York Theatre Royal, Sleeping Beauty Pantomime #Review

York Theatre Royal, Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – Review: January 2020

York Theatre Royal, a social hub and beating heart of York’s cultural scene has been providing quality arts and entertainment for 275 years.

Now it is your turn to enjoy some of this fabulous friendly fun and folly with a trip to see the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime showing until the 25th of January 2020.

Additional amazingness on our visit included being able to see panto costumes, dotted around the theatre, from past performances.

The theatre renovations tastefully and sympathetically combine the traditional and contemporary which sets the tone for your visit.  Grab your panto souvenir brochure and prepare to be spellbound.

The award-winning Sleeping Beauty Panto at York Theatre Royal is a family crowd pleaser.

A classic case of good versus evil with many ‘Oh no you didn’t’ moments for the crowd to have their very own starring role which is an immersive and entertaining experience.

The Panto stars, Martin Barrass as the Queen, Suzy Cooper as Beauty, A.J Powell as Darth Diva and David Leonard as the wicked Evil Diva along with much more talent besides.

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Grand Opera House York Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pantomime #Review

Grand Opera House York Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pantomime Review: January 2020

It’s that time of year again… ‘oh no it isn’t’ ‘oh yes, it is’…prepare for comic pantomime capers at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Grand Opera House York.

This year the cast even had the pleasure of meeting the gorgeous Gabriella who designed the programme cover for the 2019 Panto and I am sure that you will agree Gabriella has done a fabulous job.

Hi oh Hi ho it’s time for panto you know with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Starring Mark Little aka best baddie in Yorkshire, ‘Allo ‘Allo legend Vicki Michelle playing the Evil Queen and man of comedy and magic Martin Daniels, as Muddles.  Along, with a man that needs no introduction; York’s town Crier.

A mysterious and magical iPad mirror is where the tale begins voiced by the super sensational Debbie Magee in electronical format, an evil stepmother, a poisonous apple, a beautiful princess, seven cute chaps and well you know the rest.

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Cosy Christmas Eve Night with Whittard of Chelsea #Review

Cosy Christmas Eve Night with Whittard of Chelsea Review: December 2019

Fabulous festive celebrations are in full flow, so make your Christmas Eve a cosy night in to remember with Whittard of Chelsea.

Escape the cold and indulge in some of their super spectacular and sparkly gorgeous gifts.

A Very Alice Tea Party Gift Set

Enjoy this marvellous magical Alice in Wonderland themed tea party set on Christmas Eve and whatever you do don’t be late!

You will have a grin like the Cheshire Cat, as the gift set includes 15 individually wrapped teabags (x5 English Breakfast, x5 Earl Grey, x5 English Rose). All Butter Double Chocolate Chip Biscuits 100g, a fine bone china Mug and a fine porcelain Tea Tidy all presented in a beautifully illustrated Alice in Wonderland Book Box.

Word of warning, don’t go Mad as a Hatter with the biscuits and tea…make sure you save some for Santa at Co.

Nutcracker Tea Bauble

The Nutcracker is about as traditional as can be and while you enjoy tales by a roaring fire, enjoy a cup of warm tea or two from this nice Nutcracker Tea Bauble.

Hang with pride of place on the tree and sip the charming and cheerful rooibos tea with a lingering beautiful biscuit vanilla flavour with a hint of walnuts and pecans.

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Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury #Review

Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury Review: December 2019

The Christmas season is now in full flow, so now is the time to treat yourself to a Christmas stay away.

The Village Hotel Bury in greater Manchester is the perfect place for fabulous festive times and the welcome at reception is warm and wonderful.

They have gone all out on the festive décor including this cute Christmas scene.

Make your stay even more super by opting for one of the classy Club rooms.

Our contemporary club room bed was super snug and cosy with these funky cushions.

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Christmas Gifting with Smartbox by BuyAGift #Review

Christmas Gifting with Smartbox by BuyAGift Review: December 2019

Smartbox by BuyAGift is the perfect way to make Christmas meaningful for family, friends and loved ones.  Spend time together, share experiences and indulge in some fabulous food and activities with the super Smartbox.

Smartbox is a gorgeous gift, perfectly presented in this beautiful box any recipient would be thrilled to receive.

Hotel & Spa Smartbox Gifts

Gift the Deluxe Gourmet Escape Smartbox stay for the ultimate rest and relaxation pressie.

The gift recipient can choose from a variety of locations and I would highly recommend the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa which is set inside a beautiful 700-year-old country manor house.

The package included an overnight stay for two with full use of the onsite spa facilities.

