Horsey Horsey Don’t You Stop

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.

Train

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.

Toddlebike

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.

Decorations

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.

Reindeer

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.

Market

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.

Carousel2

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

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.

LeedsCastle

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8 Comments

  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona
    Dec 15, 2013

    Leeds Castle is utterly stunning and you are very lucky to live so near (I am jealous)! What wonderful christmas displays and the market sounds great and very festive, and it’s lovely to see a picture of the two of you together having fun. Thanks for linking up and sharing your festive fun with Country Kids.

  2. Dean
    Dec 15, 2013

    This looks magical! A carousel on castle grounds? I love carousels too (even though they make me dizzy). #CountryKids
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    • BakedPotatoMummy
      Jan 15, 2014

      It really was. We’re so lucky to have Leeds Castle on our doorstep.
      Thank you for stopping by xx

  3. Pinkoddy
    Dec 29, 2013

    Seems a very magical way to remember Christmas. Kids are great for stopping smiling as soon as you take the picture aren’t they.
    Pinkoddy recently posted…Silent Sunday after ChristmasMy Profile

    • BakedPotatoMummy
      Jan 15, 2014

      It was such a lovely day out and a great way to get into the festive spirit. We love Leeds Castle and go as often as we can.
      Thank you for stopping by xx

  4. Jo Hockley
    Jan 14, 2014

    Great to see the Toddlebike getting out and about. Looks like a great day out! Jo

    • BakedPotatoMummy
      Jan 15, 2014

      Potato really loves his Toddlebike. He got it for his 1st birthday and is getting increasingly confident (and daring!) on it. Leeds Castle is a great place to visit to let him run/bike off some energy and get some fresh air.
      Thank you for stopping by xx

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