The Gruffalo

image¬†With 31 editions world wide and 28 translations the Gruffalo is a multi-award winning children’s favourite so to see this piece of children’s literature on stage was just amazing.

The Gruffalo tells the story of a mouse taking a walk through the woods. Mouse encounters Fox, Snake and Owl, all of whom intend to eat mouse. To evade danger mouse creates a fictional friend, the Gruffalo and describes his monstrous features. Funnily enough the Gruffalo’s favourite meal just happens to be the relevant animal. Mouse confidently walks on through the woods with the classic

“Silly old Fox/Snake/Owl, doesn’t he know? There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo”

Until mouse actually comes face to face with the Gruffalo!

There really aren’t enough words to describe how outstanding the Gruffalo was. Tall Stories Theatre Company have produced a magnificent show. The Gruffalo was funny with impeccable comedic timing. The acting was brilliant, amazing music, costumes and set. It was engaging and absolutely perfectly pitched to the audience, no wonder this was a 1000 seater sell out for the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe. The Gruffalo was quite simply exceptional and a testament to the Baths Hall for showing such outstanding children’s theatre.

Postman Pat at the Baths Hall



Postman Pat is a national treasure and an old childhood favourite of mine so when I found out the show was on at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe I was certainly intrigued and just had to see it.

The popularity of Postman Pat was obvious from the number of people at the theatre and the Baths Hall was full of excited children (and equally excited adults).

Well, what an amazing show!

The costumes, scenery and television footage used were brilliant. The animated series was cleverly adapted for the stage, even the character voices were the same as in the television series.

The show was lively, fun and interactive with children singing and dancing along. Our little baby clapped his hands and giggled every time Jess the cat uttered a little meow! I think what really impressed me was that the show wasn’t too loud. This probably makes me sound very old but we recently saw Peppa Pig on stage in a small theatre and it was painfully loud, not good for small peoples ears but also not enjoyable to sit through. The sound levels of this show seemed perfect and definitively made for a more enjoyable theatre experience.

This was a pleasant show in a lovely theatre with impeccable facilities.

Family Photo Shoot


Well we decided to have some family photos taken. I’ve left it a while mainly because I really don’t like having my photo taken plus every time we try and take a photo of the little one he either turns away or skuttles off. So, was it actually going to be worth the money? Well, most definitely yes!

We we headed over to UK Portraits LTD in Caistor. It was a small studio close to the market square.

I was worried about ending up with some very staged looking photos with an uncomfortable mummy and daddy and a very wriggly baby whilst spending hours trying to coax him to stay in a certain position for a millisecond to get the “right” shot.

Well it wasn’t like that at all-phew!

We just played. Mini mumsnet editor was happily playing with his toys and Stew captured beautiful natural images as we played with him. It was actually quite relaxing and enjoyable.

After the shoot we went and had some lunch for an hour and then came back to see a slide show of the images.

They were beautiful (and made daddy well up!) .

I just cant can’t wait to receive the photos in the post!

It was a really lovely day and Stew made us feel completely relaxed and at home.


Too Many Penguins?


I decided to take my 10 month old to the theatre. We popped along to the Drill Hall in Lincoln. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. There was somewhere to securely leave the pushchair and a member of staff kindly showed us up to a small room for the performance. The room was perfect for little ones, not too big or daunting for them.

I was expecting to be wrestling with a wriggly baby sitting on my knee in the usual theatre chairs however I was pleasantly surprised to find fabric draped across the floor to incorporate the set and little cushions scattered around for the little ones to sit on.

Too Many Penguins was aimed at 1-4 year olds so it was a bit of a risk taking my 10 month old but it was brilliant!

The set was quite compact with the children literally siting within 1/2 metre of the action. Too Many Penguins was a sweet little story about a polar bear (Mr Polaro) and a Penguin (Penguino). Mr Polaro thinks that one penguin is more the enough, however Penguino wants a friend and constantly wants the attention of Mr Polaro. The penguins multiply as the show progresses, relatives of Penguino arriving in a little car or boat much to the annoyance of Mr Polaro. Penguino realises this and takes all of the Penguins into her tent…..but they escape. Unfortunately these Penguins are discovered by Mr Polaro hiding amongst his possessions. Penguins pop up in the most unusual places to great amusement of the little theatre goers.

The performance lasted approximately 40 minutes. All of children seemed to manage really well and actually remained still, (except my little person who spent the last 10 minutes trying to crawl to the boat on set!).

At the end of the show the children were allowed to play with the Penguins and the actors interacted well with them.

It was a lovely little performance in a great venue. We’ll definitely be looking for more events at Lincoln Drill Hall.