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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Halloween Treat Ideas from Yumbles #Review

Halloween Treat Ideas from Yumbles 

Halloween is almsot upon us, so we're on the look for out for some unusual treats to enjoy. Yumbles are an online marketplace for all-natural food for health conscious eaters who won't compromise on flavour. They go around the UK looking for artisan, small-batch foods that you won't find in your nearby store. They sounded like the perfect place for my unusual treats so when I was offered some of their treats to try, I was so excited.

Yumbles sell a whole host of wonderful treats but we were trying out their PopKakery Cake Pop Party Pack and their Helly's Kitchen Honeycomb S'mores - Both looked amazing!

I've never had S'mores before so I was really interested to see what they would be like. I had imagined the kind of messy marshmallow things we used to hold over the Girl Guiding camp fire but these Helly's Kitchen Honeycomb S'mores were so much nicer and tastier.

They arrived beautifully gift wrapped and ready to eat. Everything you need is inside the box with a nice little set of instructions. Each honeycomb square was individually wrapped for freshness and the perfect portion size. The box of honeycomb chocolate s'mores included: four soft marshmallows, oozing with caramel and honeycomb, sandwiched between two cinnamon biscuits.  All beautifully hand-crafted at Helly's Kitchen HQ in Dalston, using fresh, top quality ingredients. I've never tasted anything quite like them before. The marshmallow was so lovely, not too sweet but yummy enough to want more of. I cut them up into halves so the kids could all give them a try. Ryan just wanted the biscuits as he's not a marshmallow fan but Lily and Chloe both loved the whole thing. I'd toasted them lightly so they'd melted onto the biscuits which gave them a great texture. We did get a little messy but that was all part of the fun. S'mores would make a great treat for Halloween as you get to hold them over a flame to toast. They'd be a great idea for a Halloween party.

Cake Pops are very popular with my kids so they were really excited about the PopKakery Cake Pops. We were sent a beautiful box with four different varieties to try, each one looked amazing! Our box contained an assortment of: PopNoir, Krumbles "n" Kream, Bling Bling and Dazzle Popkakes. The kids were in total pop cake heaven!

All Popkakery cake pops are made in small batches using the finest ingredients and have a shelf life of 21 days. Popkakery's cake pops have been enjoyed by enthralled party-goers and celebrities around the UK- Peter Andre and Mylene Class are among the PopKake fans. After trying them ourselves, we're more than happy to add ourselves to their fan base.

Each PopKake was covered in chocolate and covered in something exciting like sugar or sprinkles. The chocolate wasn't too sweet so they were very enjoyable. The cakes themselves were lovely too, nice moist cakes that again were not too sweet but just right.

The kids LOVED the PopKakes. They were a lovely after dinner treat for us but I can see how they'd make great Halloween treats too. Either for your Trick or Treaters if you're feeling generous or for your party favours. Which ever way you use them, they're sure to be enjoyed and loved by all. The range of flavours was great, some had vanilla cakes inside and some had chocolate cakes inside so there was a choice of flavours for everyone.

We really enjoyed our Yumbles delivery and would happily recommend both of the treats that we tried to our friends and family. If I had to choose which one I liked best, I'd go for the Honeycomb S'mores whereas I know all of the kids would go for the KakePops.

There are lots of lovely Yumbles Halloween treats to choose from, why not pop on over and take a look. I have my eye on their Purgatory Chilli Chocolate Bar. 

What would you choose? 

Disclosure: We received our Yumbles samples in return for an honest review. All the opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are 100% honest and my own.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mat Hatters Tea, Light Bulb Moments & Mojito with a Twist - The Alchemist has come to Birmingham!

Mat Hatters Tea, Light Bulb Moments & Mojito with a Twist - The Alchemist has come to Birmingham! 

I am so excited to say that the Alchemist is here in Birmingham and officially opens on Monday September 26 but I was invited for an amazing sneak peak last week. If you don't know who the Alchemist are then you're in for a real treat. The Alchemist are a cocktail bar & restaurant that celebrates molecular mixology, alchemy and craftsmanship. Drinks are served in all manner of vessels with theatre and panache served morning, noon and night. Changing colours, changing flavours, dry ice, hot and cold sensations and elements of nostalgia can all be found within the four walls of the menu. I have to say, it's one pretty impressive menu! There's loads of new cocktails as well as some old favourites too but even they aren't served like you're used too. Everything comes with a unique twist so whatever you order, be prepared for a show. I have never seen anything quite like this place but am so glad that's it here. It's quirky yet classy and so so much more. It's definitely my kind of place and i can't wait to go back with all my friends. It's a real show stopper.

