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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).

But I won’t give you a history lesson – you no doubt want to know what it’s like as a family day out! And the short story is, it’s great! Continue reading

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

Win a Family Pass to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Bucks Railway CentreWe are giving away a family ticket (for 2 adults and 2 children) to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, worth up to £52.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre occupies an extensive site in rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. Exhibits range from large express passenger locomotives to the humble shunting engine together with a host of smaller items recreating the golden age of steam. Come for steam train rides, take a trip on the ride-on miniature railway, watch the model trains, visit the Railway Museum and have fun sorting the mail at the Travelling Post Office.

With plenty to see and do, the railway centre makes for a great day out! Continue reading

Competition: Win a Family Day Out to Africa Alive! worth up to £75

africa-aliveWe’ve teamed up with Africa Alive! voted Best Large Visitor Attraction 2019, to give one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children.

Africa Alive! is set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside and offers visitors the chance to explore the sights and sounds of Africa whilst discovering lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent, including the new arrivals this Easter, the Red River Hogs, in their brand new enclosure “Hog Snorts”.

The spectacular centrepiece of this beautiful park is their ‘Plains of Afr​ica’, the perfect place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including their graceful giraffe and heavyweight rhinos.

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Win a Family Ticket to Cotswold Wildlife Park worth £58

cotswold-wildlife-parkTo celebrate Father’s Day, we are giving away a family ticket (for 2 adults and 2 children) to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens!

The Park makes a great family day out. Get eye-to-eye with giraffe, walk with lemurs or watch the rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns. Let the kids run off steam in their treehouse adventure playground, have lunch in the restaurant or take a ride on Bella the train. Spot the sloths in the tropical house and watch the daily penguin feed at 11am and 3pm. Continue reading


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