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Christmas Away in South Africa

I hope you’re well.

Not long to go now…

Only 11 days until Christmas!!

Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done?

A big well done if so!

I’ve still got a few bits to get…

Things for the kids are going to have to be suitcase sized…

…as it’s only 8 days until we’re off for a family adventure in South Africa!

We’re all counting down the days…

The main thing I’m looking forward to is some sunshine again! I really do miss it over the winter.

The kids are most excited for the safari and to spot the wild animals!

Binoculars at the ready!


Next up…

I’m giving away £250’s worth of Glamping Gift Vouchers…

5 x £50 Vouchers to be exact…

To be in with a chance to Win – just reply to this email with ‘Merry Christmas’.

Dead easy.

The vouchers can be used for up to 12 months and I’ll email the lucky winners around lunchtime on Monday 18th Dec.

Good luck to all who enter – and fingers crossed!


Back at home and it’s been a busy week or two…

We had the School nativity play last week..

Alice (7) was an Angel, and Arthur (5) was a ‘Townsperson’.

They both did really well, despite Arthur having a small wardrobe malfunction with his headwear mid-show!

We visited Santa at Ribby Hall. It was a nice set up.

The kids are both at an age where they 90% still believe, but the questions are starting to creep in…

I’m not sure how many more years we’ll have before they know, but we’ll make the most until then.

I had a day out in Manchester with Mrs. Y.

We had a delicious lunch at the Ivy – my favourite, then went to see Hamilton at the Palace Theatre.

What a great show!

I knew very little about it going in, but soon got caught up in the songs and the story.

Very highly recommended.

The best Christmas gift I’ll get though came out of Arthur’s school bag a few days ago…

It was a drawing of him with a smiling face, with 3 smaller drawings above the face, and a title at the top ‘3 Things That Make Me Happy‘…

I asked him what it was, and he told me he had to draw about ‘3 Things that made him happy’…

“They’re all about me and you” he said.

It really melted my heart.

The drawings were us playing football together, playing computer games together, and reading together.

Such a sweet little boy.

It was so lovely.

I’ll leave it there for today…

I’ll hope to see you soon…

All my very best,

Alex 🙂

Camp Site Manager (& a Merry Christmas to all!).


If you need a last minute gift voucher – feel free to give the ‘Gift of Glamping’ – just click here then at the very top of the page is the link. Vouchers start from £10.

The most popular amounts we’re seeing are £50 & £100.


We have lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes here at Stanley Villa – all of which we’ll announce soon and have in place for Spring time 2024! 🙂

Watch this space.