Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots

My son maybe turning 7 tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean that our muddy puddle jumping days are behind us.  Oh no.  In fact whenever Monkey is outdoors, he’s often to be found in search of mud and sticks, and puddles are just the added bonus.  I recently spotted some really funky footwear which I just knew would go down a storm with him.  The Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots feature a range of boots with characters from My Little Pony and Transformers. We opted for Bumble Bee to keep Monkey’s feet dry in the months ahead.

Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots

The Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots are really unlike any other outdoor boots or wellies Monkey’s had.  He was sold as soon as he saw the Bumble Bee Transformer design and couldn’t wait to try them on.

Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots

Not only is the design really striking but I really like the wrap-around soles which are designed to give children great stability as they race around at a million miles per hour.

Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots

The tops of the Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots are made of 4mm Flex-Foam with a breathable mesh lining.  This makes it much easier for Monkey to hold onto his boots as he’s trying to pull them on.  We have however found them harder to put on then his old wellies.  They have a more contoured fit at the back above the heel and Monkey has taken a bit of time to get used to putting them on and pulling them off.

Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots

I was worried that they might be a little small for him, but once he’s got his feet in, they fit really well.  In fact, we’ve also discovered that this boots have a removable sock liner, which has made them slightly easier to pull on and off.

Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck BootsHe’s worn them for hours on end without any hint of them being too tight. The Neoprene shell construction is 100% waterproof and self insulating, making this a great all seasons outdoor boot.

Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots

We really got to put these outdoor boots to the test last weekend.  Monkey was spending Saturday morning with lots of other Beavers from across the district at a Sing a long Santa event.  He’d be outdoors for at least 3 hours, enjoying lots of different activities and having fun in the woods.  It was time to put these boots to the test.

Monkey spent all morning running around in his new Muck Boots, and he absolutely loves them.  His feet didn’t get cold at all and he found them really comfy to wear.  I love the fact that they are so distinctive.

We were down in Wiltshire on Sunday visiting friends and as soon as Monkey knew we were heading for the woods he was straight in his Kids Hale Hasbro outdoor boots from Muck Boots again, ready for more adventures.

Priced at £55.00 the boots are extremely well made and will see him right through the winter and into the spring, whatever the weather.  They’re a big hit here.

For more information on this range and Muck Boots in general, visit their website.

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Cley Designs personalised jewellery – review and giveaway

I’ve always loved jewellery and wanted to have Monkey’s fingerprint used in a piece of jewellery from the moment he was born.  Sadly Daddy P took forever to get the hint and Monkey was 3 before I finally had a necklace which I could wear.  It was lovely to have and as Monkey’s grown he’s actually asked me if he could give me a new fingerprint charm.  Mummy my fingers have grown you know!  Bless him.  I recently discovered the range of Cley Designs personalised jewellery.

Cley Designs personalised jewellery

Looking through the Cley Designs personalised jewellery ranges, I was quite taken with their Fingerprint Ring, as I’d never seen anything like it before.  But something else caught my eye and I knew I’d found the right piece for me.

The Fingerprint Teardrop Necklace was exactly what I wanted.  You can also have a heart shape or tag style pendant, but for me the teardrop was a little different and more meaningful.  I’d have something of Monkey to cherish and the teardrop would symbolise his brother or sister that never was.

We received a home fingerprinting kit from Cley Designs, mix the two coloured clays together into a ball and press the required finger into the middle.  Hold still for a couple of minutes to let the clay fingerprint imprint set.  Pop it in the addressed envelope, stamp it and return to Cley Designs.

Delivery of the Cley Designs personalised jewellery is really prompt and I’m so pleased with the finished piece.  It’s in sterling silver (you can pay extra for hallmarking if so desired). You can choose from 3 designs of chain (additional charges apply).  I opted for an 18″ sterling silver belcher chain.  The Teardrop design is available with Clean or Black Finish to the fingerprint, I opted for clean.

