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Keep Cosy this Autumn with an Ollie and Leila Snuggle Sac

Monday, 24 October 2016

The nights are drawing in and there's a definite chill in the air, Autumn is very much upon us and we all find our minds turning to cosy evenings in at home in the warm with hot chocolates, snuggly warm clothes, and our favourite comfort foods.
E - like me - loves to cuddle up in front of the telly on a chilly, dark Autumn evening and so Ollie and Leila have sent her a Snuggle Sac to help keep her cosy & warm on the sofa. There are several different fun designs to choose from including polka dots, stars, pirates, and fairies, but E opted for their adorable Pony design in a super soft fleecy material with 100% cotton lining. It even comes with its own tote bag, which makes it ideal for taking to sleepovers or when she goes to stay at little Nanny and Grampy's house, all she has to do is slip her favourite pillow in the pocket at the top.

As is often the case during the colder months, poor E has been suffering with one of the many bugs that has been going around and her Snuggle Sac has been a godsend - she's been wrapped up on the sofa without me having to lug her bedclothes up and down the stairs, and for ease of care it is machine washable as well as able to be popped in the tumble drier. E is a typical girly girl and loves pink, flowers and ponies, the bunting is a gorgeous embellishment on the horse & stable design and E adores it.
Ollie and Leila boast a huge range of products exclusively for children in many stunning designs including beautifully crafted furniture handmade to order as well as soft furnishings, bedroom accessories, and storage options of all shapes and sizes.
E received a complimentary Snuggle Sac from Ollie and Leila for review purposes. All words and opinions are our own.

FRIGHT NIGHTS at Thorpe Park Resort - DO YOU DARE?

Saturday, 8 October 2016

On Thursday night Thorpe Park Resort held a preview evening of this year's FRIGHT NIGHTS, which is also an anniversary celebration of 15 years of FEAR! I attended with the Mister, our eldest son J (15) and his friend C. As the experiences are quite intense, they are not recommended for children under the age of 13 or for those with a more sensitive disposition so we left the younger kids at home with their grandparents.
Our evening started with being chased across the car park by zombies and verbally abused by a bad tempered clown, the characters throughout the evening were brilliant and not a single cast member broke character even when they were simply crossing the park from one attraction to another (making eye contact usually resulted in you being chased or growled at!). We enjoyed wonderful hospitality from Thorpe Park on our arrival with delicious refreshments at Fin's Bar & Grill before making our way in to the park to face our fears & see just what #FRIGHTNIGHTS2016 had to offer!

My biggest fear is clowns so I admit that visiting The Big Top was not particularly appealing, but if you're going to do FRIGHT NIGHTS then you absolutely have to give everything a go - that's all part of the fun! We enjoyed several turns on all of the big rollercoasters - SAW: The Ride (my first time, and it was absolutely gut wrenching!), Stealth, Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, and The Swarm - as well as a turn on the Samurai, and we managed to get around all of the mazes except Containment over the course of the evening. A highlight was Derren Brown's Ghost Train, I won't give anything away but it's an intense and exciting new experience that must been seen to be believed.

The Big Top was as petrifying as expected with lighting effects that played with your mind, so when clowns leapt out of nowhere it was even more terrifying because you couldn't possibly have seen it coming! It was fantastic and frightening all at the same time, we ran out of there not knowing whether to laugh or cry! The Cabin in the Woods was equally as freaky, after choosing a door to go through we were met with lots of weird and scary characters throughout making us jump out of our skin at every turn. Blair Witch left us screaming in terror as we walked through the darkest woods I think I have ever been in, as cast members appeared from the shadows and frightened the bejesus out of us - my live feed on Facebook might have been shot in complete darkness but the viewers were left in no doubt as to how scared we all were!

So much work has gone into the creation of these attractions and experiences, the attention to detail from props and sets to characters and stories is phenomenal and the actors are flawless. Thorpe Park have pulled out all the stops to ensure that this year's FRIGHT NIGHTS is the scariest yet. The mazes are cleverly thought out and will have you torn between shrieking with fear and screaming with laughter. Fantastic fun and spookily brilliant - FRIGHT NIGHTS 2016 is absolutely not to be missed!
You can book tickets online at, and don't forget that my competition to WIN 4 tickets to FRIGHT NIGHTS is open until midnight on October 12th.
We visited Thorpe Park Fright Nights for review purposes. All words and opinions are our own.

