Thorpe Park Ambassador Again for 2017!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce I’ve been chosen as a Thorpe Park Ambassador again this year!

thorpe park ambassador 2017

We (my family and I) relished it last year and visited the Thorpe Park Island on numerous occasions. Sometimes with just Teen and friends, other times I took the younger kiddos too!

It’s a fantastic day out no matter how old you are as there’s something for everyone, but older kids/teenagers (and adults of course!), or younger ones that simply have no fear are the ones who will benefit most at Thorpe Park! It’s a thrill seekers paradise for sure!

I believe it has the best roller coasters around. A friend of mine went to Universal Studios in Orlando last Summer and she was telling me about the selection of roller coasters there, and I found myself saying… yes, there’s one the same as that at Thorpe Park! Pretty much every ride she mentioned that she loved had a twin ride at Thorpe Park! Which I think is pretty cool….. who needs to travel nearly half way round the world for amazing roller coasters when you have them right here? ;)

Rides like….

SAW

saw the ride thorpe park

SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror movie rollercoaster as you experience a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100 degrees from a height of 100ft. One of my faves… so much going on with this ride and completely scary!

STEALTH

stealth thorpe park roller coasters

One of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters. Prepare to be propelled from 0-80mph to 205ft in under 2 seconds and experience the same brake horse power of two Formula 1 cars! This has to be ridden to be believed… it really is like no other, honestly couldn’t even begin to explain what this one feels like!

SWARM

swarm thorpe park roller coasters

Experience speeds of almost 100km/h and G forces of up to 4.5 as you ride on the wings of THE SWARM, sat either side of the track with nothing above or below you but air! Yes, this ride can be ridden facing forwards or going backwards! You decide! Swarm is one of the newer rides at Thorpe Park and has some amazing features like the helicopter crash and fire!

There are many other brilliant roller coasters, I’ll be here all day talking about every single one, but one of Teen’s favourite rides which has to be mentioned, that he says is the scariest is…

RUSH

rush thorpe park

Swing high into the air to 75ft at speeds of up to 50mph and experience the feeling of up to 4G’s as you swoop back towards the ground on this air powered speed swing. I have to be honest, I am too nervous to go on this! Even one of Thorpe Parks employees that I got chatting to last time we were there said this is the scariest ride! Not in the same way as the roller coasters, but scary in that you don’t feel safe! The single bar across the lap and the free falling effect means this is thrill seeking at it’s very best! Rush is incredibly popular and seems to be the one most people love…. I need shoulder bars though to be sure I won’t fall out… so I’m not sure I’ll be going on this any time soon! Teen tries to get me on every single time ha!

Now we can’t move on from the big thrills without talking about Derren Brown’s Ghost Train!

Following on from it’s successful opening year last year, this virtual reality combined with real action ride, has had a number of changes made this year, taking into account that people wanted MORE scares, but also there have been lots of tidying up of some technical loose ends.

Derren brown ghost train thorpe park

The Derren Brown Ghost Train takes you on a one way horrifying journey into the chilling depths of the unknown. With intense live action and thrilling physical effects, the grasp of the Demon awaits. Are you brave enough to come face to face with the Demon as it rises from the darkness? This attraction is not suitable for those under the age of 13, those who suffer from motion sickness, dizziness, psychological or neurological disorders… yikes!

I experienced this last year and I thought it was scary enough then! Teen went along to the opening night last month and saw the changes for himself… I couldn’t make it as my younger children were unwell and I couldn’t leave them. But Teen was one of those people that wanted more! He loved it last year but wanted more scares and could NOT WAIT to find out what the new additions were this time … he reported back that they certainly made it even better! Definitely scarier! I probably ruined the ride for him last year to be fair by grabbing onto him all the time! The virtual reality world scared me so much I had to know he was there beside me when the game played with my mind (of course it does, it’s Derren Brown after all!) and I thought I was alone! I will go on it again though when I visit very soon as I simply HAVE to see the changes for myself!

Away from the big rides, there’s plenty more on offer. There are a number of water rides including Storm Surge and Rumba Rapids…. both gentle enough for small children… we love these. There’s a 4D Angry Birds Theatre, the I’m a Celebrity Maze.. I haven’t been in this but Teen says it’s really good, there’s the SAW Horror Maze which of course isn’t for the faint hearted and there’s also lots of stalls and stands to play games on and loads of places to eat!