Cley Designs personalised jewellery

photo credit: Cley Designs

You could also have your child’s name engraved on the front of the piece, and a date as well, if required.

Cley Designs personalised jewellery

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The quality of my necklace is wonderful and I’m so thrilled with it, as is Monkey.  He’s always commented about my original necklace, but can’t remember his involvement in making it.  This time around he’s been part of the decision-making as well as providing his nearly 7-year-old finger for the print.  I’ll treasure my new necklace always.

Cley Designs personalised jewellery

Priced at £69.00 it’s a really lovely piece of personalised jewellery, and if Daddy P wore cufflinks I’d be buying him the cufflinks version for Christmas.  Cley Designs have a really nice selection of designs and ideas, and their hand crafted sterling silver pieces would be perfect for presents at any time of year.

Cley Designs personalised jewellery

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£30 voucher to spend with Party Bags & Supplies

I’ve got a great giveaway for you this evening.  Perfect if you’ve got a forthcoming birthday, baby shower or new arrival to celebrate.  Tonight I’m offering you a £30 voucher to spend with Party Bags & Supplies.

£30 voucher to spend with Party Bags and Supplies

Party Bags & Supplies cover all sorts of themes from the latest Disney film characters for the kids to Casino and Hollywood themes for the parents.  They can offer filled party bags, balloons, tableware and even cake stands.  They really do cover all aspects of party provisions.

Monkey’s not having a party as such this year for his birthday, we’re just taking a few of his friends out for pizza after school tomorrow.  But if we had have been, then I’m sure the Dinosaur themed party packs and accessories would have gone down a storm.  Party Bags & Supplies even stock Dinosaur Dig kits.

For your chance to win a £30 voucher to spend with Party Bags & Supplies just complete the Gleam form below.  Good luck.

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Making Christmas memorable with ELC #ComeAndPlay

As we get ever closer to the big day later this month, Monkey and I have been talking about my Christmas’s as a child and the traditions we had.  Very much like Monkey, we always spent Christmas Day at home, just the four of us.  We’d see my Granny and Gramps earlier in December and have two Christmas’s. My brother and I both had Santa sacks and we’d be so excited to see if Father Christmas had visited.  There was a mince-pie and a little tipple left out for him as we went to bed on Christmas Eve.  It was always a magical time, just as it is for Monkey now.  We’ll be making Christmas memorable with ELC as well this year, thanks to a special delivery that arrived recently.

Making Christmas memorable with ELC

There are toys that we all remember with fond memories aren’t there.  For me, growing up in the 1970’s, a lot of my favourite toys have come back into favour now with a bit of 21st century remodelling.  From Tiny Tears, Sindy and Barbie to Spirograph and Etch A Sketch, I had hours of fun over the Christmas period. My blackboard was a prized possession, even after I’d tried to use Mum’s lipsticks as chalks (don’t try that at home!)

Trains have always been part of family life for me too.  I can remember my brother having the original Thomas the Tank Engine books, and we both loved spending time with Dad in the garage, with his Hornby train set.  Now, over 40 years later, my reading Thomas & Friends books with Monkey and he is always playing with trains!  From Trackmaster, to his wooden train set, trains have featured heavily in Monkey’s childhood.  Now he spends time in our garage with his Dad playing with their Hornby sets.  The memories have gone full circle.

Christmas is such a wonderful time, seeing it through the eyes of a child, makes the whole experience so much more magical.  From leaving reindeer food in the garden, and a mince-pie and a carrot out on the kitchen table, to putting Monkey’s stocking by the side of his bed, he’ll be in his element again this year.  Then on Christmas morning, there are bound to be squeals of delight as I get woken to be told that Father Christmas has been. Then the whirlwind of present opening will begin, we’ll share the experience with his grandparents again via Skype no doubt.  A day of building Lego, Playmobil and K’Nex is likely to be in store for us this year, along with lots of imaginative play as Monkey gets to know his new toys.  Time together, having fun with lots of smiles, exactly as I remember it from my own childhood.  Exactly as it should be.

