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!
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)
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:email@example.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.
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
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
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
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.
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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’.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The home of Halloween opens its doors once again for spooky fun throughout the autumn half term!
Costume characters will be on site including our very own Witch of Wookey Hole who will be giving a free treat to every child! Come dressed as your favourite Halloween character and you could win a prize at the end of our 3pm Halloween Circus Show! There will also be circus workshops so you can have a go yourself (workshops and shows operate on alternate selective dates).
A spooky cave tour is included in your visit and at the end the Halloween grotto awaits – enter if you dare!!
The 60th year takes place in 2018 and we are delighted to be bringing you this family-friendly charity event for all the family.
Our website and ticket shop is presently being created ready for the middle of September, but in the meantime you can follow us on the social media links below or please send an email.
Join us for a coffee or cake and help us celebrate 15 years of our animal welfare projects! Worldwide Veterinary Service is an animal welfare charity providing free vet care to animals all over the world who would not otherwise have access to this vital service. Help us celebrate our 15th birthday, meet the team including Founder Luke Gamble, and see what we have planned for the next 15 years!
Join us to celebrate Summer’s bounty at our annual Pumpkin Festival as we harvest a wide variety of squash from the Roth Bar & Grill kitchen garden. This special day includes a host of activities for adults and children, more details coming soon.
The Grand Pumpkin Competition takes centre stage this year and will be judged by local resident and renowned gardener Charles Dowding. Locals are invited to bring along their own home grown pumpkins, gourds and other squashes to enter into the categories for ‘Largest’ and ‘Best-in-Show’, each with a £500 cash prize. The winner of the ‘Misfit’ category will receive a goody bag.
Onsite restaurant Roth Bar & Grill will be serving seasonal food throughout the day, as they harvest their wide variety of squash from their kitchen garden.
Music | Children Love Disco | Sunday 28th October
This is a Half-Term Halloween Special of our hugely popular daytime party for parents and their children!
Children (0-10 yrs) and their families can hit the dance floor and dance to a real DJ spinning records with floorfillers from the 70s to present day, this young people’s ‘club night’ is very different to a normal ‘children’s party’, with halloween face painting, mask-making, and ghoulish decorations to take home after the party.
There is a spooktacular halloween-theme fancy dress theme.
It’s win-win, with a safe environment for the children to have a great time, whilst adults socialise and have a drink.
Children must be accompanied.
£3 children | £2 adults advance and on the door | 10% off for Theatre Friends
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This is a standing event
Tickets available online, in person from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information Centres or over the phone 01297 442138
Booking fee will apply
Join us this October half term (27th Oct - 4th Nov), for a “Spook-tacular” Halloween trail.
Hunt down the pumpkins hidden amoungst the Museum's cars and bikes and unearth some fascinating Halloween facts. The Halloween trail is suitable for children of all ages.
If you are brave enough, get up close and personal with snakes, iguanas, lizards and other creepy crawlies presented by The Reptile Ranch. There will be three demonstrations during the day at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm which last about 30 to 40 minutes.
The ticket also includes a pumpkin sourced locally and a free carving kit. We look forward to seeing who can carve the spookiest pumpkin! (Please note that children under 4 years old will not receive a pumpkin or carving kit but will be able to participate in all the other activities. However the adults will be receiving a pumpkin and carving kit so that you can do this will your children!)
Doodles Play Cafe will be serving hot drinks, snacks and treats.
There will also be face painting (additional cost applies) and children can come in fancy dress if they want.
Families will also be able to enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines and Wendy houses. Or race on our famous pedal powered go-kart track!
Recommended Age is 4 years +.
Places are limited so book online today at The Toy Barn, Sherborne
Brewery Square is welcoming families to the Dorchester development to take part in its annual free ghost hunt during the October half term.
Ghosts and ghouls will be hidden throughout the Square and the brave hunters who find them will be rewarded with a prize. The event runs from 10am until 3pm on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October.
This year the event is collecting donations for the development’s chosen charity, Home-Start West Dorset, which provides friendship and practical support to local families with children under the age of five years old.
The ghost hunt is open to children up to 15 years old. All entrants are required to collect an entry form on the day from the Concierge Office, opposite the Dorchester South Train Station, in order to start hunting. Completed forms should be returned for a prize.
