It’s the last weekend of November, which means things are really starting to feel a little bit festive with traditional Christmas crafts in Warwick and lanterns alight in Cheshire. But there’s still lots that’s not too seasonally themed, like a fantastic beer festival in Cornwall suggests Danielle Jones.
Chester Zoo unveils its sparkling array of winter lanterns this weekend, lit up to delight and amaze. As well as the usual suspects from around the zoo, there are even more new characters to keep your eyes open for. The full tour takes around 90 minutes and is guaranteed to light up your weekend. Tickets are £10 for adults plus your £20 zoo entry. (25 November- 23 December)
There is nothing quite as special as a handmade ornament, and this weekend in Warwick you have the opportunity to learn how to create your very own adornment for this year’s tree. Specialists from Stratford-Upon-Avon Decorative and Fine Arts Society will be on hand to make sure everything looks perfect. Workshop costs £20 (26 November)
Author Kate Pankhurst, who is related to none other than Emmeline Pankhurst, Suffragette and pioneer for women’s votes, will talk through her latest children’s book “Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World”, bringing to life some of the most inspiring and trailblazing women of the past for kids. Tickets are £3 (26 November)
Discover another side to Peterborough this weekend, with this tour taking you around some of the hidden gems and treasures of the city centre. Everything from French prisoners to buried Queens, you can find out more about the secrets that every street and building has concealed from passers-by. £5 (26 November)
Take to skies with the family this weekend, as St George’s Bristol plays host to an aeronautical extravaganza. As well as perfecting the art of the flawless paper plane, you can build spinners and try your crafts out in the wind tunnel. In addition to the aerial antics, there will also be a brass band in situ for some apt flying tunes. Entrance is £6 (27 November)
Looking for a festival with flavour? Then a trip to Winchester will certainly give your taste buds a tickle. This ever popular event will bring together some of the greatest producers, host fantastic master classes and will even feature an appearance from BBC1’s wine experts, Susie Barrie and Peter Richard. This event is extremely popular so grab your £30 ticket fast. (25-26 November)
For the retro record collector, a visit to the free Sutton Record Fair this weekend is a must. Even if you’re not the owner of a record player yourself, it’s often touted as one of the best in the country, and it’s the perfect place to pick up a Christmas gift for that one person who has everything. (26 November)
With gifts to buy and people to think of, the country is filled with all manner of Christmas markets at the moment. In Norwich this weekend, however, is a fayre with a difference. Bringing together some of the newest and brightest minds in the area, you can buy one-of-a-kind items whilst also funding their futures. Entry is free of charge. (26-29 November)
Try a huge range of beers this weekend with a soundtrack of brilliant local bands, as the St Austell Brewery turns their giant basement into the 18th Annual Celtic Beer Festival. There are over 200 different varieties to choose from, with a good selection from the South West region and some even brewed specifically for the festival. Entrance is just £10 with 2 ½ pint tokens and a special commemorative glass. (26 November)
Christmas in a manor house is always been an exciting and busy affair. This weekend you can experience the hustle and bustle for yourself first hand, as the staff of the 1930s Ickworth House plan and prepare the food and decorations. The event is free of charge but admission to Ickworth is £8. (26 November)
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