Forbidden Forest Cinema – Halloween Horror Screenings

The Forbidden Forest Cinema are hosting a collection of immersive fright night Halloween screenings.  ( from 23 Oct to 15 Nov) Visitors must brave their way through a forbidden forest before discovering an eerie woodland cinema, the perfect setting for their favourite film. 


Films include Halloween horror favourites such as: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hereditary, It, Beetlejuice, Scream, The Shining and The Blair Witch Project as well as cult classics like Donnie Darko, Rocky Horror Picture Show, From Dusk Till Dawn, Labyrinth and The Craft (see full schedule below).

Forbidden Forest Cinema Screening Times: 

Friday 23 October

7:30 pm - A Nightmare on Elm Street

Saturday 24 October

4 pm – The Lost Boys

7:30 pm – The Blair Witch Project

Sunday 25 October

4 pm – Labyrinth (family-friendly)

7:30 pm – Us

Monday 26 October

12:30 pm – Moana (half-term/family-friendly)

7:30 pm – The Sixth Sense

Tuesday 27 October

12:30 pm – Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (half-term/family-friendly)

7:30 pm – Get Out

Wednesday 28 October

12:30 pm – Minions (half-term/family-friendly)

7:30 pm – The Invisible Man

Thursday 29 October

12:30 pm – Onward (half-term/family-friendly)

7:30 pm – A Nightmare on Elm Street

Friday 30 October

12:30 pm – Toy Story 4 (half term/family-friendly)

7:30 pm – Scream

Saturday 31 October

4 pm – The Craft

7:30 pm – It

Sunday 01 November

4 pm – Hocus Pocus (family-friendly)

7:30 pm – Beetlejuice

Monday 02 November

7:30 pm – The Blair Witch Project

Tuesday 03 November

7:30 pm – It

Wednesday 04 November

7:30 pm – The Shining

Thursday 05 November

11 am – Where the Wild Things Are (parent and baby screening)

7:30 pm Ghostbusters

Friday 06 November

7:30 pm – Joker

Saturday 07 November

4 pm – Cabin in the Woods

7:30 pm – Hereditary

Sunday 08 November

4 pm – Goonies (family-friendly)

7:30 pm – Seven

Monday 09 November

7:30 pm – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tuesday 10 November

7:30 pm - American Psycho

Wednesday 11 November

7:30 pm – From Dusk Till Dawn 

Thursday 12 November

7:30 pm - Beetlejuice

Friday 13 November

7:30 pm – Friday 13th

Saturday 14 November

4 pm – Donnie Darko

7:30 pm – A Nightmare on Elm Street

Sunday 15 November

4 pm – Onward (family-friendly)

7:30 pm – Doctor Sleep

Half term screenings of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Onward, Moana, Minions and Toy Story 4 will also be part of the schedule, coupled with a family-friendly magical adventure through the mysterious forest.


Adult tickets will be priced from £22 (incl. all fees), with concessions for family tickets and half-term screenings. A limited amount of VIP tickets will also be made available at £27.50 (incl. all fees, premium seats, and a drink).


Tickets can be booked from

The Climbing Hangar

The Climbing Hangar has a new indoor climbing centre which is located on the Matchworks estate in Speke, Liverpool. The Climbing Hangar is a centre for climbers of all levels to practice their rock climbing skills they also offer courses and practice sessions, there is coffee when you need a break.

As part of a phased approach with strict social distancing and safety measures in place The Climbing Hangar, re-opened the doors of its facilities on 25th July including Matchworks a 11,200 sq foot brand new facility which is an upgrade on the existing Birchall Street venue and follows the success of its flagship climbing wall.
If Liverpool is a little far The Climbing Hanger also has centres in London, Liverpool, Swansea and Plymouth. Tickets must be booked in advance


Tandoori cooking is great for meat products but It's also a great way to make vegetables and vegan burgers even tastier. It's easy to make some spicy tandoori style marinades that are going to bring everything to life. This delicious recipe is gluten and dairy-free so will cover a lot of allergies and special diets in one go.

Tandoori Paste for Marinade:
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1 cm cinnamon stick
12 cloves buds 
1 onion peeled and roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
3cm ginger root peeled and roughly chopped 
2 tbsp coconut oil 
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
¼ tsp chilli
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp curry powder
1 teaspoon salt 
1 lemon (juiced)
400ml coconut or other vegan ​yogurt
1 tbsp tomato puree
A handful of fresh coriander (chopped)

Grind the cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon in a grinder or pestle and mortar. Put the ginger, garlic and onion in a food processor and blend until it is a smooth paste. 
Heat the coconut oil in the pan and add the pureed onion mixture cook for 2-3 minutes. Add freshly ground and powdered spices and cook for another 2 minutes.
If the mixture gets too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water. 
Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, yogurt, salt and tomato paste. Mix well and reheat then add the fresh coriander.

Recipe courtesy of the author, presenter and plant-based chef Keith Squires who share a host of tips and ideas for vegan recipes online

Adventures In August

We have had a very busy and amazing August, I have been working mainly from home, but thankfully I had a couple of weeks off, plus as it was officially the half term for the boys, so we wanted to make the most of the sunshine and our time together.

