Win a Family Ticket to Christmas at Willows Farm

Visiting The Santa Spectacular at Willows Farm at Christmas time has become a bit of a tradition in our household! We absolutely love it. It’s so Christmassy and just so lovely!

The effort they put in really pays off… there’s so much to do and it’s like a whole Christmas World for the kids and adults alike to become immersed in!

Highlights last year were the 3D Cinema where they showed a cute Christmas film about Santa and his Elves; the Create a Cuddle workshop where kids can stuff a soft toy to take home; the Elf Academy show; the ice skating and meeting the Reindeer!

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willows farm santa spectacular christmas

willows farm ice skating christmas

We absolutely love the indoor soft play area where we can thaw out if it’s cold, grab some of the great food on offer and relax for a while! Well, us parents can anyway… the kids usually run riot!

The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground which is absolutely brilliant, is open every day during Santa Spectacular and is not to be missed! Kids can also meet and greet Peter Rabbit at selected times throughout the day.

A trip to Willows isn’t complete either without a ride on Tristan the Tractor, which takes us on a magical musical journey through the festive woods!

Of course, the main event is meeting Father Christmas himself! The Santa’s Grotto at Willows Farm is the best we’ve been to. It’s visually stunning as you walk through a Winter Wonderland before arriving in Santa’s big log cabin. Once the kids have met him and told him their Christmas wishes, they’re given a golden key to access his toy shop where they get to CHOOSE any gift they want from hundreds of amazing toys!

willows father christmas

For the last few years we’ve arranged to meet my very lovely friend Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby and her brood, to spend the day together! We plan to do the same this year and honestly now, I don’t think it would be the same without them! Love this photo of all our kiddies with Father Christmas last year…. all looking very happy indeed!

There’s lots more to see too and it’s all included in the entry price… even the cuddly toys to take home!

This festive season, Santa Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm is the only event for families looking for a truly magical day out. Starting from 22 November – 24 December, visitors can enjoy the ultimate festive experience in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

For your chance to WIN a family ticket for up to four people, simply fill out the widget below and enter as many options as you can to be in with more chances!

Best of luck!

Mummy Endeavours – Win a Family Ticket to Santa’s Spectacular at Willows Farm

#CanestenConversations & Win a £50 Amazon Voucher

When you become a parent you know that one day you will probably have to go through those awkward conversations with your child about growing up and body changes, the birds and the bees and of course with girls, periods and intimate health.

With my eldest, we have always had a close relationship and he seemed to know about everything early on, before high school, and he was quite vocal about it! Happily shouting things out and chatting to me openly! I really liked this as it made it much easier for me to bring up serious issues later on with him like his sexual health and contraception etc.

I was determined that I would have the same open relationship with my daughter but she’s very different. Much quieter and was no where near as knowing as he was. So it’s been a little trickier. I had to be open about things myself in a casual manner, in the hope that when she felt ready, she would be the same. I’m happy to say that now we can talk about anything and she’s comfortable. She’s 12.

It’s so important that she can ask me any embarrassing questions without feeling embarrassed or awkward in any way. I want to be here for her and for her to know that I’m the best person to ask!

I know schools are better these days at educating children on puberty and babies and relationships, but as far as I’m aware, the subject of intimate health still isn’t a big part of the curriculum. I certainly didn’t learn about it at school, or had any conversations with my Mum about it. I probably found out about things like thrush, cystitis and BV in bits and pieces from either magazines or friends!

That’s why I’ve teamed up with the number 1 women’s health brand, Canesten, to join them on their constant mission to find new ways of educating women to lead healthy lives. The Canesten® Campaign promotes female intimate health through better knowledge, so women can self-diagnose and self-treat knowledgeably and with confidence. Canesten® believes that if you feel more comfortable with your own body you are more likely to reach your full potential and that’s why they want to empower women to feel more comfortable when they discuss intimate health with their children.

This is fantastic because even though we can be open with our daughters, do we even think about discussing intimate health? Maybe not, but the more we hear about it, the more likely it is that we will talk openly about it.

For your chance to win our £50 Amazon Voucher…. fill in the Gleam widget and tell me in the comments section of this post what you wish you’d known about intimate health when you were younger! Competition will close on 30th August!

Best of luck!

Mummy Endeavours Win a £50 Amazon Voucher

 

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Win a 3 Months Subscription to Smartick

Maths is one of those subjects that just doesn’t come easy to some kids. It can be challenging and can really knock a child’s confidence when they continually ‘don’t get it’. If we’re not careful, as parents and teachers, and help our children as much as we can, they could slip into that downward spiral of assuming they’re simply not good at maths and therefore not try. We need to encourage them to believe that they CAN do it, even if they have to practice that little bit more.

I recently read some research that found ALL children can succeed at Maths… but they all learn in different ways and these differences need tapping into. There’s far too much emphasis on speed and calculation, whereas some children have deeper thought processes which too much testing and a lack of that personal feel can make maths become lifeless and boring. But with a bit of creativity, children can be much more engaged.

