Cotswolds Day One

Happy 1st of December! I think its safe to say we have officially entered the Christmas period!
On trend, I travelled to the Cotswolds to explore my first Christmas Market, do a bit of Christmas shopping, and see what the Cotswolds has to offer.

First stop, Cirencester Christmas Market.

The Market made me feel warm and Christmassy inside (that may have also had something to do with the Mulled Wine I sampled, really tasty *hiccup*). Thoroughly recommend you have a scout around of your own, some good prezzie ideas to be found and the good news is the little huts are hanging around until much closer to the big day.

Also, the surrounding shops in Cirencester high street had their own Christmas sparkle going on which, once I had thoroughly covered the Market, I really enjoyed perusing.

Mum and I found a Joules (dangerous territory). These beauties are going on my wish list.
Then, I came across a little independent bookshop, called Octavia’s Bookshop, that was literally Britain’s own version of ‘The Shop Around the Corner’. For those of you who know and love the film ‘You’ve Got Mail’, you can appreciate how excited I was to check this out, and the inside did not disappoint.

I half expected Meg Ryan to come round the corner, sit down here with her princess hat on and tell me a story!

We also came across a fantastic little shop called Parlane, which had LOADS of Christmas gift ideas/things I would love for a home anyway, and I managed to capture a few sneaky pictures inside…

Suffering with shop till you drop syndrome, Mum and I headed back towards the car, our tired feet relishing the sit down, and decided to head off to Tetbury to recharge our batteries. 

Introducing Quayles…

Sipping my reasonably priced and silky smooth latte, I looked out the window at the fading day. We have managed to pack so much in today that this break was so very much appreciated. 

As the light faded, the twinkle lights appeared in their hundreds!

The shops were quite simply stunning. Instead of your cheeriness vanishing early with the sun, the Christmas displays in cute country shop windows were enough to bring them flooding right back again. My festive faith has been flagging recently, but by God it returned on this trip. The Cotswolds do Christmas very well!

Last shop visited was the biggest gem of them all! Henrietta’s House is a gorgeous little old fashioned toy shop. The window looked so enticing we just had to venture inside. I consequently found the perfect present for my nephew, and can guarantee that you will find the little person in your life the perfect present also. The staff are wonderful, friendly and knowledgable. One to visit if you get the chance.
The day was concluded with an invitation to dinner. Spent with family I enjoyed some tasty dishes, which I will naturally try to replicate for you in due course. Here is a preview…
So, if your beginning to feel a bit like Scrooge, get thee to the Cotswolds! You will feel better. Have a Mulled Wine and relax. Don’t put yourself under pressure this Christmas, just enjoy. Enjoy the twinkle lights, enjoy warm festive beverages on cold winter nights, enjoy. 

Tomorrow is my last day here. I would love to stay for so much longer. But for now, to bed.

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