Mini break in Stratford Upon Avon

I think I should probably  rename this blog, “That time we pretended we had gone back in time to the Tudor times…”

Is it just me that finds the months of January and February really depressing?!

Seriously, I feel as though they are the two months of the year that are the darkest and gloomiest. Who really wants to get out of bed in the cold and dark? Not this girl!

Anyways, since me and the boyf (yeah I just used that abbreviation) both had a week off, we decided we’d throw caution to the wind and book a little UK break somewhere. We decided on Stratford Upon Avon as we it wasn’t too much of a hassle to get to via train and also, because I am a massive Shakespeare lover so it was about time I went  and paid a visit the land the famous writer was from!

With us still doing the house up we were quite strapped for cash so it had to be a real ‘budget break’ in certain ways, so we just booked the good ole Travelodge for our accommodation although next time we pay a visit we will definitely be booking into one of the more gorgeous old fashioned hotels that are scattered all over the centre of the town. In terms, of a good quality cheap and cheerful hotel, Travelodge has everything you could want (and at £60 a night we were laughing), it was only a ten minute walk from the city centre attractions and really close to the shops so it was a win win for us.

On the first day we got there, we had a bit of time to kill before we could check in so we went for a nice long walk along the river and ended up visiting the church were Shakespeare is buried. I discovered two things on this walk, 1, I really didn’t need to bring my walking shoes as Stratford is not as ‘country’ as I thought and 2, Shakespeare was a proper short guy!

In the night we just headed to a cute thatch roofed pub for some good old fashioned pub grub! I tried an open pie, which is a bit like a quiche only fancier and loved it! Gotta try new things you know!

The next day, we decided to be really good tourists and went to check out all the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust sites. Of course we had to have brunch first! We went to one of my fave brunchy  restaurants  that we discovered two years ago when we were in Salisbury for Valentines Weekend. It’s called Boston Tea Party, and my ultimate breakfast choice is the Sweetcorn Hash. It’s beaut!

We got the Full Story tickets which were brilliant value for money at £20.25 per adult as it meant we could go see all five of the sites and have still access to go again for the next 12 months. That means another trip to Stratford could be on the cards! 😉

I loved seeing all the historical buildings, they were so dreamy. I really felt like I was back in time, just hanging with Shakespeare and Co! The Birthplace Trust really do look after the sites and are very welcoming to all visitors. I think they do a brilliant job in maintaining the history and home of such a well loved national treasure. It’s so important for future generations aaannd I’ve just realised how preachy I sound so I’m gonna stop the Shakespeare preaching right now!

We did as many of the sites as we could do before they shut. Choosing to end the day at Halls Croft, the home of Shakespeare’s daughter and her doctor husband with a scone and slice of Victoria Sponge. It was bloody lovely! I absolutely loved Hall’s Croft as it was the sort of old country building that had beautiful plants growing on the side of it. It kinda reminded me of Belle’s house in Beauty and The Beast. Damn, I love a place that makes me sing Disney songs.

We decided to leave Anne Hathaway’s Cottage until the last day, thinking it’d be rather nice to do the home of Shakespeare’s true love and where his own love story blossomed on Valentine’s Day, not that we’re an overly romantic couple of anything like that! The cottage had hundreds of years of history and still had a descendant of Shakespeare’s living in it right up until the 1900’s! Afterward, we headed over to the cafe and tried a bowl of Pottage with a Tudor Roll. Pottage is basically boiled veg in a broth and apparently they would have eaten a lot of it back in the day!

To finish our little break we made a stop to the Royal Shakespeare Company and watched their production of Twelfth Night, Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon both starred in it and were absolutely fantastic. It was a mixture of funny and sad in places and I personally think it’s a play that shows off all of Shakespeare’s true writing genius.

After that, we headed back on the train home. Both tired and rejuvenated from a lovely few days! As a writer myself, I left feeling truly inspired and motivated for the next stage of my writing career. Now, I just need to finish that bloody script I’m working on!

Disclaimer: This blog was not sponsored or paid for by any third parties. All opinions are my own. 


Huge News! I’m off interrailing!!!

