Finding stuff to do that isn’t Christmas-this and Festive-that, is somewhat of a task at this time of year. But have no fear, Danielle Jones has searched high and low for a range of events and activities without a sprig of holly or a red suit in sight.
Forget daft chocolate reindeers and silly advent calendars, this Saturday head to Brighton to create the weird, the wonderful and wacky out of chocolate. Learn how to temper, hand sculpt and use moulds to create fun stuff out of chocolate for £45. Added bonus? It takes place in a pub! (10 December)
If you really want to escape the glittering lights and overdressed trees, then locking yourself in a sculpture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield is probably a good bet. Deer Shelter Skyspace by American artist James Turrell, has a large opening to allow you to take in the morning sunrise and see the world from a simpler perspective. Tickets are £25 and include fresh coffee and a cooked breakfast. (10 December)
Spend this Saturday on a pastime that has given many people solitude on Christmas Day, via the world of online gaming. Here staring at your phone or tablet screen is actively encouraged, as you take part in quizzes, games and chances to win prizes. If you do get the chance to look up you’ll be able to take in the wit and wisdom of presenter Steve McNeill as he entertains the crowd. Tickets are £14 (10 December)
Ignore the festive season to make sure you don’t miss the last few days of this fascinating exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Here you can check out some surprising oddities and amusing novelties that are normally tucked away in the depths of the archive. Even better, it’s totally free to visit. (–until 11 December)
Set your pulses racing, and your toes tapping in Derby this weekend with a huge anti-Christmas event that will fill your weekend with salsa. This night has been tuning out the Christmas vibes for over ten years with its range of dance, music and even a “sugar-fix” buffet. Tickets are £12 (10 December)
Keep your head warm from the cold weather with a brand new hat created by your own fair hands. At this workshop at the Life Science Centre you can peruse the scientific exhibitions and then get crafty on some headgear that doesn’t look anything like Father Christmas’ hat. The workshop is free with purchase of ticket to the Life Science Centre, which is £14 for adults. (10 December)
Keep the brain active this weekend with a spot of dinner and a side of murder, as you spend your evening in Bristol’s historic Hippodrome. You’ll be transported back to the 1930s to solve the clues and crack the case, all whilst sampling fantastic food and live music. Tickets are £37.90 per person. (9-10 December)
Get ready to Charleston as you immerse yourself in the Roaring 1920s this December. With the cocktails flowing, and F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of opulence and romance playing out around you, join the party and dance your cares away from the hustle and bustle of the usual Christmas party. Tickets start at £20 for a rip-roaring good time. (1-31 December)
If you want a bit of sparkle, but none of that fairy light nonsense from Christmas, then check out the bling on the legends of darts at this weekend. See the famous faces strut their stuff to their walk-on anthems, and check out the mad skills that earned them their jewellery. Tickets start from £10 for a night of entertainment like no other. (10 December)
Join a humbling celebration of the rights and liberties that we have in this country. Held at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum, the day is being heralded with a number of talks and information sharing events, as well as musical performances from the Migrant Artists Mutual Aid Choir. This event is totally free of charge. (10 December)
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