Wookey Hole will have you feeling festive with over a thousand lights illuminating the caves for a magical Christmas tour!
There are over 20 great attractions to give you a full day’s visit. The Christmas Circus Show will wow you with glitzy performers taking to the stage to deliver a show stopping line-up of trapeze, hula, juggling and magic!
Date: 1st - 24th Dec
MEET SANTA ON HIS SPECIAL TRAIN!
During your one hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Mince Pie and seasonal drink for adults.
There will be balloon modelling during your visit.
Santa Special trains start and finish in Swanage. You cannot board or alight at any other station.
MOST TRAINS ARE NOW SOLD OUT
VERY LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE ON SOME TRAINS - CALL US ON 01929 425800 (1000 - 1600) TO CHECK.
Find the names of the 10 giant Nutcrackers located around Salisbury city centre and enter the draw to win a £250 Salisbury Gift Card!
Write down the names of the Nutcrackers on the entry form, fill in your details, remove the page and post in Santa’s Post Office (marked on the map on Blue Boar Row).
A winner will be drawn at random from the entries and will win a £250 Salisbury Gift Card.
Beware of imposters! Other Nutcrackers maybe on display in shop windows. The 10 that form the trail are over 6ft tall and are individually named.
This is a free event for everyone to enjoy, brought to you by Salisbury BID.
Pick up your activity booklet and entry form from:
Salisbury Information Centre
Salisbury City Hall
Five Rivers Leisure Centre
Christmas 2018 at Corfe Castle means magic in the air, a warm fire in the grate and the chance to experience everything that makes this time of year so special with some new twists on familiar traditions.
Father Christmas Magic at Farmer Palmers. The joy on their faces as they meet the Man in Red in our warm winter cabin. No pre-booking required. Visit weekends (or 11-12 Tue/Wed) during December. Only £6 extra and fab present.
Saturday 08 December 2018 - Sunday 06 January 2019
Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
From the producers of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk comes one of the most traditional and popular pantomimes of all time, Sleeping Beauty.
Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a tremendous treat for all the family.
Starring Jennifer Ellison (8-12 Dec) and EastEnders Rita Simons (14 Dec-06 Jan) as the wicked fairy Carabosse, alongside Bournemouth Pavilion pantomime favourites Olivia Birchenough (Milkshake!) as Princess Briar Rose and Noel Brodie as Silly Billy. Joining them will be Sarah-Jane Buckly (Hollyoaks) as the Good Fairy and David Ballas Nursie.
Doors:30 mins prior to show
Part One: 60 mins
Interval: 20 mins
Part Two:60 mins
-All timings are approximate and may change on day-
Christmas at Forde Abbey is a magical time of year, and this December we’ll be inviting you to share in the joy and wonder of the season with an enchanting trail around the gardens.
After dark, and with even more sparkle than before, we’ll be lighting the long borders, illuminating the champion trees and casting a magical shine over the house – Forde Abbey as you’ve never seen it before.
Inside the house, there’ll be festive cheer, the perfect time of year to gather around and enjoy the warmth of an open hearth.
Father Christmas will also be popping in on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December with a sackful of gifts. There are letters to sort and presents to wrap, so why not join him and his elves before he takes to the skies.
Enjoy a selection of festive favourites on the menu in the tearooms, and a selection of gifts from local suppliers on sale in the shop. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and bring a torch.
A special evening to kick off the festive season. You will be welcomed by the festive sounds of The Blue Horizon Handbell Ringers. Join in with Christmas carols, both traditional and modern, under the night sky accompanied by Test Valley Brass and the voices of Andover Museum Loft Singers. Warm up during the interval with mulled wine and a mince pie. Step into the magical world of our owls for the second half of the evening as you witness our beautiful owls twist and turn in the night sky and skim silently over the top of your head.
Ticket includes a mulled wine and mince pie – please email email@example.com at least one week in advance of the event to notify us if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Although lighting is provided, bring along a torch but do not shine it directly into any aviaries.
Durlston’s dark skies make it an ideal place to see our solar system, star clusters, galaxies and meteor showers.