Hello Everyone!!! First of all, let me say I am so so sorry for making you guys wait for another post for so bloody long! I haven’t been the greatest blogger of late and for that I truly apologise! I think I might have already touched upon my reasons for not blogging in my last post but if it turns out I haven’t and I’m lying like a right porker then I’ll explain again now before I go into the exciting (and titular) news! 

First of all, as you guys know I’ve been studying for a Masters degree in TV and Radio Scriptwriting and my life kinda got taken over by finishing my last assignment of the year. I wasn’t feeling particularly amazing about my writing after getting negative comments off my supervisor for the assignment throughout the entire second semester. That plus the fact I started working as a teacher full time made me so stressed that I probably had a zillion breakdowns a week. I swear I would come home from work and just burst into tears at the prospect of another evening doing work I’d probably fail anyway. Nevertheless, I churned it out night after night (meaning any other form of writing, such as this blog was abandoned) and managed to pass with an amazing grade and some pretty fantastic comments off the very same supervisor who made me feel like shit (I swear one of his comments were “wow, I’m very impressed” and I nearly exploded with happiness!) and then on top of that I had my stand up comedy gigs. Now since my last stand up comedy course in April and the brilliant 7 min set I did, I have done another 2 gigs. One, which went amazingly well and the other, which just makes me want to crawl in a ball. 

The one that I’d rather not talk about was for a national Stand Up Comedy Competition and I had to travel all the way to Leicester for it. Needless to say, my lack of experience in the stand up circuit didn’t do me any favours on that night and I was just a bit like a little fish with loads of sharks. All experience though! 

After that gig, my confidence was a bit gone which is why it took me about two months to even attempt another. I did the Sunday 5 minute slot at Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool and the audiences responded really well to my material. Since the competition I had written an entirely new set and had worked on honing my stage presence. All in all, it was a gig that really helped reenergise my love for stand up and got me back on track for performing so it just shows you that you can’t let a bad thing knock you down you just have to keep trying and carrying on! An attitude I will carry on with from now on! 

Anyways! So that’s basically why I’ve been incognito for the past couple of months! I know it’s a long ramble but I just thought I’d explain to you guys in case you were wondering. And now for the exciting news….I’M OFF TRAVELLING!!! Yay!!! 

I’m so excited for this summer adventure me and my boyfriend have planned (completely last minute might I add). 

After years and years of saying we’d go interrailing together we’re finally fucking doing it! We just thought after the hectic and hard year we’ve had (house decorating, career stuff, family issues, moving) that we deserved a treat and what better way to treat ourselves than with an amazing three weeks in Europe. We’re gonna be staying with Jakes (the boyfriends) family in a villa in Faro, Portugal for the first few days then the plan is to head to Lisbon then travel through Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic and end in Germany! We would’ve loved to have done longer but we have two weddings we need to be back for! 

Also just so you guys know, I plan on blogging it all! 😉 

Love to you all, 

Chelsea xxx

Guys I’m Back! 

Hey guys! 

So I’m back! Sorry it’s been so darn long (haven’t posted anything since April….oopsies!) the last three months have sort of been insane for me. I went full time in my teaching job which took up yonks of my time and then I had my uni assignments to hand in which was so stressful! 

My stand up and writing also took up all my free time as did the various trips away I’ve been on.

Anyways I promise to catch you all up with everything that’s been going on with me with my next couple of blog posts! 

Hope you’ve all had a lovely couple of months! 


The Friday Blog! 


First I must apologise for the lack of blog posts recently, this week has just been insane! So much has happened in such a short space of time that I genuinely still can’t get my head around. Actually, I don’t even know where to begin! 

First Ever Stand-Up!!

Oh my god! I still can’t believe that I actually did it. I’ve wanted to give Stand-Up a go for years and last weekend I finally had a go. I booked onto an intensive stand up course in Salford, it was run by a chain of comedy clubs called ‘The Laughing Horse’ and it cost around £100. 

The course lasted for two days and on the last day we had a graduation show were we each did a five minute slot. I was so nervous but as soon as we started doing the exercises my nerves disappeared. We were set homework that night which involved us writing a five minute script for the next day. On the second day, we had to go over our script with an established stand up and edit it with them. 

