The Snowman – The Peacock Theatre

When I was a child the classic Raymond Briggs story of The Snowman was a constant each and every Christmas and my love for this story has been passed down to all my children who have all been enchanted by the story as I was all those years ago.

Saddler’s Wells have bought this iconic story to life by way of a glorious stage adaptation that we were lucky enough to go along and see this weekend.

The story of a little boy’s magical adventures on Christmas Eve come to life in front off your eyes, as you find yourself getting immersed in the magic as the friendship of the snowman and the little boy grows and the adventures they have traveling to and partying at the North Pole.

There are a few extras added to the original story which ordinarily I wouldn’t like. But it fits in absolutely perfect and just enhances an already wonderful story.

This really is a show for young to old and is the perfect way to introduce dance to little ones; and even though there is a running time of just under two hours there wasn’t a moan or a fidgety bottom in the house!

This really would make for the perfect festive treat and there are still tickets avalible for this stand out West End show. It is running at The Peacock Theatre – Holborn until 31st December and you can book tickets HERE.

You can also take a look at some of the fun we had HERE.

An Afternoon Tea Fit For A Funky Princess At sketch

After catching sight of a dogs bottom on the side of a building and a hopscotch area greeting you in the hallway I knew we had arrived at sketch and were going to be in for something a little different to your usual West End afternoon tea.This treat was going to give me and number three some much needed me time and with the look on her little face when we walked into the profusion of pink in the Parlor it would be a trip to remember.

We were shown to our seats by one of the georgous ladies in their bang on trend pink, cold shoulder dresses that bought a funky, relaxed edge to the formal tea.

In fact every element of the traditional afternoon tea was there with a quirky edge to it from the eclectic range of sandwiches and pastries served on fine bone china embellished with zany wording to the delicate pink soft furnishings sitting proudly inside walls blanketed with cool artwork.

There is a choice of a your usual tea with a whole host to chose from, champagne or non-alcoholic Bellini while the children get a choice of different juices.

The towers of sandwiches and cakes were bought over and I indulged in different breads filled with  amazing fillings such as coronation chicken, smoked salmon and tarragon cream and green asparagus with cucumber and ricotta to name a few.

Number three enjoyed avocado and tomato, mozerella and pesto panini, and traditional ham.

We had a taste of each other’s to make sure we weren’t missing out on anything and a few more were ordered as they are more than happy for you to swap or refill anything as you go through the afternoon.

Cakes and pastries galore filled our plates for me, with my favourites being the apricot and pistachio gateaux and the blueberry and liquorice tart.

The children’s pastries provided a more hands on approach and they get to fill their own selection of choux buns with scrumptious fillings.

Warm fruity scones with served with lashings of clotted cream and sticky sweet jams.

When we were nearly fit to burst and thought we had come to an end the piece de resistance arrived in the form of two beauties served from the trolley – a poppy and red currant choux and a raspberry, chocolate and hibiscus flower cake.

Barely able to move with a few leftovers stashed away beside us a lovely little surprise was given to number three in the form of the cuddly sketch bear named Pat!

Aside from the splender of our surroundings and the sumptuous food one of the biggest highlights for number three, and actually me too were the toilets!

Yes this may come as a surprise but they need to be seen to be believed. Brilliant white walls and sweeping staircases that lead you into a room with an eye catching, multicoloured glass ceiling and space aged, egg shaped pods that make up the toliet a themselves.

I don’t think I have ever known number three to need the toliet so much!

If you are looking for an afternoon tea with a difference that will feed your eyes and mind as well as your tummy then this is the place to be.

It is the perfect place to excite the adults and the children alike and it will be a place we will be visiting again to explore everything else they have to offer.

*we were asked along to sketch for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.

Elf The Musical Review

“Santa I know him!” One of the lines from the iconic Will Ferrell movie ‘Elf’ that I drive my children mad with by shreaking out several times a day from the end of November!

For our family this film is played many times over the festive period and has always been a firm favourite of ours, so you can imagine my excitement when I found Elf The Musical  was hitting the West End this year.

I was asked to come along to see what I thought of the show and bought my sister along who is not a fan of the film at all!

We started our evening getting festive with a glass of mulled wine or two and some massively calorific but yummy food before we set off to see what the Dominion Theatre had to offer.

Upon entering we were greeting by jolly, festively dressed staff selling merchandise in the beautifully decorated foyer filled with hundreds of people full of the Christmas spirit.

We sat in our seats just as Santa took to the stage.  A jolly character that children could warm to with a a bit a adult humour thrown in too.

Buddy The Elf took to the stage and was the happy, carefree, loveable character that I was hoping to see.  The orphaned boy that had been raised in the North Pole by Santa, bought up as one of his elves and then sent to New York to find his birth father engaged with the audience wonderfully and really captured my heart.

The story has been converted well from the film but as expected some changes have been made.  Kimberly Walsh played the part of Buddy’s hard faced girlfriend really well and it was just a shame that she was not in more of the scenes.

For me the reasoning behind the play is to portray the true meaning of Christmas which is spending quality time with your loved ones and the wonderful feeling you get from believing in the magic of it all.

This show would be perfect for the whole family as there are upbeat songs and colourful scenes with plenty of dancing to keep little ones amused and lots of witty humour to entertain the adults.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show along with my very sceptical sister and the spectacular surprise at the end really topped it off for me.  I will keep this a secret as not to spoil it for those of you wanting to see for yourselves!