Haven – The Orchards

We had our second staycation of the year and again we booked with The Sun £9.50 holidays

I booked a week here for just £40. Can’t complain! This was our first time at Haven and also our first time staying inside a caravan. I didn’t know what to expect it I was pleasantly surprised. Caravans don’t look aesthetically pleasing from the outside but inside they can be really nice!

We arrived around 1:30pm. Our holiday confirmation informed me that our caravan wouldn’t be ready until 4pm but I was pleasantly surprised when the lady at reception desk offered to give us a caravan that was already ready.

We had a chilled first day here. We just had a look around the park which is huge by the way! We spent a few hours in the playground and then enjoyed some evening entertainment.

We picked the perfect week to come because the weather was lovely which was totally needed as there are a lot of outdoor activities on the Haven activity timetable!

Swimming

The swimming pool was nice and clean. I was a little disappointed that the outdoor one was not open as that was one of the main reasons I booked this break!

Entertainment

I found myself constantly comparing the entertainment with the entertainment at Butlins and well Butlins wins lol. There’s so much more going on throughout the day and the evening. Now with that being said, my daughter really enjoyed herself. Maybe I’m just being a Mumzilla but I wasn’t impressed!

The outdoor activities were fun. Little miss did 4 they were all included in our package.

Mini archery & fencing

A treasure hunt (which was most definitely her favourite experience) and a beach exploring experience where she found some crabs!

Food

I made sure I bought food from home so we didn’t really eat out but there was Papa John’s and Chinese available as well as what I would call pub food. There’s a supermarket inside the village which sells pretty much everything you would find inside a Co-op so it was all reasonably priced!

Beach

The beach is a short walk from the village! It was nice to walk along but it was somewhere where I felt we could we relax so we decided to take a trip to Clacton-on-Sea instead.

Clacton-on-Sea

The beach here was so much better! We found some amazing shells and sea life!

The pier was fun but a little disappointing as nearly all the rides were shut so we ended up spending a fortune in the arcade 😀

Clacton-on-Sea is about a 25 minute drive from the holiday village. Parking was great too! We found a place where you can park for the whole day for just £4!

We both had a great time here! I like Haven and would definitely like to try out a different site in the near future! Ooh and I jus thought I would mention you can take your cash out for FREE at the ATMs here. There’s nothing I hate more than paying to take out my own money so they get 5 stars just for that 🤣🙌🏽

PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups

We headed over to Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater yesterday as we were kindly gifted with the opportunity to see the exciting preview of PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups

My daughter was thrilled to have an exclusive chance to see her favourite pups before anyone else! She got to meet the characters as well as take part in filling some fun activity sheets then of course the special preview of the movie!

The movie was great as it was an actual movie and not a few episodes bunched together! Mayor Humdinger’s nephew, Harold, some how manages to mess up a plan for Mayor Humdinger to visit space which ends up with a meteor heading straight for Adventure Bay!

The meteor ends up giving the pups super powers which turns them into the “Mighty Pups” If your little one loves Paw Patrol then they’re definitely going to love them even more with super powers!

Showcase Cinema has 21 cinemas across the UK. I was really impressed with the Xplus experience as the seats recline! It was so comfortable! I almost took a little nap 🤣

Ticket prices for Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater:

Adult – £9.35

Child – £8.60

Senior – £8.60

Student (Id required) – £9.25

We had such a great morning and we will definitely be going back to that cinema for those super comfortable seats😀

Don’t forget the Paw Patrol movie is out on May 17th!

Gran Canaria

I’ve had so many DMS on my Instagram about our holiday already so of course I’m going to write a blog post about everything that we get up to and also how much we paid for the holiday etc.

I booked this holiday last year while I was on the beach in Salou 🤣 there’s nothing like having a holiday to look forward.

I originally booked a self catering holiday for the 25th April for 1 week.

I booked with Thomas Cook because there is no deposit and I can pay by direct debit. I love package holidays because I know that my luggage and transfers are always included in the price.