I will say here, I didn’t agree with everything the stand-up said, in fact if anything he left me feeling ridiculously nervous after he told me to cut loads of my script out. At around 5, we were given two hours to go off and have some food before our showcase. I met up with my boyfriend and we had a drink to calm my nerves whilst I went over my script. 

I went first in the showcase as I had a train home to catch and I was so bloom in’ nervous! I got on the stage and just winged it to be honest. I ignored some things the stand up told me not to do and took on board others. I got loads of laughs and think I actually entertained the audience. One thing the course did encourage me to do was carry on with stand up afterwards which is what I’m mostly pleased about! In fact, my next gig is tonight! Waheeeey! 

Food and Fitness

Asides from performing and writing scripts this week has seen me finally getting back into healthy eating and fitness. I’ve actually been the gym three time this week and had really good workouts. I think the purchase of new workout gear helped to be honest…

This week also saw me trying coconut milk for the first time. I must say its not an experience I wish to repeat anytime soon. I put some in my porridge rather than semi skimmed cows milk and in my cup of tea. I think in terms of dairy alternatives this drink just doesn’t do anything for me, I’ll stick to almond milk next time! 

I’ve also recently been enjoying healthy and warming meals to get me through the cold days. My favourite meal at the moment is Red Kidney Bean Stew it’s so tasty and ridiculously easy to make! 

That’s its for this weeks Friday Blog, I’m sorry it’s quite short and sweet but I’m afraid I’ve got to dash! Gig number 2 to do! I’ll be back soon hopefully with more content for you guys, until then!  

20 Things About Me! 

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for nearly a year! My blog has changed so much already in such a short space of time and I’m so grateful for the love and support that this blogging platform has given me! Anyway, I thought I’d do something a little different today so I decided to do a ‘get to know me better’ kinda post. 

As you guys know I absolutely love beauty, food and travel as that’s mostly what write about but recently you’ll have noticed I’m doing a lot more lifestyle and career sort of posts. So anyway, not to confuse you anymore. Here’s 20 facts about myself! 

  1. I was born on 24th May 1994, on the day of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show (but that’s not why my mum called me Chelsea!) 
  2. I have a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University (yep, that’s the name of a small town in Wales. It’s not made up or from Harry Potter) 
  3. My favourite TV programmes growing up were; Friends, Will and Grace, Charmed, Everybody Loves Raymond, Gimme Gimme, Only Fools and Horses, Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar of Dibley. These programmes inspired my love of sitcom. 
  4. My best friend growing up was called James who I met in the first week of Secondary School and now works as an air steward. 
  5. I’ve wanted to be a comedian since I watched my first ever stand up DVD with my Dad at the tender age of 9. The comedian was called Peter Kay and since then he’s always been my idol. Some people idolise Beyoncé, some people Rihana for me it’s a forty odd year old man from Bolton who likes to impersonate his mum (whose not even Irish) 
  6. I’ve been with my boyfriend, Jake for three years now and we met in university. 
  7. I love absolutely nothing more than watching Disney movies, especially on a rainy day with a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits. 
  8. My parents separated when I was 7 but remained good friends throughout my growing up. 
  9. I’m very close to my mums mum (my Nan) who is called Alice,I used to call her Nannie Allie and it kind of stuck as a family nickname for her. 
  10. Growing up, I had a pet dog called Ben. My mum named him after the Michael Jackson song. 
  11. I want to travel everywhere! I particularly would like to go to Asia, Austrailia, America, Africa and South America, so basically everywhere! 
  12. I think I get the travel bug from my mum, who worked away for over ten years and travelled practically everywhere. 
  13. I love all animals, hopefully one day I’ll get to volunteer at a animal sanctuary in Asia or Africa when I go travelling. 
  14. As much as I love the gym and keeping fit I always wish I was a lot sportier. Apart from kickboxing on and off in my teen years I didn’t really do sports growing up. I regret this now I’m older. 
  15. If I had to choose one make up product that I couldn’t live without, it would have to be concealer. 
  16. My favourite foods are pizza, Mexican food, Thai food, Chinese food, curry I just love food okay?! 
  17. Reading will always be one of my favourite things to do as a past time. I look books, in fact me and Jake are designing our living room to have three huge bookcases. Now that’s a guy after my heart! 
  18. I’m a major chocoholic, I love chocolate. Although now I’m a bit older I can resist it a bit more! 
  19. One of my favourite childhood holidays was Jamaica with my Mum and Nan. It was just the three of us and we made some beautiful memories that I’ll always cherish 
  20. And finally, my biggest ambition is to have one of my sitcoms produced and to have my own stand up your. I know it’s a random ambition as some girls dream of owning their own salon or something but this is something I dream about and two things I have loved for a very long time. 

