Christmas is fast approaching and this year I’ve really been enjoying doing it with Potato properly. I know he won’t remember it, but he’s definitely enjoying it now, which is the important thing.
So this weekend, we headed to Leeds Castle with my parents, for their Christmas Market and to see the decorations in the castle.
A short ride on the land train took us up to the Castle first.
For the first time, I’d bought Potato’s Toddlebike out with us and he thought he was so important scudding along through the crowds.
The castle really is beautiful and it looked spectacular with its decorations. There were sparking, extravagant Christmas trees in virtually every room and clever and eye-catching displays everywhere. This year, all the decorations were made from natural materials, which made them even more impressive. The black swans, mimicking those outside on the lake, were my favourite.
I wished we’d had more time to browse and admire, but it’s hard to do that when you’re chasing after a toddler who is impatient to see what’s in the next room!
If we’d booked in advance, we’d have been able to visit Father Christmas in his grotto too, but I didn’t get round to it. So instead we paid a visit to his reindeer, who were waiting outside.
After the castle, and some food, we wandered down to the market. It was lovely and rather than the traditional German Market, it featured local Kent produce and suppliers. We bought some delicious sausages, drank some tasty warming mulled wine and nibbled on hot roasted chestnuts and fresh donuts.
By far and away my favourite part of the day though, was the carousel. Situated in the centre of the market, it filled the air with lights, colour and cheerful music.
I was so excited to take Potato for a ride. We picked a horse (of course) on the outside, so we could wave to Granny and Granddad, and we were off.
I was surprised by how fast it went round. It was really quite exhilarating. I know I had a huge grin on my face all the way round. Potato loved it too. He was utterly mesmerised by the music and the light. Every time we passed the organ on our circuit, he’d make excited ‘ooooh’ and ‘wow’ noises.
He may not look it from the photographs, but he really was grinning most of the time! I think we would both happily have had another go!
Carousel ridden and mulled wine drunk, it was time to head home, thoroughly in the festive spirit. I was sad the Potato had fallen asleep by the time we got to the husky sleigh rides. Even though he is probably a little young, he would have loved meeting and watching them.
As we strolled back to the car through the castle grounds, I thought again how lucky we are to have this on our doorstep. With our annual ticket, we can come as often as we like, so I’m sure you’ll be reading more about it in the future.
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