TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES


We were super excited to head into Central London to Vue Cinema to watch the screening of Teen Titans Go To The Movies, both of my boys are huge Teen Titans fans and watch the series on Cartoon Network almost every day. Teen Titans GO to the Movies sees the egocentric Super Heroes in their first feature film, Robin notices that of the major superheroes are starring in their own movies, so a determined Robin decided its about time him and his team also have the same opportunity, so the Teen Titan decides to head to Hollywood in search of fame, but they come across a Super-Villain who uses his power of persuasion in an attempt to take over the Earth, but things dont go to plan and the team eand up fighting for their friendship.


Teen Titans Go Movie is a fun and entertaining animated family movie, filled with comical elements a must-see movie for Teen Titans and DC Comic fans, the cool storyline and catchy tunes will leave you wanting to rewatch again.


Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC.  Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic, and Horvath serving as executive producers.  Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES hits UK cinemas nationwide on August 3rd.

Floss On The Go With DenTek!


DenTek Floss Picks and Case is the perfect travel essential to ensure a healthy, fresh smile all day long. Have your case with you at all times to make sure you're not stranded with food stuck in your
teeth. Just grab a case and go!


Flossing with DenTek is made simple, with a range of Floss Picks to suit all needs. Due to the small, compact size of the DenTek Floss Picks and Case, it's easy to keep in your bag for flossing on the
move, whether you're in the car, on the train or jet-setting across the world. DenTek Floss Pick & Case 4 Cases x 6 Picks (24 Picks) RRP: £3.00 Boots and www.Boots.com, Floss On The Go With DenTek!

DenTek Floss Picks and Case is the perfect travel essential to ensure a healthy, fresh smile all day long. Have your case with you at all times to make sure you're not stranded with food stuck in your
teeth. Just grab a case and go! Brushing teeth without flossing is comparable to cleaning only 65%
of the body leaving 35% untouched and prime for bacterial growth. The American Dental Association recently revealed that one-third of millennials only brush their teeth once a day Brushing and flossing help to minimise plaque which can cause bad breath, sensitive gums, tooth decay and tooth discolouration.

THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES


From the creators of the Academy Award nominated ERNEST AND CELESTINE, comes The Big Bad Fox and Other Takes, this hilarious adventure about a gang of animal misfits the story is told through beautifully hand-drawn animations, the story unfolds around lovable countryside creatures as they try (and fail), to fulfil their traditional roles in the farm and the forest.


A lazy stork leaves the delivery of a baby in the care of a rabbit, a pig and a duck. A big, bad fox tries to live up to his reputation whilst he unwittingly adopts three confused baby chicks and in the film's final tale, the animals embark on a hair brained scheme to replace Father Christmas.


Featuring a host of voices from the world of British comedy, including Bill Bailey, Adrian Edmondson, Justin Edwards, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Phill Jupitus and Giles New, THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES is a heart-warming portrayal of the pitfalls of family life. In cinemas August 3rd.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


One of our family traditions each year is to head to one of the ZSL Zoo's, last year we visited ZSL London, so we were really looking forward to visiting Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL Whipsnade which is an hour and a half drive from London.


Whipsnade Zoo is a zoo and safari park located near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, we have been fortunate to have visited a few times before, and absolutely loved the large open spaces of the Zoo and its stunning surroundings in the countryside.



The Zoo covers around 600 acres and is one of the largest Zoos in the UK, and as its so big visitors have the opportunity to walk and explore or use the Zoo's bus service, or if you prefer you can drive between the enclosures. We tend to enjoy strolling around visiting the various animal enclosures stopping for short breaks along the way which often means breathtaking views in every direction.


With so much to see and do at Whipsnade Zoo, you really do end up spending an entire day visiting the designated areas of Europe, Asia and Africa , we alsoways start out at base camp and enjoy a bite to eat and a cool drink, if your children are younger there's also an outside play area , there really is something for the whole family will enjoy, this summer from 21 Jul - 2 Sep 2018, ZSL is celebrating all things SUPER and are giving kids the chance to put their animal skills to the test in their Superhero Training Academy, where they can learn all about the amazing powers of the animals.


Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Check online for up to date events and whats on at your local ZSL ZOO, for more information check out www.zsl.org

Sounds and Sorcery


We were really excited and intrigued to attend the Sounds and Sorcery press night at The Vaults in Waterloo London.

 

Sounds and Sorcery is an immersive walk-through theatre experience inspired by Disney Fantasia, on arrival each guest is given a set of headphones and that's when the magic begins, we had the chance to explore, each room transported you into a unique and wonderful fantasy-themed world.


As we wondered through each of the rooms the music changed, it was amazing to experience the life-sized light installation and stunning visual effects, we were in awe of our surroundings, it was great that we could stop and take pictures along the way and really take our time absorbing each atmospheric room. Our favourite rooms had to The Sorcerer's Apprentice where we were treated to a spectacular live performance.

 

From bubbles in The Nutcracker Suite to burning volcanoes in The Rite Of Springs, Sounds and Sorcery will soothe, inspire and entertain all ages.

     
   
After a leisurely exploration of each room, there was time to grab a drink from the bar and watch the live performance of The Dance Of Hours Ballet.


We absolutely loved every minute of our visit to Sounds and Sorcery, its different from any other theatrical musical experience, defiantly something that needs to be seen and experienced.


Sounds and Sorcery will run from the 3rd of July to the 30th September with tickets starting from £30, to book tickets and for more information check out www.soundsandsorcery.com

DISNEY’S WEST END SHOWS ALADDIN & THE LION KING ANNOUNCE A SUMMER POP-UP EXPERIENCE IN LONDON


Why not head into London's Covent Garden this August to have the chance to join in a free interactive pop-up experience courtesy of  the Disney’s West End musicals Aladdin and The Lion King, Located at 25 Long Acre in the heart of Theatreland, the Pop-Up will be open every day from Tuesday 31st July until Sunday 26th August with a host of free interactive experiences and special events for Disney fans old and new, from fabulous performances from cast members of the two West End shows, puppetry demonstrations and stage makeup masterclasses to vocal and movement bite-sized workshops, these free events, will take place daily the full schedule is available to view at www.disneyonstage.co.uk and access to events is available on a first come first served basis.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from the Tony-Award winning The Lion King and learn about the inspiration behind many of the show’s impressive designs. Guests will also have the opportunity to step inside a specially-created ‘Cave of Wonders’, where they will be able to take a photo with the legendary lamp from Aladdin.


Visitors to the Covent Garden’s Piazza are invited to delve into a treasure hunt to uncover four magic lamps – each offering a clue to an Aladdin themed puzzle and for those who unscramble the message, they can take home a limited edition poster as their reward.

DISNEY’S ALADDIN:
Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS
Aladdin plays Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

DISNEY’S THE LION KING:
Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street,
London WC2E 7RQ
The Lion King plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. There is no performance on a Monday evening. 



Watermelon and Feta Salad Recipe


We have had so much amazing hot weather and here's looking forward to it lasting for the rest of summer, so why not cool off with this delicious watermelon and Feta Salad.

Serves 4

Ingredients
¼ Watermelon – Skin removed and diced 1 inch thick
Feta – 200g diced or crumbled
Kalamata olives – 50g pitted
Red chilli – 1 finely chopped
Olive oil – 10ml
Garlic clove – 1 clove
A sprig of thyme and rosemary
½ large lemon, remove rind and julienne (slice rind into thin strips). Juice the flesh
Basil leaves – 10g
Mint leaves – 10g

Method
To make the dressing, slowly and carefully heat olive oil, adding the garlic, chilli, thyme and rosemary, lemon rind.
Gently heat for 3 minutes, add lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s important to do this slowly to avoid burning any of the added elements.
Set aside to cool
To serve, spread the diced watermelon in the desired dish, sprinkle the feta on top, spoon over olives and distribute the dressing evenly.
Finish with a fine chiffonade of basil and mint – this will bring out all the flavour.


