Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Halloween events for children & families in Northamptonshire 2018

Delapre Abbey
26th to 31st October 5pm to 9pm

Spooky trails and ghostly ghoul hunting. Come and find out if the ghost stories you’ve always been told come true.

Berzerk Halloween Party
Wednesday, October 31 at 4 pm– 6 pm

Berzerk will be transformed into a spooky lair. All children will receive a hot dog as part of their admission price, 2 full hours of play and a fun filled evening of games and entertainment. Children's price - £8.95 Adults go free.
This is a ticket only event and tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 01604 838333

Parklands  Community Centre Halloween Party
Saturday 27th October

Halloween party. Tickets are a £1 per person/child. Prize for the best dressed boy and girl. There will also be sweet tombola & disco. Not on sale yet.

Moulton Community Centre Halloween Party

Saturday, October 27 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Children's disco with a real-life Princess. Just-Party children's entertainers. Prizes and games. The bar will be open for drinks.  Tickets available in advance only - £6.00 per child £1.75 per adult Under 1's free.

Kelmarsh Hall

30th and 31st October

An eerie evening at Kelmarsh Hall down in the Victorian Basement!  Explore the creepy tunnels and get involved in creepy crafts and activities!  This is an event to suit all the family. Timed ghost walks, every half an hour between 5pm-8.30pm. Ticket price: £10 per adult and £6 per child (free under 3) 

Haunted Halloween at Abington Park Museum

Saturday 27 October 11am-4pm
Join us for a spooktacular day of fun with scary craft activities and a haunted trail around the museum.  £2 per child.  Drop in – no booking required and Fancy dress optional.

Halloween Parkrun at the Racecourse

27th October 9 to 10am.  

Get fit and get dressed up!

Roade Football Club Children's Halloween Party

Sunday, October 28 at 1 pm – 4 pm

Take part in our special pumpkin trail followed by a Halloween Party. Fancy Dress, Disco and Apple Dunking. Trail sheets cost £1 and can be purchased on the day . This is an open event to all families.

No need to book , just turn up and enjoy .

Castle Ashby Pumpkin Hunt

Boost Halloween Spooktakular

29th October to the 1st November 5 to 9pm.

Get into your most ghoulish costumes and dance, bounce and flip yourself silly at this spooktacular event. Halloween fun and games sessions on the Trampolines. 1 hour of games + 1 hour of free jump.

Earls Barton Silver Band Club Halloween Party
Friday, October 26 at 6 PM – 11 PM

6pm - 8pm family disco and party games.  8pm onwards all welcome. Prizes for the best fancy dress.

Knebworth House Pumpkin Trail

Pumpkin Trail & Treats. Tuesday 30th October, Wednesday 31st October, and Thursday 1st November, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM each day with last admission at 2:00 PM to allow time to do the Trail.
Children are encouraged to bring along a pumpkin that they have pre-decorated – there is a daily prize for the best and wear fancy dress.  This is very popular and you must pre book.  Ticket prices: Adults £3.50, children (age guideline 3-10) £6.95.

Waddesdon Manor

Horrible Halloween 20th to 28th October 10am to 3pm spooky trail.
Spooky Afternoon Tea 20th to 28th October 12 to 5pm Child £15.50, Adult £20.50
Pumpkin Carving 20th October to 26th October 10am to 3pm £5 per child.
Normal admission prices also apply.

West Lodge Farm
13th to 27th October and big Halloween party on 28th October

Spooky activities, pumpkin carving, witch’s house tours, spooky Tractor rides, panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities. £6.50 per person £24 family of 4 ticket. (£2 charge for tractor ride).

Wicksteed Park
27th October 12 to 2pm

Annual Little Monsters Ball Tickets are £6* for kids and £2* for adults. Come in fancy dress! Doors open 11.30am, party starts at 12noon to 2pm (*50p extra per person on the day of the party) Babies under 12 months go free.

Castle Ashby Pumpkin Hunt
22nd to 30th October 10am to 2.30pm

Very popular pumpkin hunt.  You must pre book tickets will go on sale 21st September. Adults £7 Children £3 and parking free.

Halloween party at Castle Theatre Wellingborough 
Sat 27 Oct, 11am, 1.30pm 

£3 (plus 1 adult free for every child ticket purchased) 

Frightful Fizzy Fun Boothville Community Hall
22nd October 10am

Make some fizzy bath bomb science.  £15 per family (up to 2 children) Booking is essential call Suzanne on 07812 247201

Halloween Tea Party Wootton Community Centre
Friday 26th October 2.30 to 4.30

Tickets are £7.50 per child and adults are FREE.  Halloween games, craft activities and prizes to be won.

Find the pumpkin on the trail at Castle Ashby
Halloween Pottery Painting The Sugar Mouse Earls Barton
Saturday 27th October 2pm

Paint a ceramic Halloween Lantern and decorate a treat box.  £6 per person suitable for 3 years upwards.  Must book.

Lakeside Wacky Spooktastic Party
Saturday 27th October 5 to 7pm and Wednesday 31st October.

Lots of Halloween fun at the Hungry Horse Lakeside Wacky Warehouse.

Elsie's Halloween Fun Day NN1 4BG
Sunday 28th October 11am to 5pm.

Raffle and children will receive a ticket for a meal.  Halloween activities and fun.

Harry Potter themed Halloween Spectacular Obelisk Rise
Saturday 2nd November 12 to 3pm

Full details not yet announced but save the date.

Hallowe'en at Lyveden (National Trust)

Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 28th October 11am to 4pm

Search the landscape for a brand new family trail and see what's happening in the spooky family den.

