Beauty and the Beast – The Victoria Theatre Halifax

Last night we were given press tickets to go see Beauty and the Beast at The Victoria Theatre in Halifax. The show runs from now until Sunday 5th January 2020 with a range of dates, times and accessible performances on offer. Tickets start from £19.50.

Although I haven’t been to the Panto since I was a child, Panto is a bit of a Britishness institution and so important to many families at Christmas.

This production of Beauty and the Beast was everything a panto should be. Full of slapstick, singing, dancing, lots of opportunities for everyone to join in and most importantly, actors who knew how to carry on when things didn’t go to plan.

The sets were beautiful, sparkly and festive and as we waited for the show Christmas music played. The start of the show was a little confusing and it was unclear what was happening but quickly things started to move. From the beautiful Belle, played by Jenny Perry, to the hilarious Eugune, played by Matthew Wellman, it became clear that this was going to be the perfect family panto.

Josh Benson and Adam Stafford were fantastic, the epitome of everything Panto. They had a brilliant camaraderie that shone and even when things went wrong the way they handled the problems was outstanding, the perfect balance between winging it and attempting to stay on track.

Highlights for us included the incredible skeleton dance, Josh for being hilarious and a true entertainer and some great songs to sing along to.

We would highly recommend the Panto to families with children from age 4-11. I think particularly 6-9 year olds will love it. But big kids will be laughing along too and even the husband joined in with some “he’s behind you” moments!

If you get in touch with the Theatre in advance you can nominate someone for a shout out or even to join in on stage. LissyLou joined Josh on stage to sing Old McDonald and she had an absolute ball.

This year The Victoria Theatre have made a bold move towards tackling single use plastics and have stopped selling light up products and moved towards traditional gifts such as finger puppets, hand puppets and magnets. The benefits of this are not only environmental but also in enjoyment for the audience with no flashing lights distracting from the show and also in gifts that will last. I thought the finger puppets were especially cute!

For more information you can visit the Victoria Theatre website. Also check out their Instagram page for some top Panto tips!

We received a pair of press tickets and two discounted tickets to this performance.

ZeroWater 12 cup

We were gifted a 12 cup ZeroWater 12 cup filter jug for the purposes of this review.

The blurb: ZeroWater is the only gravity-fed filtration system to match the TDS levels found in purified bottle water, the result is great-tasting water, straight from the tap. The average glass of tap water contains large amounts of lead, heavy metals, or chromium. ZeroWater removes 99.6% of all toxins.

What does that mean?

In essence, ZeroWater is a water filtration jug. You put water in the top, it goes through the filter and into the jug, removing impurities along the way. So, does it work and do we care? The ZeroWater comes with a water purity meter that allows you to test your water before it is filtered and then afterwards.

Zerowater 12 cup

Our tap water (good old Yorkshire Water) measured a lowly 046 – moderate, making it better than most of the UK.

Zerowater 12 cup

But apparently it can get better. We used the ZeroWater 12 cup jug and the filtered water measured 000. But most importantly for us in a blind taste test the water tasted so much better. The difference was truly outstanding. It tasted better than bottled water.

Zerowater 12 cup

The kids are obsessed with the Zerowater. They love the taste and are drinking a lot more water at the moment!

The only downside of the 12 cup is its sheer size. Ideal for a large fridge or a large family but this is a seriously big jug. I’ve placed it next to a 2 litre bottle so that you can see its size. The smaller jugs would be more than adequate for most families.

Zerowater 12 cup

The Zerowater 12 cup retails at £39.99, which is reasonable given the savings you could make on bottled water and it’s a good quality piece of kit that makes water taste amazing! In my opinion, it’s a great buy.







Men’s Fashion at Jacamo

Jacamo got in touch and asked My husband to pick out some items from the Men’s Fashion at Jacamo on their website to review. Having never shopped at Jacamo he was interested to see what they offered.

We were impressed by the easy to navigate website and the wide range of sizes. My husband went for some jeans and two polo shirts.

The Flintoff by Jacamo jeans offered a slight stretch which made for a comfy fit and the dark indigo colour looks expensive and is flattering. At £50 the jeans are good value due to the high end look and feel.

Men's Fashion at Jacamo

The Mantaray Vintage Wash polo is a comfy fabric but has a really smart look that went well with jeans. It costs £26 and is lovely quality.

The Jacamo Black Label Ditsy Trim polo is particularly nice. It looks very smart and polished, especially because it is long enough to tuck into trousers. It came with a spare button and matching thread which is a very thoughtful touch. The logos and trim add an element of interest to a plain polo. At £22, this seemed like a bargain.

Men's Fashion at Jacamo

We were really impressed by Jacamo, most of all by their own brand items which were nicely styled and made and offered good value for money.

We received the items described for the purposes of this review.