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Friday, 4 November 2016

A Magical Night at Fenwick's Window 2016

*We were invited along to Fenwick's as their guest on launch night

This post contains spoilers about Fenwick's Window 2016 so if you don't want to know what the theme is, avert your eyes now! I've only included a couple of photographs of the window itself but I will be revealing the theme.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

The grand reveal of Fenwick's window is a HUGE deal in Newcastle, in fact make that the North East. There is always a lot of speculation over what this year's theme is going to be and the rumours start as soon as the big white boards cover up the store's huge windows on Northumberland street. There were signs all around Fenwick, building up to the big reveal and even Darth Vader himself was advertising the event. 

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - lego darth vader in Fenwick toy department

We headed down to Northumberland Street just after 4:40pm (we were super grateful to have a reserved VIP spot - definite career highlight for me!) and I was amazed at the crowds. Everyone was really in high spirits as Metro Radio's Brian Moore entertained us all and we all sang along to our favourite Christmas hits in unison.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - snow on Northumberland Street at Fenwick Window launch

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - window about to be revealed with black curtains

There were a few gasps from the crowds as the countdown began and snow started falling from the sky. It was magical and Harry, Heidi and Jack couldn't believe it. 'All I want for Christmas' started playing and Brian Moore started a countdown from 10..........

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - snow at fenwicks newcastle

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

The wait was over. Yeah! We can reveal the theme for this year's Fenwick's Window is Beatrix Potter. The window designs are absolutely beautiful.  Jack was being his usual crazy self and I was solo parenting so this is the best photo I could manage of all three of them in front of the window! Haha I am sure I will laugh at it in year's to come. We definitely need to revisit and take another pic........

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

As always, the details in the window are phenomenal. It's hard to take it all in and I would definitely recommend visiting a few times over the festive season to get the most from it.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Peter Rabbit story book

The story books of Peter Rabbit and friends have literally been brought to life.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Jemima puddle duck

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme

The mouse scene was definitely my favourite. FAR too cute. Almost makes me want a pet mouse of my own.......

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - little mice

Then at the end there was a special treat for launch night and we were thrilled to meet real life Peter Rabbit.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - photo with Peter Rabbit

After visiting the window we headed upstairs to level 3 for dinner in the Northside Diner. Located in the middle of the toy department, it is a fantastic place to take the family for a 'treat tea' after the window. The diner has a real 50's vibe and is the perfect spot to chat about your favourite parts of the window and which characters you liked best.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick limited edition Peter Rabbit Bauble

 They serve special hot chocolates for kids in the diner, which were a must for us after standing out in the cold. Of course my three asked for the full works with cream and marshmallows. Yum!

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Kids Hot Chocolate Northside Diner

The kids dined on big bowls of pasta and I went for a pulled pork burger. All delicious and served quickly by the attentive staff.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - kids pasta Northside diner

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Northside diner booth

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Northside diner pulled pork bun

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Peter Rabbit flag

The dessert menu is very reasonable and Jack and I enjoyed American style waffles whilst H & H went for ice cream. The staff were fab with the kids and told them about the free jukebox in the corner of the diner. Heidi couldn't resist seleting the next song.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Northside Diner American Waffle

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - kids menu

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Northside Diner 50's Free jukebox

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - 50's jukebox Northside Diner

The Northside Diner is fun and friendly. We really enjoyed it and I love their booth-style seating.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - booth seating Northside diner

A trip to Fenwick's isn't complete without a mooch around the toy department and the kids took great delight in listing all of the toys they'd like to add to their Christmas list. Harry has developed a real love of reading this year and I love that he headed to the book section first. Yeah! It's nice when you realise you are getting at least one thing right.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Toy Department third floor - children's books

We also spotted this supersized hulk mug which we decided would be perfect for Steve in the mornings.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Toy Department third floor - Marvel hulk mug

I love, love, love Fenwick's Christmas department and even if you aren't planning on buying anything, you must visit just to have a look around (find it on level 2). It truly is Christmas heaven!

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - decorations

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - owl decoartion

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2


Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - North East pop up cards

We found some elf on the shelf clothes and props which might come in useful.......

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - elf on the shelf clothes

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2
Heidi's checking Santa's naughty list

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - christmas light box

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2

We bought these hot chocolate stirrers for Christmas eve last year and would highly recommend. They are really cute and on offer at 3 for £6 (find them in the food section of the Christmas department on level 2).

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - santa hot chocolate stirrers

Then finally, you'll find some special Peter Rabbit themed gifts on sale too which tie into the window's theme. I love the initialed mugs and boxed Peter Rabbit. Beautiful and what a way to remember your visit.

There is also a bit of a secret hiding in the Christmas Department this year. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle has her very own pop-up cafe serving festive sandwiches, cakes, drinks and more. Find out more from New Girl in Toon here. 

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - fenwick peter rabbit soft toy

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - fenwick peter rabbit  story book

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - fenwick peter rabbit initial mug

We picked up a few treats - our advent calendars, a few Peter Rabbit themed items and a snowy owl. Time had flown by and it was sadly, time to go home.

Fenwick's Window Newcastle 2016. Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit theme - Fenwick Christmas department level 2 - at night

We really had such a magical night at Fenwick and visiting the window with the kids at night is definitely one of my favourite traditions. Let me know if you've visited and your thoughts on this year's theme.
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3 comments

  1. A lovely write up of a magical night. Hope you enjoyed as much as we did.

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  2. Oh I just love this post! It's got me so excited for Christmas! We will definitely be heading down to check this out now! Eeeeeekk I bloody love Xmas!

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  3. Sam I love Peter Rabbit I even have the cons and stamps what an amazing experience to be in the VIP section for this, the windows looks gorgeous x

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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