Last night waves of Joy, high energy and incredible singing and dancing crashed through the Bridlington Spa, as strictly come dancing champion Joanne Clifton took to the stage with A1’s Ben Adams to co-star in the sensational musical of “Flashdance“!

I have never seen the movie (and from what I hear it might not really be my thing) but I was no stranger to the 80’s classics “What a feeling”, “I love Rock & Roll” and “She’s a maniac” that shook up the theatre! The whole thing was full of energy, laughter, awesome 80’s gear, and spectacular dance moves.

It was a musical performance that the entire cast and producers should be incredibly proud of.

Flashdance The Musical

Flashdance tells of the inspiring story of 18 year old Alex – a welder by day, “Flashdancer” by night – who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.  When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

“Alex” – played by Joanne Clifton – was such a great character and had wonderful presence on stage. Her moves were impressive, and I spent half of it with my jaw dropped at how effortlessly she took to the floor! The chemistry between her and “Nick” was lovely to see, and it was exciting to see their relationship unfurl with the story.

The whole cast were seriously amazing, and everything was executed with top class performances throughout. The singing was brilliant, and the set, whilst simple, was used effectively and I just loved how inventive it was.

Whilst I hear the film is a little racy in places, this was not. The story line was presented in a tasteful and mostly clean way.

What we loved…

First things first … the choreography in this musical is phenomenal! Like seriously amazing. And this is what truly stands out from start, right through to the grandest of all finales! I could not believe how those super stars could move, and what amazing shape they were all in. It was beautiful!

The music, singing and dancing were all so brilliant and I loved that it oozed so much talent!

Being a babe of the 80’s I personally loved the bright 80’s costumes, and style of the whole show. It has since ignited my love of the 80’s again, and all things retro, and today my Youtube playlist has reversed back 30 years!

Overall it was just a whole lot of fun to watch. Of course the music and dance is what stands out here, but not previously knowing the storyline, I loved that too. Tales of friendship, romance, hard work and family – The sacrifices people make to fulfil their dreams, as well as the mistakes they fall in to in trying to make it big too! Overall it captures the love and support that fuels people to succeed, and the help of friends/family to get there. It was truly inspirational and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it unfurl!

What I didn’t …

There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this musical, because on the whole I was blown away with how absolutely amazing it was throughout. But being LDS I would have to say that there was a little bit of language I found awkward, and of course it covered topics about drug use and dancing semi naked for money! If you are not a prude like me then these things will probably not be an issue at all for you, but as I know I have readers who are – I am putting it out there now!

I wouldn’t take kids to see it, or even younger teens, because it really isn’t for them. But for a night out with the girls or ya mum, then grab it with both hands and get yourselves there! It is really good; full of energy and well loved 80’s classics, and produced in a very tasteful way too.

Flashdance The musical was spectacular, with one of the best finale’s I have possibly ever seen. It was so much fun to be a spectator of, so with limited tickets, I would highly recommend you get yourself to the coast as soon as possible to catch a glimpse of this classic and memorable musical!

*Thanks to Brid Spa for the invite to see this – all thoughts are my own! 


Yesterday morning was a lush day when we took a lovely family walk along the cliff tops at Bempton on the East Yorkshire coast. I haven’t been up there for years, and whilst there was a rather nippy wind blowing, the skies were blue, the sun was shining, and the kids were in great spirits. It was a great moment to share together following a hectic week, just being chilled and having lovely chats!

Owned by the RSPB it is a lovely spot to see over the surrounds bays of Filey and Flamborough for miles, and catch a look at sea birds in their natural habitat. They are over 300 m high and on a clear day like yesterday it just feels like such an impressive spot to be looking way down to the waves below, out to sea, and generally around the coastline! I used to often go as a teen with my own family, and it was great to introduce this beauty spot to the kids!

Alice is our main bird lover in the family (though we all seem to love being in nature). “Bird” was one of the first baby signs she mastered, and uses it daily even now. She often will get mega excited when she spots them flying in the sky or walking in the streets, and then points before making the sign. If she is near them then she chases them whilst pausing for a fit of laughter at how funny they are to her!

I love seeing their interests and personalities develop, and whilst we all love the outdoors, I love that this is a moment especially for Alice – our little bird lover!

Because the kids love creatures, and we are all great lovers of the outdoors, this year it just made sense for us to join the RSPB and have some lovely walks and up close experiences with nature. I liked the idea of helping preserve these lovely habitats, and that the kids could get a monthly magazine to read about seasonal animals and bugs, and that together we could go on the hunt for more wildlife in our local area. I thought it would be especially lovely in the Summer for our days out, and a great thing for Alice and I to venture out to on school days too. Its a great way for them to grow in awareness of life cycles and things, as well as a respect for nature and wildlife.

I like to imagine these up coming ordinary moments, and perhaps her growing excitement to go see the birds and wander the cliff tops of Bempton together with a little picnic!

It feels a little strange to be doing with the kids all of the things I enjoyed in my younger days, but then I love it too because it means that in these ordinary moments of family cliff top walks, I can share memories and tales of the ordinary moments of my childhood!

