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Amazing Adventures at Puy Du Fou

If you have been reading our blog for a while you might have already heard of Le Puy Du Fou, if you haven’t heard of it then you are missing out!

It’s nearly impossible to explain the Puy Du Fou to someone who hasn’t been because although it’s a theme park it has only one small ride, although it’s historical it’s not a museum or educational centre, although there are shows, it’s not a theatre. It is however, the absolute best day out and our whole family’s favourite place to go.

I have been going to the Puy Du Fou since I was a tiny baby and still find something new and exciting every time. It is set in a huge park, with lots of trees and lakes and plenty of nature. There are lots of different shows throughout the day and into the evening, lasting between 20 and 40 minutes each, some amazing walk throughs, a park, a maze, old towns and a medieval village, traditional craftspeople and the most spectacular night time show you could ever imagine.

The themes that run through the Puy Du Fou are water, light and fire and you would never believe what they are able to do with these without seeing it with your own eyes.

Photo credit- Puy Du Fou website

When you arrive at the Parc you get a program for the day which is available in English, French or Spanish and tells you what time each show is on (you can download this the night before too) and this lets you plan the day to see as many shows as possible. When my parents first started going there was only four main shows and you could see everything in a day but it is so huge now you either need to pick your favourites if you are just there for one day or try and go for at least two days. Three days are even better because then you get time to see all the secret bits of the parc as well as the shows. They do a deal on three day tickets too so it is good value if you can visit that way

The shows are all in French and whilst you can get an audio headset translator you really don’t need it, if you know a little French it helps to get the storyline but you don’t need it to appreciate the shows.

We all have different favourite shows but there isn’t one that we don’t love and we try and see as many as possible each time. This time we headed straight for the Musketeers in the Mousquetaire de Richelieu. This is one of only two shows that is performed inside and is in a huge chateau style building, this show is brilliant, with horses, sword fights, music and flamenco dancing.

Photo credit Puy Du Fou website

You come out blinking into the sunlight and then either dash across to the next show or go and explore the park. We decided to go and play in the water jets, which is great fun and have a walk round to the lake where you can sometimes operate the water yourself before stopping for an early lunch and getting ourselves ready to face the Vikings.

The Viking Show is near the fort and you can see blacksmiths working before you go in. The Vikings arrive to terrorise the village and there is some very dramatic fighting and even real Viking boats, there are bits that will make you wonder how they did it and even if you watch the show time and time again you will still find it hard to work out how! The Vikings were Sam’s favourite and he asked to go and see it again but we didn’t have time this year.

After the Vikings we were straight across to the gladiators in The Signe Du Triomphe. This is the biggest show with the most people in at the same time and you do have to be ready to queue for a while to see this. We were lucky enough to have ‘pass emotions’ which are passes you can book that save you queing and also allow you to sit in really good seats. These sell out very quickly but if you are able to get them then we really recommend them as it means you can see so much more each day as you don’t have to worry about queing so long for the shows.

The Signe Du Triomphe is set in an amazing huge collosseum. It genuinely feels like you have taken a step back in time and you can imagine how it would have felt watching the Christians defend themselves. This is my Mum’s favourite show, it’s fast and exciting. There are chariot races, gladiator battles, a parade and even lions, it’s such a brilliant show and the audience get really into cheering and booing along, The atmosphere is unbelievable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normally we would fit another show in for the night before going but it was such a hot day we decided it would be best to just do one of the walk through shows. We went to the new one – Le Mystere De La Perouse. We were not disappointed. This is based on the final voyage of the Comte de Le Perouse which mysteriously disappeared in 1788  until the Shipwreck was discovered in 2005.  It was amazing, it felt like you were on a ship and were really in the middle of the awful storm, you felt like you had no idea what was coming around the corner as you journeyed through the cabins and you even got wet! It had the most awesome ending and looked spectacular.

Photo credit- Puy Du Fou website

We headed over for a look round the Bourg 1900 (the old marketplace)- Lottie has a long list of dress up dresses from there she would like (currently she really loves Marguerite from the Secret of the Lance’s dress) and we have to go and look at these every time we go!

