I spend a lot of my time chatting to parents, both in the playground at school drop-off and pick-up and also during photography sessions. I've picked up loads of tips and ideas this way so it's my turn to share.
I've recently been researching Christmas activities and days out for my own children and there's so much going on in the area that I had to make a shortlist for them to choose from and here it is - it might help you decide what to do with yours too!
Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year but their illuminated, magical Christmas trail promises to be really spectacular. We've got our tickets!
A proper family business (located between Bicester and Buckingham) and where you should get your Christmas Tree from because you can also visit Santa, meet and feed real reindeer (awesome photo oportunities), eat lovely Christmassy treats and shop for very lovely decorations.
Wickstead Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire are offering 'enchanted tales and illuminations' and it sounds lovely. Plenty of family activities, food, shopping and a touch of mulled wine for the non-driving adults. Perfect!
This National Trust property is in Berkhamstead, Hertforshire and they have so many Christmassy things happening in December it's a definite on our shortlist. National Trust are great all the time but particularly at Christmas so check out your local property if Ashridge is too far for you.
Mead Open Farm near Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire is fabulous every Christmas and this year is no different. If you want a full day out and exhausted children this is the place to go!
I hope that's given you a few suggestions to keep the little ones (or medium ones as mine are insisting on being referred to now) busy and worn out over the Christmas season.