Paultons Park

Just the kind of exciting trip we needed during the School Holidays.

Paulton’s Park is a Family Theme Park situated on the very eastern boundary of the New Forest National Park, just off junction 2 of the M27 motorway, making it very easy to get to.

Our journey as a Family of five took us just under two hours coming from near Brighton, East Sussex. My Children are Chloe age 7, Katie age 3 and Jake age 1.

On arrival we were greeted by friendly Team Members directing us to car spaces, this was even when we arrived closed to 11am ( Paulton’s Park opens at 10am)

As we walked in, there were handy toilets which were needed after the drive and a coffee shop currently being built. Perfect location for it when it opens.

Paultons Park Entrance
Paultons Park Entrance

Once we had collected our tickets, we headed to the entrance. There was no wait to get in, It was clear to see that admission was well managed. On the left as you enter is the most amazing gift shop and on the right the Wild Forest Restaurant. Breakfast is served until 11:30am.

Once inside Paulton’s park you can pay to hire single or double strollers if required. We had our purchair with us on this occasion.

First of all we headed to Peppa Pig World, My Three Year old was especially excited! But my 7 year still got fully into the spirit of Peppa Pig and Co.

Peppa Pig World Entrance
Peppa Pig World Entrance

The entrance is super exciting, you cross over a little track where a train runs around Peppa Pig World.

We headed straight to the meet and greet for Peppa and George, On the day we were there Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and Suzie Sheep were walking around the park to meet. All of the meet and greet times plus shows in the whole park were listed on a leaflet that I picked up at the entrance. There is also an app you can download, Something I will do for future trips.

Our first ride in Peppa Pig World was Grampy Rabbits Sailing Club a boat the floats round the most colourful river. The advertised wait time was 35 minutes however the queue definitely seemed quicker. We then headed for a look inside the Peppa Pig World gift shop, where there were lots of toys exclusive to the Paulton’s Park that I haven’t seen in shops.

Soft toys in Peppa Pig World
Soft Toys in the Gift Shop in Peppa Pig World
Sweets in Peppa Pig World
Gift shop sweets in Peppa Pig World
Grampy Rabbits Sailing Club at Peppa Pig World
Sailing with Grampy Rabbit at Peppa Pig World

Next we headed to The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, again the advertised queue time was 35 minutes but did move quicker and lots to look at whilst waiting. This ride had Jake completely mesmerized! The ride felt like it lasted a while and got to take in views of the park.

Waiting to go on the Queens Flying Coach Ride at Peppa Pig World
Waiting to go on the Queens Flying Coach Ride
Queens Flying Coach Ride at Peppa Pig World
On the Queen’s Flying Coach Ride at Peppa Pig World

The park is the most child friendly that I have been to, with lots of toilets with baby changing facilities dotted around and lots of benches to sit and eat at. The Cafe’s are fun and lots of variety. Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy Cafe was a particular favourite! Especially the Chicago Town Pizza! Delicious. Chloe absolutely loved it and ate the giant slice of pepperoni pizza.

Daddy Pig's Big Tummy Cafe at Peppa Pig World

My tip would be take a picnic, but leave space for some of the delicious treats dotted around the park like Ice Cream in Miss Rabbit’s Ice Cream Parlour. There are also some fabulous quick service kiosks for hot food.

Mozzerella and Pesto Panini from the Haybarn Kiosk at Paultons Park
Mozzerella and Pesto Panini from the Hay Barn Kiosk to the side of the Peppa Pig World Gift Shop
Camper van in Peppa Pig World
The Girls loved the Camper van and me holding it with one hand!
Water fountain in Peppa Pig World
The girls enjoyed looking into the fountain

Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight is right by the entrance and definitely worth a ride, plus some fantastic views of the park.

Great views of Peppa Pig World from Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight

Once we walked out of Peppa Pig World we headed to the Lost Kingdom.

Home of the Dinosaurs!

The Dinosaur Tour Company is lots of fun, the girls loved the Jeeps, meeting lots of smaller dinosaurs on the route!

Temple Heights was super exciting and a short queue so me and Chloe ( age 7 ) went on a few times! This ride is perfect for more nervous riders.

Next was meet and eat! An opportunity to come face to face with a fearsome T-Rex! Sadly the girls were a little scared when it was their turn, However my Husband enjoyed the meeting.

Daddy with Dinosaur at the Lost Kingdom
Daddy with T-Rex

The girls also loved the water splash pad and activity park right before the Lost Kindom entrance, perfect on a really hot day.