For me the biggest show was served up with their Mad Hatters Tea. Oh my gosh, this was amazing, the sights, the smells and the tastes were all out of this world. I've never tried anything quite like this but would 100% do it again. It has the highest price tag on the menu at £20.50 but that price included Tea for Two so really it's only £10.25 a cup. You get to watch them boil it, infuse it and then pour it yourself. The smell of mint is so good, it sweeps across the bar with the smoke in such a dramatic way. I could have ordered it several times just to watch them make it all over again. The bar staff here are pretty impressive.

Seeing as I was there to check out the cocktails, that's just what I did and wow did I have fun. I tried everything from their Pornstar Martini to their chocolate topped Solero. There's really strong cocktails and lighter fruity cocktails. Cocktails topped with chocolate foam and cocktails over filled with bubbles. Some had huge balls of ice in the middle whereas some were made using dry ice. Every single cocktail was different and unusual in some way. I loved the whole element of surprise, each time I went to the bar, I just never knew what I was going to be served with. I've never enjoyed ordering a cocktail so much before.

One of my favourites was their 3.5 Oz of Happiness which comes ready made in a chilled Hip Flask which you get to keep. This is such a lovely idea as it means you then get a cool memento to take home and keep forever. Mine is now sat on my bedroom side where it will always remind me of that night and all the enjoyment that came with it which is lovely. I am so excited about this place, it has such a funky vibe with a relaxing atmosphere.

The Alchemist Birmingham is located on the ground floor of the newly refurbished Grand Hotel on Colmore Row. The location is perfect as it's just a few minutes walk from New Street station and also on Snow Hill Stations doorstep. From your first drink to your last, you won't be disappointed. The bar staff are so talented and so friendly too. They'll do everything possible to make sure you love every cocktail and have a fantastic night or day.

I had an amazing time on my visit and will so be going back with my girls when it opens.

Disclosure: I was invited to the Alchemist Birmingham's Media Event. This review is written through choice and all the opinions expressed within it are 100% honest and my own.

Jamie’s Italian Birmingham & Their Super Lunch Menu #Review

Jamie’s Italian Birmingham & Their Super Lunch Menu.

Last week I had the pleasure of trying out the brand new Super Lunch Menu at the rather lovely Jamie's Italian Birmingham. Jamie's Italian is one of those places that I've always wanted to eat at but just never actually been. I'd pictured it as a really posh place where I'd feel a little uncomfortable or out of place but boy was I wrong. It's not like that at all!

I went along with my lovely friend Emma for a good old chat as it had been ages since we'd met up. Upon arrival I loved the fact that the restaurant was really open and spacious, a real open plan kind of layout with the kitchen area all on show. The staff were really friendly and ever so helpful to us. I observed member of staff at one point  carrying bags for some ladies which was lovely. From the moment we entered, we were well looked after even though the restaurant was fully packed out with an over flow of diners at the bar awaiting tables.

The Super Lunch Menu looked fab, there was plenty of choice and the price was really good. You could choose 2 courses for £10.95 or 3 courses for £12.95 but what I loved was that you didn't have to state which one you wanted at the start, the choice was left open to see whether you fancied adding the desert option after you'd enjoyed your starter and main.

There's a nice choice of drinks, they have everything from wine to cocktails to champagne or jugs of water. We went for some lovely cocktails seeing as it was a one off lunch date but we did get a jug of water too to accompany our meal later on.

For Starters, we both choose the Silky Pate Bruschetta which was amazing! Emma and I agreed that we both love pate and always tend to go for the pate option when we eat out. I loved the fact that it came all in one piece, the bruschetta came ready with the pate on. There's no messing or fiddling about trying to spread your pate on top as it's already done for you which was fab. The Italian chicken-liver pâté, pancetta, vin santo & Parmesan was so good! The pate was so light and fluffy yet had so much flavour, I really enjoyed every bite. Not only did it look amazing on the plate but it tasted just as good as it looked.

