Helensburgh Winter Festival


As a family of 8 we travelled into our local town to join in with the Winter Festival. The darkness of the few days pervious had lifted , the sun was shining and the town bustling with people.





Colquhoun Square was full to the brim of activities and stalls alike. The local buffet shop was the place to meet Santa and express your Christmas wishes. Also nearby there was the opportunity to meet Reindeers and small Shetland ponies. The younger half of our tribe were thrilled with a go on the merry go round.

We saw a few fancy cars, which the boys enjoyed, participated in activities and competitions and soaked up the overall community spirit which was so apparent all around. Stall holders were full of festive cheer displaying some beautiful wares.

We chose to sample lunch at the newly opened Logie Baird. It was perfect for us good service, and excellent value food. The kids also came away with some helium balloons from the re opening night. An ideal distraction for our 2 year old who was ‘hangry’. I opted for haggis neaps and tatties all covered in a tasty whiskey sauce.




After our nourishing meal we made our way to see the display of fireworks. The children were mesmerised. I was doubly delighted as we missed the annual fireworks night recently due to chickenpox. Smiley faces watching starbursts in the sky in wonder.


As promised after a hearty lunch and the display we went to seek out sweet treats at I love Candy, Helensburgh.



The children were not disappointed. Although the much sought after candy floss still needed purchased. Luckily as we went through the square stalls were packing up and we got a fabulous deal on the left over bags. Sometimes being a big family has it’s advantages.

We had such a lovely day at a well planned and thought out event. It was exactly what we needed heading into the first day of advent tomorrow. It built excitement up in the children , finally we can embrace Christmas !

What did we buy?





Chutney, piccalilli, jam and marmalade from Glengarrys kitchen
German handmade gingerbread cookies – a steal at £2 for 12
Festive tea towels from the PDSA stall
Two vintage scarves at £2 each
Handmade ornaments
Lomond Soap bars in whiskey and ginger, patchouli and lavender and geranium and rosehip
Vampire Bite Hot Sauce from lomondchillies.com
Beautiful handmade Merry Christmas bunting £12
I pre ordered a Billy Connolly mug from a talent local artist for a Christmas present Emma £7
And an array of sweeties, fudge chocolate and popping candy.



Christmas Shopping

At this time of year sometimes the demands of meeting all your children’s Christmas wishes can put a bit of a financial strain on you.

I want to encourage you to pop in to your local charity shops and see what’s available.

Feeling festive and cheerful I popped into town. It just so happened my local Salvation Army charity shop, Helensburgh was also having a special ‘Christmas Extravaganza ‘.

Staff were all dressed up in costumes and the shop looked fabulous.





Santa was on hand to ask visiting children what they would like for Christmas, whilst also ensuring the festive tunes kept playing throughout the day.

Gifts for all occasions were available. Whether you were looking for a kilt or glamourous dress for a Christmas night out or beautiful stockings to hang on your mantelpiece for St Nicholas to fill on Christmas Eve the shop had so much to offer.




I spent under £10 and walked away with some fabulous gifts and trinkets. I purchased festive cooker cutters a snip at 99p and a fabulous table cloth to adorn our dining table on Christmas Day.

I shop in charity shops often as my budget does not allow to buy everything brand new and with six children it helps the purse strings.

My next mission is to declutter my house for Christmas. I’ll trawl through the kids toys and clothes as well as my own and see what we can donate locally.

This will enable the children to understand the lovely feeling of ‘giving’. Thinking of others before ourselves. Whether it be time, money or donations charity shops will welcome anything you have to offer.




I’d like to thank the Helensburgh branch of Salvation Army shop for being so co operative and posing for photos. Lovely bunch of guys x