Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Out, About and Things to Do: Christmas Family Events 2011

What:  Santa’s Spectacular Grotto and Magical Ice Rink

Where:  Willows Farm Village, Hertfordshire

When:  Wednesday 23rd November – Saturday 24th December 2011

Price:   Adults £7.95, Children £14.95, Under 2’s £8.25. Your entrance price includes all shows, rides and attractions including Woolly Jumpers, Ice Skating (synthetic) and Festive Wood Ride.

What:  Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas at Holker Hall.

Various events including crafts, family trail and beer!

Where:  Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria,LA11 7PL

When:  1st to 21st of December

Price:   Depends on the activity 

What:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Arlington Court

Be enchanted this winter as C.S. Lewis's classic tale is recreated around the gardens, house and carriage museum at Arlington. Go through the wardrobe, vanquish the White Witch, find Aslan and finally be crowned a king or queen of Narnia.            
Where:  Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon

When:  26-27 November, 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December 11am – 3pm

Price:   Normal admission charges apply, plus £1 per trail.

What:  Secret Santa’s grotto

Meet Santa in his magical forest grotto and set off on a secret trail Santa has laid out for everyone to enjoy.

Where:  Cragside, Northumberland

When:  3-4 and 10-11 December 11am-3pm, Booking for Santa’s grotto is essential, please call 01669 620 333

Price: Normal admission charges apply, plus £10 per child

What:  Father Christmas Weekends

Come and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto. His elves have been working hard all year and he has lots of presents for good girls and boys

Where:  Tyntesfield, North Somerset

When:  3-4, 10-11, 17-18 December 10am – 4pm (tickets last issued at 3.15pm)

Price: Normal garden admission charges apply for adults, £4 per child to see Father Christmas.

Booking is not required for this event.

What:  The Snowman

The Snowman returns for a record-breaking 14th consecutive year. When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas.

Where:  Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2

When:  30th November – 8th January

Price: Tickets start from £12 

What:  BOING!

Set on Christmas Eve, BOING! captures the delirious excitement of waiting for Santa to arrive on the most magical night of the year.

Where:  Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

When:  13th to 31st  December

Price: Adults £12, Children £7 

What:  Beasts and Beauties

Adapted by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Still recreates a grisly and gruesome, hilarious and hair-raisingly funny otherworld, carved from six dark and dangerous fairy tales from across Europe

Where:  Hamstead Theatre

When:  1st December to 7th January

Price: Mon–Sat, adults £24 Children £12, Families (4 People) £60, Concessions £12, Seniors £15 (matinees only).

What:  Breakfast with Santa

The Ultimate Santa, takes his seat for Christmas inviting his junior guests to a morning packed with games and carols and plenty of fun-filled mischief with his team of elves. Little ones will also leave with a surprise Christmas gift.

Where:  Warwick Castle

When:  10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th December (Dates subject to availability)

Price: £22.50 per person. They are running an special offer at the moment save 50% if you book in November to visit in December see here for full details. 

What:  The Snow Queen

The Unicorn Theatre brings the classic Hans Christian Andersen story of The Snow Queen to lifewith a twist this Christmas, in a brand new version transported to India by Anupama Chandrasekhar

Where:  Unicorn Theatre

When:  23rd November to 8th January

Price:  Full Price: Stalls £22 / Circle (back 2 rows of stalls) £16 Concessions: Stalls £15 / Circle (back 2 rows of stalls) £10 Family Ticket (4 people, 1 of whom must be a child): Stalls £64 / Circle (back 2 rows of stalls) £44

What:  The Enormous Turnip

In a tiny house the size of a shed, Mr and Mrs Chickweed live on their allotment surrounded by vegetables aplenty. But they can’t resist planting one more seed and as their turnip grows it threatens their house with disaster! Can anyone help pull up their Enormous Turnip?

Where:  Jackson Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA  

When:  Sat 3 December – Sat 31 December 2011

Price:  Adults: £14.50, Children and Concessions £10.50, Family ticket (4 people) £43

What:  Family Christmas Market

The day starts at 10am and goes on until the Leicester vs Northampton match starts! Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas Market, the Leicester Tigers want to ensure that this year the market is bigger and better for all families attending!

It’ll be perfect for anyone based in the East Midlands- especially Tigers fans because the Leicester Tigers Vs Northampton Saints game starts at 2.15pm (plenty of pre-match shopping time!).

Where:  Leicester Tigers Stadium, Welford Road, Leicester

When:  Saturday 3rd December

Price:  Entry to the market is free. Tickets for the match vary 

What:  Christmas with Mr Toad & Friends

Join Mr Toad and his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger as they celebrate Christmas with crafts, activities, song, dance… and presents! Find out what happens to wildlife in the winter.
Most suitable for under 10s

Where:  The River & Rowing Museum

When:  Wednesday 21 December 10.30am – 3.30pm

Price:  Museum admission + £3 per child

What:  Santa’s Underground Grotto

There’s a whole host of exciting events to look forward to at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) over the festive period, including the chance to visit Santa in his magical grotto 140m under the ground!

Where:  National Coal Mining Museum

When:  the weekends from 26 November (10am – 3.30pm), on Friday 16 December (2.30 – 4.30pm) and each day from 17 - 23 December (10.30am – 3.30pm). Pre-booking is essential on 01924 848806


Price: children £8, adults £6

What:  Marlow Christmas Market

Where:  Crown Plaza Hotel, Marlow

When:  26th November 11am – 4pm

Price: Free

What:  Voice in a Million

The Voice in a Million Choir, including 250 children from Hull, will be performing their new Christmas Musical ‘The Orphan’s Christmas Wish’.

Where:  Hull City Hall

When:  Tuesday 29th November

Price:  Various

What:  The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo returns to London’s West End for an extraordinary fifth consecutive winter run this year.  The production has rapidly become an essential part of the West End’s Christmas season. 

Where:  Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

When:  Wednesday 23 November 2011 – Sunday 15 January 2012

Price:  £12.50, £15.50


SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW is performed by a highly renowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin. The show creates a dream-like world where one extraordinary image melts into another culminating in a stunning finale leaving the audience literally knee-deep in snow.

Where:  London’s Royal Festival Hall

When:  17 December 2011 – 8 January 2012

Price:  £20 - £47.50

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