@Butlins Minehead – Christmas Fantasy 

Well I haven’t written a blog post in weeks! It has been a crazy few weeks with end of term madness, early mornings mucking out the pony and the run up to  Christmas 🎄 

Back a few months ago I booked a weekend at Butlins Minehead for the Christmas fantasy.  I booked it through The Sun holiday promotion they do a couple times a year.  We have done this before about 3 years ago. The team do a fantastic job making the holiday park look festive. 

We were last here back in July when we stayed in an apartment (this is where we usually stay) and had the premium food court dining. This time I booked the standard room option and on the online booking chose the half board option. When we arrived to collect our key cards I have to admit I was a little disappointed we hadn’t been upgraded. We usually get upgraded to Silver accommodation due to the fact we visit frequently; Then we realised that the food option we were given was basic – I initially panicked as we are used to the premium food court, so tried to upgrade, however apparently there wasn’t any space.  We went to the Ocean drive food court not knowing what to expect.  I am happy to say the food was fine and there was a good selection, the only main differences I noticed was it has slightly less of a selection of food and the tables and chairs were fairly basic.  The other difference is there is no bar, which doesn’t really affect us as we can just go to a bar after tea.

After tea we went to the skyline tent to have a look around, I t is beautifully lit up.  There was a tribute to Ed Sheeran on stage – he was really good.

My boys spotted a fake ice skating rink in the skyline tent and I think this is what we will be up to today! 

We did a spot of bowling which was great fun.

We then went to Reds to have a drink.

Then had an awful night’s sleep due to the paper thin walls :-/ it is like we are literally in the same room with our neighbors.  When we came to the Christmas fantasy 3 years ago we had our window smashed by someone thumping them.  Well since then we have always made sure we were not ground level.  We are ground level this time and my son is so anxious it is going to happen again that he barely slept last night.  So today maybe an interesting day!! 

Apart from the accommodation the food is ok and the entertainment and decor is great.

I’ll be back to report how it’s gone! 
K x 

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Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast


Well what a beautiful day it was today. My husband had the best idea of going to the beach to do some fossil hunting.  Living on the Jurassic coast in Dorset we are extremly lucky that it is just a 10 minute drive to get to Charmouth.  So we packed the car with the two youngest boys and our two Jack Russell’s Snoop and Reg.



We made our way to the right of the beach and found loads of fossils.  We spent about 3 hours between the rocks, sifting through the stones to find fossils.

There were loads of belemnites, here are 3 of the loads we found!


My best find was some ammonites covered in pyrite, and something that resembles a tooth maybe?



The boys found a great collection and have made a small display in their bedroom!


It was a truly lovey day, we all had fun including the dogs.

We finished a lovely day with an ice cream.


We found so many more fossils and interesting stones but they are still in the car.  They were all found safely between stones and rocks, no dangerous cliff climbing or hammering involved! 

Our day has been finished off with a delicious roast dinner.  I’m looking forward to a sleepy evening in front of the TV.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my day.  

Dan TDM live in Poole

Well what a lovely day!
The boys didn’t have a clue what we had in store for them today.  I told them we were going to Poole park to have a look around as I used to go through it everyday to college.  I also said we could have a look at Poole Lighthouse theatre as one of my sons is performing there next week!

Arrival

As we pulled in to the multi-storey (which has very tight parking spaces by the way!) I could see many kids wearing mine craft clothes and Dan TDM products.  Still, the boys didn’t catch on! We entered the venue  – The Lighthouse, which was bustling with families.  One of my sons saw a sign saying “Dan TDM on tour” and they both then cottoned on. 

Merchandise 

We made our way to look at the merchandise, this included t-shirts, lanyards, pug soft toys, mugs and many more options that I feel allowed for a variety of budgets. We bought a program, two mugs, a lanyard and finally a cuddly toy.

The show

I really didn’t know what to expect from the show.  I’ve seen many of Dan’s youtube videos and having his voice continuously in the background feel as though he is part of our family.  

Now I’m not giving away any spoilers from the show, it is obvious how much work as gone in it. Let’s just say there is something for everyone, audience participation, humour and video games, what more could you ask for?!  My boys had a fantastic time and were hooked as soon as they started watching.  

Dan TDM is great from a parent’s point of view, child friendly and entertaining.

At the end of the show we were walking back to the car, where conveniently the backstage door is, the boys got to see Dan come out and say hi  to the gathering crowd briefly.  Both the boys were a little disappointed the lanyard had a space for an autograph but no they had no chance to get an autograph.

I have had big hugs and thanks from my boys thanking us for keeping it a surprise.  They are already planning on seeing Dan again as they want his autograph. It is such a shame there were greedy people buying and selling the VIP tickets for far too much money it would have made their world if they had got to meet their idol. 

 They have gone to bed with smiles on their faces.

I put together a quick video with the GoPro splice app, I hope you like it.