Celebrating 30 Years of Fosse Park | Winter Looks 2019

If only 7-year-old me knew that 18 years down the line I’d be heading to Fosse Park to celebrate its 30th anniversary!

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The weather has well and truly plummeted hasn’t it and no doubt you’re getting a little bit excited for the festive season. Whilst the kids are getting excited for their presents and for Santa Claus to arrive, I can imagine you’re all more excited for movie nights in and, of course, Christmas nights out.

If there’s anything that says countdown to Christmas it’s eating copious amounts of Christmas dinners beforehand and enjoying a glass of wine or three with friends. Well, with that means picking up a killer Christmas night out outfit, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found my go-to for 2019.

Back when I was in Leicester, I made sure I did my Winter Nights Out shop. Before I share my looks, I wanted to give a little backstory about Fosse Park and what this campaign is actually celebrating and what it means to me.

Fosse Park has always been my go-to shopping destination so to hear that they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, for those that remember it was 1989 when they first opened, has got me all kinds of nostalgic. Memories of stubborn me going when I was 6 or 7 and believed Fosse Park to be some kind of play park only to get there and realise I was being lumped around clothes shopping in Addams and Tammy in BHS. Or back when I was 15 and would happily walk the hour and a bit walk from home to meet my friends and nosy around the shops before grabbing a bite to eat in McDonald’s. Or, the fact that many years later, I’ll happily fly back just to go shopping at Fosse Park, where the shopping experience is much better.

If only I could tell 7-year-old me that pressing the snake in Addams wasn’t the only highlight to Fosse Park. If only 7-year-old me appreciated just how clean, well-established and well-loved the shopping destination was, and still is. If only 7-year-old me knew that 18 years down the line I’d be heading to Fosse Park to celebrate its 30th anniversary!

Though even better still, Fosse Park is currently on its way to impress its 11million+ shoppers a year even further with its vision of creating an even bigger and better destination with more shops and food outlets in summer 2020. I can’t wait to see what shops make an appearance and find out what eateries are going to arrive. Although Fosse Park had a lovely Food Court, with Druckers being my favourite café for an afternoon tea, it didn’t have a lot of food joints, so I’m excited to see what they have in store for us.

You can imagine my delight when Fosse Park got in touch with me and told me they want me to help them celebrate their 30th anniversary this year by finding the perfect party outfit from New Look and Outfit. Sticking to £100 budget, the style challenge was set to me to find the perfect winter 2019 outfit that would make me stand out from the crowd. I knew that heading into New Look and Outfit to find pieces worthy of the bash wouldn’t be too difficult, there are so many stunning pieces, the difficult part would be choosing which one to go with!

The Faux Leather Trend is Back

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I’d love to say that this was all part of a bigger plan, and maybe it was, but how perfect is it that Fosse Park opened in the ’80s and now, at the end of this decade, the 80’s fashion trends are back dominating 2019?

Well, leather is just one of the many ’80s trends that are back, alongside cycling shorts that I was sporting in Florida and oversized blazers which have been my go-to for heading to work. But, now we’re heading into colder nights and wanting to feel a little more glamourous, I opted for the leather look all from TOPSHOP, in Outfit.

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If you did keep your eye on Fall Fashion Week, don’t worry if you didn’t because I did, then you’ll have seen lots of leather pieces creeping their way onto the catwalk. Now, without wanting to drop a few thousands bags on bits and pieces, I knew that when I was heading back to Leicester to do my shopping, I wanted to focus it around the catwalk looks, at a fraction of the cost and without actually wearing leather.

I absolutely love the IDOL Black Faux Leather PU Mini Skirt from TOPSHOP (£32) paired with the Black Ruched Satin Cami (£19) also from TOPSHOP. I actually love this cami so much that I’m planning to try and get my hands on the gold version when I head back to Leicester.