On the way to Bourg we caught sight of Le Ballet Des Sapiers being performed on the bridge. This was performed by the children from the Puy Du Fou Academy and is only on a couple of days a week after school. It was very funny, lots of amusing bits and dancing which Lottie especially enjoyed. Sam is obsessed with fire engines and he loved this too.

 

Once we were at the Bourg 1900 we picked up some postcards and Mum and Dad treated us to a new knight and horse for our castle but there is loads you can buy starting from not very expensive up to proper collectible items

Sam loved the choice of teddies in the Bourg 1900

We just had time to for Lottie and Sam to have a ride on the carosel before we headed home for the night. I can’t wait until they are old enough for us to stay later as we could have watched the Organs of Fire which is a nighttime show at the lake.

We stay in a house about 20 minutes up the road so were heading home for the night but you can even stay at the Puy Du Fou in one of their themed hotels. These look incredible and I would love to stay in one. I think The Camp du Drap d’Or would be awesome to stay in for a night.

Photo credit Puy Du Fou website

We then had a couple of days revisiting some of the other great things the local area had to offer before heading back for our next day at the Puy Du Fou.

It always feels exciting as soon as you arrive and this time was no different. We headed straight to The Secret of The Lance which is  about Marguerite who has to defend the enchanted chateau when the knights go to Orleans for Joan of Arc’s. This is Lottie’s favourite and involves some brilliant gymnastics on horse back as well as a spectacular battle and some very clever stunts performed by the actors, as well as some surprising changes to the set. My Mum says the music from this show always sends shivers down her spine.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then headed across to see the bird show – Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantomes, this is mine and my Dad’s favourite show. It’s so good and the birds are so clever, you see everything from owls and falcons to huge vultures and they really do seem to dance in the air as they pass each other. There is so much going on you don’t know which direction to look at and the birds literally skim past your head!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next it was off to Les Amoureux de Verdun. This is another walk through and is set in a trench during WW1. It’s quite scary for younger children but I love this. It has won awards and you won’t ever forget what it feels like to be deep in a trench feeling the explosions and seeing the gas fill the tunnels.

Finally we went over to Le Dernier Panache. It was such a hot day it was a relief to get inside the cool theatre this show is set in. This is the most amazing theatre you have ever seen, the audience moves and the stage moves (it doesn’t feel bad- it just gives an all round experience) This is really very sad and follows the story of a French navel officer who was a hero through to his fight for freedom during the French Revolution. This is such a clever production, you will never have seen anything like it.

Photo credit – Puy Du Fou website

It was time for us to leave the Puy Du Fou all to soon and we could have easily spent lots more time there. One of our favourite things to do when we had Annual Passes the other year was to just go for a walk around the park when the shows were on, despite there being thousands of people there you could still turn a corner and feel like you were the only people there, it’s so peaceful in places. There are secrets and things to explore everywhere you look and so much to do.

We didn’t get to see all the shows though- we missed out the Renaissance Du Chateau and we would have very much liked to see The Knights of the Round Table, this is a shorter show as it is only about 20 minutes but the timing didn’t quite work out, this is really good and has some brilliant special effects. There are also some smaller shows going on around the Parc which we missed too and will have to make sure we catch next time.

Whilst we would like to keep it a secret we really do think everyone should go to the Puy Du Fou, it entertains everyone from very young to very old and we think it’s the perfect family adventure.

You  mustn’t miss Cinescenie which is a Summer night time show that you buy tickets for separately, When the sun goes down this spectacular starts up – it’s the world’s biggest nighttime show and has 2400 actors, to say it is spectacular doesn’t give you enough of an idea! We haven’t been for a few years but I can’t wait to see it again, it’s truly phenomenal with lighting effects, fireworks, projections, music and so much more it is impossible to describe!

Photo credit- Puy du Fou website

We have had many awesome experiences at the Puy Du Fou and are so excited they are now open until November as it means next year we can hopefully go in October half term as well as earlier in the year.

They also have a special Christmas show, we have never been to this but would love to, it looks amazing and we think the Grand Parc would be stunning in the winter.

You absolutely must go and experience the Puy Du Fou for yourself!