We’ll be Making Christmas memorable with ELC, and Monkey’s new Thomas & Friends Trackmaster set – Thomas and Percy’s Railway Race Set.  He loves the new streamlined Thomas and Percy is his favourite train, so it’s been a big hit here.

With this train set Monkey can pit himself against an opponent as they choose either Thomas or Percy to back for the race of the year.  Hold them on the rolling road, release and let them zoom around the track, the bridge swings open and the fireworks go off as the winner receives the chequered flag.  You can imagine how much this train obsessed little boy loves this train set can’t you.

What toys do you remember from your childhood?  Do you have vivid memories of Christmas as a child?  I’d love to hear about them.  ELC are encouraging us all to talk about our childhood memories of Christmas and the toys we played with, and to create new memories with our children today.

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Big Days Autumn fun with GORE-TEX #goretexbigdays

The weather is turning and as Monkey and I venture out and about I need to know that his feet will stay warm and dry.  We’ve been having some Big Days Autumn fun with GORE-TEX and Monkey loves his new ECCO Urban Snowboarder boots.

Big Days Autumn fun with GORE-TEX

These fab boots have a wonderful fleece inner lining to keep Monkey’s feet really warm and snug.  They also benefit from GORE-TEX Surround, providing waterproof protection to keep his feet dry.  Any excess warmth can escape from his boots but no moisture and wetness can penetrate inside. The criss-cross velcro fasteners have also been really easy for Monkey to fasten himself.  The hard-wearing direct-injected PU sole absorbs impact and provides him with great cushioning, no matter what adventure he’s on.

We didn’t realise until we out on our adventures that the silver streak on the side of the boots is reflective.  A great addition for darker days.

Big Days Autumn fun with GORE-TEX so far has entailed having lots of fun at Waddesdon Manor and Warwick Castle.

What better way to put these boots to the test than on a cold November afternoon when there were leaves just calling out to be run through and lots of fun to be had.

As the sun went down so did the temperature but I didn’t need to worry about Monkey. His ECCO boots were keeping his feet lovely and warm.

Last Saturday we’d been invited to Warwick Castle, I knew we’d have a full day out and that Monkey would need to have comfortable footwear.  His ECCO boots were great, we avoided any rain, but they were perfect for running around the grounds, hunting peacocks and exploring the castle ramparts.

There were adventures behind every door and paths that just had to be walked down. Monkey even had a Viking adventure.

Monkey’s certainly enjoyed some Big Days Autumn fun with GORE-TEX and I know his new boots will be keeping him warm and dry in the months ahead.  It’s been our first experience of ECCO footwear and we’ve both been really impressed.

You can find out more about the latest GORE-TEX news on their Facebook page.

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Win a JCB Fastrac 4220 with TOMY and Britains

I’ve got a lovely giveaway to share with you today. Britains is the only farm range brand to offer everything required at scale to build a farming scene: machines, implements, animals and buildings. Today 3 lucky readers can win A JCB Fastrac 4220 with TOMY and Britains worth £19.99.

Win A JCB FastTrac 4220 with TOMY and Britains

Britains is a respected brand with a huge heritage and close ties to manufacturers across the farming world. New from the range is the JCB Fastrac 4220 1:32, a brand new generation of tractor that raises performance and productivity levels to new heights with seamless control, faster operating speeds, multiple implement mounting points and unique all-round self-levelling suspension.  You can also see what Monkey thought of this great JCB Fastrac 4220 tractor.

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It features big tread tyres and working steering wheel. It’s tow hitch is compatible with other 1:32 scale authentic replica die-cast implements and machinery. Made of die-cast metal and precision moulded, durable plastic.  It’s suitable for indoor and outdoor play.

