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We Explored LEGOLAND Windsor

During the summer holidays, we had the lovely opportunity to visit LEGOLAND Windsor. We have been looking forward to visiting the theme park for years now. The kiddies love LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester, and we have visited that park many times now. So we thought visiting the bigger version of the theme park in Windsor would be a fantastic idea. We spent 3 nights in Windsor, we stayed at the Hilton Hotel not too faraway from the park, and we explored the gigantic theme park in 2 days, but we didn’t get to go on all the rides because there were just too many!

There are so many rides in LEGOLAND Windsor. We got on about half of them in 2 days because we just couldn’t fit them all in. It is definitely a great place to visit with the family with so much to see and do. I will list what we liked about the parks the most, and what we didn’t really like about it.

 

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What we liked

Here are some of the things we really liked at LEGOLAND Windsor –

 

Quick entry to the parks

There were no long queues at the gate. We were quickly ushered into the park within minutes of being on the line, and that was so good. There were more than enough staff at the gate and that made the entry lines go quicker.

 

The amazing rides

The rides were really cool! We all had an amazing time exploring all the rides we were able to get on in 2 days. Some of our favourites are DUPLO Train, L-Drivers, Haunted House Monster Party Ride, Hill Train, Apocalypseburg and more. My personal favourite is the Haunted House Monster Party Ride. It is a new ride for 2019 and it is so cool! I loved it!

 

The live shows

We enjoyed watching the live shows while we rested our legs and grabbed a quick lunch. My daughter really liked watching the girls sing and dance at the Heartlake Harbour Arena at the Heartlake City section. She is a huge fan of LEGO Friends series, and knows all their names. It was a fun show and I would recommend you catch one while at the park.

 

 

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The souvenir shop

I loved the souvenir shops around the park. They were couple and we shopped in 2 different ones. They had lots of great souvenir gifts and we got a few for the kids. They are quite pricey as expected but we got some of them at a discounted price. They are little things to cherish and remind us of our time at LEGOLAND Windsor. If you are after grabbing a few souvenirs, you don’t have to worry. There are loads available in here.

 

Dining options

There are lots of spots to eat and drink. I counted many restaurants and cafes so you don’t have to look too long to find where to dine.

 

Clean toilets

The toilets were reasonably clean. We never had to use a dirty toilet in the 2 days that we visited in the summer, and it was a busy time, so I think the cleaners did an excellent job staying on top of the cleaning.

 

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What we didn’t like

Now that I have mentioned all what we liked about LEGOLAND Windsor, let’s talk about what we didn’t like –

 

The long queues

The long queues were so frustrating. I won’t be going back without a fast track ticket because the queues were just way too long. Sometimes, we had to wait for an hour to get on some popular rides. Those wasted hours we spent waiting in line would have been spent on other rides if we had the fast track ticket. The fast track tickets do cost a bit more but they are worth it especially if you are going when it is incredibly busy like during school holidays.

 

The overpriced food

We bought lunch in the chips store on our first day and it was a terrible mistake. The food was heavily overpriced; a kids happy meal was about twice the amount and the taste was not so good. We didn’t like the food at all and felt it was a rip off. Also, the staff at the chips store were not efficient. They acted like they didn’t really want to be there and that resulted in many complaints. The next day, we made sure to come ready with our food, snacks and drinks.

 

The traffic leaving the car park

On both days, we spent well over 30 minutes in traffic trying to get out of the park. It was super annoying as we were already knackered from exploring the theme park, the last thing we needed was traffic.

 

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The expensive car park

The car park was expensive. We paid about £5 per day for the parking and I felt that was too much. Guests should be given free parking after buying the expensive tickets to get into the theme parks. Also, no one checked our car park ticket on the 2 days we visited the park, and I found that slightly annoying.

 

The staff at the entry gate

The staff at the entry gate were quick as I mentioned before but they didn’t pay as much attention to us as I would have liked. I had to ask for the maps on both days even though they had the pile just by them. A little more attention would have been amazing.

 

 

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LEGOLAND Windsor Top Tips

With what we liked and didn’t like out of the way, here are some top tips you may find useful when visiting LEGOLAND Windsor-

 

Go early

We always made sure we got that first thing morning. It is usually a lot quieter than mid day, and we get to experience some of the rides without the long queues.

 

Bring you food along

If you don’t want to spend money on overpriced food and drinks, make sure you bring yours along to the park. You will save loads that way.

