The Wild West at Frosts – Woburn Sands

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Half Pint & Squishee hit the desert sands for a slightly different take on sandy summer fun

Easter Egg Decorating & Crafting at Frosts

Half Pint gets an exclusive peek at Frosts’ Easter Hols event…



If you frequent my local area of Milton Keynes then I am sure you have heard of Frosts in Woburn Sands

It is ultimately a garden centre but local peeps know it offers so much more than that. Frosts put on an impressive array of events throughout the year from their infamous Santa’s Grotto, a sandy beach in the summer and a real ice rink in the winter. Then there’s the various hands-on events that can teach you how to make candles, wreaths or flower arrangements. They even advertise special events in their restaurant with various themed afternoon teas. 


But for now it’s October, it’s half term, Halloween is exactly one week away and the circus is in town. Having set up home in a big black striped circus tent at Frosts Woburn Sands, they are promising spooky thrills with a Halloween themed family show. So what does that entail? Keep reading…

What’s On in MK: Halloween 2016

It’s that time of year again when TWD and AHS are back on our TV’s, things go bump in the night and everyone is wondering what to do for Halloween. 

Here’s my definitive guide for What’s On in Milton Keynes for Halloween 2016!


Frosts Christmas Grotto Ticket Release Date Announced

I know, I know. The Summer Holidays are barely finished, school uniforms still have their tags on and pencil cases look pristine but we have important Christmas business to attend to. Winter. Is. Coming.

If you are local to the Milton Keynes area then you know that Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands put on the most wonderful Santa’s Grotto experience with the REAL SANTA (he might as well be, he always looks AMAZING). 


Frosts Grotto is always a popular event with many of the best dates selling out months in advance. Frosts have been on social media this evening to announce tickets for the 2016 Grotto will go on sale on Friday 2nd September. That’s THIS FRIDAY!

So, here’s your heads up if you didn’t know! Put it in your diary. Set your phone alarm. Write it on your partner’s face. If you want access to the best dates and times to take your little elves to the best Grotto in town this winter then Friday is your best chance.

ALSO On Frosts Facebook Page RIGHT NOW they are running an amazing competition worth over £850 to win the whole Santa’s Grotto experience on Sunday 11th December for you and twenty guests, with cooked breakfast and a visit to their real ice skating rink too. Now that is surely worth an entry.

I’m sorry for bringing up Christmas when August is still alive and well but from one parent to another, these bits of Christmas prep are essential if you want to plan and budget ahead. Lots of love! 

Frosts website is here:


Three local beers under the spotlight

I am all for keeping things as local as possible, so when I heard that Frosts Garden Centre had a new range of locally brewed beers (and my husband and I had a thirst for the weekend) we decided to hop, skip and motor over to Frosts to sample whether local beer can be as tasty as your run-of-the-mill beverages.


We picked a selection of three local beers:

  • Moonshine 5.2% from White Park Brewery in Cranfield
  • Borrowers Bitter 3.6% from Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co in Leighton Buzzard
  • Triple Goat Pale Ale 3.9% from Hornes Brewery in Bow Brickhill


Not to be confused with the crazy spirit. This beer from Cranfield was the highest in ABV at 5.2% but you really couldn’t tell from the taste and it went down very easily. Refreshing, zingy with peppery hops. The packaging is wonderful, I was really drawn in by the metallic moon and stars (I’m such a magpie).

Borrowers Bitter

A very traditional tasting bitter. Smooth, brewed with five different hops. This beer from Leighton Buzzard could easily be drunk all night. Great tasting and definitely will become a regular in our household.

Triple Goat’s Pale Ale.

A pale ale brewed with malted pale barley and whole flower hops. This was the heaviest of the three in consistency. A hearty, rich, sweet tasting beer which you can really experience the whole flower hops used to brew it. One for putting hairs on your chest!


Photo from Frosts Garden Centre FB Page:

This was just three of the many locally brewed beers available at Frosts Garden Centre. What an achievement for these local breweries to be turning out delicious tasting beers to suit different occasions. Next time you are in the supermarket and eyeing up beers that have spent more life travelling to the supermarket than being made, maybe consider looking a little closer to home. I will be.

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