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Events in December

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

07 CAROLS AND STEAM
Christmas music by Bristol East & Kingswood Brass Band. Booking essential, price includes train fare, tea or coffee, and mince pies.
Avon Valley Railway, Bitton, Bristol
0117 932 5538, avonvalleyrailway.org

07 WHISKY TASTING EVENING (7PM)
Join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for an evening of all things whisky. Ticket includes at least three tastings and nibbles. Booking essential.
Arundells, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 331440, arundells.org

14 TUDOR CHRISTMAS
A change from shopping as elves and reindeer greet you, a weird and wonderful Tudor feast is accompanied by Medieval martial arts, crafts and Tudor tales.
Salisbury Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 332151, salisburymuseum.org.uk

26 BOXING DAY BARBECUE
Enjoy a barbecue lunch with live music on the quay with free entrance into the village all day.
Clovelly, near Bideford, Devon
01237 431781, clovelly.co.uk

29-30 WINTER STEAM FESTIVAL
Get out and about in the week between Christmas and the New Year.
West Somerset Railway, Minehead
01643 704996, www.west-somersetrailway.co.uk

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

07-08, 14-15, 21-24 VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere of Palace House with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and Christmas trees.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
01590 612345, www.beaulieu.co.uk

07-15 A DOCKLANDS CHRISTMAS CAROL (11AM, 1PM & 3.30PM)
Travel back to Victorian London and meet Scrooge, the Cratchits, and some friendly ghosts in this immersive family event.
Museum of London Docklands, India Quay, London
020 7001 9844, www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands

12 REMEMBER WHEN… REMINISCENCE MORNING (11AM)
Join in with this friendly, informal reminiscence session. A great way to meet new people and be inspired by memories and stories of the past.
The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, Bedfordshire
01234 718618, www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

14 FATHER CHRISTMAS’S VICTORIAN WINTER GROTTO (10AM-2.30PM)
Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event.
Reading Museum, Reading, Berkshire
0118 937 3400, www.readingmuseum.org.uk

16 TORCHLIGHT TOUR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (5-8PM)
Enjoy a two-course meal, with a glass of Mulled Wine, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour round the Museum by torchlight. Booking essential.
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey,
01932 857381, www.brooklandsmuseum.com

WEST OF ENGLAND

07 CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS
Enjoy an evening of festive activities, entertainments and refreshments, setting the scene for a traditional English Christmas. Booking essential.
Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
01527 831363, avoncroft.org.uk

07-07, 14-15 VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
A truly traditional Christmas, filled with old-fashioned family fun for everyone.
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford, Shropshire
01952 433424, ironbridge.org.uk

13-21 ENCHANTED WESTON
Capability Brown’s Temple Wood is awakened with an illuminated trail through the ancient trees and woodland. Booking essential.
Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire
01952 852100, weston-park.com

26-28, 30-05 JAN FESTIVE SEASON SERVICE
Let the Christmas festivities continue with a leisurely steam or heritage diesel train journey along the beautiful Severn Valley, hopefully with a sprinkling of snow.
Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
01562 757900, svr.co.uk

31 SPOTLIGHT SPECIMEN (2.30PM)
An informal specimen show-and-tell in the Museum court. Ask questions and chat with Museum experts. Drop in, no booking required.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, Oxfordshire
01865 272950, oumnh.ox.ac.uk

EAST OF ENGLAND

05-09 ILLUMINATED WALL WALK
Enjoy magical views across the City from the castle’s medieval walls each evening.
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01522 554559, lincolncastle.com

06 RETRO VIDEO GAME NIGHT (7-11PM)
Enjoy playing on consoles and games out of our archive. Fully licensed bar courtesy of
Lord Conrad’s Brewery. Over 18s only.
The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
01223 214446, computinghistory.org.uk

14 TABOO: UNDERCOVER OF THE KNIGHT (2PM)
Explore the grim realities, controversy and devastation behind some of the seemingly beautiful and benign objects across the museum. Contains adult themes.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
01603 493625, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle

23 LIVING NATIVITY (10.30AM & 2.PM)
Join Mary, Joseph, a Roman Centurion and a variety of animals from Sacrewell Farm for this live re-enactment of the Nativity story.
Peterborough Cathedral Grounds, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 355315, peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

