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Burnt Toast & Cheap Days Out – Gail Porter Blog


Burnt Toast & Cheap Days Out – Gail Porter Blog

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So, February has been rather eventful. Well, when I say eventful…

Valentine’s Day came and went and as much as I am an old romantic, I got nothing.

Yup. After my last blog I kind of hoped for a tiny, hand made card, but I got nothing at all! Perhaps someone made me a virtual card that I just didn’t receive….

I did however make a visit to The London Tombs. If you’ve never been, it’s one of the scariest places to visit in London. My thinking was – no love in my direction, I’ll just spook myself with London history, horror and creepy clowns. It made sense to me!

The London Tombs consists of a wee tour of London’s history, with actors playing out the most gruesome part of London through the ages. It sounds rather like The London Dungeons, but it is much more terrifying.

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Once you have immersed yourself in history, you are shown to a lift that takes you to a whole different, more frightening experience. A rather sinister lady greets you in the lift, and she delightfully informs you that things are going to go from scary, to terrifying.

My daughter and I, of course, were picked on. I was informed that I would lead the group of visitors into a world of fear, while my daughter was put at the back of all the visitors, to protect.

To say I was afraid was an understatement!  My daughter was beyond petrified. The Tombs did a wonderful job of scaring our pants off! I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say, clowns, chainsaws and asylums…I’ve never been so scared. And I’m Scottish!

We screamed, we laughed, we ran and we would definitely go back….with security!

Afterwards, we then took a lovely walk along London’s Southbank to regain our sanity.

It’s a must-visit tour to go to if you ever head to London town. Unless you are of a nervous disposition, of course.

Away from the fear, we then attempted Pancake Day.

I once did two cooking programmes. One was called ‘Can’t cook, won’t cook’ and the other was called ‘ Come dine with me’. I spectacularly lost both. I am wonderful, awful cook. I have every cook book going but I’m still useless – I set my smoke alarms off when I attempt to make toast.

So, to let you know, I burnt the pancakes. My daughter took over and put me to shame. I’m sure you all would put me to shame too!

I attempted to tell my daughter that you must never give up, while continuing to flip away.

She ignored me and made the most gorgeous pancakes with syrup and strawberries.

I will still never give up.

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I’m guessing I will not be asked to be on ‘Masterchef’, though. There’s nothing wrong with cold beans. I can’t go wrong there! Burnt toast is not all bad either!

I’m sure I’ll find my calling in life eventually, but it won’t be cooking.

Anyone who wishes to teach me how not to burn toast would be wonderful!

For now, I’ll stick to hanging out with scary clowns…

There are a huge amount of offers on London attractions at the moment. They don’t have to cost an arm and a leg if you take the time to Google the deals that are available right now. It doesn’t take too long to do, and it can sometimes save you so much money, like it did with my trip to the Tombs!

On this subject, I asked the team at Creditfix for their money-saving tips for having fun days out on a budget. Here’s what they came up with:

Get Googling – as mentioned in this blog, many popular attractions have regular offers on in order to entice visitors in. Take a few moments to research online before heading out to find the best deal available to you.

There’s nothing wrong with a coupon – in addition to public offers, lots of reductions can be found when signing up to websites such as Wowcher or Groupon. They’re free to users and in return, family weekends and days out can come at a much cheaper price.

Ditch the wheels – remove the stress and cost of parking and petrol by travelling by train, where possible. Did you know that with a family and friends railcard, you can get up to 60% off your fare? Many kids love travelling by train, making the exciting journey fun as well as affordable.

Pack your own lunch – even if places like museums and art galleries are free to enter, costs can start to rise when tummies get hungry. Taking snacks, packing a lunch and bringing a refillable water bottle can be a more wallet-friendly alternative to costly cafes and restaurants. If it’s summertime, why not head to a local park and turn lunchtime into a picnic?

Start a fun fund – no matter how much research and planning you do, fun days together with family can still be expensive. Particularly if there is a certain place your child has their heart set on for their birthday trip out. Prepare for these days by starting a fund that is only reserved for these occasions, meaning you they don’t ever have to miss out, and you’re not out of pocket.

I hope these tips helps! Which is your favourite? Do give me a tweet at @Gailporter

Much love, Gail


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