Chessington World Of Adventures
It has to be one of my favourite places to visit, we had to wear our masks on some of the rides which was fine, our tickets were timed which meant there was no queuing on entry, and queuing for rides was socially distanced which made everyone feel safe, it was feel good vibes and a very fun day.

It was reasonably busy, but not as busy as it would normally be, overall we had the most amazing day and had the opportunity to go on many of our favourite rides.

St James Park & Horse Guard Parade
We headed to St James Park to enjoy the sunshine, amazingly we came across these stunning and very friendly Parakeets, we watched as a family fed them, the family kindly gave us some apple and we managed to capture some awesome images.


We also headed to Horse Guards Parade the city is pretty quiet (pre-COVID) so it was nice to get the opportunity to take some images of the city less crowded.

Park Life
We took the opportunity to visit the park almost every day, it has been a great relaxing way to de-stress and spend some quality time together.

I also started the Couch to 5k challenge which has been amazing for me and very therapeutic, unfortunately, I strained my knee quite badly which took over a couple of weeks to heal, I have started exercising at home rebuilding my strength before I head back to jogging in the park.

Camden Market
Camden Market in London is a pretty cool place to visit, there are lots of amazing street food and unique stalls.


We spend the afternoon mulling around looking at the stalls and eating of course.

Among The Trees
We headed to the Haywood Gallery in London to spend some therapeutic time exploring the among the tree exhibition, read more about our day on my new blog at

It was my birthday yay, mixed emotions as it was the first one without my mum, but overall I had a great day and lots of love and gifts and cake, we headed to London Zoo to celebrate on the day, and hubby took me out for a meal the following evening.

London Zoo
What an amazing day, we were super excited as it had been a while since we last visited the Zoo, there was, social distancing rules in place at the Zoo and we had to wear masks when inside enclosed spaces, tickets were timed so it wasn't too busy, such a great memorable day.

I hope you all had a fabulous summer break. 

London Transport Museum Is Re-Opening

We have always loved visiting the London Transport Museum and have really missed not visiting over the summer, but we are happy to share that London Transport Museum will reopen its doors on 7 September 2020. The Museum including its much-loved shop and cafĂ© Canteen will reopen daily between 11:00 and 19:00, except for Thursdays and Sundays when the Museum will close earlier at 18:00. But you will need to book your timed tickets in advance online. Book online here

London transport museum

If you haven't visited the London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, then I highly recommend you go, The London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton will reopen for visitors to explore for its first-ever summer season.

The depot full of transport treasures will now be open for 10-days of summer family fun from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 and Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 August 2020.

Families will enjoy the cool collection from vintage London buses to classic Tube trains, and kids will receive a special activity pack. Timed tickets must be booked in advance online. For more details about the Depot opening can be found on the Depot Summer Season page.

The museum has also recently launched a fundraising appeal so head over and show your support as the museum doesn't receive regular funding from central government and it costs over £25,000 a day to open the Museum. By donating, you will help the Museum and care for our world-leading collection and deliver our vital employability and skills programmes to get young Londoners back on their feet with job opportunities and apprenticeships in the transport industry.

The Secret: Dare to Dream

Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas Star in the Uplifting Film Based Upon the Best-Selling Book Arriving in Homes on 7th August


LONDON, UK – July 28, 2020 – Lionsgate UK will release hope-filled film The Secret: Dare to Dream on Premium Video on Demand from Friday, 7th August. The feel-good romantic drama starring Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, and Jerry O’Connell explores hope and gratitude in one’s darkest days and reminds us that it’s never too late to believe again.


Based on the groundbreaking best-selling book about the law of attraction by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret: Dare to Dream follows Miranda (Katie Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (Jerry O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Josh Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything. With its timeless messages of hope, compassion, and gratitude, The Secret: Dare to Dream is an inspiring and heartwarming film that shows how positive thoughts can transform our lives.


The Secret: Dare to Dream will be available to rent for £13.99 through On Demand platforms such as Sky, Amazon, Apple, Google, Virgin, Talk Talk, Chili TV, XBOX, Sony PS, Rakuten and Showcase At Home starting Friday 7th August.

How do reverse mortgage applications work

Retirement sounds great, but there is nothing worse than retirement with not enough spending money! 

A retirement home loan which is also commonly known as a reverse mortgage can help those of retirement age to stay abreast of their financial matters. If you are not well-versed in the ins and outs of this unique kind of loan, here are some pointers to help you.  


How do you get your money? 

If your application for a reverse home loan is approved, you will have to take delivery of the money.  There are several ways in which you can do so.  

Your first option is to set up regular payments in monthly episodes, almost like a monthly salary. Just gives you far more control over your budgeting and is the most predictable option.  

The second option is to take the funding in line of credit which allow you to spend some of your money as and when you need it, almost as if you were using a credit card. 

Finally, you also have the option of having the entire loan amount paid to you in a lump sum. This makes it easier to cover large, unexpected expenses. 

How does the payback work? 

