Guide to Christmas markets, Santa's grottos and festive events in Gloucestershire

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By Bodger21 | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 06:39

Quedgeley People has compiled a comprehensive guide to the festive markets and events going on in and around in the county in the run-up to Christmas...

Weekends from Saturday, November 17 to Monday, December 24

Floodlit swan feeds at WWT Slimbridge

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge GL2 7BT

6.30pm

Enjoy the magical winter spectacle of thousands of wild birds and Bewick's swans wintering on Swan Lake in floodlight.

Listen to the warden's commentary from the heated comfort of the observatory and discover how to identify each Bewick's swan individually.

Tickets: Adults £6, children £4

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Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25 inclusive

Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Quays

Thurs, Fri and Sat, 10am-7pm

Sunday, 10am-5pm

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Dickensian festive market, complete with authentic street urchins, ruffians and pickpockets, travelling salesmen, fine ladies, a chimney sweep and Victorian policemen - all guaranteed to surprise, amuse and entertain visitors to the city's historic docks.

The event will feature around 130 decorated stalls selling handmade gifts including wooden toys, artisan jewellery, homewares, fine clothes and accessories and the best food and drink the region has to offer - the latter courtesy of a real ale tavern and micro-brewery.

Crowds can shop to a backdrop of live music provided by brass bands, choirs, buskers and an old-time barrel organ.

For the youngsters there will be a huge traditional carousel, arts and crafts activities, Victorian games and the Waterways Museum.

Browse, buy, enjoy a mulled wine and soak up the traditional festive atmosphere at this fantastic free family event.

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Friday, November 23

Christmas Market at St James Parish Church, Dursley

5pm-7pm

Stalls will include jewellery, handicrafts, woodturning, Cotswold stone carvings, glassware, books, cakes, Christmas cards and much more.

Coffee, tea and mulled wine will be available.

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Saturday, November 24

Cheltenham's Christmas lights switch-on

Starts 5.15pm

The Cheltenham skies will shine bright when the lights are turned on at Regent Arcade at 5.15pm.

Follow the festive parade to the Beechwood Shopping Centre to see its lights switched on at 5.30pm, before moving along the High Street from 5.45pm.

The parade ends at The Brewery, with its Christmas lights switch-on at 6.15pm.

Attended by pantomime characters and Father Christmas, the evening promises to be fun for all the family.

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Saturday, November 24

St John's Church annual Christmas fair

Quedgeley Community Centre, School Lane

2pm-4pm

There will be a raffle, Christmas carols, a 'name the clown 'competition, stalls with Christmas gifts and a special visit from Santa.

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Saturday, November 24

Lantern making workshop

New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester

10am-1pm

The final in a series of three workshops in the run-up to Cirencester Christmas Market. Very much a fun family activity, the cost per family is £6.

For bookings and inquiries contact New Brewery Arts on 01285 657181, or email education@newbreweryarts.org.uk

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Saturday, November 24

Christmas Market at St James Parish Church, Dursley

9am-11.30am

Stalls will include jewellery, handicrafts, woodturning, Cotswold stone carvings, glassware, books, cakes, Christmas cards and much more.

Coffee, tea and mulled wine will be available.

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Saturday, November 24

Edward Jenner's House, Berkeley

Christmas Craft Workshop

10am-12 noon

Come and learn how to make beautiful hand-stitched fabric cards and, for younger craft enthusiasts, learn how to make fabric glitter glue cards.

Workshop costs: Adult £10, Children £3.50. Prior booking required.

Contact Edward Jenner's House on 01453 810631 or email info@edwardjenner.co.uk to book.

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Saturday, November 24

Edward Jenners' House, Berkeley

Christmas shop opening

12 noon-2pm

Enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie while browsing in the Old Cyder House gift shop for unique Christmas presents.

Edward Jenner's House has also invited specialist local stands to showcase their wares, from delicious homemade cupcakes to handstitched Christmas stockings and more.

For details of all upcoming events visit the Edward Jenner's House website.

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Saturday, November 24

Christmas craft fair at Under the Edge Arts, Wotton-under-Edge,

The Chipping Hall, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7AD

11am-3.30pm

A wide variety of stalls offering a great way to shop for locally-made Christmas presents.

To book a stall call 01453 845132, or email enquiries@jool.net

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Saturday, November 24

Make a decorative seasonal wreath

Robinswood Hill Barn

Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester GL4 6SX

A participatory event for all ages, one of the countryside rangers will visitors make and decorate a festive wreath from natural materials found on the nature reserves.

Places are limited so advance booking is advised by calling 01452 303206.

Cost: £5 to cover the cost of materials for the wreath.

