Showing posts with label family fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family fun. Show all posts

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Movie & Shows to Binge Watch this Christmas

Movies & Shows to binge watch this Christmas

If you’re looking for some movies or TV shows to binge watch this Christmas but you’re fed up of the usual cheesy Christmas movies – look no further! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite TV shows and movies that are perfect for a duvet day!

The True Cost Film

We recently attended an event for this film to support and promote sustainable fashion. Revealing the secrets of fast fashion and shedding a light on our true environmental impact, this film is sure to enlighten you this Christmas.

Watch it here.

Small Foot

A fun animated tale that turns the traditional story of Bigfoot on its head. Migo, the friendly Yeti faces banishment from his snowy village when he finds a Human. “Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community”.

Click here for more information.

The Good Place

Eleanor Shellstrop is surprised to find herself in the good place in the afterlife. Upon realising that she isn’t supposed to be there, Eleanor enlists the help of her new found friends and frenemies to shed her old way of life in hopes of finding a new one in the afterlife.

Watch it here.

Hollywood Darlings

“In this improvised comedy, real-life friends, Jodie Sweetin, Christine Lakin and Beverley Mitchell, play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current lives navigating the ups and downs of living in Hollywood. The actresses support one another as they tackle marriage, parenting and reviving their acting careers”.

Watch it here.

Great News

Every workplace is like a family. For Katie, this gets all too real when her mum is employed as an intern. “That's just scratching the surface of this slightly offbeat team” made up of old school news anchor Chuck, millennial Portia, executive producer Greg and laid back video editor Justin. Despite their malfunctioning relationships, it doesn’t stop them doing what they do best – breaking the news.

Watch it here.

Welcome to the Jungle

“Beck is a tight-lipped bounty hunter who doesn't like to use a gun and accepts any job without asking questions. When Beck's employer, Walker, sends him to the Amazon to locate Walker's cocky son, Travis, Beck discovers a population controlled by a tyrannical treasure hunter. To survive, Beck and Travis must work together, without their affections for a mysterious rebel getting in the way”.

Watch it here.


“On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all”.

Watch it here.

The Grinch

The 2018 remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a modern animated tale perfect for the Christmas holidays. “When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all”.

Click here for information.

Let us know what your favourite movies and shows to binge watch are!

Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Easter - Family days out!

With Easter just around the corner, what better time to spend with the family?

Here are SoGlos's ideas for fun for all the family this Easter.

Tweedy's Lost Property at Everyman Theatre

What’s happening: One of the country's favourite clowns, Tweedy, will take his latest show, Tweedy's Lost Property to Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, offering an afternoon of hilarity and havoc. Big and little kids can enjoy comic entertainment as Tweedy attempts to ‘find himself’ by getting a new job at a lost property office, with chaos ensuing as the objects in his position develop a life of their own, and he is constantly prevented from answering the telephone.

For children who like getting involved in the on-stage action, Everyman Theatre will also host a special Easter Project during the school holidays, offering the chance for budding young performers to explore text, audition, rehearse and perform The Insect Play at Everyman Studio Theatre, working with professional practitioners, Young People.

When? Tweedy’s Lost Property will be performed on Sunday 9 April 2017. The Easter Project will run from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 22 April 2017, with performances at the end of the week.
How much: Tickets for Tweedy’s Lost Property range from £14 to £19. The Easter Project costs £100.
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, email, or visit directly.

Alice in Wonderland at Cheltenham Town Hall

What’s happening: Lewis Carroll's children's classic, Alice in Wonderland will take audiences on a magical journey at Cheltenham Town Hall, letting little imaginations go wandering as Alice falls down the rabbit hole and into a wonderful world of mischief and mayhem. The exciting adventure offers the chance to meet famous characters such as the Mad Hatter, and avoid losing your head to the formidable Queen of Hearts. Offering a twist on the traditional pantomime, this Easter show promises a thoroughly entertaining afternoon, with the fast-paced, fun-filled performance featuring pop songs, magic, puppets, and best-loved characters who are sure to leave a smile on children’s faces.

