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Attractions of Blackpool with Phil & Lesley

     Attractions of Blackpool     
We could hardly wait to start our holiday in Blackpool.

We had a leisurely walk along the coastal seafront and enjoyed popping in the arcade to spend a few pennies on the amusement machines.

On top of the Blackpool tower we experienced some excellent views of the coast. We were able to stand on a glass floor that looked all the way down to the ground. Apparently it could hold the weight of 2 elephants! 

At the Sea Life Centre we saw so many amazing fish and sea creatures. Some of our favourites were the sharks, sting rays, lobsters, sea horses, dory, and much more. We also walked through a wonderful rainforest which was interesting. 

We were all looking forward to visit the famous Tower Ballroom, which is where they film Strictly Come Dancing! We spent the afternoon having a beautiful lunch and watched all the ballroom dancers perform in this stunning building. 

We visited the famous Madame Tussaud's which was great fun with lots of laughter. We saw Simon Cowell, Ant and Dec, Morecambe and Wise, Wayne Rooney, The Beatles, Tiger Woods, Bruce Forsyth and many more famous wax models. They all looked so life like and we all managed to get our photos taken with our favourite celebrities.

We all thoroughly enjoyed driving through the Blackpool Lights which were magical and certainly lived up to their name.

Oxford - The Harry Potter Tour with Jon & Netty

Parry Hotter 
At the Warner Brother studios we were so excited to step into Harry Potter world. We were totally mesmerised by the props, films and shear size of the studios.

We visited Dumbledore's office and Severus Snape class room. We saw the mannequins of both characters and all the decor with shelves of books, potions as well as old magical artefacts, such as the mysterious pensieve.

We entered a blue lit room which was a very wonderful scene, it was the Hogwarts Castle, the original large castle used for the films, resplendent on its mountain side, with pine forests surrounding.

The team members were very enthusiastic and engage to show us the wand choreography, featuring a video demonstrating correct wand moves. This was a very popular activity amongst the group. We all performed in front of two mirrors, much like the mirror of ‘Erised.’

 At the Platform 9¾  we posed for photos, of our self, pushing the model luggage trolley ‘through’ the wall, just like in the films. The Hogwarts Express is a beautiful red steam engine, the original used in the films and we had the chance to board it! 

The Diagon Alley set constantly changed throughout the film series. Since its construction, walls have shifted, shop fronts have moved and entire buildings have been carefully tweaked, leaning just slightly, to create the street that is seen in the films.

We experienced flying on a broomstick on a green screen, which allows them to replace the green colours with a completely different background or computer-generated set. 

We stepped into the Great Hall where some of the most iconic scenes were filmed such as the Yule Ball and the Battle of Hogwarts.

In Oxford we took in the pure wonder of the architecture and the magnificent buildings. We toured round many film sets of Harry Potter where the great room was filmed and where Harry Potter was in hospital in the films and the grounds of the university’s where many shots were filmed. We were also shown where inspector Morse was filmed and where Mores filmed his final scenes. We then moved onto the film sets of Narnia, The lord of the Rings, Alice in wonderland and most haunted.

We also visited the exciting museum of Roald Dahl which featured galleries, is home and archives. Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, the BFG and many more fantastic stories. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.

Bowling & Pool Competition - Essex with Phil, Isobel & Pat

🎳 Bowling & Pool Competition - Essex 🎱

We made our way to the Pool &Snooker club where the Competition got under way.  Each of the group played 6 games which would determine the semi finalists. The following day the finalists were eager to get underway and played some very close games.  With the support of the rest of the group the pair battled it out with Clarke eventually winning 2-1 an absolutely fantastic final and a huge well done to all the players who showed great sportsmanship throughout.

At the bowling alley we started the bowling competition, a fun time with quite a few strikes and great high scores which will be carried over and added up on the final day.  Everyone was keen to play the final which was a fantastic display of high scoring, after finishing the games we all headed off for lunch and a chance for the bowling scores to be added up. 

The overall Winner of the Pool and Bowling Competion was Clarke
Well done🏆

An award was also given to the highest scorer in the ladies bowling competition which was presented to Rishna 🏆

Everyone was presented with a medal for both pool and bowling and a lovely certificate for participating in the competition and a huge round of applause for all the great scores and the great sportsmanship shown between the group.
A huge well done to all that participated and to the winners!!!