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Saturday, November 24

Christmas card making at Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester

Session times: 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm

This Christmas, deck your halls with trinkets fashioned by your little ones at a range of craft sessions hosted by Nature in Art in Twigworth, Gloucester - starting today with Christmas card making.

Head to Wallsworth Hall where your little ones can make their very own set of Christmas cards.

Price: £5 to attend and advance booking is required.

Children must be aged three or over.

Contact Nature in Art on 01452 731422, or email enquiries@nature-in-art.org.uk.

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Friday, November 30 to Saturday, December 18

Christmas in Cirencester

The heart of Cirencester will be transformed by the town's Christmas market and, for the first time, skating rink.

The market will run daily from 10am to 6pm and the skating rink daily from 12 noon to 8pm.

The skating rink, which will be set in the Abbey grounds by the parish church, will be opened with a roar in a 'magical' ceremony on Saturday, December 1, from 11am to 12pm.

The cast of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, from Cirencester College's performing arts team, will open the rink and give spectators a sneak preview of their show, which runs from December 11 to 14 at the Sundial Theatre.

To book tickets for the The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, call 01285 654228, or visit the theatre's website.

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Cirencester Christmas lights switch-on

Friday, November 30

From 4pm

The Market Place ceremony will kick off at around 4.40pm with live music from the Cirencester Kingshill School Samba Band, local pop performer Abbie Lea and high-energy Gloucestershire folk band the Roving Crows.

After signing copies of their book at Octavia's Bookshop in Black Jack Street, between 4pm and 5pm, Channel 4's Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery, will throw the switch to turn on the town's Christmas lights at 6pm.

There will be street entertainers and the town's festive wooden chalets will be open for a spot of Christmas shopping, offering a range of gifts, clothing, toys, food and drinks.

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Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 23

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt

The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, near Tetbury GL8 8QS

5pm-8.30pm (last entry 7.15pm)

Take a walk through the famous Enchanted Wood and see The National Arboretum lit up at night every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

The illuminated trail lasts around 45 minutes. It can get a little muddy so don't forget your wellies!

Green Father Christmas will be meeting youngsters in his grotto and the Learning Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with snow and beautiful Christmas decorations. Here children can get involved with a host of festive crafts.

There will be carols from local choirs and bands, roast chestnuts, mulled wine and a Christmas market. The Forest shop will be selling fantastic presents and decorations

Tickets: Adults £9, concessions £8, children £5.

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Saturday, December 1

Out of the Hat Christmas Craft Workshop at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

2pm-4pm

Christmas wreath making workshop for adults.

Price: £25 (includes all materials and refreshments)

For information visit the Out of the Hat website.

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Saturday 1 to Sunday, December 16

Taurus Crafts Christmas Markets

Taurus Crafts

The Old Park, Lydney Park Estate, Lydney GL15 6BU

From 10am

Stock up on festive goodies at Taurus Crafts Christmas markets this December, which take place on Saturdays 1, 8 and 15 and Sundays 2, 9 and 16.

Savvy shoppers can look forward to finding everything they need at the Forest of Dean-based craft centre to make this Christmas one to remember, including food and drink, arts and crafts and plenty of gifts and toys for the little ones – not to mention fresh-cut, local Christmas trees ready to take home.

La Bodega will be selling an array of continental treats, local produce and organic wines, with the chance to have a festive hamper made to order; while crafty Christmas shoppers can choose from everything from vintage clothing, textiles, jewellery and recycled accessories to artisan soaps, candles, chocolate, carvings and even health and beauty treatments.

Kids can have fun picking out their favourites from the recently-opened toy shop, giving adults the opportunity to browse and buy from the gift shop selling trinkets, wrapping paper, cards, decorations and more.

Visitors to the craft centre can also expect to see a host of handmade stoneware and pottery, with a paint-your-own-pot activity also lined up.

Local choirs and bands, including the Cinderford Brass Band, Taurus Crafts Choir, Forest Flute Choir and the Springfield Singers, will all be adding to the Christmassy atmosphere in a number of musical performances scheduled alongside the markets.

Admission free. For further information telephone 01594 844841 or log on to the Taurus Crafts website.

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Saturday, December 1 to Christmas Eve

Christmas Fantasy at Clearwell Caves

10am-5pm daily (except Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm). Late night Fridays 10am-8pm.

A Christmas event for all the family, featuring Santa in his grotto and wonderful underground displays.

The theme this year is The Very Hungry Polar Bear - the story of a young boy who discovers a baby Polar bear and decides to keep it as a pet. Follow the boy's antics as the bear grows bigger.

There's an underground café and market where visitors can buy refreshments, Christmas decorations, gifts and stocking fillers, while enjoying the music of the Forest of Dean Brass Band, which will be playing seasonal music from 2-4pm.