This delicious recipe is courtesy of  Gopi Chandran Executive Head Chef of Sopwell House,  for more information check out www.sopwellhouse.co.uk.




My Personality in Colours


The colours that we choose make us feel good, whether that be the clothes that we were or the decor of our homes, colours defiantly do influence the way we feel. Most experts in home decor would always recommend that you look at the available space textures, furniture that you have before deciding on a colour, as there is no point in choosing a colour that can overwhelm a small space or clash with your current furniture.


I do tend to opt for very natural to pastel colours, I like the light and airy feel, also my furniture is dark especially my large leather recliner which takes up a huge space in my living room, so its important that the walls are light, I do like accents of metallics and colour but tend to use accessories to add the clours that I like. My bedroom is in need of a new makeover and for this, I'm defiantly looking at white, greys and silver. Julain Charles has a cool downloadable pdf book (see the link to below)  which shares some really useful information on a range of colours and why we are attracted to them. Here is what Julian Charles advises on my colour palate


Grey - Grey is a reliable colour and is very versatile,  You’re reliable, but sometimes a bit scared of being the centre of attention. You’d much rather fade into the background. Grey is also the colour of compromise. It shows that you can be indecisive, and would rather sit on the fence than make any big decisions. You’re mostly a calm person who likes to be in control of a situation. Sometimes you can be a little bit too serious, but your fun side comes out when you’re with your best friends. How to style grey Don’t just stick to one grey. You should use lots of light and darks to help layer the room. Grey comes in all sorts of tones. You can have warm ones, or blue-toned ones, or even grey with a green tinge.  so play around with it. For a glamorous feel, add lots of silver accessories and crushed velvet.


Black & White - Using black and white suggests that you like the simple things in life. You enjoy sitting down with a good book, or just having dinner with loved ones. It doesn’t take much to please you. You might be a bit more cautious with your interiors too. Perhaps you’re scared of colour, but regardless, your home is still beautiful and stylish with simple monochrome colours.


The colours we're attracted to or the ones we do tend to choose repeatedly and defiantly tell something about our personality and Julian Charles really summed up my personality with the clours that I have chosen for my home, check out Colour Your Personality

2:HRS


15yr old Tim Edge (HARRY JARVIS) is a budding graffiti artist and an expert in selfishness. When Tim and his two best friends, Vic & Alf, bunk off from a school trip at the Natural History Museum, they stumble into a Press Conference being held by Lena Eidelhorn (SIOBHAN REDMOND), a mad scientist who is unveiling her latest invention, The Vitalitron.


The Vitalitron is capable of predicting the time of death of any living creature, and when Tim sneaks inside, he discovers he only has 2:Hrs left to live. Chased across London by tabloid journalists Tooley and Graves (SEANN WALSH and MAREK LARWOOD), Tim and his mates agree on a bucket list that will cram a lifetime into the next two hours. Meanwhile, Lena makes plans to ensure that the Vitalitron’s prophecy becomes true no matter what.


2:HRS will be available on demand from the 30th July, for more information check out www.2hrsfilm.com

Drayton Manor to bring smiles this summer


Drayton Manor Park plans its six weeks of Summer Sensation campaign from Wednesday 25th July to Monday 3rd September at the Staffordshire-based attraction. In addition to the adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, family-friendly rides and the 15-acre zoo, the attraction is organising extra events for visitors to enjoy. Make sure that your little ones don’t miss out on a special meet and greet with CatBoy and Owlette, characters from popular children’s TV show, PJ Masks. These fan favourites, guaranteed to bring a smile to your child’s face, will be having fun at the park on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August in the heart of the park near the Carousel.