We then headed to Critter Creek, where both girls went on the roller coaster numerous times with me, the queue moved very fast. There is also a little train for smaller children in this area too, plus the opportunity to go in the Beastie Burrow a real life creature emporium complete with fascinating insects, fish and lizards!

Roller coaster
Roller Coaster at Critter Creek

At the very end of the day Adam and Chloe watched a 4D Cinema show whilst me, Katie and Jake had a lovely walk around the beautifully kept gardens.

Our final stop was the most amazing gift shop that the girls absolutely couldn’t get enough of! So if you can save some money for a treat in there do. The girls both brought some Pez Sweet machines and Jake a soft George complete with his dinosaur.

A fabulous day was had by all, please do also have a look at my IGTV on Instagram www.instagram.com/lifestylegemz for a video look at our day at Paultons Park

Childs entrance to the gift shop at the entrance to Paulton's Park
Children’s entrance to the gift shop at Paultons Park
Umbrellas on the Ceiling at Paultons Park Gift Shop
Coolest Ceiling in the Gift Shop at Paulton’s Park

New for May 2020 is Tornado Springs, a charming desert resort town a mid west family get away like no other, treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime. I can’t wait to go back and see it for myself.

All views are my own, tickets kindly gifted by Liz Lean Pr and Paulton’s Park.

Sealife Brighton – Day and Night

Yesterday we had the most exciting evening at the launch of new Day and Night experience at Sealife Brighton. The oldest operating aquarium in the world!

The effort that has gone into the new experience is tremendous. Sealife Brighton have spent £2.7 million on the renovation. The Day and Night experience is the first of it’s kind in the UK where visitors have the chance to view the 24-hour wonder of the coral reef as it transitions through the day.

You start heading through the arches, With lots to see and do, then you are lead into the day and night experience, the children even have their own entrance! which my girls loved, a great touch personal touch for them.

Entrance
Entrance – Beautiful arches and lighting
Children's entrance to Day and Night
Children’s Entrance to Day and Night Experience

They first of all came face to face with a rather large snake and were able to put their heads into the bubble like shapes to get a better view. Even thought had gone into the flooring which felt spongey to walk on.

When you get to day and night experience, there is a fabulous separate mini tunnel for the children, My children said they saw Nemo and Dorey!

Little tunnel
The girls loved spotting Nemo and Dorey

Next you get to the main tunnel area which has a large viewing screen before you enter. The green turtles are something else and so big! Truly amazing to watch. The girls couldn’t stop looking at them. It was so relaxing Jake even fell asleep for two hours!

Gulliver
Sea Life Centre, Brighton, green Turtles, 2019, delivery,

There is a fabulous beach interactive wave area which my girls enjoyed thoroughly and spent lots of time jumping over the waves. The scene felt very relaxing and made me want a holiday!

Beach area
Jumping over the waves

Then my absolute favourite we walked through the tunnel it really does make you feel like you are under the water, It’s fascinating watching the magnificent creatures swimming overheard and getting a really good close up.

Sea Life Centre, Brighton, green Turtles, 2019, delivery,
Black Tip Shark
Sea Life Centre, Brighton, green Turtles, 2019, delivery,

The Sealife Brighton Day and Night experience is truly wonderful and very relaxing. Do visit soon, you will not regret it and I just wanted to say what a family friendly place it is, the staff couldn’t do enough to help me when I initially arrived with the three children on my own including my baby in his pushchair.

We attended a Press Event so did not pay entry, all opinions are my own.

Drusillas Park

We were lucky enough to go to Drusillas Park over the Easter bank holiday when the weather was perfectly sunny and warm. Drusillas is a Zoo and Adventure Park with rides and lots of fun areas to play. Our children: Chloe (6) Katie (3) Jake ( nearly 1) came along for a very exciting day out.

Zoo Animals to see

Upon arriving we were able to park straight away close to the entrance, the queue to enter the park moved really quickly around five minutes baring in mind it was a bank holiday Monday too.

When we walked in the girls were able to pick up stamp books ( free of charge ) there is a stamp station next to each animal in the book, the children need to spot the animal.

Stamp when you spot the animal
Amazing Penguins
Beautiful Flamingos

On certain days the park has Characters there to meet! On the day we went PJ Masks were in residence, after queuing it was well worth it! The Characters spent a good amount of time talking to my children then posing for photos. They made the girls so happy and now they love watching PJ Masks!

