The third instalment of my Christmas gift guides brings you a selection of lovely Christmas gift ideas for new parents and their little bundles. From wall art to baby carriers, I’ve tried to include a variety of gift ideas to suit every budget and taste.
1 // Etta Loves Muslin Square, £19.95
Never underestimate the importance of a muslin square, or ten. Every new parent knows that these soft pieces of fabric will be your constant companion over the next twelve months or so, so they may as well be pretty to look at! Made from supersoft 100% cotton, little ones will adore these fun and vibrant Extra Large Etta Loves muslin squares and they are also super soft on your skin too! The striking leopard print pattern using three colours, is designed specifically to aid 5+ month old babies’ cognitive and visual development too!
2 // Grobag Fruit Cocktail Baby Sleeping Bag, £16.50 (currently reduced to clear)
I swore by Grobags for my two when they were younger, and this super pretty one is a bargain currently at John Lewis. This particular one is a travel Grobag, which is often overlooked by new parents (as they don’t normally know they exist), but they are super handy for holidays. The clever travel opening makes them easy to use with a 5 point harness such as in a pushchair or car seat, so you can take all the safety features of the original Grobag with you on the road.
3 // Leopard Dusky Pink Children’s Print, £15
I’m a huge fan of Wonder & Rah’s quirky works of art and these charming, whimsical illustrations make perfect presents for little babies and their parents.
4 // Baby milestone cards, £11.99
These baby milestones cards are perfect for capturing precious moments such as baby’s first smile and first steps. This pack contains 30 beautifully illustrated cards featuring all the major milestones. Simply fill in the date and take a picture of your baby together with the card to create the perfect gift for friends and family or a lovely keepsake for yourself.
5 // LittleLife Minnie Mouse Toddler Backpack, £26.99
Make travelling more fun with this ingenious toddler daysack based on cartoon favourite Minnie Mouse. It offers a three litre capacity, a top grab handle, a detachable safety strap (rein) for parents and adjustable shoulder straps.
6 // Sophie The Giraffe Original Teether, £11.99
Relieving sore teeth and gums since 1961, Sophie the Giraffe is the classic, must-have teether. Brilliant for little hands and featuring a little squeak too, Sophie will go down a storm with any baby that can get their hands (and gums) on it.
7 // Boden 5 Pack Pretty Bodies, £28
This five-pack of bodies couldn’t be prettier, with fun stripes and prints of flowers and bunnies. Each one is soft as a fluffy tail, featuring cheery colours, a little bow and a picot trim. It comes in a matching fabric bag, so it’s a charming present for bouncing baby girls.
8 // The White Company Little Sheep Baby Blanket, £39
Knitted from super-soft cotton, this charming intarsia blanket feels beautiful against the skin and will keep little ones cosy throughout the night. Detailed with a charming flock of little white sheep, which skip across the width of the blanket, and one tactile Terry-cloth black sheep, this blanket is an adorable addition to any nursery. A loveable gift idea for expectant parents.
9 // Original Kids Rule Height Chart, from £115
These gorgeous softwood growth charts are designed as giant vintage-style rulers and make the perfect personalised present for new parents. Available in 5 colours (Aged Oak, Mid Oak, Washed White, Pale Grey and Putty), they come in either Imperial or Metric and make a brilliant focal feature in your home.
10 // Cosatto Supa Change Bag-Magic Unicorns, £39.95
Cosatto’s Supa Changing Bag has been designed to keep those baby necessities super organised and easy to find. This luxury changing bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and a changing mat.
11 // Don’t Buy Her Flowers Recovery Package, from £41
Perfect for weary new parents, this gorgeous recovery package will go down a storm with its worthy recipient. Containing a host of lovely products including Skin & Tonic Gentle Facial Scrub, Sister & Co Coconut Oil, Laughing Bird Shea & Cocoa Butter Body Cream, Laughing Bird Lemon & Walnut Body Scrub and Love & Peace Tealights, this recovery package should definitely be up there if you are looking for a ‘thoughtful’ gift.
12 // BabyBjörn One Baby Carrier, £124.99
This versatile baby carrier from BabyBjorn offers both comfort and security for parent and baby. BabyBjorn’s multifunctional One Carrier will take you and your child through from birth (3.5kg) right up to 3 years and with 4-way front and back carrying positions you can adapt it to suit you. Developed with paediatricians, it provides the right support for your growing child’s head, hips and spine and there’s no need for additional inserts. Simple zippers allow you to adjust the carrier so it will grow with your child and will provide full support at all ages. It’s also easy to remove sleeping babies, hurrah!
