127 / 365 – Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!


Thanks to Nanny and Jack, we had a lovely day out in Nottingham yesterday.
We went for lunch in a little fish and chip restaurant that served enormous portions before going to watch Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at the Theatre Royal.

Photo by Kellyann

It was the first time we’d been on a train and the girls were very excited, although KayCee was a bit annoyed with herself because she’d forgotten to bring her bottle of juice that she’d been going on and on about in the week leading up to the train ride!

Ella, being her usual self, found it very hard to sit in one place and alternated between sitting next to me and KayCee. She’d picked a seat on her own because she said she was old enough now not to have to sit with an adult!

Photo by KayCee using Kellyann’s phone!


Photo by Kellyann


Photo by Kellyann

At Nottingham, we went on a tram for the first time which the girls also enjoyed but both were annoyed that we wouldn’t let them stand up like some other people were. We had to explain that they weren’t as steady on their feet as adults were and they would most likely fall and end up hurting themselves!

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos of the performance which was a shame; it would have been nice to have been able to photograph some of those lovely costumes.

I have to say that the seats were very uncomfortable for me, being larger than the average person and Kellyann and I ended up having to be moved to seats with more leg room. We left Granddad and the girls in their seats in the upper circle while we were taken down one level.

I was really sad that I wasn’t able to see my girls enjoying the ballet and as there were 3 spare seats next to me, I told Kellyann that we’d just fetch Granddad and the girls in the interval and sit them next to us.
However, when we tried to go back to our seats, not only had someone sat in one of the 3 empty seats that were next to my seat, someone had actually sat in my seat!
Me, Granddad and the girls ended up sitting on a very small bench with even smaller space for leg room while Kellyann went and sat back on our row.
It was a bit uncomfortable but worth it to see the girl’s faces while they watched the ballet.

I asked Ella if she liked it and she said yes but she wished she was on stage!

We all enjoyed the ballet but with none of us being very knowledgeable about ballet/theatre/the arts we didn’t realise that this version of the nutcracker was different to the regular one and I must say, even though for the most part I enjoyed it, I was quite disappointed that we weren’t seeing the regular version.
At times it was hard to know what was actually going on and both Granddad agreed that towards the end, we were both hoping it would hurry up and finish.

This is nothing against the dancers or indeed, Matthew Bourne’s take on the story, which I’m sure we would have enjoyed a lot more if we hadn’t been going in expecting something totally different!
The costumes were beautiful, the dancers were wonderful and there were some very funny moments in it.

The train ride back was a bit of a nightmare as they changed the platform a few minutes before the train was due in so we had to go back up the stairs, over the bridge and down the other side to catch the train. My foot and back were giving me pain after all the walking and stair climbing we’d had to do and this last dash really hurt my foot.
I then ended up having to stand for 40 minutes on the train ride back because the train was full.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see Ant and more importantly, the car!! when we got off the train at Lincoln station!

I’m suffering with my back and legs today; I’m having trouble walking because my legs were so cramped yesterday and my back is bad because I had to stand for so long on the train but despite all this, we really enjoyed the day and we are all very grateful to Nanny and Jack for giving us a wonderful family day out and I’d like to thank them both 😀


  1. Notmyyearoff 7th May 2012 at 7:00 am

    Besides the people nicking your seats it sounds like a really nice day out. I don't have much knowledge of ballet either but really want to go one day!

  2. Ant 6th May 2012 at 2:27 pm

    "I don't think I've ever been so happy to see Ant…"
    That speaks volumes about our wedding day…

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