Birthday celebrations

We celebrated my birthday properly on Saturday and my friends Amanda and James traveled up from Norfolk for the day.  We played some rounds of Cards Against Humanity, shared wedding photos of both my wedding, and our friend Zoë’s, who got married at the start of October.  Then we got ready to head out for dinner.

Dan chose where we were going for dinner and the boy did good.
We headed to The World’s End in Earls Barton.

The World's End, Earls Barton(Photo from their website.)

James, Dan, Vick and Me on my 30th birthday

We met my friend Vick there as well and indecisive about what to eat, Vick and I decided to each order a sharing starter platter and split the two.

Me and Vicki on my 30th birthday

We ordered the Meat Grazing Board – buttered chicken liver pate, salami, chorizo, parma ham, home baked ham & roast beef 

Meat Grazing board at The World's End

…and the Vegetarian Grazing Board – smashed chickpea hummus, chargrilled aubergines & peppers, homemade coleslaw & Spanish onion & zucchini frittata.

Vegetarian Grazing board at The World's End

I do love having lots of choice on my plate when it comes to meals.  This was the perfect solution!  I swapped most of my hummus and all of my pate for Vicki’s slice of ham and also managed to gain one of Dan’s mushrooms on my platter.

Me and Amanda on my 30th birthday

We didn’t get too dressed up for the meal as afterwards, Dan, James, Amanda and I headed to Dr Frights Halloween Nights in Earls Barton.

Dr Frights Halloween NightsWe discovered Dr Frights three years ago and have only missed one year since.  If you are into things that make you jump, a bit of live acting and love a laugh, then you should very definitely check this out next year.

Each year Dr Frights has four attractions which you visit in turn.  My favourite attraction was a Ouija event a couple of years ago.  They took about 15 of us into a small, dimly lit room with a Ouija board on the table which we sat round.  All of a sudden the lights flickered out and we could hear strange noises.  The lights kept flickering and one time they came on there was a person’s face pressed between my friend Tom’s face and mine!  At one point Dan’s chair was thrown backwards across the room with him on it!

This year the four attractions were all maze based.  The live actors really make the event.  Their makeup and costumes are superb and they really make you believe in their characters.  We were chased around straw bales by a guy brandishing a chainsaw, held against the wall by a lady with a knife cleaver and made to jump at many, many characters ‘coming to life’ in The Dollhouse attraction.  One character followed us around for a little while making my ponytail spin round and round with his finger.  Pretty creepy!

A couple of years ago, we were taking a toilet break between attractions when a guy came helling out of the carpark roaring up a chainsaw.  As it wasn’t actually in one of the four attractions, for a minute we were a little concerned that this guy was for real before realising it was all part of the act!

Dr Frights Halloween Nights

Once we had been round all four attractions we moved into the bar to grab a drink and watch some of the live CCTV footage.  Soooo funny watching other people jump where we’d been jumping earlier!  We were so glued to the footage that we didn’t realise that one of the actors had wandered into the bar and lunged across our table at us.  Her acting was superb.  Her face was filled with safety pins and blood and she carried around a little box of fingers.  She kept fluttering her eyelashes at Dan and scowling and pushing me.  Eventually she wiggled her way into the seat between Dan and I and kept trying to bump me off the end!  Dan was gifted with one of the fingers from her box later on.  Unfortunately Amanda took all the photos and she hasn’t sent them over yet, but I found a couple of this actor on Instagram by searching for #drfrights.

Dr Frights Halloween Nights

Yesterday was spent at a Christening in Birmingham for my friend Amy’s twin babies.  As Dan wasn’t able to come with me I made sure to arrive only just before the start of the service so I wouldn’t be on my own for too long.  But this meant that I was sat at the back with all of the families with children and could barely hear a thing.  There must have been 25 children under the age of 5 there!  When we went to the reception for food afterwards I spotted some of the girls that had been on Amy’s hen do last year.  Luckily, within the last 18 months I’ve been on two hen dos for Amy, to her wedding and also her baby shower, so I did at least recognise people enough to make conversation, but being placed in a room full of children isn’t the most comfortable of activities for me on a Sunday afternoon!

George & Ava Christening
Have you ever been to any live actor events?  We’ve been to a couple of fantastic Murder Mystery parties in previous years.
Do you share dishes?  Or is that a complete no-no?!

10 thoughts on “Birthday celebrations

  1. That show looks amazing 😀 The closest I’ve come to it was visiting all of the Dungeons in the UK (York, Edinburgh, London etc.) and while the live actors there were a bit cheesy, I was obsessed with the dungeons themselves and their history as a kid. I think I found the people/actors talking to me far more frightening than any of the gruesome exhibits 😛

    To paraphrase ‘Friends…’ Jessica doesn’t share food.

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  2. I love the transition from chainsaw wielding man and scary blood-stained lady to lovely Christening with lots of children haha. Sounds absolutely mental, the Fright Night thing. Definitely something I’d be happy to go to! I do love a good scare (though I hate watching gory films, just cannot stand it. I much prefer the horror films where it’s all suggestion and ghostly).
    Ben and me love a good sharing platter. It always works out well as I will invariably get the veg and he will get the cheese and/or bread stuff. The only thing we fight over is the hummus! But sharing a meal that wasn’t a sharing platter is a no go!

    1. Haha! Maybe it wasn’t my smoothest of transitions!
      I much prefer suspense and ghosts to gore as well when it comes to films. Sometimes the gore just seems over-the-top for the sake of it.
      I do love sharing platters, but I also love the bread and cheese side of things. I just can’t go sharing that with Dan! 😛 It was a nice even split down the middle on my birthday meal with my friend.

    1. I’ve never been, although one of our friends works for Merlin so he took a load of friends down last week to check out the Halloween fun. I shall have to get myself on the guest list next year!

  3. That sounds terrifying- live acting like that is my worst nightmare! Years ago we went to Universal studios in LA and they had a haunted house- I thought it would be like the disney ride (which I quite like) but this was people dressed up and jumping out at you- I was crying by the end as I was so scared – I hate being made to jump!
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    1. It’s really not for everyone at all. On the first of the attractions we went in the girl stood in front of us came rushing back out before even getting past the waiting porch.

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