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  1. Pirates of the Pavilion | Review

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    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 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. PizzaExpress and Puffin Present Story Explorers | Review

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    Megan loves pizza, reading and drawing and it's not often she gets the opportunity to combine all three in one activity. To celebrate the launch of Pizza Express’s partnership with Puffin Books, Mumsnet invited us over to The Old Post Office Road, Bournemouth restaurant to see what we thought to the Piccolo Kid’s menu and take part in their Piccolo Story Explorer activities. As a special launch activity we were greeted by Tim Budgen who was busily sketching animals eating pizza!Pizza Express Story Explorers

    Olive asked for a tortoise, Megan a rabbit and Charlie a wolf, their favourite animals. I love how Tim managed to capture a little bit of each child's imagination and personality down to rabbit wearing dungarees which of course Megan's very own rabbit can be seen wearing daily. Megan was quick to devour every hint and tip that Tim shared with her, watching his hands intently as he created each child a unique drawing.megan and tim

    The Story Explorers booklet has a great step by step to create Grey Huffley, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid which Megan was all over, she's also mastered Nick Sharrat's style (he illustrates Jacqueline Wilson's Books, think Tracey Beaker and Hetty Feather) I've never seen them all so quiet feasting on a starter of dough balls and vegetable crudités whilst express tim budgen

    This is Olive demostrating the face a tortoise makes!

    The children opted for black outlined sketches that they could then colour themselves, now I really had to keep from interfering here as adults we can like things to be perfect which is stifling and catastrophic for creatives. So letting them run wild on these drawings created especially for them did scare me but it's all part of the children imercing themselves in the creative experence. Olive even started borrowing Tim's pens! Tim was great with the children and had we not finished our lunches I'm sure we could have stayed all day watching him draw.olive drawing pizzaexpressThe Piccolo Menu had a varied selection to choose from, I like that the menu catered for fusspost like Olive who is more than happy with a plain cheese but also added a few “posh” ingredients like black olives making it less of children's menu for Megan, who likes a selection of toppings. For a 3 course meal of starter, mains and dessert including a Bambinoccino, it only cost £6.95 per express kids menu

    Activity packs have become an expected staple when it comes to taking children out for a meal, but they can be hard to balance a variety of ages, using much loved Puffin Book characters and handy drawing tips, spot the difference and Olive's personal favourite word searches, there was plenty to keep everyone interested. Stress free dining and delicious pizza what more could you want!  pizzaexpress brownie