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Christmas on the i360

Today we took a flight with Santa, in Brighton of all places. The sea a reflection of the slate grey sky, I was not very optimistic that we would see a great deal, but the children were rather giddy with excitement. We were asked to arrive at the British Airways i360 20 minutes pre-flight, which gave enough time to have our tickets scanned, pose for photos, present our bags for checking and be scanned before entry. Soon after checking in, we were boarding the i360. The children, of course, couldn’t wait to check out the views. Inside the donut, as we affectionately refer to it, is spacious with seating around the back wall. There is a champagne bar but no toilet. Then there are the views. Admittedly, beneath today’s drape of mist, we could not see much further than the Marina, but it was interesting to see Brighton from a new perspective. All this week, right up until Christmas Eve, there are Santa flights twice daily, at 2 and 4pm. There is an increased fee …

Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Last week, we were very kindly invited to the press night of Worthing’s brilliant pantomime, Peter Pan, at the Pavilion Theatre. We were incredibly fortunate with our seats, which were right in the centre and three rows back, so we had the perfect view of all the entertainment. And what a lot of entertainment there was!  As a 20-something who grew up with CBBC on the television most days, I must admit I was rather excited to see Richard McCourt (of Dick and Dom fame) starring as Smee, the very silly but kindhearted pirate, but it was Patrick Monahan as Captain Hook who really stole the show for me. With his excellent comic timing and stage presence, I was actually hoping he would defeat Peter Pan at times, if only to keep him in the show for longer. Peter Pan has all the ingredients of a classic panto and is very interactive, with plenty of audience participation thrown in for good measure. There is something for all the family to enjoy and, for me, it signals …

A Rainy Day at Drusillas Park

My kids have a love/hate relationship with animals or, more accurately, love/fear – my daughter adores them whilst my son is rather more apprehensive around them. Prime example; during a visit to a local farm, we walked through a field of animals where Miss J tried to ride a goat whilst the boy was running away from a goose. Still, we find Drusillas to be quite a good compromise as there are enough animals to keep Miss J happy, and there is also plenty for the boy to do as well. Cuddling Meerkat statues, for example.    And logging stamps in the spotters book.    Of course, for the train enthusiast, Drusillas also boasts a Thomas train that will take you right the way round the park, as well as a few other characters to spot throughout the day.    As mentioned previously, there are enough animals to keep Miss J happy, with meerkats and flamingoes being highlights for her.    And what I quite like about the attraction is the opportunity to do something …

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Arundel Castle

It’s fair to say we live in a rather beautiful part of the country, bordered by coastline and countryside, with historic gardens, stately homes and castles all on our doorstep. One such gem is Arundel Castle, a few miles north of Littlehampton, situated close to the banks of the River Arun.   We were invited to visit for a day during the Easter break and were blessed with mostly good weather. Warm, dry and sunny for several hours before turning grey and drizzly, we enjoyed our first picnic of the year upon arrival.   Once the children were full and a little bouncy, we snuck indoors and headed for the castle keep, which is the oldest part of the castle. Full of concrete steps, winding spiral staircases and narrow walkways, it is a charming piece of history though admittedly not the most accessible part of the castle. Thankfully, we no longer require a pushchair so were fully able to appreciate the keep in all its historic glory, with views and learning opportunities aplenty.   The …

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Breakfast With the Easter Bunny

Good Friday was a busy day for us, and it began bright and early with a trip to our local Wyevale Garden Centre for breakfast with the Easter bunny.     We were greeted by the same member of staff who had served us during our breakfast with Father Christmas last year and she remembered us, which was really nice. Breakfast was brought out promptly and the children had a colouring sheet to amuse them prior to this. We were also offered squash and tea or coffee.    Breakfast itself was really tasty and well presented. The children’s consisted of scrambled egg, toast, sausage, hash brown and beans, which were in a separate pot meaning the fussy boy could actually eat his toast safe in the knowledge that it hadn’t touched bean juice! Miss J would have liked bacon in her breakfast and the boy would have preferred a continental option but these are minor issues and both children ate well.    I think these events are such great value and always look forward to them. …