That’s why we are loving the Smartick Method which we have been using at home for the past few months. Read my previous post about how my young 7 year old son was struggling and how I thought Smartick was helping. It’s a great resource for kids maths, unlike anything else out there, and I can honestly say it’s really boosted my son’s confidence in his abilities.

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Here at Mummy Endeavours. I’m giving away a three month subscription to Smartick so you can try it at home with your child…. I absolutely know he/she will enjoy it and reap the rewards at school!

To enter, please fill in the Gleam widget below…..

Mummy Endeavours – Win 3 Months Subscription to Smartick

 

Best of luck.

WIN a Deluxe Gourmet Escape Smartbox with BuyaGift

Do you love a weekend away?

Who doesn’t? I really must make the effort to do it more often as it’s such a treat. Just escaping for the night and getting away from the everyday can do absolute wonders for your wellbeing. It can be expensive though, admittedly, but the vast selection of breaks offered at Buyagift.com are so reasonably priced, that you really have no excuse!

Buyagift.com is the leading provider of gift experiences in the UK and with over 5,000 options to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect gift for either yourself (go on treat yourself) or for someone special! Buyagift.com provide something for everyone, including once in a lifetime experiences such as bungee jumping and skydiving, adrenaline fuelled activities such as driving supercars and flying, to more relaxing experiences such as spa days, hotel breaks and gourmet meals.

I have teamed up with the lovely people at Buyagift to bring you a fantastic competition!

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You can win this Deluxe Gourmet Escape which is the perfect treat for you and your loved one thanks to a winning combination of 4-Star hotels, UK and Europe wide locations and decadent cuisine. Whatever location you choose you’ll be staying in a luxurious venue where you will be treated to a delicious three course dinner to excite your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.

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To top off your deluxe experience you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast the morning after your stay. You could take things easy and relax with a night on the Norfolk coast or enjoy a little more excitement and head for the bright lights of Newcastle, the choice is yours!

buyagift competition hotels

How wonderful does that sound? To be in with a chance of winning, please enter via the Gleam widget below and make sure you enter with as many options as you can to be in with a better chance! Competition closes on 20th June 2017 – Best of Luck!

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Mummy Endeavours – Win a Deluxe Gourmet Escape with Buyagift

My First Ballet – Cinderella

My First Ballet Cinderella English National Ballet

The English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are back this year with their ever so popular My First Ballet shows! I took my daughter along last year to their production of Sleeping Beauty and it was absolutely brilliant, we loved it.

The idea behind the My First Ballet shows are that they are performed by second year students of the English National Ballet school, and they are aimed and a younger audience, i.e children. Adapted to an hour in length and with a narrator to help their young audiences follow the story, it’s the perfect way to introduce children as young as three to the magic of ballet.

This year the My First Ballet will be of classic fairy tale Cinderella and will kick off it’s UK tour next month in Dartford, before finishing in Manchester in July.

This production tells the story of Cinderella, who is tormented by her stepsisters and not allowed to attend the Prince’s ball. Left behind to an evening of chores, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a Princess who shall go to the ball.

Choreographed by George Williamson, award-winning former student of English National Ballet School, My First Ballet: Cinderella is part of the My First Ballet series which enters its sixth year in 2017. Since its inception in 2012, over 200,000 people have enjoyed the series which has included the hugely successful My First Ballet: Swan Lake, Coppélia and Sleeping Beauty. George Williamson, said: “Cinderella was the first production I created in the series, and I’m thrilled to be revisiting the choreography and reworking it for a brand new audience. I’m proud to be working with English National Ballet and the School to lead the way in creating tailor made productions for children, offering what for many will be their first experience of a ballet performance.”

My First Ballet Cinderella

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English National Ballet School's: My First Cinderella promotional images

English National Ballet School's: My First Cinderella promotional images

My First Ballet: Cinderella will be amazing if it’s anything like the one we watched last year and we absolutely can’t wait to see it in London. It will be at The Peacock Theatre twice… first in April then back again in July!

If you want to catch one of the shows in an area near you, here are the tour listings…

Orchard Theatre, Dartford – 6 – 8 April 2017
Box Office: 01322 220000. Tickets: £15 – £20

The Peacock, London – 11 April – 22 April 2017
Box Office: 020 7863 8000. Tickets: £10 – £25

New Theatre, Oxford – 28 April – 29 April 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3020. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

Liverpool Empire – 5 May – 6 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3017. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

New Wimbledon Theatre – 13 May – 14 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 7646. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

The Bristol Hippodrome – 20 – 21 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3012. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

New Victoria Theatre, Woking – 26 – 27 May 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £11.50 – £29.40

The Peacock, London – 18 – 23 July 2017
Box Office: 020 7863 8000. Tickets: £10 – £25

Manchester Opera House – 26 – 30 July 2017

All tickets on sale now!

As an extra bonus I’m giving away a pair of tickets to a show of your choosing right here on Mummy Endeavours! Please enter my competition by filling in the widget below… it’s very easy, and the more sections you complete, the better your chance of winning!

