Everyone enjoys a sing along at Christmas and children are no exception. The small boy loves to join in with a rousing chorus of Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. So when I heard about the new Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD I knew he’d enjoy listening to it in the run up to Christmas.
CBeebies favourite and star of Something Special, Mr Tumble, has released an album full of much-loved classic Christmas songs, with a Mr Tumble twist.
The festive hits on the Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD include –
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Here Comes Santa Claus
Do You Wanna Build a Snowman
Frosty the Snowman
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
I Can’t Wait for Christmas Day
Let it Snow
All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Little Drummer Boy
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Time
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The CD is a cheery collection of Christmas songs, recorded especially for children and liberally dusted with Mr Tumble’s giggles, honks, Tumble chatter and other embellishments. It’s the kind of album which we’ll listen to in the car in December, ideal for getting the whole family in the mood for Christmas.
The selection of songs is really well thought out. From Christmas classics such as The Twelve Days of Christmas, carols such as Silent Night, to contemporary favourites like Do You Wanna Build a Snowman from the hit film Frozen sung by Mr Tumble and his friends, Justin, Lord Tumble, Aunt Polly and Grandad Tumble!
There’s something for everyone and if you’re looking for a Christmas CD for all the family, something which will engage pre-school age children and Mr Tumble fans, then the Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD fits the bill perfectly.
Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party CD is released on 4th November 2016, you can pre-order on Amazon and it is currently priced at £11.42.
This year Children in Need is on 18th November. Our favourite fundraising bear Pudsey has teamed up with Cbeebies and Abbey Home Media to put together a very special Pudsey and Friends DVD compilation, featuring 15 episodes from some of CBeebies’ best loved shows.
The Pudsey and Friends DVD has over 3 hours of pre-school fun and includes the following episodes –
Twirlywoos – Turning
Peter Rabbit – The Tale of Old Rusty
Something Special – Circus
Bing – Hearts
Teletubbies – Conga
In The Night Garden – Upsy Daisy only wants to Sing
Mike the Knight – The Snoring Dragon
Charlie & Lola – I Can Train Your Dog
Timmy Time – Timmy’s Picnic
Sarah and Duck – Sarah, Duck and The Penguins
Chuggington – Trainee Camp
The Furchester Hotel – Peckity Woodpecker
Octonauts – Porcupine Puffer
Cloudbabies – Rainbows Orchestra
Q Pootle 5 – Pootle’s New Spaceship
The Children in Need Pudsey and Friends DVD is a great way to raise money to help disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. A minimum of £2 from the sale of every DVD will go towards helping children and young people across the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their full potential.
Compilation DVDs are always very popular with us, and the Pudsey and Friends DVD is no exception. I think we both appreciate a DVD with a variety of things to watch on it, and this DVD is jam packed with Cbeebies fun. It’s great value too, it’s currently just £5 on Amazon (with £2 going to Children in Need).
The Pudsey and Friends DVD is a very special compilation and a great way of entertaining young children. The DVD is full of familiar, well-loved characters from a whole range of Cbeebies favourites, all brought together to help raise funds for a fantastic cause.
The Pudsey and Friends DVD is rated U, it runs for 180 minutes and is widely available online and in the shops now.
Disclosure: We received a Pudsey and Friends DVD for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we went to our first Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park. The sun was shining, we’d heeded the warnings about queuing traffic and left a bit later than we’d planned. The weather was glorious and we knew we’d be spending the whole day there, so it didn’t much matter to us if we were an hour or so late.
We arrived to a packed site, the parking was a fair bit away and with my mobility problems, I was worried about how tough the day would be and I was glad I’d asked my OH to bring my chair. There were no queues to get in, I guess leaving it a bit later meant that most of the crowds had already been through.