FRIGHT NIGHTS 2016 at Thorpe Park - #WIN 4 TICKETS!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Thorpe Park Resort’s FRIGHT NIGHTS returns in all its gore-y for the nation’s premiere Halloween event’s 15th Birthday celebrations on selected dates from 7 October – 31 October with an all-new scare maze, Platform 15. Platform 15 is set in the Park’s woodlands; it is the largest scare maze to date covering 450 metres. Guests will depart on a one way ticket along an overgrown railway line which is the last known route of the Sleeper Express, a locomotive that disappeared into thin air with all passengers still on board... Take your turn to walk the Island’s backroads which have never before been accessible to the public. Guests will face a deserted railroad, explosions, séances, Ouija boards and pitch black forestry. They may also find themselves hunted and chased in the depths of the forest, so they must tread carefully and not disturb the grounds – zombie ‘Sleepers’ hidden amongst the trees may awaken. The scare doesn’t stop there, in partnership with Lionsgate the Blair Witch scare maze has received an overhaul to tie in with the new film’s twisted tale.
This year’s Fright Nights offers guests five free scare mazes included in Park Entry:
• Platform 15: New for 2016 an off the track dark experience into the Park’s woodlands
• Blair Witch: In partnership with Lionsgate this Fright Nights staple has received a 2016 update in keeping with what looks to be 2016 scariest horror movie yet
• The Big Top: the carnival comes to town once again this October. Reimagined for 2016 with even more clowns
• Cabin in The Woods: Based on the Lionsgate movie, visitors will tour a seemingly innocent rustic cabin, but what lies behind each door is not so pure
• Saw Alive: The Maze: Another Lionsgate special, visitors will come face to face with the sadistic Billy puppet and face his nightmarish games
And one paid for scare experience, Containment, where guests must escape the horror under timed conditions (£10 per person). As part of the Park’s birthday celebrations, roaming scare actors will be unleashed on the Park after 6pm, so the scares will continue outside the mazes. Guests can choose which characters arrive at the Park by voting on the Thorpe Park Official Facebook page. They can choose from a selection of frightful fiends who have graced Fright Nights mazes over the past 15 years, and bring them back to the Park for one last scare.
In addition to the Resort’s Fright Nights attractions, the Park’s flagship rollercoasters will be open until late too including Stealth, Colossus, Saw-The Ride, Nemesis and SWARM. Tickets prices start at £29.99 and you can book here:
  • FRIGHT NIGHTS begins on 7 October and runs through 7-9, 14-16, and 21 – 31 October
  • Park opening times: 10am – 10pm, Fright Nights attractions open at 3pm
  • Prices: Adult tickets start from £29.99
  • Overnight Experience packages start from £249 for two and includes two day Park tickets, complimentary parking, free access to CONTAINMENT, exclusive maze FastTrack between 3.00-3.30 pm (excluding Blair Witch, the 28th-30th of October), exclusive campfire stories and hot buffet breakfast
  • For more information and to book visit - Pre-booking is strongly advised
  • NB: THORPE PARK Fright Nights may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13. Experiences are subject to availability
Guests can experience THORPE PARK Resort’s famous horror attractions into the night and ride five world-class roller coasters (THE SWARM, Stealth, SAW – The Ride, Nemesis Inferno, Colossus). Or trick or treat yourself to a VIP package including back-stage horror passes and the scarily-popular Face it Alone experience, returning for its second year at Fright Nights.
Cabin in the Woods: The Maze Winner Best Halloween Scare Attraction SCARS 2014 Experience a frightening live recreation of this ground-breaking satirical horror film. Visitors will tour the seemingly innocent rustic cabin, within which lies a secret facility that unleashes nightmarishly hideous ‘beings’. A fully immersive, brilliantly themed maze where visitors can influence the outcome and come face to face with the nightmare and devastation that is, The Cabin In The Woods.
Following Lionsgate's recent release of Blair Witch, the highly anticipated sequel to horror classic The Blair Witch Project, FRIGHT NIGHTS reintroduces BLAIR WITCH Experience the game-changing horror movies for yourself as you venture deep into the Black Hills Forest to discover the truth behind the legend of the Blair Witch. Remember: Never spend the night. Never look in her eyes. Never turn away from the corner. There’s something evil hiding in the woods - dare you enter after night fall?
SAW Alive: The Maze
Guess who’s coming to play? From the twisted minds that created the world’s most terrifying rollercoaster SAW - The Ride, comes the world’s most extreme live action maze – now with even more evil for 2015! Visitors will come face to face with the sadistic Billy puppet and face his nightmarish games…winding their way through this brilliantly themed multi-roomed maze.
Grab your ticket to the greatest scare on Earth as the carnival comes to town once again this October. Reimagined for 2016, twist your way through THE BIG TOP, a carnival comes back to life to terrorise those who dare to trespass. Will you succumb to the torturous antics of the wicked Figaro Bros. as they return for another year of crazed debauchery?
Face your fears and make the ultimate timed escape inside THORPE PARK Resort’s newest scare experience CONTAINMENT. In groups of ten, you’ll be locked inside of four haunt rooms, inspired by many of the UK’s worst nightmares, and tasked with breaking the codes to make your way through to the end… all in hopes of finding the antidote to a spreading infection. Will you and your team surrender to the outbreak or have what it takes to breakout of CONTAINMENT? A combination of special effects and live actors will help guide, or disturb, you in this unique scare experience. This is a paid for experience, and costs £10 per person.
Campfire Stories
Join us at Campfire Stories and hear some of the untold stories of FRIGHT NIGHTS. We delve deep into the past 15 years and uncover some of the darkest secrets that haunt over the Island. Did you know THORPE PARK Resort was built on Chertsey Abbey’s ancient burial ground, disturbing the monks buried beneath? Legend has it that the monks were possessed, given that their monastery was built way back in 666AD. Some say their spirits still haunt THORPE PARK Resort - and that FRIGHT NIGHTS was a guise to cover when they’re most active. We’ll tell you the stories of what happens when the island changes after dark and is being possessed by the paranormal…
Are you brave enough to enter my giveaway? I am pleased to offer my readers the opportunity to WIN FOUR TICKETS to Thorpe Park Resort's FRIGHT NIGHTS to experience the thrills first-hand, but hurry - the competition closes on October 12th!
You do not need to have a blog to enter or leave a comment on this blog, simply use the name/URL or 'anonymous' option from the drop-down list, and please make sure that your name is in your comment if you use these options.

