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Lightopia Festival - London

We were lucky enough to visit this year Lightopia festival in London’s Chiswick House Gardens. Lightopia is an immersive visually stunning lantern and light festival which has toured Manchester and Edinburgh and is now in London.


We couldn’t wait to see what awaited us, having read so much about the festival and seeing the images of the trail we were super excited for the evening ahead. we eagerly headed to the main entrance of the park, as soon as we arrived it was clear that we were in for a real treat as brightly colourful Lightopia sign greeted us.

We wandered through the light trail passing the various installations each unique and spectacular from The Love Gate, Tree of Life and The Flower Road, there were so many installations to see, it was an amazing display of light art and sculptures, some of the light installations moved to music whilst others were just visually pleasing to experience. 

There was a wonderful selection of food and drink available from delicious churros, chips to hot and cold drinks. At the end of the light trail, there were yet more attractions to experience from a mini funfair and a few more food and drinks stalls.

Overall Lightopia was an amazing experience which I feel privileged to have shared with my loved ones, I would defiantly recommend visiting it’s a great evening out and is suitable for all ages. I very much look forward to Lightopia returning to London next year. Check out my Instagram highlights for more images of our visit https://www.instagram.com/mummybebeautiful

Lightopia Festival  - London
Dates- 2nd Jan – 1st Mar 2020
Times - 5:00pm-10:00pm last entry 8:30 pm
Location - Chiswick House Gardens, London, W4 2QN

Ticket Price: (Booking Fee Apply)
Advance: | On the day
Adult £20.00 | Adult £22.00
Child £13.00 | Child £15.00
Family Ticket £58.00 | Family Ticket £66.00
For more information check out https://www.lightopiafestival.com

Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni with Beetroot and Almond Pesto

Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni with Beetroot and Almond Pesto

Serves: 2
1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni
15g shelled and roasted almonds for garnish 
1 small roasted beetroot, peeled and diced 
15g pumpkin seeds 
15g cashews or walnuts 
1 clove of peeled garlic 
Grated Pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh lemon juice 
Salt and pepper

Place all the pesto ingredients (beetroot, pumpkin seeds, cashews, garlic, pecorino, oil, lemon juice) in a food processor and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Add salt and pepper to your liking then pour the pesto in a bowl. 

Grill the almonds in a non-stick pan for 2 to 3 minutes until they are golden brown and set aside. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the tortelloni for 2 minutes. 

Carefully drain the tortelloni and stir in the pesto, mixing gently. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and serve.

La Famiglia Rana:
La Famiglia Rana is a family run-and-owned company. We’ve been producing the finest fresh filled pasta since 1962. From humble beginnings when founder Giovanni Rana hand-made and personally delivered fresh tortelloni to friends and neighbours in Verona, we’re now a globally recognised brand and we continue to uphold our same core values: using only the best ingredients and pushing boundaries to create the tastiest fresh filled pasta.


We were delighted to attend the dress rehearsal of Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA: a waking dream of Mexico at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

LUZIA invites audiences to escape to an imaginary Mexico into an imaginary spectacular world CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S LUZIA. The visually stunning show is a breathtaking production of circus acts which left us in awe as we watched the stunning artistry unfold.

The show was so creative and innovative and was unlike anything I'd seen before, from the moving stage to rain and water incorporated into the stunning performance.

There were high jaw-dropping death-defying acts, as well as modern highly funny comedy moments which involved audience participation.

The entire show and story was phenomenal, each act sharing a part in the unique unfolding story.
I cannot recommend Cirque Du Soliel LUZIA enough, you will not be disappointed. 

Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA
Debuts at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 January – 1 March 2020
Kensington Gore, South Kensington
London SW7 2AP

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia or 020 7589 8212.

Lexicon: NoFit State Circus

NoFit State has announced the full list of perilous and playful circus acts in their latest production LEXICON opening at the Roundhouse on Friday 3 January 2020 for a strictly limited season. With an international cast from Brecon to Bologna, Finland to France and everywhere in between, the acts perform, live and travel together in the traditional circus lifestyle.

LEXICON will present a host of heart-stopping acts including aerial acrobats such as Lyndall Merry defying gravity on the Swinging Trapeze, Vilhelmiina Sinervo and Rosa-Marie Schmid’s majestic artistry on the slack and double ropes and Pablo Meneu reaching new heights on the aerial straps.
NoFit State’s new production also brings nail-biting balancing acts including local Camden boy Luke Hallgarten who will be returning to his hometown to play at the Roundhouse for the first time with his dizzying Cyr Wheel performance. 

He is joined by Luca Morrocchi’s pin dropping Chinese Pole routine and Davide Salodini’s conquering turn on the Walking Globe. Rosa-Maria Autio and Nicol√≥ Marzoli will dazzle as an acro base duo featuring foot juggling and Sam Goodburn will amaze audiences by combining his juggling skills with a unicycle. NoFit State’s three-year veteran and second rigger Junior Barbosa joins Joachim Aussibal to inject mischief as the show’s Pranksters alongside Cecilia Zucchetti who will work across the ensemble.

The fast-paced innovative circus filled with live music and movement will break the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, the possible and the impossible, become blurred where nothing is hidden and everything revealed.



I have been privileged to visit London SEA LIFE many years ago, so we were looking forward to getting the opportunity to visit again and see the new creature zones. There are many creature zones to explore here are just some of our favourite.


Shark Walk: As you enter you get to walk over a glass floor where you get to see the sharks swim beneath your feet. but that's not the end of the Shark experience as you travel through the London aquarium you'll also come to across Shark Reef Encounter: Here you can get up close and personal with the stunning sharks and watch them swim.

Rockpool: A great opportunity to hold creatures from the deep. I loved exploring the Rockpool which gives you a chance to hold starfish or shark eggs. I was fascinated at the size and shape of the Shark Egg.

Ocean Tunnel: I love the ocean tunnel its amazing to experience life underneath the ocean, as you watch the see fish swim over your head, such a surreal beautiful experience.

Coral Kingdom: My favourite zone by far, the colours are amazing, it was delightful to be surrounded by the largest living Coral reef in the middle of London, the clownfish were stunning. Such a beautiful zone.

Ocean Invaders: Ocean Invaders allows you to enter into the world of the UK's largest jellyfish experience. It's amazing to watch these delicate creatures swim in harmony and with a variety of species to see and learn about, the experience is memorable.

Penguin Present Pursuit: This Christmas, young explorers can help Ziggy the penguin prepare for Christmas, help him find all the presents he has dropped around SEA LIFE London. All festivities are included in your entry ticket.

These are just some of the zones you will get to explore, there's also the Seahorse KingdomRainforest Adventure and Penguin Point. We had the most amazing day at SEA LIFE London, defiantly an experience that I will treasure for a long time to come. The perfect family day out. For more information and how to book check out www.visitsealife.com/london.