 

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Disclaimer: We were incredible lucky to be gifted tickets and Pass Emotions for the Puy Du Fou but all thoughts and opinions are our own based on our experience this year and over previous years. It’s fair to say we love it!

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Festival Fun with Geronimo!

Geronimo Festival Review by Lottie age 6 with some help from Mummy

We all went to Geronimo Festival at Knebworth the other weekend and it was brilliant. There was lots to do for children of all ages and we could have easily filled more than another whole day there!

We found lots of things to look at as well as quick activities to do and longer shows to watch.  Sam and I went on donkeys which we loved, they were really sweet. We visited a parrot tent and saw lots of different parrots who were very funny. Luke went on the Gamer bus and had a go at real life Pacman and arcade games which he said was really fun.

  

We all tried the old fashion board games, some of these were quite hard but most were good to try, they looked really nice too.

Sam and I had fun in the rocking horse tent, there were so many different types, we spent ages racing them all!

Luke, Sam and I all loved the hammocks, they were so comfy, we could have fallen asleep there! I wish we could have one at home!

 

There were different things to get creative with, including bees to make and learn about and LEGO and Magformers to build models with, so lots of things to keep you busy.

There was even Box City where there was loads and loads of cardboard boxes and people who could help you make anything you wanted, a man helped Sam make a car he could sit in and it was really good.

We had fun playing with the musical instruments, they had lots of different things you could make music with and some of them were really unusual, like an old suitcase and a tin bath.

 

We watched the Bubble Man who did amazing things with bubbles and Sam even got up and sang a song with him which was really very cute.

Luke watched Sergeant Wallbanger  doing a show about Anne Bonny the pirate that he really enjoyed, he said it was very interesting and quite funny.

We saw some of the shows on the Geronimo main stage, where there was lots pf people we recognised like Katy from I can Cook and Justin Fletcher was going to be there the next day. We especially liked Andy and the Odd Socks, who were brilliant but our absolute favourite show was not on the main stage. It was the Flying Seagull Project, they are a charity who work with children to make them smile whatever situation they are in, so they work in hospitals and refugee camps as well as schools and doing birthday parties. The man doing the balloon show was so funny, he had all the children and their grown ups laughing and joining in and then got us all up and dancing. We even got chance to play with their unicycles, stilts and tightwires which was brilliant fun.

We brought some tokens and went to the fairground, Sam and I had fun on a few of the rides, I was a bit disappointed that the hook a duck lady didn’t take the tokens and my Mum had already used most of her money so we didn’t get to do that. We think if there is going to be tokens then it should be for all the things in the fairground.

The only other thing we were not very sure about was that Sam wanted to go on the bouncy castle but when we got there we found out that you couldn’t just pay for a short go you had to pay £7.50 for a wrist band for the whole day which meant we weren’t allowed to do it as it would have been more than £21 for us all and we probably would have only done once. We think it would be good if they did it for 10 or 15 minute sessions as there is so much to do you don’t really need to be able to keep going back to the same thing. Other than these two small things Geronimo Festival was brilliant

There was lots of places selling all different foods and they looked amazing. We just had an ice-cream because we had taken a huge picnic but there was lots of choice. There were plenty of nice places to eat our picnic too.

Geronimo Festival at Knebworth only went on during the day but if they ever make it a camping one like the Cheshire version then we would definitely go for both days- camping would be fun!

We didn’t even get round to the adrenaline zone which Luke would have loved, as there was just too much to do! We would definitely recommend the next Geronimo Festival to anyone looking for a fun, family festival.

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Getting excited for Geronimo Festival

By Lottie age 6 with some help from Mummy

My friend Theo has been going to Geronimo Festival for the last three years and it sounds brilliant. I was really excited to hear they were also going to be holding it at Knebworth next weekend, the 30th June and 1st July which isn’t very far from us.

I am really looking forward to it and can’t wait to go and see what it is all about. Theo has told us about all sorts of things that he has done at Geronimo Festival like caving, building things, decorating T-Shirts, watching shows and even learning to play the harp! His Mum said there is so much to do you don’t have even a minute to be bored!

