No. 14 Thorpe Park

Fashion, travel

I  bloody love rollercoasters. My parents hate them so I never went to theme parks as a child making them an extra exciting event even at age 20. A group of 10 of us set off from Southampton early Tuesday morning to spend the whole day at Thorpe Park.

My last visit was in 2012, the year Swarm opened, we were expecting Derren Brown’s Ghost Train to be open so were disappointed (and I was slightly relieved since I can hardly watch trailers for horror movies) it wasn’t ready yet. A lot of my friends hadn’t been for even longer than I had and for one this was her first visit. We were keen to get as much of the park done as we could.

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Walking past Colossus’ corkscrew’s

Four of us made the mistake of queuing for the front two seats of Colossus leaving us waiting twice as long as the others who took the standard queue. However it was completely worth the long wait especially as out first ride of the day. The ride is one of my favourites  as it feels longer than Swarm and has more loops than Nemesis Inferno.

I had never been on the theme park style rides like Rush or Vortex and I can’t believe I missed them out before as the queues are always tiny and they are just as good as the huge rollercoaster. Slammer was the worst ride for me only because the bar that sits above your lap was hovering a good few inches above my lap rather than holding my tight so I gripped on to the shoulder handles like my life depended on it the whole ride. If we had had more time I definitely would have tried again and made sure I sat in a different seat!

SAW was so much better than I remembered as all you can see across the park is the vertical part leading to the drop. By the end of the day the queues were so small we were able to get straight back onto SAW, finally getting a seat at the front of the cart which was much scarier than the back four seats as you could see what is coming better- I had never noticed the body on the floor of the warehouse the first two times.

We left, tired at 5pm when the park closed to go back to one of the boys Dad’s house to stay the night saving us the journey back the same day.

I’d definitely recommend going during term time, although there were a lot of school trips there we were able to go on every single ride rather than wasting time in long queues.

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Panorama of the view from the Nemesis Inferno queue

No. 9 Manchester

Fashion, outfit, Style, travel

This Valentines weekend I travelled the furthest north I have ever been to Manchester. My boyfriend and had rented a hotel for the weekend and I was so excited to explore a new city.

Upon arrival I met up with two school friends who now study in Manchester for a drink at a trendy bar/pizza place/ arty hangout. It was great to catch up and of course check out the new geo filters I could use on snapchat.

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Tom and Laura dropped me of at my hotel in Salford Quays where I waited for Haydon to arrive from Scotland.

Friday night was spent eating pasta and brownies in Frankie and Benny’s followed by a late night screening of Deadpool. I wouldn’t usually choose to watch a superhero movie at the cinema but as Deadpool said himself, he’s not a superhero. The film was hilarious and kept my attention from start to finish.

On Saturday we spent the day in town wondering round the huge Arndale shopping centre before making our way to China town (much smaller than I thought it would be!) and Canal street. Both were tourist spots I couldn’t visit Manchester with out going to see.

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Hat: Topshop, Bomber jacket: Zara, T-shirt: FLUXDEUX, Jeans: River Island,           Shoes: Converse, Bag: Topshop, Gloves: UrbanOutfitters

Being the middle of the day there weren’t many other people about along Canal street (other than a furry convention at one of the bars) so we walked up, then down, and up again as my terrible sense of direction took us the wrong way back to the Arndale.

It was Franky and Benny’s for dinner again as it was right outside our hotel to line our stomachs for our night out at RAM: Records Mantra festival at the Manchester SU. We cheekily managed to slip in the front of the 3 hour queue and so were able to make the most of the night in the venue. The music ended at 5am after the the main act, and Haydon’s favourite drum and bass DJ, Prototype played so we stumbled into a taxi straight back to the hotel. The night was amazing with such good music and cheap drinks!

Unfortunately Valentines day was spent hungover waiting for our trains at Manchester Piccadilly before travelling our separate ways.

Manchester bettered my expectations, there was so much more to see around the city than I thought, so many beautiful old buildings that I dont get to see around Southampton. It won’t be long until I visit again.