Why you should take the kids to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft at Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

We packed a lot into our weekend break to Manchester last month. After a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery and a stay in the luxury Principal Hotel on Saturday, I was surprised that we were up bright and early on Sunday morning and keen to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum was a 15-minute walk from our hotel and is pretty easy to get to from most places in the city. We arrived just in time for opening and after storing our luggage in the basement lockers (remember a £2 coin as there are no change facilities and the on-site shops did not have any change), we were keen to explore all that the Museum of Science and Industry had to offer.

Why you should take the kids to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft at Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

The museum is free to visit (with donation boxes at reception and around the museum) and although I had visited the museum for a conference a few years ago, this was our first visit as a family and we were immediately impressed. I'd put the museum en-par with Newcastle's Life Science centre (although with less interaction and 'shows') and think it's perfect for all ages. I can't believe it's free to visit and would happily pay £25+ per family visit if required.

Our main reason for visiting was to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft. I really am a strong believer that when we get the chance to see a piece of history like this in the flesh, we should grasp it with both hands. This is a temporary exhibition running until 13 May. After this, the spacecraft will be touring the country and visiting various Science Museums around the UK including Locomotion in Shildon and the National Rail Museum in York (see here for details and dates). Manchester is just 2.5 hours from Newcastle by train and a trip to Museum of Science and Industry is perfect for Easter when the weather can be very changeable! We paid £4.80 for an Uber from the museum to Picadilly train station but you can walk it in around 30 minutes.

Why you should take the kids to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft at Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Seeing something in the flesh really does allow you to appreciate the size and scale of an object when compared with watching something on TV or looking at a picture. Tim Peake's spacesuit was tiny compared to what I imagined and the parachute he used to make his final descent to Earth is HUGE - in fact it's the size of two tennis courts. You are able to get pretty close to the spacecraft too and it really looks like something out of a Sci-fi movie. It was difficult for me to get my head around the fact that we were looking at a real spacecraft. You can even see the scorch marks from when it entered our atmosphere.

Why you should take the kids to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft at Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

There's loads of info around the exhibits and a video to watch featuring Tim Peake landing on Earth and being removed from the spacecraft. I found it all truly fascinating as did the kids. We spent ages just walking around, pointing various aspects of the space mission out to each other and sharing our thoughts around the future of space travel. It was really thought-provoking for all ages. Of course I couldn't resist a spacecraft selfie! When else do you get this opportunity?


The theme of space continues along the ground floor with the chace for you to try on your own spacesuit (fab photo op) and there's a fantastic VR opportunity (an additional £6) where you can join Tim Peake in the capsule and experience his descent to Earth using state of the art Samsung VR equipment. We were a little bit gutted that this is only available to ages 13+ as I know Harry and Heidi would have loved to have tried this. I'm not sure of the health and safety aspect but they've tried VR experiences a couple of times before and absolutely love it. After trying a VR experience where you walk along the rooftops of New York, I know I'd probably not go for this experience myself and I think Jack wouldn't be a fan either but I wish Steve, Harry and Heidi could have had the opportunity. If your kids are like mine and adore VR, I'd advise explaining to them that they're unable to try it due to their age before you visit rather than letting them face disappointment when they see it.



There are a couple of other exhibitions in the main building downstairs relating to Manchester industry over the years which were interesting to walk around but not nearly as exciting as Tim Peake's spacecraft or the Experiment Zone upstairs.....


The first floor of the museum is mostly dedicated to lots of hands-on fun. We didn't have Jack with us on this occasion so really made the most of our time here and completed every single experiment on offer. Harry and Heidi absolutely loved it. There's also a restaurant on this floor should you need a bite to eat.

We tested our reaction times, created our own tornados, played with light and sound effects, made music, mixed colours, played visual tricks, completed puzzles, learned about recycling and so much more. We spent a good hour and a half up here and could have stayed longer. Everything was in really good working order and considering we visited the museum on Tim Peake's opening weekend, it wasn't too crowded either.





It wouldn't be a day out if at least one child didn't have a meltdown and today it was Harry's turn. Harry really wanted to visit the Robots exhibition that was available to visit on the first floor (running until 15 April). He loves anything to do with technology and science and I know he'd really enjoy this. My issue is, this exhibition is a chargeable exhibition (it would have been £26 for us to visit) and is actually moving to Newcastle's Life Centre in May. I'd much rather visit the exhibition in our local city (sorry Manchester) and did not want to pay £50+ and see it twice. Harry was not amused and could not see my reasoning so spent the rest of the museum visit sulking and crying. Dramatic much!


