Life’s A Rollercoaster | Thorpe Park 2017

“Just close your eyes and enjoy the rollercoaster that is life” Zayn Malik.

Last Monday I had the pleasure of spending the day at one of my favourite theme parks Thorpe Park, with my best friends Emily and Chantal, and it was one of my favourite days out of this year so far with fun all round as we enjoyed rollercoasters, KFC and a pit stop at Bicester Village on the way home.

Thorpe Park is¬†located in one of my favourite counties Surrey, (another bonus as to why it’s one of my favourite theme parks) and it’s just an hour¬†away from where the girls and I live. We¬†began our drive down to Thorpe Park at the early but not too early time of 8am, ready to arrive for when the park opened at 10am. We made it in good time so we stopped off at McDonalds first so Chantal could get some breakfast.

We had a bit of a dilemma as we arrived at¬†the park¬†as our tickets were scanning through on the machines as invalid, so we couldn’t get through the barriers. Thankfully our situation was resolved in minutes as the staff members helped us by manually scanning our tickets and letting us through the entrance.

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As per usual our first ride of the day was Rush, a giant swing like ride which is terrifying yet fun. Chantal was¬†freaking out a little¬†before the ride started which made me feel more scared than I usually would, so whilst we were swinging back and forth up in the air I really couldn’t wait to be back safely on the ground.

Our second ride of the day was Colossus which is a ten loop rollercoaster¬†and I question why I go on it every time. For the whole duration of the ride¬†your head just bangs constantly on each side of the seat,¬†it’s so painful and I felt so sorry for my poor little head afterwards, it really took a bashing.¬†The rides not even so fun to make it worth the head bashing but still, I know I’ll probably go on it again when the girls and I next go to Thorpe Park.

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Look at that loop.

My favourite ride of the day was definitely the rollercoaster SAW, which is obviously based on the film of the same name. SAW has always been one of my favourite rides at Thorpe Park as it’s just so exciting and thrilling, I love¬†everything about the ride, from the theme to the speed to the¬†twists, turns,¬†sudden drops and high climbs.¬†This ride has such an element of surprise as even though I’ve been on it¬†so many times the first drop always seems to come out of nowhere for me which¬†is so exciting. It’s so good that as¬†the ride comes to an end¬†I’m already buzzing to go on it again. Seriously I could spend¬†my whole¬†day on SAW, it’s such a fun ride.

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The best rollercoaster ever!

Another favourite rollercoaster of mine is The Swarm although my experience wasn’t so great this time as I had to sit next to a complete random stranger and it was so awkward. Like how am I supposed to enjoy the ride fully with someone I don’t even know sat next to me?¬†It’s not really possible. Regardless,¬†the ride itself was amazing as ever as when you’re on The Swarm you literally feel like you’re flying, even though it’s pretty speedy and of course has the element of excitement all rollercoasters have, I find it a pretty relaxing and calm ride as you get to feel the cool breeze on your face and admire all the beautiful surrounding views of Surrey. I genuinely find it such¬†a peaceful ride and if I could have a replica in my garden to enjoy whenever I pleased I so would.

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Pretty pretty views. Obvs I didn’t take this photo whilst on The Swarm – I’m not that skilled a photographer buuuuut this is the view on leaving Thorpe Park. So gorgeous.

One of my favourite things about the day was the fact that the¬†girls and¬†I went on a few rides we usually don’t¬†and Chantal and¬†I also experienced Derren Browns Ghost Train for the first time ever. I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed with the Ghost Train as I was expecting it to be a lot more scary and¬†interesting than it actually was.¬†I’m not in a rush to go¬†on it again as once you’ve done it once you don’t really need to a second time, but I would¬†definitely recommend it if you haven’t been on it before¬†so at¬†least you know what it’s like.

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Emily and I also went on Depth Charge, a water slide style ride which I used to go on all the time as a kid and literally haven’t been on in years. I forgot how much of a fun ride it is and I would definitely go on this again, it’s one of those rides you could go on three times in a row and enjoy it equally every time. I’m so glad Emily and¬†I went on Depth Charge together!

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Happy after Depth Charge.