For more information on TOMY please visit www.tomy.com, become a fan on Facebook  or follow them on Twitter.

Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win a JCB Fastrac 4220 with TOMY and Britains worth £19.99 – 3 readers will win.  Good luck.


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Suitable for children aged 3 years+.  Prize is worth £19.99.  Please allow 28 days for prizes to be delivered.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

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WILF Books book subscription service – review and giveaway

It’s so exciting seeing Monkey develop his reading skills and watch him move through the reading bands with his school books.  He’s also, finally started to show a little interest in reading his own books to me, rather than the other way round. It’s never been that he hasn’t loved books, just the effort of reading them for himself.  We recently discovered the WILF Books book subscription service and I thought it would add the element of surprise to our book reading.

Wilf Books book subscription service

The WILF Books book subscription service is a little different from others we’ve heard of. With this service not only do you receive new books each month, but you have the opportunity to recycle new unwanted books.  You give some guidance of your child’s preferences – picture books, moral, fairy tales and rhyming books for example.  We requested a mixture.  Select the age and sex of your child, along with any specific interests and confirm their full name.

In each monthly package the child receives a minimum of 3 gift wrapped books and a personal note from WILF the Elephant. There’s also a sharing chart included so you can track any books you decide to share.  A freepost envelope is included with each consignment.  You’re under no obligation to share any books, but if like us, you have books that just didn’t click, it’s nice to know that someone else might get to enjoy them.

Monkey loved his note and the thrill of opening his packages – he received 4 books.

I was really intrigued to see what Monkey would receive, especially as we could probably rival our local library with the amount of books we have.  So what did we receive?

Wilf Books book subscription service

A really good fit of books actually.  We have The Twits as an audio book and Monkey loves it.  We’re actually going to see the stage performance in Aylesbury next month, so this is perfectly timed for bedtime reading.  Being a cat friendly house, we’re going to enjoy reading about Phil & Lill’s adventures – cats we’ve not come across before.  Having a Hedgehog House in the garden, we are both looking forward to reading The Hedgehog, another great fit for Monkey.  The final book, Captain Cook’s Favourite Book we do already have, but it  is one of Monkey’s favourite books, so a good fit.

If you receive any books you already own, just let WILF Books know, return it in the freepost envelope and you’ll receive an extra book in your next month’s delivery.

The WILF Books book subscription service has given us to chance to try some books we’ve not heard of before as well as exploring the work of some much loved authors.

For more information on the WILF Books book subscription service and the different options available, pop over to their website.

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I’ve teamed up with WILF Books to offer one lucky reader the chance to have one month’s free subscription worth £19.99.  Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.

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(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

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Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 28th December 2016 at midnight.

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New Knight on the Block? Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 041216

My son is my little hero and he’s very protective of his Mummy at the best of times.  New Knight on the Block? Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 041216 Could Monkey be my knight in shining armour or does he just like the look of the shield?  He had so much fun at Warwick Castle last weekend.

New Knight on the Block? Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 041216

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Project 366 2016 Week 48

Project 366 2016 Week 48 Day 332 – 338 From a castle to meeting Santa with Beavers, it’s one week nearer to Monkey turning 7!

Sunday 27th November – Day 332

Project 366 2016 Week 48

We spent the day at Warwick Castle, the weather was kind and Monkey loved every moment.  He was clearly deep in thought here.  My niece was also there reviewing with her Mum, so we caught up with them throughout the day too.

Monday 28th November – Day 333

Project 366 2016 Week 48

I’d not been feeling great all weekend and by this morning I felt awful.  Managed to get Monkey to school and then went to bed until it was time to collect him.  Got him to Beavers and back and then he had a little play time before bed.

Tuesday 29th November – Day 334

Project 366 2016 Week 48

How cold!! Minus 7 on the school walk this morning, kill or cure for me.  This leaf had settled from nowhere on our hedge, it certainly was a frosty one this morning. Luckily by bedtime I was feeling more with it and Monkey was very good at helping me after school.

