‘Tis the Festive Season and here Phoebe Phillips shares her thoughts on things to do this year in Staffordshire…

Santa is out of elf-isolation & is coming to Stone!

Until the 20th December you can witness Mr Claus in his magical sleigh. The 2020 Stone Round Table Father Christmas sleigh tour dates are:
Thursday 17th December – Cherry fields & A34 estates (from 4pm)
Saturday 19th December – Lichfield Road, The Coppice & Priory Estate (from 6pm)
Sunday 20th December – Walton / The Filly brooks (from 6pm)
Donations can be made to stone round table HERE

TIS THE SEASON TO BE KIND!
PAY IT FORWARD by donating brand new toys/ gifts or non-perishable goods to Alice Charity in Newcastle-Under- Lyme and help make someone else’s Christmas extra special.
Donation drop off: tel: 01782 627017
Newcastle town centre, Unit 11,
Queens Parade, Ironmarket, ST5 1RW

Visit Christmas Street
Bromsberrow Way, ST3 7UE, Meir Park, are lighting up their houses for the festive season (Deck the Halls style) to raise money for Dougie Mac and spread some much-needed Christmas joy. Whether on foot or by car, you are welcome to admire
the different array of lights and decorations.

Donations can be made to Dougie Mac HERE

 

Winter Walks
Why not spend some time outdoors this festive period, let’s face it we have all spent a little too much time in the house this year. From frosty mornings to mid-afternoon winter sun, boost your serotonin levels and get the family walking this Christmas!

Here are some of my best suggestions…. Stretch your legs at the Downs Banks, Stone – follow the riverside path or venture off into the woodlands. Great for kids or pets that like to splash in the water. Wander around Westport lake – take in the scenic views of this local treasure, situated just outside of Tunstall.

Central Forest Park is for everyone – Whilst the kids are off this holiday, the play area is a great place for them to blow off some steam.

Enjoy the history of Wedgewood- for the peace seekers, this quaint location is ideal. Embrace the history of our local area and stretch those legs in Barlaston.

However, if we are homebound by mother nature there are plenty of Christmas traditions to partake in at Christmas-Wreathhome… DIY wreath making!
Collect autumn foliage and using copper wire tie the leaves around a circular mould (which could be made from twigs or wire) to create a great centrepiece for your front door – a great way of getting festive and boosting the Christmas spirit.
DIY Christmas Garland.

Slice fruit, such as oranges, into thin quarters and bake them at 150 degrees until the fruit is visibly dried. Once cooled, use a needle to thread the fruit onto twine. The Garland will sure make any room in the house smell festive.

Thank you for reading my blog on BabaBaboon – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Phoebe

(Images by Phoebe Phillips)

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