2 year old food critic takes on local gastropub
It’s not uncommon for the odd invitation to drop into my inbox asking me to review food or a restaurant, but a couple of weeks ago I received something a bit different. A company not seeking my opinion but instead asking for the Half Pint to give his…
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It should be a crime to spend a Sunday in a stressful manner.
I like a Sunday to be as lazy and as relaxed as possible, spent with my most favourite people, Mr LouBou, the half pint and the squishee. So when an invitation pops in my mailbox for the whole family to check out Rev de Cuba’s latest food menus, it’s a no-brainer for a family Sunday lunch-type situation.
Rev de Cuba in the Theatre District definitely holds the trophy for best nightspot up ‘that end’ of Central Milton Keynes but in holding that trophy you can’t help but wonder is that all they are capable of? Can they really satisfy a family meal over some of the heavily branded family restaurants that share the same postcode?
With November now in full swing, the impending arrival of Christmas and all it ensures is hard to ignore. This week I drove down Stony Stratford High Street to witness a big group of people erecting the Christmas lights high above the pavements of one of MK’s beloved market towns and it did give me a little buzz of excitement. What is prettier on a dark winters night than seeing your local high street alight with the colours from strings of lights and decorations? How about witnessing the official switch on? When hundreds upon thousands of local people flock out in the cold, with smiles from ear to ear to countdown a very traditional starting point for the festive season.
Here is my guide to the Christmas Light Switch On events in Milton Keynes for 2016:
If you frequent my local area of Milton Keynes then I am sure you have heard of Frosts in Woburn Sands.
It is ultimately a garden centre but local peeps know it offers so much more than that. Frosts put on an impressive array of events throughout the year from their infamous Santa’s Grotto, a sandy beach in the summer and a real ice rink in the winter. Then there’s the various hands-on events that can teach you how to make candles, wreaths or flower arrangements. They even advertise special events in their restaurant with various themed afternoon teas.
But for now it’s October, it’s half term, Halloween is exactly one week away and the circus is in town. Having set up home in a big black striped circus tent at Frosts Woburn Sands, they are promising spooky thrills with a Halloween themed family show. So what does that entail? Keep reading…
Today one of my besties threw a farm party at her home in Wolverton and my two year old, George and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store!
A recently set up local company called Old Mcdonald’s Farm Parties offer to bring the farm to you for a reasonable cost. Animals and all.
Arriving at my friend’s house, I was so surprised to come face to face with a donkey, two lambs, chickens and a rabbit in her back garden.
The donkey and lambs were in proper farm pens that they had brought with them and set up. The chickens and rabbits were in cages.
All the kids that attended were enjoying interacting with the animals at their leisure before the party ‘officially’ started. When it did, all the children were asked to sit down and there was some fun farm trivia questions and animal facts being learnt before the first demonstrations.
Then children were given the opportunity to feed the donkey. One at a time they were shown how to lay a piece of carrot on a flat palm for the donkey to gobble up.
Next up was grooming. Being shown how to brush down the donkey and help keep him clean.
Then it was time for the lambs to shine (and be fed). The children was allowed to feed a bottle of milk to both the two lambs. It really was a cute sight.
The huge fluffy rabbit was then taken out of his cage and had fun sitting on the laps of the children for a much enjoyed stroke. All this was happening under the watchful eye of the two farm party supervisors who made sure the children were kept safe, explained the best way of approaching animals and also stopped them from escaping!
The chickens next. Children were able to fill a hand with corn for the chickens to peck and enjoy.
Then a good old fashioned game of Pin The Tail On The Donkey was started (not on the real donkey!) The children loved it.
Then last but not least, the donkey was saddled up and children put on a safety riding hat and were able to go for a donkey ride! This was definitely the best part for me, seeing George take his first ride on a donkey. He looked a bit unsure but didn’t cry or ask to get off, so I’ll take that as a success.
After all the fun with the animals my friend put on an amazing lunch for the kids (and big kids) including the biggest chocolate cake I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen so many kids hovering for cake.
George had a great time at the farm party. He is only two years old but the children that attended ranged from slightly younger all the way up to us big kids. It felt like the sort of experience you could wish for when you attend local open farms but in such a small group the hands on time was extremely special and well worth the money.
If you fancy hosting your own farm party for a children’s birthday or a special occasion or even a local event then you can find Old Mcdonalds Farm Parties on Facebook here.
It’s definitely something different that the children LOVED.