Swashbuckling fun for all the family at Castaway Play, Cheshire

With half term looming and the ever unreliable British weather, it’s always a task thinking of places to go to entertain little ones. But Castaway Play, located just outside of Congleton, has everything you need for hours of fun that will definitely burn off your little one’s energy in one fell swoop. Now my children…

’80’s cheese on toast’ Footloose at The Regent Theatre

Growing up in the 80’s and loving a good dance themed movie, I absolutely loved Footloose. So, having the opportunity to see the live production at the Regent Theatre Hanley? It was one I jumped at. After his father leaves, Chicago boy Ren moves from the city with his mother, Ethel, to a small town…

Chicago The Musical at The Regent Theatre Stoke

Walking into the auditorium to a black curtain, sole chair and a single spot light set the atmosphere for what I can only describe as the most captivating musical I’ve ever seen Chicago in the 1920’s; murder, corruption and exploitation. The musical is based on a true story stemming from the stories of Maurine Watkins,…

How to glam up your Christmas decor on a budget

Cosy nights, festive films, mulled wine and pretty decorations – Christmas is my favourite time of year. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m a little bit ‘Monica’ when it comes to my tree. In years gone by I’ve let the children put decorations on it but then I’ve had to rearrange when…

How to spend a day in Shrewsbury

On our recent stay in Shropshire, we decided that – rather than the hustle and bustle of shopping centres and night life – we would relax, and take in the history, culture and character of Shrewsbury. We stayed in the Park House Hotel, a 17th century Grade ll listed building in Shifnal about half an…

A weekend stay at Park House Hotel Shifnal

A long overdue break for our 21st wedding anniversary took us to the Park House hotel, located in Shifnal, Shropshire. A small market town believed to have been the home of Nell Gwyn – King Charles II’s mistress. Originally the hotel was two 17th century Edwardian houses that later became a hospital, then children’s home…

What is there to do in Nantwich?

Having never been to this Cheshire town I had no idea what to expect from it, but after parking the car up out of town and walking the short distance into the centre it was already sold to me. Cute cobbled alleys and hanging baskets galore courtesy of Nantwich in Bloom gave me a feeling…

Revamping my hallway for under £25

Our hallway is quite a small space, and still bares the embossed anaglypta wallpaper that looks like it’s straight out of the nineties – because it is. But, Simon’s not ready to rewallpaper the hall just yet, so as a compromise, we repainted it from magnolia to grey to give it a new lease of…

Review: Silk Fred maxi dress for summer

It’s not very often that I treat myself to a new dress and when I do, it has to tick quite a few boxes. Firstly it needs to be a good price, if it’s in the sale even better. It has to still have a young vibe to it, but not so as I look…