13 // Theo & Grace Gift Voucher
We are HUGE fans of Theo & Grace in this household and their gift vouchers make the ideal present for new parents. If you haven’t heard of Theo & Grace, Emma (the lovely lady behind the brand) makes the most beautiful bespoke dresses and skirts that are adored by adults and kids alike. Not only are they super cute, they are so well made with quality fabrics and meticulously neat seams. Theo & Grace gift vouchers are valid for 6 months from date of purchase and can be redeemed against any of Em’s gorgeous wares.
I hope you found this guide helpful, do you have any other Christmas gift ideas for new parents and babies that you’d like to share?
It can be really tricky to know what to buy your loved ones at Christmas, especially if they have no idea what they want themselves! So over the next week I’ll be sharing a variety of gift guides with you to provide a little inspiration. I shared my Christmas gift ideas for her with you yesterday and today it’s all about treating the men in our lives. Without further-ado, here are my Christmas gift ideas for him….
1 // Woolrich Arctic Parka Df, £650
An iconic style from Woolrich, the Artic parka has been made to withstand the most extreme environments. Resistant to snow, wind and rain, the cosy duck down and feather filling offers unparalleled warmth, while the internal drawstring waist ensures a snug fit.
2 // Cocktail Chameleon Hardcover Book, £40
Unleash your inner mixologist with Assouline’s ‘Cocktail Chameleon’ book. Created by expert entertainer and NYC event designer Mr Mark Addison, join him as he dresses up twelve cocktails in twelve unique variations for 144 signature takes on the classics.
3 // Aesop London Travel Kit, £50
Aesop is one of the ultimate man brands when it comes to beauty products and this Travel Kit will make the perfect pressie. Containing all the basic toiletries one might need for a long haul trip or to keep on hand as a refresher between meetings during the day or evening, the travel kit includes: shampoo, conditioner, body gel, body moisturiser, facial cleanser, facial toner, face moisturiser and a small container of the Aesop Mouthwash. All these unisex products are contained in a black microfibre case for ease of travelling.
4 // Personalised Retro Sweets Hamper, £34.99
This Personalised Retro Sweet Hamper has so many delicious candy delights crammed inside, that it’s bursting at its wicker seams. All the old favourites have managed to claim a space in this wonderful picnic style basket including dolly mixtures, fried eggs, jelly babies, cola bottles, drumstick lollies plus much, much more.
5 // Braun 9 in 1 Grooming Kit, £73.99
The Braun multi grooming kit is the ultimate all-in-one head-to-toe groomer. Thanks to its clever attachments, it performs 9 different jobs effortlessly and the options are never ending. With a brilliant battery life and quick charging time this shaver is perfect in all situations and thankfully it’s also easy to use and keep clean. If you want to go for a new hair style… no problem. If you want to trim the beard… no problem. A bit of manscaping? Easy! There is a different attachment for any kind of style, from nose hair trimming to grade 1 cropping, it really couldn’t be any easier.
6 // Champagne Balloon Flight For Two, £228
Never mind the men in your life, this is on my hit list too! An elegant and tranquil flight in a magical hot air balloon looks like the most majestic way to travel. Reaching an average height of 2000ft, you’ll drift peacefully over the most beautiful of British countryside, taking off from a choice of 33 locations across the UK. What’s more; luxury travel would not be luxury travel without a lovely chilled glass of Champagne to help you enjoy your flight even more. Your experience begins at dawn, when you get fully immersed in the experience and help prepare the balloon for flight along with the rest of the group and the experienced crew will take you up into the air for a full hour.
7 //Jo Malone London Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense, £115
I know aftershave is such a predictable gift for a man, but this Jo Malone number is seriously lovely!
8 // Barbour Cable Knit Beanie Hat, £35
The Men’s Barbour Cable Knit Beanie is perfect for those colder days this season and beyond, offering you a cosy knitted beanie with classic cable design your man is sure to love!