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It’s one of those outfits that doesn’t take much to put together but it looks like you’ve been getting ready for hours. I have wanted a pair of Doc Martens for quite some time now, so whilst I was back I went to Office Shoes, which is a few doors down in Fosse Park and picked up some of those too! Topped off with a Faux Leather Jacket, a Faux Leather Clutch Bag, silver accessories (I’m wearing my Disney x Pandora necklace and my Pandora charm bracelet), and a show-stopping red lipstick, you’re sure to look amazing at your next Christmas get together.

I love this trend as it’s one that will be timeless for me. I’ve tried to opt for clothes that can be worn time and time again and be mixed and matched with pieces I already have. I know that I can wear the faux leather skirt with lots of other tops that I already own and the cami top would look lovely paired with some jeans for a more casual “nice top and jeans” look.

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The Yellow Check Trend

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I don’t think there’s a style not to suit anybody at the moment. There is such a variety in the shops that it doesn’t matter if you love or hate bold colours or if you like to go big or go minimal, there’s a trend that appeases it all.

In New Look, I was on the fence whether to go daytime style and get a cute skirt, some tights, and a chunky knit jumper to pair with my doc martens, but without wanting to stray too far away from the celebration style and finding looks for a celebratory night out, I decided to steer towards the Yellow Check Trend.

I decided this would be a look that Cher Horowitz might approve of, but also be an outfit that can be worn in the day or at night depending on how you accessorised it.

The Yellow Check Trend is definitely more of a day-time or casual night-out look for me. I like that if I’m going out, I’m going all out. But sometimes, going all out is a little much. If your workplace is anything like mine and a Christmas party consists of going to a local bar and having a nice meal and a few drinks, a full-on party look might not be the option you’re looking for.

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But, if you’re looking for something a little more low-key then a trip to New Look at Fosse Park could be a perfect choice.

I like the casual laidback look of the yellow trend, which also adds a tad bit of colour into the winter looks. After all, we’ll be in jumpers and coats for quite a while now, so may as well brighten it up with a touch of colour to lift our spirits. If the sun won’t shine, be the sun!

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I love that over the past couple of years, the clueless inspired wardrobe has made its way back into fashion trends so I was super happy to find the Yellow Tube skirt from New Look (£9.99) paired with a Mustard Ribbed Top (£12.99) and the Cable Knit Cardigan (£25.99) to keep the chill off! Don’t forget to pick up a few pairs of tights at £4.99 each and some thick socks to go with the doc martens!


 

A huge Happy 30th Anniversary to Fosse Park.

Fosse Park is in the Blaby district on the Southern edge of Leicester. It is one of the biggest out of town shopping parks which boasts free parking and some of the best shops on the high-street, such as Outfit, JD Sports, New Look, Marks & Spencers, River Island, and Primark.  Find out more by heading to Fosse Park

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Full Of Your Favourites at Fosse *

Fosse is Full of your Favourites

Christmas Shopping – I love it.

A huge part of that is because I’m lucky to have such a fantastic stress-free shopping mall to do it at that has all of my favourite shops and more. Trust me, Fosse is Full of Your Favourites.

I love Christmas shopping at Fosse.

There’s something so heartwarming and lovely about heading out and buying gifts for the people you love. Anybody close to me will know much I love giving gifts. I love perfectly choosing a gift that I know will make their eyes twinkle and bring a smile to their face.

I know Christmas isn’t all about the gifts. It’s about family. Friends. Good times. Laughter and lots of treats and wine. But, that’s what I love. It’s not just about giving a present. It’s about being present too. That’s why I spend so long picking out the perfect gift. One that I know they’ll love. One that represents them. One that will bring a smile to their faces.

After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Christmas is a big thing to me. I’ve always planned well in advance what I’m going to get people. I’m one of those weird people who absolutely loves wrapping gifts. I’ll spend ages on Pinterest sorting out what my Christmas wrapping will look like and pinning different ideas, trust me, it’s a full event. I spend hours curating the perfect Pinterest board of wrapping paper, sorry guys, this one stays in secret!, and I truly do put so much time and effort into wrapping and Christmas gift shopping.

I get more excited about people opening their presents from me than opening my own. 