One of the best things about Thorpe Park in the Summer is Amity Beach. It’s wonderful for small children and a real get away from it all area. There’s gorgeous sand, climbing frames and a lovely splash pool. We plotted up for a while here on our visits last year…..

thorpe park amity beach

We’ve been visiting Thorpe Park rather frequently for years now as my Teen has been a massive fan since he was about 12 year old! He got me back into loving roller coasters actually, after years in the wilderness when the kids were very young! I think you forget how much fun they are, but once kids reach a certain age and want to try them, you have no choice but to get on the rides… and actually, it makes you feel young again! It’s also a wonderful feeling experiencing it all with your child. Seeing how excited and thrilled they get, this whole new world…. then there’s no going back!

As Teen got older, we have become regular visitors to the Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights! I wrote a review of our very first visit a few years ago and this event gets better and better each year! These nights are Halloween themed and are scattered throughout the month of October, when Thorpe Park erects a number of Horror Mazes for your entertainment! These nights are extremely popular!

If you haven’t been to Thorpe Park before I would without a doubt, wholly recommend. It’s situated in Surrey and is so easy to get to via the M25, and only 20 minutes from London. It’s definitely worth a visit if you live in the North and are thinking about travelling down. You won’t be disappointed.

What I love about Thorpe Park too is that, even though it packs a punch with the amount of attractions there are, the place doesn’t feel too big. Everything feels quite compact which means you can run back and forth to the different areas and don’t have to go on everything in order! Maybe because I’m used to it, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming like some theme parks where you can’t really get everything done in one day!

We absolutely had a blast last year and I can’t wait to make the most of our Annual Passes again this year, and tell you more news about what’s on at Thorpe Park as I find out!

Don’t forget, you can still buy Annual Passes and they’re worth every penny (59.99) and mean you get invites to Exclusive Events, 20% Off Food and Beverages, 20% Off Retail and up to 20% Off THORPE SHARK Hotel Stays!

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon

This week I’ll be back at Thorpe Park for the pre season press night and to be one of the first people to ride on the all new Derren Brown’s Ghost Train!

derren brown ghost train

I was lucky enough to have ridden the train last year when it first opened and for me, it certainly lived up to all the hype. It’s unlike anything else I’ve experienced before and I found it incredibly scary! I had to hold on tight to my Teens arm throughout (much to his annoyance) because this Virtual Reality ride really did take you away beyond the realms of reality and only by holding on tight to someone else was I able to get through it!

It was brilliant.

But it wasn’t without it’s criticisms. Some people wanted more (are they mad?!) and this year it seems that those people have been listened to!

Yikes!

Remastered for this year, the ride has been revamped and was recently ‘tested’ out on some so called fearless participants, chosen especially for their perceived ability to withstand shocks and fear!

One terrified participant’s heart rate TREBLED to 183 bpm as they tried out the shocking VR attraction under laboratory conditions.

The below video footage, captured with the approval of the participants, shows Derren Brown experimenting on the subjects, who were the very first to preview the new VR additions to the illusionist’s upgraded Ghost Train – renamed Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.

Derren Brown said: “Over the last few weeks I have been testing out the components of the attraction and decided to run scare tests on a selection of participants who claim they are totally fearless – the reactions have been incredible.

“Visitors to the Ghost Train will experience a heart stopping combination of next generation technology, grand illusion, live action and special-effects, completely unalike anything they will have seen before.

“We are making this bigger, better and scarier than last year. The changes and improvements that have taken place will scare the sh*t out of guests”.

The trials resulted in terrified reactions including spine-tingling screams, falling out of the chair and curling into a ball, with one test even resulting in a VR headset being flung across the room. The average resting heart rate is 60 – 100 bpm – however one subject’s heart rate reached 183 bpm. When combined, the participant’s heart rates reached a total of 1,452 bpm and typically their heart rates increased by 31.9 bpm each.

Matt Sproit, an ex-prison officer said: “I’m used to dealing with terrifying situations, so I was never expecting the VR footage to scare me that much. “When I took off that headset I was physically shaking.”

Stunt woman, Carol Nulty said: “I thought I had to be pretty fearless in my job, but this lived up to expectations, the VR is flawlessly real – you really believe there is a demon in the room with you!

“This is not a ride for the faint hearted.”

Another participant, Emilia Cain-Heritage, said: “As a bungee jumper, I face fear on a regular basis but this was a new level in fear – so, so real and absolutely terrifying.”

Ok, so I’m not sure what I’ll be letting myself in for when I go on Thursday but I’m looking forward to it! Just have to make sure there’s someone to hold onto!

