Today we were invited to see Peaceful Lion Productions present an adaptation of Nadia Shireen’s ‘Hey, Presto!’ for children aged 3 to 8 and their adults at the Pleasance Islington. Peaceful Lion Productions are a small company with big ambitions, and love putting on shows that appeal to parents and children alike – with a dab of spectacle for good measure.
Their new Christmas production is, Hey, Presto! which began on the 4th of December (and runs until the 21st December). We’ve only ever taken them to the theatre once before and thought this would be a lovely treat for them.
Hey, Presto! is a very special story about the meaning of friendship, and is a really wonderful show. Presto, the cat, is a very talented magician, so when he and his friend Monty, the dog, join a funfair and start a magic show things look good for the duo. But fame goes to Monty’s head and soon Presto loses his friend and his show! Will true friendship prevail? And will there be a touch of magic in the air?
A heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship, adventure and a little bit of mischief accompanied by catchy songs, this is the perfect treat for young children.
The performance ran for 45 minutes and both my children really enjoyed it. It’s a small theatre with a cosy atmosphere and the story really kept them entertained. We would definitely recommend a performance of Hey, Presto! for a Christmas treat. The nearest tube to the Pleasance is Caledonian Road and more information about the production and ticket information can be found on their website.
This afternoon Little Sis and I visited Westfield London to get ourselves into the Christmas spirit. It’s quite easy for us to get to Westfield London so we hopped on the tube and soon emerged into the shopping centre. I love to plan so had a list of things to see and do.
First up was to check out the Christmas lights and decorations which were so pretty. There’s a fantastic indoor ice-rink so we spent a good 10 minutes watching people ice skate. There’s a minimum age requirement of 4 so we’ll be trying it out next year. There are seals for young children to sit on or hold onto so you definitely don’t have to be an expert to try it out.
Then it was on to a late lunch at Pizza Express as I know my daughter will always eat something there. I had a delicious Bosco salad, she had pizza
After lunch it was time to hit the shops. I still had a few presents to get but managed to buy everything on my Christmas list, including a few cheeky extras from Cath Kidston. How I love that shop! The one at Westfield is huge so I stocked up on some cheery Father Christmas cards and festive tableware.
Little Sis wouldn’t let me walk past the Disney Store without going in. She was in Seventh Heaven, surrounded by Minnie Mouse in all shapes and sizes!
We had pre-booked tickets to Santa’s Grotto too so ventured outside to find it. You need to be there 10 minutes early to register and have your photo taken, then we were given special glasses and ushered into the 5D cinema. There was a cute animated story that tells the tale of Elbow the Elf, and how he saves Christmas with the help of all the children in the grotto. Every child cleverly featured on a present so there were lots of very happy children, mine included! Then we queued to see Father Christmas who magically knew exactly what Little Sis wanted for Christmas. We even had our photo taken with him.
We went back into Westfield for a hot drink and a final shop before heading home. We could easily have spent longer there, especially as the Centre is open later than usual in the run up to Christmas. You can find out about all the Christmas events and opening hours on the Westfield London website.
Disclosure – please note I was given a gift card to cover some of the expenses above but all thoughts and opinions are my own
We had the most wonderful time at Westfield Stratford City today where we were invited to a very special storytelling session of The Gruffalo. The children were sitting quite happily and listening really well.
And then the special guest turned up! My children’s faces were priceless They both love The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child so it was a real treat for them to meet him. We even managed to squeeze into a photobooth with him for a cheeky snap.
The event was organised by Save the Children in their pop up shop at Westfield Stratford City. For the first time, Save the Children will be offering people an opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the Christmas Jumper experience. Woolly Wonderland is set to be a top-to-toe knitted space perfect to cosy up in for story-telling and craft workshops; it even includes a photo booth to capture guests in their festive finery. A host of experts will be on hand to jazz up last year’s festive knits or demonstrate how to create one from scratch – plus some special guests and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Dick & Dom will be hosting storytelling sessions – and even The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow will be stopping by to help the whole family get into the festive spirit with story-telling, giveaways and fun activities.
Alternatively, shoppers can join knitting supremos Debbie Bliss, Sue Stratford or the team from Wool and the Gang for a festive knitter natter as they share insider craft tips and run through essential knitting know-how.
To take part in Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland, bring your Christmas Jumper and your imagination down to Westfield Stratford from 5-13 December. To sign up for a specific workshop visit www.christmasjumperday.org/woollywonderland. Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org