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Father Christmas is coming to Victoria Leeds

Christmas Grotto at Trinity shopping Leeds

A brand new Christmas Grotto and Festive Lodge is coming this December

Victoria Leeds is set to bring the most magical Christmas celebrations yet to the city this year, as the shopping destination hosts the arrival of the magical Christmas Grotto and Festive Lodge.

The enchanting winter wonderland will be located on Sidney Street, outside the Victoria Gate entrance, and will open on 7th December right through to 23rd December. 

In the run up to Christmas, a host of entertaining and festive events will take place in the Lodge in partnership with the many stores found within Victoria Leeds. Those planning to attend should keep an eye on the website and Victoria Leeds PLUS app for more information.

A FAMILY-FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION IS BACK!

Satnta reding a book at the Portable North Pole

The countdown to Christmas is upon us and, for most families, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without children and loved ones receiving their very own, personalised video greeting from Santa Claus and peak into the enchanting North Pole village, now in its 11th year with more than 200 million personalised videos messages viewed worldwide,Portable North Pole is an adored, modern tradition that brings the magic of Christmas to life by letting you easily create and send adorable videos and calls online or with the free mobile app. 

Penshurst Place unveils a magical new Christmas grotto

Penshurst Place

See Santa’s secret study and workshop for a festive experience from a bygone era. A magical Christmas grotto awaits youngsters at Penshurst Place this winter, providing an opportunity to step back in time and experience festive fun from bygone years.

A world away from the commerciality of the high street, Penshurst’s new Christmas grotto will give young visitors a taste of Christmas from a more innocent time.

All aboard the Santa Express!

Santa on train

Magical festive steam train rides return to Staffordshire for their 23rd year, with Churnet Valley Railway (https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk) offering the ultimate seasonal experience for all the family on the Santa Express.  

 

The Staffordshire heritage railway’s iconic and much loved ‘Santa and Steam’ event combines a ride on a steam train through scenic countryside with seeing Santa. On a variety of dates in the run up to Christmas Day, vintage trains warmly decorated with garlands and filled with Christmas cheer, make their way through the Churnet Valley. With a puff of steam and a blow of the whistle, 124 journeys are scheduled this season; the most the heritage railway has ever run.  

Be Beautiful Swedish At The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge

Rekorderlig Cider Lodge

Rekorderlig’s Cider Lodge returns to the South Bank for its fifth year, allowing guests to immerse themselves in Scandinavian style, culture, food and drink.

The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge has become a popular and lively hotspot on the Thames, where guests can enjoy a beautifully Swedish experience.

Rekorderlig invites guests to immerse themselves in a seasonal Scandinavian setting complete with fire pits and a stunning Christmas Tree. Here you can get into the yuletide spirit with Rekorderlig’s festive favourite, Spiced Plum. Enjoy hot and cold serves of the winter warmer, perfectly served with a slice of orange.

'Winter Waggingland' - Christmas Markets for dogs and owners

winter market

Back by popular demand, Fetch & Follow’s Christmas Market for Dogs and Their Owners will once again return to East London. Newly named Winter Wagglingland, the market is set to bring festive joy to four-legged friends and the people who love them. Bigger and better, the market promises a stellar line-up of top independent pet brands, offering dog lovers something a little different, to a squeaky Christmas cracker toy! Hosted by creative pet lifestyle brand Fetch & Follow in East London’s Netil Market, shoppers can expect stylish and on-trend dog accessories and artisan dog treats, as well as gorgeous lifestyle gifts for humans.

 

Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow Christmas Festival

Now in its 11th year, Padstow Christmas Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the country, attracting tens of thousands of people to the picturesque town. 

The free-to-attend event has become renowned for its packed Christmas market. Located on Padstow's harbourside, the market houses more than 100 stalls, showcasing a tempting selection of food and drink, ranging from artisan breads and cakes, chocolates, meats and preserves, as well as award-winning craft beers and locally-produced gin. It also boasts an eclectic array of crafts, gifts and artwork created by artisans from all around the South West.

Winter Water Canal Festivals for all the family!

sunset over canal

Looking to plan a fun-filled Christmas? There are plenty of activities happening near you where families and friends can join together to get in the festive spirit. Some events have been running for years, like Anderton Boat Lift, whereas others are brand new, such as Sawley Marina’s Christmas Market, but they can all be found in the info graphic below. Packed out every year, Anderton Boat Lift is a popular choice for the festive season as it provides a cruise with Santa alongboats on canal the River Weaver.

