What The Ladybird Heard At Rose Theatre Kingston:Review

We all have a favourite books from our childhood; one that brings back memories and even into our adult life can evoke feelings from times and places around that very story.

The beauty of finding your favourite book in this day and age is the fact that many of the classics are adapted for the big screen or stage, allowing you to enjoy the story in a completely different way.

A favourite in our house at the moment, especially with Frankie is What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. Frankie first came across this fantastic book whilst covering it at school and was lucky enough to play a part in the school assembly that we all loved watching.

You can imagine his excitement when I told him we would be going to see the show on stage at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.

The Rose Theatre is a new discovery for us and we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to the super friendly staff in a lovely bright and spacious reception that lead onto a cafe full of scrummy treats and a small play area that was perfect to keep restless fingers busy.

After a quick look around we made our way to our seats inside the theatre. It had a really laid back feel to it and the children were invited to grab a cushion and take a seat right in front of the stage or settle in their seats if they wanted. Actually as sad as this may seem the seats were a pretty big highlight for me as they were the usual retractable kind but came in a double seat which saved the continual chair banging throughout the show!

The colourful set had the whole audience of little people gazing at the stage with anticipation of the start. It wasn’t long before the lights dimmed and the charters took to the stage. The tale of the two cheeky robbers who were out to steal the farmers prized cow started to unfold and with the use of extremely clear props…my favourite was the goose made from a watering can, catchy tunes and bundles of audience participation the children were keeped engaged for the whole 55 mins which is no mean feat when there is such a young audience.

During the show the children were encouraged to join in with animal noises, sing and mimic the actions to songs and try to spot the elusive ladybird which seemed a favourite with them all. There was also plenty of slapstick style comedy thrown in which is always a hit with my lot!

The characters were warm and friendly and really drew the children in and made a great connection with them. Frankie took a real liking to the naughty robbers whilst Oscar was pretty taken with the jolly farmer.

At the end of the show we were lucky enough to be able to take to the stage for a chat with the characters and the children got to try their hand at using some of the amazing props.

Frankie was over the moon the meet his favourite character ‘Lanky Len’ and Izzy was in her element to get five minutes on stage as this is her absolute dream.

We had a fantastic afternoon and highly recommend this show as a half term treat for all the family.

What The Ladybird Heard Is Coming to The Rose Theatre

Im sure that most of you with little ones will be all to familiar with the wonderful book – What The Ladybird Heard by the talented author Julia Donaldson.

What The Ladybird Heard is the first in a series of three picture books that sees Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len come together to counter up a plan to steal the famers prize winning cow; but the ladybird has a plan of her very own!

From the 29th May – 3rd June this much loved tale is being brought to life on the stage go the Rose Theatre, Kingston with tickets starting from as little as £10.

The 55 minute performance will bring recognisable songs, live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and of course lots of fun and laugher.

This would make the perfect treat for any little one who loves these stories and a great way to introduce them to the wonderful world of theatre.

To really get them in the spirit of things Fenwick in the Bentalls, Kingston have put on a whole host of activities from a What The Ladybird Heard trial around their third floor, colouring sheets and crafting workshops and a delicious sounding themed lunch in their restaurant.

We will be going along soon to see for ourselves what the show has to offer and if it is something of interest to you then click HERE to book your tickets.

Disney On Ice Is Back With Worlds Of Enchantment

A few weeks ago Izzy and I took to the ice with Frankie Bridge and some of the stars from Disney On Ice to practice some moves whilst they were getting ready for the new show – Worlds Of Enchantment.

It is set to be yet another jaw dropping show with Ariel and her undersea kingdom, Lightning McQueen and his friends racing round the rink, the timeless classics from Toy Story that I know will be the favourite of my boys and of course there couldn’t be a show set on ice without an appearance from Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff.

Take a look below at just a snippet of what there is to see and keep an eye out of what we thought when we visit the show at the SSE Arena next week. It really would make the perfect day out this Easter!

Celebrating The Small Things:Week Five

Last week was a pretty hectic one full of all sorts of highs and lows that saw us here there and everywhere. I can safely say that we are looking forward to a break in routine and some fun and games during half term next week.

Here are the small things we have been celebrating:

Egg Challenge Success: Last week saw us taking a trip to St Thomas’s for Frankie to have his baked egg challenge. Frankie’s allergies aren’t something that apper heavily on my blog, I think this is because by the time I had started writing, the trials and tribulations that come with raising a child with allergies had settled and we had learnt to deal with the problems.
Since starting school though the problems and differences in his day to day life have come to light again and for him it is now impacting him in a more emotional way due to the fact he feel different to his peers.
School lunches are limited, baking at school and friends parties all see him singled out which can be upsetting for me as well as him.
We were over the moon that the baked egg challenge was a success and there has been another food to his list of things he can eat.

