Carpe Diem Emmie

A Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel Blogger focusing on the Midlands and beyond.

Hi I'm Emmie!

I'm a 28 year old Lifestyle, Theatre + Travel Blogger showcasing the best of the Midlands and Beyond. You’ll find me talking about theatre companies, reviewing shows, showcasing the best of food in the Midlands + discussing books, mental health + other things I enjoy too.

If you're looking for your next theatre trip, somewhere to eat or just want to get some tips then Carpe Diem Emmie is the place for you.

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Rent The Musical UK Tour, Curve Theatre, Leicester.

RENT The Musical (UK Tour) Curve Theatre, Leicester
★★★★★
Rent is without a doubt my favourite musical of all time. Having listened to the soundtrack non stop during my college days, it continues to pull at my heart strings with it's emotive account of Bohemian life in modern East Village, New Yor…

Behind The Scenes of Billy Elliot UK Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome.

I have been memorised by the musical Billy Elliot recently, having listened to the soundtrack on repeat as well as watching the live performance film as well as the original as well as the 2000 film. It's currently playing at Birmingham Hippodrome until April 29 and with the opportunity to get …

The Play That Goes Wrong (Again) | Curve Theatre, Leicester

You know when you absolutely loved a production and couldn't wait to have the opportunity to see it all over again, loving it just as much as you did the first time round?
Both a smash hit in the West End as well as overseas in Broadway, Mischief Theatre are a doubt a force to be reckoned with…

3 Years of Seizing The Day, Happy Birthday Carpe Diem Emmie.

I had to laugh at myself recently when I realised my blog was a year older than I thought it was, good start to 2017. It's weird to realise that 3 years of my life has been spent on this blog of mine and essentially it has become another part of me.
3 years learning new skills, working with gr…

Keepsake Perfect with Printiki.

I am a sentimental person. I absolutely love printing out all of the photos I've captured over the years, snippets of a time in my life and then storing them for the future Emmie to sit and look through.

One of my biggest goals for this year is to go through those photos and undertake a projec…

*Ingham's Foodie Finds | German Beef Rouladen Recipe

Inghams offer exciting 'Lakes and Mountains' holidays in a variety of destinations around Europe. They asked whether I'd like to get involved with their new campaign, Ingham's Foodie Finds' which showcases some of the best culinary dishes associated with their holiday destinations. I was asked to find a recipe then recreate it or make it our own. 

I enjoy trying out new foods so me and Jordan opted to try out a German styled dish, something challenging and different to what we usually eat. It took quite a considerable time to decide but opted for a Beef Rouladen, which we feel like is a twist on a roast dinner. 

Jordan found this dish quite fiddly to create, especially with rolling the meat part of the preparation but all in all a quick and easy recipe that is delicious for an alternative to a Sunday roast.
Collaborative post with Inghams (Lakes & Mountains) Holidays..

What The Butler Saw | Curve Theatre, Leicester

I don't often watch plays in the theatre, I've always watched more musicals and dance productions as they've always drawn me in just a little more than plays have. Curve Theatre is bringing back Leicester's very own playwright Joe Orton's work What The Butler Saw to the stage before it's run at the Theatre Royal in Bath, 50 years since his death. This rebirth of his final play is being given the Made At Curve production treatment bringing a contemporary classic to modern times and was well worth stepping out of my comfort zone for. 

Unboxing the Best of Leicester.

In Collaboration with WatchShop.com
I remember growing up and having absolutely no interest in my home city, I thought it was a place of complete boredom and would have happily been outside the city at any given opportunity. However when I returned from Coventry after spending 3 years there for university I couldn't wait to get back to Leicester and ever since I have been discovering more about this little city of mine that I've learnt to embrace every corner of.

Leicester is the city of the 2016/17 Premiership Football Champions, where King Richard III's body was found under a car park, the birthplace of local Radio, the biggest outdoor, covered market in the whole of Europe as well as much more. What I didn't know until recent years, mainly thanks to blogging was that Leicester also hosts a lot of independent businesses amongst the bricks.

It's Ok To Outgrow People.

Photo Credit: Kirstie Melville
Working in a secondary school definitely has some reflective moments, working alongside young people who are discovering themselves as much as the relationships they have with their peers on a daily basis. Working in a school also finds you reflecting on your own experiences as a teenager, what you would have done differently and how life was just as challenging for us back then as it is now as adults. As teenagers we have a hell of a lot to deal with and the pressures on us are massive at that age, if it's not having the teachers talk to us about the importance of revising for GCSE's, it's about thinking about what's going to happen next and everything which comes with this new change that's coming. One thing in particular is the change in friendships and realising your going to outgrow people. 

Browns, Nottingham.


Nottingham has so much to offer with lots to see and do, as well as some fantastic places to dine. Browns Bar and Brasserie is no exception to that, it's a spacious restaurant with a real intimate vibe to it. Found in the heart of the cultural castle district near Regent Street it's definitely a restaurant that offers class as much as the highest quality of food. Browns Bar offers brunch, afternoon tea, dinner and a great cocktail menu too.

Varekai - Cirque du Soleil, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham


I vividly remember the first time I was introduced to Cirque du Soleil's work, it was way back in dance school where I was captivated by the song 'Alegría' after a dance school performance. I was introduced to work which captivated the human body in it's most extreme form, taking it way beyond it's limits and challenging an individual's own limits as they threw themselves into tricks that you couldn't imagine doing without being attached to as much safety gear as possible. Using the words of one of my favourite songs, they defied gravity! 

Billy Elliot The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome

Lewis Smallman as Billy Elliot, UK Tour.
Billy Elliot (UK Tour)
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
★★

Billy Elliot has been on my list of shows to watch in 2017 from the moment I heard the news that it was arriving at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sat 29 April as part of it's UK Tour. The stage adaption of the 2000 film is currently undertaking a National UK Tour after the curtain went down on the 11 year production in the west end back in 2016. A much missed addition to the west end programme, Billy Elliot is a production which combines political reference as well as the clear message that it's important to follow your dreams.

The Full Monty UK Tour | De Montfort Hall


The Full Monty UK Tour is based on the 1997 smash hit that has been adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the original screenplay back in the 90s and is now bringing this cheeky but fun performance to it's audiences. The productions centres around a group of employed men from Sheffield. Becoming desperate for cash to support themselves, they decide on starting a male-strip show, with their unique selling point being they will do "The Full Monty".

MEXIco, Derby

If you are a regular reader to this blog then you'll now that MEXIco is one of my favourite places to dine in Derby, it has authentic Mexican dishes as well as incredible cocktails in a great surrounding atmosphere. I was invited in late February to head there again to celebrate National Margarita Day with some of my blogging friends to enjoy some cocktails as well as some dishes to suit those cocktails perfectly, served up by Chef Johnny Hernandez.

We got to sample some of the various margarita's they had on offer as part of the National Margarita Day, including a Chilli Margarita which had a great kick to it and would go perfectly with a meaty burrito,

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