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  1. As avid *possibly obsessive* Harry Potter fans we love nothing more than a trip to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and I literally didn't think it could get any better. But it has! As of the 31st March you can enter the Forbidden Forest! The Forbidden Forest. This is literally like a dream come true. Seriously I kind of wanted to go on my own and well run around pretending to fire Patronous from my Pine wand, with a core of Dragon Heartstring, of course my Patronous would be a wolf (not that I've ever thought about it) For the preview evening I took Charlie, who was literally days away from turning 10. He used this to his advantage, opening the door to the Great Hall, wearing a badge, getting his own Letter to Hogwarts and pressing every button that needed a volunteer. Jeez talk about milking it ;)

     privet drive

    Loved walking through Privet Drive again and we (because yup I'm "borrowing" it for my Harry Potter wall) now own one of these letters. Big thank you to the guide who gave it to Charlie.

    The first thing you notice after leaving the Great Hall is that Hogwarts Gates have moved they now form the entrance to the Forbidden Forest. The attention to detail is phenomenal, as you pass through the gates the temperature drops and the floor is soft and spongy as you venture deep into the forest, filled with 19 enormous trees, each with a diameter of over 12 feet and walk beneath the giant entwined roots. It's something special.

    buckbeak

    Each feather has been attached individually by hand

    Rubeus Hagrid’s original costume is displayed, lantern in hand, welcoming you through the Hogwarts Gates deep into the forest. Don't forget to bow as you pass by Buckbeak and if like Ron you are scared of spiders you might want to run! As Aragog, the huge spider, is hiding along with his family of spiderlings.

    aragog

    I loved learning all about how the Patronous were created using a dog, vest and lights. It's pretty awesome what these guys come up with.

    dobby house

    Oh and did you know Dobby is a tennis ball on a stick! Mind blown! 

    If you are a bit Harry Potter crazy like us then check out our Harry Potter themed party

    Follow Charlie Moo's's board Harry Potter Party on Pinterest.

  2. This weekend Charlie Moo turned 10. I have to keep repeating that … he turned 10. Where on earth did a decade go? I feel like I misplaced part of my life. Once they start school the time just goes so fast. As a special treat we spent the weekend in Weymouth and the weather got our memo, as the sun shone and we had a ball. As Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park Ambassadors we had already set our sites on a trip to the centre on Saturday and it just so happened we got a sneaky peak at the new Caribbean Cove.

     sealife caribbean cove

    Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park recently held a kids competition to find a Playground Manager for Caribbean Cove and had a great response with more than 330 entries! A Junior Board has been established Sebastian 10, Isaac 7 and Millie 10 and tasked with judging the entries. Last week they met Nick Varney, the CEO of Merlin Entertainments, who complimented the Junior Board on their work choosing a winner, thanked everyone who took part for the quality of applications and talked about showing children how much fun business can be and that it’s not all serious!

    sealife board

    Sealife The Junior Board 

    The Caribbean Cove is situated where the old rides used to be and this is a much better area. Over flowing with activities for the children, climbing, sliding, balancing and a sandpit although we didn't find any of the hidden turtle eggs not matter how far we dug maybe you can! It's really bright and colourful and has a cafe alongside for the parents (there's also toilets here too), which we took advantage of. It's a lovely space to sit, drink a coffee and eat a muffin whilst the children play. However there isn't much seating in peak times this might be a struggle. There is also a lack of shade so ensure you pack suncream.  The park also suits a variety of ages which is handy, meaning the little ones have plenty to do and th eolder ones don't get bored either. 

    We are all about the animals, the Caribbean Cove is a great resource but I did feel a little sad that the space wasn't used maybe to extend an area. My brain can't register how the play area is larger than than the seal enclosure. I personally think the biggest asset that Sealife has and maybe doesn't utilise as much is the staff. Everytime we go we learn something new about the animals. There's a clutch of penguin eggs being sat on at the moment how exciting is that. We watched the seals being fed and waved with Web who just loves to wave! Daddy Moo loves the otters and we caught them being fed fish and chicks too.

    The Caribbean Cove is open to the public from Saturday 1st April.