Seasonal celebrations

Seasonal celebrations

Join in the New Year celebrations to join the crowds in exclaiming out loud at fireworks displays staged around the country. It’s a fittingly colourful start to the year in which we take every opportunity to celebrate annual events. At Easter time, join an egg hunt, perhaps in a national park or stately home. (It’s a good idea to let the children find at least one.) In December, begin the Christmas celebrations by inhaling the smell of mince pies and mulled wine at one of the festive markets. Don’t miss a carol service in a centuries-old church or cathedral and laugh uproariously with the kids at a traditional pantomime.

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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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Delight in days out with the kids at West Dean Gardens

Delight in days out with the kids at West Dean Gardens

Bring your family to West Sussex this Easter holidays and join in with trails, crafts and activities.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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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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Meet the Easter Bunny at Fairytale Farm in Oxfordshire

Meet the Easter Bunny at Fairytale Farm in Oxfordshire

Head into the Giant Rabbit Burrow at Fairytale Farm for lots of Easter surprises.

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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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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Enjoy carols by candlelight at Goodrich Castle

Enjoy carols by candlelight at Goodrich Castle

Listen to classic carols performed by a local choir within the stunning ruins of Goodrich Castle.

Location: Goodrich, Herefordshire

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Sunderland’s magical Christmas Lights switch-on

Sunderland’s magical Christmas Lights switch-on

Recognised as signalling the beginning of the festive celebrations, the annual Christmas switch-on is a tradition Sunderland is proud to keep.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Meet Santa Claus at Puzzlewood

Meet Santa Claus at Puzzlewood

Enjoy winter walks in Puzzlewood’s magical woods and meet Santa Claus himself in his grotto.

Location: Forest of Dean

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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 a Salopian Christmas at Shrewsbury Winter Festival

Enjoy a Salopian Christmas at Shrewsbury Winter Festival

Whether it is gift buying you are there for or just simply to take in the festive atmosphere, the Shrewsbury Winter Festival has it all on offer.

Location: Sherwsbury, Shropshire

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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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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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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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Hug a husky at Drusillas Winter Wonderland

Hug a husky at Drusillas Winter Wonderland

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

Location: Alfriston, near Eastbourne

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Experience a quintessentially English Christmas

Experience a quintessentially English Christmas

Visit the small market town of Much Wenlock for festive trinkets, hand-made gifts and sweet and savoury snacks at its Christmas Fayre.

Location: Much Wenlock, Shropshire

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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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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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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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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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