Legoland Hotel in November?

We had an idea of visiting the Legoland Windsor hotel while Legoland is closed. It was on our bucket list but we felt it was a bit too expensive at other times ie when legoland is open.

We got a really good deal for £111, which includes accommodation in the standard pirate themed room with free swimming and breakfast the following morning.

We will write a review when we get back. We are super excited.

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The Den

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We have become regular visitors to The Den, a boardgame cafe. I am always looking for activities to do with my 11 year old to get him off electronic devices and I’ve found it at The Den for sure.

The Den website http://www.theden.cafe/

The Den is suitable if you’re looking for something to do with the family , a lover of board games old or new, or are just wanting to sit and enjoy a lovely relaxing lunch.

There is a collection of over 150 games ranging from classics such as Chess, Monopoly, Othello and even Mah-Jong to the newest of new, including JamSumo, Click Clack Lumberjack and Sub Terra.

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They open from 12pm until 5:30 pm and will be at:

Paston Scout Hut
1087 Lincoln Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE4 6AH

Standard entrance prices, giving entrance and access to the games:

£3 for 12s and up
£2 for students showing an NUS or Student card
£1.50 for children over 5
Under 5s go in for free.
For entry, plus a sandwich or salad deal

£5 for 12s and up
£4 for students showing an NUS or Student card
£3 for children over 5
My 11 year old and I have visited on two occasions now and has become a family favourite. The cafe is open once per month at present and my son really gets excited when the day arrives. He wakes up at 6am, gets dressed and is super excited to be going.

The current location is handy for the city centre with ample free parking. There is a warm and welcoming feel to the event. We have always been greeted by one of the organisers and felt welcome.

We paid our £5 which included a sandwich and the entrance fee, then chose a table to sit. We were given a ticket to take to the counter to exchange for our food.

On each table there is a varied menu with sandwiches, toasties, cakes, drinks and snacks. There is always a ‘special’ of the day, which is a well thought out and delicious sandwich. There is a list also of sharing snacks that can be ordered for your table such as popcorn, cheese biscuits and pretzels.

 

We chose our sandwich, drinks and snack, then went up to the food counter to place the order. That’s it. Then we choose our first boardgame and started playing until our food was very kindly delivered to our table.

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The toasties we ordered were tuna mayo and ham and cheese. They arrived beautifully presented with a crisp, fresh side salad and pretzels. The toasties were freshly made to order and arrived lovely and hot. The ham in the ham and cheese toastie was lovely thick and flavoursome deli ham with a good quality cheese. The quality of the ingredients is superb, we always look forward to a Saturday lunch at The Den Cafe.

The drinks are pretty impressive too! I ordered a cola which came in a pint glass and only cost £1. The drink was cold, fizzy and tasted good. The milkshake was very impressive with a large swirl of cream. The photo here is of the milkshake but my son couldn’t wait for me to take a photo, he had eaten most of the cream already.
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At first my son was in complete awe of all the games on offer, neatly stacked on the table. Therefore we played a variety of games for about 5 minutes each. However Adrian kindly recommended suitable games, based on games we already liked. We then settled down to play JamSumo. This now is our favourite game we play each time. There are few rules and it’s great for children and adults to play together. On each table are 2 pegs with ‘help’ or ‘join us’ labels on them. I love this idea and we were lucky to be joined by 2 more gamers.

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Having more players made the game more interesting and fun, especially when you have to knock out another player, as it adds a whole new dimension to the game. For me, I didn’t want to knock out someone I had just met but on the other hand if I kept knocking my son out, I could see a family feud developing. Once we were in the middle of the game this was no longer a problem. The competitive streak was unleashed in us all and we were out to win. We managed to complete a whole game of JamSumo which wouldn’t have been possible if it was just me and my son.

 
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We then went into play another game recommended by Adrian called Tsuro. Adrian now knows the types of games we like (few rules) and this game was perfect again.

This game is based on the puzzles in children’s magazines where they follow a trail on the page to find the item, like a maze. Each player has 7 square tiles to place on the game board. Each tile has a piece of a pathway and the aim is to follow the pathway and stay on the board.
The competitive element is that another player may be in the pathway and your tile may cause them to go in s different direction. This was easy to follow but also competitive and hugely funny.
The boardgame geek explains it well https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/16992/tsuro

I can highly recommend The Den to everyone. It’s great for families to get out of the house and away from game consoles and electronic devices. It’s also great for adults, groups of friends or you could even come on your own as joining others is the aim of the cafe.

The upside is the chance to play games before you buy them. Games can be expensive and to be able to ‘try before you buy’ is such a good idea. I found the cafe to be very friendly and sociable. It’s a social event where you can have a laugh, meet new people and enjoy a delicious Saturday lunch at such a low cost.

