I am absolutely loving the festive content (reading and writing it), and so today I wanted to continue by writing about this beautiful place that my mum took me to. This place is called Ruxley Manor and it is a garden centre, but at Christmas time it becomes so much more.
Firstly, I had never been before but my mum ALWAYS would go on about how much I would love it there, and so we decided to have a little girls trip there. Well I basically told her she needed to take me.
So let’s go on an
Explore with me: Ruxley Manor!
What an absolute treat it was. I honestly did not know what to expect when I arrived, but there was so much to look at! There was even an ice skating rink as you walk in, which I mean is amazing.
I am so glad and happy that my mum brought me here because I feel like it is going to be a place I can come to every year and just walk around witnessing the beauty of Christmas.
One thing I did think was great was the fact that every section for decorations had a theme. For example, one section was dedicated to “The Grinch” which was displayed in the middle and then surrounding was the colour decorations that you could buy to do with that particular theme. Another section was a beautiful “woodland” theme, which just looked perfect! It had cute woodland creatures and candles and smells which was just lovely.
I mean the creativity behind it all was mind blowing and whoever was in charge of this did a fantastic job and deserve a pay rise.
Honestly, I had never seen anything quite like this before and it was all so creative and you could tell a lot of time has gone into it. Absolutely blew me away so thank you Ruxley Manor.
It was something different to your typical Christmas store and although it is pricey everything was so nice to look at. I loved just walking around and I did pick up some candles and a couple of decorations.
It also has a section that is not Christmas but has clothes, and other random bits and of course it has plants and outdoor stuff (because it is a garden centre after all).
Of course there was a lovely restaurant in the middle for you to have a break whilst shopping. It was filled with hot foods or you could even just have a cake and tea. There was a nice selection to whatever you fancied which I think is nice. However, it was very busy when we were there so we just decided on a hot drink and cake (I mean I am happy about that to be honest).
Lastly, they do also have a Santa’s grotto for the children and real reindeer which I think is such a lovely touch. It is definitely somewhere for families to enjoy as well. However, I don’t necessarily agree with real reindeer being there because I thought the cage was way too small for them. In saying that they don’t keep the reindeer there but in fact take them back to their field.
So yeah it is great for a nice family day out, but also a nice girly trip like me and my mum had. Also there was a section filled with gifts and home stuff which I think was good as well.
- Afternoon tea and brunch
- pet department
- soft play area for kids
- special events all year round
I thought it was a lovely place for a day out and of course if you are buying Christmas stuff or garden stuff then it is a perfect place. It also has events and places to eat if you want to which I think is a great bonus too. I just felt so festive and happy whilst walking around and I love that. I definitely recommend Ruxley Manor, and I would love to be able to go back as well.
Therefore, if you are near a garden centre then I definitely recommend checking it out at Christmas because, I did not think about shopping for my Christmas stuff in a garden centre but it was amazing!
Thanks for reading!
Gemma Jayne x