Events in winter

Gloucester's Christmas Lantern Procession at night

Grab your scarf and gloves and head outside for a packed programme of winter events in England, whether it’s sipping mulled wine whilst browsing through Christmas markets or enjoying evening winter funfairs in the heart of the city.

Gloucester's Christmas Lantern Procession at night

Grab your scarf and gloves and head outside for a packed programme of winter events in England, whether it’s sipping mulled wine whilst browsing through Christmas markets or enjoying evening winter funfairs in the heart of the city.

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December events: Wander through a Bavarian-style village in Bristol

December events: Wander through a Bavarian-style village in Bristol

Bristol is brimming with free events, festivals and markets during the winter.

Location: Bristol

 
December events: Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

December events: 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

 
November events: Enjoy a festive shopping experience at Derby Roundhouse

November events: Enjoy a festive shopping experience at Derby Roundhouse

Buy perfect festive gifts at the fabulous Christmas Fair held in the stunning Derby Roundhouse, a beautiful building offering a magical atmosphere.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 
9 fantastically festive places for a Christmas break

9 fantastically festive places for a Christmas break

Get stuck into the festive season by visiting some of England’s most Christmassy locations, include charming villages, market towns and historical cities.

 
December events: Create unique Christmas gifts at Hot Pot Pottery

December events: Create unique Christmas gifts at Hot Pot Pottery

If you’re looking to find the perfect unique gift then a visit to the Hot Pot Pottery Christmas Fayre is a must.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 
November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
December events: Meet Father Christmas at Drusillas

December events: Meet Father Christmas at Drusillas

A magical Christmas experience is waiting for all the family at Drusillas Park this winter.

Location: Alfriston, near Eastbourne

 
Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Experience Cambridge evensong

Experience Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
Glide into Christmas at the Tunbridge Wells Ice Skating rink

Glide into Christmas at the Tunbridge Wells Ice Skating rink

A favourite festive destination, ice skating in Royal Tunbridge Wells offers something for skaters, shoppers and spectators this season.

Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

 
November events: See Longleat in a different light

November events: See Longleat in a different light

Experience the magical Festival of Light with hundreds of illuminated displays after dark before staying in a luxury Longleat spa hotel.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

 
Watch a kick about like no other in Derbyshire

Watch a kick about like no other in Derbyshire

Witness a 16-hour football match in the streets of Ashbourne, an eccentric sporting event that’s been played since the 17th century.

Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire

 
Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Aint’ nothin’ but the blues - not the winter ones, but the music type in Broadstairs every February for one weekend.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
December events: Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

December events: Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

Brighton marks the shortest day of the year with the Burning the Clocks winter solstice parade.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
December events: Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

December events: 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

 
December events: Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

December events: Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a truly magical experience with the family this Christmas at Perrygrove Railway.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 
December events: Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

December events: 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

 
Embrace the festive spirit with Yorkshire Coast’s winter events

Embrace the festive spirit with Yorkshire Coast’s winter events

The winter is full of highlights as venues in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey host a variety of shows; musicals, comedies, plays and dramas with a real flavour of Christmas with wassailing and traditional pantomimes.

Location: North Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors

 
December events: Meet Santa on a steam train

December events: Meet Santa on a steam train

Take a trip on Swanage Railway in the run up to Christmas and get the chance to meet Santa. It's fun for all the family and each child gets their own present!

Location: Swanage, Dorset

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