There were maps available just through the entrance and the site seemed fairly logically laid out. Our first mistake was only bringing snacks and not a full picnic, so I settled down near the Geronostage Zone to watch Mr Bloom with the boy whilst my OH joined a queue, a queue which he stood in for an hour and 45 minutes, returning with some cold and odd tasting corn on the cob and some cold but tasty lentil curry and rice. We were not impressed and in hindsight we should have just had burger and chips from the fast moving queue or taken a proper picnic.
The boy and I sat in front of the Geronostage Zone stage and watched a variety of acts, the sound quality wasn’t great and the boy got a bit bored and ended up just running around, even Swashbuckle couldn’t hold his attention. It was clear that we needed to move on to something which floated his boat.
I was keen to go at watch the Imaginary Menagerie show from Les Enfants Terrible’s, a show which I’ve seen before but really enjoyed. We settled down to watch it and he was utterly gripped and engaged by the whole thing from start to finish. Afterwards we explored the site, dipped into the craft tent, popped to the fairly nice festival toilets, looked at the stalls – the boy got a dinosaur tail, and saw a whale and a big dinosaur. We grabbed a coffee to power us through and ambled over to the Arena Zone.
For us the Arena Zone was the best thing about the Geronimo Festival, we watched the Motorcycle Imps display team roar their bikes over ramps and through fire, the boy was rapt. After the motorcycle display we wandered around meeting a huge puppet giraffe, a disco nun on a motorised piano, some horsey ladies, a scary dinosaur and much more, these were probably my favourite parts of the Geronimo Festival, accidentally stumbling upon some incredibly bonkers sight.
Towards the end of the afternoon we were keen to take part in the Jedi Training, we arrived early and bagged decent seats in the tent, but there weren’t enough lightsabres to go around and disappointed, the small and tired boy lay down on the floor and didn’t want to join in, so we left the tent which was probably for the best as we ended up watching a fantastic display in the Arena Zone – the Horsemen of the Knight. Ben has talked of virtually nothing else since, watching the galloping horses in the joust and the Knights in combat, it was probably the highlight of our day.
Once the Knights had finished we stayed put to watch the Sheepdog Show. I’m rather fond of this and I’m sure I’ve seen this shepherdess work at the Cumberland Show, herding geese and ducks and showing off the skill of the dogs and their handler. Once that was finished everyone seemed to be packing up and going home, so we did the same.
The weather had been very kind and had given us a great day, but Tatton Park was heaving and it did feel a bit like there were just too many people there. The day had been a sell out so it was busy and there were big queues. After queueing for so long for food we were all queued out, so refused to even consider queueing for anything for more than a couple of minutes.
If I were to go again I would plan my day better, I’d take a proper picnic, I’d focus less on the Geronostage and spend more time around the Arena Zone, I’d also explore more of the things happening in the fringe. There were aspects of the festival I really loved and things I was indifferent to, but I think all festivals are like that. There are so many things to do, see and join in with that there will always be things you like and don’t like, and so much you just don’t get time to see or do.
There was so much for the kids to do and Ben did enjoy himself, he ran around a lot and discovered and learned new things, his horizons were expanded and his imagination fuelled, which is one of the biggest reasons for taking him to events like this. The Geronimo Festival is a unique family experience and if you can experience it then I think it’s worth a visit.
You can find out more about the Geronimo Festival on their website.
We were invited guests of the Geronimo Festival and were not asked to pay for our tickets, all images and opinions are our own.
At home, our TV channel of choice is CBeebies, it’s packed with all of his favourites and the small boy loved to wind down after a hard day at school with a snack and some CBeebies. We were sent the CBeebies Play Time DVD which was released on Monday 9th May and the small boy didn’t take long to decide it one of his favourites.
The 2 hour long CBeebies Play Time DVD from Abey Home Media features all of his CBeebies favourites and for over 2 hours of fun-filled entertainment. With 12 episodes in the collection, including Teletubbies, Twirlywoos, In The Night Garden, Peter Rabbit, Topsy & Tim, Mike the Knight, The Furchester Hotel, Octonauts, Q Pootle 5, Ruff–Ruff, Tweet and Dave, Chuggington, and Cloudbabies.