With Harry's mood on the decline, we quickly crossed over to the Power Hall and admired the different engine types before it was time for us to grab a coffee from the museum cafe and then catch our train home.


We spent over 3 hours at the Museum of Science and Industry and this could have easily stretched to a full day if we included lunch, watched one of the demonstrations and talks available throughout the day and explored the rest of the museum too. It's a place I'd definitely return to, even without the spacecraft and well worth the trip to Manchester.

You can visit Tim Peake's Spacecraft at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester until 13 May. The exhibition and museum are FREE to visit and open daily from 10am - 5pm.


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10 North East Restaurants where Kids Eat Free this Easter

Dining out with kids can work out to be super expensive but it's something we really enjoy doing as a family. There seem to be a fair few places offering kids eat free deals this Easter so I thought I'd put together a little round-up post as every little helps. Please always re-check details before booking. Let me know in the comments if you've spotted anywhere and I'll update the list. Happy dining!

10 North East Restaurants where Kids Eat Free this Easter


1 - Red's True BBQ, Newcastle 

Kids Eat Free when a grown-up spends £10 on food or drink. Kid's meal includes 3 courses, a side and a drink. No booking or voucher required, simply turn up. See here for details.



2 - Subway, Nationwide

Kids Eat Free when a grown-up orders a 6" meal deal. Kids meals include a 4" sub, drink and snack. See here for details.


3 - The Bridge Restaurant, The Vermont Hotel - Newcastle 

Kids will receive a complimentary main course from the children's menu when dining with a grown-up who has ordered a main course from the main menu. Must be pre-booked in advance. See here for details.



4 - Yates,  Newcastle 

Kids Eat Free when dining with an adult who has purchased a main course from the main menu. Children's meal includes 2 courses plus a drink. See here for details.


5 - Las Iguanas, Nationwide 

Kids Eat Free when they bring along a grown-up. See here for details.


6 - Loch Fyne, Nationwide

Kids can choose a main course free when dining with a grown-up before 6pm. See here for details.


7 - Chiquito, Nationwide

Kids Eat Free this Easter when dining with a grown-up. Download your voucher here.



8 - Paradiso, Newcastle 

Kids Eat Free when dining with a grown-up. See here for details.


9 - Jamie's Italian, Nationwide

Kids Eat Free when joined by a grown-up dining from the main menu. See here for details.


10 - Porky's, Blyth 

Kids Eat Free Monday -Thursday all day and before 5pm Friday and Saturday. See here for details. 



Let me know if you've spotted any other restaurants offering a kids eat free deal this Easter and I'll add the details to my list. 



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The Jungle Book at Newcastle Theatre Royal | A Review

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Disney's version of The Jungle Book is one of our family's favourite films and I suspect it has been watched close to 100 times over the years. We are all well-acquainted with the characters, storylines and songs from Rudyard Kipling's much-loved tale. We all went to watch the live action film a couple of years ago, and whilst I loved it, the kids gave the new movie a big thumbs down and claimed it was nothing compared to the original. So when an opportunity came along for us to review the stage version which is currently touring the UK and showing at Newcastle's Theatre Royal until 31 March, I accepted knowing that it would have high standards to live up to.

The Jungle Book at Newcastle Theatre Royal | A Review


Despite being over 100 years old, the new show really translates well to stage with common themes of friendship, family, belonging, the importance of hard work, identity and community still being just as relevant today as when the story was first published in 1894. With a diverse cast, clever use of puppetry and an ever-moving set, the show really is a feast for the eyes.

The 7pm school-night audience was a real mix of families and grown-ups and I'd say the recommended age of  6+ is spot on. Smaller children will probably be ok too but there are a few scary scenes (that pesky tiger!) and themes of death/hunting/kidnapping that you should be aware of. Some of the jokes will go over the heads of younger children and it can be a bit wordy in places but if they normally sit well for a couple of hours and enjoy live music, they'll be fine.

