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


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


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


Manchester Junk Yard Golf Club Review

Manchester Junk Yard Golf Club Review: April 2018

Rumours are flying around, that Crazy golf just got epic, and I can confirm it’s all true! Get your game face ready, as things are in full swing down at the super cool Junk Yard Golf site slap bang on first street Manchester.

Before play, fuel up like we did, and enjoy a beer or a mocktail decked to the rafters with sweet treats and an umbrella to boot.  Jump into the golf buggy, gear up to the golf range, ready for some Grand Slam play…well not quite, but a game on the 9 hole Bozo and Gary courses for sure.

Rock up like a pro, with your very own cool Junk Yard golf visor caps, this was guy Vs girl so we went with Blue & red, and turned things on their head; blue for the girl and red for the guy.

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