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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Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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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Learn how to cook rhubarb with British chefs

Learn how to cook rhubarb with British chefs

Take part in live cookery demonstrations at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, celebrating the heritage of this quirky pink vegetable.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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Enjoy a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Enjoy a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Wrap up warm and head down to the Manchester Christmas markets this winter to experience a festive array of sights, smells and sounds.

Location: Manchester

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Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Taurus Crafts

Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Taurus Crafts

Pick up tasty treats and Christmas gifts at Taurus Crafts’ annual Christmas market.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

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Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

This Christmas, Melton Mowbray town centre goes back in time to offer a traditional Victorian experience at the Victorian Fayre.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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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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Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Enjoy a fun, festive evening at the Hillside Brewery Christmas carol service.

Location: Longhope, Gloucestershire

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Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Take a trip to Eastbourne for Christmas events galore with live concerts, fun activities and lots of festive cheer guaranteed.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Create unique Christmas gifts at Hot Pot Pottery

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

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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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Trip the light fantastic at The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

Trip the light fantastic at The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

For a Christmas market with a difference, wrap up in your cosiest festive jumper and join in the festive fun at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.

Location: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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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

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Have a country park Christmas in Havant

Have a country park Christmas in Havant

Staunton Country Park will get you in the Christmas spirit with festive fun around the ornamental farm, play barn and gardens.

Location: Havant, Hampshire

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Meet Santa on a steam train

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. Fun for all the family with each child getting a present.

Location: Swanage, Dorset

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