9 // Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker, £94.99
I bought this speaker a few months ago, and I can’t rave about it enough. The UE BOOM 2 is a portable, wireless speaker that is fully equipped to face the elements, stream music across a longer range and features tap controls. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can use your mobile phone, tablet or any other Bluetooth enabled device to take full control of the speaker across a 33 metre range. You can even pair the wireless speaker with up to eight Bluetooth devices for a choice of playlists. With a battery life of up to 15 hours, the UE BOOM 2 Speaker can be enjoyed all day, or all night long and it is IPX7-rated waterproof which means that it can be immersed in liquid up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.
10 // Star Wars Stormtrooper Cookie Jar, £29.99
A must have for Star Wars fans, entrust your naughty chocolate biscuits to the dark side where they belong with this classic Stormtrooper cookie jar.
11 // Nespresso EN520 Lattissima + Coffee Machine by De’Longhi, £249.95
This has to be our most used kitchen ‘gadget’ so I am very confident your man will love it too!
12 // Montblanc StarWalker Platinum Resin Ballpoint Pen, £285
An enduring classic, this Mont Blanc pen will make your man very happy!
13 // Gtech ST20 Cordless Grass Trimmer, £99.99
Gtech is known for its innovative approach to domestic appliances and it has carried this through to the garden with the ST20 cordless strimmer. Practical and easy, the ST20 is designed for comfort and ease of use. It features an adjustable handle for perfect balance and is equipped with a one-handed power trigger and safety switch to prevent accidental starting. With a twist of the cutting head, the Gtech Grass Trimmer easily converts to a precision lawn edger, allowing you to give your lawn a neat finish and thanks to its Lithium-ion battery, it gives you up to 30 minutes run-time with a charge time of just 4 hours.
14 // Gymshark Carbon Hoodie, £36
If your man is a gym-goer, this classic zip design hoodie is the perfect present, combining the warmth and style of a hoodie with the practicality of a jacket.
15 // KURO Gin, £43.95
For gin lovers, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of KURO Gin. Kuro is a Dry London Gin which captures the essence of the Japanese Alps with its unique blend of botanicals including silver birch bark, spruce needles and bamboo activated charcoal. It’s super tasty and will go down a storm on Christmas Day.
16 // BYREDO Tree House Scented Candle, £54
This handmade candle from Byredo is inspired by Mr Takashi Kobayashi’s Biotop tree house located in Tokyo. Simple and sophisticated, it’s defined by Sandal and Cedar woods with fresh top notes of Pimento and Bamboo.
17 // GoPro HERO6 Black Edition, £477.41
GoPro’s HERO6 Black action cam has top-notch visual quality, is a dream to use, and is super-smart. I can guarantee that it will go down a storm with the man in your life too. There are a fair few GoPro’s on the market so check out GoPro’s website for more info.
18 // Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Razor Justice League Edition Gift Set, £19.99
An ideal gift for your hero, this Gillette Fusion ProGlide justice league gift pack includes a Gillette ProShield chill razor, 2 blade refills and a sensitive shaving gel.
19 // Initial Wash Bag – Grey, £24
I love this fabulous canvas wash bag from Alphabet Bags. The handy size is perfect for travelling but also makes a great everyday was bag.
20 // Tipping Point Game, £14.53
At least one game had to make the list and as I’m a fan of Ben Shepherd it had to be this one! Based on the highly popular TV game show this Tipping Point Game combines general knowledge questions and answers with nail-biting unpredictability. Tipping Point is a high stakes quiz game the whole family can enjoy. By answering questions correctly, players win tokens to drop into the electronic Tipping Point machine. Choose one out of the four drop zones that you think will give you the biggest payout. As the machine slides back and forth, let your token fall and see whether that will start a chain reaction. One single correct answer could trigger a cashcade that changes everything! The team that collect the most counters go forward and compete in the final jackpot round.
21 // Set Of Four Ceramic Football Team Coasters – All UK Teams, £25
The perfect gift for a football fan, a set of four coasters featuring images taken from classic programme covers and ticket details of their favourite team. Made from ceramic and cork backed, the coasters have a protective lacquer to withstand both hot and cold drinks.
22 // Barbour Wax Cotton Travel Explorer Holdall, £119.20
This classic Explorer holdall is the ideal weekend bag for your man. Elegant and practical, it is the perfect present for the modern man.
