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Sainsbury’s Presents Plans for A Massive 2-Day Jubilee Party in London’s Hyde Park

12 Mar

I’ve heard a lot of chatter over the queens diamond Jubilee, through so far its been nothing too exciting!

Well, that was in-till I received a certain email
and now it would seem, that I have finally found something to get excited about at long last!

Check it out, a massive Jubilee party hosted by Sainsbury on…

Saturday 2 June, Sunday 3 June 2012 – Hyde Park London

Sainsbury’s is delighted to announce that the ‘Jubilee Family Festival Presented by Sainsbury’s’, will be hosted by the incomparable Myleene Klass and the UK’s favourite impressionist Jon Culshaw throughout the two-day fun-filled family Jubilee celebration. War Horse, the thrilling and spectacular West End production, has been confirmed to join the festival’s programme. The event will also play host to the very first performance, specially designed for a festival, from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing presented by BBC Worldwide and hosted by Craig Revel Horwood. Already confirmed to return to this special Strictly Come Dancing dance floor is 2011 finalist Chelsee Healey. The event will take place in Hyde Park, on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June 2012 from 10.30am – 7pm daily, with a capacity for 50,000 ticket holders on each day.

Jon Culshaw said: “I am honoured to be a part of the Jubilee Family Festival and to share the celebratory hosting duties with the stunning Myleene Klass. This unique event has more faces than I do and will be a brilliant way of keeping the family entertained in London for the Jubilee festivities.”

Choreographed especially for The Jubilee Family Festival the event will feature appearances by the puppets and actors from the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse, currently playing at the New London Theatre. This unique and special arrangement will feature Joey and Topthorn, the breath-taking life-sized horse puppets who become the equine heart of the story, alongside the stunning musical arrangements and songs from the critically acclaimed production.

The Festival, with an action-packed and imaginative fun-filled programme, is being hosted by The Royal Parks and organised by world-famous promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE on behalf of Sainsbury’s.

The finale of each day will be ‘The Magic Of Disney In Concert’ starring Princesses and Pirates, an unforgettable, 70-minute Disney concert produced specially to mark the Jubilee celebrations, featuring beloved Disney songs and characters.

The Jubilee Family Festival will be a once in a lifetime experience for the whole family to enjoy.  Taking place in Hyde Park over two full days, visitors to the festival will be able to view the BBC live feed, on giant screens, of all of the Diamond Jubilee events on 2 June and 3 June, as well as being treated to some of the nation’s best live music and entertainment, including favourite kids television characters, celebrity performers and dancers, equestrian events and death-defying motorcycle displays, Commonwealth-inspired acts from around the globe and, of course, great food and drink from Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s has also teamed up with some of Britain’s best-loved brands who will be an integral part of the family fun and entertainment.

Inspired by the great British tradition of village fetes and street parties, The Festival will be themed around 60 years of great British heritage and will include influences from across the Commonwealth.

NOW TELL ME THIS DOESN’T SOUND GREAT!

I don’t know about you guys but the prospect of getting to dancing with the children to a Disney concert sounds super (though it sounds as if a very large crowd will be attending, so, Little man may rather stay with his dad, we will have to wait and see)!

Here’s a break down of the entertainment zones for this 2 day’s partying in Hyde Park!

Entertainment Zones:

o       Main Stage ‘The Magic Of Disney In Concert’ starring Princesses and Pirates, The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing hosted by Craig Revel Horwood and starring Chelsea Healey, War Horse plus performances from YouthMusic Voices, Ramin, Laura Wright and much more to be confirmed.
o       The Kids Zone featuring a series of live and interactive stage and shows from some of the UK’s most well-loved children’s characters including Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Bob The Builder, Angelina Ballerina and brand new kids favourite Mike the Knight.
o       Disney Zone featuring themed activities, the life-size Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile from the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Cars 2, and much more.
o       Parade Ground featuring a variety of British pomp and ceremony including The British Imperial Military Band, The White Helmets Display team (Royal Signals), RAF Police Dog Display team, The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Skill-At-Arms Display Team, The Drum Horse of The Queen’s Royal Hussars and The Black Knights Parachute Display Team Royal Artillery.
o       CommonwealthStage Throughout the weekend the best cultural entertainment from around the Commonwealth will entertain: Jaipur Maharaja Brass band, The Mahotella Queens, London African Gospel Choir, Harambe Female Drummers and New Zealand Maori Kapa Haka Performers.

Roaming the Festival will be English Gentleman on stilts, Singing Tea Ladies, Pearly Kings and Queens, Marching Bands and Face Painters.

Great British food will be plentiful, serving up pies, roasts, pastries, fish and chips, cream teas, jellied eels and the traditional British breakfast.

Over 35 of Britain’s favourite brands will be providing additional fun and entertainment with competitions, games and displays.  Many great British brands will have stalls at the Festival, both selling and exhibiting their products and produce.

