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Christmas events and days out

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threadarick Sun 15-Oct-17 08:59:34

We’re looking for some lovely days out this winter - we’re based in Birmingham but happy to happy to travel around the UK a bit too.

I’m thinking Christmas markets and events but also keen to find any smaller, magical beautiful places to visit in November and January too. Any ideas? fgrin

Thishatisnotmine Sun 15-Oct-17 09:11:58

Severn Valley at Christmas is lovely. We went for the first time with my dd last year and my parents came. They took me and my brother when we were small. If you start adding lots of adults the cost really rockets though!

I've heard good things about the carol service on Bournville Green.

Ricekrispie22 Sun 15-Oct-17 09:37:16

This is another experience that looks totally magical. It’s the one thing we didn’t make it to last year that I really wish we’d gone to. With the largest herd of reindeer in England living at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, they’re pretty busy getting ready for Christmasaround this time of year.
The Christmas theme is based around Scandinavian wooden buildings, a traditional sleigh ride and a barn full of fairy lights with an open fire.You can feed and stroke the reindeer and have them pull you along in a sleigh. There’s Elf school to learn how the reindeer fly,storytelling, making an edible Santa and of course a visit to see Santa in his grotto.

Every year, the National SeaLife Centre in Birmingham is decked out for Christmas. They have an underwater Christmas tree in the 360 degree ocean tunnel, a festive film in the 4D cinema and Santa’s grotto is set against the backdrop of the ice adventure area – complete with gentoo penguins! I love that the price to see Santa is included in general admission.

Last year there was a snow dome in Tamworth. You can play in real snow, have snowball fights, go down a huge slide, and ride on a sledge and snow tubes. There’s also a walkway for those who want to enjoy the snow with a rather less slippery surface underfoot!
After that, there’sa Santa stage show, real reindeer to meet and a trip to Santa’s house, where you can leave him a letter to let him know what you want for Christmas. although it’s brilliant, you don’t actually get to meet Santa. Whilst this wouldn’t be an issue for us per se, I think it’s worth priming children so they know they won’t meet him to avoid disappointment.

The Santa breakfast at Wyevale garden centres is a sweet event. Families arrive and are shown to their tables where a host of activities are provided including colouring, Christmas crackers, chocolate coins and biscuit decorating. When they’ve had a few minutes to play, breakfast is served. We all had a nice big fry-up – making this event a winner for parents as well as children! After breakfast, the children were each allowed to go and have a chat with Santa and choose their own gift from his selection of toys.

For just a few select dates in December, Ironbridge brings to life a Victorian Christmas. Traditions from the 1800s are shown to visitors by the cast of the Victorian village.Children are able to get involved in crafts such as printing Christmas cards and making paper chains. Father Christmas will be present in his grotto and there’s a Christmas party including a pantomime.
You can also watch Punch and Judy, ride a donkey, ride a horse and carriage and take a lesson in a Victorian school.This is supposed to be an incredibly special event to go to, especially for those of us who prefer traditional celebrations rather than the more commercialised Christmas events that happen nowadays. There is limited availability and we didn't get to go last year.

threadarick Sun 15-Oct-17 12:00:46

Oh wow, thank you both! I’m going to google those now fsmile

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