One time, I woke Alex up at 6:00 because I couldn’t hold the suspense any longer that I’d gotten him a camera. I spend hours creating photobooks. Home movies merged together. Favourite perfumes. Consoles. I just love the feeling of giving.

Christmas shopping has always been at Fosse. 

Christmas shopping at Fosse has always been a tradition. It’s the place to go for relaxed shopping that always has exactly what you wanted, or didn’t know you wanted.

The Christmas lights, the music, the cold wintry air. There’s something magical about the lead up to Christmas. The excitement in children’s eyes. The busying of parents and partners searching for the perfect gift.

I thought I’d throw in a few of my Christmas Shopping Tips for good measure, after all, it is the Christmas period. It’s all about giving, right?

#1 Have a Shopping Plan

I always do my Christmas shopping either mid or the end of November. It just makes so much more sense to me. The sparkle and glimpses of Christmas have arrived, the shops are bustling with stock and people are less frantic. 

Early Christmas Shopping will pay dividends to your stress levels over the Christmas period and your pockets. Shopping early means you’re well prepared in advance, plus, you’ll have time to make alterations if anything is out of stock. You can also start to invest more time in other Christmas preparations, like the dinner! Now, I really want Christmas dinner. 

I made sure to plan well in advance where I’ll be shopping and what the budget was for each shop, thanks to Fosse.

Full Of Your Favourites, and full of mine too. Shopping at Christmas takes a slightly different approach. Outfit and New Look are two of my three favourite clothes shops at Fosse, but for everybody else, I had something else in mind.

I made a note to head to Primark, Boots, Argos, JD Sports and Curry’s. JD Sports has recently opened at Fosse and I wanted to go there to see if there was anything for my little brother will love. He’s recently gotten into sports, especially basketball.

Boots and Argos are always good go-to Christmas shops. There’s always something to pick up from the Christmas Gift Selection, plus the 3 for 2 at Boots makes shopping for toiletries stress-free.

I also chose Primark. Since Primark opened at Fosse, it’s been fabulous. Who can go into Primark and not spend something? It’s impossible, right? What I really love is that I can pick something up from Primark and it remains guilt-free, thanks to the free parking at Fosse. I’ve been to some shopping centres and paid around £8 for parking, now would we rather buy a new top from Primark or pay to park the car? I know which one I prefer!

I’ve always planned ahead where I’m going to shop. It saves time in the long run. There isn’t any back and forth between shops, or missing somewhere you needed to go. I also made sure to plan to go to Thornton’s and Pandora… maybe Office too… I need some new UGG’s…

I told you, Fosse is Full Of Your Favourites. There are so many shops that you’re spoiled for choice.

#2 Have a Christmas Budget

I’m usually the worst at sticking to a Christmas Budget. I usually get all of the gifts and then see something else and think, well, I’ve bought everything so an extra £10 here won’t hurt! 

This year, I have been lucky enough to work alongside Fosse to build my budget. £70 at Primark and Boots and £30 at Argos. I also used my £20 extra towards my camera and in Thornton’s. I’ve also set a little aside for anything extra that we may need to put towards the Christmas shop.

Every year, we create a shoe box selection box for my little brother. My nan used to create one for my mum and I liked it so much that I decided to start one for Oliver. We used to sign it from Santa or his favourite characters when he was younger.

We fill the box with different sweets, treats and chocolates and then I decorate a shoe box or gift box if Alex hasn’t had any new shoes.  

I thought it would be nice to pick up a few treats from Thornton’s as I love their personalised range and Alex adores Thornton’s smiles.

#3 Plan with the Internet but Shop in Store

I must say, online shopping just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. There are so many reasons why you should go to the stores as opposed to piling through online stores, but I’ll share just a few of mine.

Help the environment: Shopping with your own bags in a store can reduce the carbon footprint. If deliveries are coming from worldwide, the carbon footprint can be phenomenal. Plus, you’ve got the addition of all of the excess packaging. Buying in the store means you can take your own bags and save on that footprint. Don’t forget, Fosse also has good bus connections!

