Sunday, 19 November 2017

Canterbury Christmas Lights 2017


Every year in late November, the Canterbury Christmas lights get switched on. The streets are filled with Christmas music and cheer for a couple of hours and then at the end of the evening, the city streets are lit up with spectacular fairy lights. On Thursday, it was time for this year's lights to get switched on, which to me means that the Christmas season has officially begun.


Costa Christmas drink on Canterbury high street, Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch On 2017


Stuart and I headed into town after work and we went straight to Costa Coffee for Christmas drinks. Nothing says Christmas like a festive drink at Costa, so it was the perfect way to start off a Christmas-themed evening.

As we walked further into town, there was a band playing at the heart of the high street and we joined the crowds for some Christmas songs and pop anthems. The pre-lights show started at 5pm but the lights weren’t getting switched on until after 6:30pm, so we decided to head to a local fish and chip shop for dinner.  Once we’d got our chips, we stood in the street and waited for the lights to be switched on.


Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch On 2017


Christmas lights on Rose Lane, Canterbury


At around 6:45, the Heart Kent radio presenters and the local pantomime cast switched on the lights, illuminating the high street and city side streets. Whitefriars, the city's outside shopping centre,  was lit up with star-themed lights and the high street was filled with all kinds of draped lights. Once the lights were switched on, we walked around the city centre, looking at the festive decor. We took a detour through the Marlowe Arcade and at the end of the walkway, Tiny Tim’s Tearoom looked very festive with it’s wreathes outside.


Marlowe Arcade Christmas Lights, Canterbury


Close up of the Marlowe Arcade Christmas lights, Canterbury


Tiny Tim’s Tearoom, Canterbury


Once we’d seen them all, we left the city centre via Westgate, which too had been decorated in fairy lights.


Westgate Christmas lights, Canterbury


Canterbury really goes to town with it’s Christmas lights and it makes living here so special during the festive season.

If you live anywhere near Canterbury, I highly recommend a visit during December. It’s the perfect place to go for a festive weekend away.




Thanks for reading my blog today.


Love
Kat
xxxx


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Iconic Jewellery Store Kent Bloggers Event


One of the best things about being a blogger, is getting to go to events and meet other like-minded creatives. Living in Canterbury, there aren't always many events in our neck of the woods, so whenever the opportunity to go to any local events arises, I always jump at the chance. On Friday, I was invited to the "Iconic x Kent Bloggers" event at independent jewellery store Iconic, which is literally footsteps from my flat. The event was a collaboration between Iconic and Siobhan (Just A Uniform) and it involved 2 hours of chatter about jewellery, blogging and life in Canterbury.


Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury haul


Lightbox on display at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


The ladies at Iconic taught us so much about their range of products, showed us how to engrave jewellery and even offered us a cleaning service for our own existing jewellery. The engraving process is absolutely fascinating, as it's linked up to a tablet and you can program the engraving machine to cut your preferred design into a charm. We were gifted a Thomas Sabo bracelet and we each used the machine to engrave a letter or symbol of our choice onto a heart charm. I have lots of "K" items around my flat, so I decided to keep my bracelet symbol and engrave my initial onto the charm.


Engraving a Thomas Sabo bracelet at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


We also learnt about the Nomination range of bracelets, which I hadn't heard of before the event. These bracelets are Italian and involve linking up stainless steel individual charms. They can be made as unique and personal as you'd like, as there are such a huge range of charms on offer.


Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury




Trollbeads on display at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


After lots of jewellery natter, photos and boomerangs for Instagram, it was time to head home. Just before we left, we were each given a lovely goody bag and lucky dip prize. Iconic absolutely spoilt us and I now have lots of new beautiful pieces of jewellery to wear as the Christmas party season approaches.


Siobhan (Just A Uniform) and I at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


On the way home, I stopped in one of my favourite city centre side streets so that I could take a photo of my new Thomas Sabo bracelet against the city backdrop at night.


Engraved Thomas Sabo bracelet from the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury


It was a fabulous evening and it was so lovely to be able to meet other Kent bloggers. Thank you to Iconic and Siobhan for having me.



Love
Kat
xxxx


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Autumn in Canterbury


As I'm writing this post, Autumn is well under way and the signs of the new season are appearing everywhere. From red and orange leaves to thick coats and scarfs, October is in full swing and it's time to say goodbye to the last fragments of Summer. For a city, Canterbury is incredibly green and it's full of parks. This weekend, I went for a wander in the Autumn sunshine and it made me realise how wonderful this city is during Autumn. The changing of the leaves gives the city an entirely new lease of life and it's no wonder the town is so busy at this time of year.


Canterbury high street in Autumn


There are lots of painted houses in the city centre and when combined with warm coloured trees on the streets, the city seem even more vibrant than usual. Pound Lane is one of my favourite streets in the city and if you take a little detour to nearby St Peter's Lane, you will be spoilt with Autumn landscapes only footsteps from the Cathedral. However I must add, Autumn in Canterbury is not just about the environmental changes the new season brings, there are lots of unique events for tourists and locals!


St Peter's Lane, Canterbury


Autumn leaves on St Peter's Lane, Canterbury


At the end of September, there's the Food and Drink festival and then in mid-October to early November the Canterbury Festival takes over the city. In Autumn there's even more to the city than Chaucer, the Cathedral and France only being a stones throw away!


Pound Lane in Autumn


I'm biased because I live here, but Autumn in Canterbury is delightful. If you're looking for somewhere to visit at the weekend this month or next and you're not too far from Kent, Canterbury will not disappoint. The city centre is not industrial whatsoever and you can see elements of Autumn wherever you go.



Have you ever visited Canterbury?


Thanks for reading my blog today.


Love
Kat
xxxx


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting back into travel blogging


After we got back from our Canadian road trip in August, my life changed dramatically. I moved out and got a flat with my boyfriend, I started a new job and began post-graduation life. From June to mid-August, I was travelling back-to-back and blogging my way around the world, so when we finally moved into our new flat in Canterbury 2 months ago, I decided to take a social media break and give myself some time to get fully settled. I thought I’d be away a week – a month at most, but it’s turned into nearly 2 months away from writing and sharing photos from our adventures and travels. Whilst I was travelling, I constantly tried to keep up with my blog and I was sharing updates across all of my social media platforms regularly. My blog has always been a creative outlook for me, where I can share travel advice and my photos from around the world, but after the Canterbury move, I needed to go offline for a bit.


Getting back into travel blogging - Kat Last


During my social media break, we planned future trips. We have plans in place up until April 2018 and over the next few months I’m going to be providing you with more information about where we’re off to and what’s next on our bucket list. When Stuart and I moved in together, we both agreed that we were going to be sensible with money and save so that we could continue to travel frequently. It’s amazing how cheaply you can travel if you’re prepared to hunt around for promotions and travel at off-peak times. All I know is that travel is my biggest interest in life, so I intend to work hard so that I can continue to see the world.


Getting back into travel blogging - Kat Last


Lately I’ve missed putting together articles, editing photos and engaging with other travel and Disney enthusiasts. Taking a step away from the online world has been healthy, but I’m now ready to bounce back into things and get back to travel writing. After all, it’s my favourite hobby! It won’t be long until the regular travel content resumes on my little corner of the internet, but until then, I just want to say thank you if you’re reading this - I really appreciate you sticking with me over the past couple of months.



Thanks for reading my blog today.


Love
Kat
xxxx