Wednesday 30th November – Day 335

Project 366 2016 Week 48A day of two halves.  Monkey’s year at school were taking part in a 4 school multi sports event at the local sports centre.  I thought he seemed relatively ok about it as he went to school without any problems.  But when I picked him up at the end of the day it turned out he was the only child who refused to join in with anything, bless him.

When we got home his emotions surfaced and we had lots of tears.  We were getting changed and going straight out to our NCT Secret Santa meal, he didn’t want to go.  Then he spotted the elf door.  Mummy Berry must be coming back!  Tears dried and a smile returned and off we went, Santa hats at hand, for dinner with the best of friends.

Lovely meal, lovely friends, great kids and for the first time in years Monkey happily had his photo taken with his oldest friends.  That’s my Christmas made.  We’ve not had a complete group photo for so long, as he’s refused to join in.

Thursday 1st December – Day 336

Project 366 2016 Week 48

After sleeping in his own bed all night for two nights, Monkey ended up back in with me last night and then wouldn’t go back to sleep.  It’s going to be a long day for both of us today.

But Berry the Elf had arrived so that bought a little excitement to the proceedings before school.

After school I’d promised him he could make his NCT Secret Santa gift, he was very impressed.  We then headed into town via Daddy P’s work to watch the Christmas Lights being switched on.  Mince pies had to be eaten of course.

Friday 2nd December – Day 337

Project 366 2016 Week 48

Walked Monkey to school, he was happy as it was a dress down day in exchange for tombola prizes for the Christmas Fair.  Headed off to college to compare enlargements and talk about mounting.  We’re all showing some of our favourite shots next week.  Got my mounts ordered after class and before I knew it was time to pick Monkey up from school. Three pages of Maths homework to complete by Thursday – joy.

I left him alone with his Dad for five minutes and look what they got up to!

Saturday 3rd December – Day 338

Project 366 2016 Week 48

We had a Singalong Santa event with Beavers today, I went along as a helper as Monkey wasn’t happy to go with me leaving him there. Although he didn’t join in with every activity (blindfolds and dressing up are a no-no) he did have a wonderful time generally. He wasn’t always glued to my side which was nice to see.

This afternoon we’re getting crafty as we build a helicopter (hopefully).  Think we’ll both sleep well tonight.  Our last week of Monkey being 6 lies ahead, with lots of fun and games planned.



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Getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle

Monkey is really starting to show an interest in history much to my delight.  I’m a big fan of all things castle related and last weekend we were getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle.  It’s been just over two years since I last visited with Monkey, and I was interested to see what he remembered, and whether he’d brave the ramparts this time around.

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Warwick Castle is easily found just off the M40 on the outskirts of Warwick in Warwickshire.  There is a parking charge of £6 to park in the grounds, purchase a token from a machine before the main ticket kiosk area.

We were all looking forward to seeing the Great Hall and other rooms within the castle, all decked out for Christmas.  We only have a small tree at home, so I knew Monkey would be in awe of a tree over 20 feet tall.  But there were other delights to enjoy before we reached the Great Hall.

Getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is such an impressive building, and beautifully preserved.  It’s somewhere you can’t help but stop to admire.

Before we entered the inner courtyard of the castle we needed to assess if Daddy P had been a good boy this year and whether he’d be getting any presents from Santa.  Clearly not!

Getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle

With that revelation, we decided that Daddy P had better make amends by navigating us through the new Horrible Histories Maze.  I’ve heard of Horrible Histories but not in detail, it would appear Monkey knows all about the series from school, and was soon off in search in Rattus Rattus.  Children pick up a free Time Passport and travel through six time periods in search of Rattus Rattus.  There’s information and activities to complete along the way and they can stamp their passports in each time period.

