Peppa Pig Is Coming Back To The Big Screen

Peppa Pig fans are in for a big treat this Easter as all of our favourite characters are set to hit the big screen again this year with ‘Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience’.

This great new interactive cinematic experience will see Peppa and her friends take a trip to London to take in all the famous sights while the audience can join in with familiar nursery rhymes such as wheels on the bus and row, row your boat.

Next up they jet set across the world to meet up with their old friend Kylie Kangaroo.

The show compromises of nine episodes linked together to create the perfect show for preschoolers.

With all the colourful images, catchy songs and of course plenty of muddy puddles this show will make for the perfect half term treat.

Take a look at the trailer below for a taster of what’s to come!

Saying Goodbye To A Fabulous Summer 

As much as the kids can drive me absolutely up the wall at times I love having them off school for the long break over summer.

We have had countless trips to the park and spent many days eating out of the sandwich bag, a wonderful week in Chichester where we got to explore places we’ve never visited before.


We had our wonderful family over from America and got to spend lots of time with them catching up on everything we have missed over the years and getting the chance to join them on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

One of our favourite annual trips is to the Mayfield Lavender Fields, infact we had more than one trip this year!

What I have to be grateful for this year more than anything though is everything that we have been able to experience though the opportunities that blogging has bought to us.

The lovely ladies Ruth and Katy organised a brilliant day of pizza eating and movie watching with Pizza Express and Fox Studios that was the perfect start to the holidays.


We got the chance to visit Shrek Adventure and the London Aquarium. 

We took park in an action packed spy day with the new release of the Project MC2 for Netflix.

We filled out bellies with afternoon tea at sketch and Kerb at Camden Market.

For me though the highlight of our holiday has to be getting made an official blogger for Camp Bestival and having the chance to experience the most wonderful few days ever!

Those six weeks may be over but we have made some stellar memories that will last a lifetime!

What have you all been up too?


Fearing The Worst

Quietly sitting on an idilic beach of sweeping sands, calm cool waters and children contently playing.
This sounds like the perfect setting doesn’t it?  And this was our day yesterday until the our hearts sank and we were to experience one of the worst fifteen minutes of our lives!

We were all trying to build some super duper sandcastles and getting quite engrossed with the jobs we each had.

Number four asked to go and get some water for the moat and as there was a little pool that had collected in the sand a couple of metres from where we were sitting we were more than happy for him to fill his bucket and come back.

A couple of minutes later I looked up to realise he was no longer there!

I calmly walked with my husband down to the sea I the hope that he had wandered down there to collect the water.

Both of us separated into different directions to scour the beach and then panic set in as he was nowhere to be seen.

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack with hoards of people covering the beach and hundreds of little boys fitting the same description of our precious little boy.

I’m really not one to panic when the children wander off normally but I have never experienced this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I couldn’t shake.

My husband ran off to find a lifeguard while my mind was still wizzing around at one hundred miles an hour. 

With the worry of the five people that had so tragically been taken by the sea in Camber Sands firmly at the forefront I my mind I was lost with what to do.

After about ten minutes the lifeguard’s radio went and he had been found.  

He must have lost his bearings when he went to walk back up the beach and found a lady that kindly bought him back to the lifeguard hut for us.

There he was sitting calmly, without a worry in the world which was a far cry from how I was feeling.

I had burst into tears at the shear relief of seeing his little face, something I feared I had never seen again.

It was a real reminder that we should never get complacent of the huge dangers the sea can bring and how it could have been such a different outcome.

Are you Holiday Ready?

For the majority of people the phrase “are you holiday ready?”means only one thing.  That worry of of how you are going to look when you hit the beach!

 Europa Pharmacy have gatheredsome  staggering statistics that show only 31% of women get excited when they are packing for their holiday and 1 in 3 worry about their bodies everyday they are away.

I for one am one of these statistics and have spent years crash dieting, crying over how I look in bikinis and miss out on  quality family time when I’m away  because I’m to busy stressing about my body image for the entire holiday.

This year I am going to turn things around and focus on all the the wonderful things you have to look forward to when you planning a trip away.

  • A New Wardrobe Who doesn’t love going out and shopping for some beautiful new items to stash away in your case ready for your trip.  I’m going to chose pieces that are bright, flattering and the kind of thing you only get the chance to wear while your abroad due to the lack of good weather you get in the UK.  Plus those all important beauty essentials to get you ready before you go and to emphasise that brilliant tan while your away! 
  • Planning Places To Explore There is nothing more exciting than going to a country that you’ve never been to before and exploring all the exciting new places there are to investigate.  Why waste time fretting in front of the mirror about how you are looking when you can discover new places you may never have the opportunity to see again.
  • Quality Family Time with the hustle and bustle of life at home with work and school, quality time is something that often gets pushed asside.  A holiday is the most perfect time to push all the worries of everyday life to one side and just enjoy each other’s company.

I urge you all this year to banish those negative body images and instead concentrate on all the things they are really important when you go away.

