We love Lollibop, and find it an incredible day out with fun for all the family.  We are counting down the days to August 15th in our house (till we see Justin and Mister Maker again), and we are very excited to announce that you can try and win a family ticket to join us on the day.

This year Lollibop has an all star line up!

Saturday and Sunday kick off with CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher headlining and Mister Maker take over the main stage on Friday.

The event has moved house again and this year takes place at Hatfield House, August 15-17,  welcoming stars of CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up Sam & Mark to LolliBop for the first time.

Other LolliBop ‘newbies’ include Thomas & Friends with a bespoke interactive play experience created especially for LolliBop, Chris & Pui with their Mini Roadshow, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid, Cook and Line from Swashbuckle (Fri & Sat only) and Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Show.

Michaela Strachen

LolliBop is delighted to announce it’s first ever Disney experience with the Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic present a Silent Disco!  My little one cannot wait to see what this is all about!

Lollibop Disney

There is so much to do at Lollibop  including music, dancing, fashion shows, DJs, Pirate school, den making and plenty of takeaway crafts

LolliBop 2012

The ever-popular Skylanders returns to LolliBop to launch the fourth installment of its award winning franchise – Skylanders Trap Team™. Kids can expect the opportunity to play the brand new game before it’s released later in the year.  My son is super excited about this!

Situated in Hertfordshire, just off the A1 with plenty of parking or a short 22 minute train journey from London Kings Cross, the stunning country house and gardens of Hatfield House offer an incredible array of spaces to host LolliBop’s vast activity and entertainment programme.

LolliBop 2012

Festival Director Gareth Cooper comments; “The 2014 lineup is jam packed with big names for the main stage, alongside an unprecedented number of live theatre performances; sporting activities; creative workshops; nature talks and brand new areas and acts, never before seen at LolliBop.”

Alex Winters

With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a five minute walk from Hatfield train station, LolliBop 2014 is more accessible than ever before.

Tickets are on sale now priced £17.50pp, all details can be found at: www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

Or you can win a family pass by entering this simple competition,

I have got one family pass (for four people) to give away to this brilliant festival. To enter, answer the question below:

Q: Where is the location of LolliBop 2014?
A: Hatfield House

B: Hyde Park

C: Central Park

– let me know in the comments, and you can go for additional entries by using the rafflecopter widget.

As always, please read the terms and conditions before entering.

Good luck!

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I live for holidays, it is safe to say that time away from home is my motivator for just about everything. However, holidays can be a costly hobby, certainly if you take my favourite type that involve climbing onto an plane.  So when we are away we still try and save the pennies so we can get away more than once in the year. Recently we have been introduced to dealchecker, who have put together an incredible guide on how to save money on your jollies. SAM_0608Simple and sensible tips such as visit the library before going away rather than the overpriced airport book store and advise on car hire and insurance.  This guide covers all the advice you can need for watching the euros when abroad but not sacrificing the fun. Of course it doesn’t just apply to holidays abroad, there is a whole section on holidaying at home with links to some great sites full of ideas for jam packed holiday trips out. The guide has been produced with the support of blogger experts (some of my very best friends), who speak from real life experience as parents, I can highly recommend that you give it a read if you are planning on getting away this summer and want to keep your costs down.

The ultimate guide to saving money on holiday from Dealchecker.co.uk

Written in conjunction with Dealchecker


It is that time of year again, when Great Britain gets a chance to celebrate being fantastic.  The weather looks like it may behave itself and there are some fabulous events being held up and down the country for you to check out.

It is of course, St Georges Day!

What’s on in the South

Fancy trying your hand at a great British sport?  Then pop along to the WCA St Georges Day Clay Pidgeon Shoot being held in Hedgerley.

You can join me and celebrate with The Good Pub Guide and simply head down to your local and raise a glass to good old blightly.

Or support your local Scount and Beaver huts and watch some of the fabulous parades taking place.

Further North

If you are lucky enough to live near Lytham St Annes then you need to check out the St George’s Day Festival taking place.   They are really getting into the swing of things and are hosting a week long set of events to mark the occasion.

The idea is the brainchild of David Haythornthwaite, founder of Lytham based Tangerine Group, David is known locally for his passion for all things English, and once again, for the sixth year in a row, he is giving his 120 staff a day off on full pay, in recognition of St George and is calling upon all businesses in England to follow suit.

David Haythornthwaite commented: “Most countries are proud to celebrate their heritage but, in England, we seem too reserved to do so.’

Clearly David wants to see a change to this!

So if you are near St Annes you may want to check out on of these events taking place:

23 April – Official raising of the flag

24 April – Tea Dance

24 April – Charity Golf Tournament

24 April – Comedy night

25 April – St George’s Day Lunch

26 April – St George’s Day Parade

26 April – Black tie gala dinner

27 April – Family fun day

27 April – 10K run

Full details can be found on the website: www.april23.co.uk

Other ideas

If you don’t want to join in a group event, then simply be British, celebrate what makes us a wonderful nation.

Make a brew, eat fish n’chips, even catch up on Eastenders – it all counts!

Happy St Georges Day!


Today was a rare occasion, I was alone with just the two girls.  My three-year old and my eight year old.  So we grabbed our Merlin passes and leapt in the car and headed to Legoland.

Living so locally to such a great attraction means we are well acquainted with the theme park and we know where all our favourite rides are.

For the thrill seekers, head to The Dragon’s Kingdom and ride the mighty Dragon.  My youngest has just reached the height for this ride and she squealed half in fear and half in pleasure as we flew through the air.

My eldest has a ‘thing’ for water rides, and the rapids were calling to her from the moment we entered the park.  Being sensible, I insisted we wait until the end before we went for a soaking – and we were not disappointed (I could wring out my shirt!)

It was odd being a three instead of a four but so much easier!

A fab day out!

It is amazing what you inherit from your parents, how much they shape your ideas, views and lifestyle choices.  I have inherited a love of sport, a passion for competing and a whole heartfelt love of BMW’s.

Yup, BMW’s.

My father has always driven BMW’s, as a business man he always chose them for his works company cars, he chose them because of their tax efficiency, and low running costs.  I loved to ride in them because of their sheer beauty and smoothness of the ride.

He has had many BMW’s but my favourite are the convertibles.  Dad was truly my best friend when he would take me for a ride along the coast.  Sat in the front of a smooth automobile, listening to classic tunes of the 70’s, top down on the car, the sound of the sea seeping into the car.

There was no place I would rather be.  I was a proper Daddy girl.

It was out driving with Dad, or riding our bikes that we would talk about most things.  Not all things obviously, there are some things that teenage girls don’t need to share with their fathers.  But Dad would give me life advice, advice that I still carry in my heart to this day.

I live by the motto that if you have a problem that money can solve then you don’t have a problem.  That is one of Dad’s favourite sayings and it has seen me well over the last few years.

So whenever I see a BMW cruising along the road, it means more to me that just engine parts and metal.  It throws me back to my youth, singing along to groovy tunes, just enjoying being me, with my dad.

And he still drives a Beemer.

In association with BMW