Meeting Dennis the Menace at Brewers Fayre Play Event

Brewers Fayre have teamed up with the Beano to create Beano themed play areas in their Pub restaurants.  At the end of July we were invited along to The Sandpiper, Brewers Fayre in Llanelli to celebrate their grand opening of the new play area.  

The older two boys discovered the Beano a couple of years ago and throughly enjoy both the comic and also watching Dennis the Menace on TV.  So they were really excited when I told them they would have the chance to do a meet and greet with Dennis and Gnasher at the  grand opening.  Brewers Fayre also very kindly invited us to bring some other family members along with us and enjoy a two course meal at the end of the event.  So we were joined by my parents, my aunt and one of my cousins and my brothers partner for the afternoon. 

Dad of 3, the children and I arrived just before the event started so we could meet everyone else.  However the children were so excited after ten minutes we decided to head in to let them know we were here.  Just inside the entrance was a table with members of the PR team who were checking people in, I gave them our names and the children were given wrist bands to wear.  I explained we were waiting for a few others from our party.  While we waited we were shown through into the Play area which was closed to the public for a couple of hours while the opening took place.  We were also shown were there were Dennis the Menace themed arts and crafts and face painting taking place.  Suddenly Dennis the Meance and Gnasher appeared and the boys didn’t need to be asked twice, they couldn’t wait to have their photo taken with them.

denis and boysWith the meet and greet done the children were keen to try out the new play area which was a soft play frame.  It looked fantastic, decorated in Beano themed images and lots of room for the children to enjoy.  Even the carpet was Beano themed, it all looked so bright, colourful and inviting which is very appealing to children.   The soft play frame has slides, ball pool, scramble nets, monkey hoops and more. 

denis collageThe boys couldn’t wait to try it out and quickly took their shoes off and were off exploring.  Erin was initially shy, I think due to the fact there were lots of other people there that she didn’t know but with a little percussion from her dad she was soon having lots of fun.  The area that was being used for the arts and crafts can be used for birthday parties and there around the area there were quite a few tables so that you could sit and enjoy a meal with your children before they played.   The whole area is separate to the rest of the restaurant and even has its own bar with soft drinks, this makes the area really family friendly.  Of course you can also choose to sit else where in the restaurant if you wish and still enjoy the play area.

We didn’t have long to wait until everyone else in our party arrived and we enjoyed a drink while the children played.  The manager of The Sandpiper came to let us know we would be eating at 4.30pm unless we wanted it earlier, if this was the case we just had to let him know.  The boys weren’t interested in the face painting or arts and crafts available as they were having too much fun playing.  They certainly worked up an appetite and soon it was clear they would want food before our time slot.  So I went off to find the manager to arrange this. 

Just before we went to find our table Rowan and Luc joined some of the other children who were at the opening to have photographs taken outside with Dennis the Menace and Gnasher. 

The Sandpiper was really busy that afternoon as they were still open to the public for meals as usual in addition to the grand opening of the play area.  This meant that there was a delay with our meal and we ended up eating at the original time anyway.  It wasn’t too much of a problem as the children were all busy reading and doing the activities in the Beano comics that were on the table for them.  We enjoyed a variety of dishes from the menu, from the children’s meals which are all have Beano themed names much to the boys delight to fish and chips, burgers and smothered chicken.  By the time we had finished off desert we were all full and agreed we had a lovely afternoon.  

As we got ready to leave we thanked the staff and the PR team and watched as Dennis and Gnasher posed for photos with the local Fire Brigade, something the boys thought was very amusing for some reason! 

Thank you Brewers Fayre for a lovely afternoon enjoying the play area.  I am sure it is going to be as big hit with other families as it was with us.  All the children throughly enjoyed themselves. 

Disclosure:  We were kindly invited along for the grand opening of the play area and treated to a meal by Brewers Fayre for the purpose of this post however the content is 100% my own. 

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