Win A Warwick Castle Family Pass!

Get a frightfully good deal this Halloween with a special sale from Warwick Castle.

Book online by 23 October for visits until 4 November and save up to 40 per cent.

or you can enter below to WIN Family Ticket for some spooky half term fun!

Dare to be scared?

Lure your friends and family to experience the ‘Haunted Castle’ with entry from £15 per person for eerie evening escapades or from £16 per person for dastardly day-time fun. Enhance the scare factor by adding a visit to the Castle Dungeon for an additional £5 per person for evening visits or £6 per person for day visits.

For a truly scary experience, the Haunted Castle will be open until 10pm on selected dates during the Halloween season which runs from 20 October until 4 November 2018.

For Scaredy Squires

Youngsters flock to the Haunted Hollows each Halloween to scamper along the spooky woodland trail, giggling as they go, and to weave their way through the Horrible Histories maze.

 

Dead Centre Stage (open from 11am) offers live-action performances, stories and shows throughout the day. While back at the castle, Witches Tower replaces The Princess Tower. Hear firsthand from a cast of horrid hags who tell tales of ghosts and the unexplained. Just don’t ask them what they did with the princesses…

Daring Dukes

New for 2018, the Escape Room – an actor-led attraction set within the medieval gaol – challenges friends and strangers to work together against the clock on a quest to save a tortured soul from the Wars of the Roses (additional £5 ticket required).

Venture into the castle, the centuries-old walls exuding a sense of foreboding, to find the new House of Wax scare maze. Skirting the ghostly glare of the lurking wax figures, their sallow eyes piercing the disorienting darkness, be prepared for a gut-wrenchingly grim finale…fire and wax don’t mix!

 

Fire jousting returns, promising an awesome display of horseback heroics. Out on the battlefield on River Island, fearless knights wield their flaming lances in a skillful showdown.

 

Brave Knights (over 10 years only; parental discretion advised)

Outbreak 1369 drags pitiful plague victims from their medieval resting place in the fetid bowels of the castle to torment the living. Stomach churns and teeth chatters – punctuated with screams of terror – are to be expected.

Try to keep calm in The Castle Dungeon, a live-actor experience that plunges victims into the deathly darkness of the Middle Ages, when the people of Warwick were at the mercy of the plague, malevolent monks and unscrupulous ‘surgeons’.

The Halloween Spooktacular Sale runs until the clock strikes midnight on 23 October so book quickly! Visit www.warwick-castle.com to reserve your ticket.

Enter our Giveaway to WIN a Family Ticket to Warwick Castle at Halloween – for use during Halloween – 20 October until 4 November 2018

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WIN | GIVEAWAY 2 Family Favourite Games from Pass The Pigs

Christmas in our house is about sharing time together. Sure, this does mean that I am swigging Bucks Fizz for breakfast but after I have made sure to record the stuff I have absolutely no chance of watching in peace on the day itself I love to play games with the family. 

Our go to has always been a certain property related board game but given last year which ended with MrG and I not speaking for quite some time after some pretty ruthless hotel buying we have all agreed that we need to find something a bit different. Pass the Pigs may just fit the bill and I have a set of 2 (original and party) for 1 lucky winner!

Pass the Pigs is so easy to play. Simply throw the 2 piggies up in the air and see how they land. Compare the pigs landing positions with your scorecard and earn points. The first to 100 wins.

Pass the Pigs comes in a handy travel case, pop into your bag and you are ready for a game anytime. So, if you are traveling to see family it’s the perfect entertainment on the go. Pass the Pigs Party are ideal for when you want to play with family and friends at Christmas.

Pass the Pigs

Hours of fun are guaranteed with this exciting Pass the Pigs game. Perfect for taking on the road, the Pass the Pigs game comes in a handy travel case, so there’s never a dull moment to be had!

Pass the Pigs is a game of skill for 2-6 players, it comes with a handy carry case, 2 pencils, 2 pigs and a pocket-sized score card.

Suitable for ages 3+ and available for £9.99rrp.

Pass the Pigs Party

The version for party animals! Now there are EIGHT pigs in the game to play with. Roll your piggies to try and be first to match the position on your card. Get bonus points if you do it on your first go! Be the first to rack up 100 points. £14.99rrp.

 

  •  8 small plastic piggies (four pairs)
  •  Deck of 30 cards
  •  Carry case

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Review/Giveaway Vremi Baking Cups and Apple Slicer

Moose attends pre-school from Monday to Thursday. During those days I try to get lots of work done. Sometimes that means working with clay, sometimes it means writing. I am lucky that I love my work so it doesn’t really feel like work at all. Friday though, is our day. Moose and I have the whole day to ourselves to do whatever it is that takes our fancy. I absolutely love our time together and I am trying to push all thoughts of it coming to an end next September out of my mind and just enjoy these moments while we can snatch them.