Aside from the pantomime fun, the whole family can give something new a 'glow' during the holidays, when the popular Glow Sports event returns to Leisure at Cheltenham. What’s more, with two new sessions for children and their parents, the whole family can now be part of the fun, with the chance to play tennis, badminton and more under the UV lights.
When? Alice in Wonderland takes place on Wednesday 12 April 2017. Glow Sports take place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 20 April 2017.
How much: Tickets for Alice in Wonderland cost £12.50. Glow Sports costs £6 for a child, £8 for a child and their parent.
To book: Call Cheltenham Town Hall on 0844 576 2210, email, or visit directly.

The Easter Joust at Sudeley Castle

What’s happening: The Easter Joust is set to go into battle in Winchcombe, promising a fun-filled family event with thrilling displays and exciting entertainment. Highlights include a high energy performance from The Cavalry of Heroes, its talented horses and experienced horsemen; the chance to boo the baddie, Black Knight Lord Pendragon, and cheer on the noble knights during a thrilling jousting match; and royal appearances from King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and members of the Tudor Court, who will oversee the proceedings.

Aside from springtime entertainment on Easter Sunday, Sudeley Castle will also host two Children's Wednesday Science and Nature events during the school holidays, promising a weatherproof day of fun featuring interactive workshops; the chance to explore the castle’s natural areas; and discover creatures in their natural habitat.
When? The Easter Joust takes place on Sunday 16 April 2017. Children’s Wednesdays take place on Wednesdays 12 and 19 April 2017.
How much: Normal admission charges apply.
To book: Call Sudeley Castle and Gardens on (01242) 602308, email or visit directly.

Jumping for joy at Airborne Trampoline Park

What’s happening: Airborne Trampoline Park’s exciting facilities are perfect for burning off some steam during the school holidays, with the activity centre home to 35 trampolines, basketball hoops, a jump tower, a reaction wall, and much more. The Air Time sessions run daily and promise one hour of fantastic family fun, during which all ages can jump to their hearts’ content. There is also dedicated Toddler Time in the morning for young jumpers and their parents.

Airborne Trampoline Park offers the chance for speedy jumpers to become the master by tackling the Ninja Run, the premier obstacle course where children can test their skills in stealth and complete the route as quickly as possible. What’s more, with monthly prizes to be won, children have even more incentive to take on the challenge.
When: Airborne Trampoline Park is open daily
How much: Prices vary as per activity
For more info: See Airborne Trampoline Park
To book: Call (01242) 255551, or visit directly.

Prescott Bike Festival

What's happening: Perfect for car enthusiasts and fun-seeking families, Prescott Bike Festival offers the chance to snap a selfie with some famous names, with other highlights including an appearance from Darth Vadar, live music, delicious food and drink, and motorcycles galore.
When: Sunday 9 April 2017
To book: Call Prescott Bike Festival on 07005 968687.

Easter at Holst Birthplace Museum

What's happening: Holst Birthplace Museum will open its doors during the Easter holidays for some seasonal fun, decorating biscuits and getting the chance to see the museum’s specially designed hare statue, which is part of the Cotswold Hare Trail.
When: Tuesday 11 April 2017
To book: Call Holst Birthplace Museum on (01242) 524846.

Easter holiday play scheme in Cheltenham

Venue: Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN
What's happening: Cheltenham Trust’s ever-popular play scheme returns, giving children the chance to burn off some steam with a host of fun-filled activities including outdoor exploring, art and design, sports, cooking, swimming, sensory play, and much more.
When: Monday 10 to Thursday 13 April 2017; Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April 2017
To book: Call Cheltenham Trust on (01242) 528764.