There are activities for everyone – even bigger children like Luke and smaller ones like my little brother who is a toddler. There are shows like a Stunt Show, Jousting and West End Kids as well as the shows that are on the Main Stage like Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom and Alex Winters. There is so much I would like to see and do.

It is all included in the ticket which makes my Mum very happy as it means we won’t be asking to do things all day that cost lots of money and Theo’s Mum says the food you can buy is not too expensive either and there are lots of kids meal options.

It’s hard to know what I am most looking forward at Geronimo Festival to but I think I will really like the Circus House, Luke is looking forward to Sublime Science and we think Sam will love trying out Little Scrummers and having a donkey ride.

If you haven’t looked at Geronimo Festival at Knebworth yet then we think it looks like it will be a great family weekend or day out!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: We have been given tickets for Geronimo Festival in exchange for our honest review and a donation to Marie Curie, the charity they are supporting.

Thanks to Theo and his family for sharing their photos with us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A weekend in the Isle of Wight

We went away for a stay the other weekend in the Isle of Wight. My Mum and Dad used to go there before we were born but haven’t been for years. After all that time we weren’t sure what there would be that we would like but we were still really looking forward to going.

We got the Wightlink ferry at lunchtime on the Friday and it was so quick- we were there before my Mum had finished her coffee! It was really strange to be able to be able to see Portsmouth so clearly at the same time.

We couldn’t get on to the campsite and into our mobile home until 4pm so we went to Newport for a walk. From the bit we saw Newport was a bit like every other town, busy, lots of cars and the same shops as most other places and I didn’t really see what all the fuss was about because it was just like our own town centre. We left the town and went for a drive across the Island and suddenly everything was really peaceful and quiet and much more like the place my parents said they remembered.

We went for a walk around Shanklin, the beach looked really nice and we had a look at the tourist shops. We got some treats from the rock shop, where they have amazing fudge and then after a little bit more of a walk we headed over to the campsite. This was back across the Island in Thorness Bay.

We were staying in a Parkdean Mobile Home and it was good, everything in the mobile home seemed really new, the only tricky bit was that we couldn’t park near the mobile home. The site had things to do like a pool and shows at night but we weren’t really there long enough to do any of these things, we did use the park though which Sam really liked.

The next morning my Mum and sister wanted to go the The Isle Of Wight Pearl. I stayed with Dad and Sam but Mum and Lottie said there was loads and loads of jewellery on display to see and buy and also lots of interesting things like huge oyster shells and wedding dresses. They ended up getting Lottie a little bracelet and then fishing for an oyster to make a necklace for my Mum. They picked the oyster and watched as it was opened and the pearl was taken out and then saw how it was filed down slightly to be set in the necklace Mum had chosen.

We spent most of the rest of the day at The Needles. There was quite a lot to do there and it was a strange mixture of old and new with arcades and rides but also history and interesting things to read and see. I loved watching the sweet making tour, it was really good how they made these fruity sweets so quickly and we even got to try a still warm sweet which was AMAZING! I would have liked to have seen the glass making but we missed that session and would really like to go back and see that another time. We did look in the glass shop and they have loads and loads of different shaped glass in all the colours you could imagine.

We also saw all the different colour sands that form and each got to fill an ornament with it which looked really good. The lady showed us how you pack it in really tight and add water to make it not mix but she was able to poke a stick in and make a pattern in the sands for us too if we wanted. You could also go to the funfair, crazy golf and the chair lift out to see The Needles there but with three of us this sort of thing is sometimes very expensive so we didn’t do that.

We then went and played football on one of the beaches, it was early evening by then and there was hardly anyone else there.

We were heading home on Sunday but had enough time to visit the donkey sanctuary near Ventnor. It was a really nice place to visit. My sister had fun checking off the names of the donkeys on an activity sheet and seeing if she could spot them all and you could read a little bit about each donkey.

Some of the donkeys  would let you stroke them, they were very friendly! We paid £5 and Lottie was able to groom a donkey which she absolutely loved. You just make a donation to go in and it was a good place to spend a couple of hours, we couldn’t believe they had nearly 100 donkeys who had needed to go there and it was nice to be able to read about them all. We also had a cream tea at the donkey sanctuary and that was delicious- the scones were huge!