  • Competitions are open to UK residents aged 18 years and over.
  • The prize is four tickets to FRIGHT NIGHTS @ Thorpe Park Resort.
  • The giveaway ends at midnight on 12th October 2016.
  • All entries will be verified before the winner is announced.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • Invalid and incomplete entries will be removed and disqualified.
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Turning 13 at Thorpe Park - L's Birthday Celebrations

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

L's birthday has been and gone and we have now welcomed (??!!) teenager #3 to the house. His birthday has always posed a dilemma in terms of celebrations with it being smack bang in the middle of the school holidays, and with his additional challenges it hasn't always turned out how we would have liked so instead we opt for family days out in lieu of a party and we always have a great time. This year being Thorpe Park Island Ambassadors has provided us with the perfect venue for his 13th birthday, such a special milestone that he will always remember and a fun family day out.

I think the whole family's favourite ride is King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems in Angry Birds Land, they would happily go around and around on them all day long if they could. They are definitely L's favourite ride and always the first thing he asks to go on. We also love the Rumba Rapids and were lucky enough to manage several turns on the ride right at the end of the day though we were pretty soaked by the time we made our way back to the car (which is why we always take a change of clothes! - top tip).
It was a beautiful sunny day & we managed to get around most of the rides that we wanted to have a go on, though unfortunately the Mister's favourite - Stealth - was not in operation that day and neither was the new attraction, Derren Brown's Ghost Train, which J had been very keen to try out. These things happen though and while it's disappointing, safety is paramount so we are looking forward to riding them on our next visit. The Ghost Train promises 'a revolutionary multi-sensory virtual reality experience, reinvented for the 21st century' so the older kids are chomping at the bit to try it - we're planning another visit very soon so they'll not have to wait long!

Our day was action packed, with rides on Colossus, the Rocky Express, Zodiac, and the Flying Fish to name just a few. We had a great time, and ended our day with a family dinner in the all you can eat Pizza & Pasta Buffet where Annual Pass holders can enjoy a 20% discount. Pizza is L's favourite food and I think we will be eating there at every visit from now on. Back at home we celebrated with an Angry Birds cake, which was store bought and then personalised at home with his name and age. All in all, it was a fantastic day and one we all thoroughly enjoyed - we can't wait until our next trip so we can do it all over again! Although next time sadly won't include birthday cake...

We are Thorpe Park Island Ambassadors 2016. All words and opinions are our own.
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