Free Time with the Kids Christmas Guide

I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I don’t put the decorations up too early, but they do always go up the first weekend of December. It’s a particularly busy time for the Free Time with the Kids blog because I’ll be doing loads of Christmas activities with the kids. This year we have a real mix of Christmas beliefs from the kids. Smallest Child gets very excited about Santa but doesn’t really know what it’s all about. Middle Child still believes, but I don’t know how much longer for. Biggest Child knows the truth but still loves all things Christmas. This page pulls together all of my different what’s on guides, reviews of individual events and some of my festive musings. There’s a what’s on guide for each of the four counties; Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts. Plus there’s lots of things to do outdoors with the kids.

There’s one other Christmas tradition I’d like to tell you about. Every year we get our letters from Santa from the NSPCC. There’s a suggested £5 donation which goes directly to the NSPCC. We’ve had letters from them for the past few years and they’re really beautiful. I highly recommend them! Order your letters here.

I think this is a great opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of you. Over the past year I’ve had loads of really lovely messages, emails and comments about how useful you’ve found the blog, or telling me about days out you’ve had after seeing a review. It really is lovely to hear all about them. If you have found the blog useful please do consider supporting the future of the blog by buying me a coffee. It’s just £3 (or whatever you choose) and goes towards the running costs of the blog. Thank you.

Christmas what’s on guides

Reviews of family friendly Christmas events – Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire

Here are some reviews of Christmas events we’ve attended in previous years to give you an idea of what to expect. I’ll be sharing my reviews here as we attend them this year – we’ve got some really exciting things booked in!

Christmas events in Hertfordshire | Free Time with the Kids

Free Time with the Kids Christmas Blogs

Here are some blogs that I’ve written about Christmas in previous years. Please note that some of the activities mentioned are pre-covid and so may no longer be correct. Disclaimer – Before anyone starts getting cross with me for ruining Christmas please read the blog about Santa, not just the title. I’m not telling the kids before they ask me, I’m in no rush for the kids to grown up, it’s just a really nice way to answer the dreaded question “Mummy, is Santa real?”

Free Time with the Kids | How to answer "is Santa real?"
Free Time with the Kids | Christmas experiences gift guide

Things to do outdoors with the kids this Christmas in Bucks, Beds, Oxon & Herts

There’s loads of reasons why you might be looking for things to do outdoors with the kids at this Christmas in Bucks, Beds, Oxon & Herts. Lots of the events I’ve mentioned in the what’s on guides are outdoors, but there’s a couple of sections on the website that aren’t specifically Christmas events but will still keep the kids happy. They also have the added advantage of possibly being quieter than some of the big attractions. There’s family walks, reviews of woodlands, lakes & rivers plus lots of playgrounds & parks. Most open farms are mainly outdoors as well so might be a good option of days that are a bit dodgy weather-wise. They give you some indoor spaces to escape too whilst staying outside most of the time. Most of the historic houses I’ve reviewed have large gardens that mean you can completely ignore the houses if you want to!

Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 12 year old son, a 10 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out.

You’ll find the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch or get in touch via Facebook