So what would my word of Christmas be? ROAD TRIP! (Ok so it’s two, but you get the general gist!)

The weekend before, we travelled to Cheshire for a wedding. You have to love a winter wedding, and this wedding was particularly lovely, in a quite incredible teepee, with open fires to keep us warm – they even let us toast marshmallows later in the evening!

wedding teepee, wedding marquee
Back to London for a couple of days. We managed to fit in the Covent Garden Christmas lights, and also a fantastic skate at Somerset House. This is not only the most scenic rink in London (in my humble opinion), it also has a smaller rink so the kids can get their confidence up before skating round the rink like whirling dervishes. Book early (like October!) but it is really worth it.

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somerset house ice rink, ice skating with children at somerset house

Christmas Eve we were back on the road again – this time, to my home town of Stourbridge. Unfortunately, the kids were going nowhere Christmas day, but we left them with Grammie and we went for a beautiful stroll on the canals – the perfect day made for gorgeous reflections.

Stourbridge canals, stourbridge, canal reflections, glass works,

After Christmas and all its trimmings had passed, we managed to get the kids out of their onesies and into the countryside. We visited Kinver Edge, nearby to Stourbridge. This is a beautiful escartment, with vast expanses of heathland. The kids and dog loved the chance to blow away those cobwebs on this crisp, winters’ day – Mum and Dad felt so suitably wholesome, we finished the walk in the pub for pork scratchings, chips and a fizzy drink!

kinver edge, kinver edge with kids, family travel, kinver escartment

With this part of Christmas over, on to our next destination – Brancaster, Norfolk for New Year. This is an area of the country we visit a lot – this year we have been three times. For those who don’t know it, this coast line is stunning: long, sandy beaches, with dramatic big skies. Although the beaches took a hammering in the 2013/14 winter storms, the area is still just as wonderful and it has been lovely to see the area recover. The weather was cold, but sunny most of the time we were there which meant we could go for a walk on the beach everyday – the kids loved running around, seeing frost on the sand, wave jumping (in wellies!!) and running up and down the dunes. Also, the beautiful sunny days meant we got our fair share of awesome sunsets too, but it also provided some beautiful frosty mornings.


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My son also turned 7, so his treat was to go to the penny arcades in Wells-Next-the Sea for some good old fashioned fun. Of course, they were winners!

wells arcade, wells -next-the-sea

Throughout this we have celebrated Christmas, New Year, a 40th, my son’s 7th birthday and much needed time as a family. When I asked my son the best thing about the Christmas holidays – having fun was his reply. Who could ask for more?

Happy New Year to you all!


For more information on Brancaster Holidays please visit Visit North Norfolk

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