Get into the Christmas Spirit: With the Christmas hits playing and children’s faces lit up, it’s hard to not feel festive. You’ll see all of the decorations and be able to soak up the festive atmosphere. You don’t get that sitting in your dimmed bedroom with the laptop screen blaring!

Delivery nightmares: When shopping in store you don’t have to worry about gifts not arriving in time. You’ll be able to see the product before you buy it. None of that frantically trying to exchange for something different in the midst of the manic Christmas deliveries.

Get sociable: Shopping together is so much more fun. You can stop for a pit stop at the food court, I’d recommend heading to Druckers or Costa Coffee in Fosse and having a warming Christmas drink and a light cake.

The internet can be perfect for saving you time though. Take a look at the online websites of the shops you plan to go to and get some ideas of what you’ll buy. You’ll be able to see them in store and pick up exactly what you want and need there and then. Saving you time, stress and potentially money.

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Christmas with Fosse

Who’d have thought that I got up at 3:00am? Went to bed in Alicante and here I am, 8 hours later standing in the Food Hall getting into the Christmas spirit, I’m here to shop Christmas and I mean business.

It’s November 24th and Christmas is readily approaching. It’s getting closer and closer and all I can think of is, I need to get my shopping done. I have so many ideas in mind and each year it feels like a mission to see how many I manage to get my hands on, and how many extra random pieces I end up picking up. I have no self-control when it comes to Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year.

We arrive at Office and were welcomed by some of the team at Fosse and treated to a lovely Advent Calendar that represents the different shops at Fosse, the proof that Fosse really is Full of Your Favourites. We also met the talented and friendly photographer, Will.

I’m really excited to crack it open on December 1st and carry on through until Christmas. I’ll be posting on my Instagram stories every morning of December, sharing which store each window will represent. I’m so glad I can take a little slice of Fosse home with me.

I brought my mum along with me to help, social shopping is the best shopping and I usually need a second opinion. The Christmas music is playing gently whilst the lights on the Christmas tree glisten delicately, it’s such a welcoming ambience.

After my shopping, I know I’ll be heading back to Druckers to enjoy a coffee and a treat, you have to celebrate a job well done!

Wandering out of the Food Court and the cold air made itself known. I wrap my coat a little tighter and head out to do my Christmas shopping. It’s cold. It feels like Christmas. This is Christmas.

JD Sports

The first place I went was JD Sports, I knew that my younger brother would be the most difficult to buy now he’s a teenager. JD Sports has recently opened at Fosse and it’s filled with all of the best sports gear.

In the end, I didn’t pick up anything from JD. They had a sale on, but nothing would’ve fit my brother.

Primark

Primark was next on my list. I always know I can count on Primark to pick up something for everyone. My mum, dad, nan and grandad like the clothes that are stocked there. There are always homeware bits and pieces that make lovely gifts. Plus, Alex really likes the accessories and gift pieces that they stock.

I knew I could do a large portion of my Christmas shop in Primark and get an idea of what I’d need to pick up from other shops.

I also wanted to pick up a few of the Christmas decorations that they have in stock. I dream of one day having an All-Disney Christmas tree, so the Disney x Primark Christmas baubles and bits and pieces are perfect. Plus, they’re so affordable which is what we all love about Primark, right?

Argos

We then headed to Argos. I knew there was a range of electricals and gift ideas in store, after looking online.

I managed to pick up a gift for my Nan and a few other bits and pieces.

Considering it is getting closer to Christmas, we didn’t have long to wait at all. The longest part is definitely going through the catalogue. But, if you search online the product you’re looking for, it will give you the catalogue number and then you can type it on their stock checker. It saves a lot of time!

Boots

Boots is such a go-to Christmas shop. Their 3 for 2 Christmas Gift offer is like the paramount of Christmas. You can pick up such affordable gift sets that make excellent additions or main gifts.

Stocking all of the top fragrances, there’s such a wide array to choose from. They are my first choice for skincare and cosmetics.

I also had my eyebrows waxed in benefit whilst I was shopping. It’s been so long that I kept apologising to the beautician who had the hack job to do! Don’t you just feel like a whole new person when you’ve had your eyebrows done?

