street, down the graffitied back alley.

Weatherfield bus late again, no worries, why not stop at Steve’s Street Cars for a ride into town.

For a traditional Manchester Café, try out the Pie and Peas, at Roys Rolls proper comfort food!

The street sets the scene for sensational story lines and twisted plots, including heartbreak, deceit and murder.

Recreating, a dark side of the street…The terrifying Tina McIntyre monumental moment, where she plunged to her death, in the Coronation cliff-hanger story line.

Welcome, Victoria Street new additions including Speed Dial, the snooker hall and even a tattoo parlour to encompass the evolving modern Manchester lifestyle.

Weatherfield train line delays, no worries chill and chat in Costa, over cup of coffee and see who is having a heart to heart in the community gardens.

Humming the Corrie Orrie theme tune, in my head, as I left the street to end what was a fabulous classic Coronation Street tour.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


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.

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