Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading

Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s

It’s no secret that we lovely a good family day out.  Whether it is a trip to the beach or a museum we are often found exploring new places and doing things together.  Recently we added a new favourite to our repertoire.  We went to the circus. Paulos Circus to be specific.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the circus before, even as a child.  Luca definitely hasn’t. So when we were invited to Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s we couldn’t say no.

It worked out to be the perfect activity for the day we picked to go.  It was a gloriously warm day but it was also a day full of thunder storms and lots of rain. Continue reading

Beast by Night at Farmer Copley’s

Now I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I make a pretty awesome Sunday roast. My mum has taught me well and I’ve added my own little stamp over the years. This means that I don’t really like going out to eat a Sunday roast. I loathe paying for a meal I could have cooked better myself.  This means that despite eating out a lot, we don’t often eat out for Sunday dinner.

A few weekends ago though we had a really busy Sunday. We had a Christening in the morning and lots of other bits we needed to get done so I couldn’t be bothered cooking. It was the perfect opportunity for us to go check out Beast by Night, the new restaurant at Farmer Copley’s.

As you can probably gather, and if you’ve seen my earlier posts about Farmer Copley’s, it is a working farm, and the restaurant is situated on the farm. Therefore, as you’d probably expect, most of the menu is heavily meat based. Having said that, vegetarians like myself, are catered for too. Continue reading

Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

One of Ant’s favourite things about being a dad is that he gets to immerse Luca in all the things he loved about his own childhood.  First it was superhero’s.  Luca knows so much about DC and Marvel he could probably give Stan Lee a run for his money.  Then we had Star Wars, followed closely by Pokémon.

Now its Power Rangers.  I think Ant really loves that he can sit and watch Power Rangers still without everyone thinking he’s a total nerd.  He just uses Luca as his excuse.  They quite often sit and watch it together and then pretend they are Power Rangers running amok around our flat. It doesn’t drive me mad at all!!

So when asked if we would like to review the Fisher Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord, I didn’t really get a choice in the matter.  They obviously said yes. Continue reading

Sneaky Experience Hidden Christmas Market

Last weekend was the start of the Christmas holidays for us. Luca broke up from school on Friday and so we decided to kick our time off together in style with a  visit to the Sneaky Experience Christmas Market in Leeds. Unfortunately Ant was working so we took my friend, Steph with us.

All we knew was that the market was going to be Narnia themed and hidden inside the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Sounds pretty magical already doesn’t it? Continue reading

#fdMiniCritic Review of Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears

On Friday 28th October we were invited to the Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  Luca was asked by First Direct to attend as a mini critic and they sent him a pack to help him with his important role.  This included a good old fashioned disposable camera, which he never put down, and a personalised notepad and pencil.  It also included lots of goodies to throw a teddy bear picnic for his new teddy to help get him in the mood for the ballet. Continue reading

Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking

One of my single most favourite things about Autumn is pumpkins. We eat loads of them, I decorate the house with mini ones and we carve a fair few for Halloween. And we love to pick our own.  It’s just not the same picking one up from Tesco with your weekly shop, all perfectly round and perfectly orange.  So we were thrilled when we were asked to go to Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking Festival.  Nothing beats tramping through a muddy field, deliberating over which colour, size and shape you want to take home.

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Review ~ Disney Character Tsum Tsum’s

As a kid I was never really a Disney fan, however Luca is a huge one. His collection of Disney DVD’s is constantly expanding and we quite often have to listen to Disney songs in the car or at home, whilst he tries to guess the film that they are from with his cousin.  When we were asked if we would like to review some Disney Tsum Tsum’s it was a bit of a no brainer really.

I told Luca he was getting some Tsum Tsum’s sent in the post and he was beside himself with excitement.  Every day the postman came he would ask if there was anything for him, and when they did eventually arrive it was on our way to school.  He had to wait a whole day to come home and open them.  The anticipation must have been eating him alive. Continue reading

Get lost at Farmer Copley’s Corn Maze

After our great day out strawberry picking we couldn’t wait to get back to Farmer Copley’s for the Corn Maze.  We went at the start of the week and as usual took Luca’s friend, Rowan with us.

We arrived at the farm around 11:30am and headed straight for the corn maze.  After a quick briefing by a Corn Ranger we headed off into the maze. Flag and game sheets in hand. The flag is for if you get totally lost, you hold it up and wave it around.  A Corn Ranger will then come and rescue you.  Neat huh?  The game sheets consisted of three different games plus the rubbings game for younger kids. Continue reading