Sunday, 11 December 2011

Spaß auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt ...... Birmingham Christmas Market 2011


Had the most amazing weekend with my family which i think we really needed and really made up for the disastrous previous weekends plans. This weekend was all about Christmas so Mrs M was very very excited. We had attempted to visit the Birmingham Christmas market last weekend but unfortunately literally 20 yards away from the market we had a very sick young man on our hands and had to turn around and make the journey home. 

This weekend however everything ran fairly smoothly apart from the inevitable wet nappy on  more than one occasion. We were also lucky enough to get a room at our favorite hotel due to a cancellation ( http://www.nitenitehotelbirmingham.co.uk/ ) which is a pod hotel, everything you need is in the space of 5ft by 7ft . It costs around £55 per night, but it ultra modern, slick and cool. It's highly recommended, the restaurant down stairs is really good value, and exceptional quality,everything is freshly made to order, and is so tasty! ( Especially the rocket and spinach feta pizza, or the New Yorker burger! ) Other than the NiteNite, there are plenty of hotels a couple of minutes away, ranging from budget, to pure luxury. 

The Birmingham Christmas market will always be important to us as it is where me and Mrs M spent a lot or our time when we first started courting (writing 'courting' sounded so much funnier in my head). It has something for everyone, from the shops selling really authentic Christmas goods, decorations and mittens etc, to the Garlic shapes garlic bread hut, and of course the alcoholic bars everywhere, selling everything from Blueberry wine, to lagers and ales. Which are reasonably priced ar £3 per pint or mug of wine. We tried the blueberry wine, which was delicious! 


Mrs M got extremely excited when we turned a corner and saw this parked up by the ICC!! She thought it was a Santa's grotto so we went to have a look,when we approached the rear and saw a bunch of truckers with pump trucks smoking, i made it quite clear that we wouldn't be taking my son on there to see Santa!


For me apart from the obvious spending time with the people I love, when it came to the market it was all about the toys, I love all the hand made wooden toys and also the vintage looking children's play thing's. The vintage toys are well made, and average price for something like a vintage robot. We bought a vintage robot and it cost £12 which is alot cheaper than the ones we'd seen in shops previously.


 I remember having a metal spinning top like these when i was a nipper, my favorite of the toys on these stalls will always be the retro looking robots....


Well it would have been rude not to buy one for the boys for Christmas as I said,  (although i think that after a week or so when the Christmas buzz has died down he will probably end up living on the shelf in the lounge hehe, or maybe it'll start a new collection off? )



We could have spent a small fortune but we really had to reign it in, as everything is so pretty, Christmassy and with the music, sight and smells, it doesn't feel like your in central Birmingham . As much as i loved all the Nut Cracker's we already have lots from the time we spent there dating, a small one costs around £3.50, and they go up to £80 for a 4ft one. It didn't stop us taking lots of great picture's though for you to peak at. 


It was most important that we got hold of some Birmingham Christmas market mugs. We had got some 2 years ago and loved them but unfortunately Mrs M was very ill last year when pregnant with out youngest so going to Birmingham wasn't an option. This year we were really excited about our boot shaped mugs, you pay £3 and they give you a token to hand back with you mug if you don't wish to keep it, and you then get your £3 back, but we always keep ours!


The trip wouldn't be complete unless we found an interesting Christmas decoration for the tree. we walked past Urban Outfitters and Mrs M shouted "there's a bauble with a mustache on it" (Mrs M likes a good mustache) . 




Also brought a potato gun for £3.50,  as before bed our eldest Seth  likes us to tell him stories about when we were little, I told him one a few weeks ago about me and my friends having spud guns and he got really excited.


So altogether a very fun weekend away 


1 comment:

DADDY AND LOVING IT said...

i love the christmas market!!!

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