The CBeebies Play Time DVD is a great way of entertaining young children with its familiar, well-loved characters and diverse range of fun and engaging programming.
Although we didn’t sit down and watch the whole DVD in one sitting, he did enjoy the variety of programmes on this DVD, even the ones more suited to younger children he liked. I think maybe he’s watching them from a slightly different perspective and getting something new out of them.
Naturally he had some favourites –
Peter Rabbit – The One That Got Away, when Peter and his friends encounter the legendary “Jack Sharp”, a large trout that even Peter’s father failed to catch, they try to reel the fish in once and for all. But catching a fish is a lot harder than it looks.
Topsy and Tim – In New Pet Topsy and Tim love caring for their new pet rabbit but struggle to agree on his name. When they notice how wiggly his nose is, they know just what to call him.
Mike the Knight – In Hidden Garden Games when Mike, Evie and the Queen have a competition in the Hidden Garden, Mike learns that it’s good to let everyone have a turn to play… and it’s even better when everyone plays together.
Octonauts – In Mimic Octopus Peso is gathering red algae to cure the sick vegimals but needs the help of a Mimic Octopus to scare off a Moray eel, who uses its striped tentacles to pretend to be a group of poisonous sea snakes.
Chuggington – In Koko’s Puppy Training Koko Koko finds a lost puppy and wants to keep it, but she realises a little girl is looking for the puppy and decides that she needs to take him home.
The CBeebies Play Time DVD is another great collection of CBeebies classics and ideal for keeping the little ones entertained this summer!
CBeebies Play Time DVD is available from a range of retailers from 9th May.
It only seems like five minutes since the kids when back to school after Easter and the May half term is just around the corner. It’s often hard to think of things to do to entertain the troops. Playdates and trips to the park always feature heavily, but it’s good to have a few bigger things in the diary too.
I’ve picked a few things to do in (and around) Manchester with the kids this May half term. We’ll definitely be popping along to some of these.
The Lost Carnival
If you’ve ever been to the Just So Festival, A Day at the Lake or event The Lost Carnival last year, you know that Wild Rumpus know how to put on an event. Last year we went to The Lost Carnival which was in Bury, this year you can experience an evening of wonder in Crewe, and trust me, it is an experience to remember for all the best reasons.
This year features a “Battle of the Carnivals” between the rival carnivals, The Ingenues and the Birds. Together they will meet for a thrilling evening of spellbinding theatre and enthralling installations, circus, music, visual trickery and sideshows galore. Last year was so good it gave me goosebumps and this year looks set to be even bigger and better!
The Lost Carnival will take place on May 28/29/30 (4-9.30pm) at Queen’s Park, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 7SE. Early Bird tickets cost £10 per ticket. Under 3s go free. Carnival goers should dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre & SEA LIFE Manchester
Over the May half term, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE Manchester at the Trafford Centre will have lots to entertain families come rain or shine. better still, guests only have to buy one ticket and will have the freedom to explore two brilliant attractions!
In the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre visit the brand new play area, City Builder. Visitors can create their own buildings and structures in the City Builder zone. The only limit is your imagination!
For movie enthusiasts, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre has another new 4D movie starring the LEGO Nexo Knights. Experience this fantastic new 4D film with all the elements – wind, water and smoke – bringing the battle to life all around the cinema.
Down at SEA LIFE Manchester, families can dive deep to the fascinating world of new exhibition, Octopus Hideout and spot the star of the show, the Giant Pacific Octopus called Hank and his Cephalopod friends. A visit to SEA LIFE is always a fascinating, fun and educational day out.
From Easter until the end of 2016, Tatton Park is is bringing Roald Dahl’s imagination to life, with a host of children’s trails and events for all the family. Join Danny the Champion of the World in the gardens, Fantastic Mr Fox at the farm and Matilda in the mansion and you’ve got to be careful of The Enormous Crocodile out in the parkland!