For Mains, Emma chose the Penne Alla Norma which is a freshly made pasta dish with a spicy Sicilian tomato, aubergine & leccino olive sauce, finished with Bella Lodi & baby basil. She loved the pasta and commented on how well cooked it was. She loved the flavours and said that the bowl size was really good too as it wasn't too small or too big either. Emma really enjoyed her dish and felt happy eating it knowing she'd gone for a 'healthier' option filled with fresh vegetables which was packed with goodness and flavours.

I, on the other hand went for the Italian Steak & Fries which consisted of a beautifully marinated skirt steak which had been flash-grilled & then served with garlic butter, aged Parmesan, slaw & fries. This one does come with a £3 supplement fee on top but it is so worth it. The portion size was really big, my steak was delicious and that bucket of fries was plentiful and great too. I didn't manage to finish all of my main as there was plenty of it but I really enjoyed what I did eat. The steak was cooked Medium Rare which was a little pink for me but I still enjoyed a good two thirds of it which is amazing as normally I wouldn't eat my steak like that. The steak was cooked as it should have been, it was juicy yet firm. I did add a side of mayonnaise as I like a bit of sauce with my steak but that's just me. Overall it was delicious, the fries were really tasty with a bit of sea salt added to the top of them.

Last but not least came Desert. Emma was feeling a little too full but I soldiered on and went for the Epic Brownie. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it and take one for the team. The Epic Brownie looked so good, I could see lots of them around the room so I guessed that it was one of their more popular dessert choices. It came out looking all gorgeous with it's grand tower design on a plate. Served with proper chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream & caramelised popcorn - Eek! I was in dessert heaven, it had everything that I loved all on one plate and I really enjoyed every spoon full.

Emma and I had a wonderful afternoon at Jamie's Italian Birmingham and would definatley go back again. The Super Lunch really is super! You get a great meal and great service for the price so yes, I would happily recommend it to all my friends and family. If you've ever wanted to visit your local Jamie's Italian, the now's the time to do it. The Super Lunch Menu has lots of choice with a really low price. It is very popular so restaurants may get busy so maybe think about booking in ahead like we did to ensure you get a table at the time you want. Emma and I loved our food, our drinks and the whole atmosphere really.

Disclosure: I was invited to dine at Jamie's Italian Birmingham to try out their Super Lunch Menu for free but all the opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and mine.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Tonka Tough Mothers - Mission 1: Tonka Steel Range #Review

 Tonka Tough Mothers - Mission 1: Tonka Steel Range

I'm delighted to announce that Mummy Of 3 Diaries are now, Tonka Tough Mums. 

TONKA originated in 1947 in Mound, Minnesota originally created and manufactured by Mound Metalcraft (manufacturer of garden implements). For almost 70 years, TONKA trucks have been the undisputed kings of the sandbox. Built on the notion that “a toy shouldn’t break just because a child plays with it,” they’re strong, sturdy and long lasting. Back in the '70s, TONKA even had an elephant stand on one, just to prove their point.

Tonka’s Steel range is a long standing classic. Tonka Steel is the perfect way for kids to enter a whole world of construction play. These rough and ready vehicles are made from real steel and include a variety of cranes and trucks to choose from, plus chunky tyres mean going off road won’t be a problem. Best of all, they are guaranteed for life!

Over the next few months we're going to be testing out lots of exciting new toys from their toy range. Our first fun assignment is to test out two toys from their Tonka Steel range. 

My little man Ryan (6) is my main Tonka toy tester as he's most suitable for the job. 

First up we have the Tonka Classics Steel Quarry Dump Truck, perfect for carrying all those heavy loads. It's built to last and maneuver through the deepest of quarries. It's main features are it's Steel Construction Free-wheeling Truck Moveable bed which is perfect for dumping. Every little boy loves playing 'Builders' or at least my little boy does. If he's not filling his Dump Truck with toys, he's filling it with his foot as he scoots down my hallway. Ryan's played with this truck for weeks and has put it through some tough loving play. He's stood on it, thrown it, loaded it and pushed it. The truck is still standing and working well. It's a tough little truck that feels like it's made to last. Ryan loves playing with it in the garden.

