A Round Up of Christmas Events from around the Country
With Christmas just around the corner here is a round up of what’s on around the UK to celebrate this year’s festivities. Remember to check if pre-booking is necessary by visiting their website. For more ideas and inspiration please look at our E-Magazines.
There’s music, mischief, and ghosts at the Minack this Christmas. Enjoy a seasonal concert on Sunday 12 December, performed by Pendeen Silver Band. Let actor David Mynne entrance you with his enthralling one-man performance of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol (It’s Dickens with added silliness!).
20-22 December at 4pm.
The Minack Theatre, S W Coast Path, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU
The Piskie in the Garden
29 & 31 Dec, 2 Jan at 11am
Younger children and families will be bewitched by storyteller John Brolly’s magical tale, The Piskie in the Garden. An old gardener is woken by mysterious noises from the potting shed. It can only mean one thing, he has a piskie in the garden. A mix of puppets, music and storytelling, this magical, mischievous tale is perfect for families.
29 & 31 December and 2 January at 11am. www.minack.com/past-shows/piskie-garden
The Minack Theatre, S W Coast Path, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Open from 10am every day of the holiday season (except Christmas and Boxing Days). On specific days, we will also be offering; choirs by candlelight (including fireworks), a wreath-making workshop, themed Gardens and Glasshouse tours, and a festive afternoon tea. Please see www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson/ for details.
Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural Society Ltd., Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR
Victoria Art Gallery
November 28 – 1 January
The colourful celebration of children’s book illustration will appeal to children of all ages, from pre-schoolers to young adults. Visitors will meet a motley crew of characters, from the Gruffalo to the Iron Man, fearsome dragons to the Little Ogre, and even monsters in underpants! They will also come face-to-face with several larger-than-life 3D exhibits.
Star contributors include:
- Axel Scheffler – The Gruffalo and other Julia Donaldson books
- Michael Foreman – War Boy, Stubby and The Littlest Dinosaur
- Cressida Cowell – How to Train Your Dragon
- Victoria Topping – Mythologica: An encyclopedia of gods, monsters and mortals from ancient Greece
- Chris Mould – The Iron Man
For a list or rolling events and to book tickets visit www.victoriagal.org.uk
The Magic of Christmas
Pittville Pump Room
December 12 & 19
This magical afternoon with Mrs Claus is sure to capture the magic of Christmas. Your little ones will be taken on a wonderful, imaginary adventure with the story of ‘Little Robin Red Vest’. Meanwhile the grown-ups can listen while indulging in a festive afternoon tea. Customers are able to upgrade to traditional glühwein mulled wine or glass of bubbly for additional £4.95 on the day of the storytelling session. Suitable for children aged 7 and under. visit www.pittvillepumproom.org.uk/opening-times/
Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA
Avon Tyrrell Christmas Activity Trail
Saturday 11th December
Join Avon Tyrrell for some festive activities including climbing, archery, adventure course, problem solving, bushcraft and many more. Suitable for children aged 5+ years old. It costs just £7 per person and parents go for free!
Avon Tyrell Outdoor Activity Centre, Bransgore, Christchurch, BH23 8EE
Father Christmas’ Flying Visit
Wednesday 22 December
Hawk Conservancy Trust
Hawk Conservancy Trust, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY
Bach Choir Christmas Carol Concerts
The Christmas concerts at the Cathedral are uplifting and will set you in the mood for Christmas.
St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY
Abbey Theatre St Albans
Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL
There us it better treat than driving along Blackpool’s promenade and looking at the lights. Why not take the famous ghost Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour for some additional spooky fun. Until 3 January 2022
Famous Ghost Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour
A584, Promenade North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram Stop,
Blackpool FY1 1AP
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Until 3 January 2022
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
Illuminature Light Trail
Until 9 January 2022
London Wetland Centre
Northumberland National Park
18th December 2021
Walltown Country Park
Your mission begins with a message from Santa explaining the problem. Our Chief Imp will then issue you with a special piece of clothing and get you warmed up for your mission. The 3k route follows paths and tracks around Walltown Country Park, with fantastic views of Hadrian’s Wall to inspire you. This is a great event for all the family and the course can easily be walked by younger children and is buggy friendly. Under-fives in your group go free. www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk
Pennine Way, Greenhead CA8 7JD
Join us at The Sill this festive season and learn how to make simple willow decorations which you can hang around your home. Suitable for families. www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk
The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Once Brewed, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7AN
STRATFORD UPON AVON
Shakespeare’s School Room
One of the most atmospheric buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon, is being transformed this Christmas. Santa at the Schoolroom is an enchanting family experience that will be taking place for the first time at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.
Visitors will take a journey through the 600-year-old building, meeting a host of Christmas characters along the way including Santa Claus, settled by the fireplace in the Master’s Chamber.
A festive quiz with fun-loving Puck, a Christmas story with Thursday the Elf, crafts and games in the Georgian Schoolroom and a ‘What the Dickens?’ encounter in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom with Charles Dickens.
The experience lasts 1-11/2 hours. Participants will receive a small gift from Santa.
Book tickets: www.ShakespearesSchoolroom.org
Solstice Lantern Walk
Get the family out and enjoy a twilight walk through the woods
Bradfield Woods Nature Reserve
Felsham Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 0AQ
Percy Park Keeper’s Winter Trail
Great to keep little ones entertained.
From 4 December
Powis Castle and Garden
Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF
Jack and the Beanstalk
3 – 31 December
Stephen Joseph Theatre A brand new adaptation of the classic tale with plenty of silliness and lots to enjoy for young and old alike! Age guidance 6+. Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW
The National Videogame Museum delves into the world of physics this half term. Starting from the 11th and throughout February half term, the museum will be hosting a special event jointly created by the University of Sheffield, CERN and the NVM, which will provide a 360 degree virtual tour recreating the Large Hadron Collider!
Spark your pupils’ interest and bring history to life with a visit to JORVIK Group attractions. School Visits Studying the Vikings this term? Take your pupils on a school trip to JORVIK! Built on the very site where archaeologists discovered over 40,000 Viking-age objects, a visit to JORVIK gives students…
February Half Term: ‘World on Your Windowsill’, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, 11-19 February Discover a whole new world on your windowsill at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this half term and find out which plants can be grown in even the smallest of spaces. With planting workshops, wellbeing yoga sessions and…
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