The Bear Grylls Adventure Opens Its Doors To The Public For The First Time

The Bear Grylls Adventure

On Wednesday 12th September the first guests were welcomed into the £20M global first Bear Grylls Adventure attraction in Birmingham. 

Bear himself visited the attraction to give the exciting, adrenalin-filled activities the final once over. He said: “It was incredible to see this for the first time, after two years of planning. It’s all about bringing that spirit of endeavour into one place. This is the UK’s ultimate adventure destination where people can experience so many of the world’s most exciting challenges.

“You don’t have to go to the furthest mountain range or the deepest sea anymore, we’ve brought it all under one roof in Birmingham!

Meadowhall Cooks Up a Spooktacular Storm with The Witches Kitchen

 Witches’ Kitchen

Families across the region are invited to get into their gruesome gear and enter the Witches Kitchen at Meadowhall this half term, ready to enjoy some frightfully good fun.

Free to attend following registration, the Witches’ Kitchen will see monstrous mini master chefs travel through the tunnel of terror (watching out for slimy snails and wiggly worms) to the Cordon Bleurgh school. They’ll meet Scratch the Cat, sing toe-tingling songs together and help him sniff out the kitchen’s missing ingredient. Perfect for children aged 4-10 years old, the Witches Kitchen will be found on the Lower High Street in Meadowhall from 29 October – 4 November 2018. Sessions will run every 20 minutes from 10am and 2.30pm Monday – Saturday and 11am to 3.30pm on Sunday.

Limited Edition Early Bird Tickets now Live for LIVE WELL LONDON

Limited Edition Early Bird Tickets now Live for LIVE WELL LONDON

Secure your ticket to London’s inspirational, inclusive and experiential health, fitness and wellbeing event, Old Billingsgate 1-3 March 2019. A limited number of first release 1 and 2 day tickets are now on sale, as well as select LIVE WELL VIP tickets, with a host of added benefits, for the ultimate LIVE WELL experience! Early bird tickets represent more than a third off on the door prices – and with classes, interactive workshops, inspirational talks, and live kitchen demos included in the ticket price - now’s the time to secure a place at the first health and wellness event in the 2019 calendar. 

Brick Or Treat at the Legoland Windsor Resort

Brick Or Treat at the Legoland Windsor Resort

Brick or Treat is back at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort this October, featuring spectacular 3D LEGO® themed fireworks, and a BRAND NEW Brick or Treat Trail for 2018.

This year the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is calling for the help of brave little ones to follow the new Brick or Treat Trail and solve the mystery of the missing potion ingredients. Little monsters will be set a challenge by a frightfully friendly character to venture across the Park, discover the mysterious hidden doors and gather up their clues. Those who complete the trail will be met by a special spooky friend and rewarded with a free Halloween treat.

Alan Titchmarsh Showcases New Book at a ‘Meet the Author’ Dinner at The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Alan Titchmarsh Showcases New Book at a ‘Meet the Author’ Dinner at The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Television presenter, Hampshire resident and one of the UK’s most prolific authors, Alan Titchmarsh, will be appearing at a special ‘meet the author’ dinner on 4th October 2018 at the Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel in Southampton.

At the ‘Evening with Alan Titchmarsh’, the author will be carrying out a personal appearance and book signing session as part of an event celebrating the launch his new novel, The Scarlett Nightingale. The evening offers his fans the opportunity to meet him in person, receive a copy of his book, enjoy a two-course dinner and hear Alan share anecdotes and stories of his career.  

Clarks Village celebrates 25 years

Clarks Village

1993 was the year that 50,000 visitors flocked to Clarks Village on 14th August for the opening of the first UK outlet shopping centre and the thrill of high street and designer brands offering up to 60% off RRP all in one location. Original brands included Clarks, Benetton and Pierre Cardin.

 Today, it is home to more than 90 designer, homeware and high street brands including Jack Wills, Superdry, Original Penguin, Ben Sherman, Joules, Wonderbra, Hobbs, Molton Brown, Yankee Candle, Radley, Osprey London, Hotel Chocolat and Lindt. The largest Clarks Factory Outlet store in Europe is still at the Village too!