I managed to get my brothers present from here and my dad’s. I also picked up a Yankee Candle Advent Calendar and a Yankee Candle Elevation Collection Candle for me as a little treat!

Thornton’s

Thornton’s stock so many great chocolate gifts that are sure to be a big hit with any chocolate lover in the family. Adding a touch of personalisation makes the gift feel so much more personal. It’s not just a chocolate football boot anymore. It’s your chocolate football boot.

To me, it feels so lovely that the person hasn’t just picked up a stash of chocolates and gave them as a last minute gift. They’re a gift that has been specifically chosen for you.

I also rate the chocolate gift tags. I’ve used them for a few years now, I like that the recipient gets to eat and enjoy their gift tag. It becomes part of the present. After all, who doesn’t love an edible gift tag?! Just be careful not to leave them near a fire or radiator!

It was so lovely to get into the Christmas spirit at Fosse. I wasn’t feeling very christmassy beforehand, but once I got there and saw all their beautiful decorations, glistening Christmas tree and the soft sounds of Christmas music – I really did get into the Christmas spirit! I’m now excited for Christmas knowing my Christmas shopping is done!

I managed to get a great deal from Curry’s too during the Black Friday sales. I have been looking for a high-quality camera that can take decent shots and also high-standard videos. I was recommended the Panasonic Lumix and I managed to get hold of one down from £179 to £129! I have been testing it out and it’s a nifty piece of kit. The focus on it is incredible!

Treats for me and treats for them. Fosse is full of all of our favourites.

Hasta luego,

A huge thank you to Fosse for inviting me to shop with them once more. Although sponsored, all photos, words and views are my own.

Photos with Full of your Favourites advent calendars taken by Will Johnston

Visiting Leicester, England

Let’s put Leicester on the tourism map.

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“Cuando estás fuera de tus lugares de rutina
y has salido de la zona de confort, siempre
tiendes a buscar más ante la adversidad,
las diferencias y lo desconocido.”

When you think of a trip to England, London springs to mind. Maybe Liverpool and Manchester. Maybe even Birmingham. But, let’s put Leicester on the tourism map.

It took me to leave Leicester, to realise just how bustling and happening Leicester is. It took me to travel to open my eyes to see what’s actually around me.

Ahh, Leicester. The city of the premier league champions, yes we’re still clutching to that, The home of Richard III and Lady Jane Grey. The Greenery. The open space. The architecture. There’s so much history here and its future is looking just as interesting.

Every corner has a different style of architecture. Buildings that wouldn’t look out of place in Bath or Stratford or Prague and Budapest.

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Wandering around Leicester is so different when your eyes are open. Like, really open. When you’re looking up instead of looking down at your phone. The whole city has a different vibe.

Stepping out of Gelato Village, you’re met with this spectacular building. It wouldn’t look out of place in Budapest or Prague. It reminded me of stepping out of Starbucks in Budapest.

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Food and Drink


What’s one of the best things about travelling? The food! Unique flavours, varied cooking styles.

An English roast is pretty essential so is a quick stop at the chip shop.

But, why leave those worldwide cuisines in Germany or Italy, when you can have them in Leicester?

The Rutland and Derby have brought the Oktoberfest taste of Germany to Leicester and what a treat it is!

Ever heard of a Flammkuchen? Neither had I!

A Flammkuchen literally means flame cake! They are a massive hit at Christmas markets and I can see why! Originating from the South Germany and Alsace region of France the flammkuchen was originally made to test the temperature of bakers’ ovens.

Simply, the flammkuchen is a pizza. A very good one at that. Normally, when you think of pizza, you think Italy. But this crisp and fresh pizza is definitely worth a bite!

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The flammkuchen is a delight for those amongst us who love a good thin and crispy pizza. Baked to perfection with crème fraîche as opposed to tomato sauce, it is a refreshing afternoon bite.

What goes with German pizza? Beer, of course!

I’m not talking any old beer, I’m talking a Maisels Weisse beer.

