Manchester Christmas Markets 2019

It’s creeping towards that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the weather is getting colder and those mince pies are calling. In what has become a yearly tradition, my friend Leah and I made plans to partake of some yuletide joy at one of my favourite markets. The Manchester Christmas markets run from the 8th November to the 22nd December for 2019, here’s what you can expect from this year’s festivities.

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Birmingham Back to Backs

Heading off to Birmingham this weekend, a friend and I decided to check out a sight I had been meaning to visit for quite some time. Right in the centre of Birmingham is a trip back in time, full of tin baths and old-fashioned sweets. Book in on the tour and you’ll find out everything from what a ‘gazunda’ is to exactly how many people you can really fit in a ‘two bedroom’ house.

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Exploring Alton Towers Resort – The UK’s Biggest Theme Park

One of the few perks of full time office work is taking part in brand-hosted training days. Today’s trip took us to the incredible Alton Towers Hotel, Staffordshire. After a morning filling our brains, we headed to the UK’s biggest theme park to check out some of my favourite rides.

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Afternoon Tea in the West Midlands – The Lewisham

Ever one to search for new afternoon tea spots, today’s adventure took us to the lovely Dartmouth Golf Course for tea at The Lewisham. A dream of climbing floral displays and quirky lights, this was the perfect spot to experience that great British tradition.

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Shakespaw Cat Cafe – The Midland’s First Cat Cafe

Taking a wander to the lovely town of Stratford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire, we went in search of the purr-fect Cat Cafe. Inspired by its position in the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the Shakespaw Cat Cafe is home to a family of furry friends and an abundance of sweet treats to enjoy.

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Tea in Staffordshire – Whitmore Tea Rooms

A catch up with an old friend and a spare few hours called for a more-than-your-average cuppa. Stomachs hungry for cakey-goodness we headed out to a place that had been recommended to us time again in the tiny village of Whitmore, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Taking on the Stars – The National Space Centre

A sunny Easter holiday saw us making the drive across to Leicester to visit somewhere i have had my sights set on for a while. Boasting space suits, astronaut training (ish) and a glorious domed screen, the space centre is a trip around the moon and more.

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Three Days in Cornwall – Exploring England’s Southern Point

With a week of annual leave falling in the UK Easter holidays this year, an unorganised me had yet again left firm travel plans to the very last minute. With a hopeful week of sun heading England’s way, where better to explore than the land of cream teas and pirates?

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Keeping it Local – Checking out the King’s Pistol

As someone always on the lookout for something new, finding a local gem is the perfect way to discover something new without even having to jump on a plane. Based in Crewe and described as a ‘twisted rock n roll band’, the King’s Pistol are making their rounds of the local circuits ahead of their newest album release and I couldn’t be more excited!

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An Afternoon of Culture on London’s South Bank

An afternoon outing to central London took us to the cultural South Bank for an afternoon of discovery among some of London’s iconic sites. From entrancing sights of the capital city’s skyline to a glimpse of one of the most famous playwrights to ever live, here’s what we got up to on a trip to London’s South Bank.

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Peak Wildlife Park – Midlands Days Out

Hiking the Peak District has to be one of my favourite things to do. But hidden up here is an absolute gem where you might find yourself taking a giant pig for a walk or petting a giant Flemish rabbit in the same day. Peak Wildlife has had a complete overhaul in recent times making it even better than ever.

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