Next up we have the Tonka Steel 4X4 T-Rex edition which is a tough off roader 4X4. Get ready for lots of non-stop adventures with the Tonka Steel T-Rex vehicle! Equipped with a tough, steel body and fully working suspension, you can imitate the same adventures any real-life Tonka T-Rex goes on! Ryan loves taking it out in the garden on 'Safari' adventures. It drives great on all surfaces; wooden floors, carpets, rugs, pavements and grass.

Both of the Tonka Steel toys are very well build and made to last a lifetime. They're nice and big for proper chunky play. Ryan loves playing with them, they're a great way to get his imagination flowing as he sets of on his crazy adventures around the house and outside.

We have just two of the Tonka Steel range but you could collect them all if you wanted to. I suppose the more you have, the greater the fun and the more interaction you will get.

Ryan loves both of his vehicles' and gives them a firm thumbs up for being fun to play with and tough enough to last even when he's played rough with them which is fantastic. The Tonka Steel toys are proper boys (or girls) toys as I'm sure some little girls would love them just as much as my little boy does. They're really good fun and look pretty cool too.

Tonka will be hitting Argos Online this month!

Disclosure: We received the our Tonka Steel samples for free but this review is written using our own opinions, photographs and thoughts which are 100% honest. 

Monday, 5 September 2016

Addict A Ball - The Addictive 3D Maze Puzzle that Will Drive You Crazy! #Review

Addict A Ball - The Addictive 3D Maze Puzzle 
that Will Drive You Crazy! 

Meet Addict A Ball, the crazy puzzle ball that has been driving us all crazy this past few weeks. Originally it was sent for Chloe, my 13 year old to review but it's become quite a novelty in our house. It's not just Chloe who's been playing with it, Lily, Ryan, Daddy and I have all been having a go. None of us have cracked it yet but that hasn't stopped us trying.

The Addict A Ball 3D maze puzzle contains 138 numbered stages of spirals, drops, swinging arms, flips and slides. You can choose one of three different start positions before you try to work your way  around the maze. It's very tricky though as one wrong move and the ball will fall off meaning you have to go back to the start and start all over again (which happens an awful lot) You'll either love this puzzle or hate it, it's one of 'those' toys.

Ryan (6) hardly ever puts it down, he's always hiding in a corner of the room somewhere trying to complete it. He's obviously got much more patience than the rest of us here.

 The Addict A Ball measures 19cm in diameter making it a good size to hold in your hands. It's super light weight to hold so your arms don't get tired easily and made quite strong as Ryan has dropped it quite a few times and it's still in perfect condition which is a plus point.

The puzzle maze is really tricky as the maze goes all around the ball, meaning you have to turn the ball around, upside down and in all possible directions to follow the numbers around. At some points it's quite hard to see where the ball is when it disappears into corners or holes but generally it's lots of fun trying to master it. I have to hold my hands up and admit that this thing drives me nuts so I've given up even trying. I find myself getting a few numbers in (like to number 7) and then falling off. I find myself wanting to throw the ball out of the window to somewhere far far away where it can never be found again but luckily for it, Ryan loves that ball so I just couldn't do it to him. Ryan and that ball have become best buddies. If it's not in his hands, it's somewhere not too far away from him. He's crazy!

If you like puzzles or mazes or just quirky balls then Addict A Ball is one for you!

Disclosure: We were sent our Addict A Ball sample for free for the purpose of this review but all of the opinions expressed with it are 100% honest and entirely my own.

SEA LIFE Blackpool - Our #Review

SEA LIFE Blackpool - Our Review 

Last month we were stayed over night in Blackpool on our Merlin Adventure (We visited all seven Merlin Annual Pass attractions in two days). Our last stop on our adventure was at SEA LIFE Blackpool which was exciting as we've only ever been to our own local Sea Life centre before (Birmingham) so we were interested to see who similar or different they'd be.

SEA LIFE Blackpool is right on the sea front so it's easy to find, you can't miss the giant signs outside. Once inside there's lots of Creature Zones to explore. We got to touch Star Fish in the Rockpool and see the Octopus in the Atlantic Depths. We saw Stingrays in the Quayside Zone and spotted Zebra Sharks in the Stingray Adventure. We found Nemo (Clown Fishes) in the Kingdom of the Seahorse and saw Turtles in the Rainforest Adventure. We went on a Shark mission through the underwater Ocean tunnel and played games in the Jurassic Seas. There was lots to see but it was very busy inside as it was raining when we went. There were lots of people around so we had to be patient when waiting to see into the tanks but that was OK as the crowds moved along quite quickly.

