Legoland Discovery Centre and SeaLife Aquarium Manchester

We first went to SeaLife in Manchester before it opened. But we haven’t made it back since for one reason or another and even though we have one of the biggest LEGO fans on the planet in our son, C, we had never visited the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre either.

What better time to visit both attractions when they both have great events on especially for the summer holidays? With tickets for both attractions costing approximately £85 for 2 adults and 2 children we were glad to find out that it takes a full day to get around both places and if you stretch a bit further then for £176 you can get an annual pass for both attractions and then go back as many times as you want. Great if you live anywhere near!

We started our day out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. We enjoyed the initial factory themed segment and the kids were thrilled to receive a special brick from the machines too.


We then moved through to the first ride. There was a short queue, sadly we were a little disappointed and felt it could have been much better with an update.

On the way in we had a few family photos taken and straight after the ride was a desk to view the photos along with one from the ride. We chose to buy one of the shots which is printed straight away. Sadly, this meant we had to carry the photo around for the rest of the visit, which was annoying. The most annoying part of this was that there is another photo desk on the way out and we would have waited if we had known.

The main floor contains loads of LEGO themed games, activities and fun! Our favourites were the LEGO 4D film for the whole family and the amazing LEGO Ninjago play frame for the kids. We spent around 2.5hours but you could definitely make it last longer than that by buying lunch or taking a picnic. We had a coffee and a snack and headed into the Trafford Centre for lunch.
After lunch we headed to SeaLife. As I said last time we went was before it opened so we were viewing it with new eyes. We loved exploring the different creatures, finding Nemo and Dory and touching starfish in the shallow pools. For the summer holidays you can also find clues to The Octonauts and collect stamps as you explore. We even met one of the characters during our visit! 

The kids also liked the play frame but the shortage of seating meant we didn’t let them play for long.

We spent a further 1.5 hours here so it turned into a nice day out. You could do one of them and shopping in The Trafford Centre to make it a day out each time you visit if you chose the annual pass.

Overall we preferred LEGOLAND, I think due to the ages of our children and their love of LEGO. Younger children may prefer SeaLife. 

We received tickets to both attractions in exchange for this review.

Unique Home Decor Pieces

love shopping for things for our home. Especially unique home decor pieces that you won’t see in every front room across the UK. I was recently discovered UncommonGoods, a small online retailer based in Brooklyn, New York who stock unique home decor pieces straight from the designer.

UncommonGoods is on a mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers, at the core of their business is great respect for the integrity of creative individuals and the belief that it is their responsibility to use their business to have a positive impact on the world.

The UncommonGoods website is full of interesting and unique home decor pieces. From the unusual to the incredible there is such a wide range of truly inspiring items that your question won’t be will there be something for me but more how will I narrow down my choices to what I can buy!

My favourite of the many decorative accents is this stunning candle holder. I love the beautiful shadows it creates and the almost magical look.

Unique Home Decor

I absolutely love this cool door mat, a really fun place to stop and take your wellies off. The kids will love it too because you can personalise it with your surname!

Unique Home Decor Pieces

I wrote recently about home improvements and making the outdoors an extension of the home. The wide range of stunning garden items made me want to shop! The hubby would love the hammock having got rid of his last one when we moved last year and I’m really loving the Rattan Solar Lanterns which will look perfect around the deck.

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You can find more unique home decor and garden pieces over at UncommonGoods, here.

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More than just double glazing – these are the home improvements I want!

The rain is thrashing down, the wind is howling. It’s June but the heating is on I’m snuggled under a blanket wishing for the sun to come back.

More than just double glazing - these are the home improvements I want!
 I dream of sunnier days and glorious summer nights I am thankful for good double glazing. It’s amazing the difference that nice windows and doors can make to your house. Having installed them in our old house I was amazed at how they transformed both the outside and inside of the house. Making it warmer, but also lighter and brighter too. Truly giving it an updated and modern feel. I’m lucky that the windows in our new house are pretty new so .I don’t need to focus on them at this point which lets me think about redecorating or accessorising

But looking out the patio door from my kitchen I can’t help but look longingly at bifold doors and conservatories and all those modern home improvements that make the garden feel like they are an extension of your living space. I’m really lucky that we have no shortage of outdoor space and seeing as my kitchen is my favourite part of the house because of its amazing outlook onto the garden I know that these improvements would make even more of this space.
More than just double glazing - these are the home improvements I want!I’m imagining folding back those bifold doors and welcomingfriends and family for parties and barbecues. Letting the garden work as part of the kitchen and making it a truly special heart to our home.

For now it’s just a dream, but we all need those don’t we?

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