I hope this ‘Christmas gift ideas for him’ guide has given you some festive inspiration. What will you be buying the men in your life this Christmas?
Disclosure: A number of these products have been gifted for the purpose of this guide.
With Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to buy your nearest and dearest. To help you on your merry way, I’ve been busy working away on a variety of gift guides that I’ll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks. There are Christmas gift ideas for her and him, guides for toddlers and bigger boys and girls and present ideas that cater for new parents too. I have pulled together my pick of the best gift ideas and whether you are looking to splash the cash or working to a budget, there are ideas for every wallet.
To kick off my series of Christmas gift guides, I’m going to start with Christmas gift ideas for her:
1 // Cath Kidston Leopard Flower Foldaway Overnight Bag, £45
This deceptively spacious bag, is the perfect ‘weekend travel bag’. Not only does it look super pretty, it also folds neatly into its matching pouch, so it doesn’t take up much space in a suitcase if she wanted to take it on her jollys and return with an extra bag full of holiday paraphernalia (and hopefully a present or two for you!).
2 // Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles, £13
Totally scrumptious, these truffles will be a huge hit with the ladies in your life.
3 // Scamp and Dude Supersoft Sweatshirt, £50
This is on the top of my Christmas list and I hope it will find its way under the tree on Christmas Day! Scamp & Dude is, according to the fashion bible itself, Vogue’s ‘favourite new children’s clothing range’ but they also make gorgeous ‘grown up’ clothes too including this coral fade out super soft sweatshirt with leopard and lightning bolt print.
4 // Case Station Phone Case, £various
Make sure her iphone is super stylish with this practical and beautiful ‘Lezlee Elliot designed’ iPhone case. If this print isn’t up her street, check out the numerous smartphone artist cases in ‘Case Station Artist Collaborations‘ and find the perfect case that reflects her spirit. Or, if you think she’d like a more personalised case, use a photo of your own instead.
5 // Beards and Daisies, Letterbox flowers subscription, From £59.99
Give the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas with a fabulous floral subscription from Beards and Daisies. Choose a 3 month subscription and she’ll love you that little bit more every month when a gorgeous bunch of flowers lands on her doorstep.
6 // SWYC Personalised Khaki Rucksack, £68
If you’re a regular Hello Baby Blog reader, you’ll know about the love I have for SWYC and their gorgeous wares. This khaki rucksack is no exception. Personalised with initials of your choice (in a choice of 6 colours), this canvas rucksack has leather straps, stylish brass fastenings and numerous inner and outer pockets making it practical for busy people on the go.
7 // Braun FaceSpa 851V, £74.99
Braun FaceSpa lets you enjoy three treatments with one device – by simply switching the attachments. It’s the world‘s first facial epilator & cleansing brush system boasting proven results and is 6x more effective than a manual face wash. I have one and I can honestly say it’s brilliant!
8 // Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask, £78
Erno Laszlo’s overnight formula goes on weightlessly, delivering unprecedented moisture and locking in vital nutrients while you rest. A true breakthrough in beauty sleep, its NASA-inspired memory gel texture melts into your complexion replenishing the moisture skin can lose overnight (up to 25% of its levels). Wake up hydrated, restored and refreshed. It’s a real treat for your skin.
9 // Umbra Prisma Jewellery Stand, £25
Store jewellery in style, with this contemporary Prisma jewellery stand by Umbra. Great for all jewellery, the top bars easily carry necklaces, the crossbars in the middle are ideal for earrings and the bottom is great for storing day to day pieces. Designed by Sung Wood Park, I love the contemporary look and sleek finish.
10 // Crabtree & Evelyn Indulgent Winter Hand Collection, £25
This pampering parcel of treats will keep hands beautifully smooth, supple and silky right through the working week, ready to celebrate festive weekends. Six pocket-sized tubes of shea butter enriched Hand Therapy offer a little tender loving care to winter worn hands. Choose daily from our renowned and nurturing Gardeners, revitalizing and restorative La Source, dreamy Caribbean Island Wild Flowers, sensitive skin soothing Goatmilk & Oat, hydrating Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn and our uplifting Pear & Pink Magnolia to charm and delight the senses.
11 // Wouf Large Pouch, £19.99
Wouf are a new brand to me and I absolutely love their bold and vibrant designs. The large pouch range offers the beauty of a clutch bag for a night out, or is ideal as a good sized makeup bag for home. The print is on both sides and looks amazing, made using technically canvas and printed with eco inks the vivid colours are stunning and the detailing second to none.
