A few days ago a friend and I were invited for a spa day at the Brooklands Hotel. It’s a hotel I have always been familiar with but have never been to, knowing that it’s right next door to the Mercedes Benz World and opposite the Mercedes test track.
Brooklands Hotel offer many spa packages with spa facilities to compliment the treatments. We were booked on a package with a 50 minute treatment each, lunch and the whole day to make use of the spa.
We arrived at the hotel and were immediately impressed with it – really grand and with a lovely welcoming feel. We had a friendly greeting and were advised to make our way to the third floor which is home to the spa.
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We finished off the Christmas holidays with a trip into Wales to visit The Royal Mint Experience just outside of Cardiff. Last year was the first time The Royal Mint had opened it’s doors to the public and so we were excited to go and see how all of our sterling coins are made.
The experience is easy to find and well signposted. There’s plenty of parking and there’s just a short walk from the car park to the entrance and everything is well accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The experience is free for the under fives and comprises a guided tour and an interactive exhibition.
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The children absolutely love going to visit Father Christmas over the festive season and although we have done a lot of quite big – and expensive – visits in the past there is nothing like seeing a local Father Christmas with family.
This year we went to the Pinewood Bar and Cafe in Wokingham for the children to have breakfast with Father Christmas, something they were looking forward to for weeks.
The Pinewood Bar and Cafe has such a community feel to it. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends or family, have breakfast or tea and a cake or a drink in the evening. It has a really homely appeal and really is like a home from home – making it the perfect place to meet Father Christmas.
Breakfast with Father Christmas starts with the children sitting down to breakfast in a nicely decorated hall. There are lights, Christmas tree and decorations everywhere. The children pre-ordered breakfast arrived really quickly and they loved pulling crackers whilst they ate.
For breakfast the children had a choice of three items from the list of cooked options and a glass of fresh juice too. It was a good sized breakfast and they really enjoyed it. Whilst they ate Father Christmas chatted to them, read jokes from the crackers and asked them about their Christmas preparations. LP and Little Man loved it.
After breakfast the children were read a festive story by one of Santa’s helpers and then got a gift wrapped book and chocolate treat from Father Christmas. Whilst this was all going on the adults were treated to mulled wine and mince pies.
The breakfast with Father Christmas at the Pinewood Bar and Cafe is on for just a few days in the run up to Christmas and costs just £10 per child for breakfast and the whole experience. LP and Little Man had a great time and it was lovely for Hubby, their grandparents and I to watch. We also bought an awesome breakfast for the adults afterwards – rounding off the event nicely.
Disclosure: We paid for our tickets to the above event but we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d share it with you.
Last weekend we took the children to The Anvil in Basingstoke for our annual pantomime trip. We’d never been to The Anvil before but loved it as soon as we arrived and the children couldn’t wait to see Sleeping Beauty.
The Anvil is in the heart of Basingstoke, easily accessible from the train station but also surrounded by parking options. It has a bar for refreshments and a really large foyer, perfect for relaxing before the show or meeting friends.
This year’s Sleeping Beauty show stars Sue Holderness from Only Fools and Horses as the evil fairy Carabosse, Katrina Bryan, who the children love from the CBeebies’ Nina and the Nuerons show, who plays Rose and Sarah-Jane Buckley who I remembered from Hollyoaks playing the fairy godmother.
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At the weekend we were invited to Gulliver’s Land near Milton Keynes to make the most of their festivities this year. Although only an hour from us we hadn’t been to Gulliver’s Land before so were looking forward to seeing what it had in store.
There is plenty of parking on site although, with the recent wet weather it was pretty muddy – wear your wellies! It was nice to find a tourist attraction that doesn’t enforce an additional parking charge though. We went into Gulliver’s Land and were greeted with a carousel that we promised the children we could go on at the end of our visit as a home time treat.
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