The Jungle Book was a show that we all smiled all of the way through and was super entertaining. The 'street' monkeys were a real highlight for myself, Harry, Heidi and Jack and had the kids laughing in a way that I normally only see them do at a Panto. Expect nose picking, lots of shrill 'OMG' cries and groovy dancing that will have you laughing out loud. Balloo the bear was a real favourite with the kids and is loveable, funny and a character you'll really warm to. For me, the real star was Kaa the python. The snake was brought right up to date with worries of image and ageing adding to her woes. I'd have loved to have seen more of Kaa (Rachel Dawson) as she was a real delight to watch as she hypnotically slithered around the stage. 

Jack is not usually a fan of any kind of crowd participation or any form of singing along when we watch a show and as we watched The Jungle Book it was the first ever time I caught him dancing in his seat and clapping along to the songs. Most of the music is played by the cast live on stage and although the songs are all new, they're nice and catchy and will have you tapping along in your seat too. It was lovely watching the Jack properly enjoy a theatrical performance like this and as a family, it was such a lovely experience to enjoy together. 



I loved that Bagheera was re-imagined as a smart and sassy lady but I would have loved to have seen more assertion coming through kind of akin to how Letitia Wright played Suri in Black Panther.  Dithering is not what I wanted to see from this character but I guess this kind of sticks to the original storyline so I'll let them off. 

I asked Harry, Heidi and Jack their thoughts on the show and all agreed that it was fantastic and even better than the film versions so high praise indeed. I caught them staring at the stage intently on a number of occasions and Heidi and Jack were holding hands whenever Shere Khan was on stage. Cute! The show really manages to build up anticipation in a couple of scenes and will have you on the edge of your seats on a number of occasions. I always love to hate somebody on stage and although Shere Khan was scary to the younger members of the audience, I personally found him more amusing than frightening, especially as he started cracking jokes that he couldn't be a Vegan. 

The Jungle Book at Newcastle Theatre Royal | A Review

As we left the theatre, my three joined the other children from the audience as they howled their way down Grey Street proclaiming they'd love to be a man-cub too. The show is the perfect length for families at just under 2 hours long but I'd also recommend to those visiting without children too as it's a show that isn't childish or specifically aimed at kids - it's definitely inclusive and designed to be enjoyed by all. The performance was fresh and a real modern take on the story and if I'm honest it's something I'd expect to see at Northern Stage rather than a traditional theatre like the Theatre Royal. It worked really well though and I'm glad to see lots of the audience felt the same as the show ended with a standing ovation from a few and rapturous applause from a packed theatre. 

I'd give this version of The Jungle Book a strong 4 stars out of 5. Tickets are available from just £12 which is a real bargain I think. If you're looking for somewhere to take the family for an entertaining Easter treat that will be loved by children from aged 6 right up to grandparents, this show will really deliver and leave you feeling entertained and uplifted. 



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What's On in North East England for Kids | April 2018

We're having a little bit of a chilled Easter this year but we do have a few days out planned. We're hoping to visit Whitehouse Farm, enjoy an Egg Hunt around Seaton Delaval Hall, visit Mulligan's Space Golf and the Quayside Seaside. We're also hoping to visit The Word's new Monster exhibition, try fish and chips from Colman's Seafood Temple and visit Cadbury World and West Midland Safari Park with National Holidays. That feels like a lot when I write it down but it's really not - we have plenty of chilled days planned too. Let me know in the comments what you're up to this April.

What's On in North East England for Kids | April 2018


A few ideas for April




Events running throughout Easter






31 March & 1 April

31 March & 1 April | Beauty & the Beast Easter Panto at Tyne Theatre - find out more here
31 March & 1 April | Easter Quest at English Heritage Properties - find out more here
31 March & 1 April | Broomhouse Farm Lambing Live - find out more here
31 March & 1 April | Dusty's Giant Easter Duck Hunt at WWT Washington - find out more here
31 March & 1 April | Easter Egg Hunt at Kirkley Hall Zoo - find out more here
31 March & 1 April | A Victorian Easter at Tanfield Railway - find out more here
31 March | Northumbria Easter Egg Run at Woodhorn Museum - find out more here
31 March | Treasure Hunts & Crafts at Rising Sun Country Park - find out more here
1 April | Granny Turismo at Alnwick Garden - find out more here
1 April | Beastly Egg Hunt and Create a Faberge Egg at Bamburgh Castle - find out more here

