Winter Wonderland returned to Stoke for a second year running and Jake and I decided to have a wander around to get in the festive spirit. I think it’s great that they’ve transformed the old bus station into something for people to enjoy, even if it is only for a couple of months.
First on the agenda, as it always is, is acquire a hot beverage. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows from a cute little wooden hut; they were also selling crepes, but I desperately needed something of subsistence and opted for a traditional German Bratwurst from another stall.
We settled ourselves in a little wooden cabin with an electric heater to warm ourselves up. Trust us to come on the coldest day of the year so far, ay?
As soon as I’d finished stuffing my face with a footlong sausage, we took a wander around the site and found ourselves in the arcade… very dangerous. Spent £5 trying to get a £10 note that was hanging right on the edge of the tipping point. After we gave up the worker opened the cabinet and moved the £10 back straight after we left. That’s us well and truly conned. Oh well…
It was a bit too cold to go ice-skating, and Jake hadn’t dressed very sensibly for the weather, so we decided to pop back another day in the morning so it was a little warmer and brighter. I’ve been ice skating a few times, but it was Jake’s first attempt.
I have never seen something so hilarious in all my life. Literally, bambi on ice. It was definitely a good idea to come back one morning when it was brighter and a little warmer. We were only on the ice for about 45 minutes, but it was such a giggle and something we could enjoy together to get us in the festive spirit. I’d love to go to a bigger rink now!