I have bought a few games that we played at the cafe and I know it’s a game we love and will play at home.

The next Den cafe is on the 4th November from 12pm to 5.30pm.

We’ll see you there x

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Hello

I would like to introduce myself as the new mumsnet Peterborough editor. I can’t believe I have just written that. This is my dream. I love looking for new ‘things to do’ and will be adding lots of ideas and reviews over the coming months.

I am Pauline, a mum of one and live locally. I love to eat out and spend time with my family on low cost days out.

If you have an idea for a review or ideas for ‘what’s on’ in October/November , please do get in touch with me on peterborough@mumsnetlocal.com

I hope you find the information I share useful and I look forward to finding out what’s going on in Peterborough  for the Autumn/Winter months

 

kind regards

Pauline

 

Ten Reasons to Visit… Suffolk

Looking for some trip ideas? Check out some great ideas in our neighbouring county Suffolk.

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The Mumsnet ‘Ten Reasons to Visit’ series focuses on Suffolk this month and we have had a great time researching and compiling some fabulous local attractions for you to visit. Let us know what you think!

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(1) Best Thing About the Area

With its crinkle crankle walls, a House in the Clouds and the Nutshell – the smallest pub in the land, Suffolk is no ordinary place and we don’t do things by halves. Bucolic scenery we have in abundance – miles of heritage coastlines stretching from Lowestoft in the North East to Felixstowe, acres of forests and watery wildlife reserves such as Minsmere – home to BBC Springwatch and our scenic country walks, eulogised by many of Britains best nature writers. We also do culture well too with historic small towns packed with independent shops, theatres and other arts activities and the larger county…

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Sacrewell Farm’s New Mascot

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A farm near Peterborough has a new mascot, thanks to the creative talents of its young visitors.

Over half-term, children visiting the farm were asked to design a new mascot for the farm which will then be developed to become to farm’s new children’s mascot when it rebrands in the summer.

With more than 100 entries it was difficult decision, but in the end it was a colourful peacock that came out tops.

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The mascot was designed by six-year-old Mia Barham from Market Deeping who visits the farm regularly with her family.

Mia said: “I chose to draw a peacock because one let me stroke it once and they are my favourite animals ever.”

Mum, Kate, added: “They are the first thing she looks for when she comes into the farm.

“She has always loved drawing. She drew her first picture before she was two and it was a smiley face with arms and legs. I still have it on the fridge.”

Mia is a pupil at Linchfield Primary School in Deeping St James and was at school when she found out she had won. Her prize was a family annual pass to the farm so that she can see her mascot as it is developed by a professional graphic designer.

She said: “I was very excited. I went and told my teacher straight away. I thought I could come and see a peacocks anytime now.”

When the mascot has been developed, he will appear on all children’s interpretation boards at the farm. The farm is rebranding as part of its Heritage Lottery Funded Watermill Project.

Marketing and communications executive Megan Horner said: “We were delighted with Mia’s entry and can’t wait to see how her peacock is developed.

“We had a lot of votes for peacocks. We have six male birds here at the farm and they are definitely one of our most popular animals. Thank you to everyone who entered.”

Nana’s Knickers – Review

Having been an avid book reader since I was a wee lass, I’m very pleased that T is taking after me with her love of books. With her starting school in September (eek) we have been getting into the habit of reading books each day before bed to try and get her used to it.

When we were contacted by Nico Russell on Twitter @BlueFluffBooks with a view to reviewing his self published book “Nana’s Knickers” of course we jumped at it!

The very first thing that jumped out at me was the illustrations by Charlie Meyer, A4 pages full of colour and details. Even on the fourth time round T was finding new little things (the little mouse was a particular favourite). The font was especially chosen to help young children who are learning letter shapes and the plain backgrounds were painted yellow so those with dyslexia could see the text more clearly.

The book takes the reader on an amusing adventure as Nana wakes up and can’t find her favourite pair of knickers.  The tables are turned as her grandchildren advise her to retrace her steps (how many times have we as parent’s said that!) until Nana finds her frilly knickers! The words have a wonderful lilt and rhyme to them.

Nico wrote the book due to his unceasing appetite of his niece and nephew for new stories.  The process took two years and despite receiving tremendous feedback from schools and children, he has entirely self funded the book as publishing houses were unwilling to take a risk on a new author, despite him being the youngest ever winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2012.

This makes me sad.  How many other wonderful books are out there unread because publishers don’t want to take a risk? What if an author doesn’t have the option to go self funded?

Nana’s Knickers can be ordered at Blue Fluff Books for £5.99 (plus p+p) or a signed copy for £6.50 (plus p+p) – http://bluefluffbooks.com/