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FREE Bank Holiday Weekend Fun at Silverstone Race Circuit!

SpeedMachine FestivalSpeedMachine Festival is returning to Silverstone race track on the 25th -26th May and is offering free tickets to everyone under the age of 16.

The family-friendly event welcomes children of all ages to the DayInsure FIA World Rallycross of Great Britain. Festival goers will be free to enjoy live music, delicious food and the DayInsure Family Zone (including free fun fair).

For the adrenaline junkies amongst us there will be the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test-drive cars around Silverstone’s legendary racetrack. There will also be interactive activities from virtual eSports & RC racing, on track demos, drifting and driving experiences with Formula G, DiRT Rally 2.0, HPIRC Racing, Prodrift and Autosolo. It’s a paradise for petrol-heads! Continue reading

Review of The Great Brick Safari at Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade ZooBy Ruth Freed – April 2019

We recently got the chance to visit Whipsnade Zoo, and to experience their latest attraction, The Great Brick Safari, which is a must see for any lego enthusiasts! They have about 20 life size animals, including lions, giraffes and an elephant, made entirely from Lego, which in itself are amazing to see, and each exhibit has interesting information about the animals, and also about how many bricks and how long it took to build each one. The guides who showed us around the lego brick safari were very friendly and enthusiastic and told us lots of interesting facts about the animals. The children particularly enjoyed seeing how big an elephant poo was!

The other fun attraction which is part of the brick safari, is a mini-jeep safari ride. The jeeps are miniature size landrovers and the children can drive them independently around a track which has various terrains to cross through such as sand, stones, grass and even water. This is at an extra cost (£5 per child) to the brick safari, which is included in the entry price to the zoo, but the children really enjoyed it! Continue reading

Review of a Family Day Out to Warwick Castle, including the new Falconer’s Quest bird show

Written by Tim Freed, April 2019

Freed Family at Warwick CastleToday we visited one of our favourite places for a family day out – Warwick Castle. We had been invited to review their new bird of prey display – Falconer’s Quest, which is a fantastic addition to the activities and shows available.

If you haven’t been to Warwick Castle, it’s an amazingly well-preserved, ancient place. Unlike most castles, which are now little more than ruins, Warwick Castle was inhabited by its owners, the Greville family (the Earls of Warwick), until 1978 – relatively recently, considering its grandeur and history (there has been a settlement on the site since the 10th century).

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The Multi Award-Winning Family Arts Festival Returns

Just So FestivalJust So Festival Announces Biggest Ever Programme for its 10th Year at Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire: 16th, 17th & 18th August 2019.

Now in its 10th year, Just So is an annual, weekend-long, not-for-profit festival for children and families, offering astonishing arts, unique experiences and imaginative outdoor adventures like no other. The festival offers families the opportunity to step out of their day to day lives into a wonderland of world-class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits.

This three-day event in Cheshire boasts a wide variety of inspiring talent and family-friendly entertainment including magical storytellers, family comedians and musicians. Festival goers will love exploring the themed areas, including Roll Up, Roll Up, the circus-themed tent celebrating female circus acts; the Flamingo Lounge, encouraging dance and movement; the Ministry of Games, hosting party games and inspiring powers of dexterity and strategy; the Spellbound Forest and much more. Continue reading

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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