Have you planned any activities to do over winter? How about spending your days, evenings or weekends visiting cosy Christmas markets? Who wouldn’t want to walk around in big warm coats, cosy scarfs, hats and a warm hot chocolate or baileys in your hand? Walking between chalets and stalls, buying lots of artisan, unique Christmas gifts for your family and loved ones.
Looking for inspiration on where to go to see the best Christmas markets in the UK? Have a look at the following, to visit this winter.
Hyde Park – Winter Wonderland
London displays the best Christmas market in the UK, which is located in Hyde Park. It’s a free event, so you have no excuse to not go! The event is from the 21st of November – 5th January. The event is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm! Winter Wonderland is full of Christmas chalets, selling wonderful artisan gifts, they have food and bar stalls, games and rides and much more!
With Christmas getting closer there are many wonderful Christmas markets to visit in and around the UK, check out the following events in the South West area, to enjoy with your loved ones.
Winter Wonderland – Bristol Cribbs Causeway
The wonderful winter wonderland is back again for another year. Bristol’s Cribbs Causeway displays a wonderful Christmas event, which starts from the 16th of November – 5th January. The magical event features Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, an ice rink and lots of festive food to enjoy!
Longleat Light Festival
This winter, Longleat is bringing back their light festival from the 9th of November – 5th January. Their grounds are lit with stunning structures, extraordinary creatures and lots more. Not only do they have their light show, but they also have a Santa train, winter safari and they decorate the wonderful Longleat house for Christmas.
Ready for the cold nights when you just don’t want to leave your house, when you just want to tuck yourself under a blanket on the sofa? The main essential you’ll need to ensure you enjoy your night is to get your favourite chocolate! Who would have a cosy night in without chocolate?!
If you are in need of a relaxing night in, chocolate is the best cure for that! We crave chocolate so much, especially as comfort food because it has benefits to the way we feel after eating it! Not only does it have the sweet, melt in the mouth quality that makes it so appealing to us, it also has positive benefits. The smell of chocolate can increase theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation, perfect for those cosy nights in by the fire! Chocolate is addictive, as the sugar contained in it, increases the levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitters - serotonin and endorphins. It also contains caffeine, which is a known brain booster that can improve mood and concentration, which is perfect whi
Trying to find motivation in this cold, wintery weather? Get yourself warmed up with a hot chocolatey drink this autumn!
Try our wonderful Choc on Choc chocolate-filled espresso cup! Simply heat up the cups in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir well and then heat for another 20 seconds. You can dip your favourite biscuits, treats or even fruit in for an extra delicious taste. Or how about adding warm milk to it to make it into a real hot chocolate, or a shot of espresso for a magical mocha!
We also have our chocolate buttons available on our website that you can use to create a real hot chocolate! If you melt down the chocolate buttons and add some hot milk, mix together and add your favourite toppings to make a wonderful hot chocolate, such as whipped cream, sprinkles, fudge bites and cocoa powder.
If you want to spice it up, how about trying a pumpkin spiced hot chocolate. You can even add our Belgian chocolate buttons to create the base of the hot chocolate!
Can you believe it’s the end of October already?! I hope you all have your Halloween costumes at the ready, and a bowl full of sweets at your front door to hand out to all the trick or treaters.
Are you in need of some fun activities to enjoy with your friends and families on this Halloween night? Check out the following Halloween activities:
Pumpkin Carving Competition:
If you haven’t already carved a pumpkin this Halloween, then get your carving knives, candles and pumpkins out and have some fun with your friends and family. Get into groups and see who can create the scariest pumpkin!
Trick or Treat:
Get your creepiest Halloween costume on, and get walking the streets to scare anyone you see! Remember to take a bag or bucket with you to hide all the delicious candy that you
Thinking of what you are going to do with your left-over pumpkins after Halloween has finished? Why not create something delicious out of the leftovers lying around. Get creative and make delicious double chocolate pumpkin muffins.
Check out this wonderful recipe:
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
- Add in the pumpkin and vanilla; beat all ingredients until light and airy.
- Whisk tog
Have you got your Halloween costume made and ready for next week? Time is running out so if you haven’t thought or planned your costume, here are some ideas you could use to look extra scary for this year’s Halloween.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way out of making a costume. Grab yourself a witch’s hat, an old black dress, ripped black tights, black boots and of course don’t forget a witch’s broomstick and you’ll have a wicked witch look in no time.
How about a vicious vampire costume? Get digging in your wardrobe for an old white shirt and some black trousers. You’ll need to find a black and red vampire cape, white vampire fangs, face paint, and fake blood to make the look extra scary!
Try a classic spooky skeleton costume. Get searching to purchase a skeleton t-shirt/outfit and some black and white face paint to cover your face to make your outfit stand out!
If you want to include fake blood into your outfit and want to express your frighten
Have you ever wondered why trick or treating exists, and where it originated from? Well, during the ninth century, in Ireland, people got involved in a tradition called ‘guising’, which was an event to get dressed up in costumes and accept offerings from households they would visit. The children would sing a song, tell a joke, or perform a form of a ‘trick’ in exchange for gifts.
The trick or treat tradition then evolved in the United States back in the 1920s. Children were handed lots of gifts to them, such as nuts, coins, toys, and handmade cakes. As trick or treating became more widespread across America, in the 1950s candy manufacturers realised the opportunities and began to promote their products for Halloween. Trick or treating became popular and sweets or candy (as it's known in the USA) became a bigger offering. Halloween is still a tradition in which we like to show off frightening, gruesome costumes, and collect lots of delicious treats!
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Who is ready for Halloween? In this cold, rainy weather no one wants to leave their cozy homes. If you are looking for inspiration to get you out and about and have some fun this Halloween, check out these events that are local in the southwest area.
Cheddar Gorge – A Halloween Tale
Head over to Cheddar gorge for Halloween as they have The Natural Theatre Company setting up a Halloween Tale. They have some infamous characters who have taken up residence in the Gough’s Cave. They are giving you the responsibility to help the detective duo solve this mystery. Would you be able to solve it?
They have warned that you have to be prepared to crack the conundrum as you discover all of what is in Gough’s Cave. There will be some famous characters hiding in the chambers and they may have some answers for you that help you solve the case.
Head over to their website to get 15% off the ticket price.
Fear at Avon Valley
If you w
If you didn’t already know – it’s National Chocolate Week! What a great excuse to be able to eat chocolate all week – yum!
To celebrate this year’s National Chocolate week, we have collaborated with @blondieskitchen to bring you some amazing Unicorn Cookie Cups! You can find these majestical beauties at their pop-up Milk & Cookie Bar at @bicestervillage for one week only and they are the perfect pick me up treat for serious shoppers!
Blondies Kitchen was founded by Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Levy in 2016, Blondies Kitchen is the UK’s first and only Milk & Cookie Bar serving up freshly baked American style cookies, cereal, milk and more. If you can’t make it to Bicester Village you can still buy Blondies Kitchen’s delicious cookie treats on their website.