Make the run up to it exciting and hopeful for the fun time you have to come rather than wasting all that energy on focussing on all the things you don’t like about your body. 

Let’s face it do you come back from a week away remembing what all those strangers looked liked on the beach? I’m sure the answer to this is no and nobody else will be worrying about your wobbly bits either!

Enjoy yourself, enjoy your family and create all those every lasting memories to think back to fondly for years to come.

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A Special Camper Van Break in ‘Ladyboy’

We were all booked up to experience our first time camping at Elderflower Fields festival under canvas when panic set in!

All of us in a cramped tent, the threat of the great British weather and a mud fearing husband did not seem the best combination for our first time camping.

With a lifelong dream of owning a VW camper van what better way to ease ourself into life in the great outdoors than hiring one for the weekend.

I came across Honey’s VW Camper a super friendly, family run business that hire out their exquisite ‘Ladyboy’ for a number of different events.

We had been to see hundreds of camper vans at Brighton Breeze last year and I can say that ‘Ladyboy’ blows them all out of the water.  I have never set my eyes on such a beautiful, perfectly restored, individual van.

First to catch your eye is the spotless exterior which is then matched with the pretty interior of cream leather and vintage accessories.

Every little thing has been thought of to make your stay completely home from home.  Not only do you get the essentials they you need for camping they have lovingly added some extras including books and toys to keep the children amused and a wonderful hamper of chocolate, coffee, wine and a delicious homemade lemon cake that was warm and smelt mouth watering on our arrival!

With my less the perfect driving skills I passed this over to the other half and after a few jumps and bumps he soon got the hang of it and loved the drive which was made even easier by the addition of power steering which is not always something you will find in a van of this age.

Once we got ourselves pitched up it was time to see how we were going to get on staying in such a small space for the next few days.

We bought along a small tent with us that we pitched up to store all our clothing and dirty bits which left the van free to be used as a more than ample living space.  There is a fridge to store all your cold items and surprisingly lots of cupboard space to hide away all the other food that you may wish to bring along.

A cup of tea made on the hob and a slice of tasty cake and we were all set up and more then happy to make this our home.

After a full day of partying at the festival we were not looking forward to coming back and setting up for bed, but we needed have worried as both the large double bed in the main part of the bed and the pop top were really easy to put up and really comfy to sleep in.  The only issue we had was me forgetting the pillows! 

I was worried that the children wouldn’t sleep well above us as it was going to be very dark and a bit breezy but they went out like light and slept right through.

This trip really did fulfill a dream for me and has only ignited the fire in me even more to have one of our own.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect van.  It had everything we needed and more and we felt honoured to be able to have the opportunity to stay in her.  She really is a showstopper, heads turned as we drove down the road and we were stopped by a lady to complement us on such a beautiful van.  I was tempted to pass her off as our own!

Aside from the van the service we received was outstanding.  The love and passion for the couples pride and joy really shone through and they genuinely wanted us to enjoy the van as much as they do.

I cannot fault anything at all and would love another trip very soon.  If it is something you are thinking of doing then the ‘Ladyboy’ would be by far your best option.  I can hand on heart say that this is an experience that will stay with us and one the everyone should experience.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

An Out Of This World Line Up For Camp Bestival 2016


If you are a seasoned regular to Camp Bestival of looking at taking your first trip this year you will be sure to be blown away with this years out of this world line up; which is very fitting with this years super cool space theme!
Kicking off 2016 in astronomic fashion, Team CB are set to dispel the January blues with a cavalcade of cosmic treats that will keep rocketeers and space people dancing all weekend long this coming July 28-31. Joining our previously announced headliners Fatboy Slim, Tears for Fears and Jess Glynne, and Aliens Love Underpants, Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble, we’re over the moon to announce even more astronutters who will be joining Camp Bestival’s festi-holiday frolics at Space Camp Lulworth for a party that’s sure to be out of this world! 

Rob da Bank says: “Prepare for lift-off my space brothers and sisters… we are T-minus 184 days and, whilst I’m busying packing dried food and spare pants for the trip to outer space, I’ve also been booking a load more bands and DJs. From Katy B and KT Tunstall, to London legends Squeeze, hip-hop royalty in the form of Arrested Development and the incredible afro beat of Seun Kuti, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of styles from around the world… and outer space! Can’t wait to see you at the launch pad!”