‘The Vintage Bazaar’ at The Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset is the place to solve all of those festive gift problems! As featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines, this event promises the very best in vintage, antique and handmade goodies, including vintage children clothes and toys. The stallholders are carefully chosen for their beautiful and unique stock, sourced in the UK and from the brocantes in France. At this haven you can find everything you could need for a vintage and handmade Christmas. This year avoid the bustle of the high street and mass produced goods and buy from small businesses instead. www.thevintagebazaar.blogspot.com or on their FB/instagram/Twitter pages.
The world's premier 10-mile running event is returning to Portsmouth in October 2018.
The Great South Run is a flat, fast course along paved routes for the entire duration - which means it's perfect for setting a new personal best. The route will also take runners past some of Portsmouth's best scenery, including the Spinnaker Tower, Southsea Seafront and through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (past Nelson's flagship HMS Victory).
Starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, the fast and flat course takes you through Old Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Cathedral, before entering the Historic Dockyard. Here you’re granted permission to run past the Royal Navy’s current naval ships, and some of the most famous in the world – including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.
After exiting the Dockyard you reach the halfway point on Winston Churchill Avenue, before making your way back towards Southsea Common, where you’ll complete the final two miles on the scenic seafront.
The course is steeped in history dating as far back as 1212 and features charity cheering points, boost zones, bands on the run and unrivalled support from local residents and spectators.
It's not all about the big event, though. There are a number of other races taking part across the weekend, to suit all ages and abilities.
There's plenty going on at Corfe Castle this October half-term. Bring your brave teddy to rescue one of our knights and help them to escape down the zip wire from the Castle Keep, witness a missile launch from Corfe Castle's resident medieval siege engine or follow our spooky trail. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Please be aware that there are steps, steep slopes and uneven paths in the castle. There is wheelchair access to the Outer Bailey only.
Come for a spooky Halloween outing and explore the giant Maize Maze. Choose your path wisely to reach the creepy turret at the centre of the maze, or face re-tracing your steps to find the correct route. Getting lost has never been so SCARY!
Once you’ve explored the huge maze, your children can have fun on our play equipment or try their luck around the track on our famous pedal-powered go karts.
*Please note that there is NO cafe on site so please bring a picnic and refreshments*
The Maize Maze is open from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays. Last entry to the maze is at 3.30pm.
Longleat are celebrating all things autumnal throughout the October half term holidays (October 20th – November 4th) with everything from aerial owl shows and firework spectaculars to ghostly tours and a Halloween-themed trail.
In keeping with Halloween Longleat House is hosting its ghastly Ghost Tours. Taking place four times a day from 24th October, the tours provide a frightfully exciting experience.
Longleat’s Fantastic Fireworks also returns on November 1st-3rd with spectacular pyrotechnic displays set to an epic soundtrack of modern classics.
The Baby Show is one of the UK's biggest pregnancy and parenting event of the year, with over 200 baby retailers all under one roof, is taking place Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October 2018 at Olympia London. It's a fantastic shopping event and will give nervous parents the chance to speak to experts either one to one or hear from them live on stage as they tackle topics such as birth choices, breastfeeding, sleep, post-partum fitness and weaning.
A charity festival to celebrate the very best of Autumnal treasures with the spotlight on Pumpkins and Scarecrows at Royal Victoria Country Park
Royal Victoria Country Park welcome you to the Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin festival and Scarecrow Avenue. Fun for all the family with Autumnal food, drink, music, dance, Big Draw art and flower arranging workshops, crafts, gardening advice and produce, storytelling, Pumpkin games, stalls and much much more.
This year the Southampton’s traditional Pumpkin Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
Bring your own Scarecrow for our Scarecrow Avenue. The biggest pumpkins in UK will be paraded, celebrated and serenaded trying to beat last year's winning giant pumpkin. Small pumpkins are welcome too! Arrive early and stay all afternoon.
The event will also see children's activties, sports and games, circu skills and puppets, crafts, gifts, real ale and cider, local food and poduce and much more.
Dogs on leads welcome.
We return to you, the world famous Oktoberfest Swindon for the second time in 2018! Experience the real Oktoberfest atmosphere with live oompah bands, steins of beer and the all important Bratwurst at the amazing Swindon Country Cricket Grounds for three sessions of Beer, Food and Entertainment.
From traditional folk to 'Oompop' expect foot stomping, table bashing and hearty singing galore. Grab some traditional German grub from the outdoor food court as you raise your steins at Oktoberfest Swindon!
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
Community and Arts Centre, 1High StreetTownChippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3ER
Phone 01249 446699