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  1. We love a good panto we do.
    Oh no you don't!
    It's one of the many things that signifies Christmas in our household.
    Following 2018’s Record Breaking Christmas pantomime, Made-to-Measure Productions are returning to Weymouth Pavilion with the brand new Swashbuckling Summer Pantomime of PIRATES OF THE PAVILION! I didn't even know that summer panto's were a thing. The potty pirates find themselves face to face with DINOSAURS as the story takes a Jurassic twist with a journey back in time!Seadog Billy

    Image Credit: Weymouth Pavilion

    Weymouth Pavilion is a traditional seaside boutique theatre at the end of The Esplanade. The experience is intimate and LIAM MELLOR returning as SEADOG BILLY for a second season flowing with hilarious adlibs and laugh-out-loud comedy was #cracking! ROBERT SQUIRE returned for a fourth year as the bumbling CAPTAIN FILIBUSTER alongside TEGEN JONES as the magical SPIRIT OF THE SEAS aiding the the pirates in their adventures for the second year in a row! Although we haven't seen any of the other adventures, don't let this put you off all work perfectly as stand alone panto's.Pirate Poopy

    Image Credit: Weymouth Pavilion

    Other characters include new crewmember PIRATE POPPY, (ISLA ROSE) and despicable CAPTAIN BLACKHEAD, played by LEE NEAL. When we were invited to watch the show by the hilariously evil DEMONIA THE SEA WITCH, (LEE REDWOOD) herself and it wasn't until we arrived that Megan realised she is actually auditioning for Cinderella (Tivoli Wimborne) another Made-to-Measure Production.

    Megan (10) : I love love loved Weymouth's pantomine PIRATES OF THE PAVILION it was funny, crazy, adventurous all the things you want a pantomine to be I especially loved the adventures, plot twists and turns our pirates on a battle against the evil Captain Blackhead to a swashbuckling Jurassic adventure it was epic. I loved Seadog Billy he was HILARIOUS the choreography was fantastic. I am over the moon that this is the company I will be auditioning for because the panto was EPIC,  AMAZING, OUTSTANDING, BREATHTAKING, AWESOME, the best thing in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Weymouth Pirates of the Pavilion

    Image Credit: Weymouth Pavilion

    I was actually blown away by the stunning scenery and special effects! The incredible flying Pterodactyl which soared over our heads with no strings attached leading into the interval was phenomenal.  The dance troop was fantastic too, the mix of traditional panto jokes and songs alongside Bruno Mars and Greatest Showman had the balance just right to make this the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! I'm only sad I didn't win the TV. (*disclaimer there was no TV to win *insert sadface*)  

    For full details and to book tickets, visit weymouthpavilion.com/pirates or call the box office on 01305 783 225.

    Tickets are priced at £16.00 for adults and £14.00 for concessions, with a family ticket (two adults and two children) costing £56.00 Show runs every Monday and Tuesday 2pm & 6pm until and including Wednesday 29th August 2018. 

     

    We were provided tickets in order to write this review, views are our own. 

  2. Is it even a celebration without cake?

    Short answer, no of course it's not!

    Sadly I don't live close enough to my brother and parents to enjoy a slice of cake with them on their special occasions, but this year I didn't want them to miss out.

    bakerdays is an excellent way to send cake in the post. When I first told my mum I was sending my brother a birthday cake which fits through the letterbox she was blown away. She couldn't work out how this would happen and was convinced to get through the letterbox there would be a compromise on taste. So we sent her an anniversary cake too.

    bakerdays 

    bakerdays is such an easy site to use and there is plenty of options not only in terms of design but also flavour. The cakes are securely packaged inside a protective cake tin, within the letterbox sized box, meaning they survive the fall from box to floor. As the cake doesn't require a signature, the postie can pop it through the letterbox meaning you won't miss your treat AND bakerdays is able to offer free delivery too!

    I selected a personalised birthday cake for my brother. If I was ever to be a 33 year old man (which isn't likely) I know for a fact I'd want a cake embellished with an image of my 6 year old self dressed as a pirate, so like any good older, wiser sister that's exactly what I selected. For this cake I went with a lemon drizzle.David Cake

    For my parents anniversary cake (which I sent a day early! #mybad) I enrolled Megan in a long drawn out story about a textile project whereby she needed a photo of a wedding dress and as both her parents (that's me) and her best friends were from those more modern, quirky, non married families she therefore didn't have any photos to hand. Like any good grandparent Nanny Moo sent her some corkers over! For this cake I decided to opt for the fruit cake as I'm pretty sure that would have been the cake my parents had at their wedding.anniversary cake

    The photos don't do the cake justice! (I really need to enrol them on a blog friendly photography course!) I'm very happy to report though that both family members loved their cakes, and no, nobody saved me any! If you'd like to experience a bakerdays letterbox cake (and let's face it who wouldn't) then I've a cheeky 15% discount code for you : JOANNEDEWBERRY15 (expires 31st July 2018)