A Day Out – Thomas Land at Drayton Manor

 

As I mentioned in my previous post, my family and I were invited along to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor. We viewed a special screening of Thomas the Tank Engine’s new movie ‘Thomas Tale of the Brave’. After the film we headed out into the park.Thomas Land

We began our day out with a ride on Thomas himself, complete with moving eyes!

IMG_0251Despite the traditional age of Thomas fans the world over, the park caters for just about everyone. My youngest is shy of most rides but there was plenty of non threatening fun which didn’t scare or concern. His favourite was Terence’s Driving School where he was let loose on a moving vehicle, it’s a good job those friendly theme park assistants have quick legs!

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My daughter’s favourite was Jeremy’s Flying Academy where she could control the height of her plane as she spun around.

IMG_0049For my son (who is a thrill seeker in training) there was the family friendly Troublesome Trucks roller coaster, he squealed with glee as he sped along the rails. I on the other hand (less keen on rides) actually felt very brave that I managed to join him!

IMG_0016While I enjoyed every ride that I went on, the children were even more impressed with the large selection that they were allowed to ride on alone.

IMG_9938We also managed to explore the rest of Drayton Manor and were pleasantly surprised by just how much there was to see. There’s a wonderful zoo complete with Panthers, Meerkats, Monkeys and even a tiger settling in.

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We pretended to be pirates and my kids were caught by a Great White Shark! We truly had a fabulous day and can’t wait to return to Drayton Manor soon.IMG_0118IMG_9925

 

 

 

Thomas Tale of the Brave DVD Review & competition!

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Thomas the tank engine is a beautiful blue steam engine which recalls Britain’s mastery of the rails and the age of steam. My whole family has grown up with him through his books, toys and TV shows. Now my own children enjoy watching his antics (now CGI based rather than animated) and own a huge collection of Thomas trains. Despite this we have never visited Thomas Land at Drayton Manor before, so when we were asked along to a special screening of Thomas’s brand new movie we just couldn’t say no! So today I am bringing you our Thomas Tale of the Brave DVD review and over the next few days I’ll pop up a post about all the fun we had at Thomas Land.

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The films begins with a terrible storm which causes a landslide at the Sodor China Clay Pits. Thomas notices some strange footprints, but who could they belong too!? The engines of Sodor are divided in opinion on whether there is a real live monster stalking the rails of Sodor but one thing’s for sure it’s going to take one brave engine to solve this mystery!TOTB movie still 3

The movie also introduces some brand new trains to the Thomas world including Gator, Marion, Timothy and Reg. Without revealing too much of the story and giving away the mystery here is what my kids thought of the film.TOTB movie still 2

Engine N – I loved it, I like James best, he’s funny and naughty.

Conductor G – It was really exciting, I particularly like Thomas, he’s always been my favourite!

Driver I – I thought the film was brilliant and my favourite part was when Thomas meets Marion the digging train, she talks a lot and made me laugh.IMG_9964

From a parents point of view all three kids were transfixed for the full hour and entered into a state of blissful silence, you can’t really ask for more.

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There have also been some new toys released to coincide with the movie including Marion, Timothy, Gator and Scrap Heap Monster trains and a new Take-N-Play Roaring Dino Run set including Thomas.IMG_9956

Competition

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DVD Details

Release date:                    1 September 2014

RRP:                                     £12.99

Running time:                  68 minutes

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Upcycling tutorial – Making an old hat new!

DSC_0651As a creative sort of person I love taking things apart and remaking them to suit my own needs. Not only is it a fun and inspiring occupation but it’s economical and environmentally friendly too. I’ve detailed my latest project as an upcycling tutorial and written the steps below in case you would like to have a go at making an old hat new!

DSC_0628I wanted a large floppy hat to shield me from harmful rays (although the sun appears to be hiding today). I found my hat in a local Oxfam shop, but while I loved the fit (and the flop) I was less keen on some of the adornments. This picture shows the rather cheap looking flower that was stuck onto one side with a massive blob of glue. DSC_0629

I removed the flower and as much of the glue as I could cut away but I was still left with a noticeable blob!

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I covered the glue and crooked sewing with another band of contrasting ribbon. The hat was tough enough that sewing seemed a little difficult, so I used fabric glue to attach instead.

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Next I sewed a simple fake bow from the contrasting ribbon, unfortunately I forgot to photograph this stage. The bow is created by cutting a length of ribbon and sewing the ends together to make a loop. A smaller piece of ribbon is folded in half and used to pinch the loop in the middle, this is then sewed together at the back. If you want ribbon tails just add in at the back with a couple of stitches. It creates a much flatter bow than a real one, making it easier to sew into place. I cut my tails into V shapes to stop them fraying and sewed the bow onto one side of the hat.DSC_0644

I was very pleased with my simple hat, it took hardly any time at all and became a truly unique creation. :)DSC_0651