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Madagascar The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Madagascar The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

If you regularly read my blog you will know how important spending time with each of the kids on there own is to me. Well last night was Mum Daughter Date Night with the baby of the family. Myself and Aliza, 5 headed to Bristol Hippodrome […]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome

BLOC Productions flew into Bristol this week, with their production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome. Jolie and I were excited to see the show. I have lost count of how many times I have watched the film. It is a real feel-good […]

Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays

Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays

If you regularly read our blog you will know the kids and I went to Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays. So following our post before the trip, its time to review it.

By the time we headed to the airport, the kids were super excited about our adventure. I was still feeling slightly apprehensive about the flight with four of the kids on my own. They were so well behaved and the flight activities bags I had packed for them worked a treat. After the early start, spending time in the airport, the flight and baggage claim. I was flagging, so when we came through arrivals it was so lovely to be welcomed by our Melon holiday host, Melissa. She instantly offered to help with luggage, which was very welcome. Then she arranged which coach we need to get on to the hotel. We hopped on the coach and headed to the resort. 

 

Melissa added us to a WhatsApp group with all of the other single parents that were joining us on the holiday. This was great to keep us in touch over the week. She had also arranged for all of the families on the trip to have dinner together on the first night. I was looking forward to and also a little bit nervous about meeting the other families. We had all arrived on different flights, so hadn’t met before dinner.

As soon as we met we gelled, something in common straight away. Sitting at dinner as the only adult with kids can seem like constant I’m forever saying ‘don’t do that’, with very little conversation. But having dinner with other adults means that I could chat and cut the kids some slack on the don’t do that’s!! We joined each other for dinner every night during our holiday. When I got home I missed the dinner adult conversation and the wine too! That evening even though we were all pretty tired from travelling, we watched the hotel entertainment and had a late night.

dinner with melon holidays

So by the next morning, the lack of sleep had caught up with the kids and I. We slept in through breakfast, oops! That morning Melon holidays did a welcome meeting that was very informative about Alcudia and other towns/attractions further afield. For the rest of the day, we chilled at ‘our’ pool. Our apartment overlooked a pool, so it became ‘our’ pool!  We then got ready to meet the other families for dinner. 

Soller and Valldemossa

Tuesday was the trip day, melon holidays arranged and included a trip. We travelled across the island to Soller and then onto Valldemossa. During the trip, the guide shared loads of interesting facts about the island. The kids were amazed that Majorca only has 900,000 inhabitants but welcomes around 14,000,000 tourists every year. Our outing started at the Port of Soller, very picturesque. We walked up the hill to take in the view of the harbour and then on the other side the cliffs. Definitely a photo opportunity. 

 Soller family trip

We then took the wooden tram into the town of Soller. The quaint streets were very beautiful and gave the kids an idea of old-time Majorca. Some of the families wanted to visit museums and others like us wanted to get some lunch. Melissa is fluent in Spanish, so she was really helpful when ordering lunch. After lunch, we met the trip guide and walked back to the coach. 

Once on the coach, we headed to Valldemossa along the mountain roads. The kids loved taking in the cliff top views, me not so much. The roads were very windy, however, the journey was very much worth it. Valldemossa is beautiful, the highest town in Majorca, the views are lovely. The kids also tried to do a bit of celebrity spotting as there are some very exclusive hotels and homes nearby.

Valldemossa

Our Week

Through the week we met with the other families often. The kids all got on really well and spend a large proportion of their days playing in the pools. One evening we took a moonlight walk along the beach after dinner, something I wouldn’t have done alone, not knowing the area. So this was a massive benefit of holidaying with Melon holidays. But I never felt that I had to go along with the crowd, if the kids and I didn’t fancy something the others were doing, we just dipped out no hard feelings. 

My life is very hectic, with work and a big family, so I wanted to relax. So most of the week was slow starts in the morning, time at the pool, the odd trip to the beach. One of the other families had caught the public bus to Old Town Majorca, she filled us in one evening at dinner. The kids decided that wanted to do the same the following day, I felt confident taking them as I knew exactly where to get on etc. The walled old town was impressive, however, the kids were pretty hot, it was 30 degrees plus the morning we visited, so only stayed about an hour and a half. We knew the buses were very regular back to our part of the resort. It wasn’t long and the kids were back cooling off in the pool.

SeaClub Mediterranean Resort 

Seaclub alcudia

SeaClub Mediterranean Resort has 8 pools across their 2 story complex. I loved the feel of the resort, very chilled and friendly. At the hotel there were kids clubs if the children wanted to go. Aliza went one afternoon but the others were more interested in the pool, do you see a theme here! The kids club building, ‘Magic Garden’, had a softplay climbing frame/ballpit. Lots of toys, a snug showing films plus tables with colouring and craft activities.

Our holiday was half board, breakfast was a buffet. We had lots of choice from a full cooked breakfast, pancakes, pastries, fresh fruit and cereals. And not forgetting the gallons of milkshake my kids need to fuel them for their day. We were able to get our breakfast in the Seabreeze restaurant a few paces away from our apartment. At dinner we had to head over the main restaurant. The staff were very friendly and reserved us and the other families we were holidaying with a table every night. The restaurant provided a wide range of food, which changed every night. The kids mostly headed to the kids counter, which had simple things like chicken nuggets, breaded fish and pizza. There was tapas, a huge selection of mains and then lots of choice of deserts. The kids especially like the chocolate fountain. 

