Plymouth Blog Meet at the Orangery, Mount Edgcumbe – 07/05/16


On Saturday 7th May, I attended the biggest and best South West blog event at The Orangery at Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. The whole thing was impeccably organised by Ellie (of Little Ellie Mae, check out her blog here – she often writes about theatre too!), and I had such a brilliant time. This was the second blog event that I’ve attended, after the picnic last September, so it was really nice to catch up with bloggers I’d met there, along with meeting lots of new people as well.

I arrived in Cornwall on the Cremyll ferry – possibly the coolest way to arrive in the county – and silently wondered whether a few other people on said ferry were bloggers. I eventually plucked up the courage to ask three other girls when we all stopped outside the Orangery and looked a little bemused, causing us to realise that we were indeed all in the right place, and thus we entered the beautiful venue together.


The theme of the event was Alice in Wonderland, and Ellie had really gone to town with the décor, with such impressive attention to detail! Every table was adorned with teapots filled with fresh flowers, Alice napkins, and sequins and flowers, while larger decorations hung from the chairs and tables, making it feel like a totally immersive wonderland. Once we’d all taken the obligatory photos of the amazing tables, I got chatting to some bloggers I’d never met before, and as always, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to talk to these new people, because we all had something in common.

There was even some live entertainment: two extremely talented girls sang and played the guitar in the background while us bloggers munched on the delicious canapes and talked some more. There were also some advocates for No7 and Benefit, and their tables were consistently busy throughout the afternoon, with bloggers getting skin consultations and free samples, which was a great addition to the event. There were a few giveaways full of exciting products from a variety of brands, and a photographer who took some great candid shots of us all.

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Credit: Owen Bush Photography

As I said, it always comes as a surprise to me at these events that I can just sit down with complete strangers and start talking. Although all of us bloggers are completely different and all write about a variety of things in our own unique styles, we all have our blogs in common. Blogging can, understandably, be a bit of a lonely hobby, seeing as all the time and work we dedicate to it is spent in our own company, on our laptops, in our rooms! So, to meet so many other people who share this solitary hobby is wonderfully refreshing and exciting, and I’m so glad that I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many more people in the South West blogging community.

My second blog meet was such an enjoyable experience, and it was so great to see such a vast quantity of bloggers all together in one room. I’m so grateful to Ellie for organising these events for us, as without all of her hard work and effort I would never have had the chance to meet all of these brilliant, inspiring, creative people. Bring on the next one!



Plymouth Blog Meet Picnic – 05/09/15

Credit: Ellie Woolman
Photo credit: Ellie Woolman

This is my first non theatre related post, but I had such a great time at my first bloggers’ event that I simply had to write about it! Since starting this blog back in April, I’ve become aware that there are many other bloggers within my local area, so I was super keen to attend this bloggers’ picnic which was organised by the lovely Ellie.

I arrived at the picnic at 12, to see a gazebo decorated with bunting as well as some rugs to sit on, and picnic tables with patterned tablecloths and a lot of food laid out. A Great British Bake Off style competition was being held (although I didn’t take part – baking is not my strong point!). There were so many great creations on the table, and they all looked delicious, although I certainly didn’t manage to eat a piece of all of them! The competition was deservedly won by this gorgeous cake which was made by Kim:

Blog cake

I was a little nervous before arriving at the picnic because I’d never really met anyone who was going beforehand, so it was a bit daunting. I needn’t have worried though, because everyone was so lovely and we all had a lot in common to chat about! In this way it was similar to the bloggers’ day at the Theatre Royal Plymouth which I attended last month. I found several other musicals enthusiasts, and we talked about all things musical theatre to our hearts’ content, which was great – I always love finding people who share my passions because in case you couldn’t tell, I can talk (and write) about musicals for hours!

It was such a chilled afternoon – a few bloggers had brought their children along, who played with each other, ran around on the grass and enjoyed the food! The weather was great considering that this is England, and despite a couple of brief showers during which we huddled underneath the gazebo, it generally remained dry and even sunny at times!

Blog gazebo

I brought my ukulele with me and found the chance to play a few songs, and attempted to persuade a few of the other bloggers to take up the instrument too – we’ll see if those efforts were successful! A lot of the people there were beauty and lifestyle bloggers, and while I obviously am not, it was really interesting to hear them talk about beauty products and make up, as although I don’t blog about those kind of things, I still have an interest in them.

I had an amazing time at the Plymouth bloggers’ picnic, and it’s definitely made me want to attend more local bloggers’ events, especially as it was lovely to meet up with other people who I have blogging in common with. I’d like to thank Ellie for organising the event so efficiently, and hopefully I’ll be able to write about more bloggers’ events in the future!