For the grown-ups, there will be a scrumptious Food & Craft Festival on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, consisting of over 30 stands to tantalise the taste buds with locally made treats and delights, including stands run by The Crab Shack, Patty Freaks and Gyro Guys to name a few plus some amazing craft stalls as well. But don’t worry if you don’t manage to make it to these events as throughout the summer there’s plenty at Drayton Manor Park to keep everyone happy. Both the young and young at heart will be entertained in Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and is home to more than 25 rides and attractions, such as the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster, Jeremy Jets’ Flying Academy, and brand new in 2017, James and The Red Balloon.
 

Thrill seekers can scream to their hearts’ content as they experience a host of adrenaline-pumping rides such as the head-turning gyro swing Maelstrom, the 54-metre drop tower Apocalypse and Shockwave, one of only two stand-up coasters in Europe. Visitors looking for a quick refresh from the occasional ‘heat wave’ we have been experiencing to date can enjoy the white-knuckle Stormforce 10 water ride! If you’re planning to extend your visit into a staycation at the onsite, four-star Drayton Manor Hotel, secure your evening’s stay in a standard family room with a deposit of just £1 and help spread the cost this summer with the park’s exclusive Stay & Play offer. Be quick though, as terms and conditions apply and these rooms sell out fast!

For families with younger children, the magical experience of Thomas Land doesn’t have to end in the park as Drayton Manor Hotel has 15 incredible Thomas & Friends themed rooms. Each child staying in a themed room also receives a complimentary Thomas & Friends goodie bag during their stay. For those without little ones, the hotel offers a well-deserved break in relaxing rooms with free Wi-Fi and an optional full English breakfast too.
                               
William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park comments: “As a third-generation family run independent attraction, we understand how long the summer holidays can feel when you have nothing planned, which is why we want to shout about our Summer Sensation campaign

 “With so many events and experiences planned, you may wish to visit us on more than one occasion this summer. So why not avoid additional screen time for children and being stuck indoors this summer and plan a trip to Drayton Manor to create fun family memories that will last a lifetime!”

To book a stay at Drayton Manor Hotel, visit www.draytonmanorhotel.co.uk, call 01827 285551 or email reservations@draytonmanor.co.uk.

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES


When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big!  “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is!  But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick.  If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.  With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream.  But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry.  The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!


Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. The film was directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC.  Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic, and Horvath serving as executive producers.  Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.


TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES hits UK cinemas nationwide on August 3rd.

THOMAS & FRIENDS™ BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES!


All aboard as the brand new animated Thomas & Friends, children's movie opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on the 20th July. The movie sees Thomas undertake his most epic journey ever, as he leaves Sodor to fulfil his dream of seeing the world. The action-packed adventure begins when a mischievous little racing car called Ace comes to Sodor and inspires Thomas to embark on an ambitious trip without the Fat Controller’s permission!

His heroic quest takes Thomas across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before. On his journey to discover new places and cultures, Thomas makes friends with an adventurous, inspiring and fun tank engine from Kenya called Nia. But with so much for Thomas to learn about the world, will Nia be successful in teaching him a lesson about the true meaning of friendship?

New friend Nia is the first African tank engine to join Thomas & Friends and comes with her own sense of adventure. To ensure that she comes with a rich and accurate background for children to appreciate, her character was specially developed with the help of the UN and experts from the Royal African Society. The Movie features a fun-packed plot full of wonder and curiosity, plus tons of animals and several musical songs that will captivate the imagination of young Thomas fans and parents alike. This is the biggest Thomas movie to date and one not to be missed!


Thomas the Tank Engine was created over 70 years ago and that story quickly grew through content to become an award-winning global brand franchise that it is today, watched in over 160 territories, in over 50 languages with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, Thomas & Friends offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials.


THOMAS & FRIENDS™: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES! THE MOVIE WILL BE RELEASED IN OVER 400 CINEMAS ACROSS THE UK & IRELAND FROM FRIDAY, 20TH JULY

Tickets are on sale at http://thomasbwbamovie.co.uk

Family Fun at Pop Up Screens Outdoor Cinema in Partnership with Benadryl


With the school summer holidays just around the corner, parents of London like myself are probably left wondering how to fill the weeks to come.