SeaClub was a 10-minute walk from the beach. Then about a 30-minute walk along the beach into the bustling port.  We were able to hire beach/pool towels from SeaClub which was great if your packing light. There was entertainment every night and the animation team also did many sports/pool side activities throughout the week. 

alcudia beach

Our melon holiday was amazing and will definitely live in our memories for a long time. The support and local knowledge of our holiday host Melissa was outstanding and highly recommended. The kids and I spent the week with a great group of new friends, just the break we needed. We will definitely be looking into holidaying again with Melon Holidays.

melon holidays friends

Melon Holidays have lots of other great holidays coming up including trips to Crete and Canaries in October. Plus an exciting New Year Skiing Trip to Morzine. And they have some new UK desintaions coming soon too.

Disclaimer: We were offered a holiday to review in return for an honest review. All words and pictures are my own.

Shrek the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

There are not many Thursday evenings that are spent watching men dressed as green ogres talking about farting….but last night was one of them. Yes, my 5 year old daughter and I went to watch ‘Shrek The Musical’ at Bristol Hippodrome. I can categorically confirm […]

Family days out in the Lake District

Family days out in the Lake District

Later this week we are heading to the Lake District, with Grandma, on holiday. Looking at the forecast the weather looks like a real mixed bag. So I have been researching family days out in the Lake District and as sharing is caring here are my […]

An Officer and a Gentleman at Bristol Hippoddrome

An Officer and a Gentleman at Bristol Hippoddrome

An Officer and a Gentleman is currently on stage at Bristol Hippodrome. Last night I went to watch it, being an 80’s baby I never knew all the hype around the film. However, when I have spoken to people about it they have raved about Richard Gere’s performance. So I was hoping that the theatre production would also deliver an entertaining show, I wasn’t disappointed.

When I arrived and looked through the musical’s program I instantly recognised many of the songs. Well, who hasn’t sung Living on a Prayer at full voice sometime in their life?

paper factory

An Officer and a Gentleman Musical tells the story of Zack Mayo during his training to become the best, A US Navy Pilot. Zack arrives on his motorbike with a lot of attitude. But over time Sergeant Foley whips him into shape. During his journey through the rigorous 12-week training, he meets local girl Paula Pokrifki when he is on a liberty weekend off. Paula works in the Pensacola Paper Factory but has aspirations to live out her dream and become a nurse. She often tells Zack to believe in himself and he will succeed. Zack played by Jonny Fines and Paula played by Emma Williams entertained the audience with seamless renditions of so classic 80’s tunes.

Mayo and Seegar

The 12-week training course was too tough for some, they DOR’ed and rang the bell, quitting the course. Even though Zack came close to quitting he knew he had more to prove. Also, the rivalry with his co-candidate Casey Seegar (Ghetto Girl) turned to friendship through the weeks and Mayo helped her to complete the final athletic course. The course took a victim, Zack’s buddy Sid, his death spurred Zack on to realise the importance of love and friendship. So soon after Zack completed his training he declared his love for Paula. 

The comradery between Foley and Zack ‘Mayo’ became stronger towards the end and it was lovely when Foley issued Mayo with his wings. Also making his and Seegar’s dreams come true by announcing they would be learning to fly Jets.

Mayo and Foley

 

The staging was clever and quickly adapted for each scene. Whether it be the Pensacola Paper Factory or The Training Facility. The whole cast’s voices were strong and delivered a great show. An Officer and a Gentleman, The Musical is showing at Bristol Hippodrome until 4th Augst 2018

Disclaimer: I was offered press tickets in return for an honest review, all words and views are my own.

 

Single Parent Holiday – Majorca Adventure

Single Parent Holiday – Majorca Adventure

This summer I will be travelling solo with 4 children on a single parent holiday to Majorca. As T is 17 she no longer always wants to holiday with us. I have started thinking ahead to our adventure. I am slightly nervous but also very excited […]

Camp Bestival – What To Pack

Camp Bestival – What To Pack

Later this month we will be returning to Camp Bestival for our second year running. Whilst the kids are still at school it has got me trying to be super organised. So I’m working out what we need to pack. We are kind of cheating, I […]

The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome

The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome

This week Bristol Hippodrome welcome The Play that Goes Wrong. It is a hilarious light-hearted comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong has been a huge hit in the West End since it’s launch in 2013. It has also been played worldwide on every continent except Antarctica. The Play that Goes Wrong is also the proud owner of some amazing awards including 2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play and 2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy.

The show started before the curtain even rose. With the backstage crew, especially Trevor, getting the audience involved looking for the lost dog. Then getting an audience member up to help prop up the mantlepiece.

The Play that goes wrong trevor

Straight away this broke the ice and made me realise I was in for a comical evening. The play was a play within a play. ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ is the fictional am dram group that act out the play. Once the play started the ‘Director’ played by Jake Curran explained about past disastrous productions from the drama society.  Trying to assure the audience everything will be fine if nothing goes wrong, well as the title suggests everything did go wrong. 

Murder at Haversham Manor was a live who done it style play. Charles Haversham is murdered just before his engagement party. But not as seamless as your average play, ever thinkable mishap occurred.  With a clever set design that enabled it doors to stick shut, paintings to fall off of the walls, all the things that made the audience roar with laughter. 

The Play that goes wrong review

The actor’s passion, had the audience hooked from the start to finish. Throughout the 2 hour play, I laughed out loud at the slapstick humour. The play was given an 8+ advisory, my 12 year old would have loved it. The Play That Goes Wrong is a feel-good production and it is completely understandable why it is so highly regarded in the theatrical world.

The Play That Goes Wrong is at Bristol Hippodrome until 21st July and then it will continue its tour.

Disclaimer: I was given press tickets in return for an honest review, all words are my own.

 

Thriller Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Thriller Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Thriller Live has hit the stage at Bristol Hippodrome. When T and I were invited along to review it, I was a bit excited. Our whole family are Michael Jackson fans. I have pretty much grown up on his music. With my first ever live […]