Llandudno, Wales (review published 2014)

A seaside town with links to the Alice in Wonderland story will be celebrating a very important date next year. Llandudno in North Wales will be marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book by bringing to life Alice and her friends White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat like never before.…

Alton Towers, Staffordshire (review published 2014)

First, Thomas the Tank Engine steamed into Drayton Manor. Then Peppa Pig and her family trotted off to Paultons Park in Hampshire. Now, Postman Pat, Igglepiggle, Tree Fu Tom and Mike the Knight, among others, have set up home together in CBeebies Land at Staffordshire’s Alton Towers. The attraction features characters from many of the…

Tenby, Wales (review published 2014)

Think Anna Ryder Richardson and you’ll probably recall the BBC’s long-running DIY show Changing Rooms. But there’s another, perhaps surprising, string to the TV presenter and interior designer’s bow – that of zoo keeper. Six years ago, Anna forked out £1 million to buy the dilapidated Manor House Wildlife Park, near Tenby in Pembrokeshire. The…

Disneyland Paris (review published 2014)

Many, many years before young Cerys was born, her mummy and I enjoyed a short break at Disneyland Paris. We met Winnie The Pooh (Mrs C’s lifelong favourite) and a framed picture of that momentous occasion hangs on our three-year-old daughter’s bedroom wall. It goes rather well with the Pooh curtains, Pooh rug, Pooh lampshade,…

Alton Towers, Staffordshire (review published 2007)

It was the ultimate Alton Towers white-knuckle ride experience. I was challenged to tame Oblivion, Air, Nemesis, Ripsaw, The Flume and Rita – Queen Of Speed – all in under 45 minutes. But it wasn’t as stomach-churning as it sounds. For this was Alton Towers’ new miniature golf course where the holes are based on…

Disneyland Paris (review published 2003)

Once upon a time there was a land where children of many different languages could come together to live their dreams. They loved its thrilling rides and tales of good overcoming evil. But sadly,  too few families fell under the spell of this Magic Kingdom. For starters, it rained… a lot. And secondly, an optimistic…