There is a lot of joy and peace in watching the birds and staring out to sea on a sunny day, and doing that with our little faves made for such a beautiful and relaxed morning together. The kids loved running and exploring, looking at the beautiful views and spotting birds! We cant wait for Summer when we can spend more hours exploring the coast and beauties of RSPB spots around us locally and further afield. The kids are so excited to go spot some puffins and invest in some binoculars, and I look forward to more moments where we wander along chatting and enjoying the outdoors together on sunny Saturday’s (or even midweek!)!!


The Ordinary Moments

For the last few years, we have looked forward to, and very much enjoyed our day on the railway! By tradition, we go up to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway sometime between Christmas and New year with as many of Nathan’s family that are able to, and have a lovely steam train adventure in North Yorkshire!

I love to see everyone, catch up and laugh, and generally just chill out on the steam trains, and see the kids loving this ordinary and yet special moment that comes around each year.

This year we went on New years day. It was a challenge to get to Grandma’s for 9am (especially when we slept in til 8.30!), but like always, we needed to catch the mini coach that had been hired to get us there for the 11am train from Pickering up to Grosmont. And so like a scene from Home Alone, we dashed too and fro to get out the door and on the bus, with all the kids… and with a quick head count we were off!

Just so you know, having 11 kids, a handful of in laws and (at the moment) 12 grand-kids; a mini coach is the only way to travel en mass for a family day out in the Smith Family!

The Railway was quiet on the way up, and the kids not too crazy. The hills were scattered in patches of snow and the sun shone brightly. It was the perfect day to have gone, and as we trudged up the track we gazed out of the windows and chatted back and forth to one another about the lovely Christmas we had enjoyed, things we want to change and improve on and plans for the coming year.

We did our usual walk around Grosmont…exploring the quaint little station, cute shops, and walking through the long tunnel to the engine sheds. All before hopping aboard the steam train and heading back to Pickering! It was a fantastic day with everyone and each other, and a great start to our year!

Nathan’s dad was a great lover of the railway, as Ethan kept reminding us of, and so it is always sad to not have him there enjoying his favourite moments with us and his eager GrandKids! It is however always a special moment just to be together making memories, and having the opportunity to have him at the forefront of out minds and in conversation whilst we explore a place rich in his memory.

I love to see the rolling Yorkshire hills, be with family and enjoy North Yorkshire from the steam railway! Our day on the Railway is an ordinary moment we all look forward to and love… so much so, that this year we hope to take the kids again and head to Whitby on it, because it is THAT great!


The Ordinary Moments

Yesterday we were invited down to Wheatley Shopping Centre in Doncaster to board a big red double decker bus, to meet Santa and participate in the festivities of writing and decorating a postcard to give to him. It was the first proper time the kids have been to see a Santa in a grotto and it was such a magical and lovely ordinary moment for our family!

Seeing Santa is an ordinary moment of most childhoods, and it is a moment in a small life that is filled with excitement and curiosity, wonderment and magic, and then for most kids – a little scary too! I remember as a child myself visiting Santa before Christmas in grotto’s and whilst feeling nervous my memories are mainly joy and fun. These are great memories and I always want to recreate similar for my own kids. But never in my day would we have had something so wonderful and as fun as seeing Santa on a big red bus!

Whilst my kids have had Santa visit them at school, they have never been to a grotto and never really believed that those Santa’s were real! Seeing Santa yesterday – aboard a Winter dressed bus, felt like a bit of pressure but also the perfect way to get them to embrace it and kick off Christmas time! Nathan and I loved the adventure as much as them and it was a wonderful memory to create together.

Everything about our visit felt magical and exciting – it was so festive and lovely! We were greeted by Santa’s elves and walked a red carpet to board the festive bus. Downstairs we sat at the tables and designed Christmassy post cards and wrote to Santa about what they would like him to bring them. With glitter and stickers everywhere it was perfect! Next we waited on the seats, before an elf helped us climb to top deck, where we entered a Winter wonderland with Santa sat at the end to greet us.

The kids LOVED it and said it was one of the best days! And we agreed that it was amazing. To them the magic was real as Santa knew so much about them … they marvelled at how he was the real thing sat there, knowing their ages and their names and being so kind and interested! They enjoyed talking with him and telling him how excited they were for Christmas and hoped he would bring them some Sylvanian families and a stunt camera. I loved how modest they were in their requests, how natural they felt speaking to him and how blumming excited they were to be there. Whilst Alice was VERY suspicious, Ethan and Megan were fascinated and embraced it all. Excited was certainly the word of the day – excited to have made a post card, be on a double decked bus, chat to the Elves and most excited to have finally met “the real Santa!”.

I loved the magic and family fun we had yesterday boarding Santa’s big red bus and meeting him together. An ordinary moment of Christmas that was a truly wonderful and magical way to kick off our Christmas celebrations this year!

If you are around Doncaster this weekend, (or not – it is worth travelling to for some free festive fun), then pop on over and share in the fun with your kids and embrace an opportunity to meet and chat with Santa Claus!


The Ordinary Moments

*This post is in collaboration with Wheatley Shopping Centre.