My 30th Birthday Celebration Weekend in London

It’s fair to say that I thought about my 30th birthday a lot in the lead up to it. I had lots of thoughts about turning 30, but also spent quite a bit of time thinking about how best to celebrate. It seemed like a birthday worth marking in some way, but I wasn’t sure whether to have a big party or use it as an excuse to go somewhere exciting. As it was, we left it quite last minute to arrange anything but I couldn’t really have asked for a better weekend. It also reconfirmed for me that if my twenties were about working out the things I enjoy, then my thirties should be about embracing those things as that’s exactly what we spent the weekend doing.

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Hiking the Three Peaks (Snowdon/ Yr Wyddfa, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike)

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales back to back, often within 24 hours. It is designed to be a challenge, and it’s not one I’ve done or have any intention of doing. However, I decided when I was in New Zealand, probably motivated by several months of hiking, that I did want to hike each of the ‘three peaks’ at my own leisure. I recently completed that aim, and this post shares a little bit about my experience, but also some thoughts on the National Three Peaks Challenge.

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Glamping in a Tipi at Wasdale National Trust Campsite

As much as I love being in the outdoors, camping has never really appealed to me. I think it’s partly because I didn’t do it as a child (when most people get their fond memories) but also because of the various camping disaster stories I’ve heard. Needing a loo in the night and having to traipse across a muddy field to get there didn’t appeal. Getting wet and having to put up and down a wet tent, plus the risk of it leaking, sounds like a weekend nightmare to me. And that’s without even thinking about things like mice, the challenges of cooking on a camping stove and much more. Whilst I love being outdoors, I also like being warm, dry and having a proper night’s sleep.

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Review: Kurios by Cirque du Soleil

We booked our tickets for the Cirque du Soleil Kurios show a few months ago as something to look forward to at the start of 2023, when Christmas felt like a distant memory and it was still cold and dark. Even though I was excited to go to Cirque du Soleil, I was just as much looking forward to a week in London with friends which felt like something we hadn’t done for a really long time. I haven’t been to many circus shows, so whilst I was looking forward to it I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

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Review: Wake the Tiger, Bristol

Wake the Tiger opened in Bristol in the summer of 2022 with a lot of cryptic marketing. Billing itself as an amazement park, it wasn’t really too clear what to expect from a trip to see it. We eventually booked tickets for the beginning of January by which point a few people we knew had been and reported back that the experience was worth it. Part immersive art exhibition, part theatre, part playground, it’s quite difficult to describe so I can see why they decided on the term ‘amazement park’.

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