Meeting PJ Masks

Next the girls were desperate to go to the water play area, it’s great because it’s really safe and there are lots of benches and Astro turf that parents/ carers can sit and watch their children have fun! Plus it’s next to the park area, which my girls loved and didn’t want to leave! We even went back later in the day. The refillable slush I think it was around £3 for a refillable cup then £1 a top up, because it was so warm she went back a few times, was definitely a firm favourite with my Eldest Daughter. We didn’t go to the soft play because it was a very warm day but have in the past and it’s an amazing size soft play area that is well looked after.

Banana Swings

Next we went to the Hello Kitty Rides, even for a bank holiday there were barely any queue’s amazing! So the girls went on the rides again and again.

Hello Kitty car ride
This ride was a firm favourite

We then went and brought lunch from the Explorers Cafe, I felt there was a good selection and a self serve salad bar which had a good selection. It came to around £22 for 4 of us to eat ( Baby Jake ate a bit of our meals and some food i’d brought with me. )

Then time for more rides, the new Rainforest Carousel, which was so beautiful and the girls loved riding on it with their Dad standing alongside their horses, Chloe (6) found the giant Elephant in front of the ride that made funny noises hilarious!

New this year! Rainforest Carousel
Giant noise making Elephant

Thank you for a wonderful day Drusillas, the girls can’t wait to come back, and are already asking me! It really was the perfect family day and I’d highly recommend to other Parents.

So much fun!

We were kindly given entry to the park by Drusillas in exchange for this review and Instagram coverage all opinions are my own. ( Instagram story’s in my highlights under ‘Days Out’ )

Shrek’s Adventure

My girls and I were very excited to go to Shreks Adventure in London a few days ago.

Children outside Shreks Adventure

I took all three children with me on the train, It was a pleasant walk about twenty minutes after  just one tube stop at Green Park ( which has lifts for access if a wheelchair or pushchair user) . I packed a picnic which the children ate overlooking the River Thames and London Eye.

Green Park Station

London Eye

Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early for ticket collection and to be ready for the tour.

Once everyone was gathered the most exciting and enchanting tour began, no cameras were allowed so for this reason I will just highlight what we loved about the experience.

After an exciting very interactive introduction, down a fabulous corridor,  We began the tour meeting lots of different Characters who engaged with the children, I could see my girls were completely engrossed in the mission!

Part of the tour includes a very fun ride on a bus! With all kinds of goings on as part of an adventure story!

At the end of the tour there is a exciting surprise and then the opportunity to take photos with lots of exhibits including scenes from How to Train your Dragon. 

How to train your Dragon

How to train your Dragon

We really enjoyed the tour, one thing I would recommend if travelling as the only adult in the party is to bring a baby carrier, as the tour lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes  if your child isn’t yet walking as no pushchairs/ strollers are allowed within the tour. 

At the end of the tour there is a gift shop with lots of cool toys, I said the girls could pick one each, My 6 year old picked a baby key ring and my 3 year old choose Princess Fiona both were pretty reasonable for London prices. The key ring was £5 and the Princess Fiona was £7.50. 

It’s a really fun 4D experience and long enough to keep little minds entertained for the whole adventure, My girls really want to return soon. 

Princess Fiona and Baby

Thank you Shreks Adventure for having us and for gifting the tickets in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Rainy Day Activities with Children

So often in the U.K it rains! and I can find the thought of getting all three children out, only to come straight back in moaning and soaking wet. Also the School holidays can feel long and can’t always be doing activities that cost a lot!

So here’s a few things I like to do with my Children most are quite obvious that I’m sure other Parents do too and don’t cost the Earth! Once they’ve exhausted playing with their toys and the “Mum/Dad – I’m bored” statements begin!

  1. Baking – Before the holidays break up and I only have one child to look after I’ll make a list of what I need to buy. Then use up what’s in the cupboards making cakes and biscuits.
  2. Cooking – Decorating their own pizza’s, give them a wrap, bowl of tomato passata and different toppings to make for themself.
  3. Indoor Picnic – Make sandwiches in fun shapes using cutters, get some fruit and crisps then sit on a blanket or rug to bring the outdoors in.
  4. Crafts – I’ll go to Poundland or The Works and buy some craft activities, like painting wooden shapes for example, they absolutely love this, I’ll try to keep it relevant to the season i.e Easter.
  5. Scrap Book – You can buy one for a £1 for the pound shop and the children can cut and stick leaflets, receipts or any other bits they collect into it and if old enough write along side it.
  6. In advance I’ll book an activity for them to look forward to and attend, For Easter I have booked my Sister into a Ballet dance session Or could just be going to soft play.
  7. Making den’s – They love this, getting blankets out etc and having fun playing in them
  8. Home Cinema – Letting them choose a film and eat popcorn
  9. Bedroom Makeover – If you’ve seen my stories I prefer to do this when they are at School, So that I can get the black sack out, However when they are off it can be made fun but taking a before and after photo and explaining how much space they will have made.
  10. If all else fails and boredom from being indoors strikes then get the wellington on and get out for a walk in the rain! At least it will tire them out for bedtime…