The new Astronomy Centre at Durlston consists of a 14" Meade telescope housed in its own observatory, together with supporting facilities for talks and lectures in the nearby Learning Centre.
The Centre is supported by the Ranger staff at the Country Park and by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society.
See also: Latest Astronomy Event Status
There are several ways that members of the public can participate in the astronomy activities at Durlston. A small charge will be made in most cases.
A number of public events are run at Durlston throughout the year, and are open to everyone.
Stargazing events consist of an illustrated talk in the Learning Centre followed by the chance to look through various scopes, including the main telescope inside the new observatory.
Check the Events Guide for upcoming Stargazing evenings.
Annual fancy dress swim at Charmouth in aid of the RNLI. 11am sharp at Charmouth: Be there by 10.30 to enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their (dry) fancy dress (optional) They don't stay in the water a minute longer than they need to - it's all over by 1 minute past 11! in aid of Lyme Regis RNLI, kindly sponsored by The Royal Oak. 10.30 for 11am the beach Charmouth. Just turn up and take the plunge. This event is weather dependent
Charity Carol Concert Supporting Wiltshire Based Charity "Hope and Homes for Children" Opening the Concert will be Musical Director and Head of Oare Primary School with a Combined Primary Schools Choir.
15th December at 4.00 pm - Tickets £10 Children under 12 free
Available from KIM VINE 113 HIGH St Marlborough or Tel 01672 562777
Starting at Bishops Lydeard or Minehead and travelling a return journey to Williton. Locomotives begin to steam around 6.30pm, and the band warm up. The train then departs at 7pm and begins its musical journey into the night. Trains are scheduled to run on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th December, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December. Ticket prices vary according to journey (£10-£15). Passengers are advised to bring a torch as the journey gets ‘wonderfully dark’.
Santa and the elves are back at Winchester Science Centre and this time they’re joined by Jack and the beanstalk! A Christmas experience like no other with live science show inspired by the classic children’s tale, an elf-led activity, Christmas planetarium show and chance to meet Santa. Spark your children's imagination and curiosity this Christmas at this fun-filled family day out!
Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience includes two main events, an hour-long Santa and science experience (live science show, elf-led children's activity and chance to meet Santa) and a 30-minute Christmas planetarium show.
Inspired by, and featuring, Jack and the Beanstalk - this 25-minute live science show investigates different forces to see how they can help Jack reach the very top of his beanstalk.
Elf-led workshop and chance to meet Santa
In this 25-minute Jack and the Beanstalk-themed activity we invite children to grow their own Elf grass - to decorate and plant up their own mini paper plant pot to take home. Santa will be present throughout the activity allowing children to meet him first as a group before being invited to say hello in person. Children will receive a wrapped gift from Santa.
Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show
The elves have lost Santa’s reindeer and they need your help to find them! This fun presenter-led 30-minute planetarium show will take the audience on a journey through the Solar System in search of Rudolf and his fellow furry friends to help save Christmas. This show is included in the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience but can also be booked with General Admission for £3.50 or £6.60 for the show only here.
Please note children must be supervised by at least one adult who will also require a Christmas Experience ticket.
A unique festive night with the stunning medieval village lit by candlelight. The event includes a firework display, stilt walkers, fire spinners, hog roast and live music. On Friday (7th) there is a Lantern Lighting Procession and on Saturday (8th) the Sutton Household Soldiers march through the village with flaming torches and Drums. The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting and WSR will be running trains into Dunster for anyone wanting to travel in style, or just avoid the stress of parking. All trains depart from Bishops Lydeard station only and stop at Dunster and Minehead Station only.
‘Fish and Chips seats’ are available as part of the 5pm service and a separate Quantock Belle Dining train leaves Bishops Lydeard at 5.20pm, serving a menu including Braised beef in red wine with crispy roast potatos; Bread and butter pudding and Pear and ginger crumble. Check website for varying prices, tickets from £10. Quantock Belle dinner train table for two - £140 and table for four - £260.00.
