South Bank Christmas Market

It’s been a super busy week and so this weekend needed an injection of Christmassy joy! We headed up to the South Bank Christmas Market to have a little look around and see the sights.

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This outdoor market is set up with loads of little wooden stalls selling an array of festive items, from ornaments and lights to hot brownies and waffles. We had a wander through the stalls, which is beautifully accompanied by the reflection of the London Eye on the river and the array of Christmas lights.

The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge returned this year, bringing its classic ciders as well as the Christmassy mulled cider! We bought a pitcher of the Passionfruit flavour and had a seat outside at the benches. The cider lodge is surrounded by stalls and also has a perfect insta worthy view of the London Eye.

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(stupid me forgot to save the photo pre sticker)

This day out was such a nice experience – full of festive cheer and definitely would recommend, just make sure you wrap up because as Christmas gets closer it’s only going to get colder!!

Know any Christmas markets worth the visit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Love, Maddie x

Our Halloween Experience at PYO Pumpkins!

I love love love getting into the festive spirit, whatever the occasion I am down for the joy, so when I spotted a pick your own pumpkin farm, I had to jump on board the bandwagon.

We went to Riverside Farmers at Beluncle Farm, and visited their annual celebration to pick our pumpkins!

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We went on the Saturday just before Halloween, so it was super busy and there were loads of families and friends enjoying themselves and choosing their favourite pumpkins. It was such a nice time out, and was free to enter, only having to pay for the pumpkins you take home.

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The pumpkins were super instagrammable, and we spent a few hours choosing which were the least blemished… we filled the wheelbarrow, only to end up choosing one tiny pumpkin that cost us a single pound.

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I was so impressed with this day out, and would definitely recommend to anyone, but especially children and families as it was a lot of fun and something nice to do altogether in the Halloweenie spirit!

What did you do to get involved in the spooks this Halloween or Bonfire Night? If you have any recommendations, leave a comment and let me know!

Love, Maddie x

Oxford Street Christmas Light Switch On

So last night was the annual switching on of Oxford Street Christmas lights, and as I was in town anyway, I decided to hang around and have a watch!

Rita Ora was the guest this year who pressed the button, and the streets lit up with the baubles and icy tree lights.

Seeing London like this always brings extra joy, and the majority of Oxford Street was pedestrianised to allow spectators the best possible view, and for safety too! It was extra busy along the usually packed street, and everyone was happily snapping away pics of the fresh lights.

The festivities were in full swing, and many shops now have their Christmas displays in their windows, notably Selfridges which always has amazing windows (worth a trip just for a window shop for sure!)

Although I have lived in London my whole life – apart from the uni years – this was the first time I have been to see the lights being switched on! I would recommend it to people, as it’s a nice way to begin the Christmas joy, however I think it is best to arrive early and get as close to the stage as possible. We were quite far along the street and it seemed there were some technical mares, as the sound wasn’t great and it was hard to hear what Rita and the Capital Radio presenters was saying. However, I’m never one to turn down Christmas cheer and so would definitely visit again, even if it is still slightly early to begin celebrating…

So what do you think, is it a waste of a trip? Or would you like to get involved next year? Don’t forget there’s plenty of other areas with lights to be celebrated, for more info on their dates, see here!

Love, Maddie x