Let’s face it, babies do not need any Christmas presents, it’s us the adults that love buying something for the youngest members of the family. Their first Christmas is always a very special time, so here are a few ideas in case you are still looking for presents.

Christmas Gift Guide 2015        1. Personalised Santa Keys  | 2. Gruffalo Touch & Feel Book  |  3. Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo  |  4. Fabric Printed Storage Sack |  5.  Slumberland CD | 6. Animal Skittles   | 7. Personalised Baby Keepsake Building Blocks

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We visited Audley End Miniature Railway earlier on this year (read about it here) and we loved it so much we decided to book tickets for their Christmas Special.

The past couple of years we have always done our Father Christmas visits at the end of November, we find it’s less crowded and it’s just the right time to start getting the kids excited for Christmas.

Audley End Miniature Railway Christmas Special

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I first heard about Audley End’s Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy walk through one of my local Facebook groups, someone mentioned it and said it was a great place for a day out so we decided to pay it a visit.  It is situated about one mile of Saffron Walden, so perfect if you are round the Essex area.

First of all I have to clarify that the Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy walk is not part of Audley House & Gardens. We nearly made the mistake to pay to get into the Gardens but luckily we double checked at the entrance and we were told it the correct place was directly opposite.

The main car park was full so we were directed to the overflow car park, which was only a couple of minutes  walk from the entrance and was just £1.

At the ticket office we were given the choice to buy separate tickets for the Steam Railway and Fairy Walk or a combined ticket that allowed us to visit both. We decided to go for the combined ticket, that was £7 per person (under 2’s are free). With our tickets we were given pencils and 2 little booklets, the booklets had pictures of fairies and other animals for the kids to spot and tick during the visit.

Our first stop was lunch in the Signal Box Café which was at the entrance, a nice café with outdoor and indoor seating, not too many tables but we still didn’t have an issue finding one. The café had a selection of sandwiches and hot food. We had a burger and the kids decided to go for a lunch box with sandwich, a drink and a couple of snacks.

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After our lunch we decided to head for the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk, at the entrance we were welcomed by a couple of fairies that offered to transform the kids pencils into magic wands. The kids were a bit shy to start with but they really enjoyed choosing feathers, glitter and other bits that converted their pencils into fairy wands

 

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Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk

We then headed into the walk. Initially  the kids were very keen to find all the fairies in their little booklet but after a while they just decided to run around.

It was a lovely walk and there were little fairy houses in the trees or on the floor, it really felt like we were in an enchanted forest! It was really magical.

Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk

 

 

Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk

It was a busy day but we could still walk around taking pictures and seeing everything without feeling that the place was too crowded.

 

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Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk

We spent about 45 minutes in the Fairy and Elf Walk, but really we could have been there much longer.

Our next stop was the Miniature Railway. We did not have to wait too long to get on a train, they run frequently, and  the journey lasts 15 minutes. There are many things to see from the train, teddy bears that live in the woods and lot’s of woodland wildlife.

It was a lovely train ride and there were lot’s of squeals of excitement whenever we spotted anything.

 

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Before we ended our visit we headed for the picnic area and playground, it was a really sunny day and there were quite a few people there with picnics. I guess a picnic is a great alternative if you don’t want to spend money in the café or if you just want to sit around having a coffee while the children play.

We had a great day out and I really recommend it. I think we will be back before the end of the summer.

Both the Fairy  and the Miniature Railway are open every weekend until the 18th October  so I recommend you visit it if you are in the area.

 

Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk

When we asked the boys what their favourite bit of the day was they said it was the fairy walk. … Who said boys are just interested in trains?

Have you been to the Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy Walk? Did you like it?

www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post, see here, where I introduced you to four Spanish Children Clothes Brands. This is  the second instalment where  you will discover some more Spanish Fashion.  I hope you enjoy reading it who knows you might be inspired to do some online shopping!

 

NECK & NECK

Neck & Neck are a Spanish leading company in the children’s clothing market, with  over 200 shops in around 17 countries. Stunning colour ranges combined with original prints, comfortable fabrics and exclusive styles make them one of the most successful Spanish children clothing companies.

Spanish Children Clothes - Neck & Neck

 

NECK & NECK offer everyday clothes together with accessories, especial occasion outfits and nightwear all of which of an excellent quality.

They are the only one of the three brands outlined here with a couple of shops in the UK (London)

I personally love the rich colours, lovely prints and how smart their clothes are.

 

PILI CARRERA

Pili Carrera is a children’s luxury brand that is famous for dressing European Royal Families.  Their clothes are of exceptional quality, their designs are simple and delicate and they are very smart

 

 

The brand was founded in Spain in 1963 and they initially started manufacturing baby knitwear but they now offer a complete range, clothes ranging from newborn to 12 years old and nursery furniture.

They have over 50 shops in Spain and worldwide. In the UK you can find Pili Carrera in some online retailers.

GOCCO

Gocco was founded in 2000 and it now has over 200 shops in Spain, some franchise and some department store concessions, and around 25 others worldwide.  Their clothes range goes from newborn to 14 years and they also have a swimwear and accessories collection. Gocco is renowned for their good designs, quality and price.

Spanish Kids Clothes - Gocco

I personally love their bright colours and my boys have got some of their gorgeous  polo shirts that have stood the taste of time. If you are looking for original designs and good quality Gocco is the shop for you.

Have you heard about any of these brands before?  What do you think of these clothes?  Do you like Spanish kids clothes?

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