Bath Christmas Market and our stay with Premier Inn #ad

Christmas is upon us and our family of 5 have been trying to make the most of this festive season by getting out and about and enjoying different events. Christmas was a wash out for us as family last year with pregnancy nausea and stomach bugs, so this year we are going to make it special. Premier Inn has conducted research to identify the nation’s top 20 favourite Christmas markets across the UK, and invited us to stay with them in one of the winning cities.  We decided to go to Bath as we had heard so may lovely things about it before and it’s only a couple of hours away from us. Safe to say, it didn't disappoint! Here’s a video of our highlights:

On arrival…

We arrived in Bath at about 3.30 and parked in the local shopping centre which was a short walk from the Premier Inn. The boys were so excited about staying in a hotel so we went to check in and let them explore the room before heading out to the market. Running down the corridors and counting down the numbers, Jonah found our room with Winter in tow and opened the door for us (when did he get so grown up?!). The room as spacious, with a kingsize Hypnos bed for Mummy and Daddy, a single bed for each Jonah and Winter and enough room for Fox’s cot too. It was clean, modern and the bathroom had a decent sized bath with shower. One thing that the boys do straight away when arriving at a hotel is enjoy the ‘mini milks’ and there was a nice little selections of teas and coffees for us to enjoy too (sans milk obs). We grabbed a cuppa while the boys bounced on the bed manically before heading out!

Little Foxy all wrapped up warm for the market.

Little Foxy all wrapped up warm for the market.

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As you’ll have seen from our video, the market was only a 5 minute walk from the hotel, which is great with kids. Winter is at that awkward age where he’s too big for a big but not big enough to walk too far, so it worked well for us!

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The Christmas Market

The market itself was just magical. I had heard a lot about Bath market but it exceeded all of my expectations. It was so big, it took us a good few hours to browse the stalls, enjoy some churros and listen to some festive music by Bath Abbey and that beautiful Christmas tree. Jonah bought a magic trick from one of the stalls and it just completely taken with it. Winter is just encapsulated by it whenever Jonah shows him! This weekend has been such a special time for those two - they are becoming more like friends every day at the moment!

Back to the hotel

By about 7.30 the boys (and me!) were done. We had had some food at the market so we got straight into our pjs twitch ‘The Bugs Programme’ as Jonah calls it and Chris caught up on his sports news with the Premier Inn’s Unlimited WIFI. Lights out at 10pm with some very tired boys snuggled in their beds!

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Saturday Morning

Don’t we look like a family who slept well?? Well we actually did. For some reason, Fox always sleeps well in hotel rooms, and this was no exception! They were up early, bouncing on all the beds again, but it did mean that we could enjoy the morning in bed before going down for breakfast. We had a tea, with milk I had bought at Sainsbury’s the day before because the ‘mini milks’ had been drunk, remember?! The boys had a splash in the bath so we could get organised and we were ready to go!

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Breakfast

For £9.50 you can add a bar and Block breakfast to your stay in Bath which although seems a little pricey to me initially, you get loads packed into that price: hot and cold breakfast bits, including pancakes and syrup (mmm) Costa lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolates, juices etc. This was actually exactly what we needed to start our day of travelling home. Jonah, a boy after my own heart had pancakes too, and they were delicious!

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Home Time

And just like that, our little weekend getaway was over! Sometimes it’s so important to remove yourselves as a family from the humdrum of being at home for a few days to really be together, and what better a time than at Christmas? It doesn’t have to cost you the earth either as we discovered by staying at the Premier Inn (which I’ve found family rooms as cheap as £35 a night!). It’s not a 5 star hotel, but it doesn’t have to be; we found it to be clean, spacious, modern and with free wifi and tv thrown in (as well as that comfy Hypnos bed I mentioned earlier) it’s get everything you need for a comfortable night sleep and base to experience somewhere new. Where will you go with Premier Inn?

This is a paid advertorial with Premier Inn. As always, all opinions are my own.