27-29 MINCE PIE SPECIALS
Santa is off for a well-deserved rest, and you can wind down after the Christmas festivities too. Every adult receives a complimentary mince pie.
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
01277 365200, eorailway.co.uk

MIDLANDS

07 GHOST TALK (7.30PM)
Join Alistair Massey and our ghostly volunteers for ghostly tales from around the Belper area. Booking recommended.
Strutt’s North Mill Museum, Belper, Derbyshire
01773 880474, belpernorthmill.org.uk

14 ROYAL INSTITUTION CHRISTMAS LECTURE (5.30PM)
A chance to see a live recording of the second Royal Institution Christmas lecture. The event is free but booking is advised.
Thinktank, Millennium Point, Birmingham
0121 348 8000, birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank

14 CHRISTMAS MAGIC LANTERN SHOW (6.30-8PM)
Take a trip back in time to experience Victorian entertainment at its best.
Abington Park Museum, Northampton, Northamptonshire
01604 838110, northampton.gov.uk/museumexhibitions

19-21 HUMBUG! A KILLER CHRISTMAS CAROL
Join us for a night of fun, frivolity and mulled wine at this festive murder mystery. Booking essential.
National Justice Museum, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
0115 952 0555, nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

23 A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1PM, 7.30PM)
Performing 26 different characters, Gerald Dickens brings his great-great grandfather’s most famous book to vivid and exciting life. Booking recommended.
The Guildhall, Leicester, Leicestershire
0116 253 2569, visitleicester.info

NORTH OF ENGLAND

04 WELFARE HALL TALK: PAPERCHAINS AND PRESENTS (2 & 3PM)
Enjoy Paperchains and Presents – A 50s Christmas, a fascinating talk by Connor Emerson, lasting 30 minutes each. Refreshments will be available.
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, beamish.org.uk

06 MULLED WINE & MINCE PIES EVENING
A magical evening with the Hall at its twinkling best, finished off with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Booking essential.
Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
01964 562400, www.burtonconstable.com

13-15 CHRISTMAS MARKET
Join us for the feel-good event of the season with festive foods, crafts and music from a wide range of independent traders and community music groups.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
01833 690606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

17-18 DEER FEED AND TRAILER RIDE (9.30AM)
Take a trailer ride with the Rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Booking essential.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
01625 374400, www.tattonpark.org.uk

28-29 WINTER WARM-UP
Some of the engines that once powered mills of northern England will be in steam on these two days.
Bolton Steam Museum, Bolton, Lancashire
01204 846490, www.nmes.org

WALES

14-15, 21-22 CAROLS IN THE CHAPEL
Join us in the Museum’s 18th century Penrhiw chapel for a festive sing-a-long in English at 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm, and in Welsh at 3.30pm.
St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/stfagans

21 BROTHER THOMAS, THE CELLARER (10.30AM-3.30PM)
Learn about the life of the monks at the abbey in the 14th century, including their monastic duties, hygiene and eating habits.
Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Monmouthshire
01291 689251, cadw.gov.wales/brotherthomas-cellarer

SCOTLAND

08, 14-15 & 21-22 SANTA SPECIALS
Meet Santa on his special train. A gift for all paying passengers. Booking essential.
Caledonian Railway, Brechin, Angus
01356 622992, caledonianrailway.com

22-24 A VERY MARY CHRISTMAS
Mary Queen of Scots is celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
0131 225 9846, edinburghcastle.scot

30-31 BLACK BUN SPECIALS
Enjoy a traditional Scottish Hogmanay Black Bun and a hot drink (juice and shortbread
for the kids) while travelling aboard our nostalgic steam railway.
The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness
01506 822298, bkrailway.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND
06 LET’S GET WRAPPED UP FOR CHRISTMAS (10AM-1PM)
Be inspired by samples from our collections, make your own wrapping paper and bring gifts to wrap.
Linen Hall Library, Belfast
028 9032 1707, linenhall.com

13 & 20 ULSTER FOLK MUSEUM
Join us to sing in the Christmas season with a candlelit carol service in Omagh Meeting House, Ballycultra. Booking recommended.
Ulster Folk, Museum, Holywood, Co Down
028 042 8428, nmni.com

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