This cloudy deep orange beer is a real win. So refreshing and so aromatic. On first taste, the bursts of banana quench your taste buds and it’s a perfect match with a flammkuchen.

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The Rutland and Derby is a beautiful red-brick pub located on Millstone Lane.  

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What’s for pudding, I hear you cry!
Let’s do a European tour and have Italy come to us at Gelato Village

Gelato Village is unique. It really is.

Where else can you get the authentic Italian gelato taste, without leaving the country? Ice cream just doesn’t tingle the senses like a good gelato does.

Good luck picking a flavour!

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When all these flavours are jumping out at you, it’s impossible to choose a favourite. The Gelato Village staff are so incredibly helpful, from explaining how Gelato is made, to informing me about the different ingredients and flavours and how they are sourced, to giving me a little try of each to help me make my decision!

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I decided on Fior di latte, milk chocolate and stracciatella. Stracciatella is a personal favourite of mine if you can bring yourself to choose! Creamy gelato filled with crunchy dark chocolate. Or, the Fior di latte, gelato in its purest form. No flavouring, no egg yolks, just pure gelato perfection. Paired with a few other flavours, it really is a complimentary flavour.

I told you, I just can’t decide. They’re all so good!

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The fun doesn’t stop there though…

What do I want? Coffee. When do I want it? Now.

A trip to Italy Gelato Village isn’t complete without a coffee! This Italian coffee will give you an instant boost, that we all sometimes need! Especially after a long week…

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Something Different?

Leicester has so much to offer in terms of eating and drinking. You could do an entire food guide!

For a taste of the Caribbean, head to Turtle Bay. Portuguese? Nandos is the place to go. Tapas tonight? Make your way to Barceloneta. American is more your style? TGi’s is ready! How about some fajitas from Mexico? Las Iguanas is your one! There really is a dish for everybody in Leicester.

Shopping


For the ultimate shopping experience, Fosse Shopping Centre is where I head. I’m not the only one who thinks it either…

“Fosse has such easy access and free parking. The shops suit all budgets” – Joanne

“I love the free parking and the perfect range of shops. Once the shopping is finished you can pit stop in the food court!” – Amy

“I love that Fosse is near to my home, convenient and easy free parking with a wide variety of shops” – Joan

“I feel so comfortable shopping at Fosse. There is a good range of shops so it’s always so easy to find what you’re looking for!” – Kayleigh

There is a shop for everybody. Young, old, men, women and everything in between.

Parking is the bane of most people’s lives. But, with over 2,000 free parking spaces, it’s so easy and convenient. I mean, why pay to park for shopping elsewhere, when you could treat yourself to something from Primark or New Look at Fosse?

In Fosse, the cleanliness definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. The toilets smell and look clean, the shops are aesthetically pleasing.  It doesn’t look like a jumble sale in Primark, like other Primark stores elsewhere. There is a sense of pride. Whoever the cleaners are at Fosse, they’re doing well!

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Fosse has shops to suit all budgets, Primark, Outfit, New Look and Next to name just a few. Good news for those of you that like to fill Pandora bracelets like me, because Pandora can also be found at Fosse!

Fancy a nibble after a tiring shop? I know I always do! Shopping is cardio, after all! The Food Court at Fosse has wonderful cafes and convenient fast foods. If a Greggs sausage roll is what you’re after or a comforting coffee from Costa, then you’re in for a treat because they’re all there, all under one roof!

Once you step into that dining space, the hardest choice will be deciding what to eat. We know how much I love a good afternoon tea so, of course, I didn’t miss the advertisement that Druckers, the patisserie, are offering a gorgeous afternoon tea for two for just £17.50. I definitely need to check it out the next time I’m at Fosse!

To find out what #SpringStyles I am loving at Fosse this year, and more about Fosse, read all about my Fosse experience on http://www.diaryofaspanglishgirl.com/springstyles-at-fosse

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Nature Trails


Spring is finally starting to make an appearance and what makes you feel better than a relaxing walk around beautiful surroundings? Plus, they’re free!