Lyveden spooky family den

AND not for kids.....Dr Frights Halloween Night!
12th to 31st October. Closed 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 29th.
Gates open at 7pm and last admission is 9pm. Ticket prices vary from £15.95 to £25 cheaper online. Recently voted the best scream park.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel - Honest Review

We have just returned from a trip to Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel so here's my honest review. It was our first visit. The entrance was as expected for me and the kids LOVED it. Check in easy and baggage drop off a good service and very friendly staff member.

I was disappointed hotel guests only get 30 mins early access although did know prior to going. I really believe for the cost an hour should be standard. When we visited only Kingdom of the Pharaohs was open at 9.30 so we did Laser Raiders which everyone enjoyed but the other rides in this section were a little babyish for my children so it's not a great advantage.

Our room (pirates) was clean, tidy and had everything you needed. It was a little too warm and air conditioning didn't seem to work but we slept ok. Beds were comfortable, shower great and tea/coffee selection.

The Lego Lounge was brilliant very calm compared to downstairs. Small PlayStation room, movie den and brick pit. Only criticism needed more bricks!

Bricks restaurant was an experience. I hadn't realised was buffet only and probably would have eaten elsewhere. Was £67.80 for 4 people. The food was ok and lots of choice but sooo busy. Dirty tables everywhere. Hard to find clean cutlery. At home we usually pay £40 to £50. I knew it would be expensive but was a little surprised at the cost. It was not value for money in my opinion. If possible I would definitely eat elsewhere. From other reviews some people drive into Windsor for dinner.

Breakfast is included and in Bricks again. Similar experience. Busy, dirty tables, no cutlery etc. Staff seemed chaotic. Food ok. Kids were happy. Would I eat there again? Given the choice NO but if staying at the hotel I don't think there's another option.

Swimming pool was a big hit with my kids and lovely staff. You do need to book which is slightly annoying although understandable as so many guests. I think it should be much bigger and made into a real feature of the hotel. Could be a huge selling point for the hotel especially for Winter guests when the park isn't open. Flumes, lazy river etc (Legoland take note!). Changing rooms clean and good size, no money needed for lockers and towels provided.

Parking great especially as day guests have to pay £6 (I enormously disagree with this. Should be included in ticket price). Just over the road and lots of spaces.

Do I think it's good value? We booked over 7 months ago during a promo. £350 for 2 days in park and 1 night in pirate room. I was happy with this. If I'd paid full price I would have been disappointed. Needs longer guest only access to park, better dining experience and larger swimming pool.

Did the kids love it? 100% yes and they want to go again next year.

Legoland Windsor Review & Tips

We have just returned from a trip to Legoland Windsor. Here's my review and some top tips. 

The kids LOVED it and that is the main thing and I would return but there are a few things that as an adult that are very irritating about Legoland.

I found the amount of win a teddy kiosks enormously off putting and unnecessary. It's just another way to get money out of parents. I also believe there should be more drinking water fountains and/or cheaper bottles of water on sale. Definitely take a picnic the food is as expected very experience and not the best quality. There's lots of picnic spots dotted about although many people just snack in the queues.

Unless you plan well you will be in huge queues all day. I would recommend using the app and heading to the rear of the park first. I had done a lot of research before going but obviously you cannot tell queue times or what rides maybe closed but the planning 100% helped.

The Ninjago ride had a 40 minute queue time but was actually over an hour. Later in the day it was 90 mins! If short on time I would skip this ride as although good not worth the queue time.

Mia's adventure often had a short queue (under 30 mins) and our whole family enjoyed it. Another great one with shortish queues was the Squid Surfer and my kids loved the Raft Racer but you do get VERY wet! Be prepared.

Pirates of Skeleton Bay
Unfortunately the Dragon was closed which we were really disappointed about as got there early to beat the queue but did mean we got on Pirate Falls (Log flume) in just a 10 minutes. Later in the day it was 90! If the log flume is a must for you head there early or very late.

The park was clean, tidy and fun. Certain sections of miniland are looking very faded and Drench Towers seriously needs more changing rooms/toilets but I thought it was well laid out.

I would definitely see a show Pirates of Skeleton Bay was brilliant and a good chance to rest your feet, eat a snack and chill out. Head there 15+ mins early though to get a seat.

We didn't use any of the play areas although Castaway Camp looked great but time didn't allow.

Our top rides were (in no particular order) -
Mia's Adventure
Jolly Rocker
Squid Surfer
Raft Racer
Pirate Falls
Coastguard HQ

One's we wouldn't do again -
Lego City Driving School- too slow, some cars didn't work very well and you have to pay for driving licence which let's face it the kids all want.
Ninjago- huge queue times. Good ride but not amazing. My daughter didn't like the 4D element as scared of spiders!
Skyrider- shorter than expected. Nice view of miniland but nothing special. 

We didn't go on any rides in Duplo Valley (expect raft racers) due to time and age of children so cannot comment on this zone.

We were disappointed with Kingdom of the Pharaohs as kids thought it was a bit babyish but it obviously depends of the age of your children.

In short absolutely great for Lego fans and my kids loved it and would go back tomorrow.

Legoland please remove some of the teddy/arcade stalls, put in more water fountains and improve food quality and value. 

Parents be prepared to queue and HAVE FUN!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Friyay Foto Friday


I am today introducing something new.  Every Friday on my Facebook page I am going to post a Friyay Foto Friday post.  I want you to share your favourite photo from the week or it could just be your favourite tipple to welcome in the weekend.

I'd love to see your photos of favourite outings with the kids, what you've been up to, nicest meal (love a food picture!) or simply a vino in your favourite pub.

Let's celebrate Friday.

You can also use #Friyayfotofriday on Instagram or Twitter.

Love Emma xxx

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