'I’ve been the desperate person in the travel agent, booking last-minute Christmas flights home'

I too had been in that travel agent’s chair, suddenly deciding I had to travel home for Christmas. The need came on me in late November ... I couldn’t suddenly produce a tree and a box of decorations out of a hat. She wasn’t impressed with my ...

Best Christmas things to do near me in 2017 - From cheap days out to family activities and Santa's Grottos for the kids

Until the 1st January, Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be home to a spectacular jewel-coloured trail ... Then of course there are the hall's stunning Christmas decorations to explore - and if you're really inspired, you can even buy some of them in ...