We’ve already visited and explored the farm at Tatton Park where we found Fantastic Mr Fox, and we’ll be visiting again over half term to explore some of the other fabulous Roald Dahl goings on. You can read the full preview of the Roald Dahl adventures at Tatton Park here.
The Geronimo Festival is on at Tatton Park (May 29th and 30th) and will feature CBeebies star live shows, a full circus, 3 theatre companies, amazing bands, a full county fair arena including jousting, sheep shearing, motorcycle displays, funfair rides, tortoise encounters, spy school den building and 100 other amazing activities.
This year CBeebies megastar Justin Fletcher will be there, as well as Mr Bloom, presenters Andy Day and Alex Winters and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle. As well as Les Enfants Terrible who present their Imaginary Menagerie. We’ve seen this show before and it is fantastic, so we won’t be missing that particular festival highlight! You can read my preview here.
Manchester is a lively, vibrant city full of museums, art galleries, things to see, do and explore. Just a short drive out fo the city you have a wealth of unspoilt countryside and fresh air to fill your lungs with.
Last month we managed to grab a week away in Devon, we packed quickly and not particularly efficiently. When we got there it turned out I’d only packed one DVD for the small boy to watch in our wifi-less cottage, it was an old DVD – Peter Rabbit: Tales of the Start of Spring. Thankfully it’s a favourite and was watched every day while we were away. It seems to have re-kindled something of an obsession with Peter Rabbit. Earlier this week, the latest DVD installment was released – Peter Rabbit: The Tale of The Great Breakout.
The Peter Rabbit: The Tale of The Great Breakout DVD is the fourth Peter Rabbit DVD from Abbey Home Media. The 72 minute long DVD includes 6 exciting episodes, and all our favourite characters from the world of Peter Rabbit. The DVD also comes with a lovely free height chart.
The Peter Rabbit – The Tale of the Great Breakout DVD includes six episodes –
The Tale of the Great Breakout
The Tale of the Mystery Plum Thief
The Tale of Benjamin’s Strawberry Raid
The Tale of the Downhill Escape
The Tale of the Unguarded Garden
The Tale of the Cat and the Rat
Follow Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail on their adventures and their quest to save the day, overcoming obstacles and outsmarting predators, all the while finding fun and excitement in the most unexpected places.
The Peter Rabbit series on CBeebies is always so lively and full of adventure, my little boy adores it and this DVD is no exception. He was super-excited to open it and couldn’t wait to put it on. We sat down together and watched it in one sitting – 70 minutes of mischief and adventure, with a few hairy moments and lots of fun and friendship. He loved it and I can see this coming on holiday with us next time.
Peter Rabbit: The Tale of The Great Breakout is rated U and was released on 2nd May 2016. The DVD is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon.
I’ve got a little bit of exciting news to share with you, I’ve been chosen to be an official blogger at the Geronimo Festival 2016, and what’s more, they’ve given me a very pretty badge to prove it!
I missed The Geronimo Festival last year due to a holiday, and I was gutted when I saw all the lovely pictures on social media of everyone having fun and posing with their favourite CBeebies presenters and characters, I knew I didn’t want to miss out on the fun this time around, especially as the tickets are very reasonably priced for a day of adventure and (hopefully) sunshine.
The festival is on at Tatton Park (May 29th and 30th) and also Harewood House in Yorkshire (May 1st and 2nd). We’ll be going to the festival nearest our house, which is at Tatton Park in Cheshire.
The festival will feature Cbeebies star live shows, a full circus, 3 theatre companies, amazing bands, a full county fair arena including jousting, sheep shearing, motorcycle displays, funfair rides, tortoise encounters, spy school den building and 100 other amazing activities. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
This year Cbeebies megastar Justin Fletcher will be there, as well as Mr Bloom, presenters Andy Day and Alex Winters and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle. As well as Les Enfants Terrible who present their Imaginary Menagerie. We’ve seen this show before and it is fantastic, so we won’t be missing that particular festival highlight!
