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Shrek’s Adventure

This attraction starring that famous ogre and his friends has been open in London for quite some time now. Son read about it then, remembered it now and when we organised this weekend trip to London he lobbied heavily to include it on our agenda. Our abode of choice on this expedition was the Premier…

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Winter Gathering

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was our main theatre outing during the Christmas holidays however we just about managed to squeeze in another trip with last minute tickets to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and Sweet Charity. This is one of my favourite ever theatres – the most beautiful Grade 2 listed building right in the city…

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Searching For Snowflakes in Liverpool

A trip to Liverpool in search of snowflakes was just the thing in that post Christmas pre-New Year time – not the real sort I hasten to add. We were seeking twelve fibre glass snowflakes, designed by artists from around the UK and dotted across the city as part of a festive trail. We’d done…

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Lights By The Lowry

A theatre trip has become one of our Christmas holiday traditions, this year was no different. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Lowry Theatre in Salford was all singing, all dancing and a great festive treat. We brought Son to see Chitty several years ago, he has no recollection of that so this visit was…

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Wintery Fun at Stockeld Park

I read about this place a couple of years ago, we all agreed it sounded like a fun Christmas day out but every time we made plans to go it rained. This year we resolved to be successful. Son’s school Christmas holidays started quite early, the first day without rain we set off for Yorkshire direction…

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Frost and Fire at the Whitworth

We’ve managed a couple of visits to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester since its reopening a year or so ago after a massive redevelopment. Back in the area recently and discovering a Frost Fair was happening in the grounds of the gallery, we decided it was time for a return trip. It was to be…

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Manchester Christmas Markets

A few weeks ago distinctive wooden chalets started to arrive and fill the streets of our city. Son noticed straightaway and from then on has been lobbying hard to visit the Christmas markets. My position is to hold out until at least the first weekend in December, after that resistance is futile and the Christmas markets…