The ride I was most nervous for was Stealth, as I haven’t been on it in absolute years and the last time I did I got my necklace caught in the overhead seat belt which was a little scary. I mean obviously I was fine but it was enough to put me off for a while. Stealth is also an incredibly fast ride, going from 0-80mph in just two seconds, so I have an irrational fear that my eyes are going to pop out of my head when it sets off. Silly and totally impossible I know but even so, I can’t help feeling a little concerned. It took a lot of encouragement from the girls to get me on this ride but legit I am so glad they persuaded me because I enjoyed it so much. It’s literally the quickest ride ever as it goes so so fast,¬†taking you up and over into an almost vertical drop and before you can so much as blink it’s¬†over, but my word is it exciting. We actually ended up going on it twice and our second¬†time on Stealth was our last ride of the day. Typically for me I got into¬†trouble when leaving the ride, as¬†rather than¬†buying the official ride photo of the girls and I,¬†I took a sneaky picture of the screen instead. The sales assistant demanded I delete the photo which¬†I did obediently¬†and to be honest it’s not so much the end of the world I had to as it wasn’t the most flattering photo of myself I’ve ever seen. I mean how could it be? I’m on a rollercoaster going 80mph, even a Victorias Secret model would struggle to look good in that situation.

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The girls and I went on so many rides at Thorpe Park, we got through them all super¬†fast as the queue times were so short and the distance between rides isn’t far at all.¬†The park was open for 5 hours and in that time we managed to do everything we wanted to do, we even managed to do our favourite rides SAW, Stealth and Rush twice. What more could we ask for?

The girls and I left Thorpe Park feeling content as ever, having really enjoyed our day there. On the way home we decided to take a quick detour to Bicester Village, a designer shopping outlet with shops such as Burberry, Pandora and Ralph Lauren. Everything retails cheaper at Bicester Village and I was so impressed at the price of some of the Pandora charms with some being just ¬£10,¬†to call¬†it a bargain would be¬†the understatement of the century.¬†I didn’t buy anything as I’ve really been enjoying saving my money lately and wanted to keep at it, however I am so happy I got to experience the Village as I’d never been before but virtually everyone I know has! Now I can finally stop feeling left out! I’m definitely planning on going back to Bicester Village at some point to treat myself, a day there with the girls before Christmas would be perfect.

I really loved spending quality time with my best friends at Thorpe Park and I had one of my favourite days of the year so far with my favourite people at one of my favourite places. All of the favourites!!! I had so much fun at Thorpe Park and it was super cute to round up the day with a little venture to Bicester Village.

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What a wonderful day!

Have you ever been to Thorpe Park? What’s your favourite theme park? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading,

love,

Jennie.

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A Weekend In Blackpool.

‘Hello Blackpool’

This weekend has been one of the most fun I’ve had with my besties this year so far.

As I woke up at 6am on Saturday morning, I was tired but excited as it was finally time for girls weekend in Blackpool, something we’ve had planned for months now.

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Morning selfie, why not?

 

Daisy picked me up at 7:30am and from there we picked Chantal up and drove to Emily’s, as Emily was driving us to Blackpool in her new car.

With a four hour journey ahead of us, we were set for the ultimate road trip.

Arriving in Blackpool around midday, we headed straight to the Lynmoore Guest House where we were staying for the weekend. The four of us shared a room with two single beds and a double plus an en suite bathroom. For the price of £60 (£15pp) the guest house was everything we could need, clean, spacious and close to the main strip. I would definitely stay there again when visiting Blackpool.

Once we had dropped our suitcases off in the guest house we headed straight out for our first activity of the day – Madame Tussauds!!! Eeeek, I love Madame Tussauds (although I’ve only been once before in Amsterdam) and this one exceeded my expectations by miles. Daisy even said it was better than the one in London!

There was so much cool stuff to see and do whilst at Madame Tussauds. We got a photograph with Jeremy Kyle and Emily and I posed as if we were arguing which was absolutely hilarious, we posed with Keith Lemon and even saw Peter Andre.

We got to have a drink in the Rovers Return, the pub which features in one of my favourite soap operas ‘Coronation Street’. This was super cool and I enjoyed my coke so much, although the only Corrie waxwork I recognised was Deirdre Barlow, everyone else was too old for me to remember.

The highlight of Madame Tussauds was obviously ‘meeting’ my bae, Joe Hart. I have been looking forward to getting a photo with his waxwork for so long now and I am sooooo buzzing I got a good few. I hope one day I get to meet the real Joe Hart but for now, I’m content with seeing his waxwork.

