Christmas shopping at Grand Central, Birmingham

Last weekend, Olly and I decided to hop on the tram into Birmingham for a spot of Christmas shopping. My husband was working for the day so we took the opportunity to have the day to ourselves and pick up a few gifts. Olly wanted to get a few gifts for his Daddy so armed with a Grand Central gift card we headed off into the centre for a good browse.

Grand Central Birmingham

I am a huge fan of Grand Central, it is a fantastic addition to Birmingham and having used Birmingham New Street Station for hundreds of train journeys over the years, it brilliantly accessible and such a lovely place to look around and shop.

There’s loads of big brand stores in Grand Central including John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Joules, Kikki K and MAC to name just a few as well as plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink whilst you’re taking a break from all the shopping.

Our first port of call was Cath Kidston, they had released the new CK and Disney collaboration and I was itching to have a look at it. Olly loved looking at all the Christmas decorations and remarkably we came away without purchasing a single thing but with plenty added to the Mummy/Wife Christmas wish list.

Grand Central Birmingham Cath Kidston

Our next stop was Clintons to buy a Christmas card and to stock up on a couple of stocking fillers. I always love looking at the range of gifts in Clintons, there’s always lots of choice and we may have bought a couple of bits.

My husband is a huge tea drinker so we popped into Whittard of Chelsea to have a look at some breakfast tea. I love this time of year as there’s lots of Christmas gift sets and plenty of choice for family and friends.

Grand Central Birmingham Paperchase

We then popped into Paperchase and lost an hour. I drooled over the Christmas decorations and picked up some Christmas card pegs, some novelty stationery and Olly managed to convince me that he needed a french fries eraser and donut eraser (conned!)

Grand Central Birmingham

Our final stop before lunch was into FatFace where Olly picked up a couple of gifts for his Daddy and his Nanny. We loved having a look around the store and all the staff were really friendly and engaging with Olly which was really lovely.

After a morning around the shops, we took the weight off our feet at Ed’s Diner whilst mustering the energy to head back home. Luckily the tram now stops right outside Grand Central so we hopped back on, managed to grab a seat amongst the football crowds and we were home with the hour. Easy!

Grand Central Birmingham

We had a really enjoyable morning shopping at Grand Central, we now have Christmas gifts for my husband and plenty of ideas for my wish list, ha!

Disclosure: We were given a gift voucher to spend in Grand Central but spent a lot more (oops!) All words and photographs are my own.

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 09/12/2016 / 1:58 pm

    We love Grand Central too! I went tea tasting at Whittards, you should take your hubby along because anyone can go and do it. It was seriously amazing, I feel like I know so much more about tea now! Isn’t it convenient to just be able to hop back onto the train or tram when you’re laden down with gifts? Perfect!

  2. 10/12/2016 / 12:27 am

    I LOVE Grand Central and after going there for the very first time back in September I went back 2 weeks ago. Infact I love everything about Birmingham and the fact you can step out of the train straight into Grand Central. And has some of my favourite shops, Pandora and Cath Kidston. I love Olly in the pictures, he is looking so grown up Emma x

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