Goodness me – what a fantastic place Lapland UK is!
By the way, I am not being paid to say that…my ticket was bought and paid for by my lovely Mum! In fact, she treated all of us as she is a ‘Festive Freak’ in the nicest possible sense…she absolutely adores this time of year!
So Mr WLB and I joined my Mum, my sister, her hubby, and my niece and nephew for a jaunt to Windsor last night. We were booked in for a 4.30pm entrance to Lapland UK. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as you do hear horror stories of poor manky reindeer, polystyrene ‘snow’, and shoddy gifts at these winter wonderland places!
I couldn’t have been more surprised. It was amazing!
We queued up in line to wait for our elf to show us in. Then were wandered down a path in the snowy woods to a little clearing…which had the most amusing elf (from Bristol judging by his accent!) who was just adorably cheeky! The kids loved him…and so did I. Then we had a singing elf and we joined in with some songs…and eventually were greeted by Santa’s reindeer herder (who was rather lovely…I wanted to take him home with me!) who led us through to the toy-making factory…
Seriously, it was so well organised! I was in my festive element!
We then got some time in the market square, where we met husky dogs, had some soup – well, I had soup…everyone else had Christmas Pie and mash! We also attempted ice-skating…the boots wouldn’t go on my feet, so I took my nephew to buy Christmas cupcakes…whilst Mr WLB went around the ice-skating rink. This sounds impressive – he actually clung on for dear life and shuffled around the edge once, before leaving the rink with a massive sigh of relief!
It was then time to see Santa.
We went on a walk through snow covered trees. It was all fake snow, but looked so real – it was just fabulous. I felt like I was in another country; it was just down the road from Ascot!
We were shown to a beautiful log cabin by an elf, and the children waited outside. When Santa was ready we went inside. He knew all about them – that my niece loves her pony and had been sledging recently…and that my nephew has a naughty friend and likes trains. They had a good chat, and my nephew finally gave up his dummy for Santa – actually, he said he would swap it for three trains!
They got a beautiful toy husky each and then we headed off to collect photographs.
It was a brilliant night and I would definitely go again.
I suppose if I had a criticism then it would have to relate to the price. It’s expensive to get in and expensive for food and gifts etc. You also have to pay for the pictures of the children with Santa…you can’t take your own pictures at this point. This, in my opinion, makes it a bit exclusive…I would love for more children to get the opportunity to go here – yet it would be out of reach price-wise for a lot of families. If my Mum hadn’t paid, then I think we would have struggled to justify the cost so close to Christmas. I guess it is a very realistic alternative option to the real thing…and the children enjoyed it so much. I would like to say, ‘What price can you put on memories?’…but in the real world we do have to consider budgets!
Anyway – that was my take on Lapland UK. If you can afford it, then I would definitely go…but if not, then just enjoy family time…memories are made in many ways!
I managed to stay on track with my food. I chose a bowl of butternut squash soup instead of a currywurst or a pie…I avoided the cakes too even though they looked amazing! I had a good walk around too before driving us home. Today has been great. I had a good workout this morning with my trainer…and snuck Jessie P and Jill T back into my gym for a workout before they headed home. A few ladies spotted him and had their faces pressed up against the glass doors from the studio…he did oblige when it came to photos and I think that I will now be a ‘celeb’ in the gym! My sister, surprisingly, also came to the gym with me today! I have been helping Mr WLB write his CV this evening – he has lived with me, a recruitment specialist, for over 13 years yet hasn’t got a CV. Oh, and I also met with the chap who commissioned HOOP to undertake a project in my city recently relating to childhood obesity – I am supporting him on a longer term basis to try and help where I can.
My food pictures have been a nightmare recently…I keep forgetting to take them – I will kick myself on your behalf. I did get one of breakfast today though…
Breakfast: Chestnut mushroom, cherry tomato, red onion, beetroot, and spinach omelette.
Lunch: Jacket potato, baked beans, and cottage cheese with a spinach and kale salad.
Dinner: Quorn BBQ fillets, syn free chips, salad, and lighter than light mayo (3 syns).
Snacks: Pana Chocolate mint raw cacao bar (12 syns).
Exercise: 60 minutes PT.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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