7 & 8 April

7 & 8 April | Teddy Bear Picnic at Kirkley Hall Zoo - find out more here
7 April | Arbuthnot's Super Happy Silly Game Show at Customs House - find out more here
7 April | Potter Inspired Characters at Alnwick Garden - find out more here
7 April | Spring Time Adventurers with For Paws at South Shields Gallery - find out more here
7 April | Low Fell Food Market - find out more here
8 April | Ready for a Pet Course at Kirkley Hall Zoo - find out more here
8 April | Hop-a-lot Street Theatre at Alnwick Garden - find out more here

14 & 15 April

14 April | Sooty at Tyne Theatre - find out more here
14 April | Sylvanian Families visit intu Metrocentre - find out more here
15 April | The Tin Foil Astronaut at Gala Theatre - find out more here
15 April | Souter Seashore Safari - find out more here

21 & 22 April

21 & 22 April | Morpeth Castle Open Days - find out more here
21 April | Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales - find out more here
21 April | St George's Pageant at Warkworth Castle - find out more here
21 April | Gateshead Raspberry Jam at Gateshead Library - find out more here
22 April | Newcastle Vintage & Street Food Market - find out more here
22 April | The Tin Foil Astronaut at Sage Gateshead - find out more here
22 April | Diesel Day at Stephenson Railway Museum - find out more here

28 & 29 April

28-29 April | Maker Faire at Life Science Centre - find out more here
28 April | Hearts & Crafts | Finding the heart of Newcastle at Great North Museum - find out more here
28 April | Tynemouth Fake Festival - find out more here
28 April | The Great North Classic Car Show at Black Horse Beamish - find out more here
29 April | Hearst & Crafts | Voyage through the heart at Great North Museum - find out more
29 April | Bandstand Music at Northumberland Park - find out more here


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What to do in Alnwick, Northumberland | 5 Things to do with Kids

I am resuming my new series this week and sharing 5 reasons to visit the market town of Anwick in Northumberland with kids. I love Alnwick and it's somewhere we'd love to live. With a population of around 8000,  it's home to independent shops, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs.


Alnwick is 5 miles inland from the coast and is a big tourist destination with lots to keep families occupied throughout the year. If you've missed our previous posts in this series, here are the links:

1 - Alnwick Garden



You'll find Alnwick Garden adjacent to Alnwick Castle and it's a beautiful place to take the kids for a day out. There are often special events running across weekends and school holidays and their Garden of Fairy Tales trail is not to be missed. Children will enjoy the water features, tractors, maze, rose garden and more. Alnwick Garden is also home to its very own treehouse which is a magical place to dine with the family. Find out more here. 

2 - Alnwick Castle



Alnwick Castle receives over 800,000 visitors per year and is the stately home of the Duke of Northumberland. It's also famous for featuring in the Harry Potter movies. Built in the late 11th Century, the castle is now one of the region's top visitor attractions. Children can dress up as a Knight, hide in the stocks, take on Dragon Quest or even join a broomstick flying lesson in the grounds. You can visit in the warmer months and there's enough to keep you busy for most of the day. Find out more here and read about our last visit here.

3 - Barter Books


Barter Books is one of Europe's largest second-hand bookstores. It's all indoors so perfect if the weather isn't playing ball. There's a cosy fire with an honesty box where you can enjoy drinks and biscuits, a spectacular range of books available to browse and purchase, a fantastic children's section with ride-on toys, a bookcase in the shape of a train and again, lots of lovely second hand books at bargain prices and a rather special station cafe serving light bites, cake and drinks. Look out for the trains travelling above your head and you can take some of your old books to 'barter' for store credit. Read more about our last trip to Barter Books here.


4 - Bailiffgate Museum

Bailiffgate Museum is an award-winning family-friendly museum that has been recognised as one of the top 25 places to visit in the whole country for early years. There's always lots going on from dressing up to crafts and there's a brand new toy exhibition which has just opened - Batteries Not Included features lots of much-loved toys from years gone by. The museum is just £4 for grown-ups to visit and £1 for children so it's a bit of a bargain! Read our review of Bailiffgate Museum from a few years ago here.


5 - Hog's Head Inn 

The Hogs Head Inn is a family-friendly pub just across the A1 from Alnwick Garden. We enjoyed our visit last year and would recommend for a bite to eat, especially if the sun is shining as there's a fab play area in the beer garden for kids. Read more about The Hog's Head Inn here.


Have you visited Alnwick recently? Have I missed any gems from my list? 