And the second best thing about Madame Tussauds Blackpool was the Festival Fields area which was so cool, we posed in giant wellies and saw Ed Sheeran, who I had to get a photo with because duh, Ed Sheeran. Love him!!!

Once we had seen all the waxworks¬†it was time to purchase the professional photos we had taken throughout the day which were all so funny and cute. I think it’s great they had so many photo ops at Madame Tussauds because the printed photographs are such great keepsakes.

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Madame Tussauds in Blackpool is so much fun and I would highly recommend a visit there if you’re ever in the area. There’s so much to do there and its such a fun experience, I’d definitely go again.

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Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre was our next stop of the day and¬†I really couldn’t wait to see the¬†animals.¬†I didn’t get any pictures from the day but we saw pregnant seahorses (so cool), clown fish Nemo’s and Dory’s (soooo cute) and jellyfish!

Not to mention the huge tank which had stingrays, rays and sharks which were so amazing. As I watched them I was in awe, literally I just thought it was so fascinating to see these amazing creatures up close. It made me so excited to go scuba diving at Discovery Cove in Florida!!!

After we left the Sea Life centre we had a wander along the sea front and played the penny machines at the amusements. I love the penny machines, always have always will. The 2p ones are so much better than the 10p ones as your playing time lasts longer with them (unless you spend a small fortune using so many 10p coins).

Somehow, I won so many tokens on the 2p machine I was able to choose a free minion bubble blower, a Nicki Minaj keyring, a fake tattoo and some sweets for my prize. How exciting, I love winning things!

By the early evening we had completed all of our activities for the day so we headed back to the guest house to relax. We chilled in bed and watched some¬†TV.¬†It was really relaxing and fun to just chat and giggle with the girls. Sometimes that’s my favourite way to spend time.

We intended to go out that evening for some drinks but we were all just too sleepy, so instead we grabbed some fast food and headed back to the hotel to sleep, such wild gals we are.

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Day two of Blackpool was spent at the Pleasure Beach, but before heading there our first stop of the day was obviously Spoons for breakfast. The Weatherspoons we went to was called¬†The Velvet Coaster and I have to say it’s quite possibly one of the nicest Spoons I’ve ever been to. I had fried egg on toast for breakfast and it was delicious plus the whole layout of the place was gorgeous and modern. I definitely enjoyed my experience there and my chats with the girls.

Breakfast finished it was finally time to head to the Pleasure Beach, the sole reason we wanted to visit Blackpool in the first place and can I just say, if you’ve never been to Blackpool Pleasure Beach before then you need to. This was my first time visiting and I bloody loved it!

With so many rides ranging from tame to thrilling, I would actually put Blackpool Pleasure Beach on a par with Thorpe Park and I would say I much prefer it to Alton Towers. I feel like this amusement park is so underrated and everyone needs to go now to appreciate its brilliance!

My favourite rides of the day were The Steeplechase, The Big One and The Grand National. We went on The Steeplechase three times, it’s such a silly and funny ride where you sit on model horses and ‘race’ each other round the track. I would genuinely go back to Blackpool for this ride its that amusing.

The Big One, also known as the Pepsi Max is huge and terrifying. Although it doesn’t go upside down, it goes so high you can virtually see the whole of Blackpool and it drops almost vertically. It’s amazing. I knew sh*t was about to go down when I read the sign ‘Do not take your hands off the bars’, like I wanted to wave my hands in the air but after reading that I was not risking it. I loved this ride so much, definitely a solid 9/10 for the thrill factor.

The Grand National was just so funny, another silly but brilliant ride, this is a wooden rollercoaster which could quite possibly win the award for ricketiest of all time. There are two tracks on this rollercoaster so you’re opposite another group of people for the whole ride which is highly amusing, I believe its designed this way as the grand national is a horse race, so the two coasters were racing each other.

Overall we went on three horse themed rides so I feel like the people who designed the rides for Blackpool Pleasure Beach were kind of obsessed with horses! But hey the best rides of the day were the horsey ones (bar The Big One) so clearly having an obsession with horses works when developing rides.