This week Moose asked if we could make lunch and bake some cakes. It just so happened that I had received the Vremi baking cups and apple slicer to try out so I figured it would be a great idea.

We decided to start with cake

This was entirely Moose’s idea but I didn’t put up much of a fight. We had a Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles cake mix in the cupboard so that seemed the obvious choice. If you know me, you know about my lacking baking skills… Surely not even I could mess up a box mix though!

Moose had great fun making the cake mix and spooning it into the silicone cases. Of course, I appreciate I am late to the silicone baking cup game, this was my first experience of such a thing. I eyed Vremi’s claim of them being non stick with a healthy amount of suspicion. I was however delighted to read that they are dishwasher safe!

Vremi’s set of 24 Nonstick Silicone Baking Cups come in pink, green, blue and yellow and I love how bright and fun they are. Incidentally, the cups did not stick to the cakes at all and emerged from the dishwasher as good as new. There is no going back to paper for us now. 

Slice slice baby

While our cakes cooled on the rack we turned our attention to preparing lunch. Moose loves cheese, apple and grapes with crackers. He is really fussy sometimes so it’s a relief when he requests normal food. 

The Vremi slicer comes with 3 sets of blades designed to cut mango, apple and potato (into chips). I am usually a knife kind of a girl so this too was a bit of a revelation. I honestly thought that this would be one of those faddy gadgets which I would use once and then leave languishing in the back of a cupboard (I am looking at you candyfloss machine). The big easy grip handles means that small (and big) hands go nowhere near the sharp blades so it’s great for when the kids want to “help”. 

I like apples but I have a weird aversion to eating one whole. This handy little gadget though has upped my apple intake by a surprising amount! The kids too. We seem to much prefer to eat pre sliced apple. I am yet to try the chipper but I do believe it will be a game changer

Fancy winning these two great products yourself? Enter via Gleam below: (Ends 17/12)

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Win Your Own Scary Peeper Halloween Prop

This week I received a head in a box.

It would be accurate to say that when the box was opened I did recoil a little bit. This guy is creepy! I guess that’s the idea though, right? On the upside, it will probably be the last time Bess asks to open my parcels!

The Scary Peeper is not pretty. It’s the same size as an average adult head and can be attached to your window using the suction cup already attached.

I have taken photos in the daytime so that you can see him in all his glory and then at night – it is very creepy at night!

Sneaky peeker Halloween prop

How did the children react

Well, Bess isn’t easily startled so she hasn’t jumped once. Moose isn’t worried by him at all – in fact he has named him “The Wizard”, he believes that The Wizard is making sure they aren’t being naughty and will report back to Santa if they are. This is an excellent result but does mean that The Wizard is going to have to stay put.

Col however has been startled quite a few times already. I have tried leaving it in one place and tried moving him to other windows. Either way Col jumps. So it does do what it “says on the tin” as it were.

I think on Halloween night we might try hanging him on the inside of the window looking out to scare the trick or treaters!

scary peeper in the dark halloween prop

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Mokuru Fidget Desk Toy – review and giveaway

WITH THE FIDGET SPINNER I WAS LATE TO THE GAME 

Poor Bess didn’t tell me she wanted one so I assumed she didn’t. First rule of parenting a tween? Assume nothing.

With this in mind, when we were given the opportunity to review the next big thing in the fidget toy universe we would have been utter fools to resist.

At first glance this piece of beechwood looks like the handle from a skipping rope (it still looks like this after a few glances to be honest) but it is so much more!

The Mokuru arrives with no instructions. We had absolutely no idea what we were meant to do with it other than to “flip it”.
mokuru Fidget Desk Toy

It seemed like a good idea

I thought it would be fun to see if we could figure out this thing without going online. Our method was to (with some force) kind of flip it over and throw the Mokuru down onto the breakfast bar. 5 minutes in and I concluded that we needed some help before we started taking chunks out of the kitchen.

You tube saved the day

So it turns out that Mokuru is already pretty popular. There are loads of people showing off their skills online. We picked a vid and 2 minutes later we were having a go for ourselves.

We were overthinking it if anything. You kind of just gently push it over and it flips itself. Some kind of magic science not meant to be understood by the likes of me but needless to say it was not long before both Bess and I were hooked. It did admittedly bring out our competitive streak but we were soon keeping the Mokuru flipping between each other for ages! The great thing about this toy is that you really do get better every time you pick it up.

WIN!

We have 2 Mokuru fidget toys to give away. To enter just follow the instructions in the form below! Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions:

1. The prize consists of 2 Mokuru Fidget Sticks. There will be two winners who will each receive one Mokuru fidget Stick. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
2. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
3. Closing date for entries is 12:00am on 30th September 2017
4. Mokuru stick may come in a variety of different colours
5. The winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries
6. The winners will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
7. The winner’s name will be available on request
8. The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
9. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions