Winter warmers

As the temperature drops, our winter attractions will keep you warm and entertained during the long evenings, from late nights at the Tate and concerts with King’s College Choir to ice skating in the glow of Winchester Cathedral. Keep the chill out of your bones by cosying up with a pint in front of an open fire in a country pub; sip warmed mulled wine as your browse the Christmas market stalls at London’s Winter Wonderland and sample delicious hot foods at Victorian-themed winter festivals.

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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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Walk amidst a spectrum of coloured lights at Rufford Abbey

Walk amidst a spectrum of coloured lights at Rufford Abbey

See layers of coloured light transform the stunning historic gardens of Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire into a winter wonderland, with the magic of Aurora Illuminations.

Location: Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit as the Devizes Christmas Festival comes to town, including fireworks displays and a spectacular parade of lanterns.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

Festivals and carnivals
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Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

With its fine selection of food stalls, many of which offer local produce, Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is a great place for foodies.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Go ice-skating, visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Get hands on with baby dragons and learn dragonology as ‘Alchemy Entertainment’ takes over the Dean Heritage Centre for the whole weekend.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm and cosy for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on in October or join in Diwali Day celebrations through November.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Autumn sees towns and villages across Sussex unite together in an ancient bonfire tradition for three months of eerie torch lit processions.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

Free
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Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Shop 'til you drop at Salisbury's annual Christmas Market, held in the beautiful Market Place.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Seasonal celebrations
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See Salisbury Cathedral all lit up with candles

See Salisbury Cathedral all lit up with candles

Witness Salisbury Cathedral being gradually lit up by candles during the Darkness to Light Advent Procession.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

Festivals and carnivals
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Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Bath is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise – so join the fun and grab yourself a bargain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

World heritage sites
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Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

A traditional Christmas card scene is recreated in Nottingham's Old Market Square every winter – the perfect place to get into the festival spirit.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Family
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Watch illuminated floats at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Watch illuminated floats at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Experience the West Country tradition of ‘squibbing’ at the UK’s largest winter carnival.

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset

Culture

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