We’re super-excited to welcome the queen of rave pop, Katy B, to Lulworth castle! A chart invading trailblazer, Katy’s beat-driven vignettes laid the foundations for a whole host of recent chart stars, and with brand new album Honey – the follow up to chart topper Little Red – set to soundtrack the summer, she’s a dead cert to blast us into outer space! We’ll also have stratospheric action from Scottish chanteuse KT Tunstall, London’s finest post-punk hit-machine Squeeze, enduring hip-hop troubadours Arrested Development, keepers of the Afrobeat flame Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, the UK’s most successful girl band ever Bananarama, turntable wizard DJ Yoda, singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, chill out specialists Turin Brakes, acid jazz innovators The Brand New Heavies, confessional rapper Loyle Carner, reggae queen Dawn Penn, Havana’s greatest gift to humanity The Cuban Brothers, and hobo-chic originator Duke Special.
And there will be plenty more intergalactic joys with Louis Berry, Rob da Bank & Tayo’s Prince tribute, Purple Rave, Sound of the Sirens, The Demon Barbers XL, Sound and Vision: A Celebration of David Bowie presented by Rob da Bank, Lizzie Ball and the Classical Kicks Orchestra, The Scorsese Agreement, Delilah Sisters, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Circus Raj and Folk Idol.
We’ve still got lots more heavenly fun to announce so keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Ticket Info:
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices:

Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*

Student Weekend Ticket – £185*

Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £118*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £93*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15*
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*
All tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday.
*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions
Weekly Payment Plan:

Use our 25 week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of around £7 per week over 24 consecutive weekly payments following an initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select ‘Camp Bestival 2016 – Weekend Payment Plan’. Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£27.50 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction. More info here.

Car Parking – £20 in advance

Campervan Ticket – £85 per vehicle – please read Campervan T&Cs before booking

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £96 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions). Please read Caravan/Trailer tent T&Cs here.


Howl’o’ween At Chessington World Of Adventure


For me Chessington World Of Adventure and Halloween are the perfect combination.  You get all the fun and thrills of the rides with a bit of spooky fun thrown in too!

When we were asked to come along to preview the two brand new Howl’o’ween attractions that they have on offer I was more exited than the children and couldn’t wait to get there to try them out.

We were lucky enough to have an overnight stay in one of the howl’o’ween themed rooms in the Safari Hotel which was out of this world.

The room had been covered with cobwebs and spiders, the lighting had been changed to red and green and the bed linen and curtains were all following the same spooky theme.


The children were super excited to see all the fabulous decor and were then taken back even more when they opened the curtains to reveal the vastness of the zoo and all the animals wandering around for them to spot.


Before making our way into the park we sampled some wonderful cocktails and mocktails in the temple bar.  The kids felt very grown up to be able to be sample such lovely drinks.



They also got the opportunity to get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies.  Number three was very brave and had a go at holding  huge African land snail.


Full with refreshments we made our ways to the park to The Curse Of The Lost Tomb.  We were told that this attraction was best suited to children over 8.  Mine all wanted to give it a go so we made our way into the tomb guided by the fantastic actors who’s acting ability was outstanding.  Unfortunately I only made it to the first hurdle and had to make a quick exit with the little ones.  My hubby and number two stayed inside and came out full of beans and had found the whole experience great.  They loved that you have no idea what is going to be around the next corner or who was going to make you jump next!

From here we made our way to the Trick Or Treat Wood.  This is sutiable for the whole family and has much less of a scare factor than the Curse Of The Lost Tomb. 


At the start you are given either the trick or the treat route through the wood.  Either way you are guided through a beautifully decorated pathway being stopped by fairies and elves as you go.  Number three got completly wrapped up in the magic of it all and danced along as we went.  At the end there is a healthy treat for the children which ever path you chose.


To end our evening we had a scrummy buffet style meal back at the Temple Bar.  They offer a wide variety of hot and cold food, a seperate children’s section and a favourite for our family which was the self serve ice cream area.

There was plenty of entertainment on offer in the evening but we had had a long day so made our way back to our room to recharge our batteries for the next day.

Bright and early the next day we made our way down to breakfast where we were greated by King Julian before sitting down to a breakfast fit for a King.


There was a massive array of food to chose from and the staff were more than accommodating for my little allergy boy.

The breakfast was made even more perfect by the stunning views we could take in whilst eating.


To round off our trip we went back into the park to spend the day on the rides and look at all the beautiful animals.

Number two and three wanted to head straight to the thrill seeking rides and loved Rameses Revenge and the Black Buccaneer.


The youngest two enjoyed the Bubble Works and the Carosel.  We all loved looking at the big cats and getting up close to the Penguins.


We couldn’t get everything we wanted to do done in the day and there is way to much for me to mention here; so I would suggest you get yourselves along this week and try it out for yourselves.

The Howl’o’ween event runs until the 2nd November and the park is open until 8pm so that you can enjoy the thrills and spills in the dark.


We were asked to come along to preview this event and these are all my own honest opinion.



My Captured Moment:Our Best Year Yet


I was looking through my Facebook albums today for some inspiration for this weeks captured moment with Running In Lavender when I came across this picture.

It was taken whist holidaying in Florida during what I could only describe as the best year of my life!

I gave birth to my fourth son in the January, I got married to the love of my life in the August and had the most fantastic family holiday to Florida in the October.

This captured moment of my husband was taken getting his face painted in the Magic Kingdom.  The happiness on his face just sums up how we all felt on that trip.  It’s will defiantly take a lot to top 2012!!