My younger two enjoyed looking at all the fishes and sea creatures but I think my eldest (13) got a little bored. For younger children SEA LIFE Blackpool is a nice trip out but maybe not so suited to older ones. We spent around an hour inside checking out all the zones and things to do. We collected stamps on our way round and hunted for Dory signs too which earned us a cool Pop Badge and Medal when we'd finished which we claimed from the shop on the way out. We had a nice time at SEA LIFE Blackpool, it was a great adventure out of the rain and did keep the younger two entertained for an hour or so which was what I wanted. One thing I liked is that on the way out, there is a Crazy Golf play are next door are which you can pay an extra £1 to have a go at. This added extra play and extra fun for us.

Entry to SEA LIFE Blackpool is charged at a fee: Adults £17.50 Children: £14.50

The Pirate Crazy Golf was free for us as we used our Merlin Annual Pass which was an awesome added bonus which we wasn't expecting. My three love playing crazy golf so we happily had a game. The course was set over two levels and set out like a pirate adventure. We loved playing and really enjoyed our family time together. Daddy beat us all as usual but we still had fun playing. It was quite busy inside but everyone waited their turns and we moved around the course with ease. Having a group of five did mean we seemed to be slowing others down but most people didn't seem to mind too much (luckily for us). 

Our morning at SEA LIFE Blackpool and the Pirate Crazy Golf was enjoyed by all. Blackpool is so far away from where we live so we're so glad that we got to visit and enjoy their attractions. I'm not sure when we will be going back but if we do, we'd do it all over again!7

Disclosure: We are Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors 2016. This review uses my own photographs, views and opinions which are 100% honest and entirely my own.

Our First Time at Madame Tussauds Blackpool. Check out our #Review

Our First Time at Madame Tussauds Blackpool. 
Check out our Review.

We're all complete Madame Tussauds newbies here so when we visited Blackpool last month we just had to go see what all the fuss is about. I've heard great things about it and seen lots of great pictures and selfies, so armed with our camera phones we were ready. 

Madame Tussauds Blackpool is home to lots of my favourite celebrities (in wax form obviously) but most of them look so life like that you'd think you were seeing the real person anyway. We got to see so many familiar faces inside, from TV favourites Ant & Dec to Pop Star Peter Andre. The one thing I really loved is how each celebrity wax work is set out in it's own life like scene which really brings their lives to life. There's so many great photo opportunities, you'll just want to have your photo taken with them all. We took over one hundred photo's so I couldn't possibly show you them all. Instead I've picked out some of my favourites and the children's favourites too. Who knew taking photo's was so fun.

We loved that there's something for all ages as even my eldest Chloe (13) had fun posing for pictures. She loves Jeremy Kyle and being silly with Shrek. It's not very often I get her to smile in her pictures any more so it was lovely to see her actually enjoying herself a little.

Lily (9) had great fun posing with her favourite chef Jamie Oliver and loved being apart of her favourite TV show with Ant & Dec in the I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here set. She loved meeting One Direction, Justin Beiber and Ed Sheeran. I think her highlights were standing next to a real life Princess and almost eating poor Gingerbread Man from Shrek. Out of all three of my children, I think Lily got into it the most, as you can probably tell.

Ryan (6) didn't recognise most of the celebrities but that didn't stop him from joining in the fun. He created his own fun, posing in the Festival bus, Hiding with Sooty and Sweep and showing us all how he'd behave if he was a Prince. He had more fun making silly scenes than getting serious pictures. He loved the Shrek, he too tried to eat the Gingerbread Man.

I don't often get in on the photographs but even I couldn't resist that day. There were so many cool celebrities everywhere you turned. I got to do the Mobot with Mo Farah, Join the Royal Families line up and give Shrek a huge hug. I may have sneaked a picture with Olly Murs and Peter Andre in too but why not, they were just standing there looking at me.

We spent around an hour and a half inside Madame Tussauds Blackpool. It was quite busy as it was raining outside but that didn't really matter as people waited their turn to take their pictures. There were some crowds at some parts but we found simply waiting a few minutes for people to pass was the easiest thing to do, then we were free to be all alone with them.