The Great Motcombe Santa Run is a fully inclusive event, open to all ages and abilities and will feature a ‘Catch the Speedy Santa’ challenge, reindeer selfie opportunities and carol-singing by the Shaftesbury Community Choir. The gentle 3km course starts and finishes at Motcombe Memorial Hall on Sunday 2nd December, with Race Day registration at 9:30am followed by a fun Jazzercise warm up. Entrance fee: £5 (or £2 for the under 4s and under 1s free) includes a Santa hat, wrist band and mince pie at the finish line. Fancy dress optional but actively encouraged.
Motcombe School PTA are holding the inaugural Great Motcombe Santa Run in Motcombe Village on Sunday 2nd December to raise much needed funds for school resources. Inviting parents, children and the wider community to take part in this fun run/walk which will be a 3 km course around Motcombe village.
Application forms from Motcombe Village Shop and School or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 2nd December - Sunday 10th December: 10am - 4.30pm daily
Sunday 10th December: 6.30pm Carol Service amongst the trees
Free, but donations welcome to chosen charities
Facilities & Amenities
Parking nearby / Public transport / Disabled access & toilets
Christmas Food & Gift Market
Get Christmas all wrapped up with Oaktrack's Christmas market. In addition to our own offerings we'll have other local artisan food and craft stalls, Christmas decorations, handmade crafts, gifts and more. Live music, mince pies, mulled wine and plenty of festive cheer as well as all our animals to see too!
Oaktrack Smallholding, Charlton Down, Near Andover Hampshire SP11 0JA and there is ample parking and toilet facilities on site too.
The Fair is part of Whitchurch Lanterns and Lights Experience.
Saturday 1st December from 11am till 3pm @ Testbourne School.
Many local business stalls selling some great gifts for Christmas will be there and listen to the Testbourne school choir Bella Voce sing whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Santa’s Grotto and a Christmas Crafts workshop can also be enjoyed.
For stall enquires please email email@example.com
Father Christmas has been very busy throughout the year, and treated himself to a grand tour of Europe, visiting places recommended to him by Henry the Magnificent. Can you find all the postcards that he has sent to Stourhead sharing his travels...
FESTIVE FAMILY ARTISAN MARKETS - Saturdays November 24th, Dec 1st and 8th, Queen Square, Bath, Free entry 10-5pm. In association with Bath Christmas Market and sponsored by Mogers Drewett. Come join us in the twinkly lit Queen Square in Bath this November and December to get yourself firmly in the Christmas spirit. Bath Artisan Market, which is usually held there on the first Saturday every month is collaborating with Bath Christmas Market this on an exciting new seasonal event, sponsored by solicitors on the square, Mogers Drewett. For three Saturdays in a row in late November/early December, Queen Square will be jam-packed with Bath Artisan’s much-loved regular stalls of over 95 local makers, independent traders and food producers, selling unusual and unique gifts such as: Jewellery, art, textiles, cheeses, preserves, pet accessories and ceramics along with refreshments like hot chocolate and mulled wine and street food like Bratwurst. Even better, families can enjoy a children’s area complete with free magical storytelling and Christmas crafts along with a Children’s Café serving lunch bags for the little ones and coffee and cake for the big ones. The Festive Family Artisan Markets are perfect everyone of any age, locals and tourists alike, as its tucked just behind the main throng of the Bath Christmas Market on Milsom Street and offers a whole different kind of shopping experience in a tranquil and magical space. As always, dogs are welcome too and there will be music and merriment – festive fun for all the family.
Coldplace, the world’s number one tribute to the legendary Coldplay, comes to Andover for one night only on 24th November at the fabulous The Lights venue, as part of their 2018 UK tour.
Promising to be an unforgettable evening with an electric atmosphere of dazzling lasers and lights, tremendous sound and the songs you know and love from Coldplay, this really is an event not to be missed.cent ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ sell out tour, on a scale that is accessible to everyone.
Coldplace is made up of lead singer Shane Crofts, lead guitarist Dean Stewart, bass player Asa Crofts and drummer Wayne Birch. Having performed so many times together, the band are very much in tune with each other, creating the harmony Coldplay itself delivers on stage.