It was soon time to head back to the ferry but fortunately it doesn’t take long to get there! There was loads of other places we would have liked to visit and now we know there is so much to do for the whole family we will definitely be asking to  go back to the Isle of Wight for a longer visit- I would like to visit the Robin Hill Country Park, Lottie wanted to go to Amazon World and Sam would have loved the Steam Railway- maybe next time!

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Lottie’s trip into town with the New Sylvanian Families Town Series

Written by Lottie (age 6) with some help from Mummy!

I was really excited to be going to the Sylvanian Families Fan Club event. I started collecting Sylvanian’s last year after I reviewed the Cosy Cottage and I really like them and I now have quite a good collection.

We got to the hotel (Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel) and it was very nice, we went upstairs and were given our passes, a catalogue and a competition sheet and we got to go in and see the new range.

The new Sylvanian Families Town Series is brilliant, it  is where the Sylvanian’s go for a fun day out. The Town has some fantastic buildings, like the Grand Department Store, the Delicious Restaurant, the Creamy Geleto Shop and the Designer Studio which can all join together or you can use on their own. My favourite was the Grand Department Store which has a revolving door and an actual working lift.

 

I really liked the new furniture and clothes that go with the Town Series but my favourite was the light up street lamps which can actually light up and even flicker. I would really like to get some of those.

My absolute favourite, favourite thing though was the tram- it is red and gold and really beautiful and you can play with it properly because the wheels move and the doors open and close. I would love this but I know my little brother would like it too so if I get it I might have to hide it from him!

I liked the new characters too, my favourites were Stella who is a fashion designer in the Town and Mr Maple who drives the Tram.

Once we had had a good look at the new range it was time for to watch some shows and meet the characters. We saw Freya, Ralph,  Stella and Theodore Maple who did a dance and then we could get our photo taken with them.  There was chance to go and hunt for Freya in the Town and to be a fashion designer with lots of different fabrics and sparkles and then we got to watch two new film premieres, The Town Movie and the Village Movie which were both really good. My favourite was the Town Movie where Freya and her friends got to visit the Town and see her sister Stella’s fashion show- Freya saved the day!

Soon it was nearly time to go but there was another mascot show before we went home. We were given lovely goody bags with a new Sylvanian outfit and some stickers and things in which was exciting.

I loved the new Sylvanian Town sets, I can’t wait to start saving up for them and I am really pleased I got to see the launch and watch the films, it was a big treat to finish the school holidays!

 

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An Out of This World Birthday Party!

Lottie and her friends have been learning about Space at school and so when one of her friends invited her to a Space Party at The National Space Centre in Leicester she was beyond excited, she went last week and had an amazing time. She decided to write about it herself.

Lottie, age 6, reviews her visit to The Space Centre in Leicester

I went to my friend’s party at the National Space Centre and it was brilliant. There was about 10 children for his party altogether and we got to look round in a big group.

We saw lots of astronaut things and a space toilet. We had fun making weather. We followed where the buses and planes were in Leicester using satellites. We tried making sound waves which was funny.

Shouting to make sound waves

 

My little brother came with us and he really liked driving the Rover that is used to collect samples. We both thought the replica space station was brilliant, but that the astronauts shower was very tiny!

 

We had lots of fun looking round with our friends and then we went to the party room where there was space table cloths and lots of balloons to play with and a sign up to wish my friend Happy Birthday. We had really yummy chocolate milkshakes and hot dogs with chips. My friend’s Mum had got him a rocket cake which was brilliant.

We then went to the planetarium and watched a film about how the world started. This was one of my favourite bits. I really liked it, it felt just like you were flying through space.

My really very favourite part though was when we went up the tower and saw a real rocket.

I want to go back to the Space Centre soon, I know Luke would really like it too.

A Note from my Mum.

I hadn’t realised you could have parties at the Space Centre and this was one children’s party I was actually keen to go to!

The party itself was brilliant, so interesting and so much to see and do but the centre was incredibly busy and this made it quite stressful for the parents at times. I struggled with a toddler who wanted to be running off and looking at everything and keeping track of older children so I would recommend the Space Centre as being best suited to children over 5 if you are outnumbered!