Entrance prices: £8 per person (adults and children), which includes a gift from Santa for all children aged two to 14 years. Children under two go free.

Free car and coach parking.

Wear warm clothing and strong footwear with a good grip.

The pathways are steep in places and may not be suitable for those with severe walking difficulties. There is wheelchair access but adult wheelchair users will require two strong helpers to push and pull through several areas. Single buggy-type pushchairs are fine.

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Saturday, December 1

Cirencester skating rink grand opening

11am-12pm

Join some of the cast from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, who will entice you with a sneak preview of their show when they open the skating rink in the Abbey grounds by the parish church.

This mysterious land of deep magic is brought vividly to life by Cirencester College's performing arts team. The show runs from December 11 to 14 at the Sundial Theatre.

The Heart FM Angels will also be on hand offering face painting and other fun surprises.

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Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2

Christmas at the Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash

Winter Wonderland

3.30pm-6pm

Illuminate your imagination this Christmas by visiting Winter Wonderland at the Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash.

Sit in Santa's hand-crafted ash sleigh, meet the man himself in his folly grotto (and possibly Comet the young reindeer) as well as the Christmas fairy who has set up home in the park's authentic gypsy caravan.

Beautiful illuminations, twinkling lights, shimmering water, hooting owls, fairies and magic are found in abundance, making it a magical Christmas experience for all the family.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASES:

Tickets purchased in advance will be charged at the reduced rate of £8 per person; tickets purchased on the day will be £8.50. Infants under 12 months go free.

Buy tickets by CLICKING HERE or contact the Bird Park on 01452 812727.

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Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2

Winter Wonderland at Whitemead Forest Park, Lydney, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4LA

Times: Santa's grotto, 11am-7pm; ice rink, 10am-8pm; craft stalls, 10am-4pm (weekends only)

In the heart of the ancient forest, in glorious and mystical surroundings, Whitemead is the ideal place to start feeling festive and celebrate with the whole family.

New for this year, you'll find the only ice rink in the Forest of Dean at Whitemead's Winter Woodland.

Kids can meet Santa and his reindeer in his very own log cabin and the whole family can get their skates on for a spin around the magical outdoor skating rink.

At weekends, those not adventurous enough to take to the ice can explore the craft stalls, selling everything from Christmas hampers and gift ideas, to wreaths and deliciously warming hot chocolate.

For a cosy break out of the winter chill, head to Forester's Bar and Restaurant where you can enjoy a tasty turkey and cranberry bun and Whitemead's scrummy homemade mince pies.

With the country's largest area of mature oak just a few steps away, families can really make a day of it exploring the enchanting surroundings.

Just minutes away from Lydney in the Forest of Dean, you'll find festive fun for all the family.

Attractions include: ice rink, Santa's grotto, chance to meet and feed some of Santa's reindeer, festive craft stalls, children's Christmas crafts, bar, hot and cold food

Reindeer here on the following dates and times:

December 1, 2, 8, 9, and 21-23 (12pm-6pm)

December 14-20, 5pm-8pm

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Saturday, December 1

Christmas under the Edge

Time: TBA

Festive shopping hosted by Wotton Chamber of Trade.

This year's theme is a 1950s vintage Christmas.

There will be late-night shopping, craft stalls in the street, a children's fancy dress competition, Santa's grotto, hot food and drinks, fair rides, local choirs, school choirs and much more.

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Saturday, December 1 to Saturday, December 22

Christmas at the Folk Museum

103 Westgate Street Gloucester GL1 2PG

Come and see 100m of traditional garlands, real trees inside and out, ribbons, bells and thousands of fairy lights.

Throughout December there will be Mummers plays, carol services, Christmas crafts and festival treats in the tea rooms.

For information visit the museum's website or call 01452 396868.

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Saturday, December 1 to Friday, January 5, 2013

Aladdin at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

For guaranteed family fun, snap up tickets to see Aladdin. With glittering costumes, fun and dance and laughs a' plenty, this has all the ingredients of a classic pantomime.

Running from December 1 to January 5, 2013, you can choose between morning, matinee and evening performances.

It's the ideal way to spend a weekend, jazz up Boxing Day or get in the festive spirit on Christmas Eve.

To book or for more information, visit The Roses website.

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Sunday, December 2

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge GL2 7BT

9am

Father Christmas is paying an early visit to Slimbridge this year - and he's hoping to meet lots of families when he drops in for breakfast.

Visitors can enjoy a delicious breakfast while waiting for Santa to arrive. The man himself will sweep through the restaurant on his way to his cosy grotto, where visitors can meet him and every child will receive a special gift.

After meeting Santa, visitors will get the opportunity to help Slimbridge's friendly elf spread the joy of Christmas to all creatures by taking part in a special bird feed around Swan Lake.