More artists and entertainment will be announced in the coming weeks www.sainsburys.co.uk/jubilee

Ticket Information & Availability:

Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster or Seetickets:

 Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
From the UK: 0844 847 1661  From outside the UK: +44 161 385 3211
Online: www.seetickets.com
From the UK: 0844 858 6760 From outside the UK: +44 1142 249 784

No booking fee applies.

Ticket Prices:

Tickets: £20
Under16’s: £12.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children): £52
Children under 3: Free

Ticket Ballot:

From 28 March, millions of Sainsbury’s customers will be able to enter a daily ballot for free family tickets.  Customers who spend £60 in store will receive a coupon at the till with a code to enter into the Sainsbury’s website.  Within 24 hours families will be notified if they have won a family ticket.

So, you lovely lot, let me know what you all think! For those with alternative plans, I’d love to know what your up to?

Partying with the children at the Lollibop Mini Disco – Ministry of Sound

16 Feb

The 12th February 2012, I finally get my foot in a nightclub for the first time in what feels like forever. Once inside, its fair to say, that, yes, I did swing my pants on the dance floor… Ministry Style! So, I’m officially back on the club scene, only, not in the way one would think … it’s in the company of my children… all three of them!

Who, would believe it if I told them I’d been clubbing it up at London’s Ministry of Sound, Living it up on the dance floor, beside none other than my 11, 9 and 2-year-old? Well, I’m guessing you’d think I was either one crazy lady who sneaks her children out in her handbag at the weekend, or maybe I’m just a delusional mess!

Actually, this mum is none of the above, in fact, this was an occasion for the children. As mentioned on the blog early last month, Lollibop, (the guys behind the “Must attend” festival of the year, designed solely for teeny boppers) would be bringing children a half term treat in way of the Lollibop Mini Disco, and of course this mum was heading straight for it!

There were no hundreds of sweaty ravers, waving lighters in the air, while downing vodka chasers, instead I danced amongst hundreds of tiny feet and waving hands, while drinking Ribina from a straw…. and loved it!

The Mini Disco had been created around children between the ages of 3-10 and although only one of my children fits the bill (Alice-Sara is nine) I decided to take Harley 2 and after much deliberation, Little man (aka a boy with aspergers) aged 11, along for the ride too.

I really wasn’t sure if it would appeal to the Little man and more importantly, how he would deal with the sensory input, example being, the crowds, noise, lack of light etc… Although Little man does have a degree of sensory sensitivities, that have at times caused a degree of distress, Little man is a huge fan of music and the louder the better! He also loves the sensations created by the vibrations of loud music and is crazy for disco lighting and special effects (meaning the smoke machine went down a treat)! I was hoping his sensory seeking ways would drown out any sensitivities, which, largely, they did! Then there is the fact that I want to be able to do things as a family, especially when time is against us, what with the half term lasting just one week and all that!  (see below Harley holding Scooby-Doo’s hand)

I wasn’t to concerned about the toddler, the fact Scooby Doo would be making an appearance, kinda sealed the deal for me!

The Disco kicked off at midday promising to provide five fun-filled hours of music, entertainment, special appearances and an array of specially designed and well thought out activities, such as Beatboxing, hula-hooping, story telling, bubble shows, magic and more besides. At set intervals throughout the day, a well-known Celebrity face graced us with his presence as he strolled onto the dance floor and when Mini boppers caught sight of him, they pelted themselves in his direction like crazed fans! Oh yes, Scooby Doo was extremely popular with all, including my “NOW” Scooby obsessed 2-year old. Seriously, at one stage, I became a tad worried he would find himself arrested for stalking this loveable dog who kindly took it in his stride, giving Little Harley lots of attention while engaging in a dance or two.

I felt that there was something for everyone, what with two main rooms, one more chilled and relaxed but just as fun in a host of ways, and the other room… this was were you came to swing your pants (your pull ups in the toddlers case)! Plus there was plenty of loud music resulting in a vibrating buzz throughout one’s body, to my Little man’s delight.

There was also a large baby changing/feeding area which if I remember rightly, is actually the clubs chill out lounge on a busy weekend. Having kicked back in it and chilled on occasions, it admittedly seemed a tad weird, seeing it filled with baby changing mats and a centre table filled to the rim with supplies (nappies, wipes…you name it)!

At 4 pm the children went dashing into the main room as TVs duo ‘Dick and Dom‘ took to the decks, doing what I can only describe as a brilliant job of engaging party goers young and old! what with there dancing games to a rather funky remix of “Postman Pat” Alice-Sara, my daughter instantly fought her way to the front, eager to be fully involved in all these guys had to offer. My youngest wasn’t to be held back either, as he jumped about energetically doing his thing and hopefully wearing himself out for the night ahead. Of course, what with the extent of tiny tots and their funky dancing, Little man my eldest stood with me on the sidelines looking in, though enjoying himself all the same.