We were lucky that we could eat our lunch in the party room as people were queuing for a long time to get access to the restaurant so this would be a consideration if you were visiting as a family.

Parking was fine, with an overflow car park that we got into easily at a cost of £3 for the whole day and the gift shop had a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs as well as some more expensive educational toy options.

Other than being so very busy the Space Centre is really interesting for both adults and kids and well worth a visit and this certainly was one of the best children’s parties I have been too!

 

 

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Making a list and checking it Twice…Santa Claus is Coming to Wyevale!

We were lucky enough to be invited to go to Wyevale Garden Centre at Bicester Avenue and have afternoon tea with Father Christmas and so we headed over there the other weekend.

When we arrived at Wyevale we felt very festive because they had a brilliant wintery display of polar bears in the entrance and lots of decorations around and about. We weren’t sure where we needed to go but within a couple of seconds of looking at the signs an elf came over and asked if he could help us and took us straight through to the right place. There were lots of other families having afternoon tea at the same time but it was a big room and it didn’t feel too full. The decorations made it seem very Christmassy and each child’s place had a ginger man with some treats to decorate it with and everyone had a Christmas cracker to pull.

Once we had pulled our Christmas crackers and explained to my little brother that he didn’t need to put the cracker on his head and actually the hat was inside it our food soon arrived.

We had requested our choices beforehand so these were all ready with hardly any waiting  but they were still nice and hot and freshly cooked. Lottie and our brother had both chosen sausages, chips and peas and I had chicken nuggets, chips and peas. Mine was really nice but I wished I had chosen the sausages because I had a piece of Lottie’s and it was LOVELY!

My Mum and Dad had the Afternoon Tea and that looked really nice. They had little sandwiches, lemon mousse, scones with jam and cream, macaroons and some yummy cakes- we helped them eat some of it as there was plenty to go round!

The reindeer had his eye on the scones!

 

The sausages were delicious!

 

Once we had eaten our meals there was some time to decorate our ginger men and the ‘Elves’ came round and chatted to us- they were really good as Lottie and Sam found them very funny when they were playing around and joking with us.

All the children then got up and sang some songs and did actions which my little brother absolutely loved, especially because there were bells to ring as well.

It was soon time for Santa to arrive and each family got to go up to the grotto in turn and chat to him. We were the last ones but it wasn’t too long a wait, my brother is two and he had only just started to get impatient when it was our turn so that can’t have been too bad- we think it helped there was colouring and plenty to look at in the room.

We had our chat with Santa and he was very jolly- Lottie is convinced he was the ‘real’ Santa because he looked so good and had proper glasses! We thought that my brother might be scared but he was very happy and asked ‘Father Christmas Nee Naw please’ which was very sweet.

After we had seen Father Christmas we were allowed to go and choose one of the toys to take home. The Elves told us they were testing some toys they were making at the North Pole and we could try one- Lottie loved that idea and she was very happy to choose a pony toy. Sam picked a racing car and he wanted me to have one of those too so we have one in blue and one in red! There was a great selection of toys to choose from.

We had a really nice time at the Wyevale Garden CentreTea with Santa, it was a good afternoon for all the family and we all enjoyed ourselves. We think this is one of the nicest ways to visit Santa and make a fun outing out of it- perfect if you have children of different ages as there was lots the younger ones enjoyed and nice treats for the older children too.

 

 

Disclaimer: We were invited for Afternoon Tea at Wyevale Bicester Avenue in exchange for our review- all thoughts and opinions are our own

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Stepping into the Future- Our visit to Futuroscope in France

We recently got back from a brilliant holiday to France over half term. We had taken loads of books and activities to do as we expected most places to be closed as it is now off season, but we found out that although some of our normal favourite places are closed there is still loads to do.

Our favourite place that we visited during the holiday was the amazing Park of Futuroscope. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and I can’t believe we haven’t been before- it was awesome!