Looking through the festival highlights makes me want to get my marker pen out and start planning the day, but I’ll have to resist until nearer the time. The Geronimo Festival is aimed at families with children aged between 2 and 12 years old and I know that my 5 year old will love it, probably almost as much as me and his dad!
As a Geronimo Festival Ambassador I’ll be sharing updates on my blog and across my social media sites, so do keep your eyes peeled for updates and maybe more. I hope to see you there!
Tickets are currently available for £25 each. For more information or to buy tickets visit www.geronimofest.com.
Christmas seems terrifyingly close this year, the big day is thundering ever closer, but I’m pleased to say that I have started my Christmas shopping, whether I’ll ever finish it is another thing altogether. One thing we always get are Christmas DVDs, they’re a nice thing to watch as a family and a nice thing to give as a gift too. CBeebies fans will no doubt be excited by the Kate & Mim Mim – A Christmas Wish DVD which is released on 9th November.
For those not in the know, Kate is a feisty, imaginative 5-year-old girl and Mim-Mim is her purple toy bunny. Whenever she has a problem to tackle or a puzzle to solve, Kate and her purple playmate Mim-Mim twirl off to the magical land of Mimiloo where she and her friends can be anyone and do anything.
The Kate & Mim Mim – A Christmas Wish DVD contains 7 episodes as well as an exclusive music video, this festive DVD makes the ideal Christmas gift for any Kate & Mim Mim fan. It is 88 minutes long and was a popular pick for the small boy who watched it all the way through, which takes some doing for an easily distracted boy.
The DVD contains the following festive episodes –
Kittens & Mittens
While Kate and Mom are looking after a box of kittens, the box tips and they run all over the house. In Mimiloo, a flurry of mitty kats have overtaken Lily and Boomer’s house! Kate cleverly spots something they can use to round up the mitty kats and lead them home to the Winter Waterfalls.
Kate wants to build a snow fort, but there isn’t enough snow in the yard. In Mimiloo, Kate and her friends go snow bowling in the Winter Waterfalls. They use snowballs as bowling balls and snowmen for the pins. But when the gang slides down into an ice cave, Kate will have to think creatively to get them out!
A Storybook Ending
The storybook Mum is reading to Kate is missing its last page! In Mimiloo, Boomer can’t sleep because he’s lost his favourite book so Kate and Mim-Mim team up with their friends to act out the story. Mim-Mim doesn’t like being the big bad boogideebear and creates a clever new ending to the story.
Chilly the Snowman
Kate’s sad because her snowman is melting! In Mimiloo, it’s a sweltering hot day so Kate, Mim-Mim and their friends head to the Winter Waterfalls to cool down – only to find that all the ice is melting! To re-freeze the waterfalls, Kate will have to find Chilly, the snowman who keeps the Winter Waterfalls cold, snowy and frozen.
Kate sees a falling star shoot across the sky and wonders where it landed. In Mimiloo, Kate, Mim-Mim and their friends find the fallen star in the Forever Forest. It’s just a baby, so they must find a way to reunite it with its mama in the nighttime sky.
A Wish for Christmas (double length episode)
It’s a stormy Christmas Eve and Kate worries that Dad won’t get home in time to put the star on the Christmas tree. In Mimiloo, Kate tells her friends all about Christmas, and everyone is excited to send a wish to Santa Claus. But when a blizzard stops their letters in their tracks, it looks like Christmas will be ruined!
Lighter Than Air
While playing catch in the backyard, Kate’s ball goes over the hedge, and Kate is too small to climb over. In Mimiloo, Mim-Mim accidentally squishes one of Gobble’s pumpkins, which makes him wish he was lighter. Using one of Tack’s inventions, he becomes the weight of a balloon! But when the gang runs into trouble, only heavy Mim-Mim can help.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely on the countdown to Christmas now. My head is filled with plots and schemes for making the run up to Christmas a magical one for the small boy and our little family. One of the things we like to do is snuggle up on the sofa and watch Christmassy DVDs together.
