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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
1. Start Preparing …

Pizza and Prosecco Festival 2018

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen my stories all about my day at the Pizza and Prosecco Festival, that was on in Newcastle the other week. I'd been really looking forward to it, I'm a huge fan of pizza and prosecco so this seemed perfect. I'd also put a bit of a hold on my social life, so it was good to get back into it and spend some time with my friends.

I managed to spy some half price VIP tickets, meaning not only did we get entry, we got a free tote bag, T shirt, a slice of pizza and two free drinks! I'd seen comments about this event being pricey, and they weren't wrong, so I would definitely recommend waiting to find a cheap deal on the entry tickets! The layout and organisation of the event felt a little odd, I'm not going to lie. All the pizza stalls were outside, and the bars inside, for some reason I just expected them all to be together. Not the end of the world, but you weren't allowed to take your drinks out, so we were taking it in turns to go and get pizza. We went for the brunch session, which was 12pm to 5pm. I think they could have done with some extra seats for the brunch session really, by the time we got in all the seats were taken. This meant I spent all day standing, so I'm pleased I wore my Nikes and my proper shoe insoles!

We quickly headed out to the pizza stalls to get our free slice of pizza, and decided to get some Halloumi topped fries with it too. All of the pizzas on offer were proper rustic, stonebaked pizzas freshly made right then and there. The fries were topped with grated halloumi and smoked paprika mayo, they were delightful! These were by Med Head and they were amazing! The perfect side to have with the pizza!

Our free drinks were Aperol Spritz. I'm still not sold on this drink, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't something I would really order if I was out for a drink, but it was a change and it was free, so not too many complaints from me!

The main bars only take tokens, so you exchange your money for either a £25, £30 or £35 voucher. the majority of the glasses of prosecco cost £5, or you could buy a bottle, the prices went from £25 up to £35. I think you can see why people have commented on the event being pricey, but it was good prosecco, not the cheap stuff, and it worked out alright if you bought bottles instead of glasses. They also had tubs of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries that you could add to your glasses which was nice.

Be thankful that you don't follow me on Snapchat, because that was full of embarrassing videos of us all drunkenly dancing to cheesy pop songs! The music was so good, they had two live acts and then a DJ who played some brilliant throwback songs. The timing worked well too, by the time the cheesy stuff came on, everyone was full of fizz so the dancefloor was full! I may or may not have tried a bit of Irish dancing to C'est La Vie, which I regretted the next day!

There was an extra stall that had some special fizz, you could get peach, strawberry or raspberry, or the candyfloss one that I had! It was £6 for the candy floss fizz, and it was a nice little extra.

After our free slice of pizza and plenty of prosecco, we decided to try some more pizza! We got the 'Silence of the Hams' pizza, which had Tomato Sauce, Mozzerella, Pecolino, Roast Italian Ham, Sicilian Oregano and Garlic Oil. The second pizza was the 'Truffle Shuffle', which had Black Truffle Cream Sauce, Mozzerella, Mushrooms, Basil, Parmesan and Garlic Oil. They were both amazing! They both cost £6, so a little pricey but then again, it was really good pizza! Really authentic and nice and fresh, so I still think it was worth the price. 

Honestly, I had such a fab time! At the start, I think we all didn't really know what was going on or what to expect, but by the end we were dancing to Britney Spears and Peter Andre like there was no tomorrow. I was so achey after, which is no surprise, but at the time, I felt absolutely no pain! It was great to be out with my friends again, and having pizza and prosecco was the perfect way to socialise. I would definitely recommend visiting, although I would definitely wait for the half price tickets, I think the full price entry is a little steep for what you get, especially because the pizza and drinks aren't the cheapest too. As long as you go in with an open mind and you don't expect to pay £1 for pizza and £2 for prosecco (even Spoons doesn't have it that cheap!) I can guarantee you'll have a fab time!

If you've been to the pizza and prosecco festival, let me know what you thought!

Abbey xx 


  1. This sounds like an awesome festival! I don’t drink but I’d totally be there for the pizza & fries with halloumi and smoked paprika mayo. Also, the dancing to cheesy music sounds like such fun. Ha ha, I love the pizza name Silence Of The Hams, that made me laugh! Fab post Abbey <3 xx

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    1. The pizza was definitely the best bit, they all tasted amazing! The names of the pizzas definitely swayed our decision, I'm always a fan of a comedy name haha! xx

  2. Wow this sounds like so much fun! I don't drink alcohol but I'd DEFINITELY be down for trying ALL the free pizza! :)


    1. I definitely think you could still enjoy it without the alcohol, but would definitely recommend the half price tickets!


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