Shrek the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome - review

Saturday, 11 August 2018

It's time to get Ogre-excited as Shrek the Musical has arrived at the Bristol Hippodrome and it is absolutely brilliant fun for all the family.

Shrek the Musical is based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning film by DreamWorks and has set out on a tour of the UK after taking the West End by storm.

The show is just over two hours long and is packed full of singalong tunes including a real show stopper finale, jokes which will have the kids laughing in the aisles and dance routines which are impossible not to love.

In Shrek the Musical we join our unlikely hero in the shape of the slightly stinky and bad tempered ogre Shrek and his new friend Donkey as they set off on a daring quest to rescue Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, and somewhat love-sick dragon.

Shrek the Musical review

If you love the films (and who doesn't?) you won't be disappointed with the stage production which brings together all the characters from the movie including The Gingerbread Man, the three pigs and Pinocchio who is still hoping to become a real boy!

Steffan Harri and Amelia Lily are brilliant in the two lead roles of Shrek and Fiona, both delivering outstanding performances and the singing is top-notch.

Shrek the Musical review

Some of the best moments of the night come from the show's diminutive bad guy Lord Farquaad. This tiny terror is after Princess Fiona's hand in marriage and he is played brilliantly by Samuel Holmes who is both terrifically smarmy and hysterical in equal measures.

Shrek the Musical review

With a cast which really throw themselves into delivering a great fun night out there's a party atmosphere and lots of fun to be had. Shrek the Musical is a real winner of a show and it's well worth getting the whole family along to, for an all-singing, all dancing Shrek-tacular extravaganza.

Shrek the Musical is at the Bristol Hippodrome until Sunday the 19th of August 2018.

Mothers Day treats at Cabots Circus

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Bristol with Kids were really excited to be asked to experience everything Cabot Circus has on offer for Mothers Day recently - from pampering treats to fab shops and great opportunities for family lunches.

We started off in Body Shop finding out about the new ranges and all the products inspired from ingredients around the world. We were particularly impressed with the prices - ideal for little treats and pick-me-ups.

House of Fraser were also on hand with their various counters all offering wonderful treatments and experiences - our favourites were the most luxurious hand massage from Clarins and an arm massage from Decleor.

Fritha was introduced to a new lip colour from the team at the Body Shop which she loved to much she went back and picked up later.

While we were off being pampered the rest of our family were off shopping for gifts and Cabots really does have something for every wallet from our favourite Tiger shop for all of its colourful, fun homewares to Scribbler for stationery needs. There are plenty of places to pick up jewellery (hello Pandora!) and even a huge Victoria's Secret! So plenty of places to be inspired.

Here's a selection of goodies Fritha's family found for her, from Benefit, Tiger and Hotel Chocolat.

And Cabots is jam packed with some of the best restaurants for family meals. We all sat down for a big lunch at Pizza Express which was perfect to round off the day and chat over lunch. Pizza Express is so family friendly with fantastic activity packs to keep the kids occupied and food they want to eat.

We were also rather partial to the caramel profiteroles for pudding!

We had a wonderful day exploring Cabot Circus, it's an inspiring place for any time of the year but definitely suited to a Mothers Day treat...or two!

We were guests of Cabot Circus for the purposes of this review but all opinions are our own.

HomeSense for children

Monday, 29 February 2016

Bristol With Kids were recently invited to check out our local HomeSense and explore their brilliant children's range in Imperial Park.

Children's items are probably not the first thing you think of when thinking about HomeSense but having visited just before Christmas we can vouch it was the perfect place for bargain gifts from some of our favourite brands.

Fritha picked up one of these storage heads for her little boy and his growing collection of lego!

Another new line that surprised us was their collection of faux flowers which you can see more of here in detail. Not strictly child related but for anyone with children but a brilliant fuss free way of brightening up your home!

Do you shop in HomeSense? Is it somewhere you'd think of going for children's bits?

Bristol houses

Monday, 22 December 2014

Bristol is famous for it's colourful houses and it's something that really adds character to our beautiful city. It always makes us smile when we go out for our walks around our neighbourhood to see these cheery colours and they make for great backdrops too!

Lots of houses in the city are victorian and although I absolutely love victorian architecture for it's character and detailing one downside is they are often fairly dark and natural light it hard to come by during the winter months. Often houses like these extend to the attic to create an extra room but it can be tricky to keep these from not feeling too small and lacking in brightness.