Now when my holiday confirmation came through this is what I saw:

There must have been some sort of glitch in the system because my holiday was now an all inclusive holiday and I only paid £529. As you can imagine I was over the moon 😀

It’s gets better…

So a few months later I get an email from Thomas Cook saying that my flights have been changed. I checked to see that they changed my morning flight to an evening flight which really annoyed me. I always book morning flights because I want my daughter to sleep on the plane.

When I got in contact with Thomas Cook they let me know that I could change the dates of my holiday which meant that I could have an earlier flight which I of course agreed to but because the flights were cheaper this also meant my holiday was now cheaper so I ended up paying £470.48 altogether. Again I was ecstatic 😀

The journey & Day 1

I am fortunate enough to live right by Victoria coach station so I got a £5 Uber to Victoria coach station and a £7 coach to Gatwick Airport. A taxi straight there would’ve cost me over £50 so I saved a lot! Always book an open return when travelling by coach because flight delays/cancellations can happen at any time!

For the first time ever…I left the iPad at home 😀Little Miss was fine on the plane with snacks and play doh. She even made a little friend on the plane and they got play doh everywhere 🤣 I think it might be the new thing to be banned from planes after this!

The Coach transfer was included in the super cheap price so that was one less thing to worry about. We hopped of the plane onto the coach and the journey was under 1hr.

Our hotel is called Altamar and it’s BEAUTIFUL

Our first day here was pretty chilled. We just spent it at the pool, had good food then headed straight for bed.

Day 2 & 3

Day 2 was a pretty chilled day. We headed to the beach in the morning which was a very steep walk down a very long curvy road (there was no way we were walking back so we got a taxi back up that hill) The beach was lovely and the kids really enjoyed themselves!

In the evening we headed over to the Moonlight Cinema. It’s the only permanent outdoor cinema in Europe. We watched the brilliant film “Instant Family” If you do watch this movie then get the tissues out 😭😀

What I loved about this place was the beautiful atmosphere. A movie night under the stars was perfect. They even provided us with the warmest blankets! We were kindly gifted with this experience but as you know my reviews are always honest and I would definitely go again as a paying customer!

Day 3 was fantastic! We went on our first excursion to see…DOLPHINS 😭😍😍🐬

Whales and turtles are included but rare to see. We saw so many beautiful Dolphins, 2 Turtles and no Whales! It was a fabulous experience! You can see these beautiful creatures in aquariums across the world but it’s truly amazing to see them in their natural habitat! The experience cost just €35 (the kids we’re FREE) this included a coach to and from your hotel!

Day 4

Not much to write about as we just spent the day at the beach and the pool but here is a fabulous pic. We went to a different beach this time and I’ll be sure to speak about them in detail further down along with a map.

Day 5

Playa de Mogan is a secluded man-made beach at the foot of the ravine in Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria’s Little Venice.” … It’s a go-to place for people who want to explore the beauty of the Atlantic in the Canary Islands.

We took the ferry here and it was such a lovely experience. It was €12 return and the kids were FREE. In Fridays there is a market with a load of things to buy. From clothes, to fans, to gifts to food!

This part of Gran Canaria was visually stunning! Definitely a place I would recommend visiting!

Day 6

We started the day off at the Angry Birds Activity Park. What I liked about this place is the fact your ticket is valid for one full day giving you freedom to come and go as you please.

What’s there to do?

•mini golf

•soft play

•trampolines

•laser maze

•zip wires

•pedal cars & more!

Opening hours

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

10:00 – 18:00 hrs.

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

10:00 – 20:00 hrs.

How much?

Unders 3s are FREE

3 & 4 yo – €5

5-13 yo – €8

Adults – €12

It’s a lovely place for kids. Personally I don’t feel like adults should have to pay seeing as it’s not for ALL the family (just for the kids imo) but I would still recommend it.

Anfi Beach

So many people told us to check out this beach. They apparently call it “The Caribbean beach” of the white sand which was more of a greyish White lol but still beautiful. This was definitely my favourite out of all three beaches we visited.

Let’s talk beaches!

A few of you have asked me about the distance from out hotel to the beaches. All 3 beaches were a bit of a walk a way so we had to get the taxi there and back. We never paid more than €4 so that wasn’t too bad.