Easter egg hunt at Central Cross Café and The Boathouse

Venue: Central Cross Cafe, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE
What's happening: An Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, and a new boating season await happy families in Pittville Park this spring, offering the perfect chance for a day trip to the park – not to mention a rest-stop in the delicious café, where homemade cakes are sure to go down a treat.
When: Saturday 15 to Friday 21 April 2017
To book: Call Central Cross Café on (01242) 234907.

Easter Eggspress at GWSR

What's happening: Children can jump on board a steam train when GWSR promises a day of egg-cellent fun for all the family and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny too.
When: Monday 17 April 2017
To book: Call GWSR on (01242) 621405.

Easter painting at Holst Birthplace Museum

What's happening: Children can get creative during an Easter painting session, using pretty pastels to create art which is inspired by the museum’s new portrait.
When: Tuesday 18 April 2017
To book: Call Holst Birthplace Museum on (01242) 524846.

The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt at Batsford Arboretum

What’s happening: Putting a twist on the traditional Easter Egg hunt, little ones at Batsford Arboretum can find the hens that laid them in the Big Batsford Chicken Hunt. Children must uncover all the secret locations of the hidden hens at the day-out destination, marking them on a map to win a special prize. Promising the perfect opportunity for children to burn off some of those Easter eggs, as well as the chance to explore the beautiful location in the fresh air, this special event is sure to go down a treat with Gloucestershire families.

Following the bloom of snowdrops at Batsford, the arboretum will be bursting with new colour in March at the start of its daffodil and magnolia month, promising plenty of picture-perfect photo ops for those family selfies.
When? The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt takes place from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April 2017.
How much: Tickets cost £2.50 per child, plus normal admission charges
For more info: See The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt.
To book: Call Batsform Arboretum on (01386) 701441, email or visit directly.

Easter at Corinium Museum

What's happening: A host of Easter-themed activities will be keeping youngsters busy at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum, with highlights including an Incredible Insects workshop, family film, and Illuminated Birds drop-in session.
When? Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Friday 21 April 2017
To book: Call Corinium Museum on (01285) 655611.

Magic Sundays at The Hollow Bottom

What's happening: Families can enjoy a sprinkle of magic during their Sunday lunch when close-up magician Andy Cole visits The Hollow Bottom for some mind-boggling entertainment.
When? Sunday 9 and Sunday 23 April 2017
To book: Call The Hollow Bottom on (01451) 850392.

We hope you have fun this Easter!

Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Thursday, 9 March 2017

AREA CODE - Curious in Cardiff

Today we want to celebrate the lovely city that is Cardiff, which is where our showcase is taking us next! Why not join us on the 10th and take the time to enjoy some of these awesome opportunities at the same time?

1)    Cardiff Bay

Cardiff’s waterfront offers loads to do for all ages and interests. Not only is it home to various eateries, boat trips and cultural attractions, but it is enough to keep you occupied all day, and night. The Cardiff Bay barrage holds a wicked kids’ playground to entertain any little ones you might have with you, and boat trips are available if you prefer to see the Bay from a little closer up. Our particular favourite has to be Mermaid Quay bars and amusements though, so keep an eye out for those!

2)    National Museum Cardiff and St Fagans National History Museum

The National Museum Cardiff is one that’s fun for all the family, as it is home to the likes of Impressionist paintings and dinosaurs and the world’s largest Leatherback Turtle and a skeleton of a Humpback Whale! They even offer a Guided Tour daily from 12.30pm that last approximately 35 minutes.

St Fagans Museum is also another top 10. Not only is it one of Europe's leading open–air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction, but admission is also free! The Museum has been open since 1948 and is still going strong, with various events taking place on site throughout the year. Check out what they have to offer here.

3)    Cardiff Castle

A must-see for any history buff you are bringing along with you! Explore the stunning blast-to-the-past and history within the castles walls.
4)    Farmers Market

This is perhaps our number one on our list of Cardiff to-dos! Not only is the food all locally sourced, something we here at Madia and Matilda are very passionate about, but they also support local businesses. The Market is celebrating its 19th year this year and is sure to be another incredible year. Check it out here.

