#WIN 4 Tickets to Thorpe Park’s Fright Night

I LOVE Halloween, it is just getting Bigger every year, its hard to believe that Thorpe Park have been hosting Fright Night for 15 years!

NEW for 2016, Thorpe Park unveil Platform 15 – the Park’s largest scare maze to date covering 450m in their woodlands which have never before been explored. Can you uncover the dark secret of the infamous Sleeper Express and outrun what lies at the end of the line?


Fright Nights begin on 7 October and runs through 7-9, 14-16 and 21-31 October, the park is open 10am – 10pm with Fright Night attractions open at 3pm.

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

This year’s Fright Nights offers guests five free scare mazes included in Park Entry:

  • Platform 15: New for 2016 an off the track dark experience into the Park’s woodlands
  • Blair Witch: In partnership with Lionsgate this Fright Nights staple has received a 2016 update in keeping with what looks to be 2016 scariest horror movie yet
  • The Big Top: the carnival comes to town once again this October. Reimagined for 2016 with even more clowns
  • Cabin in The Woods: Based on the Lionsgate movie, visitors will tour a seemingly innocent rustic cabin, but what lies behind each door is not so pure
  • Saw Alive: The Maze: Another Lionsgate special, visitors will come face to face with the sadistic Billy puppet and face his nightmarish games

The amazing team at THORPE PARK have given me four tickets for one lucky person to win.

The winner will receive 4 tickets to THORPE PARK Resort which can be used from: 7th October 2016-31st October 2016. Tickets allow entry into the resort for the FRIGHT NIGHTS special event.


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Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

With the recent additions, there is plenty for visitors of all ages at Stratford Butterfly farm. This October half term, anyone can come along and see around 30 Maya sculptures and artefacts which originate from an ancient rainforest civilisation in Belize.

In the Discovery Zone, visitors can see some of the crops that the ancient Maya farmed in the rainforest and are still being farmed today. These include sweet corn, maize, sweet potato, pineapple, avocado and even cacao saplings, which is the source of chocolate. In this area, kids can take part in Mini-Beast handling sessions each day with creatures such as a Giant African Millipede, an African Land Snail and Stick insects.

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Also new on display in the Minibeast Metropolis are a number of Giant African Fruit Beetles and Rhinoceros Rat Snakes. Here they can learn facts about them, for example:

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The Beetles are usually found in African tropical forests and their colours range from dull brown to bright green and blues. Females can grow up to 5.5 cm and males up to 8cm. The males also have horns and clearer colours.  As their name suggests, they feed on fruits and sap from trees

The Snakes, which originate from Southern China and Vietnam, get their name from their unusual scaly protrusion on the front of their snout. They are relatively small growing up to a maximum of 1m in length.

Found within Minibeast Metropolis is the Leafcutter Ant colony, watching the ants transporting leaves back to their nest along overhead ropes is a fascinating sight to behold. This display is now one of the largest in the UK. Since their arrival in January, the colony has continually increased in size.

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 6pm every day of the week.

For more information including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at or telephone on 01789 299288.

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Who Fancies a Gunge-filled Extravaganza with Beano ?

Who remembers reading The Beano when they were younger, I used to love reading about Dennis the Menace and Gnasher and all their exploits, well you will be pleased to hear (if you loved it obviously!) that its being relaunched and to celebrate they are holding a Family Frenzy, gunge-filled extravaganza that YOU could be part of!

The menace makers at Beano HQ have plotted a TOP SECRET VIP launch extravaganza and are making a series of limited tickets available to the most intrepid and mischievous members of the public…

Bringing the new Beano brand to life at a secret London location on Sunday 25th September, children will have the opportunity to step into an amazing experience like no other. Tasked with a top secret gunge-filled mission, children aged 7-10 years will get their own back on the ‘rents as they cause mischief and mayhem in this truly interactive, highly confidential, Beano event. In a world where the kids are in charge, adults enter at their own peril.

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The rules are…there are no rules!

EVENT: The Beano Experience

DATE: Sunday 25th September (approx. 15:00-18:00pm)

LOCATION: TOP SECRET Central London location

PRICE: Free entry

TICKETS: Apply for a Family Ticket (4 tickets) at

Please note, tickets are subject to availability and guests will be chosen at random. Guests are only able to gain access to the event upon receiving an accreditation email. Applicants are advised that the recommended age of children for the event is between 7-10 years old.

Will you be applying ?

Let me know if you get chosen and how you get on, and if you get gunged, obviously!

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Giving the Garden a Little Love

As I have mentioned before we are very lucky that we have a large garden, which is perfect for the children to play in, luckily nearly all of them are outdoorsy, no matter what the weather.