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon opens on 31 March 2017. For the latest updates on the attraction and advanced booking visit: www.thorpepark.com

FULL RESULTS FROM THE TEST:

Name:                        Occupation:                                        Heart rate (bpm):

Nick Ferreira                Ex-Boxer                                           138bpm
Joseph Sands                Security Guard                                129bpm
Alo Raptopoulos        Martial Arts                                        127bpm
Matt Sproit                Ex-Prison Officer                                112bpm
Matthew Larmond        Security Guard                               169bpm
Carol Nulty                Stunt Woman                                       145bpm
Freddie Pearce        High School Teacher                            133bpm
Emilia Cain                Bungee Jumper                                   183bpm
Faye Carmichael        Police Detective for Gangs Unit      159bpm
Roxanne Gregory        TA Army                                                157bpm

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

my fist ballet cinderella

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.

Peculiar Happenings at Ripley’s London

ripleys london

Right now there’s a new exhibition showing at ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not‘ in London’s Piccadilly.

To celebrate the launch of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie to Blu-ray and DVD, a collection of props and costumes from the film will be on display until 5th March. Some of which include a dress for Eva Green, who played Miss Peregrine, as well the peculiarly incredible Perpetual Calendar, Miss Peregrine’s Birdcage, Enoch’s Heart in a Jar and Barron’s (Samuel L. Jackson’s) snack of choice…. eyeballs!

“It’s a privilege to bring to life some of the fantastical world of mystery, power and peculiarity of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” says Luke Reilly, Head of Sales and Marketing at Ripley’s!

I took my daughter to the cinema to see the film on one of her inset says at school, just her and I. She’d been wanting to see it for a while. It’s probably the most grown up film we’ve seen together at the cinema, even though it’s centred around children, parts of the film are very dark and rather creepy. But she loved it so I knew I just HAD to bring her to this exhibition! We also love Ripley’s so it’s a win win!

Her favourite thing to see was this costume of the character Claire Densmore!

ripleys miss peregrines

Miss Peregrine’s suit…..

And her birdcage..

birdcage ripleys exhibition miss peregrines

We had a great time! The exhibition is a must for any fans of the Miss Peregrine’s books/films. But best of all, having seen it, you can then explore the rest of Ripley’s which is truly amazing! We’ve been a couple of times now and there is literally so much to see.

There are five floors of unbelievable artifacts which will appeal to the biggest and littlest of kids (and adults) – from the sublime to the ridiculous. Completely fascinating!

So even if you don’t make it this half term… never fear… Ripley’s London is open every day of the year and tickets booked more than 14 days in advance receive a 40% discount – including school holidays! Visit the Ripley’s London ticket offers page for more information and to book tickets!

Stick Man at the Theatre

This afternoon we headed into London to see a live show of one of the kids’ favourite stories – Stick Man.

stick man live

I think if you have children, the likelihood of you having read this book to them at some point is probably very high. It’s one of those brilliantly written stories that as a parent, you don’t mind reading over and over again.

Penned by the amazing Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (creators of The Gruffalo), The Stick Man is a lovely story about, you guessed it… a Stick! Stick Man lives in the family tree with his wife… his ‘Lady Love’ and their ‘Stick Children 3′. One day Stick Man goes out for a run but his day goes from bad to worse when he finds himself in all manner of silly yet dangerous situations and becomes lost! He’s chased by a dog, grabbed by an excitable little girl and thrown around, used as a flag and a nest before ending up in someone’s fire! Will he escape in time and manage to get back to his Lady Love and the family tree?

stick man leicester square

On arriving at the theatre we literally couldn’t wait to get inside! We’ve seen a number of productions at the Leicester Square Theatre, which is tucked away, almost hidden, down a little side road, and it’s a lovely, intimate auditorium. No matter where you sit, you never feel too far from the stage! It’s perfect for children.

There was an abundance of booster seats for little ones, the stage setting looked intriguing and the auditorium was full.

stick man theatre

I had wondered how Scamp Theatre were going to bring the brilliant Stick Man and all the characters to life. It’s a relatively short book with only a few sentences on each page so I was intrigued to find out how this would transfer to an hour long show! Would it be anywhere near as good as the book?

Well let me tell you… it was everything we could’ve hoped for and more.

An incredibly clever, artistic production and superb lively performances by just THREE actors, who took on all the characters from the story. Two men and one woman. They were all dressed in normal clothes but added subtle props and used their incredible acting talents to bring the whole thing to life and completely draw you in from the start. One of the actors used instruments too to help tell the story. The actor who played Stick Man held a prop that looked like Stick Man, but used his own self to act out the role! It really WORKED!

