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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Hart's Hotel & Restaurant, Nottingham

If it's a comfortable, quiet and high quality hotel stay in Nottingham your looking for then believe me when I say that the Hart's Hotel and Restaurant is one of the best hotel discoveries I have made. The contemporary hotel is a privately owned luxury boutique hotel with its own garden ove…

25 Things That Made Being 25 Awesome.

I feel like in terms of time the past 12 months of my life, it has been the one that has gone by the quickest in comparison to other years. Maybe it's because I have made this year about living in the moment, taking on every opportunity possible and doing stuff for me. Not going to lie on some …

Cranes Drinks.

Summer may feel like it's almost over and with Autumn looming there's still time to make use of the Summer evenings, especially by having as many BBQ's as possible whilst dodging the rain. I absolutely love sampling some new, refreshing drinks over the BBQ and to enjoy with friends. I u…

Beating the Instagram Algorithm

Every blogger has a love/hate relationship with Instagram, it's one of the most talked about topics within the community. For a long time it has felt like the new algorithm has meant that a lot of bloggers have seen a decrease in their levels of engagement on the platform, from likes and commen…

The Essential Home Scents with Village Candle

Village Candle are a fabulous brand that are committed in creating the essential home scents with their incredible range of candles. They have respect for the positive, emotional effect that their fragrances has on their customers well being, being one of the most popular brands out there for candl…

Latitude Festival 2017

Photo Credit Carpe Diem Emmie
40,000 people ascended onto Suffolk's Henham Park for the 12th edition of Latitude Festival. One of the UK's most varied and immersive festival experiences once again played host to my first festival experience between 13-16 July. There is a real feel for the buzzing atmosphere once you arrive at the festival gates, quickly immersing yourself into the sea of tents to find your pitch for the weekend. 

The festival really transforms the park space and captures more than just live music; there's the opportunity to see and watch some of the best live Dance and Theatre performances, Comedy performances, live DJ sets and spoken word to mention a few. Being a family friendly festival there's also a kid's arena where activities are put on specifically for the younger audience to enjoy.  There is really something for everyone in this festival, the festival also include disabled access making the festival as accessible as possible for it's audiences to enjoy. 

30 Books To Read Before The End of 2017.

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post entitled '30 Books To Read Before June 2017' which definitely enabled me to be a hell of a lot more productive with my reading this year. I've managed to already get through 20, some of which came straight from the list I wrote in January. However, sometimes you discover new books or you are kindly sent some in the post from publishers themselves, it's hard to resist digging right into them even though your reading pile is already stacked enough as it is. I've really tried to formulate a list of classic stories, thrillers and some of the books sent to me. 

Autumn is on the horizon and for me there's nothing like spending those chillier, darker evenings on the sofa with a mug of something warm and a good book. I really hope these last few months of 2017 will see me really accomplish this challenge, even if it so means less content is produced on the blog! I would love some recommendations if you have any to add to the overgrowing pile of books! 

Miss Saigon | Curve Theatre, Leicester

Miss Saigon UK Tour Curve Theatre, Leicester ★★★★★
The critically acclaimed production of the Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical Miss Saigon is embarking on its huge UK Tour, taking the success it had whilst being in London's West End through to venues across the country until 2018. Wit…

Latitude Festival Wishlist.

So I'm attending my first festival next weekend (12-16) and heading to the Sussex area for this year's Latitude Festival. I'm so excited to head up there for a couple of days of live music and performances as well as take in the good British countryside too. I'm slightly apprehensiv…

MADD College Gala Showcase 2017, Nottingham Playhouse.

MADD, the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama provide one of the leading Musical Theatre courses within the UK and is based in Nottingham. The college itself is a building buzzing with thirty members of staff as well as welcoming Guest Practitioners from the industry to help develop the skills and …

May & June Reads


If I'm honest May and June combined were probably the most unproductive months for me in terms of reading. I don't know whether it was a mix of not choosing the right books to read or whether I just wasn't engaged with it enough. 2 of the books I read over the last 2 months were actually really good and thought provoking, but one which didn't engage me at all and after a 3 week battle trying to get into it, I stopped reading it. 

I do believe that sometimes it's easier to give up whilst your ahead, don't force yourself to finish a book that isn't interesting you. With that in mind let's get stuck into chatting about the three books I managed to read. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time | Birmingham Hippodrome.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night TimeUK Tour. 
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

★★★★

Mark Haddon's best selling novel and now award winning production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is currently on it's UK and Ireland tour. I'm quite confident in that like …

Foodies Festival, Birmingham

Marked on the calendar as one of the UK's biggest Food and Drinks festival, Foodies Festival made its return to Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park recently. It's a weekend of fun and fun for all of the family, and above everything else for fellow food and drink lovers like myself. The park i…

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