The park is very modern and funky- along with the unusual buildings there are sculptures and artwork all around which you could spend ages looking at by themselves. It is also quite a peaceful place with lots of water, grass and trees. There are huge bean bags everywhere so you can sit and watch the world go by and massive garden chairs to climb up on and get settled onto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is so much to do it was difficult to know where to start. Luckily the maps and programmes detailed the times of all the shows and rides and whether they were continuous or just at specific times, these were available in English and German as well as French. If you are still struggling to know where to start you can visit a robot who will help you plan your day!

It would be very easy to spend two or three days at Futuroscope- you certainly wouldn’t get bored and one day isn’t long enough if you are hoping to do everything but you can still have a really good time if you only have a day there- we would just recommend making sure you knew exactly what you wanted to do and getting there as early as possible so you can squeeze as much in as possible.

We decided that we would concentrate mostly on the rides and pick  a couple of shows we really wanted to see as that would let us get the most done during our visit. We were lucky enough that we had all received Premium Passes and whilst these are 20 Euros a person extra they made a huge difference as they meant that you were allowed fast track access once to each of the main attractions and we would definitely recommend getting one of these if you were only going for a day as it meant you didn’t need to spend too much time queuing.

We went on lots of different rides – I won’t spoil it by telling you all of them but they were all different and some of them were really mad- one you sat on these funny seats and then realised you were in what was basically a public toilet before you shot off! In another you started by feeling like you were boarding an airplane before you got to the main part of the ride and took off. My absolute favourite though was the shortest ride but it was brilliant fun and as soon as I came off it I wanted to go back on! It was Dances with Robots and you can see from the clip below how much fun it is.

My sister was just a bit too small for Dances with Robots and she was jealous as she really wanted to go on it- she’ll have to grow for next time! There is three settings so you don’t have to go upside down if you don’t want but I think that’s the fun part. My brother and sister liked the fact that they could go and watch the ride from a viewing platform- my sister said it was like being at a disco. We haven’t been able to get the song from it out of our heads ever since!

We went to the Ice Age show, this was a 4D showing on a special Ice Age film with plenty of special effects. We also went to the Drone Academy Show which was brilliant- it was so clever what they had managed to do with the drones and bits of it were quite funny. I loved this one as I have wanted to fly a drone for ages. We had headsets that could translate the shows into English but to be honest with both of the ones that we saw it didn’t matter if you spoke brilliant French or not because you could still understand what was happening.

One of my favourite things we did during the day was visit Futur L’Expo which was an exhibition of things of the future- we planned to just pop in for ten minutes to have a look and ended up staying for over an hour, there was so much to do. The was an interactive fridge that gave you recipes, a tablet that you could use to control a robot, screens where you could be shown dressed up and waving a magic wand whist just as yourself and a 3D printer. The robot had a screen on it so you could drive off and see people and then talk to each other from the other side of the room, controlling it was really fun. The 3D printer was so clever- you could design things on the laptop and see how they would work and if you wanted to could even make and buy a 3D model of your own head!

 

We could have even gone to a night-time show too but because we had my toddler brother with us we decided we would be better to leave that until he was a bit older. We ran out of time a bit as there was plenty of other things we could have done but like I said I think next time we will go for two days. If we had longer then my Mum would have liked to have seen the magic show which we were recommended and I would have liked to go on the boats and use the water guns as well as see some of the other shows and go on the rides again.

There were loads of places to eat at Futuroscope– we did find the queues very long for food but had been told the buffet restaurant (La Table D’Arthur) was quick so when we go again we will try there, otherwise there are plenty of places you can eat a picnic if you didn’t want to loose any time. There was also lots of gifts shops so you could buy all the usual things like pens and mugs, some things specific to the Park like their characters and then they also sold more unusual gifts like science and space toys and activities so it was nice to have lots of different things to choose from.

We did find that my little brother was too young for a lot of it and whilst there was plenty for him to see and lots of play areas he could play in with plenty of space for him to run around he was a bit sad he couldn’t go on the rides (he really liked the racing cars and fire engines) so we would recommend it as being best for children over 5. Lottie wasn’t tall enough for quite everything but she did manage to do nearly all of it.

