Local Christmas Trips With The Family

Christmas is coming and there are many places close to home I would like to take the family. This is my list of top five days out for the Christmas season.

Firstly, I live in North Wales, just 15 minutes from England which is really convenient as we can access beaches, cities, and scenic countryside pretty easily. This means there are plenty of places to visit during Christmas.

Number 1 – Chester Christmas Markets

Christmas markets always get me in the mood for this wonderful time of year. I would like to go further afield but as this is the closest one to me I will be going into Chester.

This is a quaint market that can get quite packed so I plan to go as early as possible as my son doesn’t like too many people around. When visiting any market you need an empty stomach to indulge on hog roast, sweets, and roasted chestnuts. There is also a gin bar which I will be visiting along with a quick stop for a hot chocolate.

The markets are great places for all of the family but take a moment to find out the best time to visit based on what type of atmosphere you like most.

Number 2 – Chester Zoo

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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo are fantastic for little ones, we went last year had a lovely time. The atmosphere is joyful, although it is usually very cold so a scarf and gloves are on the cards.

When you arrive just take the trail indicated and enjoy many animals, and flowers all lite up guiding you along the path. This is a fun place to explore especially for the children as they discover animals in a whole new light!

We went to the canteen for a hot dog and hot drink to warm us up before leaving, and this was okay although I would probably grab something on the way home next time.

Number 3 – Garden Centres

This may seem boring but even if you have no interest in gardening then this is the time to take a trip here. The garden centres near me have amazing trees decorated to perfection, which provide the best inspiration for your tree at home. I do find the price of many of the baubles high but you can always look and recreate within your budget.

Children, especially small ones, love seeing the lights and decorations surrounding them and the many Santa’s and Snowmen bring a smile to their faces.

It’s also nice to visit the onsite cafe and have a hot drink, cake or lunch surrounded by the festive decorations, this is a great time to think about what you might buy.

Number 4 – Ice Rink

I live quite close to an ice skating rink and don’t seem to visit it much and Christmas is the perfect opportunity to take a trip. I am not great at ice skating but I can stay up (well from what I remember I can), but it is great to give it a go.

It can be pricey but it is Christmas after all. The main expense is hiring the skates as I don’t go often even to purchase my own. Again, once the skating is done food is a must!

Number 5 – Chirk Castle

It’s time to learn about Christmas history at Chirk Castle. This year the castle are doing a make-believe Christmas that follows the stories of former children who lived in the castle.

As well as learning there are also glorious decorations in the State Rooms and a fairy-tale trail that tell stories of dragons and fairies. This is an amazing time to let your children discover and enjoy Christmas in a totally new way.

I will be visiting this castle during the festive season and will be sure to create a post all about our discoveries.

There we have it my little list of Christmas activities for 2018.

Thanks

 

Sophie

Time With Friends: Planning A Trip With The Girls

So, you and your girlfriends have decided to take a holiday for a week or two of fun, perhaps it’s to celebrate a big birthday, a hen’s getaway, or simply a vacay for some quality time together.

This will not be a trip for those craving historical architecture and old ruins; however, a girly getaway is the perfect time to indulge in some serious relaxation, sustainable shopping, and plenty of photo-taking for those lovely memories. The following are some things to check out and think about before your board your plane towards an adventure with your favorite people.

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A Time To Indulge (Why Not?)

After you and your friends have unpacked your summer wardrobe, popped your new sandals on, and freshened up; you’ll all need to find sustenance for your escape to start the right way. Unpack in one of your luxury apartments so that you can find an array of food and drink options on your dreamy getaway. It’s always worth planning the places you’ll want to frequent beforehand so that you don’t waste any time. If you want to go all out and enjoy an evening of pure elegance; find the latest restaurants and bars that are hitting the destination with a bang. If people are waxing lyrical online about a venue; it’s worth booking a table or booth in advance of you getting on the plane.

You can’t go on a girls trip without toasting your adventures with a cocktail (or two); so, whether you’re drinking a non-alcoholic mojito, or you fancy something a little stronger, you’ll want to find the best bars in town to sample their delights. Think about where you’ll enjoy incredible views as you sip your beverages, and find somewhere that have an imaginative menu when it comes to drink flavors and combinations, so you’ll be able to get snap happy and ensure that those back home are suitably jealous.

A Time To Unwind (You’ve been Busy)

If you need a massage and facial to recover properly from the night before, or you simply want to be pampered for relaxation purposes; luckily, the internet is a great way to discover where to go to indulge and what treatments are available for you and your friends. You could all book treatments before you leave for the airport so that you know you’re getting that mani/pedi within an hour of setting foot off your plane.

Spend a day together being totally pampered, or why not spread the treatments out over your stay, so that you can maintain your chilled-out mood. A muscle relaxing, massage is always a good shout right before a long haul flight, as it will help you to unwind and sleep on the airplane; so, why not book in for some Swedish magic the morning that you’re due to leave. A trip to the spa is the perfect way to relax throughout your trip, and it would be a lovely experience to end your vacay with.

 

Christmas Gifts For Those On The Go

With plenty of holidays already booked for 2019 this Christmas I have asked family for some items that can help prepare me for my travels.

Every year I always love to get a new pair of pyjamas and some slippers for the cold nights – this is a must Christmas gift. Although my Mum will probably still get me these I think other family members should invest in something a little more practical to save me the cost later on in 2019.

The Essentials

No matter where you are travelling and even if you are not you can’t go wrong with a nice gift set filled with lovely scents or treats.

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Every year I get a gift set and I am happy with it, especially if it is from someone I don’t know too well because it’s a safe option.

Clothing

I am heading to Disneyland in April, and from experience I can say the weather isn’t the best so I would like a nice new coat to keep me warm. Although this is a practical gift, I’d still like it to be fashionable, and preferably red as many of my clothes are.

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If you are looking for a gift for someone who either loves to travel or has a lot of plans then it’s best to ask them what they need because the weather obviously varies and you don’t want to waste your money on items they do not need.

Suitcases or Bags

It can be nice to get a fresh bag or suitcase for you trip, for some reason I always feel like I am ready to go when I have a brand new carry case. This is an exceptionally good gift for someone going on their first adventure alone or with friends.

Again, it is important to remember what they are doing; if they are travelling around different countries a backpack is probably more suitable than a suitcase with wheels. You may also consider the length of time they are travelling for, or where they will be staying.

Novelty Gifts

These are gifts people may not want to take away with them but they are fun to receive on Christmas Day. One gift I would like to get is the scratch map I think it is a great idea and a challenge to see if you can scratch them all one day.

Another option is a cork globe I think these are great and can be eye-catching when entering a room. These can be put as a focus around the home and are perfect for starting conversations.

Food and Drink

For those who like to travel one thing that can take them back to their favourite place is food and drink. One idea is a hamper filled with cuisine from the land they love the most. Alternatively, you may buy some alcohol from the region or some special personalised glasses.

There are many things to buy for people who love a certain destination or that have travelled the world, it just a little thought and you’re sorted.