The event was a delightful half term treat for what was very soon to become three very bored children. However, despite our enjoyment, it doesn’t have a patch on the main event… The Lollibop festival which is due to kick off this summer. I sure as hell cannot wait, maybe I  enjoyed it more than the toddler, though actually… this would be a hard task to undertake… he was bowled over by the likes of Bob the Builder, George pig, Ben & Holly and a host of others at last years event!

Let’s bring on the sunshine and get ready for the big one! Click HERE for Lollibop early bird tickets. Visit the Lollibop Facebook page for all the latest news and line up for this years event. 

Win a family “Big ticket” to the Blackpool Tower attractions worth over £100

24 Jan
Blackpool Tower

Image by llamnudds via Flickr

   

Win a family Big ticket to the Blackpool Tower attractions worth over £100 

 I’ve been asked to host a fabulous competition enabling my readers the chance to get their mitts on a fantastic prize and have some fantastic days out in Blackpool.

 The Blackpool tower hosts an array of fantastic attractions and is now offering families the chance to experience them all (7 in total)! What an awesome prize! 

 The Big Ticket is valid for 1 visit to each attraction within 90 days from purchase

 Here’s a little bit about what Blackpool Tower has to offer.

 Blackpool Tower Eye: Embark on your journey to the top of The Blackpool Tower as you step into the lift. Once you’ve reached your destination, the doors open, and you are met with floor to ceiling, uninterrupted views across Blackpool and beyond. The views are said to be Breathtaking, with a view of the entire coastline, its sure to be a rememberable experience.

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom: Stepping onto The Blackpool Tower Ballroom dance floor is like stepping back in time. From the opulent balconies to the intricately painted ceiling, you’ll fall in love with this special hidden gem. Listen to the organist play the grand Wurlitzer as you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and watch the world dance by. This is a magical place and would be a truly romantic place to be come Valentine’s Day.

Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

Image via Wikipedia

 (New for 2012 – A series of high class seasonal balls)

Blackpool Tower Circus: Built between the tower’s four legs, is The Blackpool Tower Circus – a unique setting for a unique show. Each season Blackpool’s favourite double act, Mooky the Clown and Mr Booo find new ways to give you a giggle alongside world-class acrobats performing amazing acts. The 2012 season will run from Easter until November.

New for 2012 – The main season will show with an all new cast of supporting performers

 Jungle Jims:  This is the ultimate place for fun, a massive indoor play area come adventure playground, with huge Inca Gods guarding the entrance. Inside, awaiting all your brave explorers, is a fun-tastic range of swinging, sliding and climbing contraptions plus a fabulous interactive quest to find hidden treasure! Jungle Jim’s features huge four lane slides, sports area, ballpits and slides on the lower level offering softer play for little ones. 

New for 2012 – Exclusive hire for birthday parties and children’s events

Madame Tussauds Blackpool: This is one for those  celebrity lovers as this attraction allows its visitors the chance to experience, getting you up close and personal with Britain’s best-loved celebrities (well, their wax works that is)! You can join the cast of your favourite TV shows & soaps, stand beside your favourite pop-star, meet some film stars or mingle with footballers.

 So, who do you want to meet?

New for 2012 – Look out for new celebrity figures as we add to our amazing collection

The Blackpool Tower Dungeons: Delve into Britain’s most horrible history at the Dungeons Blackpool and experience live actors, interactive shows and exciting special effects & thrilling rides. Step back into the darkest of times … are you brave enough to face Britain’s gruesome past?

 SEALIFE BLACKPOOL: Home to one of the largest collections of tropical sharks in Europe, SEA LIFE takes you on a journey from the coastline and sandy shallows to the ocean depths. You can’t miss the mighty ocean tank, teeming with tropical sharks and colourful reef fish, from the amazing underwater tunnel.

 Competition Time

So… How would you like to win a “big ticket” for a family of 4 worth over £100?

 With the Big ticket you and your children would have the chance to discover all the above for yourselves! How useful this would be come half-term and the school summer holidays! You could maybe try and fit all 7 attractions in over the course of a few days if experiencing a short break away, or simply spread them out throughout the year, therefore creating 7 eventful days out, avoiding the set in of boredom during school holidays.

 The ticket will be valid for the remainder of the year, So, there is no worries about your tickets expiring!

 To win this awesome prize you must do the compulsory actions below to validate your entries.

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Comment to say you have done the required step and then state within the same comment, why you want to win the prize.

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Competition will close at midnight on the 17th Feb 2012 and drawn soon after!

Good Luck Everyone

T&C

Uk residents only please, winner has just 72 hours to respond by email giving their full postal address, which will then be passed to the PR. The prize is non exchangeable and is valid in-till the 31st December 2012 (some days maybe exempt check tickets or website for details). Each attraction can only be visited the once, though each can be visited on different days. A family ticket is based upon 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children. 

