Frightmare Halloween Festival at Over Farm Market

Last week Sam and I made our way to Over Farm Market to see an OUTDOOR screening of Shaun of the Dead as part of the launch of the Frightmare Halloween Festival. We were both pleased when we heard this was the film showing as Shaun of the Dead is one of our all time favourite films, one of those films you find yourself quoting almost daily – Cornetto anyone? It was our first “Alfresco” cinema experience and it didn’t disappoint – we loved getting snuggled up under a fluffy blanket with nothing but the stars above us, sipping on our hot chocolates. We probably could have layered up a little more though, it gets colder than you think! This was the last outdoor cinema showing of 2018 but they’ll be plenty more in Summer 2019 – you can sign up here to find out more.

Frightmare Halloween Festival at Over Farm Market

Frightmare Halloween Festival at Over Farm Market

As it was part of the launch of The Frightmare Halloween Festival the field was full of Live Scare Actors – think The Walking Dead, they were brilliant and didn’t break character once.

The Frightmare Festival consists of 5 Live Scare Attractions; Caged, Haunted Hayride, Seance, The Offering and Wonderland. You can find out more about each of the attractions here. The dates for the festival are the 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th and the 24th – 31st October.

As well as the Live Scare Attractions, Frightmare has plenty of food and drink on offer. From the Over Farm Barbecue to Fat Toni’s Pizza, Waffles and the Castaway Kitchen serving Greek Gyros and Halloumi Fries. Which one are you going to go for? The Gyros and Halloumi fries are taking my fancy…

You can find Over Farm Market just outside of Gloucester at GL28DB. And if you’re local I’d definitly recommend a visit, even if you can’t make the Frightmare Halloween Festival itself. They have a farm shop, deli, butchers, bakers and a tea room. As well as animals (ostriches, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep and ponies) to say hello to. Even pick your own strawberries in the summer which is one of my favourite things to do.

Tickets to the Frightmare Halloween Festival can be bought here. Have fun!

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Syn Free Vegetarian Cottage Pie | Slimming World

This Syn Free Vegetarian Cottage Pie is made using Quorn mince and is one of my go-to recipes. A hearty, filling meal – perfect for the Slimming World EE Plan. This can be made a day ahead, requiring just 25 minutes in the oven when you’re ready for it. I’ve started making many of my meals ahead at the moment, ready to quickly take out of the fridge and heat up when I get home from work. It really helps me resist the urge to snack when I’m preparing the food.

Syn Free Vegetarian Cottage Pie Slimming World

Syn Free Vegetarian Cottage Pie Slimming World

Ingredients:

Serves 2

250g Quorn mince

1 large carrot

50g frozen peas

50g green beans

1 large onion

1 clove garlic

2tbsp tomato puree

1 vegetable OXO cube

500g potatoes

Method:

Preparation: 30 minutes | Cooking: 30 minutes

1. Prepare the vegetables. Slice the carrots and green beans into small chunks and peel and slice the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a pan of boiling water on a low heat. Put your carrots and green beans into a steamer/cook with your preferred method.

2. Add a little oil to your pan (Frylight is Syn Free), dice the onions, crush the garlic and add them to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until starting to soften.

3. Add your Quorn mince to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Then add the frozen peas, tomato puree, OXO cube and around 400-500ml of boiling water. Leave to thicken on a low heat for around 10 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180c.

4. By this point your carrots and green beans will be almost cooked. Add these to the pan and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. You may want to add a little more boiling water.

5. Whilst that is simmering you can prepare the potatoes. Drain the water out of the pan and mash until smooth and creamy, adding salt and pepper to taste.

6. Put the Quorn mixture in the bottom of your baking dish and top with the mashed potato. Pop in the oven for 25 minutes until the topping is starting to brown.

Enjoy…

I’d love to hear what you think if you have a go at making this Syn Free Vegetarian Cottage Pie. It really is one of my favourites.

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Shrek the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek The Musical has been the theatre performance I was most eager to see after hearing the UK Tour was making it’s way to Bristol Hippodrome this Summer.

I’m sure we’ve all seen Shrek. If not, where have you been? It’s one of my favourite childhood movies. But if you haven’t, here’s a snippet from the Press Release which will give you an idea of the story. “Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance”.

I’m always sceptical about seeing my favourite movies turned to stage musicals. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with them. But Shrek is now up there with my favourites which include School of Rock on Broadway and Billy Elliott at the West End. It was absolutely brilliant.

Shrek the Musical Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek the Musical Bristol Hippodrome

The star of the show for me was Samuel Holmes. Playing the “vertically challenged” Lord Farquaad – on his knees for the entire performance. Every moment he was on stage left the audience in stitches. From his dancing – waving his stick thin legs around – to a workout session and a horse named Brexit. A perfectly timed, comical performance from start to finish.

Thursday’s performance saw understudy Micheal Carolan playing Shrek who interpreted the character flawlessly and Princess Fiona was played by X-Factor runner up Amelia Lily. Showcasing her musical talent but adding a comical aspect to the Love Island addicted puppeteering Princess.

