Category: Northern Ireland (page 1 of 4)

Harry’s First Panto!

Yesterday we were kindly invited to see the ‘Gingerbread Mix Up’ at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Not a full blown pantomime, just a great family show and perfect for the Christmas holidays.

gingerbread mix up lyric theatre belfast

At 20 months old, I wasn’t sure how Harry would do, but he shocked us by absolutely loving it. He sat completely still, enthralled by it all for the entire first half. An ice cream during the interval may have contributed to his slight hyperactivity during the second half, but all in all he loved it and I wouldn’t hesitate to bring him back to something like this in future.

gingerbread mix up lyric theatre belfast

The Gingerbread Mix Up, written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford, is a funny, quick witted family show with excellent stage design, catchy songs and plenty of audience interaction.

“Meet Primrose: apple of her Dad’s eye, bane of her Mum’s life, all-round little monster. Cast out in the forest with only her Nintendo for company, Primrose meets Pardon – cool cat turned witch’s assistant, with a promising sideline in Big Bad Wolf impersonations.  Can Pardon save Primrose from the evil old witch’s cooking pot?  Will the witch find out who’s been eating her gingerbread house?  Will Primrose ever finish level 4 of Bandor, Master of Neverworld?”
I am ashamed to say this was my first time at the Lyric and I was extremely impressed with everything about it. The theatre was almost full, but everything was very stress free, well organised and spacious with no queues and very friendly staff. My husband enjoyed the fact they sold beer, and the theatre itself, as well as the setting, is beautiful.
The Gingerbread Mix Up is a perfect family show for children of all ages and I would highly recommend it. It runs until Saturday 7th January so there’s still time to check it out! Adults £18/Kids £12.50.

Love, Laurel

A Happy Easter with Tesco Northern Ireland

This week we received a special delivery from Tesco Northern Ireland – a selection of delicious local produce to create our very own Northern Irish Easter.

tesco northern ireland

tesco northern ireland

Tesco NI is proud to support local producers and to spread the word about the quality local produce available on our doorstep and in their stores. We were supplied with a selection of items including Northern Irish leg of lamb, locally produced fresh vegetable broth, and a selection of vegetables all grown in Northern Ireland.

We headed off to Ballycastle to our caravan, as we do every Easter, and took the ingredients with us! In the luxury of the caravan we managed to make a delicious meal for the whole family, perfect for Easter Sunday!

lamb roast dinner

We were really impressed with the quality and freshness of the food we received from Tesco Northern Ireland – thank you and Happy Easter!

Love, Laurel

Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland

Last Sunday my family and I spent the day at Tollymore Forest Park, which is located near Newcastle, County Down. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Belfast.

Tollymore Forest Park

The scenery is gorgeous and we had a great day walking around the park enjoying the views. If you are ever visiting Northern Ireland, I would recommend coming here! Also nearby is Castlewellan Forest Park, and of course the Mourne Mountains. There are camping facilities at Tollymore and some of Game of Thrones was filmed here!

Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

We visited Tollymore as part of my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary celebrations, as a walk in the countryside is genuinely their favourite thing to do!

Tollymore Forest Park

This Sunday however, involves gardening, housework and a bit of DIY – not very exciting! Roast dinner time later though, and no work tomorrow, woohoo!!

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Love, Laurel

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