Much Needed Girly Time: Trips out are somewhat of a rarity for me and time alone with my Mum and sister is almost nonexistent. One of us is always working or there is a child in tow, so it was lovely to have the opportunity to have an afternoon out to the theatre to watch Cirque Du Soliel.
Aside from being a fabulous show having time to simply chat and giggle uninterruptedly was an absolute treat.

Watching My Husband Thrive: I really don’t praise my husband enough… he would completely agree with this but this weekend made me a very proud wife.
His absolute passion is fighting, so much so it has been lucky enough to forge a career out of this and his gym is going from strength to strength.
This weekend he took a team of his young fighters to a tournament and the success of all his students showed how much love, time and dedication he has shown each and everyone of them.

Cirque Du Soleil – OVO Review

I think I must have been living under a rock for the past few years as the wonders of Cirque Du Soleil seem to have passed me by. If I’m honest shows that involve magic or are circus act based are something that rarely grabs my attention, but after only ever hearing glowing reviews of Cirque Du Soleil from family and friends I knew it was something I had to experience for myself.

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a performance of the show that is currently showing at the Royal Albert Hall which is a truly wonderful place in itself.

upon entering we were drawn to the stage that had been engulfed with a giant egg that was set to be the main topic of the show…I did have to google this to find out OVO is Portuguese for egg!

It wasn’t long before the lights dimmed and from every corner of the theatre performers crept out and interacted with the audience in the most spectacular insect outfits. From grasshoppers to butterflies and spiders to fleas they got the audience buzzing with excitement before even taking to the stage.

It wasn’t long before the spectacular acts began and the performers leapt, contorted and balanced in the most fabulous way in front of an astounded crowd.

An army of ants put on an amazing display of foot juggling with all sorts of fruit and veg from kiwis to corn on the cobs.

Two beautiful butterflies put on an amazing performance by intertwining with each other mid air, showing immense strength and the most unbelievable movement that was as beautiful as it was dazzling.

Never did I think a diabolo could be bought to life in such a fabulous way, but watching them flying through the air was sublime.

All of this was interspersed with a comical love story of a cheeky bluebottle who’s affections for the voluptuous ladybird were certainly not reciprocated.

The finale saw a whole host of insects effortlessly flying through the air to land on a huge wall that they appeared to be walking on with such ease and graze. It really was the perfect end to an outstanding show.

The whole performance had me captivated throughout and with it’s mixture of comedy and awe inspiring acts it’s makes for a show perfect for the whole family.

*I was given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

In The Night Garden Live 2018:Family Ticket Giveaway

It is around this time of year when all the fun of Christmas is over, the weather is rubbish and there is nothing exciting planned that I start to think about the warmer weather ahead and the exciting things we are going to get up to.

One of the highlights for us for the past few years has been the fantastic on stage performance – In The Night Garden Live.

The musical theatre show brings to life all the familiar characters from the popular TV show through magical puppetry, breathtaking projection, enchanting music and life-sized characters.

Tickets go on sale from 26th January 2018 and there is also an exclusive resale on 23rd January.

The O2, London

Thursday 24 May – Saturday 9 June

Performances at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

No performances on Tue 29 May & Tue 5 Jun

Richmond Old Deer Park, London

Saturday 16 June – Sunday 1 July

Performances at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

No performances on Tue 19 Jun & Tue 26 Jun

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Saturday 7 July – Sunday 22 July

Performances at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

No performances on Tue 10 Jul & Tue 17 Jul

intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 19 August

Performances at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

No performances on Tue 31 July, Tue 7 & Tue 14 Au

If this sounds like something you and your little ones would be interested in then or if you are feeling lucky then I have a fantastic competition for you to enter below for the chance to win a family ticket for four(minimum 1 adult) at a venue and performance of your choice.

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The competition closes at 23:59 on 14th January 2018. Good Luck!

Get Ready For A Magical Journey With Passport To Adventure With Disney On Ice

A few weeks ago I spent a wonderful afternoon taking part in the ‘Fit To Dance’ workshop with Ashley Banjo and some of the super talented stars from Disney On Ice.

Their passion and love for all they do really shone through and the buzz of the upcoming show filled the room and you can get your chance to experience this for yourself if you are thinking of going along to the show yourself in their pre show ‘Fit To Dance’ with Zootropolis.

All of your favourite Disney characters from Minnie and Mickey to Timon and Pumba will be making their way to London from 20th to 30th December to take you on a journey through a plethora of memorable Disney destinations with the all new singing and dancing show – Passport To Adventure.

The journey will take you through the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumba, take a trip deep under the sea to the mystical home of Ariel and then wicked off into the sky by Tinkerbell to discover Neverland. As if this wasn’t enough you will then be transported to a winter wonderland where you will of course find the all time favourites Elsa, Anna and the lovable snowman Olaf and discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

This show would make the perfect Christmas treat with its combination of familiar Disney hits, world class skating and of course the magic of Disney that can never be topped.

