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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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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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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Enter an underground Christmas Grotto

Enter an underground Christmas Grotto

Receive a gift from Father Christmas and follow the magical tale of Evie's Airplane as you explore Clearwell Caves.

Location: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

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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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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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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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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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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 winter wonderland by Eastbourne beach

Enjoy a winter wonderland by Eastbourne beach

Enjoy a coastal experience with a Christmas twist in Eastbourne with markets, a charity Santa fun run and much more.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm and cosy for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on in October or join in Diwali Day celebrations through November.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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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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Grab yourself a festive bargain at Bath Christmas Market

Grab yourself a festive bargain at Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market is a magical festive shopping experience, set against the city centre’s stunning backdrop of historic buildings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Enjoy a cosy festive getaway at Tudor Farmhouse

Enjoy a cosy festive getaway at Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse is a rural retreat with boutique bedrooms and award-winning restaurant that is a home from home for the holidays.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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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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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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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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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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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

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

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Join a festive guided walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

Join a festive guided walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

Experience a festive guided walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home-town on Christmas Day.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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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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