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Festive markets & fairs :-

Bath Christmas Market – 27th Nov – 14th
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market – 13th Nov– 22 Dec
Cardiff Christmas Market – Thursday 13 November to Tuesday 23 December 2014
Chester Christmas Market – cheshire – 20th Nov to 14th Dec
Exeter Christmas Market – Thursday 20th November to Saturday 20th December
Harrogate Christmas Market – Thursday 27th November – Sunday 30th November
Knaresborough Christmas Market – Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December
Leeds Castle – Christmas Market – 6th December 2014 to 23rd December
Lincoln Christmas Market – 4th to 7th December
Manchester Christmas Market – Friday 14 November to Sunday 21 December 2014
Nottingham Christmas Wonderland & Ice Skating Rink – Thursday 20th November 2014 to Monday 5th January 2015
Rochester Christmas Market – Sat, 29 – Sun, 30 Nov. Fri, 5 – Sun, 7 Dec. Fri, 12 – Sun, 14 Dec
Skipton’s Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market – Sundays 7th & 14th December 2014
Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market – Thu 20 Nov to Sun 21 Dec

Festive things to do :-

Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Adventure Wonderland: Father Christmas in his grotto with elves.

Adventure Valley – Brasside, County Durham
Magical Winter Wonderland: meet Mrs Claus. Meet real reindeer. Make your own Christmas decorations. Visit to Santa’s grotto.

Adventure Wonderland – Christchurch, Dorset
Wild Christmas Wonderland: Nativity Cuddles Corner, Santa visits, Christmas colouring challenge, pantomime and mulled wine and a mince pie for adults.
22nd &23rd November. 6th, 7th, 13th – 23rd December.

Alton Towers – Alton, Staffordshire
Santa’s Lunches – scrumptious Christmas lunch. Visit Santa. meet Santa’s reindeer.
Available on verious dates in November & December.

Audley End House and GardensEssex
A Victorian Christmas.
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Nov 2014.

Babbacombe Model Village – Torquay, Devon
Snow covered scenes and Christmas illuminations, mini panto, ‘A Dream of Christmas’ 4D and meet Santa.
From 13th December to 2nd January (excludes Christmas Day).

Belsay Hall, Castle and GardensNorthumberland
Christmas Carols.
Sat 13 & Sun 14 Dec 2014

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens – Northumberland
Victorian Christmas with Father Christmas.
Sat 22 & Sun 23 Nov

Bird World – Farnham, Surrey
Meet Santa and his reindeer. Seasonal arts and crafts activities.
From 29th November

Bristol Zoo Gardens – Clifton, Bristol
Santa’s Grotto at the Zoo: Meet Santa and meet the reindeer events.
From 4th of December.

Brodsworth Hall and GardensSouth Yorkshire
A Christmas Carol.
Sat 22 & Sun 23 Nov 2014.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens – South Yorkshire
Ghost Stories for Christmas – Dickens’ Feast of Festive Frighteners.
Fri 19 Dec

Cadbury World – Birmingham, West Midlands
Christmas Celebration Weekends: Christmas decorations, children’s entertainers, festive food and festive fun and Father Christmas in his Christmas Grotto.
22nd-23rd & 29th-30th November, 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st December.

Cattle Country Adventure Park – Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Santa’s Grotto and festive fun.
From the 2nd of December.

Chatsworth – Bakewell, Derbyshire
Various Events including wreath making, evening nativities in the farmyard, Twilight evening and floral workshops.
During November & December

Chessington World of Adventures – Chessington, Surrey
Chessington Winter’s Tail : Festive family show, Father Christmas Grotto, market stalls and reindeer.
selected dates from 6th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 – Open 10am – 3pm.

Dover CastleKent
Great Tower at Christmas.
Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec

Down House (Home of Charles Darwin)Kent
A Natural Christmas: Decoration making plus gifts inspired by nature.
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Nov 2014.

Down at the Farm – Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear
Santa & his Real Reindeer Experience.
From 13th to 24th December.

Drayton Manor Park – Tamworth, Staffordshire
Drayton’s Magical Christmas.
Selected dates from the 22nd of November.

Goodrich CastleHerefordshire
Carols by Candlelight.
Fri 12 Dec 2014.

Gulliver’s Milton Keynes
Christmas rides, shows and attractions and Elf School.
29th November-23rd December.

Gulliver’s Warrington 
Christmas rides, shows and attractions and Elf School.
29th November-31st December.

Hoo Farm – Telford, Shropshire
Nativity Performance, animal show and see Father Christmas.
From 1st of December.

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan GardenWarwickshire
Christmas Wreath Making.
Fri 05 Dec

Kenwood – London
Carol Concert.
Fri 12 Dec 2014.

Legoland – Windsor, Berkshire
Elf workshops, Father Christmas meet and special Christmas event area.
From 22nd November.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre ManchesterManchester
Christmas Bricktacular. Christmas theming and decor plus themed activities.
From 15th November.

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park – Warminster, Wiltshire
Santa Express train ride, singing christmas tree, fairytale characters in Longleat house, Christmas Fayre and outdoor ice skating.
On selected days from 14th November.

Marwell Wildlife – Winchester, Hampshire
See the Elves in in their magical woodland, Mrs Claus story telling, create a festive cracker.
On selected days from the 22nd November.

National SEA LIFE BirminghamBirmingham
Merlin’s Magic Wand Winter Party. Merry ‘Fishmas’. Merry ‘Fishmas’ – VIP experience.
During December.

Park Hall Countryside Experience – Oswestry, Shropshire
The Shropshire Santa Experience: Vist Santa in his enchanting Grotto and receive a present.
On selected dates starting 29th November.

Paultons Family Theme Park – The New Forest, Hampshire
Santa’s Christmas Winter Wonderland : 4D film adventure, Peppa Pig World at Christmas, singing reindeer and Santa Claus Toy Factory.
On selected days from the 15th of November.

Pendennis CastleCornwall
Nadelik, A Cornish Christmas.
Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec

Pennywell farm and Wildlife Centre – Buckfastleigh, South Devon
Nativity plays and visits to Father Christmas.
On selected days from 29th November.

Twycross Zoo – Atherston, Warwickshire
Christmas at Twycross Zoo: Breakfast with Santa. Soft play & supper with Santa. Soft play, disco & supper with Santa. Christmas lunches at Twycross Zoo.
From 14th November.

Tropical Birdland – Desford, Leicestershire
Tea time with Santa. Winter wonderland evenings.
On selected days in December.

Warwick Castle – Warwick, Warwickshire
Christmas Parties at Warwick Castle.

West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park – Bewdley, Worcestershire
Santa Safari: Discovery trail, festive decorations, Winter Safari.
weekends from 15th until 23rd November, then daily from 26th November and runs right up to Christmas Eve.

Whitby Abbey – North Yorkshire
Carols on Sundays.
Sun 30 Nov 2014

Wrest Park – Bedfordshire
An Audience with Father Christmas.
Sat 13 & Sun 14 Dec 2014.