As a child I used to love Peter Rabbit, so I was naturally thrilled when he returned to our screens just in time for my son to enjoy it too, Peter Rabbit and Friends is a series we do watch and enjoy together, so I was really pleased to be sent a copy of Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale from Abbey Home Media. The DVD was released on Monday 2nd November and it’s the perfect DVD to watch with your little ones this Christmas.
This new DVD features Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale and seven other adventurous wintery episodes from Peter, Benjamin, Lilly and friends. Episodes on this festive DVD include –
Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale – When Mr. Bouncer gets too sick to make the important holiday supply delivery, Peter and Benjamin take it upon themselves to brave a blizzard (and Mr. Tod) to get the job done and meet a new friend along the way.
The Tale of the Uninvited Badger – When Tommy Brock decides he’s had enough of the cold, he takes shelter by the fire inside the Bouncer’s Burrow. It’s up to Peter and his friends to devise a way of getting the grumpy badger out and to make sure he doesn’t come back!
The Tale of the Runaway Rabbit – Peter is left to babysit Cotton-tail but can’t resist an exciting event at the Squirrel camp. He brings his sleeping sister along but soon must rescue her when she wakes up and crawls away
The Tale of the Stolen Firewood – When Peter, Lily and Benjamin go out to collect firewood, they soon find that not one but three predators are after some too. Can the rabbits stage a series of daring raids to retrieve it?
The Tale of the Grumpy Owl – When Old Brown takes Peter’s Journal, Peter must choose between saving his most precious possession and saving a friend.
The Tale of the Lucky Four-Leaf Clover – When Benjamin finds a four-leaf clover, Peter tricks him into thinking it brings good luck. It’s harmless fun until Peter’s prank accidentally leads Lily into Mr. Tod’s dangerous clutches!
The Tale of the Big Move – When Lily’s father decides to move the family out of the Lake District, Peter comes up with a clever, but dangerous, plan to change Dr. Bobtail’s mind.
The Tale of the Greedy Fox – When Peter tells an impulsive lie, which leads Jemima Puddle-Duck into Mr. Tod’s clutches, he must act fast to stop her from becoming the fox’s dinner!
With over 100 minutes of animated action, the Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale DVD was a real winner for our family, lots of action, lots of adventure and lots of festive fun. For more information about Peter Rabbit and Friends you can join the Peter Rabbit Club on Facebook.
The Tree Fu Tom and the Carrots Of Doom DVD was released on 5th October and it contains over two hours of Treeopolis fun and adventures! Join Tree Fu Tom, Ariela, Zigzoo, Twigs and friends to perform some Big World Magic and help Tom to save the day in his usual way – with the help of his loyal friends and some Big World Magic!
The Tree Fu Tom and the Carrots Of Doom DVD contains six action packed episodes, each featuring our hero – Tree Fu Tom. Aimed at pre-schoolers aged 2-6, there’s lots of fun and adventure with an emphasis on friendship and a little lesson in each episode (patience is a virtue etc). We’ve been avid fans of Tree Fu Tom since it began on CBeebies in 2012.
The six action packed episodes on the Tree Fu Tom and the Carrots Of Doom DVD are –
– Carrots of Doom
– Picture This
– Dragon Fruit Fiasco
– Ranger Tom: A Badge Too Far
– King Stink
– The Sprite Before Christmas
We’ve always enjoyed watching and joining in with Tree Fu Tom and helping him to create the magic at home. The series was originally developed with the help of the Dyspraxia Foundation with the intention of promoting movement and co-ordination in pre-school children, plus it’s fun to join in with, and it gets us all off the sofa!
Being a huge Tree Fu Tom fan, the small boy loved watching this DVD, true to form he got up and copied Tom and his magical movements to create the magic at home. We think Tree Fu Tom and the Carrots of Doom is a must for any Tree Fu fan!
The Tree Fu Tom and the Carrots Of Doom DVD is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon from Monday 5th October 2015.