Green – 1st one we visited and walked to. It took around 20 minutes down a very steep hill. We of course too the taxi back – Amadores beach

Yellow – our hotel – Altamar

Red – Puerto Rico beach – 2nd one we visited

Purple – Anfi Beach – 3rd one we visited

All inclusive

As mentioned above I never booked all inclusive but was given it anyway.

The food was ok. Nothing too special and drinks were slightly limited but this was technically free so I really can’t complain!

Hotel entertainment

Absolutely pants! I really hope this hotel looks into the people running their kids activities as they do not look like they even want to be around kids!

Would we come back?

No!

Not because we didn’t enjoy the holiday. I loved every minute of this holiday but I always like to try somewhere new.

Tomorrow is our last full day here and so I won’t bother updating you on our day as we’re just going to spend it at the hotel making the most of our all inclusive package and soaking up rays at the pool. I always try to have a chilled last day. Hope you guys enjoyed reading. If you have any questions then ask away in the comments xx

Monstersaurus

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Easter then you must check out the Underbelly festival in Southbank and more importantly this super funny show – Monstersaurus

What’s it about?

Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem -now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?!

My daughter was a big fan of the music in this show. She got up and danced to every musical number! My daughter really loved meeting the different monsters too!

Right at the beginning of the show the children meet these scientists that give them special ingredients that they will use later on in the show. It was a great way to get all the kids in the audience involved.

Where?

Belvedere Road

London

SE1 8XX

When?

15th – 22nd April 2019

How much?

Tickets from £11.50

(includes £1.50 in fees per ticket)

You can buy tickets here and find more info about The Underbelly Festival!

The Cat In The Hat 🎩

Wow what can I say? I’ve never seen little miss laugh so much at the theatre! It was a fantastic family show and now one of my favourites! I found myself comparing it to the film which is one of my all time favourites and I totally preferred the stage production!

I’m sure most of us know the brilliant story of The Cat In The Hat so I won’t go into much about the story but what I can tell you is that you’ll definitely laugh at this production! There’s plenty of audience interaction! We are encouraged at different points in the show to get up out of our seats to dance and sing! This was most definitely my daughters favourite part!

The characters are well developed. My little one loved The Cat In The Hat and hasn’t been able to stop talking about him since. She was really impressed with him being able to balance on a ball while carrying a bunch of items including a goldfish!

My highlight of the show was the hilarious fish with the beautiful voice and Thing 1 and Thing 2! They did an amazing job at being super silly and entraining the whole audience!

I honestly loved every moment of the show. Even the wet parts! (You’ll have to see it to know what I’m talking about 😀)

When?

Wed 10 Apr – Sun 21 Apr 19

Where?

Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street

Kingston

KT1 1HL

How much?

Tickets start at £15

For more info check out the website

Marwell Zoo

We were invited to check out the AMAZING Marwell Zoo in Hampshire! We had a brilliant day out! There’s so much to do, so many amazing animals and super friendly staff!

Where?

Marwell Wildlife, Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH. (free parking)

Opening hours:

Open daily from 10am apart from Christmas day and Boxing day.

How much?

I really liked the fact that as soon as you enter you’re able to fill in a “lost child” sticker! The zoo is huge so this was very useful and gives you a little peace of mind as a parent!

We started off the day checking out the cute penguins!

The Rhinos were little miss’ favourite! She couldn’t believe the size of them! The animals are clearly well looked after and they have so much space to roam around freely! It was a very busy day but because of the size of the zoo, it does not feel crowded at all so I was super happy about that! You should be able to visit here on a weekend or school holiday and have the same experience!

The highlight of the day was most definitely the Tropical House which opened last year. It spans across two levels and it’s just brilliant! You see some amazing animals and you literally feel like you’re in another part of the world!

There’s plenty of places to eat at the Zoo! You can bring your own food or purchase food there! There are also a few playgrounds dotted around the zoo so your little ones can burn off some energy!

There’s also a little train that goes around the zoo that you can hop on! We didn’t get a chance to try it but it looked like a lot of fun and it’s a good alternative to walking if you get a little tired

Brickosaurs

BRICKOSAURS! is a collection of life-like LEGO® brick dinosaurs on display around the zoo! If your little one loves dinosaurs and Lego then they’ll love this! At the entrance you’ll be given a sheet and you can tick off all the dinosaurs you can find! BRICKOSAURS is running until 1st September 2019.