 

We would definitely recommend Futuroscope to anyone looking for an adventure, If you can go for at least two days then that would be best but if not then plan your visit well, get there as early as possible and plan to stay until late and as I said it is well worth getting a Premium Pass if you can. Lottie and I can’t wait to go again next year- I wish we had something like Futuroscope in the UK.

 

Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to receive complimentary passes to Futuroscope but all thought are our own

 

 

 

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Half Term Fun and a chance to win with Flip Out Trampoline Park, London E6

My cousin is really lucky- she has a Flip Out Trampoline Park near to where she lives in East London- it’s quite a long way from us but it looks great and we are hoping to go there when we visit her.

We have been reading about Flip Out, in London E6 because they are letting us run a competition for our readers  to win themselves a session! They aim to deliver massive amount of healthy, awesome fun which sounds good to me! They have huge trampolines, stunt box zones and a DJ but it’s more than just trampolines (although there is three floors of them to get started with!)

They also have twelve warrior climbing walls, I love climbing and these look awesome.  You can dual on battle beams and dive into the foam pits or test out the 30 foot slide. There is even a 100m caving system and a Ninja Warrior Course! This is definitely not your average trampoline park!

 

 

 

 

 

If we lived nearer to here I think I would be asking to go to Flip Out all the time. There’s loads of different sessions to suit everyone- Family Time, Toddler Time, Students and even an After Dark Friday Party.

Flip Out have 65 outlets over 7 different countries so if you can’t get to London over the half term then it is worth taking a look to see if there is another near you but Flip Out in E6 looks like it will be worth a bit of a journey to keep the whole family entertained over half term. My Mum thinks it might even wear us out!

If you would like the chance to win for you and a friend to visit the amazing Flip Out Park in E6 then enter our fab competition below. Flip Out will even give the winners a Polar Krush Ice Drink each to cool down with after all that bouncing too!

 

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British Touring Car Championship Meets Scalextric!

I have loved cars since I was tiny and my Dad has watched just about every type of motorsport for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of staying with my Granny and Grandad when my Mum and Dad were invited to watch the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone and they came back with Brookland Bear for me, I watched it on the TV all day to try and see if I could spot them and I still have Brookland Bear!

I love anything to do with fast cars and over the Summer went to a Supercar event at Santa Pod and watched plenty of other racing events on television but one of the highlights of my Summer was going to Snetterton to watch BTCC.

 

I love the way the BTCC circuits are so different and the teams have to plan different things for each of them- sometimes they need to change the brake pads loads, other times it’s something else. It’s brilliant to see how different drivers are better on different tracks and I love the way that almost anything can happen and just about anyone can win depending on the circuit.

My favourite cars in BTCC is the BMW’s because they are so fast, although sometimes the rear-wheel drive can cause problems! I do like to watch Jason Plato drive though- my Dad likes the Subaru!

I really like going to BTCC, it always feels exciting and it’s a good day out for the whole family. We all like watching the racing and then there is loads of other things going on, last time we got to race remote control BMW’s before going in the pit lanes. Even my little brother gets excited- he likes the yellow cars best! I can’t wait for the final on Sunday and to see if Colin Turkington can win for BMW.

I was so excited to see that Scalextric have made a BTCC Touring Car Battle Set– it looks absolutely amazing. You can make four different tracks and it comes with Jack Goff’s BMW and ‘Flash’ Gordon Shedden’s Honda Civic which look awesome. I can imagine playing this with my friends and having a real Championship of our own. It says it is suitable for ages 5+ and I know that both Lottie and I would love it, I think my Dad would want to play too so I think it would be great even for adults. I know when we had a Scalextric championship at our school fayre the grown ups didn’t let the children have much chance to play because they were enjoying it so much!

I am definitely adding this set to my Christmas wish list, it looks like it will be amazing!

I had the best day today because I have found out I am going to be going to the BTCC final at Brands Hatch on Sunday, I am so excited but just as exciting is that I am able to offer one reader a chance to win a pair of tickets (under 13’s go free with an adult) to be there as well AND one of these amazing Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Sets thanks to Scalextric and DunlopBTCC – how lucky are you?! Don’t miss your chance to be there too!

 

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