Once a few pennies are saved, there are lots of pubs, restaurants, cafes and even take aways locally – and especially the Cafe in the Park where they do super food and snacks (their breakfast muffin is awsome) and their take out Cappaccino and Latte are just the best!
Okay thats the bills and the holiday savings partially spent – but its a long winter and theres time to catch up again (those heating bills – did you know you can have a ‘pay as you go’ meter for utilities especially if you are just moving into a first home – its tougher to buy utilities each week in the winter but no bills stack up – and although those dd’s all year round are okay if work and wages are regular all year round – but lots of trades aren’t paid regularly and if you miss a month bank charges are steep!)
Of course if you are still seriously saving, or even just thrifty, there’s always the possibility of reheating your own coffees made at home if you like milky coffee or taking a picnic bag or hamper and just heating it in the car with a cigarette lighter kettle that runs off the car battery or take a trusty flask. Picnic hampers are cool with porky pies and pickle or even just a bar of chocolate to share!!
Making super cakes to take or baking old fashioned puddings to munch at home later can be just the best kind of day for small kids and grandparents! I can remember walking the park with my beloved grandfather and going home to either crumpets and butter toasted by the fire or cakes or even fruit pie and custard – twilight afternoons warm and cosy with my own hot water bottle on the sofa tucked up with a rug, tired out watching the firelight dance in the hearth after a long walk – just super days!
We took pockets full of apples too and have kept that tradition going, I’ve munched so many yummy apples from the greengrocer in the park on walks or just chilling- i wonder why there aren’t any apple trees growing!
There are cafes on Bramcote Lane and the garden centres nearby do have super morning coffees lunches and teas (and the food isnt in a box – unless thats your choice of course) Trowell Garden Centre and the ones near Stapleford are the closest and have super Christmas decorations.
We have the Christmas Lights on the small shopping lane at Bramcote as well and they will be on from the 4th. Beeston Town Centre and the other County towns will have their lights as well as the City where there is the Christmas fair, market and ice rink in the Old Market Square. Even more gorgeous Garden Centre Cafes sprinkle the edges of the City – at Lambley, Wicks on Spring Lane is lovely and the one near Bulcote on the way to Southwell has fresh ground coffees and posh teas to buy (sorry i cant remember the name – but will find out).
At the Riverside at Beeston and the other side of the City from Colwick right along the river (mind its not in flood) you can find super pub restaurants all cosy with a view of the river.
Southwell is probably our nearest old fashioned chocolate box type county town for a day or half day out, with Newark further out and then in the opposite direction over the river, Ruddington is a lovely little town with the Framework Knitters museum, the Great Central Railway (Santa steaming trains) and lovely small shops. Mansfield, Worksop, Kirkby and Sutton in Ashfield all have the small shopping centres. Ilkeston just into Derbyshire is worth a visit when they have their market.
Bus trips are around £8 for a family ticket, two adults and up to three kids all day round the wider city – Trent Barton have some specials for further afield and the Robin Hood Train and the tram both go as far as Hucknall where there are nice pubs and a market. Newstead Abbey is near Hucknall and apparently accessible with a walk from the train, but i’ve not met anyone whose used the train to visit there. Most out of the city places have free or cheap car parking. Rufford Abbey is stunning with walks, craft shops and events and Edwinstowe with Sherwood Forest and the craft centre is just a picturesque village. Clumber Park is a little further on near Ollerton which is a small town and nearby is the Walesby super super Christmas Garden Centre with just an awsome collection of Christmas decorations – these are all lovely places on a winters day, hopefully they are still open for trade and visitors.
City folk of course are spoilt for choice with places to go from the Cornerhouse to the Arena and lots of fast food and cafes and pubs including real ale ones!!
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