#FanDayFriday – A trip to Cadbury World

This week I had the pleasure of spending a fabulous family day at Cadbury World. One of the foremost family attractions in Birmingham, Cadbury World is a unique mix of history, heritage and fun attractions, all with the added attraction of chocolate, lots of chocolate. There really could only be one choice of topic for this week’s #FanDayFriday.

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Cadbury World is great value for money in comparison to other theme parks and attractions, with a family ticket costing just under £60 for 2 adults and 3 children. On a beautiful day you are able to enjoy the rather wonderful adventure playground, which caters for all ages, with slides and rope bridges at different sizes and levels. You can also save your pennies by taking a picnic, with lots of picnic benches also outside. However, the food is also reasonable, with a child’s chicken nuggets meal coming in at less than £5 for decent sized, freshly cooked portions.

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We started our day with the inside museum and trip around the factory. Cadbury World is gloriously interactive, with narrators on route who set the scene for Georgian London and Victorian Birmingham in turn, showing how the story of the Cadbury family unfolded. You are taken into different rooms, where the story of the Cadbury family and Bournville is told through holograms, and then continue through a fun, 4d experience that shows how chocolate is produced, complete with blasts of steam and moving benches.

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Moving on through the factory, there are homages to advertising and packaging, as well as the chance to watch master chocolatiers decorating chocolate teapots and shoes. The chance to try some melted chocolate, complete with added ingredients like jelly babies and white chocolate buttons, is definitely not one to miss, and there were also some fabulous examples of chocolate masterpieces, including a model of Buckingham Palace created for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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The Cadabra was a real favourite with Joe and Renee, a trip in a special car through the world of the Cadbury’s chocolate beans. This is really magical, with the lovely scenes including a Christmas and hot air balloons really delighting children of every age (and by every age I of course mean adults!).

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The 4D experience is brilliant, but the queues can be rather large, especially during the school holidays. We didn’t queue up this time, choosing instead to watch the very funny magician and ventriloquist Kimmo, who had the audience roaring with laughter. He was so good Joe decided we had to watch both shows, which is a definite seal of approval from a little boy who can be a tough audience.

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Cadbury World is great fun for all ages and is an attraction that my family just love to visit.

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This week for #FanDayFriday I am linking up with two great blogs, Capturing Sunshine and Beauty By Natasha.  Why don’t you pay their blogs and visit and read some of their inspiring posts.

#FanDayFriday The Premier League is back!

A few days late again, but another very busy few days, means that my #FanDayFriday post is once again coming to you on Sunday. This week, as a football fan, there really could be only one topic, and that would have to be the opening weekend of the Premiership. Football is back!

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I have been a footie fan since I was a little girl, my family are all die hard West Bromwich Albion fans, and frankly it was an unspoken rule the you has to be football mad. I’ve since loved my team through good and bad, including the terrible days of Bobby Gould when we were relegated to the old third division. Now we are a fully fledged Premier League club, and I have my own little Baggie fan, with Joe just as committed to West Brom as the rest of the family. He is also a Junior Baggie star, being chosen to take part in a special Christmas message video that West Bromwich Albion created last Christmas.

Kidderminster Harriers Pre Season Friendly

Kidderminster Harriers Pre Season Friendly

Family gathering at home to Spurs

Family gathering at home to Spurs

On Match of the Day with the hubby

On Match of the Day with the hubby

In the fan zone

In the fan zone

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Next week, Joe has been chosen to be a mascot for the first home match of the season, and will walk out with the team when they play Everton. I couldn’t be prouder – he has been chosen for his dedication, commitment and hard work whilst attending Football Camps, and it really is a great honour. He is super excited, and next week promises to be a really special occasion for the whole family.

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pink faces from the cold, still loving every minute.

My heart lies with WBA, but I also follow the Gunners and look for their results. My grandad was billeted at Woolwich Arsenal during World War 2, so always had a special place in his heart for Arsenal. Of course, the fact that I am totally besotted and not a little obsessed with Olivier Giroud is another reason to watch. Football is all about the passion, the atmosphere, the joy of singing and shouting for your team at the top of your voice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the hot men playing the game!

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Next Saturday I’ll be the proudest mom around, watching my boy walking onto the pitch and enjoying his moment, and will then shout myself hoarse hoping Rondon adds to his goal tally.

The Premier League, there really is nothing like it.

This week I am linking up with Lee-Anne from wotshernameagain  You can check out her #FanDayFriday post here.

#FanDayFriday (on a Monday!) Vintage Dresses

My #FanDayFriday post is a few days late. It was my wedding anniversary on the 6th and my hubby took me away for a lovely long weekend in Lincoln, so today I am catching up, and I’m actually taking inspiration from one of the things that made my weekend so perfect – shopping for vintage dresses.

I have a real love for vintage clothes, and trying to find lovely pieces from the past is something I really enjoy. I don’t have a particular decade that I prefer, I look at the individual piece rather than bothering with the time frame, but I do have quite a few 1970s dresses, and I added to my collection with two new ones this weekend, picked up from the fabulous St Barnabas hospice shops that have amazing vintage sections complete with selfie booths.

The first dress was a St Michael label M&S dress in the prettiest yellow shade. The condition was very good, although I think it would originally have included a tie belt. I am going to add a thin animal print belt which I think will contrast nicely with the yellow shade. For £5.99 it was an absolute bargain.

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The second dress was a Shubette of London 1970s design that I loved for its mixed prints. Shubette was founded in 1913 and is a much sort after label. I love that this dress would work well for Summer or Autumn, the fabric is thicker and stiffer than a normal sundress and so would look great with heels and a jacket. Another great find for £8, and I got a string of jet beads to perfectly match it.

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I’d actually packed another vintage dress in my suitcase, and I wore this for a touch of sightseeing. This one cost the princely sum of £2 from a Salvation Army shop and I love it, 1960s era with a simple dotted print and quite simply the only thing you could wear to shoot a storm trooper.

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Of course, charity shops aren’t the only places you can find vintage, and for really special pieces it is worth looking in dedicated vintage shops. Ego Clothing in Lincoln stocks a range of reproduction pieces and authentic vintage from all eras, including labels like Hatty Carnegie, Pierre Cardin and Berketex.

I totally fell in love with a brocade evening dress from the late 1950s/early 1960s and decided it would be perfect for my anniversary dinner. It had no size label, but there was a changing room and I tried it on twice before deciding it was for me. I’m so glad I did!

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This week I am linking up with the fabulous Amanda and Bryan from Forever Blessed. You can read their #FanDayFriday post here.