12 // Taste of Bettys Wicker Hamper, £65
Who doesn’t love a Christmas hamper?! And they don’t come much better than this handsome wicker hamper filled with Bettys favourites and festive treats, including a small hand-iced Christmas cake, adorable Swiss milk chocolate Moonlight Owls, seasonal Spiced Plum & Port Preserve, Betty’s much-loved Yorkshire Shortbread Biscuits, some nibble-able Milk Chocolate Almonds, and Betty’s enchanting new Christmas bauble filled with dark chocolate coated orange and lemon jellies. To round off the feast, Betty’s have chosen a bottle of La Petite Perrière Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with fresh, citrus fruit flavours.
13 // Umbra Gridart Wooden Photo Display, £27.95
This photo display holder from Umbra is so pretty. Holding 16 photos and a great size overall (43 x 43 x 2.9 cm) it reminds me off an instagram grid and it will look stunning in any room of the home.
14 // SWYC Name Tag Necklaces, from £24
I love these bespoke handmade necklaces where your choice of word, saying or date is metal stamped across a matte finished Iron bar. They are super simple but look incredible and I especially love them layered up as shown above. They have a huge celebrity following and I featured them on the blog here if you want to get some more inspiration.
15 // Sass & Belle Tropical Summer Watermelon Sunglasses Case, £6.79
Although it’s perhaps not the first present you’d think to buy on these gloomy Winter days, I adore this watermelon sunglasses case. With its hard shell, it will keep your sunglasses scratch free and safe when not in use and is perfect for those jetting off in search of Winter Sun.
16 // INPOLife Just a Line – Personalised Bespoke Print, £25
I absolutely love these bespoke prints by the super talented Vicky, the lovely lady behind In No Particular Order (INPOLife). Whether it be family names or a short quote, Vicky can design a ‘justaline’ print personal to you in either A4 or A3.
17 // Solu Candles, From £12.50
You can never go wrong with a scented candle and the whole collection from Solu Candles smell divine. All Solu candles are hand poured in Cheshire and made using 100% soy wax and premium fragrance oils, ensuring a high quality, clean burn.
18 // SAMAYA Pitta Anti-ageing Treatment Oil, £79
SAMAYA is an all-natural skincare brand based on Ayurvedic principles, which helps you achieve samadosha or a ‘perfect balance’ in your life, beginning with your skin. Ayurveda is based on the belief that in order to achieve and maintain balance, we should pay attention to our lifestyle as a whole and to do this, first we must establish our dosha type. Discovering your dosha type will help you to select the best SAMAYA skincare routine for you. My dosha type is Pitta and I’ve fallen in love with this anti-ageing treatment oil. Not only does this treatment oil smell amazing (it has a subtle hint of Jasmine), it also does wonders for your skin by targeting the signs of skin-ageing, visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
19 // Bon Voyage XL Travel Pouch, £22
I never travel anywhere without my super handy Bon Voyage Travel Pouch from Alphabet Bags. It’s the perfect size for all of my important documents, passports and travel essentials and ensures that I have everything to hand in one place. The hand drawn design has been screen printed in mustard yellow ink onto lovely thick canvas with a black cotton lining.
20 // The Ordinary Skincare, £various
If you’re looking for more affordable skincare gifts, look no further than Canadian brand ‘The Ordinary’ that has revolutionised the beauty industry by offering active ingredients in no-frills packaging at affordable prices (most items are under £10). There are sooooo many products that I swear by and use on a daily basis, but for a more comprehensive guide check out Victoria Health’s super helpful guide which will hopefully help you work out what you need for your skin type.
21 // Pickering’s Gin Baubles, £27.75
The perfect gift for the gin lover in your life. A set of six colourful baubles, each filled with 50ml of Pickering’s Gin, just enough for a double gin and tonic for each of your dinner guests.
22 // Retro Letter Board, £44.99
Out are the boring light boxes and in are the retro feel letter boards! This fab letter board comes with a pack of 286 letters, numbers and symbols and is supplied with eye-loops on the back of the board for hanging and mounting.
I hope this ‘Christmas gift ideas for her’ guide has given you some festive inspiration. What will you be buying the ladies in your life this Christmas?