There are still tickets available ‘here’ so don’t miss out on your chance to witness this unforgettable experience!

Kate And Mim-Mim World Premiere:Kate In Oz

Kate And Mim-Mim World Premiere:Kate In Oz

Attending a world premiere of one of the boys favourite CBebbies shows in the heart of Soho was not a bad way to start half term.

We were lucky enough to be invited along to the one off episode of ‘Kate In Oz’ at The Curzon in Soho where we were treated to face painting, magic acts, crafts and balloon animals in a wonderfully glitzy venue.

This was a little wasted on my two hyperactive boys and all I was thinking was that number three would be kicking herself for not coming along.

All settled in our seats Cat Sandion a very familiar face from Cebeebies took to the stage to introduce the new episode we were all egar to watch.

In this episode Kate and her cute purple bunny Mim-Mim have left the comfort of Mimiloo and after a terrible dream found themselves in Oz, very reminiscent of the original film.

Cat Deely the voice of the evil witch Violet has stolen the twirl magic and is trying to capture all the purple in Oz.

It is Kate and Mim-Mim’s challenge to stop her evil mission but I will let you watch it for yourselves to see if they manage to!

This fab episode aired on the 29th October and can still be seen on IPlayer.

We had a fantastic day and can’t wait for the whole new series to hit our screens in the New Year.

A Superhero Wannabes Dream:Marvel Universe Live

Two superhero clad, hugely hyperactive boys, a ten year old girl with no interest in superheroes and a moody teen with no interest in anything apart from his XBox was quite a combination to take to watch Marvel Universe Live at the O2 the other day.

My youngest two live and breath anything superhero related and have high hopes of becoming ‘the real’ Hulk and Iron Man when they grow up; so I knew the prospect of seeing their favourite characters come to life on stage was going to be the perfect treat for them but I knew the other two were going to be a little harder to please.

We arrived to a sea of mini super Heros eagar for the action to start and when it did it really went with a bang!

From the minute the lights hit the stage huge projections filled the back screens and explosions began to excite the crowd.

One by one the familiar characters of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Capitan America and some not so to me such as Loki and Red Skull took to the stage leaving a packed crowd of tiny faces and some bigger fans in complete awe.


The story of the battle over the cosmic cube which holds super power in the Marvel Universe has been shattered into pieces by the powerful Thor to prevent it from being found and used by any evil villains.

In a bid to gain back the precious pieces the powerful Marvel heroes club together facing a whole host of problems on their way.


It was hard to know where to look at points with perfectly executed fight scenes taking place alongside death defying motorcycle stunts, pyrotechnic displays and superheroes scaling walls and flying through the air there was never a dull moment.


It was action packed from beginning to end and all four of mine sat in silence through the entire show just waiting for the next bit of action.

My youngest two who have horrendously short attention spans didn’t move a muscle, number three said it was the most exciting show she had ever seen and my massively critical teen said it was fabulous and couldn’t believe how real it came across.


Marvel Universe set our imaginations on fire and sparked off that love of superheroes in is all.

*we were invited along to watch this show for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

Dancing Along At In The Night Garden Live

In The Night Garden has been a part of the bedtime routine in our house for over  eighteen years!

The cute characters and catchy songs find it a show that is hard not to like so when we were asked to come along and take a look at In The Night Garden Live I knew there would be some happy faces.

The show in running until the 21st of August and is moving around London, Birmingham and Manchester.

We chose to go and see an early performance in Richmond Park and there are still a few tickets to grab if you are lucky enough.

Upon arriving we were greeted at the huge purpose built show done by a host of super happy ushers that took our tickets and explained to us what would be going on.

We were pointed in the direction of the massive buggy park which I normally find a nightmare to navigate, but there was ample space to get buggies in and out.

We were fashionably late and the dome was almost full as we entered.  There are only thirteen rows of seating set out in a bench style format.  This makes for an intimate setting that if perfect for little ones.  The benches allow the children to move freely without annoying anyone else to much.

As soon as the characters such as Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy took to the stage there were screams of fun and laugher from the children – well and a few adults too!

Number four who is the ripe old age of four had told me the he wasn’t really wanting to go as it would be to babyish for him.  Strangely enough though he was singing, dancing and clapping along to the whole show.


The mixture of puppetry, costumes and panoramic projection were perfect, and keep tiny eyes and minds glued to the stage for nearly a whole hour.


We have been to many theatre shows as a family and this is by far the best equipped for children.  Every little thing has been thought of down to little steps and seats in the toilets to microwaves for bottle and food warning.

Sadly I didn’t realise that you could pre ok to meet one of the characters as a family which sounded like a great experience and something we will add if we visit again next year.

If you are looking to introduce your children to the wonders of the stage this is the perfect place to start.

I have come away with a fuzzy feeling in my tummy from the brilliant performance and the magic in every child’s eyes.


*we were gifted tickets to this show and they are all my own, honest opinions.