Micheal Ayton had big shoes to fill playing Shrek’s lovable companion Donkey, which is played by Eddie Murphy in the Oscar-winning feature film, but it’s safe to say he filled them well, another stand out performance for me. And of course it wouldn’t be Shrek without the Fairytale Creatures such as Gingy, Pinocchio, the Three Blind Mice and a cross-dressing Big Bad Wolf. Yes, you heard me right. These little adaptions made the show all the more brilliant, adding a modern, comical twist on a classic fairytale.

Nigel Harman returns as director for this production and along with Tim Hatley’s clever set/costume design and Hugh Vantone’s Lighting design this performance was faultless from start to finish. I’d see it again tomorrow if I could.

Shrek the Musical is at the Bristol Hippodrome until Sunday 19th August. Tickets start at £19.50 and available on ATG Tickets via this link.

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A Skincare Wishlist

It’s been a while since I’ve written a skincare wishlist, or any type of wishlist for that matter. As many of you know over the last couple of years I was suffering with really bad acne breakouts. Aged 25 and my skin was the worst it had ever been. I had to be so careful with the products I was putting on my skin and was worried about introducing new products to my routine. I spent months figuring out a skincare routine that worked for me, as well as making many changes to my lifestyle, and finally I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. You can find a before and after photo of my skin on Twitter here – I can’t quite believe the difference.

I’m finally at a point where I’ve started adding new products to my skincare routine, without feeling like I’m going to end up back at square one. My lust list is growing and growing and I wanted to share a few of those products with you. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of the products yourself and whether you’d recommend them? As well as any products that have helped with acne scarring as that’s my main problem at the moment.

Skincare Wishlist

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Defence – I’ve been seeing this one everywhere at the moment and I’m so desperate to give it a go. I’ve been using the Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Moisturiser as a daily SPF for quite some time now, which I love, but I’m ready to try something new. This is a lightweight 3 in 1 moisturiser that protects from sun, pollution and blue light (from phones, laptops etc). A daily SPF is so important to protect your skin so this is a step in my routine that I never miss. Even throughout the winter months.

Neals Yard Detox Toning Oil – This is one of those “does it all” products, a detoxifying toning oil with blends of lemon, black pepper and frankincense. With regular use this can help eliminate toxins from the body as well as improving overall skin tone. Neals Yard products smell absolutely divine, I love their Relaxation and Night Time “Remedies To Roll”. I bought one of these recently and always have it with me.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery – This one has been on my skincare wishlist for a long long time. But I just cannot bring myself to spend nearly £40 on a facial oil. I very nearly bought it at JFK airport earlier this month but resisted as I’d already bought one to many things (two handbags, oops) whilst in New York. Em Sheldon swears by this one and I’m always envious of her skin. This one may make it to my basket sooner than anticipated…

Le Roche Posay Efficlar Duo – Another that has been on my wishlist for quite some time and this is much more affordable at £16. I’m waiting for a good sale/discount on Feel Unique so I can stock up on many (all) of these items. They usually have 20% off which I know I’m going to take advantage of. The Efficlar Duo is an anti-blemish moisturiser which helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation and provides 24 hour hydration.

Glam Glow Gravity Mud – I’ve been lusting over a Glam Glow mask for YEARS. And I keep getting drawn towards the Gravity Mud which is the Silver Peel Off Mask. I must always drawn to shiny things! This one transforms from a white to a brilliant chrome. I like the idea of the Gravity Mud as it’s a 20-30 minute treatment. I much prefer longer treatments than quick 5 minute ones as I make a big deal of a “pamper session” and feel like I’m rushing around with the “quick action” face masks.

Have you tried any of the products on my Skincare Wishlist? I’d love your recomendations if you have.

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The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome

The Play That Goes Wrong, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre is well into it’s second nationwide tour after it’s 2017 sell-out success. Winning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Broadway transfer picking up a 2017 Tony Award this really is a “must see”.

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s’ murder mystery play “The Murder at Haversham Manor” but as you could expect, everything that could go wrong, does. And I mean everything. From the common script mistakes and missed cues to huge catastrophes. They had you laughing before the show even began, interacting with the audience whilst sorting some “problems” with the set. Admittedly it took me a few scenes to get into the slapstick style “so bad it’s good” humour but within minutes the whole audience, including myself, were erupting with laughter.

The Play That Goes Wrong is filled with unthinkable stunts, choreographed and timed to perfection. There were points where we were all crying with laughter, tears running down our faces at things that really shouldn’t have been funny, but the timing was just perfect. And even though everything was meant to go wrong, there were still parts that left you wondering whether they were supposed to happen.  It was clear that the cast were feeding off the audience and enjoying putting on the show as much as we all enjoyed watching it. Bobby Hirston that played Cecil in particular – stopping to take in the laughs like a child at a school play would. Absolutely spot on “bad acting” if that makes any sense at all. You really have to see it to understand. So what are you waiting for? Tickets start from just £16.50.

The Play That Goes Wrong is at Bristol Hippodrome from 16th July – 21st July with tickets starting from just £16.50. Tickets can be bought following this link.

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