I think if Kaide was allowed he would still be playing badminton in the snow and Eowyn spends her entire life cartwheeling, quite often bumping into tables and chairs in the house, so I am always encouraging her to go outside!

One thing that we are considering is a summerhouse or log cabin that way the children can still be outside, or take a much needed break away from each other, without getting soaked or turned into an icicle, I have also known a few people whose older children have actually moved into the log cabin, I am not considering that (well, not at the moment!) for any of them, but a cosy cabin to sit in and still enjoy the garden in the middle of winter or some shade during the summer months would be wonderful.

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There are so many choices, and I was surprised at how reasonable they are, and certainly a lot cheaper than a house extension!

I was also amazed at some of the places you can buy them from, for example Lionshome has SO much choice on its website I am pretty sure I could furnish and decorate the entire house and garden, just from this one site.

First we have to move the ginormous Oil Tank as we are in the process of switching over to gas, but that does mean there will be a large concrete base, perfect for a Summerhouse/Log Cabin, or a greenhouse, the sensible part of me says the greenhouse so I can grow lots more vegetables, but the thought of a relaxing place to hide away from the children is also VERY appealing!

Even better, I have just had a look and Lionshome also have greenhouses, so I am sorted either way!

Do you have a Greenhouse or a summerhouse, which would you recommend ?

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Croquet on the Lawn Anyone ?

We are very fortunate that we have a rather large garden, so there is plenty of space for various games, some weeks we have a football pitch set up, next week there is a running track mowed into the lawn, (depending on the grass length obviously!)

This summer we have had a badminton court set up and most evenings there have been at least a couple of the children having a match, so when we were asked if we would like to review a Garden Croquet Set, it was a resounding “Yes”!



The Croquet Set consists of :

4 Coloured Mallets with Matching Balls

6 Metal Hoops

And a Winning Post




Our thoughts

The set is good quality and very easy to set up, it is suitable for all of the children aged 7 +, they have used the croquet nearly every evening since we were sent the set and each of the children are improving each time they play.

It is quite an easy game to explain, so both Kaide and Eowyn were able to grasp the rules very quickly and it quickly became a game that any one of us could win, each match has had a different outcome.

The set is priced at £45 which I think represents great value for money, it is a very strong sturdy set and I can see it lasting for a very long time, once Tyrus and Viggo get a little older, there is an option to purchase extra mallets, so it could turn in to an entire family match!

Big Game Hunters have lots of amazing outdoor products, if you are looking for somewhere to purchase products for the garden, I would definitely recommend them.



Shreks Adventure! London

A few weeks ago Xene, Neva, Eowyn and I took a girls only trip to London with Sarah and Roo from Boo Roo and Tigger too which involved a fab Spy Mission and school uniform discussions with a lovely company.

Whilst we were there the lovely people from Merlins asked if we would like to review Shrek’s Adventure, much to the disappointment of Lochlan and Kaide who are huge Shrek and Donkey fans!

I had heard about this new attraction that had opened opposite the London Eye, but the website didn’t give too much away.

We were given a time slot and they state on the website that it takes approximately 75 minutes for your Shrek Adventure, ours start to finish was 90 minutes of non stop laughter, jumps and scariness!


After arriving at our designated time, I was given a wristband with a unique barcode, this was to be used a couple of times during the adventure, where we had the opportunity to take up various photographic poses in front of a green screen, and these are put very beautifully into a photo album at the end of your journey, so make sure they get your best side!


The first character that we met was the Shrektacular conductor who has to be THE happiest person I have ever met, the girls were particularly impressed as she stayed happy throughout the entire time we were there and didn’t drop character once.

She was the only character we were able to photograph, as photography is not permitted throughout the adventure, past this point ( I wonder how many photos of her there are in the world!)

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The first part of the Adventure takes place on Donkeys Magical 4D Flying Bus, complete with very funky eyewear, which didn’t fall off during the very bumpy flight!

After a very magical journey we departed and continued on our adventure, where we met lots of the girls favourite characters, Eowyn was particularly taken with Sleeping Beauty, but not so keen on the torturing of Pinocchio (you have to take the journey for it all to make sense!) nor the scary green witches or Rumpelstiltskin….

We were treated to 10 live fairy tale themed encounters, and all of these were brilliant.

And of course at the end

They All Lived Happily Ever After, or did they….

All four of us enjoyed the Adventure, (well most of it), Eowyn has used the word terrifying a few times, but she is a bit of a drama queen!

After you leave the Shrek story, there are various other Dreamworks Characters that you can take selfies with, or get mum to take them!

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As you can see, they had great fun taking photos with all of the other Dreamworks Characters.

