City breaks in summer

City breaks in summer

Look beyond the lights and the hubbub, and see what hidden gems lie beneath on a city break in England. From Saturday markets to quirky neighbourhoods; discover the secrets of the city you rarely hear about…Escape to the historic city of Lincoln for cosy tea rooms, fine dining and heritage at every turn; explore Lancaster’s vibrant cultural scene with a visit to the UK's biggest outdoor walkabout theatre experience, and discover Southampton’s fascinating museums, lively nightlife and trendy hotels.

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December events: Get set for winter at The Alnwick Garden

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

Location: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

 

December events: Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

The Exeter Christmas Market represents 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

 

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: 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

 

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

 

December events: Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

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

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 

December events: Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

 

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

 

December events: Have a winter weekend at Compton Verney

Delight in festive fun with the family at at Compton Verney, Warwickshire's award-winning art gallery.

Location: Warwickshire

 

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

 

December events: Step inside Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

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

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 

December events: Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, all washed down with a cup or two of Glühwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

December events: Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Climb aboard the family favourite 'Santa Express' which returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway this winter.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

 

December events: 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

 
Santa at Drusillas Park near Eastbourne

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

 

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

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

December events: Start off your Christmas season in Chester

Visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 

December events: Enter an underground Christmas cave

Follow the story of Archie and the Unicorn, told through glittering lights in an underground cavern.

Location: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

 

December events: Explore the Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Full of atmosphere and tradition, the Christmas Tree Wonderland is an epic trail through historic gardens and seafront walkways draped in lights.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 

December events: Have an Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Venture into Westonbirt’s magical illuminated grounds this winter for acres of Christmas joy.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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