Disclosure: A number of these products have been gifted for the purpose of this guide.
I’ve always loved Christmas but having children really does makes it oh so magical again.
Pre kids, Christmas Day was an excuse to stuff my face with turkey and consume far too many chocolates but these days, there is no better feeling that waking up to a morning of pure excitement. Their beaming faces and shrieks of delight are infectious and it really is such a magical day for all the family.
Christmas Eve has also changed. What was once an afternoon/evening of last minute wrapping has now become a wonderful family day with giddy children super excited over the impending arrival of a certain bearded man!
As a child, Christmas Eve is arguably the most exciting day of the year. I remember when I was little going to bed SO excited that I was unable to sleep and listening out intently for the jingling of bells to signal Father Christmas’ arrival! To make Jack and Phoebe’s Christmas Eve extra special, I recently came across the increasingly popular idea of a ‘Christmas Eve box’.
A Christmas Eve box is the perfect early Christmas present to get little ones excited for the big day. If you’ve never heard of them, in a nutshell, it’s basically a box of goodies designed to get your children excited about waking up the next morning. You can buy Christmas Eve boxes already made ‘off the shelf’ but most parents like to put them together themselves and make them totally suited to their child.
So what do you put into a Christmas Eve box?
If you’d like to start this lovely tradition, I’ve pulled together 8 fabulous ideas including lovely items from one of my favourite brands, The White Company:
1 // You will obviously need a box to place all your goodies. You can buy personalised boxes such as these beauties from NOTHS or you can buy non-personalised (and cheaper) boxes such as this super cute festive box from Paperchase.
2 // The Snowman DVD, £6.99.
A Christmas DVD is a must on Christmas Eve. Nothing sets the mood better than a good old-fashioned Christmas movie to enjoy together as a family.
3 // I couldn’t resist including these sweet knitted Father Christmas decoration, £10.
4 // Reindeer Dust
Raid your craft box and the cereal cupboard to get your hands on some oats and glitter to make reindeer dust. Tell your little ones to sprinkle the magic mixture on the lawn to help guide Rudolph and his pals to your home. Reindeer dust is a lovely little snack that helps the reindeers to fly all night long don’t you know?!
5 // Reindeer Novelty Slipper Boots, £24
How cute are these Reindeer Slipper Boots?! From the antlers to the 3D ears to the little red pom-pom nose, your little ones will squeal with delight to find them in your Christmas Eve Box. Made from coral fleece, they will keep your little one’s feet really toasty and will go perfectly with the All Over Print Snowbear PJ set.
6 // All Over Print Snowbear PJs, £20
You can’t beat a pair of festive pyjamas and they don’t come more Christmassy than the All Over Print Snowbear PJ set from The White Company. Featuring the all-over snowbear motif on the snug elasticated bottoms, and a little appliqué in the middle of the top, they not only look fab, they are super comfy too.
7 // My Night Before Christmas Book, £6.99
What better book to read on Christmas Eve than My Night Before Christmas? It’s the perfect way to get your little ones excited for a visit from the bearded man in the big red suit.
8 // Lumi Polar Bear Teddy, £35
Little people love cuddly toys and they don’t come much cuter than this gorgeous Lumi Polar Bear.
Do you prepare Christmas Eve boxes for your children? If so what do you like to include in yours?
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There’s nothing better than an impromptu getaway with one of your best buddies and her gorgeous kiddies and really feeling like you are stepping away from it all. And this is exactly what happened over October half term, when the littles and I were very kindly asked to stay at our friend’s holiday home in Bamburgh with her and her two little ones.
With its coastline of open, sweeping beaches, rocky shores and extensive sand dunes, Bamburgh is so beautiful and everytime we visit, I instantly relax and the kids have a ball. We spend our days pottering around the village, playing on the beach and making the most of the eternal sunshine (I swear Bamburgh has its own microclimate as no matter what time of year we visit, it’s always sunny!).
The kids absolutely adore visiting Bamburgh and its local attractions, and after consulting the little ones for the purpose of this post, here are their top 5 things to see and do in and around Bamburgh:
1 // Bamburgh Castle
Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard over this beautiful coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country and is definitely worth a visit.