Pop Up Screens invites families to indulge in a movie evening that they won’t forget, with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe, Pop Up Screens has been praised by critics across the country will have you coming back year after year.


Pop Up Screens provides a pop-up cinema experience to movie lovers, sharing fun family screenings from the 20th July and running all the way through to the end of September.  The new family film slate includes The Greatest Showman, Back to the Future, Beauty & The Beast, The Goonies and The Jungle Book. Coming to ten iconic parks in London, Pop Up Screens is on a mission to bring fun for all ages to every corner of the capital. This year, with the addition VIP seats, families are able to rent directors chairs in prime viewing position and receive a free drink of their choice. Of course, there will be a bar and the nation’s sweetheart of food on offer; sourdough wood-fired pizzas from the Seaside Pizza Co. all night long.

Founder Dave Leydon is passionate that the magic of outdoor cinema should be accessible for both children and adults. He says “Outdoor cinema is still something that’s got a certain romance to it that gets lost in the multiplexes, the magic of being outside with a movie you love is pretty hard to beat. The addition of even more films that will appeal to all ages this year is a bid to provide an experience that is just as enjoyable for parents as it is for kids.”

Pop Up Screens Complete Summer 2018 Programme

Bishops Park, Fulham 
The Breakfast Club: Friday 20th July
Dirty Dancing: Saturday 21st July
Romeo & Juliet: Sunday 22nd July

Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill
Get Out: Friday 27th July
Grease: Saturday 28th July
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Sunday 29th July

Corams Field, Russell Square
(500) Days of Summer: Friday 3rd August
Notting Hill: Saturday 4th August
Cool Runnings: Sunday 5th August

Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith
10 Things I Hate About You: Friday 10th August
Beauty and the Beast (2017): Saturday 11th August
The Greatest Showman: Sunday 12th August

Guildhall, City of London
Wonder Woman: Monday 13th August
Thelma & Louise: Tuesday 14th August
Suffragette: Wednesday 15th August

Canbury Gardens, Kingston
The Goonies: Thursday 16th August

Central Park, Greenwich Peninsula 
Baby Driver: Friday 17th August
Bridesmaids: Saturday 18th August
La La Land: Sunday 19th August

Canbury Gardens 
Thor: Ragnarok: Thursday 23rd August

Manor House Gardens, Hither Green 
The Jungle Book: Friday 24th August
Dirty Dancing: Saturday 25th August
Ghostbusters: Sunday 26th August

Canbury Gardens, Kingston
Top Gun: Thursday 30th August

Bishop’s Park, Fulham
Logan: Friday 31st August
La La Land: Saturday 1st September
Moulin Rouge!: Sunday 2nd September

Canbury Gardens, Kingston
10 Things I Hate About You: Thursday 6th September

Priory Park, Crouch End
3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Friday 7th September
The Greatest Showman: Saturday 8th September
Back to the Future: Sunday 9th September

Paddington Recreation Grounds, Maida Vale 
Grand Budapest Hotel:  Friday 14th September
The Shape of Water: Saturday 15th September
Pretty Woman: Sunday 16th September

Corams Fields, Russell Square
Donnie Darko:  Friday 21st September
Dirty Dancing: Saturday 22nd September
Easy A: Sunday 23rd September

For more information on the movies available and to book your tickets check out www.popupscreens.co.uk


Sweet Pups


We were really excited to get our hands on the cutest range of soft, plush puppies called Sweet Pups, hidden inside each delicious pastries is a cute looking pup.


On the outside, you have a sweet-scented pastry which can transform into a Sweet Pup, simply open the pastry to reveal the cute pup hidden inside.


Instantly by turning the scrumptious pastry inside out. you will have a gorgeous looking plush huggable puppy.

Sweet Pups series one comes in 12 adorable breeds which you can collect. We love the look of them all.


These adorable Sweet Pups are available to purchase from Claire’s Accessories and Amazon for £7.99rrp.