And there you go! 20 facts about me, I hope this has given you guys more of an idea of who I am as a person and what my blog is about. Until next time! 

Going After My Dreams: Opportunities are Everywhere

When I was a kid, I remember thinking ambition was a dirty word and that ambitious people were ruthless and mean. I now know that’s not true. 

Up until a few months ago I was never an ambitious person. When my mum died that changed. I suddenly realised that in order to achieve everything I wanted to I needed to go out and grab my dreams by the horns. Opportunities are everywhere (isn’t it lovely how that feeds back to the title?!) I realised and alls that was standing in my way was myself. 

After a quick Google search I found a few courses and events in Manchester which is only a forty minute train journey away and with that I got myself out there. At my first scriptwriting course I attended the tutor recommend the masters degree in Scriptwriting at Salford University, I was hesitant to apply as it was so close to the start of the course and I thought I wouldn’t be able to afford it. However, after properly researching I discovered it was a lot more affordable than I first thought and after submitting some of my script work the course director fast tracked and gave me an interview a day later! 

He offered me a place on the course there and then. The masters is part time so I can still work and do other projects and I’m so happy as its a gateway to lots of networking and other opportunities. 

I’ve also got more courses and exciting things coming up in the next few months which I’m excited about. These include; a stand up comedy course, my first stand up at the Women in Comedy Festival, a comedy writing course in London and another script treatment day with Scriptwriting North. Like I said, alls I did was a simple Google search and I found all these opportunities! 

I’m so excited for what I’ve got coming up in the next few months and of course I will keep you all up to date in this blog! I know it’s not exactly anything massive like me going on tour with an amazing comedian or getting one of my scripts developed by Channel 4 but I know these courses and opportunities can help me and push me and hopefully move me onto bigger and better platforms. 

Anyway, that’s all u wanted to say! I hope this post has given you guys an insight into how I found the opportunities I’ve currently got happening in my life and hopefully inspired you to go out and found some yourself! Until next time! 

Things you don’t get told when you start driving lessons…

Since I can remember everyone always told me that driving gives you freedom and since I turned 16 my nan has always asked me when am I starting driving lessons. 

I would always just fob her off with excuses telling her I was too busy to learn to drive or that I would learn eventually. Thinking that I wouldn’t need a car as I could get anywhere on public transport. Well, now I finally understand why people say driving gives you freedom…because it really does.

At the moment my life is crazy between decorating, getting out and about, work stuff and other exciting opportunities and events coming up I’ve never realised just how important having a car can actually be. The freedom of being able to jump in a car and go and do anything I need to would be so handy right now! 

I haven’t had a driving lesson for 18 months, I was put off after having a driving instructor who I just didn’t feel comfortable with and so I never carried on lessons once I moved to Cardiff. However, I decided recently enough was enough it was about time I resumed with my lessons for and for all. 

And so today I had my first lesson in over 18 was interesting…I was incredibly nervous (in fact I was that nervous I was shaking) but the instructor was lovely and reassuring so I know I can stick with it with this time. Anyway, here’s what I’ve learnt;-

  1. You don’t know how you’ll feel about driving a car until you get behind the wheel. I was confident about driving literally right until the pint I had to drive. It can be quite scary! 
  2. Finding different gears without looking is fucking hard. I mean seriously who choose to make them so hard to change! 
  3. Instructors aren’t all scary, they just want to help you the only way they can. Driving instructors are literally just there to teach you how to pass a test to a passing standard but the rest is up to you. That’s why you need to take on board everything they say, they aren’t teachers at school they’re instructors. 
  4. Driving lessons are expensive, seriously like £220 for TEN lessons, TEN! And the average person takes 45 hours. You do the math.
  5. You won’t pass your test in a month, it can take some people years to learn but when it clicks it just clicks (apparently) I always thought I’d pass in like three months yeah…turns out not….