Before you leave, you are shown your very own Travel Journal, priced at £25, but 20% cheaper if you are a Merlin Pass Holder .

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I would definitely recommend this for families who are looking for an afternoon of fun and family time, each of the different settings ensured everyone had a favourite character or moment to relay to their friends.

It is recommended that you prebook a time slot, to ensure you are able to get in at the time you require, further information can be found here

Have you visited Shrek’s Adventure ?

Disclaimer: We were provided free entry to Shrek’s Adventure for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.


Discover Stonehenge and lots more with Membership to English Heritage


Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

For more information about Stonehenge and what to do there, take a look here.

With an English Heritage Membership, you can enjoy unlimited access to Stonehenge along with over 400 other historic places across England. Take a look here to find the perfect membership for you and your family. Enjoy 10% off  Annual and Gift Memberships this month with voucher code EH2016.


Disneyland Paris for Under 5s

If you are a regular reader of Big family Little Adventures, you will know that we had an amazing trip to Disneyland Paris at Easter, they enjoyed it so much, they are wanting to go again at Christmas! Are you Disneyland Paris Fans or do you have another favourite, the guys over at My Voucher Codes have put together a funky infographic to help you decide which is your favourite Disney Park.

Here is our guide for rides for the Under 5’s.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

One of Disney’s most beloved characters recreated as a charming version of the classic ‘Flying Elephant’ ride. With space for multiple people on one Elephant, the ride is great for families as young children grin at spinning and flying around, while their parents can enjoy the view of Fantasyland


It’s a Small World

Inside the Clocktower at the back of the park is a picturesque and colourful boat ride through the countries of the world. With such a huge amount of things to look at, you’ll want to ride it again just to make sure you didn’t miss anything (Just be careful, as the song is guaranteed to be stuck in your head for hours). Also, due to it taking place entirely inside, it’s a good place to visit if the weather gets bad.

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Le Pays des Contes de Fées (The Land of Fairytales)

Tucked in the corner of Fantasyland, a peaceful boat ride through a small lake shows you iconic scenes from both old and New Disney stories with miniature sets and characters. It’s frequently updated to show new ones, with the addition of places like Rapunzel’s tower from Tangled. The boats are very large, able to fit up to 9 people, so you’re comfortably able to get the whole family aboard.

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Pilot your very own spaceship, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s visionary drawing of the Solar System, each spaceship fits an adult and a child, and is great for little ones, if the older children are on Space Mountain, the queues for Orbitron look very long, but there are lots of spaceships, so it doesn’t take long to get onboard, the young children love to be in charge of the controls, making mums feel slightly sick!


Slinky Dog

Zig Zag Spin In the heart of the studio’s Toy Story Land is Slinky Dog, straight from the films. Sit on his back as he loops around and around while trying to chase his tail. A ride that’s slow enough for young children but still very exciting.

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Casey Jr- Circus Train

Hop aboard the Circus Train from Dumbo to take a trip around the storybook area. This ride is combined with the Land of Fairytales and takes you higher up to see some of the other miniature sets. The ride is suitable for young children but is surprisingly fast for a small ride.

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Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

Race alongside Lightning McQueen, through Radiator Springs, going round and round and in and out, it looks quite a gentle ride, but they are very strict about having a fully grown adult riding with a young child (not a teenager that is taller than me!)


So, that’s our lowdown on the rides for the under 5s, check back soon for the 5+


Scorching Summer Giveaway

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Hello Lovely Readers, I hope you are all enjoying the Summer Holidays, the weather in the East has been very unpredictable to say the least, it really is a case of wait and see when you get up in the morning!

But I have something that will certainly brighten your day!

As the weather turns colder, we decided to host a fabulous competition ‘Scorching Summer Giveaway’ to win some much needed Amazon Vouchers.
Bloggers have teamed up again to offer you an amazing prize, one that you can not miss out on.
Meet The Bloggers
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The Grand Prize will be a £150 Amazon Gift Card and the Runner Up Prize will be a £50 Amazon Gift Card.

*If the winner is a Non-UK resident then we will send over the prize through PayPal, equivalent to GBP.

The competition is open world wide, just simply enter via Rafflecopter below and complete all tasks to gain more entries.

Simply Answer the question ‘What is your ideal summer getaway and who would you go with?’

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#ScoobyDooLive is Here!


Calling all Scooby Doo fans!

This week, for four days only (18-21 Aug) Scooby Doo Live will be playing at the London Palladium, and I have five very excited children to prove it!

There are three shows per day at 10.30am, 13.00 and 15.30, so lots of performances to choose from, and with special post show VIP Meet and Greets available, this is the perfect Day Out for any Scooby Fan!