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How to enjoy 2 for 1 Entry to Top UK Attractions when you Travel by Train | Our Discounted Trip to Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

*This is a collaborative post with National Rail and contains affiliate links

Travelling via train is something we often do as a family. It is so hassle-free compared to travelling by car. There's no stressing over directions, parking or traffic and a day out or short break can begin for everyone the second you step on the train. We've been the proud owner of a Friends and Family Railcard for the past 6 years now and we have saved SO much money over the years. From a big family trip with grandparents to Drayton Manor to day trips to London and a day out by train in Carlisle, there are lots of places you can visit by train and we already have a few ideas for trips this summer.


A Friends and Family Railcard costs just £30 per year and saves 1/3 off most adult rail fares, 60% off most child rail fares and can be used for up to 4 adults and 4 children travelling together. I predict we have saved hundreds of pounds in rail travel over the years. What I wasn't aware of is that there are further savings to be made on days out and if you travel by train, you can gain 2 for 1 entry to hundreds of top attractions up and down the UK over the years. Who knew?



There are hundreds of attractions offering 2 for 1 days out when you travel by train. From The London Eye, London Zoo and the Tower of London in the capital to the Sealife Centre, Blackpool Tower and even Cadbury World. Theme Parks such as Thorpe Park, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures are included too. National Rail invited us to visit one of the attractions listed on their Days Out Website and try out using a 2 for 1 voucher for ourselves. After much deliberation, we decided to pay Legoland Discovery a visit as it's somewhere we've always fancied but never got around to visiting.



How to use the Days Out Website and download your 2 for 1 Attraction Voucher 


Downloading your 2 for 1 voucher via the Days Out website really could not be easier. The 2 for 1 offer applies to adult prices only so I bought a ticket and Harry entered for free and then Steve bought a ticket and Heidi entered for free - you wouldn't be able to use this offer for two child tickets if that makes sense. There's a pretty comprehensive FAQ section here if you're unsure.



Visiting Legoland Discovery in Manchester by Train with Older Children 


We travelled to Manchester Picadilly via train from our hometown of Cramlington with a quick change at Newcastle and York. There are regular direct trains from Newcastle if you're not keen on changing. The total journey time was just under 3 hours and we arrived in Manchester at around 11am. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the station before heading to the Trafford Centre where Legoland Discovery is based. There is a direct bus (X50) which you can catch from Picadilly Gardens for around £10 per family or like us, you can order an Uber direct from the Station which will take around half of the time and set you back around £12. 

We visited Legoland Discovery on a cold, wet and rather miserable Saturday so I was expecting it to be super busy. In all honesty, I really didn't find it too bad. We visited with Heidi (8) and Harry (11). Unfortunately, Jack had to stay at home as he'd injured his foot and had taken 3 days off school with no sign of recovery any time soon (although he seemed to make a miraculous recovery over the weekend at grannie's house). I know Jack would absolutely adore Legoland Discovery as he's a huge Lego fan but I think this just gives us more reason to return.



Entry to Legoland Discovery set us back £38 for the four of us using our 2 for 1 vouchers, which is the same price as a Saturday trip to the cinema for us. We spent around 3 hours exploring the centre but probably could have stayed longer, especially if Jack was with us. We all really enjoyed our day. I'd read lots of mixed reviews beforehand with many people saying Legoland Discovery was not worth the money, however, I think when you compare it to a morning at the cinema, it most definitely is. Harry and Heidi both had fun but I think the prime time to visit Legoland would be when your children are aged 3-8 years. 

Our Top 8 Highlights from Legoland Discovery, Manchester 


1 - Kingdom Quest Ride

Kingdom Quest is the main ride at Legoland Discovery - you'll join the queue right after your mini factory tour. We queued for around 30 minutes at midday on a Saturday which we didn't think was too bad. Legoland Discovery is all indoors and there were plenty of Lego boards attached to the queue walls to keep the kids entertained. Up to 5 people can sit in one cart and everyone is given their own laser gun which they must use to shoot various Lego figures around the ride. Your points are displayed on your seat and it does get rather competitive (I'm proud to say I won - a top tip is to shoot the smaller enemies as you can get more of them in the time provided). This ride sounds scary but it's honestly fine - even babies were having fun. It's a nice ride to involve the whole family.

2 - MiniLand

MiniLand is the area where you'll see lots of stunning Lego models, many of them moving with fantastic detail. We loved a replication of the Oblivion rollercoaster that actually moves too. There are buttons to press, noises to hear and Lego figures to spot as you walk around and over 1.5 million bricks have been used in this area alone.






