“Being soaked alone is cold.
Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”
Emily Wing Smith
Emily Wing Smith
This is it. Adventure time with Mowgli.
We catch the train to Winchester.
There is a lot of snuggling and loving of a polite dog loving man we’ve not met before. (Don’t worry Mr Elf, Mowgli did the snuggling and loving not me). This seems to be the biggest issue we encounter with a pup on transport…his affection for complete strangers is inexhaustible.
Transport in London is pretty pet friendly. No dogs on the seats and they must be “under control”. So tubes, buses and trains are all open as long as you have these two rules sorted.
The train to Winchester is about 50-60 minutes long and do able in puppy bladder terms. although we do ensure he is empty before we get on and he gets a change to go as soon as we get off.
Pubs and cafes are also for the most part dog friendly in the UK although, do respect the signs that say otherwise when you see them.
We spend the weekend tearing around the garden and avoiding the cat. Said cat…not too keen on this usurper of affection and steal-er of unattended food.
The train ride back is easy…Mowgli is happy to all asleep on a lap and wake up back in London.
A confession…I love Harry Potter. I’m a Potter Nerd.
In a wonderful and brilliant surprise birthday treat my lovely sister took me to the Warner Brother’s Happy Potter Studios.
I nearly vomited with excitement when I found out. Once I calmed down this is what we experienced.
Firstly, you need to book ahead. There are specific time slots and if you don’t book you will not get in. Also if you miss your time…you don’t get in! So we headed over to Watford in good time and caught the transfer bus from just outside the station. It is easy to find and only costs £2.50 return.
Once we arrive and collect our tickets, we are early so head in to the gift shop. Everything that you can imagine from the Potter world can be found in here. There are time-turners, Hogwarts uniforms (in all the house colours), chocolate frogs and wands!
Our time comes and we line up for the tour, I won’t give away any spoilers but the start of the tour is great! We the wander in the Great Hall (epp!!) and then out into the heart of the studios. There are costumes, sets, props, make up and interactive segments. At the moment the Forbidden Forrest is the new attraction and the explanations of how the creepy woods were created is really great.
Next we head into the food hall area and get our butter beer…I’m not sure about it to be honest…but butter beer ice cream! Yes, just yes!
Then we see some of the outdoor sets before heading back inside to the Hogwarts’ Express. It is worth the line to head in to the train and have a look, each of the carriages are dresses for the films that they appear in. On to the special effects area, so cool, real artistic genius.
And the end….well that is a surprise. Go see it.
Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan you should go, the information that is available about the ways in which the world is created is really interesting.
My little nerd heart is perfectly buzzing at the end of the experience and I can’t wait to go back.
This is one of my newest favourite quotes about traveling and I feel a beautiful truth within it. Feel free to leave your favourite quotes below as well.