A lot can happen in a year

19 September 2017

Although 2018 is some way off we are excited to announce the release of our new calendars for the forthcoming year, it is never to early to start planning for the next adventure…

As summer seemingly draws to a close, we are already thinking ahead to what next year has in store. With so many amazing things to look forward to, we have asked the lovely employees of Caroline Gardner to compile their bucket lists for 2018. We hope you can take some inspiration from our list and add it to your own.

Matt - Creative Artworker - Visit the roman baths

Encircled by 18th and 19th century buildings and under the watchful eye of the healing goddess Sulis-Minerva, Bath’s premiere attraction is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman spas in the world.

Carla - Accounts assistant - Visit the houses of Parliament

With so much talk this year of #londonisopen it occurred to many of us here that if you live in the city, you often take the tourist hotspots from. Why not visit the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as it undergoes major refurbishment.

Bernadette – Sales administrator - Edinburgh festival

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is a city enriched with history and culture and during the Edinburgh Festival you can experience all of this plus amazing shows, live street performances and art exhibitions. Top tip: book accommodation early!

Laura - Online Content Executive & Photographer - Skydive over Abel Tasman

Although this is New Zealand’s smallest national park, it is definitely not small! From this jaw dropping skydive you can view all 23,000 hectares of protected coastline.

Michelle - Ecommerce Manager - Learn a language

Being able to speak a second language is something that we all wish we could do but never get it the time and dedication. Make 2018 your year to learn a new dialect, go to night school, visit the country of your choice or download Duolingo.

Beatrice  -Designer – See the cherry blossom in Japan

The first cherry blossom generally appears in Okinawa in January, heading to Tokyo by April/May. Along with robotics, sushi and skyscraper technology the Japanese lead the way in cherry blossom appreciation. Along with the pink blossom, Japans deep history and culture is something that is not to be missed.

Miranda – Designer - Become the office horticulturist

Gardening is an activity that nurtures our mental and physical well-being, even more so than when you are stuck the office all day. Why not grow a tomato plant or add a cactus to your window ledge to improve your working environment. Proven to reduce stress, provide cleaner air to breathe and increase productivity, plants are a must for 2018!

Catherine – Merchandiser - Run a marathon

Running the London Marathon. Now that is something to look forward to, running the famous route through the streets of London and for such a great cause. If you aren’t quite up completing the 23 miles straight away, why not try the Run Hyde Park 5K or the Cancer research UK London winter 10k run.

Clio – Buyer - Meet an elephant

Why not spend the day feeding, bathing and playing with elephants on one of the sanctuaries in the north of Thailand that care for these beautiful animals.

Steph - Stationery and accessories designer - do something nice for someone 

Whether making a loved ones day or providing a random act of kindness to a stranger on the tube, we should all aim to be a little kinder. Kindness produces endorphins, which help to promote a ripple effect of kindness. A smile really does go a long way.


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Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific accessory, gift and stationery designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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