Christmas markets across the country are in full swing. But as we hit the stalls over the next few weeks, many of us will have trouble finding gifts which are suitable for those who are passionate about saving the planet. Read on as we take a look at how best to shop for the eco-warrior in your life this Christmas…
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.
This Christmas, give your loved ones the gift of travel with a Rabbie’s tour voucher and memories to last a lifetime. A voucher is their passport to anything from a one day outing to discover Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village to a three day break around Isle of Wight and the Southern Coast, and longer tours to discover Devon & Cornwall and more.
Available at values between £10 and £500, the tour vouchers can be redeemed on any Rabbie’s trip departing from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, and Dublin.
Start the season in style as Pickering’s Gin open their ‘Grown-Up Grotto’ in the heart of London. For two nights only, embrace Christmas for the unadulterated joy it should be!
Inspired by the novel fun of Pickering’s Baubles, the Edinburgh distillery is encouraging adults to Grab Christmas by the Baubles and embrace the simple pleasures of the festive season, forgetting about the stress and taking a moment to enjoy what Christmas is really about – fun and frolics with the important people in life.
As families embark on the annual arrangements for who goes where for Christmas, a North West hospitality group is offering festive getaways perfect for those who find themselves facing a quieter time this year.
James' Places marketing manager Heidi Kettle explained: "It's a perennial issue, especially when there are young grandchildren - which grandparents to go to, host at home and invite both sets, but how about more extended families or when multiple grandparents are involved? We've got just the thing for couples who may find themselves on a family ‘bye' this year."
With the festive season right around the corner, this time of year presents many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Birmingham is a hub of activity during the festive season. Whether spending time with friends, enjoying a family day out or a romantic evening with that special someone, the city has a range of events perfect for everyone this Christmas.
This year some of the best places to visit in Birmingham at Christmas time include:
Birmingham’s German Market
There are few places as enticing on a cold but crisp winter's day as the north Northumberland Coast.
Once England's hidden gem known only to the cognoscenti, it has become more recognised in recent years since actor - and Northumberland resident - Robson Green's ITV1 programmes showcased the county's many attractions to a wider audience.
But Northumberland is about more than summertime seaside breaks and the colder months are an ideal time to appreciate its dramatic coastline and miles of beaches, imposing castles and huge skies without the hordes of people who now flock here in high season.
Christmas is a time for peace, love and great, great music. On 8th December, at St Giles in the Fields located in the heart of London's West End, the festive season kicks off with a fabulous Motown and Soul Christmas concert.
Fronted by the talented composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mo Pleasure, the concert is a fund-raiser for The Haven + London http://thehavenlondon.com, a social enterprise that offers pastoral care, mentoring and practical help to people working in the creative industries when they are at their most vulnerable.
From meeting Santa in his Grotto to hopping aboard the Christmas Land Train to embarking on the Nutcracker Trail, there is plenty going on in the city of Plymouth this festive season. Christmas shoppers looking for special gifts will be spoilt for choice at the city’s annual Christmas market and Drake’s Circus shopping centre with a range of activities and events taking place across the city to get them into the festive spirit!
Here are some of the highlights of Plymouth’s Christmas events programme for 2016…
It is difficult to find Christmas things for the family to do in London that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for Step Outside Guides, who have published a delightful book which does exactly that.
‘Christmas in London’ captures the excitement and splendour of London during the festive season without calling for any help from your already groaning purse or wallet, since everything in the day is cost-free. But this doesn’t mean you will be short-changed in any way.
A real ale tent complete with fire pit, a surf-side Santa’s grotto, some brilliant live music and stacks of local producers will be among the features of a unique Christmas market coming to Surf Snowdonia in December.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Conwy Valley’s forests and mountains – and on the shores of their world-first inland surf lagoon – the Surf Snowdonia Christmas Market will take place over the weekend of the 10-11 December, exactly two weeks before Christmas.
“It’s Christmas time…and there’s no need to be afraid” because the team at Lancaster Brewery, once again, have it all sorted for gifts, festive food, stocking fillers and presents for your loved ones.
Now in its fourth year, this hugely popular event, at Lancaster Leisure Park, is back. Taking place between 3pm and 9pm on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, this year our exhibitors will be housed in a huge indoor marquee to keep you warm and dry, whilst you browse stalls packed full of crafts, gifts and goodies to add to your present list.
Beach Feast, a spectacular summer event, is coming to Bournemouth's seafront on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2016.
Seventa Events, the renowned company behind some of Bournemouth's best pop-up events including the Rekorderlig beach bar & restaurant, the extremely popular Christmas Bar at Print Room & co-producers of Koh Lounge 2015 is set to host Bournemouth's hottest summer celebration. Featuring delicious street food, incredible cocktails and excellent entertainment, interest in Beach Feast 2016 has already exceeded all expectations on social media, with over 20,000 people interested in the event on Facebook so far, setting the stage for their most popular event to date.