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Ice Village Manchester Ice Tiki Bar and Ice Cavern #Review

Ice Village Manchester Ice Tiki Bar and Ice Cavern Review: November 2019

The Ice Village Manchester has an exciting new adult addition to this year’s program including the tropical Ice Tiki Bar with ice themed sculptures.

Ice Tiki Bar

Don one of the thermal capes and enjoy the many photo opportunities. Warm and welcoming the Tiki team are on hand to make sure your Tiki experience is on point.

Super staff member Sarah was more than happy to take a snap or two for guests which was nice to see.

The experience includes one themed cocktail in a cool ice glass.  They also offer a mocktail choice too appropriately called the Manc-ini which was delicious.

Feel the South Pacific vibes and chill out…literally in this cool ice themed paradise.

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Golden Gifts of Christmas Gift Guide 2019 #Review

Golden Gifts of Christmas Gift Guide 2019: November 2019

Wrap things up in record time this Christmas, so you can stop the worries and spend your valuable time enjoying the festivities with family and friends.

Struggling what to buy and looking for some Christmas Gift inspiration, well look no further.  My Gorgeous Golden Gifts of Christmas Gift Guide has something for all you fabulous foodies with my super star finds.

All these brilliant brands featured deliver direct to your door, so all you need to do is click and order, avoiding the hustle and bustle of those last minute Christmas gift seekers.

Riverford

Riverford organic farmers have a whole range of lovely organic fruit and vegetable boxes.  Changing according to the seasons, you are guaranteed to get a fabulous fantastic fruity range.

This bountiful and beautiful fruity box makes for a perfect gift and it’s healthy too!

Chocolate and Love

For all the chocoholics amongst you, Chocolate and Love have bespoke boxed bars of chocolatey loveliness. Premium, organic and fairtrade, presented in stunning illustrated boxes and Merry Christmas sleeves this is the ideal way to gift a gorgeous quality treat.

Also, Chocolate and Love have created some superb tubular tins with chocolate minis an ideal addition to the Christmas Day Lunch table.

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Celebrate Christmas 2019 in style with Aldi #Review

Celebrate Christmas 2019 in style with Aldi: November 2019

Its Christmas, the fabulous festive season approaching, we all like to treat our family to an indulgent and decadent Christmas.

Now you can party in style this festive season, but without breaking the bank, thanks to the amazing Aldi.

They have a superb range of Christmas foodie treats, to create a beautiful buffet, for you, your friends and family to enjoy.  Get ready to enjoy fabulous festive party food this season just like #KevinTheCarrot Katie, family and friends.

Cheese

There are Crackers for cheese £1.99, this lovely Cheese selection £3.79 and a stunning pre-prepared Cheese sharing platter £4.99 all ideal for a party platter.

Meat

Make your party decadent and indulgent with some super Smoked Salmon £4.99, an impressive Italian platter £5.99 along with some delicious Olives £1.59.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Make sure you are prepared for every palette with some lovely Vegetarian and Vegan options including these Vegan sausage rolls 75p, Vegan Cauliflower bites £1.99 and these stunning Vegetable tempura nests £2.99.

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***NOTE This brand has closed for business***Cosy Christmas Vibes with COOLSTUFF #Review

Cosy Christmas Vibes with COOLSTUFF Review: November 2019

Excitement is building as we near towards the fabulous festive season, so why leave all the fun for Christmas day.

Christmas shopping all done; feet all shopped out, now make some ‘you time’ festive daily moments with some amazing products from COOLSTUFF including some tech and advent calendars.

With the wet and windy winter weather is kicking in make sure you warm up well with a homely cuppa or two with this organic English Tea Shop Advent Calendar.

Behind each advent calendar door is a pyramid shaped teabag which contains black, red, green and white tea, as well as rooibos and herbal tea and with over 12 different flavours such as ginger & cranberry you are spoilt for choice.

Indulge in some sweet loveliness and luxuriousness with the wonderful Wine Gum Advent Calendar from Wally and Whiz.  Presented in a beautiful box in rich burgundy or gorgeous green with a concertina opening this would delight any recipient.

This delightful Danish company have created fabulous flavours such as elderflower with cherry, peach and pear which are vegan friendly free from gluten, lactose and gelatine.

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Light up your Christmas celebrations with Lochrain Candles #Review

Light up your Christmas celebrations with Lochrain Candles Review: November 2019

The candle company have named their brand Lochrain, as this is Gaelic for Beacons or Lanterns.

Lochrain Candles presented in this reusable wooden display box is the ideal Christmas gift for friends, family and loved ones.

The finest ingredients have been used to create a luxury product.  Soy wax used in many of Lochrain’s candles is non-toxic, burns cleaner than paraffin candles, and more evenly than beeswax.

Light up your Christmas celebrations and feel the cosy Christmas festive fabulousness with Lochrain Candles.

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