Dinner at Cafe Rouge Westbourne

•Complimentary review visit• Ed and I love to visit restaurants we haven’t been to together before and we were invited along for a review visit to celebrate 30 years of Cafe Rouge, giving us the perfect opportunity to enjoy a date night together. On the night we visited, there was a two for one offer on, so the restaurant was full and there was a brilliant, bustling atmosphere. Despite slightly...

Budget Friendly Activities for Kids this Summer

•Features some gifted items• There are two weeks left of the summer holidays here in the south of England, and sometimes it can feel a little like the days stretch out ahead, requiring all the money to keep kids occupied and amused. I am fortunate to not only to have the summer with my children, but to also have both my mum and my husband off work for the duration,...

Lunching at Neo Restaurant

•Complimentary meal• It isn’t often I go out for a meal at lunchtime, so it made a nice change to meet up with fellow local blogger Rachael at NEO, a restaurant located opposite Bournemouth pier, next to the prestigious Hermitage Hotel. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and we were visiting to try out NEO’s newly launched A La Carte menu. To start, I went for the Ham...

Where To Go For Afternoon Tea – Bournemouth & Surrounding Areas

I never used to go for an afternoon tea, as I am a bit of a fussy eater and don’t drink hot drinks, so it always seemed like something I wouldn’t enjoy. However, I have actually attended several review visits over the past year or so, and have come to love this rather indulgent meal. As it is National Afternoon Tea Week (12th-18th August), I figured it was the perfect...

Amelie Comes to Bournemouth

•Press tickets• Last night I went along to The Pavilion in Bournemouth to see Amelie on the stage. As is becoming quite a theme with these show reviews, I didn’t know much of what it was about beforehand, and I am actually enjoying going in blind, without any spoilers or preconceived ideas. All I knew was that the musical is based on the film of the same name, and that...

Dinner in Good Company at The Old Thatch, Wimborne

•Complimentary Meal• It is not often that Ed and I find the time to head out for dinner with friends. Not only do we have young children, but a fair amount of our friends do as well, so finding a time when everyone is available is tricky. Running the Bournemouth Bloggers network has introduced me to many new friends over the past couple of years, and it was lovely to...

The Mousetrap – A Magnificent Murder Mystery

•Press tickets• Last night I went along to The Pavilion in Bournemouth to see Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. My mum is a big fan of the Agatha Christie murder mystery books, and I read quite a few of them as a teenager, so I knew what to expect from the style but it was really interesting going to see one on the stage, as this isn’t something I had done...

Personal Training with GT Fitness

•Gifted sessions• I am absolutely awful when it comes to motivating myself to do exercise. Recently I have been trying to cut down on the junk and processed food that I eat and minimise portion sizes in order to be a bit healthier, but when it comes to fitness, I struggle without help. Fortunately I recently worked with Gavin from GT Fitness on a Bournemouth Bloggers event, and as a...

New Jersey Nights at Bournemouth’s Pavilion

•Press tickets• Last night I headed back to the Pavilion in Bournemouth to see New Jersey Nights with my nan and some fellow Bournemouth Bloggers. Although I knew that it was a tribute to Frankie Vali and The Four Seasons, I didn’t really know much about the show, or the band for that matter, as they were in the charts a little before my time. I had taken my nan...

A Minibreak at Inn in the Park, Poole

•Complimentary stay• The Bournemouth Bloggers have been working with Inn in the Park, in Poole, over the past month to help promote the venue and their restaurant menu. As part of this, Ed and I were invited along to enjoy a stay with dinner, and it was the perfect chance to spend some quality time together as a couple, and reconnect after a rather stressful few months. Although our favourite...