I can happily say that our very first visit to a Madame Tussauds was a huge success. Everyone had a great time and we all had lots of fun being silly with the wax works. It was fun to relax and just enjoy being silly for a while, it's been a while since we'd done that. I loved it and think the children did too. We may not get to go back for a while but we will always have our photograph's to look back on and remind us of all the fun we had.

Entry to Madame Tussauds Blackpool is charged at a fee: Adults £16.50 Children: £13.50

We are Merlin Annual Pass holders so we didn't have to pay anything as entry is free with these. Madame Tussauds is just one of the seven fantastic attractions you can visit with your Merlin Annual Pass in Blackpool. We got to visit them all during our stay but you'll have to check out all our posts individually to see how we got on with the others.

Disclosure: We are Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors 2016. Our review is written using our own pictures, words, thoughts and opinions which are 100% honest and my own.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Aquabeads Super Mario Playset #Review

Aquabeads Super Mario Playset Review

Aquabeads are always great fun tom play wit but this week we've been playing with their super cool Super Mario Playset. I grew up playing Super Mario and still love the characters today. Princess Peach was always my favourite but Mario and Luigi were always cool too.

When I heard Aquabeads were making a Super Mario Playset I just had to have a go making my very own Aquabeads characters. Aquabeads are really easy to use and make great results. We've played with Aquabeads many times before and still love them.

Inside the box you will find a clever carry case with everything you'll need tucked away safely inside: 4 Template sheets, Over 900 beads and jewels and a water squirt tool. Suitable for children ages 4 years and up, it makes a great 'hand, eye co-ordination' practice toy. All three of my children love Aquabeads and enjoy making their favourite characters with them. 

You simply follow the templates by putting the right coloured beads in the right places. Once you've finished your character you then spray it with water and leave it to dry. It's really that simple and once they're dry you get to keep them, play with them or even collect them.

Lily (9) made Princess Peach and Ryan (6) made Luigi. Both turned out really well.

You can make lots of different characters or even have a go at going free hand and making something else. There's no restrictions on what you can make, the possibilities are endless.

We love playing and creating with Aquabeads, it's actually quite relaxing and calming. Aquabeads are a great way of getting your children to concentrate for longer periods of time whilst having fun too. They'd never know they were improving their fine motor skills.

We love Aquabeads here in the Mummy Of 3 household and this new Super Mario Playset is no different as we love it too. It's a great nostalgic set full of cute. lovable characters.

Disclosure: We received our Aquabeads sample for free in return for our review but this review is 100% honest and written using my own words, thoughts and opinions.

#SilentSunday 04/09/2016

#SilentSunday 04/09/2016 

Silent Sunday with MummyConstant

Blackpool Tower - 1 Tower, 5 Merlin Adventures #Review #MerlinAP

Blackpool Tower - 1 Tower, 5 Merlin Adventures 

I've visited Blackpool so many times in my lifetime but never before had I done so much in so little time. Who new there was so much more to Blackpool Tower than meets the eye. 

A few weeks ago we went to Blackpool for on an over night trip for a family Merlin Annual Pass adventure. Our Merlin Annual Passes gave us entry to Seven different attractions so we headed to Blackpool to enjoy them all and boy did we just. We had a great time! 

5 of the Merlin attractions are all hidden within the iconic Blackpool Tower. At the base of the Tower you will find the Blackpool Tower Dungeons which are super scary but also fun. 

From the moment you enter, you're instantly taken back in time to the time of the Plague. Where women were hung for being witches, Men were tortured in the torture chambers and smugglers made their money underground. Cameras are not permitted to be used inside so I can only show you the outside but in a way, that's a good thing so I don't ruin the surprises.

Each tour and show lasts about an hour. You are guided through the zones in small groups with experienced actors. Unsuspecting members of the group were called upon throughout our tour including myself which was pretty scary. I was made to sit in the torture chair and strapped to it before being tortured behind a curtain. Obviously I wasn't actually hurt but the audience were made to believe that I was, reducing my poor 9 year old daughter to tears. In another zone Daddy was made to stand trial for Sheep Stealing which was fun to watch. My younger two were scared nearly all the way through and clung to me as it was very dark. The actors did an amazing job and were very convincing. I must warn you that there are lots of adult innuendos used so if you're easily offended then this isn't for you. Even though my daughter was pretty much terrified the whole way through, I really enjoyed the experience and would definatley go again (Just maybe without the children). 