Tickets are available from www.coldplace.co.uk/tickets and are priced from £20.00
Festival co-hosts and married Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards will be leading masterclasses featuring Hampshire sparkling wine (Hattingley Valley and Raimes) as well as cheese and wine pairing (The Wine Society). More information is available on the website www.thewinefestival.co.uk
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will open its doors for the festive season, offering an array of yuletide delights for the whole family. With a host of glittering new attractions including Backyard Cinema’s The Snowman™ Experience, Peter Pan On Ice, a new “Secret Forest” theme for The Magical Ice Kingdom and nightly shows at the brand new Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has festive frivolity all wrapped up. Plus returning favourites include new shows from Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, the spectacular Big Wheel with a little magic from Google Assist and the UK’s biggest open-air Ice Rink with Sky Kids, this year even bigger than ever before! Entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is free, with tickets to individual attractions bookable in advance and available at: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
MoRunning have announced they will host MoRuns at 22 different locations across the UK and Ireland throughout the month of ‘Movember’ including in Southampton, to help raise awareness of men’s health issues and to raise vital funds for the Movember Foundation. The Southampton MoRun will take place on 18th November and will see runners go through Southampton Common. MoRunning events are suited to runners of all abilities and of all ages, with a 5k option for the fun runners and a 10k option for those looking for a challenge. There is also a 1.5k Mini Mo run for children aged between 3 and 12 years. In addition, for the first-time this year, runners can also take part in a "virtual MoRun" with runners encouraged to upload a screenshot of their result onto the website, which means that MoRuns can take place anywhere in the world! There, they will be placed onto the virtual MoRunning leader board and they will receive a medal and headband. Now in its ninth year, 20,000 male and female runners are expected to take part in the MoRuns taking place up and down the country. Runners are encouraged to don moustaches and run in fancy dress to raise vital funds for men’s health through the Movember Foundation with special "Mo medals" issued for the best dressed MoRunners at each location. Dave Krangel, Founder of MoRunning, said: "To be a MoRunner means you are part of something bigger than yourself, you’re part of a community, a family and a team.We encourage all of our participants to have fun during their run because that’s what it’s about; dressing up, enjoying yourself and crossing the finishing line with a smile on your face. He added: "There’s also a serious message though, the runs will be great fun for all the family, but we will be raising plenty of money and awareness of men’ health issues at the same time." Runners can either run solo or enter as part of a team. Early bird prices start from £10 for the Mini Mo Run for children; £12 for the virtual MoRun; £16 for the 5k option and £19 for the 10k option. Tickets are still available via www.mo-running.com.
International Stars of Ballet and Dance is approaching its Tenth year at Hatch House. Many of the performances have been made possible by the Dicky Buckle Fund, which was created to raise money for the purpose of supporting young artists in their careers and to create original new works and further education in the arts.
The charity will be hosting an evening of ‘dance and dialogue’ at The Shaftesbury Arts centre with Daniel Davidson, Brenda and Joshua who return to dance Daniel’s two works, Siren and Auto-continuance in aid of the Dicky Buckle Fund. Daniel will be talking about his choreography on stage and hosting workshops with Brenda and Joshua.
To book tickets, £35 each email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Spend an afternoon at Norman Court learning the essential skills necessary to survive in a woodland setting. Our instructor is ex-military and has real experience of survival in extremely hostile environments. It’s a great fun afternoon and one that you will leave feeling ready for anything. The survival school is suitable for children aged 7 and above and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is £20.00 per person (+ £1.55 online booking fee)
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 2018
Salisbury Christmas Lights Switch On will return on Thursday 15 November from 6pm until 8pm.
Last year the lights were switched on by popular Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton. With fireworks, entertainment and stalls, you will not want to miss this fun and enjoyable evening.
The Rare Brand Market curates a wide range of rare brands across clothing, food, drink, jewellery, beauty, toys and gadgets, lifestyle and homeware. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over 85 brands will be on offer over just 2 days at Winchester’s Guildhall; come and meet the founders and hear first-hand the passion for their work.