Santa Sleepover at Alton Towers www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Santa Sleepover at Alton Towers

We have just returned home from absolutely the most magical Christmassy weekend ever!!  From start to finish we have had such a fabulous time that we couldn’t even choose a ‘highlight’ of the weekend because it was all so good!  Be prepared – this blog is a long one full …

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Winter Wonderland in Manchester www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Winter Wonderland in Manchester

We recently took the family back to Winter Wonderland at Event City near the Trafford centre. The kids loved it last year (if you want to read last years’s review just click here) so we decided to go again to see what they had on offer this time around and …

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Snow White at the Liverpool Empire www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Review of Snow White Pantomime, Liverpool Empire

We had the most amazing night last week at this year’s Pantomime, at the Liverpool The Empire,  Snow White. I’m 15 and I went with my cousin who is 18. We hadn’t been to the Pantomime since we were little and we were so excited to go, just the two of …

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CBSO Christmas Notelets www.minitravellers.co.uk
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra ‘CBSO’ Christmas Notelets

You might well know that the City of Birmingham has its very own orchestra. You might even know that the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra ‘CBSO’ perform Family Concerts several times a year. But did you know that the CBSO also run mini-concerts for little ones? Last week, we were …

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Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig National Trust www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig, National Trust

On Saturday morning we met The Ordinary Lovely family at Erddig for another #UKexplore meet up. We had previously met up with them at Erddig for the Apple Festival in September which you can read about here, but this time it was for two reasons – to have Breakfast with …

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Peter Pan Pantomime at the Stockport Plaza

Last Friday, I took my 3 children (10, 9 and 6) the opening night of Peter Pan at the Stockport Plaza. We only live a mile away from the theatre, so we’ve been to the Plaza panto every year for the last 4 years and this was my favourite so …

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Rocking around the Christmas Tree www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

I’ve been explaining how much I love Christmas and how Christmas has changed over on Fuelled by Latte this week. It starts to feel like Christmas is really here when the tree goes up and at the end of last week we spent an early evening putting decorations on the …

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What's on in Liverpool this Christmas #OneMagicalCity www.minitravellers.co.uk
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What’s On in Liverpool this Christmas #OneMagicalCity

It’s probably easier to ask what isn’t going on in Liverpool this festive season than what is. Branded and using the hashtag #OneMagicalCity Liverpool is most definitely magical this season. I have received more invitations than I could attend this year but on Saturday we tried to fit as many …

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I’m Dreaming of a Blue Christmas – A Festive Visit to Bluestone, Wales www.minitravellers.co.uk
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I’m Dreaming of a Blue Christmas – A Festive Visit to Bluestone, Wales

We’ve always liked the thought of a pre-Christmas break so When the chance to head to Bluestone came up – we literally jumped at the chance. We’ve been once before when Miss Marnie had just turned two a few years back – and we took my mum along too for …

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Manchester City FC’s Christmas Stadium and Club Tour www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Manchester City FC’s Christmas Stadium and Club Tour

On Sunday we had the opportunity to visit the Manchester City Stadium for their special christmas tour which is named Santa v Elves! We are a family of five with 3 sons aged 5, 7 and 9. As our children and my husband are football mad this seemed an ideal …

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We're going on a bear hunt www.minitravellers.co.uk
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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Confirmed for TV on Christmas Eve

Look out for this beautiful new animation of We’re going on a Bear Hunt on TV this Christmas Eve confirmed for 7.30pm on Channel 4 with a repeat on Christmas Day which is likely to be 5.25pm) Here is a little snippet from Lupus Films! It looks brilliant! This festive …

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Snowflakes dance during English National Ballet's dress rehearsal of the Nutcracker at the Coliseum Theatre, London on December 10, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson
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English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at Liverpool Empire

On the coldest night of the year so far (apparently), we had the enormous pleasure of going to see the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker. I must start by saying I am slightly biased, having done ballet from age 4 – 18, but even  those new to Ballet couldn’t help but …

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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen – Our Review www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen – Our Review

Last night my three girls were lucky enough to attend the first night of Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. This is their third Disney on Ice show and most definitely their favourite to date. If you have been to any Disney on Ice shows before …

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Lapland UK - Where Magic Really Does Exist www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Lapland UK – Where Magic Really Does Exist!

And don’t you agree that Christmas time is the most magical of all? Fortunately for us, we were given the opportunity to have the magic start early for my little girls, as they were cordially invited by none other than Father Christmas himself, to come visit him at his home …

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Tatton Park’s Christmas Gloriumptious Mansion www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Roald Dahl’s Gloriumptious Christmas at Tatton Park

We were kindly invited by Mini Travellers to attend the opening evening of Roald Dahl’s Gloriumptious Christmas at Tatton Park on Friday, with a visit to the Mansion and to see the arrival of Father Christmas in the Lantern Parade. My youngest, Daniel, age 7 and his best friend Lucas …

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The Elf Adventure Challenge at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm www.minitravellers.co.uk
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The Elf Adventure Challenge at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Today we visited the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm to take part in their Elf Adventure Challenge.  The premise is simple, they invite you to “Come and learn what it takes to be a Christmas Elf with fun, challenges and Christmas spirit for the whole family” We had a slot at 10.40 …

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Tatton Park’s Christmas Gloriumptious Mansion www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Tatton Park’s Christmas Gloriumptious Mansion

This Christmas Tatton Park’s Mansion is taking on a magical feel with inspiration from Roald Dahl’s greatest stories. From Monday 21 November, you can enter a festive world where Roald Dahl’s extraordinary story telling weaves itself through the grand staterooms and into the bustling servants’ quarters. As part of a year-long …

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Pines & Needles Christmas Tree www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Getting Ready for Christmas

So now October Half Term is finished and Halloween is over and done with for another year, it is time to start thinking about Christmas – I don’t specifically mean buying gifts per se – but I know some of you super organised people are actually doing that too. What I mean …

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Why Everyone Should Visit Lapland Once!

Destination: Saariselka Top of Finland Who we traveled with: Santa Claus Trips What we did: Santa’s Lapland and Lapland Safari Bah Hum Bug…. we don’t do Christmas. Every year we escape to Spain for winter sun but when our 9 year old son was arguing with his brother about who …

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A Winter Break in Craster, Northumberland

  Samantha writes a brilliant blog called  North East Family Fun.  Samantha writes superb reviews of everywhere she stays.  If you would like to read more from Samantha (which I suggest you really do want to) click here. There are also lots of day trip reviews on her website which you will love. You …

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Rainy Christmas Day Walk 

On Christmas Day we have a family tradition that involves going out for a walk after present opening and before lunch.  It gets us all dressed, it gets the kids some well needed fresh air and it makes us all hungry for lunch. In previous years we have had cold …

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Review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Stockport Plaza

My husband and I took our 3 children (9, 8 and 5) to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Stockport Plaza last night.  We didn’t go to the Plaza panto last year as the previous year was a bit disappointing.  We’re so glad we went this year …

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Sleeping Beauty, Floral Pavilion

Yesterday we went to the Floral Pavilion to see the 5pm showing of Sleeping Beauty.  We combined the trip with a very blustery cycle along the front in New Brighton and an early tea at Pizza Express. We had a really lovely afternoon and early evening and can highly recommend …

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Cinderella, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Today I took my three girls aged 4,4 and 5 to see the pantomime of Cinderella put on by LHK productions at The Epstein Theatre. This is the second panto we’ve seen at The Epstein this year, having seen Beauty & The Beast at Easter.  Why only do panto once a year …

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