 

Explore the park from the back to the front

This is a tip I wish I was told on day 1 but better late than never right? Walk all the way to the end of the park when you come in, and get on the rides from the back to the front. That way you get to beat the queues.

 

 

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What do you think of LEGOLAND Windsor? Have you visited theme park?

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Happy Birthday Fashion & Style Police/Giveaway

Happy Birthday Fashion & Style Police! Today makes it 7 years of blogging on Fashion & Style Police! It has been a fun filled year this 2019. My blog has evolved, I have evolved and I am pleased to see I am still here doing what I love on this blog. To celebrate the blog’s birthday, I am giving away a bottle of Victoria’s Secret Coconut Passion Body Mist – 250ml. It has a lovely body mist with a sweet smelling fragrance and it reminds me of my journey and how far I have come. Which is why it is the giveaway prize to round up the month of giveaways. 

 

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Here is the description of the fragrance –

 

Victoria’s Secret Coconut Passion Body Mist

A sheer mist designed for mixing with other fragrances for a custom scent, or to use alone for the beautiful scent of coconut and vanilla. Infused with conditioning aloe vera and calming chamomile.

It is a beautiful scent of coconut and vanilla infused with conditioning aloe vera and calming chamomile.

 

Giveaway rules

The giveaway rules are pretty simple –

  1. Tell me what category you like reading on here. Is it fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel or parenting? Include your Twitter name in the comment.
  2. Retweet this post here and follow Fashion and Style Police on Twitter if you are not following already.

The giveaway will run for a month, ending 25th November 2019 at 11pm. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted on Twitter with 24 hours of the giveaway ending. The selected winner will have 48 hours to get back in touch or risk losing the prize. The giveaway is open to UK residents only. You have to be over 18 years to take part in this competition.

You can also follow my Facebook page to keep up to date with my blog posts and you can enter the other blog competitions running here, here and here.

Thank you and good luck.

 

Why ambient lighting is an essential for wellness enthusiasts

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Let there be light! Well, just the right amount of light, anyway. You might be surprised to learn that utterly bathing yourself in light isn’t always the best measure for safeguarding your wellbeing. There’s much to be said for ambient lighting – a softer, gentler form of lighting.

Nonetheless, striking just the right balance with your ambient lighting for optimum wellness can be tricky, as the following revelations about this especially peculiar type of lighting attest.

 

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What’s the big deal about ambient lighting?

Considering that, as The Science Times reports, 80% of our lives are spent indoors, you could be tempted to think that it’s a simple case of “the more, the better” when it comes to indoor lighting. Indeed, interior designers are often eager to maximise the natural light that enters an indoor space.

However, it doesn’t strictly follow that you should simply switch on some fluorescent lighting to full blast. Daily Harmony points out that fluorescent lighting is prone to flickering – which, though typically imperceptible, can lead to eyestrain.

Where you find that artificial lighting is practically necessary, the trick is to set it up to emulate natural lighting. In this way, you can keep eye strain at bay while potentially improving your mood and productivity.

 

Light and dark: two sides of the same coin

People are usually warned against working in darkness, but research suggests that darkness itself isn’t really the problem – at least not when combined with a fair share of light. It bears emphasis that both humans and animals are deeply connected to light, which generally dictates when we are awake instead of asleep.

All the same, though, excessive electrical lighting – as resulting from the likes of street lighting, vehicle headlights and neon signs, giving rise to “light pollution” – can adversely affect our circadian rhythm. Therefore, we need to be careful to get the balance between light and dark just right.

The precise type of ambient lighting can be important. Research indicates that some types can increase alertness and affect energy levels. By way of example, if you want to illuminate a workspace in a way that makes your employees more energetic and alert, then blue lighting could be a good choice.

 

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How can you set up ambient lighting?

Here’s some great news: there are various options for ambient lighting. These include table lamps, which the Better Homes & Gardens website recommends you place so that the bottom of the shade meets roughly your eye level. An overly high shade here could result in eyestrain-causing glare, while a shade left too low could deflect too much of the light onto the table.

Ambient lighting, by its very nature, isn’t overbearing and, consequently, could struggle to cover a whole room. For this reason, you might need to place multiple lighting fixtures around the room to ensure a consistent concentration of this lighting – and that’s where floor lamps can help. You could be pleasantly surprised by the variety of lighting fixtures on sale online.

 

 

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