There are around 36 BRICKOSAUR sculptures, in 16 displays around the zoo and even more arriving for the summer holidays.

We loved every minute of Marwell Zoo and would definitely return!

Where is Peter Rabbit?

We started off the Easter holidays with a trip to the theatre! We watched the all new family show “Where is Peter Rabbit?”

When and Where?

Theatre Royal Haymarket

18 Suffolk Street London SW1Y 4HT – nearest stations – charing Cross and Leicester Square

FRI 5 – SUN 28 APRIL 2019

How much?

Tickets start from £22.50 inc. £1.00 Restoration Levy

What we thought of the show

It was a lovely way to start the Easter holidays! I thought the puppets were fantastic as well as the puppeteers! We get to see some fabulous Beatrix Potter Characters such as Jemima and and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle!

The show lasts around an hour and in all honesty we don’t see a great deal of Peter Rabbit hence the name of the show. We see glimpses of him throughout and then right at the end we finally find Peter Rabbit. I didn’t see this as a bad thing as the show was still amazing! There’s lovely singing as well as engaging storytelling!

Honestly I have to say it again but the puppets were truly fantastic and now my daughter wants a Rabbit and a Fox 🤣

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what some other mums had to say…

Anna – The boys adored watching this beautiful show based on the magical stories by Beatrix Potter and seeing their favourite characters brought to life by spectacular puppets on the stage. They were completely mesmerised for the whole hour long performance and I’ve never seen jack sit still as long!

Rehea – We loved Peter Rabbit live. The puppets the songs the set it was all great, having watched the cartoon now with my daughter I wasn’t sure what to expect but I loved the fact characters I used to read about as a little girl were on stage telling their little stories,The puppets were amazing and very realistic!

Kira – It was a joy to watch Beatrix Potters stories come to life in such a wonderful setting!

For more info do check out the website here

Big Jam Sandwich

What is it?

A super fun family picnic in the park suitable for kids up to the age of 11! There’s so much to do like…

PEPPA PIG AND GEORGE HOLIDAY FUN TRAIL

Peppa Pig & George Holiday Fun Treasure Trail Peppa is writing a postcard to Suzie Sheep, and would like the children to help her.  On arrival children will all pick up an ‘At the Beach’ Postcard and their mission is to find all 4 of Peppa Pig’s splashes hidden around Garon Park and fill in the postcards to tell Suzie what Peppa has seen at the beach. 

PRINCESS HUGS

Meet & Greet the princesses As well as performing various sing-a-longs on stage Elsa, Jasmine, Moana & Cinderella will be available throughout the day for photo opportunities and hugs with the children.

MR BLOOM AND HIS BAND

Your little ones are bound to love this if they’re big fans of Mr Bloom! It’s always great to see your favourite tv characters in real life!

There are so many different activities going on at the Big Jam Sandwich. Don’t miss out on a fabulous family day out

When is it?

Sunday 4th August 2019

Where is it?

GARON PARK – Southend-On-Sea, Essex

How much?

All adults and children 12 months or over need a paying ticket

babies under 12 months are free of charge, you can purchase the free baby ticket once you have ordered a paying child or adult ticket.

Further details on ticket prices can be found here

We are so excited for this! Check back in August for the official review!

More info here

Dumbo 🐘 – Review

2019 is the year of Disney remakes and sequels. So many different Disney movies coming out this year and we’re just beyond excited!

This evening we saw Dumbo and it was beautiful in every way possible! The storyline to the CGI.

As you know may know if you’ve read our other movie reviews, our reviews and quick and straight to the point!

Running time 

112 mins

What I loved:

Every moment. From beginning to end! Dumbo is a classic and it was amazing to see the remake do it justice! I excepted nothing less from Tim Burton (love ALL his movies!)

It’s the perfect Mother’s Day movie too! The way Dumbo’s mother protects him in the movie is so sweet and it will melt your heart!

Watch the trailer here

Parents guide available on IMDB

Here’s what little miss had to say: