Our visit to ‘Christmas at Kew’ 2016

kew3I have been wanting to go to ‘Christmas at Kew’ for a few years but every year remember too late and by the time I try to book they are sold out! This year we booked in time and got tickets!

We booked a 6.30pm slot which gave us time to drive from school, grab dinner and park in the Kew car park – which by the way, I would highly recommend if you have young children. By the end of the trail they were ready to drop and slept all the way home.

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We were really lucky with the weather, clear skies and a little chilly so perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, so often when you have high expectations of something you are eager to see and it disappoints but Christmas at Kew certainly didn’t.

 

 

Beautiful light displays are spread over a mile of gardens, winding pathways take you on a journey of a fairy tale Christmas delight and the kids enjoyed the freedom to explore.

kew2One of our first stops was at a floor display which we thought looked like a magic carpet and the kids promptly jumped on board!

 

 

 

 

 

I had been eager to visit The Hive this year and was delighted that it was part of the display, the kids enjoyed listening to bee sounds through their teeth!

 

Every so often there are activities to titivate a different sense. Toasted marshmallows were especially welcome!

Father Christmas and his elves also made an appearance!

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One of the most amazing light displays takes place on Palm House, a fabulous light display set to music across the lake. The whole adventure ends with some festive food, shops and fairground rides (please note that the rides are not included in the price).

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Freddie thought Christmas at Kew was ‘amazing’ and was surprised by ‘how many lights’ there were, I have to say I agree.

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If you have tickets to go to Kew this Christmas you are in for a real treat, if you haven’t then make sure you get it in the diary to buy some next year! We will certainly go back.

There are a few main gate tickets left (ones with car parking have sold out).

Off peak still available family ticket £48 (2nd January only date available now)

All other times £52 for a family ticket (£18 adult and £10 child)

http://christmasatkew.seetickets.com/tour/christmas-at-kew/calendar/2

Team Honk Comic Relief relay 2014 – very proud to be part of it!

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Last year the fabulous bloggers (Annie from Mammasaurus, Tanya from Mummy Barrow and Penny from Alexander Residence) had a master plan: to relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Comic Relief using the steam and energy of bloggers throughout the UK. Their target: to raise £10,000 for Comic Relief. This year they are doing it again and have raised the stakes to £20,000! So I am proud to be one of over 150 bloggers and their families and friends helping make this happen. For six weeks and 3000 miles, bloggers in the UK will unite around the country starting in Cornwall on the 12th January finally finishing on 23rd March in John O’Groats.

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I am very excited to say that I am taking part in the London leg of the relay. Over 40 of us will be honking around London on the 5th February following a Monopoly theme – our very own Honkopoly! After relieving Steph from Steph’s Two Girls and Hannah from Muddling Along Mummy of the baton we will head off around London visiting all the colours of the Monopoly board and we might be dressed accordingly too – watch this space… We will travel by foot, bike, train, tube and bus in true London style before passing the baton on in Fleet for 6th Feb.

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Bloggers so far taking part in the London Honkopoly are:

Vanessa from HPMcQ, Sophie from Franglaise Mummy , Sarah from Grenglish, Swazi from Chocolate is not the only fruit, Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Jennifer from Jenography, Gillian from A Baby on Board, Rosie from Mummy and Boo, Gretta from Mums Do Travel, Julia from I Carried a Watermelon, Stephanie from Was This In The Plan?, Nimmo, Jacinta from Jacintaz3, Maria aka @maniasmama3, Sachelle from Holiday Tots (that’s me!:)) Maggy from RedTedArt and Loved by Parents.

The very kind guys at Micro Scooters have offered me a Scooter to use for the day and we will be auctioning it after the event. Thank you Micro Scooters!

You can donate by visiting our London Comic relief, Just Giving page here. http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/londonteamhonk

More details coming soon along with other ways to sponsor.

Some areas of the route still need participants. Visit the Team Honk website for details. It’s easy to get involved, every area has it’s own Facebook page. And you can find all the details here http://teamhonk.org/2014-blogger-relay/team-honk-2014-relay-route-and-masterplan/

To give the team Social Support sign up to the Team Honk Relay email feeds, where you will be able to share the daily news! http://teamhonk.org/2014-blogger-relay/call-for-social-media-supporters/

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For Now… Over and Honk! xx

Honkopoly image and map by Oliver : Mr Mc Quitty Ltd