5)    The Cardiff Story

The Cardiff Story is a good way to start your own Cardiff story of explorations! It is housed in the beautiful Old Library Building in the middle of the city and, quite literally, tells the story of Cardiff! This includes the transformation of Cardiff from a small market town to the cosmopolitan city we know and love nowadays. Find out more here.
Don’t just listen to me, take a sneak peek at what these Cardiff bloggers have to say about the EPIC city here.
Have a great trip!

Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Friday, 3 March 2017

AREA CODE - Dreaming of Durham

Following the success of our little excursion to Chelsea last month, we will be heading to the lovely town of Durham shortly and wanted to give you guys some ideas of what you can get up to in Durham when the shows finished!

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley Forest

Why not join local amateur astronomer Neill Sanders, former volunteer at Kielder Observatory and member of the Go Stargazing team, between 28th March until 30th March for an evening of fun for all the family stargazing at Hamsterley Forest through large telescopes.

Open Treasure - Beasts

Who needs a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral exists?! This is an exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times and is sure to amaze any HP fans in your life, big or small!

Available now until 10th June with various opening times (see website for more details).

Durham Castle: Family Fun Tour

Bring the whole family to Durham Castle Tours on 31st March and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour.

Please note that charges do apply for this.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival

For the foodie's, Bishop Auckland Food Festival taking place 1st April to 2nd April is the obvious choice. Not only is it the region’s biggest food event, growing year on year hosting a whole programme of events and activities including celebrity chefs, cookery demo’s, street entertainment and a demonstration kitchen, it is also hosted in Auckland Castle - stunning food, stunning venue, what more could you possibly want?!

For something a little more romantic, join experienced astronomer Graham Relf on 7th April (Open 19:00 - 22:00) at North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Ireshopeburn where he will lead a talk about the planet Jupiter, and if the skies are clear you may be lucky enough to see it yourself through a telescope!

After a giggle? Why not hit The Gala Theatre on Friday 14th April for their Funny Bones Comedy Club! A monthly dose of funnies with a mix of seasoned stand-ups and new comedic talents ready to have you laughing your socks off.

Beamish Museum

Throughout the year, Beamish hosts lots of interesting events for all the family to enjoy, including The Great North Festival of Transport, a Georgian Fair, The Great North Festival of Agriculture and much more. They even host a whole season of events just for Christmas!

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s .

Why we love it at Madia & Matilda: Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall.

You are also able to experience first-hand how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region as the buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been brought, brick by brick, from around the region and rebuilt to give visitors a real sense of history.

Also note: Tickets to Beamish are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase for an unlimited number of daytime visits to the Museum. Visit the website for full details.

Events at Beamish Museum March-April:

Great North Festival of Transport

This hugely popular festival gets bigger and better every year. Therefore, we think it is a must for enthusiasts and  a fantastic family activity for all to get involved in!

29th March – 23rd April (Open 10:00 - 17:00).

Old Kind Coal

This five-day celebration of the rich mining heritage of North East England is a definite must-have for any history buffs you may have joining you. Not only can you join in in the banner parades, but also have the chance to enjoy performances by local brass bands.

29 March to 2 April (Open 10:00 - 17:00).

Great North Steam Fair

This is an annual steam fair with an amazing line-up of visiting vehicles and Beamish Transport, in action and on view for all to see! Please the little ones or the boys that refuse to grow up with the likes of motorcycles, lorries and much more.

6th – 9th April (Open 10:00 - 17:00).

Horses at Work

More into animals? No worries! See magnificent horses at work around Beamish museum throughout April, including ponies, carriage horses and heavy horses. We also recommend staying to watch the incredible cavalry display.

22nd - 23rd April (Open 10:00 - 17:00).

Whatever you get up to in Durham, make sure to pop along to our event! Further details to be released later this week.

Sincerely Madia & Matilda