The Pleasure Beach was open from 11-5pm and in that time we fit so much in, we went on almost every ride. The only ride we didn’t do which I would have liked to was Infusion, a rollercoaster which goes upside down but I’m not overly bothered about that. We did the main ones!!! All the queue times were so short, the longest we waited was probably about 20 minutes. I’m sure in the busier Summer times they would be longer¬†than that but still,¬†I was really impressed and it was also a huge plus that the rides were all so close to each other so we didn’t have to walk too much for too long.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is so amazing and I am so happy I got to visit, the park exceeded my expectations by miles and I would 100% go back and 100% recommend it to anyone and everyone! Its such a fun day out.

And before I go I just have to mention something funny that happened whilst at the amusement park, a seagull stole my burger!!! Hahaha I never thought something so silly would happen to me but I left it on the table as I went to grab a chair and next thing I know this seagulls grabbed the bun and is pecking away at it.¬†Ever so kindly¬†the seagull left the beef and the other side of the bun, so gross as it may be I went ahead and ate what had survived, sorry but I wasn’t about to spend another fiver on a burger.

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Overall the word I would use to describe my time with my friends in Blackpool is FUN. Emily, Chantal, Daisy and I had a lush time together and I enjoyed being with them so much.

Here’s to more adventures!

Have you ever been to Blackpool? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading,

love,

Jennie.

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Amsterdam In Pictures.ūüďłūüá≥ūüáĪ All The Fun Of The Fair.ūüé°

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well and having a lovely day today. ‚ėļÔłŹ

Exactly one month ago today I was on a weekend break in the wonderful city of Amsterdam with my friend Emily. We were there for four days and it was one of the best weekends of my life. Amsterdam is by far one of the best places I have ever visited and this trip with Emily is up there as one of my favourite holidays I’ve ever been on.

Emily and I packed so much into our trip to Amsterdam. It was a fun, exciting, incredible few days and we made the most of every moment.

Our first day in Amsterdam was amazing and I’ve decided to do a Day In Pictures¬†style post as I tell you all about Day 1.

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Emily and I arrived in Amsterdam early afternoon of Saturday the 15th October and after much map checking and fighting our way through the busiest of crowds, we finally found our hotel and were able to check in. We stayed at Hotel Inntel which I have to say is a lovely hotel. Clean, tidy and nicely decorated, with super friendly and helpful staff, I will definitely be staying there again. The location of the hotel was perfect too as we were in walking distance to the best places. I would rate it 4.5* out of 5 only because we didn’t have a chance to try the food, I would highly reccommend Hotel Inntel.
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Once checked in, I had to take a selfie on Snapchat so I could use a cheeky location filter. I love location filters. ūüá≥ūüáĪ
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A picture of Emily and I by one of the many, many canals in Amsterdam. We spent the day exploring the beautiful city and dodging bikes, trams and cars as we ventured.
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With the amount of bakeries in Amsterdam it was impossible for me to resist this delicious looking nutella waffle. It sure did taste as yummy as it looks and I treated myself to alot of these whilst in ‘Dam. ūüćę
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We discovered a really cool funfair in the main square where Amsterdam’s ‘The View’ ferris wheel is permantly located. I managed to convince Emily to join me on this spooky ghost train which was the best ever. Emily was so terrified she grabbed hold of me the whole way round and had to keep her eyes shut. I was freaked out too but I managed to keep my eyes open until close to the end, then I just had to shut my eyes as I knew someone was going to ‘chase’ us out of the ride. The ghost train was so funny and very fun actually as there were loads of hill drops, it was more than just a round in a circle you go type of ride. ūüĎĽ
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In an exchange for Emily coming on the ghost train with me, I had to go on this beast with her. Scary as it was being so high up in the air on those delicate little chairs, I can’t deny the views were amazing. I’d say they were breathtaking too but I think that was actually just the cold night air. Whilst up there I was so scared and just wanted to come down, but as soon as the ride was over I really wanted to have another go.
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We ended our day of exploring with a walk around the Red Light District which is an unbelievable place, I’ll be sharing pictures here soon. We headed back to the hotel, bought some snacks and went to sleep ready for our next day of adventures.

Day 1 of Amsterdam was amazing!! I had such a fun day and the funfair was an absolute highlight, we weren’t expecting there to be one at all so it was a brilliant surprise when we stumbled accross it.

Day 2 of Amsterdam will be coming soon so make sure you stay tuned!!

Thankyou for reading,

With love, Jennie. ūüíô xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx