What. A. Year.
Shock celebrity deaths, Brexit and President Trump to name but a few events… but one of the most significant to me? My family moving into a lovely and very happily welcomed new home. But this happy event was over shadowed by a close family member under going treatment for cancer.
The good news is that he is well on the mend. The bad news is that I feel like it may take a little while longer for the emotional scars to heal in our immediate family. But this is something we can work on together – safe in the knowledge that we are all together.
2016 also marked the year that my Mum turned 60.
We celebrated the day with cherry scones and pink lemonade at Bents, but this was about as far as the celebrations went. Not just the logistics of working around a sick family member, a toddler and a house move… but it just seemed as though none of us were in the party spirit.
The arrival of the Manchester Christmas Markets, and the knowledge that in all of her 60 years my mum had never visited them, made me decide to plan a trip. And although we’re literally 30 minutes down the road (or train tracks) to Manchester City Centre, I booked a hotel.
It was to be a boozy, grown up girls event. No driving, no 6 am wake up calls… just chillin’. Mums Day Out at Manchester Christmas Markets.
I booked the best hotel I could afford as a special treat for us and managed to bag a £10 per person spa day. I know – #winning right?
We spent one night in a Superior Room at the Park Inn by Radisson. It cost £189 – Breakfast inclusive. And that magical ingredient, FREE WIFI, swung it for us.
The £10 spa day was excellent for the price. The pool and treatment rooms had a very sporty feel to them. So after chilling out in the steam rooms and having a massage… and some apple pie with custard (yum) we headed up to our room with a bottle of fizz and sat for an hour in the ENORMOUS king sized bed and watched TV.
We waited for the sun to start setting before we headed out to enjoy the first night of the Manchester Christmas Markets. Before we were laden down with bags and starving so stopped at ASK for dinner. I used a discount code on my o2 priorities to keep the price down. Then we went for a wonder through all the Market stalls outside of Harvey Nicks and all through the Corn Exchange.
But before long our bags were heavy and out feet were tired so we retired to the comfort of our room once more after a night cap and with *ahem* another *ahem* bottle of fizz. We sat up chatting and watching Police Interceptors until late (I say late, but mean and about 10 pm – that’s late right?!).
I slept uninterrupted until 8 am. Unheard of! It was glorious… and needed coffee and shopping fuel. Luckily it was easy to find.
We had such a lovely girls weekend. It is doubtful that we’ll be able to make a habit of it… but the best bit? Having my Mum ALL to myself.
Have you been to the Manchester Christmas Markets yet?!
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Love and apple pie,