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Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham

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Last week, I headed into Birmingham for the day with Lia to take her to the Sea Life Centre to meet Santa. While we were there, I thought I’d take the opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done in the fabulous Grand Central shopping centre. They even provided me with a convenient gift card that is valid in all their shops to help me out.

The convenient place to shop

Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham

Despite being about an hour away on the train, Grand Central is my first choice for Christmas shopping. It’s festively decorated and it’s so convenient having such a huge number of shops, cafes and restaurants all in one place. It’s also in the same building as the Birmingham New Street train station, so as soon as I finish shopping I only have to walk downstairs to get on the train home. 

The gifts

Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham
Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham
Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham
Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham
Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham

A few weeks ago, I went tea tasting at Whittard in Grand Central. At the time, I made a mental note that this was the perfect place to buy some Christmas presents. So on my shopping trip, this was my first stop. There were lots of fabulous tea hampers, including this one that’s available for somebody to win. But I wasn’t there for tea, I’d decided to buy a gift of coffee. As there wasn’t a ready made coffee hamper, the staff helped me to make one up. If you spend over £25 they will put it into a gift box for you. I only wanted just under £25 in value, so they allowed me to make up the £25 with something that wasn’t going in the hamper. So I admit I did end up buying one thing for me during my Christmas shopping trip – the Whittard Earl Grey biscuits are just fabulous!  The next thing I needed was a marble run for Libby. I thought this might be a bit difficult to find, but I was forgetting that there’s a John Lewis in Grand Central. I’ve always found that John Lewis sell pretty much everything and this was no exception. I headed for their huge toy department and found the perfect marble run. There will be one happy little girl here on Christmas day! 

A special visitor (no, not that one)

When we’d finished our shopping, Lia and I had some time to kill before we caught the train, so we headed to Carluccio’s for a coffee and a juice. Remarkably, Antonio Carluccio himself was there doing a book signing. I’ve always been impressed with the events and experiences that happen in Grand Central and this was no exception!

Christmas shopping at Grand Central Birmingham
Photo courtesy of Grand Centra Birmingham
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  1. December 10, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I’ve only been to Grand Central once, but I did love it! It was mainly the selection of restaurants that did it for me! It’s true that you can get pretty much anything in John Lewis. I tend to forget that, but it’s always the first place hubby checks!

  2. December 10, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    We love Grand Central too, it’s so easy to get to us for us on the tram and the range of shops is just brilliant. I don’t cope with crowds very well so I have to go early but it’s such a difference from New Street Station and with the link to the Bull Ring too it’s a fab place for Christmas shopping.

  3. December 10, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    I absolutely love your last line!!! I’ve not thought of going there shopping before, sounds fab!xx

  4. December 11, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I have only ever been once with a friend who lives not far. It was great having everything so close to the train station, perfect for those heavy bags on the way home. Alice has a marble run coming her way too x

  5. December 12, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Isn’t John Lewis fab? I always think that a shopping centre with a John Lewis must be a decent one. And Antonio Carluccio too. What a result!

  6. December 12, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Cornwall really lacks these sorts of shopping places sadly! It looks and sounds wonderful

    Stevie x

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