When it comes to paying back a reverse mortgage, time is on your side - you have a lot more time to pay it back than you would have for a regular mortgage. With a reverse mortgage, you will have access to some additional money during your retirement, in the form of a percentage of the total value of your house. The payback terms are not set in stone, and you are only really liable to repay the money if you choose to leave the house. This choice is up to you, of course. Your best option is read as much AAG reviews as you can and pick the optimal reverse loans provider for your needs. Because a reverse mortgage is so flexible, it gives you far more control over the repayment of that which you have borrowed. 

Don't get carried away 

Even though the conditions of a reverse mortgage seem idealized compared to those of a regular mortgage, I would strongly advise that you don't lose sight of the overall picture. Because it is still alone you will still need to honour the amount of interest that goes hand-in-hand with borrowing money. If you are unable to repay the full amount at the end of your loan, the house against which you borrowed the money will have to be sold to recoup the costs. 

This is why it is important to accurately calculate the current value of your home, so that the correct percentage can be worked out for the amount that you can borrow in form of a reverse home loan. Your lender will use a tool, known as a reverse home loan calculator, using factors such as your home's age, location and the overall condition of your house to determine its value. Federal laws prevent you from borrowing the full value of your home, but this reverse mortgage calculator makes the application process fair and regulated for all involved. 

Museum of London Docklands Family Rave is back! Virtual Style

The Museum of London Docklands' legendary family rave is back - virtual style! Parents and children, it's time to dig out your best pirate attire and join the Museum of London Docklands and Big Fish Little Fish on the virtual dancefloor this Sunday for 'Swashbucklers & High Seas' as DJ Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) streams a live set of old school anthems from his home direct to yours.

The Museum of London Docklands will be streaming the family rave live on the Museum of London's Facebook page and YouTube account from 2pm this Sunday 19 July. More information can be found here, where ravers big and small can register their interest for further updates.

Sunday 19 July
2pm - 3.30pm
Free - Online via Facebook / YouTube

Instagram Captions For your Photos

instagram on the mobile

Instagram Photo captions are a great way to tell a story and share our thoughts and feelings using just a few catchy and simple words. A simple caption can capsulate an image and share a story instantly,  head over to my new blog Shaz In London, where you will find my selection of Instagram captions that you can use on your next Instagram photo.

Shaz in London


Camden Market summer sale

Browse the Camden Market and check out their summer sale

What: For the first time in its eventful history, Camden Market is holding a site-wide summer sale with up to 50% discounts. With over forty traders participating in the sale, adhering to strict safety guidelines, the stalls will feature everything from designer fashion brands like Modfather, Collectif and Studio Collection to bespoke accessories like Turkish Lamps. A full list and map can be found here.

When: 26th June to 3rd July


military wives

MILITARY WIVES is the feel-good film and inspirational story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. A group of women come together as their partners serve in Afghanistan. Together they form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life's most difficult moments and also becoming a media sensation and global movement in the process. The critically acclaimed film is available to own on Digital Download from 29th June and Blu-ray™ & DVD from 6th July 2020.

Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) directs Oscar® Nominee and BAFTA® Winner Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour) and BAFTA® Nominee Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) star in this feel-good crowd-pleaser.
 k, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Rounding out the cast and playing the military wives are Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey), Gaby French (Victoria), Lara Rossi (Robin Hood), Amy James-Kelly (Safe) and India Ria Amarteifio (Line of Duty). The film will feature a score penned by BAFTA® Nominee and Mission: Impossible-Fallout composer, Lorne Balfe and a brand-new track for the official soundtrack, ‘Home Thoughts From Abroad', written by Robbie Williams and long-time collaborator Guy Chambers.


Fathers Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some scrummy OGG'S Cakes. OGGS Cakes have three varieties which will suit everyone's taste, but if you can't decide which ones to gift this Father's Day then why not treat him to all three, he will not be disappointed and the more cake you have the more likely he is to share. As you know I adore cakes, so I was delighted to get my hands on these delicious OGG'S cakes and decide which ones we would be sharing this Father's Day.

  • Chocolate Fudge – This delicious rich fudge cake is soft and sweet perfect for chocolate lovers


  • Victoria Sponge – Deliciously jammy with sweet vanilla buttercream, the perfect classic cake in a bite-sized treat.


  • Lemon Drizzle – By far my personal favourite, this scrumptious lemon cake is sweet and zesty and moist, deliciousness in every bite.


OGG'S cakes are amazing, I love that they are the perfect bite-size treat, when I opened the packaging I was immediately blown away by the fresh sweet smell which made me want to eat them even more, each OGG cake was full of flavour, the sponge was soft and moist and very moreish. OGGS range is vegan-friendly, the sponge is made using OGGS patented Aquafaba an all-plant liquid egg alternative. The OGGS mission is to create plant-based alternatives for everyday foods, that not only taste delicious but also contribute to making a positive change to the planet, animals and people one bite at a time. All of OGG'S plastic packaging is made from recycled material and is biodegradable which ensures that the packaging won’t damage the planet or the animals on it.


OGG'S are available in 4 packs and can be found at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose stores nationwide, priced at £4.25. Also available online from Ocado and TheVeganKind. For more information on OGG'S head over to

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