Entry to The Blackpool Tower Dungeons is charged at a fee. Adults £16.50 Children: £13.50

The Dungeons were really fun but if they're a little scary for you then maybe The Blackpool Tower Circus is more up your street. We loved the Circus, the show was spectacular! 

They're currently celebrating their 25th Silver Anniversary. The main characters: Mooky and Mr Boo are delightful and very funny. Again no photographs of the show were allowed so I only have one photograph of before the show started to give you an idea of how grand it looks inside. The show is filled with jaw-dropping stunts and comedy capers in what can only be described as the must-see show of the season. Mooky and Mr. Boo deliver belly-laughs aplenty with their hilarious slapstick antics teamed with edge of your seat death defying stunts from top class acts all over the world. All five of us loved the show so much.

Entry to The Blackpool Tower Circus is charged at a fee. Adults: £16.50 Children: £13.50.

For the younger children in the group, you can have a play in the Jungle Jim's Children’s Indoor Play area. With it's 'Lost City' theme, children under 4ft 9" can become brave explorers with the fun-tastic range of swinging, sliding and climbing contraptions. The main ones include the huge four lane Glide Slide, a Black Slide and several Ball pools. There's also a smaller area for smaller children and toddlers which is just as fun for little ones.

We popped for a quick play as it was raining outside and Mummy and Daddy were in need of a comfy seat and a coffee. Jungle Jim's was great for a quick rest as the kids could go off and play for a while leaving us adults to enjoy a nice hot drink in peace. The play area was a good size so there was pretty of room to play. The slides looked like great fun and there was a great theme all around it. The kids had a fun half hour or so of play, so I was happy.

Entry to Jungle Jim's is charged at a fee of £6.50 per child and £3 per toddler.

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom was somewhere I'd always wanted to visit ever since I saw the Strictly Come Dancing Tower Ballroom specials. It's always looked so majestic and magical but sadly we didn't get a chance to go inside as it wasn't open to the public on the days we had visited. Please so check their website before visiting to avoid disappointment if you do wish to see inside. Dating back to 1894, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is world famous for its unique sprung dance floor and spectacular architecture and remains to this day a destination for dance fans from across the globe.

You can dance the day away to the sounds of the famous Wurlitzer organ amidst this stunning setting, or watch from the side lines as you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. Whether you want to glide around the dance floor, relax at your table or spectate from up on the balconies, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is an experience you will never forget.

Entry to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom balconies is charged at a fee of £2.95 per person.

Last but not least is the The Blackpool Tower Eye and 4D Cinema Experience. Enjoy the 4D Cinema experience where you get to enjoy a 15 minute show of all the Blackpool sites. The cinema experience was really good, we were squirted several times with water, covered in pretty bubbles and knocked around on our vibrating stands. All of us really enjoyed the show, the music and 4D effects were spectacular. Once we'd enjoyed the show we then  took a trip in the lift 380ft into the sky to the top of The Blackpool Tower to experience the thrilling SkyWalk which is a glass floor looking down on the world. Walk out if you dare onto the five centimetre thick glass viewing platform, where you can look out into the Irish Sea and see the famous Blackpool Promenade below you. My kids were totally fearless and loved walking around on it and even lying down on it at one point too. Me on the other hand was a little more cautious stepping out using the metal beams but I did it and that's all that matters. My kids loved being able to see through the floor, they didn't want to get off it.

The views from the top were stunning, you could see for miles and miles.

Entry to The Blackpool Tower Eye is charged at a fee. Adults: £13.50 Children: £10.50.

I have listed all the 'on the day prices' for anyone who doesn't not have a Merlin Annual Pass. With the passes all of the above attractions are 100% free to enjoy all year round.

We all had our own favourite parts of the Blackpool Tower. Lily (9) loved the Circus the best as she loved all the pretty acrobatics and their outfits in the show. Ryan (6) loved the Tower Eye as he really enjoyed the Sky Walk. Chloe (13) loved the Dungeons like Daddy and I did as this was the best. The whole experience was utterly terrifying but so much fun as well.

We had a great time using our Merlin Annual Passes in the Blackpool Tower. There really was so much to do and see and one day we hope to go back and do them all over again.

Disclosure: We are Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors 2016. This post is written is association with this but we paid for our own B&B for this trip and enjoyed every moment.