AD My Fairy Garden

We absolutely love the My Fairy Garden range, as soon as the box arrived my girls enjoyed opening the box to find Fairy Fenn and putting together her pretty house and picket fence, We then went to the shop to buy some soil, just a small amount is needed, the girls poured out the seeds and planted them with a bit of space around each one, We then placed soil on top, they watered them a tiny bit, for the first day we kept the My Fairy Garden out of direct daylight, thereafter on our conservatory table and watered a tiny bit every other day.

My Fairy Garden
So exciting!
My Fairy Garden
Beautiful House and Garden – So simple to put together and Fenn is lovely

My girls have loved watching the My Fairy Garden pea shoots grow day by day!

My Fairy Garden
Growth happened quickly with the pea shoots

I couldn’t get over how quickly they grow, honestly each time I looked at the plant it had appeared to have grown more!

My Fairy Garden
So much growth, Excuse the shorter bits my Daughter snipped them to try!

My eldest then carefully used scissors to snip some of the pea shoots to try, She doesn’t normally like any kind of leafy vegetables but loved these!

Thank you My Fairy Garden and Wire Pr, My Daughter was even encouraged to try leafy salad and now enjoy’s pea shoots.

This is a great weekend activity with children age 3 years plus in my opinion, Great for little imaginations, My 3 year old talks to Fairy Fenn and takes her in and out of her house. Shutting and opening the little gate she is perched on.

Fairy Kitchen Garden from Interplay UK is available now from Smyths, Argos, Very, Littlewoods and many other retailers for £11.99rrp: https://interplayuk.com/products/fairy-kitchen-garden

We were sent this My Fairy Garden free of charge to review but not paid, All opinions are my and my children’s own.

AD Sleepover with The Dreamy Den Co

This time last week my Daughters and their Friend had a wonderful sleepover with The Dreamy Den Company.

So to introduce the The Dreamy Den Company are indoor and outdoor sleepover specialists catering for Birthdays, Hen Parties, Weddings and Corporate Events.

The Dreamy Den Company have all of their available themes on their website from Mermaid to Comic book! So something for everyone. Included is the sleepover den, mattress and sheet,blanket and cushion, fairy lights and bunting, themed den decor, tray table, personalised eye mask, drink bottle, popcorn cone. See their website for current prices.

In advance of the sleepover my Daughter was so excited to invite her friend, who on the day came home with us from School, We had a lovely takeaway pizza tea and awaited the arrival of the tents!

Kitty arrived and explained the process and started setting up the tents in the pink and gold theme chosen by my 6 year old.

In our front room we fitted three tents, they are a really good size and even I could fit in one. The girls at the sleepover were 7,6 and 3 years old.

Set up of Den
The beds are blown up and in the tents
Decorating the tent
Kitty carefully decorating the tents

Kitty carefully pumped up the mattresses and covered with a clean white sheet then popped the tents over the top and a soft blanket on top. She then decorated the tents with bunting, fairy lights and a dream catcher on each tent. Kitty then displayed very cool tables at the end of each bed with a glass of popcorn and a personalised eye mask which the girls absolutely loved and were able to keep.

Dreamcatcher
Beautiful dream catcher
All set up
All set up – Yum popcorn

When it came to settling down for the night the girls were very excitable wanting me out the way! When did they suddenly get so much older? They did eventually sleep at 11pm, then awoke in the morning very excited and wanting to tell me all about their sleepover. This experience really took me back to sleepover’s I had and went to as a child, I wish something like this had been around then! This would be absolutely perfect for a birthday treat for a group of children.

All set up even personalised masks
All set up even personalised masks

They had breakfast together then it was time to take the tents down ready for collection, the girls found this bit sad as loved the set up so much they didn’t want to say goodbye! Especially my 3 year old, she loved hiding in the tent with her Princess dolls.

Thank you Kitty at The Dreamy Den Company for a fabulous sleepover, My girls and their Friend had so much fun and haven’t stopped talking about it since.

