A Magical Christmas Break

We like to get away in between Christmas and New year (that long week where you've eaten too much, sat around in people's houses too much and generally feel sick of people and just want to see something new πŸ˜‚). 

This year in the run up to Christmas, my mum bought me and my sister's 2 elves and set the challenge of a naughty elf competition. Being the most competitive of us all, I had to win! Luckily I did and the prize was a hotel away courtesy of dad (he was to be told this AFTER judging the competition). Here are some of the entries...

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We chose to go to Harrogate and the plan was to take it easy after pregnancy had left me not feeling great at the end of the first trimester. Little did I know there would be so many beautiful places to see. 

We stopped off at Knaresborough and walked down the pretty side streets to the waters edge. We stopped at The Black Mulberry, a cafe with lovely pannini's and homemade soup or pancakes beneath the huge viaduct. The walk back up to the town is steep via lots of big steps past the ruins of an old lookout.

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From here we drove to Fountains Abbey, a huge national trust site with water gardens, a deer park, riverside picnic spots and the most amazing Abbey!

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From the woods, you can here classical music being played from the Abbey tower and with snow still on the ground, it feels magical and exciting. The Abbey is huge and with sketches of what is used to be like, you are transferred back into history and the life the monks may have experienced. 

In December, the Celarium looks extra special, lit up with lights under the dramatic vaulted ceilings. 

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We didn't have time for the deer park which means this is ANOTHER place I need to visit again in the summer. National Trust, you never fail to amaze me πŸ’œΒ 

We arrived at the Crowne Plaza to find it in darkness because the roof was leaking so headed out to 'Burgers & More'.Β 

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Rob had a chorizo stuffed burger and the hungry caterpillar over here chose a beef burger with chicken strips, fried onion and cheese. If I didn't look 14 weeks pregnant before, I definitely do now.  

We leave early in the morning to head back to Chester to celebrate new years eve having lunch with friends and afternoon drinks (Becks blue for me) after seeing NONE of Harrogate itself.

If you have any suggestions with places we can visit next time, let me know below. 

Happy new year and all the best for 2018!

Lauren x