3 - Lego Racers | Build & Test

This is an area of Legoland which we could all get involved with and was fantastic fun for older kids (and grown-ups). Using the bricks and wheels provided, you are challenged to build a vehicle that can withstand some pretty rigorous testing. It was lots of fun racing our Lego cars down the various ramps and there were plenty of bricks to go around too.







4 - 4D Cinema

I had heard reports that the Lego 4D cinema was liable to breaking or not working properly but we were in luck as it worked perfectly for us. The short film is a typical Lego style with lots of dry humour for both kids and adults. I loved that the whole movie was based on 'Brickworld' which was clearly a rip-off version of Legoland. The film had the audience chuckling away and was very funny indeed.


5 - Merlin's Apprentice Ride

Harry and Heidi were tall enough to go on this alone (I think it was 1.2 metres but don't quote me on that). The queue was fairly long (about 30 minutes) and the ride involves teams of two flying around and helping Merlin with his sorcery. The ride was over pretty quick and Harry and Heidi both said it wasn't worth the wait BUT they did say if they were able to go on it without a long queue, they'd have enjoyed it a lot more. We'd therefore recommend this ride at the end of the day when the queues are smaller. 

6 - Coffee and Ninjago Play

There's a Lego Costa in Legoland! Steve and I enjoyed our caffeine fix whilst H and H ran off and played in the Ninjago play area and tested their reaction times with the Ninjago reaction tester. The Ninjago play area was a lot smaller than I expected so the kids didn't spend too long in here, they preferred the other sections if I'm honest. They loved the reaction tester though and were playing long enough for Steve and I to finish our coffees. The Ninjago play area is on the opposite side of the room to the coffee shop so if you have younger children, they will need to be supervised and your coffee will have to wait a while! There is a very small Duplo soft play area next to the coffee shop though if you have younger children with you and need a break.




7 - Bat Cave

We are huge Batman fans so were super excited to see a real Bat Cave towards the end of Legoland Discovery. The kids loved avoiding the laser beams as they walked through and we were greeted by a real-life Lego man at the end.




8 - Gift Shop 

Not an obvious highlight but I have to say I was actually impressed. I expected a lot of items to be overpriced so was pleased to see a Price Match sign where Lego will match their competitors. There's a very good sale section and lots of pocket money toys too including various Legoland keyrings for £4 (we bought a Rocket Racoon one for Jack) and the chance to build your very own Lego figure for £2.50 or £6 for three. This was a fab way to end our visit and keepsake for the day without breaking the bank.



There are also a few smaller rides and play areas which we didn't explore and a brand new Space section coming this Easter. You can find out more about the various attractions at Legoland Discovery here.


We really enjoyed our trip to Legoland Discovery. I honestly think it's all about perspective. I had pretty low expectations but it was a place I really wanted to visit for myself and make my own mind up. For £38 for the 4 of us using the 2 for 1 voucher, it offered us very good value for money and was a nice place to visit on a rainy afternoon in Manchester. It was the same price, took the same length of time and offered a similar level enjoyment as a family trip to the cinema.

One thing I will say is that I didn't realise that Sea Life Manchester was next door to Legoland Discovery (and Sea Life is also an attraction you can use a 2 for 1 voucher for if you travel by train). I think if I was to visit Legoland Discovery again, I'd make the most of the trip and visit Sea Life Manchester next door straight afterwards.

Let me know if you fancy a 2 for 1 day out by train or if you're a fan of Legoland Discovery. I'd love to hear if you have any other recommendations for family days out by train too. We're thinking of visiting York Railway Museum and either Leeds or Liverpool in the summer.

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How I'm Saving for a trip to Alton Towers with OhMyDosh

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After our trip to Florida last year, my children have been nagging me constantly to visit a 'proper' theme park with white-knuckle rides this year. I think we've narrowed it down to either Alton Towers or Blackpool Pleasure Beach. There's no denying that these sorts of attractions and I'll definitely be looking for various offers nearer the time but I think it pays to start saving for this kind of day out early. With this in mind, I have signed up to OhMyDosh which is an easy to use site, designed to help make you money online. I really believe that having a specific goal in mind works well when using these sorts of sites so I've set myself a goal of earning £50 to put in our Alton Towers fund by the end of July. 