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I have to say that the longer the show went on, the more brilliant it got. It kept to the books’ storyline completely and used all the wonderful poetry throughout. The songs were simple but ever so catchy. The actors were animated and hilarious.

What made the show even more special was the inclusion of the audience! From the dog chasing Stick Man… both actors crawling through the isles of the auditorium. The ‘Dog’ even came down our row of seats, stopping at various children to give them a little squeeze… all three of mine were delighted by this! To the big beach ball that we were encouraged to catch and throw around the audience to each other! Again, the kids (and big kids!) loved this and it brought a real sense of fun and togetherness for us all. The energy it created was fantastic!

Such a big, warm, happy, fun part of the show! Love, love LOVED it!

Another scene which my twins enjoyed was with the Swan… where Stick Man is taken to be used as part of her nest! The swan was just a simple puppet on the arm of one of the actors but it’s cheeky character tickled my twins so much! They laughed their heads off and it was an absolute joy for me to witness!

stick man live theatre

‘The Stick Man is Cold’ song was a favourite of mine!

But what I loved most was that the kids in the audience were all having the most amazing time. They were calling out (a little) and joining in. They were leaning forward out of their seats trying to be as involved as possible! One little boy a few seats down from us was calling ‘Stick Man’ really loudly at one point, shouting ‘Can you hear me?’ – We were in hysterics at this and during any other show it probably would’ve been frowned upon. Not here! The actors included it in the story!

The stage lighting and twinkling lights in the set behind the actors created a very magical scene for Santa’s sleigh ride towards the end of the show. The Christmassy feel makes this a perfect show to see at this time of year, and actually, Scamp Theatre productions have been performing Stick Man in the Leicester Square theatre for a number of years now. It’s incredibly popular and I can see why!

I cannot recommend this show highly enough. It blew me away how utterly creative and fun it was. We were all completely bowled over. My children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said they loved it just as much as the book (and a bit more!)

If you have the chance you simply MUST go and see it. It’s on now until 8th January and you can book tickets here. If you don’t get around to watching it this year, be sure to check back next year and book your tickets nice and early as it usually opens in November!

Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets for the show in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions my own. 

Kidtropolis comes to London

Kidtropolis London

Half term is nearly upon us. Have you got lots of things planned to do with the kids? Or do you prefer to kick back and relax?

I personally like to get a mix of both. I love a lazy day at home more than anything but my children now tend to gravitate towards either playing on one of their devices, or wanting to watch TV. Although I don’t mind this for a while, they can be quite obsessive! Having a few days where I know for sure we will be out doing something fun or interesting is imperative for me. Then I’m not AS bothered about device days!

If like me, you want to get a few things penciled in, and you live near London (or don’t mind a bit of a journey) then why not check out KIDTROPOLIS!

Full of awesome fun, interactive challenges and exciting new experiences, this brand new family event, is coming to ExCeL London this October Half Term on 25th, 26th and 27th October and is the perfect fun-filled experience for families with children aged 12 and under– all for the amazing price of just £13.50!

Your all-inclusive ticket includes admission to all activities, live shows and entertainment.

You can:

Learn free running with Parkour Generations

Opportunity to meet mega YouTuber kid gamesmaster EthanGamerTV (Wednesday 26th)

Meet the Optimus Prime big rig and play with TRANSFORMERS

Chance to meet hit YouTuber Tiana from Toys AndMe who will reveal the ToyTesters.tv top 20 Toys as voted by children (Tuesday 25th)

Break Records with Guinness World Records Live!

Try your skills with Nerf Tri-strike, Zombie Strike and the Vault

Catch up with the Gorgeous Movies YouTube Family (Thursday 27th)

Explore Equestria on the My Little Pony pink double decker bus

Run the enourmous Boot Camp Challenge inflatable assault course

Meet the stars of the Angry Birds Movie

Reach the stars on Spring Free Trampolines

Race Scalextric ARC AIR

Build with Magformers

Take the challenge on the 40 player Minecraft hub

Swim with a Virtual Reality whale!