From the Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts Museum, to the State Rooms there is something for everyone and the views from the castle ramparts across the bay to Holy Island and Lindisfarne are truly breathtaking. There’s plenty of space for little legs to run around and explore and I’d highly recommend downloading the activity pack before you visit to help your little ones discover the castle. We happily spent a good few hours, digging in the dig pit, playing quoits, running around like loons exploring and clambering on canons!
All weather waterproof jacket, Cosy lined joggers and Leather high tops c/o Boden
(Phoebe) Reversible teddy half zip, Fun leggings and Chelsea boots c/o Boden
2 // Bamburgh Beach
Bamburgh Castle beach is the perfect place to go for long, wind-swept walks at any time of year and we can easily while away a good few hours on the beach building sandcastles, paddling in the surf, playing beach games and flying kites. Wth the castle providing a stunning backdrop, the sands run almost unbroken between Bamburgh and Seahouses, with dunes and just a couple of rocky areas that always prove very popular with the little ones.
After a good morning playing on the sand, we love nothing better than heading to the Copper Kettle Tearooms for a delicious homemade lunch or Wyndenwell for their locally made ice cream which is to die for!
Raglan shaggy hoodie
All weather waterproof jacket, Knitted hat and knitted gloves c/o Boden
Cosy two-in-one padded jacket c/o Boden
Reversible teddy half zip and Cable beanie hat c/o Boden
Raglan t-shirt and Leather high tops c/o Boden
3 // Alnwick Castle
With its medieval knights and dragons, dressing up area and Harry Potter experience, Alnwick Castle proved to be a HUGE hit with the kids. We also timed it perfectly to take part in their Halloween themed ‘Spooky Trail’ around the beautiful gardens, which was great fun.
Alnwick Castle has played host to some pretty incredible film sets over the years including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Jack’s favourite, Harry Potter and he was so excited by the Broomstick Training on the very spot where Harry had his first flying lesson in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Sessions are free with your entry ticket, but require a free time-slot ticket. You simply collect your time-slot ticket from Knight’s Quest when you arrive at Alnwick Castle, but as it’s super popular you really need to arrive as early in the day as possible and collect your tickets straight away to avoid disappointment. We didn’t realise you had to book in advance and very nearly missed out.
Knight’s Quest is a brilliant area of the castle where you can dress up in medieval costume and meet Alnwick’s townsfolk as you join the hustle and bustle of life in the 14th century. There was so much going on, it was impossible to try everything but the kids loved playing traditional games in the square, dressing up and completing the quizzes. There’s also the Dragon Quest, which like the Broomstick Training is free, but you need to get your hands on tickets in advance. We started it with all four kids, but be warned it’s not for the feint hearted and only Jack and I made it to the end after lots of screaming and tears from the girls.
Cable cardigan and Cable beanie hat c/o Boden
Cable cardigan, Adventure dungaree dress, Cable beanie hat and Chelsea boots c/o Boden
4 // Heatherslaw Light Railway
We didn’t manage to take a trip on the Heatherslaw Light Railway on this holiday, but its usually a firm favourite on our Bamburgh trips.
The 15 inch gauge railway runs a lovely route from Heatherslaw Station across to Etal Castle, with much of it alongside the River Till offering lovely views and copious wildlife spotting opportunities! The journey there and back takes approximately 50 minutes and if you time it right, I can highly recommend stopping at the lovely family-friendly Lavender Tearooms in Etal village for lunch or afternoon tea.
Aside from being the most northerly known steam railway in England, Heatherslaw Light Railway is a brilliant day out in all weathers thanks to its adaptability. It offers fully enclosed, partly glazed, and fully open carriage options depending on the weather and it also carries two permanent carriages suitable for disabled access.
5 // The Fish Shack, Amble
As a family of food lovers, it was only right that we included one eatery on the list and it just had to be The Fish Shack. This place couldn’t be better. With its amazing fresh food (think fish and chips, crab sandwiches and freshly steamed mussels), quirky and relaxed setting, and helpful staff, it really is a fantastic place that is well worth a visit!
Situated on Amble’s beautiful harbour, The Fish Shack is a cosy, rustic eatery that was purpose built using the old ‘Sea Quest’ boat. (The photos below have been taken from their website).
A huge thanks to Boden for sending Jack and Phoebs some lovely threads to wear on our jollies and a massive thanks to Aimee and the girls for being the perfect hosts.