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Recently we were lucky enough to be invited to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool for a special screening of the new Paddington film.

Now, as a 70s child who grew up with the original cuddly Paddington – a teddy bear in a duffle coat, wellies and a hat, armed with a suitcase – what’s not to love? I have to admit that the new bear looked a little too scruffy and ‘real’ to appeal to me, initially. But if you feel the same, fear not! The new Paddington is absolutely delightful; he’s full of character, heart and warmth, he’s funny and of course, remains accident prone. Children will love the hilarious visual comedy as Paddington struggles to settle into family life with the Browns in London whilst adults will be chuckling away at the jokes – and occasionally feeling slightly emotional. The cast is wall to wall, jam (or should that be marmalade) packed with famous faces and the story is rather beautiful, as Paddington, in his own bumbling way, manages to bring a family together during a nail biting chase and rescue. You’ll walk away feeling that the world is a good place and I highly recommend it.

When the film finished, we were treated to a delicious picnic lunch – including marmalade sandwiches for the children – and then a tour of Madame Tussauds. To coincide with the film is the new exhibit; Hugh Bonnerville as Mr Brown. It is so incredibly lifelike that I refused to pose for a photograph. I was terrified that  he would move when my guard was down… However, Mr six and Munchkin were more than happy to take my place.

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Some of the older models are clearly less sophisticated than the realistic newer ones, but we had a wonderful time wandering around, ‘celeb’ spotting and taking photographs.

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Possibly my favourite picture EVER was Munchkin on  Abbey Road – as his expression will tell you that he clearly thinks he’s the only person to ever have thought of posing like this…

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Once we had exhausted the tour, we crossed the road to play on the beach and walked along the pier, it truly was a wonderful family day out!

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