Good luck x

Mummy Endeavours WIN Two Tickets to My First Ballet: Cinderella

For more information and book tickets see: www.ballet.org.uk/myfirstballet

Please note performance details are subject to change.

WIN Tickets to The Baby Show

This March, get ready to enjoy a fantastic shopping experience at the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event of the year!

the baby show london 2017

 The Baby Show with MadeForMums will be taking place on the new date of Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March, at the ExCeL London. Find everything you need for bump, baby and you – with amazing offers all in one place, for three days only!

There will be over 200 exhibitors showcasing a huge array of essential baby products from trusted brands as well as the latest innovations. All the major baby retailers will be there, alongside market leading brands such as, iCandy, Stokke, UppaBaby, Philips Avent, Chicco, MAM, Nuby and high end Italian brand Peg Perego who will be launching in the UK at the show!  There will also be independent brands that you won’t find on the high street.

There will be a wonderful line up of speakers on The Baby Show Stage with MadeForMums including experts from the world of breastfeeding, sleep and nutrition as well as real parents giving their first-hand stories and advice including authors Giovanna Fletcher and Clemmie Hooper.

If you are looking for more personal and tailored advice, you can benefit from private 15 minute appointments with The Baby Show Experts at the One To One With The Experts Area – you just need to book your appointment on the day. And once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, don’t worry about all the carrying as you can take advantage of the free Emma’s Diary Collect-By-Car service where you can drop off all your purchases and continue until you’ve got a carful!

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It really is a must-attend show for mums and dads to be, parents, friends and family members.

Here at Mummy Endeavours, I’ve teamed up with The Baby Show to give away a pair of tickets worth £20 each!

Please enter via the Gleam widget below filling out as many of the options as possible to give you a better chance of winning!

Best of luck x

Mummy Endeavours – Win a Pair of Tickets to The Baby Show London

The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March inclusive, open from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day.  Standard on the door tickets are £20.  For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

Merlin Annual Pass Sale & Thorpe Park Giveaway

Yes it’s that time of year folks when one of the best sales deals ever is on offer! A deal you really can’t afford to miss out on if you love family days out at one of the many UK’s amazing theme parks!

The Merlin Annual Pass is SUCH good value for money anyway, even without the sale discount. But WITH the discount it’s simply too good to miss.

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Just in case you didn’t know, Merlin have 32 different attractions all across the UK and the Annual Pass will grant you free entry into ALL of them!

There’s literally SO much fun to be had with an Annual Pass and once the initial outlay is paid, it gives you peace of mind knowing that, when ever you want, you can just pick up on the spur of the moment and head off to somewhere amazing. Giving the kids a brilliant day out, without having to think about how much all the tickets will cost.

We had Thorpe Park Annual Passes for all the family last year which we put to very good use. We saved an absolute fortune because we visited at LEAST six times! But imagine being able to visit some of the other parks too? Like Alton Towers, Chessington, Legoland, Warwick Castle, Shrek’s Adventure, London Dungeons, Blackpool Tower…. the list of fabulous attractions really is endless, and the savings are massive. Especially when you remember that entry into these attractions per person can be as much as £50 EACH!

Thorpe Park is still one of our favourites because it’s the closest to us and has some of our favourite, big rides! It’s great for adults and teenagers (although still plenty to do for youngsters) so I visit a lot with just with my Teen, so we can hit all the roller coasters in quick succession!

Thorpe Park is situated just outside London, it’s in a great location with easy access from the motorways, making it the number one choice for Londoners! The Park is closed throughout the Winter months but this year they’re opening the ticket office on each and every Saturday now from 10am – 4pm, leading up to their opening date of March 23rd 2017, so you can pop down and pick up your Merlin Annual Pass from there, nice and early!

There are two different types of passes – the Premium one, which includes quite a few extras to the Standard Pass, and these are things such as no restricted access, priority entry and free parking. The Standard Pass does have restricted access to the main parks during high season and at some special events so be sure check those out before purchasing. If they don’t affect when and where you go then that one will be totally fine.

For more details on restrictions and all other information, as well as booking, please visit the Merlin Annual Pass Website.

Below is a table of the savings you can make by buying your Annual Pass in the January sale!

 Prices per person
January Price    Full Price       Saving

New Premium Family £129 £179 £50
New Premium Individual £159 £219 £60
New Standard Family £109 £139 £30
New Standard Individual £129 £179 £50
Renewal Premium Family £119 £139 £20
Renewal Premium Individual £149 £169 £20
Renewal Standard Family £99 £109 £10
Renewal Standard Individual £119 £139 £20

THE BIG NEW YEAR SALE ENDS ON 13TH FEBRUARY 2017

12 MONTHS OF FUN EXPLORING MAGICAL WORLDS.

Just to make things even more exciting here on Mummy Endeavours, I’m giving away FOUR tickets for the 2017 season of Thorpe Park!

Enter via the Gleam widget below!

Mummy Endeavours – Win FOUR Tickets to Thorpe Park

There is 1 prize to be won and there will be 1 individual winner selected. The winner will receive:

  • Four tickets to THORPE PARK Resort

GOOD LUCK

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