There are tricks to help increase natural light in our homes (adding mirrors can help a little to bounce off what light makes it in from the windows) but if you are thinking of a renovation then a sky light is a great idea. It is important to set these up with good roof blinds especially if its a childs room so as not to let the daylight in too early! Black out blinds truly are a godsend for parents, best tip we ever learnt!

It can be pretty pricey to pay for home improvements though so looking for a loan can often be a great way to help with these type of projects. Applying for one can actually be pretty consumer-friednly, with peer-to-peer lending platforms in particular offering APRs starting from as low as 5%. 

Another trick for brightening up bedrooms is to make sure you use clean soft colours for the walls and furnishings. Try and embrace white with a few pops of colour rather than a varied colour theme so as not to make the space seem smaller.

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Bristol Zoo sparkles this Christmas

Friday, 12 December 2014

Bristol Zoo has undergone a magical transformation as we get closer to Christmas this year.

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

We paid a visit to see how the animals would be celebrating over the festive period and were greeted with wonderful themed Christmas lights across the zoo grounds, which our children really loved.

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

The animal shaped light displays really bring lots of festive cheer and are great for little ones to spot and try and identify.

The main walkways into the zoo grounds are also filled with lights, so it makes for a magical experience as you explore around the different animal areas.

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

The enchanted Christmas evenings also promise to add more sparkle to proceedings at the zoo this year. Running on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of December, you can see Father Christmas live on stage, get up close with four reindeer and enjoy seasonal tunes being sung by choirs both on stage and around the site.

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

There are also Christmas stilt walkers and entertainers which promise to create a marvellous atmosphere. To top it all off there is story telling for children and special festive food and drinks, including Bratwurst sausages, hot mince pies and mulled wine and cider for the grown ups!

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

You can also visit Father Christmas in his special zoo grotto. Of course, there are plenty of animal themed scenes and frescos to wonder at as you enter the grotto, before you get to meet the man himself and hopefully find out that you're on the good list this year!

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

Children will love the experience and come away with a gift.

Bristol Zoo Gardens at Christmas

There's lots of brilliant activities to make your Christmas even more special, and it's lovely to remember that the Zoo will be making sure the animals have a great festive time too.

You can find our more about all the activities here.

Beautiful kids bedrooms with wooden flooring

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Here at Bristol with Kids we love pinning our favourite children's room interiors to our pin boards. Thankfully both Nichola and I have similar taste when it comes to aesthetics and we often agree that one of our musts for our children's rooms is wooden flooring and clean white walls. I think this gives the perfect base in which to accessorise the room with colour and texture.

I love this room (found via Oh Happy Day) and especially the storage solutions for those beautiful toys!

When my partner and I did up our home one of the many decisions we had to make was on the flooring. We initially carpeted the top of the house and left the bottom with wood. Slowly we have been ripping up the carpet though as we really do think it adds character to the place. The bottom of our house had to have new wooden flooring put and choosing a type and quality can be a minefield! I wish we had chosen a company that could send us samples to experiment like the Luxury Flooring and Furnishings company. They have so many different varieties and prices to try from which is so helpful when it comes to something as important as the floor in your home!

What do you prefer? Wood or Carpet?

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Bristol beats the bills

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bristol has seen its fair share of energy and water bill rises this year. In fact the city has weathered some of the biggest bill hikes for water, compared to other parts of the country.

So as winter approaches, here's the Bristol with Kids run down on keeping your bills in check and making sure the festive period only comes with nice surprises.

Beat the bills

Make friends with your boiler
Over fifty percent of your energy bill is generated by that big tank in your airing cupboard so it's really important to ensure its performing as best it can. Treating to a service can help save money and give you a heads up on the possibility of a break down.

Switch it off!
How many rooms have lights on right now which aren't being used? Encourage a switch off game for your family, getting little ones to look out for rooms which are empty. It can really help drive down your electricity costs.

And don't just stop with your lights. All the appliances in the home on standby are costing you money. Turn them off and feel the benefits on your bills. These are just some tips to save energy and helping to stop energy bills spoiling your winter.

Get an extra layer
We all need an extra layer in cold weather, and that's true for your home too. Its amazing what a rug on a wooden floor can do to keep the heat in, as well as taking more obvious steps like wall and roof insulation.

Take your thermostat in hand!
For many homes you can control home much heat goes to certain rooms. There could be times in the week when you can switch off the heat in parts of the home, without it affecting anyone, and helping bring down your bill.

Tap into savings
While we're using more hot water in the winter months you can still keep the bills under control, by keeping your showers to a set time or making sure your dishwasher or washing machines are being used for full loads. Simple steps can make a huge difference. Here's a Water saving calculator to show what you can save.

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