For a truly frosty experience throw yourself down the huge snow slide at Bolton Winter Festival or get your Christmas tree for free at Farnham Heath. To escape the Advent countdown check into Geekdom Sunderland, suggests Danielle Jones.
With the help of English Heritage, you can enjoy a Cornish Christmas whilst simultaneously visiting an epic castle. Not only can you hear traditional fireside tales and partake in a few mince pies, but Father Christmas is also on hand to listen to requests for this year’s big day. £7.90 (3-4 December)
For a festive concert with a twist, head to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall for a selection of Christmas classical pieces from 18th Century Brazil. By experiencing a little bit of Latin culture, you can keep the musical merriment fresh for the upcoming season. From £12.50. (4 December)
Pieced together by the Yorkshire Film Archive, this film brings several decades of city life in York to one reel. Check out the changing styles and spot local landmarks as the scenery around them changes over the coming years, you can even see long forgotten buildings lost to time and demolition. The film is free but there is an £8.00 venue entry. (24 November – 18 December)
This weekend many of us will be getting our decorations up ready for the festive season, with garlands and baubles adorning the focal point of the house, the Christmas tree. If you’re looking for a tree that is not only real, ethical, and even better free, head to Farnham Heath to help them remove the invasive pines, perfect for your Christmas home set up. (3 December)
Head to the streets of Skirlington to see a nativity scene with all the trimmings this weekend. With its annual Christmas parade complete with real life camels and the three kings, you can also sip mulled wine and check out a range of stalls and local vendors from the town. The event is free, with a £1 fee for the car park. (4 December)
Minecraft, Adventure Time and more; the minute you enter these doors you will immerse yourself in a full scale geek-out. Here you can discover workshops, curios from screen and stage and take part in tabletop gaming. There’s even a selection of local bands to provide the soundtrack to all this skulduggery. Tickets are £8.00 (4 December)
Bolton is sliding into the festive season this week as it launches its massive Winter Festival. Take a spin on the covered ice rink, mooch around more than 40 market stalls and if you’re brave enough, take the plunge on a huge snow slide located in the centre of town. Entrance to the event is free, with some charges for activities. (1 December – 8 January)
Celebrate the glamour and the fashion of the last 40 years this weekend with the Costume and Textile team at Norwich Museum. Whether punk is your passion, or you prefer the frill and fancy of the New Romantics, you can take a visual journey through Norwich’s past and even donate a relic or two of your own if you wish! Entrance to the exhibit is £5.50 (3 December)
Emily Koch, a talented writer and journalist, has had ten of her haikus (three-line poems) brought to life by talented illustrators from in and around Bristol. The poems are not only presented in a visually stunning manner, but also tell a story of Bristol’s wildlife and its secrets. Take a look for yourself on board the Grain Barge, and even purchase a piece to take home with you. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge. (3 November – 29 December)
In an event to celebrate National Tree Week, you can follow in the footsteps of England’s own Lancelot “Capability” Brown, deemed to be one of England’s most talented landscape designers. In what would have been his 300th birthday year, you can pay tribute to Brown by planting new trees at his very birthplace, Kirkharle. The event is free to participate in. (26 November – 4 December)
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