The maze is fairly easy-going and Monkey loved going from one time period to another and finding the stamp stations.  The way out of the maze (for the kids) was a big hit as Monkey climbed over the assault course.  When you’ve found all six stamps you can collect a reward from the Stables or Courtyard gift shop.

Within the main castle courtyard there’s so much to keep you entertained.  The Castle Dungeon is a 50 minute walk through attraction, but this isn’t included in the main ticket entry price unless you are a Premium Merlin Pass holder.  Monkey doesn’t like ‘pretend people’ very much so I knew that it wouldn’t bother him if we didn’t see the dungeons on this visit.  One for the future.

He also decided that he didn’t fancy the Kingmaker exhibit, I think th fact he had to walk through a corridor before seeing what lay ahead freaked him out a bit.  He’s a rather timid little boy.  So whilst Daddy P and Monkey had a walk around the courtyard I joined Richard Neville back in 1471 as he rallied his troops for battle.  It’s a great attraction, with lots of scenes to take in, you can have your photo taken whilst charging with your sword into battle and I thought it was very well done.  You really get a good feeling of what life was like at the Castle at that time.

Getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle we headed to the Great Hall to start our visit of the castle rooms.  We were in for a Christmas Tree delight as various rooms showed us different ways to decorate a Christmas Tree.  We also got to see the very bed that Queen Anne had died upon at Kensington Palace and joined the Countess of Warwick and her Royal guests for a weekend house party.  We might even have spotted Henry VIII and his wives along the way.

The Christmas theme kept Monkey’s attention throughout the time we spent inside the various rooms.  He even warmed to the models that were preparing for their dinner party. There’s so much to take in, it’s the kind of thing you could do again and again, and spot something different every time.

The ramparts were calling and the weather was holding on a crisp November day.  Guy’s Tower was closed for maintenance when we visited, but we were still able to explore Bear Tower, Barbican Tower and Caesars Tower and their connecting ramparts. Monkey coped well with the spiral staircases and none were too arduous.

No visit to Warwick Castle is complete without a bit of peacock spotting, and we weren’t to be disappointed on this visit.  Although none could be persuaded to show us their glorious plumage, there were plenty to spot around the grounds.

One thing Monkey did remember from our last visit was the Mill and Engine House located at the rear of the castle, on the bank of the River Avon.  We got to admire some other guests trying their hand at Archery (small fee applies) and looked over the river towards the Trebuchet as we walked towards the water-mill.

It’s hard to believe that the castle was powered by the Mill until 1940.

Whilst we were getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle we noticed that there were two Birds of Prey demonstrations in the grounds.  We’ve seen this display before and it’s possible to get really close to the action.

Also included in the ticket price is the Time Tower experience.  This went down really well with a nearly 7-year-old Monkey as you get taken back in time to the first settlement at Warwick in the 900’s.  The tour takes you through the ages and shows children in a really simple to understand way, how the castle was lived in over the years.  Part of the display wasn’t working properly during our visit, but it didn’t stop Monkey enjoying the overall experience.

The Mould is right next to the Time Tower, and is always a favourite to walk up and admire the views across Warwickshire.

If you feel like getting festive at Warwick Castle this year it’s worth knowing that Stories with Santa sessions are included in the entry price.  The sessions run every weekend in December  and every day from 19th – 24th.

You cal also arrange a Santa Breakfast and Santa Sleepover – visit the website for more information, pricing and bookings.

We decided to have a hot meal in the warmth of the Undercroft Restaurant (next to the Time Tower) and treated ourselves to a Carvery Roast dinner with unlimited hot and cold drinks. The Coach House Restaurant next to the main entrance was also open as was the Castle Burger Kitchen if you fancied eating outside.  There are also numerous picnic benches dotted around the grounds for those more organised than us.

We really enjoyed getting in the Christmas spirit at Warwick Castle, and I could see Monkey just absorbing the history of the place. We’ll definitely be back a lot in the coming years I think, it’s a gem of a place to have within an hour from home and well worth a visit.

Have you been?

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