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REV UP FOR THE FIRST EVER MONSTER JAM® UK TOUR

Monster Jam UK TourOn your marks, get set, go… The larger-than-life sport that always leaves you entertained, Monster Jam®, is roaring into the UK for the first ever tour. Premiering in Manchester on the 4th May 2019 followed by, Cardiff and Coventry the show promises to deliver an unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The world-famous trucks provide entertainment that promises to keep you on the edge of your seats and filled with adrenaline charged excitement. The Monster Jam event will deliver spontaneous live motor sports action for fans across the country.

Claire Ballard from Monster Jam commented “We are so excited that the first ever Monster Jam tour coming to the UK for fans to experience a show like no other. The audience will be amazed by the skills our world class athletes – you will never forget the first time you saw a Monster Jam truck fly across the air.” Continue reading

Review: Emerald Storm Irish Dance Sensation

Emerald StormBy Lorraine Holmes at Toddle About HQ.

My daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the Emerald Storm show at The Grove Theatre in Dunstable at the weekend and we can honestly say we had a truly amazing evening.

The show includes a mixture of different genres of dance from gentle ballet style and fiery Salsa to your high energy, toe tapping Irish Tap with a more modern day twist to it and all performed by an amazing cast of highly talented dancers and we were both engrossed right from the start.

The Story, which is told throughout the show, takes you on a journey where mortals are trying to save the mythical land from destruction and this is all told through a range of dance, music and singing.  The lead vocalist, John-Philip Bowen, has a voice that is out of this world singing solos, duets and also singing along with the dancers performing it was just stunning and we didn’t know where to look when the stage came alight with the whole cast performing all at the same time. Continue reading

All aboard for the unmissable swashbuckling pantomime adventure – Peter Pan at Royal & Derngate

Peter Pan PantomimeDarren Day, Flawless,The Grumbleweeds and Abigail Dever brought a touch of early Christmas magic to Northampton today as they officially launched Peter Pan, this year’s swashbuckling Royal & Derngate pantomime, with a photo call at Northampton’s Riverside Hub play centre.

Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Darren has had a varied career having starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Summer Holiday and Godspell and numerous UK tours. He since went on to host You Bet! and Don’t Try This at Home for ITV and appeared in The Bill and Holby City. Last year Darren came third in Celebrity Big Brother, released his album This is the Moment and starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Last year Darren starred as the Teen Angel in Grease across the UK, joined the cast of Sky TV comedy Stella, and starred in Hollyoaks and Holby City. This year Darren will be seen in the feature films Rudy and Demon Eye. This production marks Darren’s third time donning the infamous hook. Continue reading

Disney On Ice presents ‘Dream Big’ is coming to the UK

Disney on Ice Dream BigAudiences will set sail with the wayfinder Moana as she makes her UK debut live on ice in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. This all-new production, produced by Feld Entertainment, assembles a collection of inspiring stories connected by a cast of characters with a desire to explore the depths, heights and horizons of their dreams. Alongside Moana and demigod Maui are eight tales of courage and heart, including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Tangled.

Courage leads the way for Disney’s most daring heroines, in this brand-new ice skating spectacular. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. Jump into amazing adventures with Aladdin as he seizes his chance to outwit his adversaries in the marketplace of Agrabah. Discover uncharted worlds with Rapunzel and Jasmine. Battle the villain Maleficent in the form of a fire-breathing dragon alongside Prince Phillip, igniting the ice in a blazing spectacle. Dive under the sea with headstrong Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves and is willing to risk it all for curiosity and the thrill of adventure. And find the inner strength that comes from kindness and determination with Belle, Aurora and Cinderella. Plus, arrive early to celebrate 90 years of Walt Disney’s true original, Mickey Mouse. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget! Continue reading

Water Playgrounds In and Around Your Area

Water PlaygroundsExplore the Water Parks in and around your area – great fun for kids of all ages and we are sure you’re Children will enjoy them and they are a perfect way to keep them nice and cool on those hot summer days.

Northamptonshire

The Enbankment Splash Park
Open daily. Monday 23rd July – Monday 3rd September. Free Admission.