Green living with Cravendale & the Muppets

16 Jan

Now, I consider the family to be relatively “green” though like most things there is always room for improvement! I think it’s a great idea to get your children thinking “green” and as Cravendale have shown, it just takes a little creative imagination.

Cravendale are celebrating the release of Disney’s “The Muppets Movie” due to be released throughout the UK on the 10th February 2012, while helping families to be green.

Kermit The Frog

Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer via Flickr

Cravendale are giving away free limited edition sticker sets (4 to collect in total) featuring your favourite characters from the Muppets movie. The stickers can be used to transform empty bottles of Cravendale into something much more fun and entertaining.

The stickers fit onto the bottles perfectly and with a few simple steps Cravendale milk bottles are transformed into a truly awesome Muppets character.

My children loved it, especially the toddler who is crazy about frogs so, seeing the milk bottle transform from its usual boring self, into Kermit the Frog really brighten his morning.

Harley sat and played with his milk bottle Kermit for an hour or more, allowing me a little “Me time” So… Not only did we do something great for our planet, it also allowed me a little peace and quite 🙂 The benefits to being green were truly fabulous.

To get your free stickers to create your own Muppet friends, as well as other exclusive Muppet downloads just visit milkmatters.co.uk

What’s more, there are also VIP tickets for the screening of The Muppets movie to be won by fans who share a picture of their Muppet Cravendale bottles on the Cravendale Facebook page.

So… why not have a go and transform your empty Cravendale milk bottle’s into a delightful new friend.

Thanks to Britmums for supplying us with the stickers.

Lollibop’s Mini Disco at the Ministry of Sound London 2012

10 Jan

Last year was a lot of fun in the ‘Boy with Aspergers’ household! We got invited to some pretty amazing events, one of the best being the ‘Lollibop’s Big Bash For Little People’ back in August, where me and Harley (Little man’s baby bro) were lucky enough to obtain V.I.P tickets. The festival, held at London’s Regents Park, was an awesome summer spectacular, organised completely around tenny boppers, all the CBeebies favourites were present, as well as others, such as, Peppa & George pig & Ben & Holly from the Magical kingdom. A truly brilliant day was had by all and we just can’t wait for this years Lollibop festival. 

 However, in the meantime, the organisers of this magical event have pulled together something very exciting for the coming half term… Lollibop’s Mini Disco, being held at the not so mini Ministry of Sound London.

 How can this mummy really not get excited about such a thing… Ministry of Sound holding an event for the littlest of ravers, whoopee… I have spent my fair share of time dancing to the sounds of the biggest club anthems under this night clubs famous roof, I cannot wait to see the little ones grace its dance floor.

Ministry of Sound 2041

Image by Atatiwa Flickr via Flickr

 

  The team behind the biggest kids event of summer 2011, are now bringing us this new one-off, very exciting half-term treat to the doors of the famous Ministry of Sound this coming February 2012. 

 The disco is guaranteed to keep children aged 3-10 years entertained, what with special guest appearances from the likes of Scooby Doo and award-winning children’s entertainer, Allin Kempthorne, how can it not? That’s not all, the event will delight little ones with its array of workshops and activities, such as Beat Box lessons, allowing older attendees to learn a new skill that is bond to blow the socks of their super impressed school mates when they return back to school following the half term break (not to sure the teachers will be impressed, but hay hoo)! If beat boxing really isn’t your child’s idea of fun, there is so much more to choose from, such as, hula hoop workshops, storytelling (for those that want to chill out) bubble shows and of course, dance games ( oh, now I have visions of my daughter really getting her groove on)!

The Scooby-Doo Show

Image via Wikipedia

 

 Lets not forget now… this is a party and parties require lots of music! Well, In true Ministry of Sound fashion, they’ll be plenty of dancing too when TV favourites Dick and Dom take to the decks.

 So… Don’t let your little ones find out about it from somebody else (yes, I do mean that spoilt little school friend) super cool and trendy mummy’s (yes…. like me) hear these things first. Those looking for the ultimate half-term treat need look no more, as it’s my opinion that you’ve just found it!

Tickets cost  £10.00 per person. Call 0208 365 9695 or go to www.lollibopfestival.co.uk for more details.

Drinks and light refreshments are available to purchase at the venue.

As for the fantastic LolliBop’s Big Bash for Little People  this will return in full this summer to Regents Park (August 17th, 18 and 19th, 2012)) Full line-up to be announced soon. www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

Note:

 ·     The event is aimed at ages 3-10 but those younger & older are able to come (No admittance for under 16s without an adult)

·      Space is limited to 900 tickets and will be sold on a first come first serve basis

·      Ticket prices are per person and are applicable to everyone over the age of 12months

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