The Sleepover tents and accessories were kindly gifted in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. For more information visit www.dreamydens.com

Clearly Scrumptious

We have been kindly sent a box of healthy treats from Clearly Scrumptious. Clearly Scrumptious is a healthy treat Company that make natural and delicious snacks with no added nonsense. My Children, Husband and I love to snack so these went down well.

Clearly Scrumptious
Amazing selection – Kindly gifted for review

Clearly Scrumptious create dried foods that are 100% natural and one of your five a day.

Clearly Scrumptious Treats
Cranberry and Raisins – All different tasty flavours

The various dried cranberries and raisins were the clear favourite, because of all of the different flavours like apple, cherry, raspberry and blueberry followed by the sweet tasting dried strawberries which my Daughter couldn’t get over were actually really strawberries just dried and she said how delicious they tasted. I love how they are all around 100 calories so a perfect light snack anytime of the day.

Clearly Scrumptious
Crunchy Apple Wedges

The dried apple wedges weren’t particularly popular with my family as generally prefer fresh apples, However these would be great on the go and a store cupboard staple as have a pretty long expiry date. The packets are a great swap for sweets and perfect for being out and about with children and adults alike. Which is how the Children have been eating these snacks usually during days out as a snack between meals.

Clearly Scrumptious
Sweet Dried Strawberries
Clearly Scrumptious
Juicy Dried Cranberries

Clearly Scrumptious state the snacks are wheat, gluten and dairy free whilst also being suitable for vegans plus have no added sugar.

These opinions are my own and I received this box of healthy treats in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Clearly Scrumptious

Wild Cakes – So delicious and realistic in appearance they could be mistaken for real cake!

My girls were so excited to get their hands on these new Wild Cakes from Trends UK

These are little animals that come disguised inside a realistic looking cake and can be neatly tucked back inside and fastened using the velcro.

Wild Cakes
So delicious
Cute
So cute

My girls love playing with Jimmy Swirlin, Sweet Puff Sarah and Sweet Berry Fin. The girls love taking the Wild Cakes on trips out with us, plus they tuck away neatly meaning they don’t get dirty! They are so much fun and cuddly too, My Youngest Daughter even takes hers to bed with her and plays with them in their cake form in her toy kitchen offering them to us as a pudding!

Wild Cakes
She sits them beside her to watch TV

The Wild cakes are also scented to match their design, plus you can collect all 12! My girls can’t wait to collect more of the range. I can see why as they appeal to me too!

Thank you Wire Pr and Trends UK for gifting my girls these to review.

Happy baby sleep with Snuz (AD/ Gifted for review)

The new SnuzPouch sleeping bag by Snuz features a wonderful patent pending nappy change zip! to make changing your baby whilst they sleep so much simpler with far less disturbance.

The SnuzPouch comes in many wonderful designs, here my baby Jake aged 9 months in the Geo Grey 6-18 months 2.5 tog, the SnuzPouch comes in 0-6 months 1 or 2.5 tog or 6-18 months in the 1 or 2.5 tog.

The SnuzPouch is made with super soft cotton, perfect fit poppers and a handy side zip.

My favourite feature is the simple access zip for a late night or early morning nappy change but I don’t want to wake him up. This would be so useful in younger babies too who wake very frequently in the night.

SnuzPouch

Baby Jake has been sleeping in his SnuzPouch for 3 nights and he is so happy and warm in it. Jake moves around his cot freely with no covers to kick off and become cold. I honestly believe a sleeping bags such as this are part of the reason why all three of my children have slept through the night so well from around 3 months old. I wish I’d used a Snuz Pouch for all of my babies from 2 months old it would have made my life that bit easier!

SnuzPouch

I believe in a new clean mattress for each baby, a clear cot so no toys when sleeping, no cot bumpers and a sleeping bag to avoid the risks of loose covers. So this SnuzPouch is perfect ( and British safety tested) because I can be assured that Jake is at the right temperature over night, I will dress him in a vest, sleep suit and his sleeping bag during the winter months ( our heating goes off at 10pm and his room is warm.

SnuzPouch

I absolutely love the trendy ‘geo’ design in grey. The SnuzPouch would look so cool on a little boy or girl and neutral enough to fit in with pretty much any Nursery.

Snuz is also home to the award winning bedside crib SnuzPod

They also sell a collection of dreamy cot beds to fall in love with…….do check out their website for the wonderful collection. SnuzKot converts from birth to around 10 years old, so a great investment for your child.