How I'm Saving for a trip to Alton Towers with OhMyDosh


How to Earn Money Online with OhMyDosh


It really could not be easier to open an account. Simply head over to the OhMyDosh website here and sign up. It's FREE to do so and your account will immediately be credited with your first 50p for doing so. You then earn money by completing a variety of online tasks. Cash will generally take 1-2 months to be credited to your account and once you've reached £10, it will be paid out to you via PayPal. I've found the website to be super easy to navigate and very easy to use. There are a number of ways you can earn money, all from the comfort of your sofa. Here are a few of my favourites:

1 - No Spend

These offers allow you to earn money online with no spend from yourself. Current offers range from claiming a free O2 sim card and earning £2.50 to earning £5.00 for signing up for a FREE trial to Amazon Prime. Instructions for how to earn your commission really are super clear. 



2 - Competitions 

I love entering competitions online anyway, so being rewarded for doing so with an extra cash incentive is very appealing to me. At the moment, you can earn anything from 34p - £6 simply for entering a competition and prizes range from a year's shopping at Asda to an Audi Car and £10,000 cash. 

3 - Surveys

In my early twenties, I used to spend a lot of time completing surveys and would earn around £50 every few months. If you have some spare time, completing surveys in return for cash really is a quick and easy way to earn some extra cash online. Current surveys are paying out anything from 31p - £3.32 online when completed via OhMyDosh and if you're opinionated like me, it's nice to know your voice is being listened to.

4 - Save Money

Being paid to save money sounds like a no-brainer to me! This section of the OhMyDosh website allows you to earn up to £20 simply for finding the best utility deal through a company such as USwitch or the National Energy Helpline. 

5 - Shopping & Trials 

If you're interested in trying something new, there are a variety of trials available to sign up to via OhMyDosh with the added incentive of earning extra cash. There are lots of big-name brands to choose from including Sky Cinema, Amazon, Gousto and Audiobooks. I've signed up for a 30 day trial of Which! magazine and earned £7.50 in the process - it's always something I've fancied doing and it's something I've found useful for researching a new cooker purchase. 


There are also opportunities to shop online and earn commission through OhMyDosh. Again, there are a fair few options and current deals that have caught my eye include earning £4.45 when you sign up to Cineworld Unlimited and the chance to earn £2.25 when buying a personalised children's gift. 


6 - Refer Friends 

If you've signed up to OhMyDosh and are enjoying earning cash online, it's quick and easy to refer your friends via your account with a special link they can use to sign up. They'll earn a £1 welcome bonus (50p for signing up and 50p for confirming their email address) if they use your link (here is my referral link if you fancy signing up yourself). You'll earn £5 for every friend you refer that earns over £10.

Top Tips for using OhMyDosh 


1 - I recommend signing up using a dedicated email address. Sometimes when you complete surveys or enter competitions online, your inbox can suffer because of it! I like to keep a dedicated email address for entering giveaways and completing surveys and check it daily for new offers ect.... it just keeps everything in one place and keeps my inbox in order. 

2 - Make sure you read the terms and conditions clearly. I love that the T&Cs are super clear to read via OhMyDosh and there's no hidden or tiny small print to read - it is all perfectly clear what you are signing up to and what you need to do to earn your ££. Sometimes you need to complete a free trial, other times, you may need to sign up to something for a year. Just make sure you always know what you're signing up for before you agree. Sometimes you may need to cancel a free trial before it ends to prevent being charged. Make sure you make a note in your diary to do this. 

3 - Don't buy anything you don't need. Sites like OhMyDosh are perfect if you're purchasing something you need or are treating yourself by something new but don't be tempted to buy something just for the sake of it to earn some extra cash. Common sense applies! 

4 - There are a few sign-up offers for online betting accounts. Something to be aware of if this is something you don't wish to join. There is a dedicated section to these types of links and it's pretty easy to avoid. 

5- Check out 'hot' and 'new offers regularly or sign up to the OhMyDosh mailing list to receive alerts. Once you're acquainted with the site, the OhMyDosh 'new' and 'hot' offers are the first place to head and check out brand new or popular deals that you won't want to miss out on. 


I've already managed to earn £10 using OhMyDosh and that was just through signing up, completing one survey and signing up to a Which! trial. I am confident I'll reach my £50 target in no time. Alton Towers, here we come! 

Earn your first £1 by signing up to try OhMyDosh here. Let me know what you'd like to earn and save money towards in the comments. 

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How I'm Saving for a trip to Alton Towers with OhMyDosh


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