we asked Goldilocks some holiday related questions

photos by Simon Hadley

This year you will be able to watch Birmingham Hippodrome’s first pantomime since 2019, Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Over the past couple of years we have been partners with Birmingham Hippodrome and sponsored a range of their shows and pantomimes that they have hosted in the past. (Read more about our partnerships) This year we are sponsoring their Goldilocks and the Three Bears pantomime that runs from Saturday 18 December 2021 to Sunday 30 January 2022.

There are many big names in the cast like Jason Donovan who will be playing the Evil Ringmaster, Matt Slack as the Ringmaster, Doreen Tipton as Doreen the Lion Tamer, Andrew Ryan as Dame Betty Barnum, Alexia McIntosh as Candy Floss and Samantha Dorrance as Goldilocks!

As well as this amazing headline cast there will also be an amazing line-up of circus acts throughout the pantomime. This means that Goldilocks and the Three Bears is the first circus-themed pantomime at Birmingham Hippodrome for 24 years!

Book tickets to Goldilocks and the Three Bears here

We thought it would be a great idea to ask Samantha Dorrance who plays Goldilocks some questions about holidaying in the UK to learn a little more about Samantha. And from her answers we have chosen the best Darwin Escapes resort.

Name: Samantha Dorrance

Which area of the UK is your favourite place to book a staycation?

St Ives

When searching for a (UK) holiday – what’s the first thing you look for?

Sea view and balcony! Preferably with a bakery close by so I can pick up some fresh bread for breakfast!

What would you never forget to pack?

My very over the top sunglasses.

What is the main thing you want to do during a staycation?

I love to have variety on holiday but sunny beach days and a lovely town or city to potter about in (with plenty of independent restaurants and coffee shops) would have to be my main two needs.

If you booked a self-catering lodge, would you cook every night or eat out?

If our budget allowed it, I’d choose to eat out every night but one. I think it’s nice to have one evening towards the end of the holiday where you stay in and just be cosy together.

Please tell us which of the options below you would opt for during your perfect getaway, based on your answers you will be matched to your ideal Darwin Escapes resort.

This or That?

Sunrise or Sunset

Beers or Cocktails

Woodland Walks or Beach Walks

Dinner for 2 or Big Family Dinner

Fish & Chips or Afternoon Tea

History or Scenery

Spa Treatment or Adventurous Activity – ER, BOTH!

Lodge or Caravan

Hot Tub or Power Shower

Last Minute Deal or Long Holiday Countdown(MORE EXCITING!)

Learn to Relax or Learn a New Skill

City Exploring or Countryside Living – DEPENDS!

Holiday as a Couple or Holiday as a Family

Facilities or Local Area

Summer Breaks or Winter Escapes

Samantha’s ideal Darwin Escapes resort is…

Beach Cove


We have 24 different resorts across the UK so why not have a browse at all of the destinations available for holidays and holiday home ownership.

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