Bradgate Park

Where else can you find over 800 acres of unspoilt countryside with herds of red and fallow deer and history to interest even the less impressed amongst us?

The home of Lady Jane Grey in her childhood days, the Bradgate House, built circa 1500, the ruins are beautiful to bring history to life.

Every visit to Bradgate Park is a fantastic one, with the quaint little tea house in the middle, to soaking up the view from the top of Old John.

Your four-legged friends will love Bradgate just as much as you will!

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Castle Gardens

A little peaceful green space sitting next to the Grand Union Canal.  The idyllic park is lined with flowerbeds and greenery.

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Castle Gardens is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views. It’s a gorgeous reading spot, or in my case, the perfect blog photos location!

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Sports


I’ve always known Leicester was a bit of a sports champion. So, if you love sports, then Leicester is the place to go.

Sure, we’re still raving about Leicester City winning the league in the 2015-2016 season and, of course, we’re buzzing that Leicester Tigers seem to have a decent win ratio. If you’re anything like my Grandad and keep up to date with the cricket, then you’ll know that the Leicestershire County Cricket team don’t do too bad either!

But, don’t forget about the Leicester Riders basketball whilst you’re here!

Cheering on the Leicester Riders when we were back was a real treat. There is a different kind of atmosphere at a basketball game. The crowd are really into it, it gets so pumped. I think I’ve been converted into a basketball fan!

There are only a few games left in this season, so make sure you head on down and cheer on the Riders! http://www.leicesterriders.co.uk/games/

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Getting There


Soaring the Skies?

Thinking of travelling to Leicester from overseas? East Midlands Airport is your gateway to Leicester. Located approximately 20 miles from Leicester City Centre the airport is a quick and easy way of travelling.

The Skylink bus runs frequently from East Midlands Airport to St Margarets Bus Station every 20 minutes during the day and hourly at night. That’s all day, every day! Getting to Leicester has never been easier!

Riding the Railways?

Conveniently, Leicester is sitting on the London-Sheffield and the Birmingham-Peterborough lines. On London Road, you will find Leicester Rail Station. Hop off your train and you’re right in the City Centre action.

Fancy something a little more outdoorsy? Take the train from Leicester Rail Station into Narborough, Market Harborough or South Wigston! Have something else in mind? Buses and taxes are right outside, so getting to where you want to go is simple!

Cruising by Coach?

If arriving by coach is more your style, why not check out www.nationalexpress.com to find the best deals.

St. Margaret’s Bus Station is your hub into Leicester City Centre and the surrounding areas.

Road trip?

If taking your car or motorbike is more suited to your stay, the M1, junction 21 or 22 provide good access to Leicester. If you’re coming from Wales or the Southwest, the M69 or the M6 is your route!

Don’t worry about parking either! There are plenty of secure car parking across Leicester and surrounding areas.

Departing in Style


Like they say, all good things must come to an end. But, it was time to end it in style. We had a fantastic time in Leicester but it was time to say adios, for now!

East Midlands airport is a fantastic hub for travelling across Europe with direct routes to some absolutely breathtaking countries, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands to name just a few! *adds every travel destination to my ever-growing bucket list*

Have you ever been in an airport VIP lounge? I suggest you do! There’s an ultimate VIP feel when you step into the Escape lounge at East Midlands Airport.

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A comforting coffee before the journey

Unlimited food and drink, (and yes, that includes alcoholic beverages!) comfy seating and fast WiFi – it’s the ultimate travel necessity.

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Catching up on the looks direct from the runway

Start your holiday the right way. Let’s face it, the holiday starts at the airport!

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Something to tickle everybody’s taste buds
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100% pure fruit juice

Who wants to be cooking on the day of their holiday? Plus, the washing-up? No thanks! Relax and rejuvenate in the Escape Lounge. When prices start from just £20, it would be rude not to!

Have you visited Leicester? Add it to your list!

Hasta luego,

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Thank you to Fosse, Gelato Village, Rutland & Derby and East Midlands Airport for making this blog post possible. As always, the views are 100% mine.
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