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.

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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

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Enjoy the Christmas festivities at Sunderland’s Frost Village

Enjoy the Christmas festivities at Sunderland’s Frost Village

Wrap up warm and lace-up your skates this Christmas at the sparkling Frost Village, with a real ice rink, traditional Christmas market and fun fair.

Location: Sunderland

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See Chichester light up for Christmas

See Chichester light up for Christmas

Chichester's Christmas festivities begins on Thursday 24th November with a Christmas lights switch-on event and fireworks to mark the four week lead up to Christmas.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Celebrate a circus spectacular at Blackpool’s Showzam

Celebrate a circus spectacular at Blackpool’s Showzam

Magicians, performers and clowns take over the streets of Blackpool, as the circus (and much more) rolls into town every year for Showzam.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Enjoy a Fabulously Festive shopping experience at Derby Roundhouse

Enjoy a Fabulously 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Enjoy beer and cycling at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Enjoy beer and cycling at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

There are hundreds of beers, ales and ciders to test out as you watch the cyclists whizz by at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Make your Christmas magical with a visit to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, the UK’s largest designer outlet.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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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

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Feel the winter glow of a city illuminated for Light Night

Feel the winter glow of a city illuminated for Light Night

See Nottingham become filled with after dark illuminations and neon displays as it blinds the winter chill from the air with live music and street theatre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

The Exeter Christmas Market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations.

Location: Exeter

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Seasonal shopping at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market

Seasonal shopping at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

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

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Take part in a cider wassailing tradition in Herefordshire

Take part in a cider wassailing tradition in Herefordshire

Celebrate this unique Herefordshire New Year tradition to encourage good fruit and a bountiful cider harvest.

Location: Mortimer Country, Herefordshire

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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

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

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Take a budget festive break in Bristol

Take a budget festive break in Bristol

Bristol is brimming with free events, festivals and markets during the winter. Experience the city on a budget without compromising on fun

Location: Bristol

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