The splash park sprays, squirts, mists and shoots water and is perfect for children to have fun in the sun on a hot day. It offers everything families could need for a fun-filled day in the sun. As well as the main water feature there are picnic tables, a shelter and regular food and ice cream vans. There is free car parking, toilets and baby changing facilities.

Situated next to the River Nene at The Enbankment, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD. www.wellingborough.gov.uk

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Family Festivals for Summer 2018

Summer Events and FestivalsFamily Friendly Festivals, Activities and Entertainment to enjoy this Summer.

Grow Festival:

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July

A brand new outdoor arts festival in Corby this Summer. Inspired by the theme of water, the festival will animate Corby’s town centre with performances, experiences and workshops throughout the weekend, creating an imaginary water-filled world of adventure, with storytelling, performances and music. Come and uncover hidden surprises as you sail through the woods to a family area submerged by the Boating Lake – which will also host a spectacular early-evening event.

All around Corby town centre, woods and boating lake. www.growcorby.com

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Summer Events for Families and Their Little Ones

Summer-FunMake the most of the Summer Holidays with these great days out.

Northamptonshire

Outdoor Cinema
Saturday 21st July: 10.30am – 6.30pm

Pack some popcorn in your picnic for the annual Family Cinema Day. There will be two sessions during the day, starting with Paddington 2 at 10.30am, followed by Coco (both PG). The afternoon screening will begin at 3pm with Coco, followed by Paddington 2.

Entry is Free.

Daventry Country park, Northern Way, Daventry, NN11 2JB.  01327 871100.  www.daventrydc.gov.uk/countrypark Continue reading

Timber: The International Family Friendly Forest Festival

Timber is a not-for-profit festival with sustainability at its heart.

Timber is a not-for-profit festival with sustainability at its heart.

Timber Festival takes place in the hear of the National Forest from the  6th – 8th July 2018.

Timber is an extraordinary, family friendly festival where music, art, theatre, storytelling, science and play will weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects.

Taking place over three days from 6-8 July 2018, it will be the only international forest festival in the UK. Experience the transformative impact of forests with artists, musicians, storytellers, theatrical performers and scientists from across the world. Explore what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment. Play and create in an arboreal wonderland, where the tonic of wildness rules supreme.

Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, award-winning producers of the Just So Festival, the experiences that Timber will offer, alongside early-bird tickets and boutique camping, have been announced ahead of a full programme release in early 2018.

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Review: Disney On Ice 2018 – Worlds of Enchantment

A family day out to Disney on Ice 2018

A family day out to Disney on Ice 2018

Written by Eloise from Toddle About HQ.

Lorraine and I were delighted to be invited to watch Disney On Ice World’s of Enchantment with our families at the Genting Area in Birmingham.

Neither of us had been to a Disney On Ice show before and we were both unsure of what to expect from it, however, both our 3 year olds were super excited to see some of their favourite Disney characters perform right in front of their eyes.

There was a huge buzz of excitement as we entered the Genting arena, with lots of excited children (and adults) dressed as their favourite characters from the films.

The show is guided by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, of whom had our little ones belly laughing out loud with his clumsiness.

We were taken on an a magical adventure to four different locations, including Radiator Springs from Cars, Andy’s bedroom from Toy Story 3, the Underwater Kingdom of Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Arendelle from Frozen. Continue reading

Easter Events and Days Out

From Egg Hunts to Easter Craft Workshops, the fun to be had with your Children this holiday is endless.

From Egg Hunts to Easter Craft Workshops, the fun to be had with your Children this holiday is endless.

Shake off those Wintry Blues, enjoy the Spring Sunshine and make the most of the Easter Holidays with with these fun activities and great days out.

Northamptonshire

Wicky’s Easter Trail at Wicksteed Park
Thursday 29th March – Sunday 15th April: 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Wicky Bear has been very mischievous and he has hidden some huge Easter shapes in the Park and he wants all the boys and girls to help him find them! Entry is £3 per child and every entry receives an Easter gift (car parking charges applies).

Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ.  01536 512475. www.wicksteedpark.org

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