Jump on the double-decker Gamers Bus

Go crazy in the Gaming Marquee

Meet the team at Fun Kids Radio broadcasting live on site from their Radio bus

See the ToyTesters.tv Awards with the Top 20 toys as voted for by children

Meet a host of costumed characters

Get creative with the Play-Doh workshop

Play with Playmobil

Talk turtles with the Marine Conservation Society

Take to the 8.5m inflatable Helter-Skelter

Plus a whole lot more from Star MonstersDobble, AzoomeeReach Robotics, BopIt, Big Potato, OK play, Spiral Game, Esdevium’s TimelineCortex Play, Gigi Bloks, Playcolor, PopJam, Retro Gaming Marquee, Face painting, Kidesign, Balloon Besties, SAM LABS, Geomag, 8.5m inflatable Helter-Skelter, BigJigs RailVirtual rock-pooling, Seashore touch table and Super 11.

On top of all of this, there will be live shows and entertainment throughout, including ‘Remix the Room’ Created by No. 1 co-remixer of Lady Gaga and Rihanna, E-Bop.tv and the Bopniks. With further top secret announcements still to come, Kidtropolis is 2016’s not-to-be-missed family event.

We have tickets already so we will definitely be visiting… my kids are all very excited! There’s so many amazing companies exhibiting and of course there’s all the YouTube guys that kids seem to go crazy over! We as parents have no clue… but rattle some of these names off to your kids and I bet they will know them. Mine did!

Kidtropolis sounds awesome… something completely new and different. We can’t wait!

For further information and to book tickets, please visit www.Kidtropolis.co.uk

A Visit to the Tower Bridge Exhibition with the Family Trail App

During the half term we visited Tower Bridge.

It’s a landmark that I’ve walked past/sailed under/drove on many times and admired, but never been inside.

In case you didn’t know, Tower Bridge is an attraction in itself, not just a thing of beauty to admire from the outside! Visitors can take a tour inside and up across the famous walkway at the top and look down through the top of the bridge!

Myself and my three kiddies couldn’t wait to go inside!

tower bridge

To enhance the experience inside the Tower, there is now a fantastic new App called Tower Bridge Family Trail App, available on iTunes and Google Play! Lots of great features and games to play, which you can do as you take the tour. The games are fun as well as educational.. just short snippets of information thrown in whilst completing a game makes it that bit more interesting!

tower bridge app

All the different games on the App refer to an area of the tour.

The tour is fantastic. We loved every minute of it! There’s no official guide (unless you want to book one in advance) so visitors can wander around at their own pace. There’s a number of sit down screens that show short films if you want to learn lots more about the history of the Tower, otherwise you can move on and find another area of interest!

Once at the top of the walkway that joins the two ‘towers’ of Tower Bridge, it was lovely to simply stare out of the windows and take in the wonderful London skyline.

The double walkways across the top enables you to have a panoramic view, as well as having this utterly amazing glass floor which is everyone’s favourite part (if you’re brave enough to stand on it that is!)

tower bridge

The glass floor is pretty cool, and of course a little scary! But in no time the kids were running around on it, lying down on it and sitting all together on it!

Once you’ve walked across the first walkway, you can walk back on yourself along the second one. There are lots of photo’s and information to read as you walk across if you want to know more about Tower Bridge as well as other famous bridges from around the world!

The second walkway is slightly different though because it has a mirrored ceiling too. This adds to the excitement! You can see little O looking upwards here, having just noticed!

tower bridge exhibition

Taking a pic in the mirror….

glass ceiling tower bridge

tower bridge glass floor

You could honestly spend ages on the walkways. If not to admire the view all around, then to stare through the glass floor down onto the road and river below! It’s fun to watch boats go past underneath and of course, if you time it right (times are on the website), you can be there to watch one of the Bridge lifts which has got to be a highlight! We, unfortunately, missed the last one of the day which was a shame.

Next it was time to head down this lovely, old spiral staircase which took us down to a further screening room then to the lifts.

The next part of the tour takes you out of the Tower, across the bridge (following the blue line) into the Engine Rooms.

The Engine Rooms are actually very beautiful. To see this wonderful Victorian machinery in all it’s gloriously restored splendor is really a sight to behold. Once used to power the magnificent bridge, this is a hands on experience that the children loved.

If, like us, you haven’t ventured up inside Tower Bridge yet, then you really must. We had a great time. I had no idea it would be so much fun. It’s great value too, in fact, relatively cheap compared to other visitor attractions. I know it’s only an exhibition but it feels like so much more. A Family ticket costs as little as £20.30.

The brilliant Tower Bridge Family Trail App is an extension of the whole venture and brings a real sense of engagement.

The children and I have continued to look at and play the App at home. It’s animated and colourful and very appealing to youngsters. I think the whole family would enjoy the snippets of information it offers too!

It’s free.. so why not download today and check it out?

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