Event costs £18 for children (includes breakfast with Santa, toy and bird feed) and £13 for adults. Advisable to ring ahead as spaces are limited.

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Sunday, December 2

Berkeley Castle's Christmas concert with the English String Orchestra

6pm (reception from 5pm)

This year sees Berkeley Castle's 11th annual Christmas concert, which will be performed by the ESO in the glorious Great Hall.

Soak up the festive atmosphere with a glass of wine and mince pies by the crackling log fire in the Long Drawing Room beforehand and during the interval.

The programme includes great baroque works: Autumn from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Bach's Violin Concerto in E, a Concerto Grosso by Handel and works by Mozart, Brahms, Faure and more.

Tickets cost £37.50 (price includes wine and mince pies) and are on sale from the ESO box office. Telephone 01386 791044.

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Wednesday, December 5

Out of the Hat Christmas Craft Workshop at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

7.30pm-9.30pm

Christmas wreath making craft workshop for adults

Price: £25 (includes all materials and refreshments)

For information visit the website.

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Thursday, December 6

Gloucester's 'Tree of Light' switch-on

6pm

The Rotary Club of Gloucester is again erecting its 30ft 'Tree of Light' outside the Guildhall in Eastgate Street to raise money for local charities Winston's Wish, Carers Gloucestershire, the GEAR project and the Rotary charities.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of local people and companies, the tree raised £3,000 for four local charities and this year the club – in conjunction with the city council – hopes to do even better.

Every donation will be recorded – together with the name of the person being remembered, or the giver's hope for the future.

Each donor will also be invited to write a message, many of which will be attached to the tree and all of which will be entered into a commemorative book in the Guildhall.

The tree will be switched on by Team GB and 2012 Olympics double-gold-medal-winning dressage rider, Charlotte Dujardin, during a ceremony at which the Salvation Army band will be present.

For more information visit the Tree of Light website.

The City's second Night Market

Gloucester's Gate Streets

5pm-8pm

The next Night Market will branch out into the Gate Streets and will coincide with the Rotary Club's 'Tree of Light' switch-on.

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Thursday, December 6

Christmas shopping evening

The Forest Bookshop

8 St John Street, Coleford GL16 8AR

4.40-8pm

Christmas shopping, refreshments, entertainment and 20 per cent off all stock items (excluding already discounted items). Give books, because you love them.

Telephone 01594 833334 for details.

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Friday, December 7

Stroud Goodwill Evening

The theme of this year's Stroud Goodwill Evening is late 1960s Flower Power.

Entitled 'Make Love Not War', everyone is invited to get involved by dressing up for the procession through the town, or volunteering to help out on the night.

Traders will be joining in with '60s-themed shop windows and there will be a treasure trail for the youngsters.

There are places available for charity stalls in Merrywalks as well as some pitches on a first-come-first-served basis for retailers in the Corn Hill.

It's going to be a groovy evening, with late-night shopping, family fun and street entertainment all on tap.

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Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

Santa Cruises, Gloucester Docks

Setting off from the Waterways Museum in Gloucester Docks.

Youngsters can join Santa aboard the King Arthur as he cruises along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal.

Cruises cost just £8 per person and last 50 minutes.

Kids get a personalised gift from Santa.

To book call 01452 318200.

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Saturday, December 8

Cirencester lantern procession

5pm

A beautiful procession of spectacular, colourful lanterns made of willow and tissue, led by the Deer Park School Samba Band, will make its way through the streets of Cirencester.

In the weeks running up to the Christmas Market, New Brewery Arts has been running lantern-making workshops. Very much a fun family activity, the cost per family is £6.

The final workshop will take place at New Brewery Arts, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, November 24.

For bookings and inquiries contact New Brewery Arts on 01285 657181, or email education@newbreweryarts.org.uk

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Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge GL2 7BT

9am

Father Christmas is paying an early visit to Slimbridge this year - and he's hoping to meet lots of families when he drops in for breakfast.

Visitors can enjoy a delicious breakfast while waiting for Santa to arrive. The man himself will sweep through the restaurant on his way to his cosy grotto, where visitors can meet him and every child will receive a special gift.

After meeting Santa, visitors will get the opportunity to help Slimbridge's friendly elf spread the joy of Christmas to all creatures by taking part in a special bird feed around Swan Lake.

Event costs £18 for children (includes breakfast with Santa, toy and bird feed) and £13 for adults. Advisable to ring ahead as spaces are limited.

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Saturday, December 8

Shoppers' Carol Service

Parish Church, Cirencester

11am-12 noon

Take some time to get into the festive spririt and sing traditional Christmas carols in the beautiful surroundings of the parish church.

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Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

Christmas at the Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash

Winter Wonderland

3.30pm-6pm

For details see diary entry for Saturday, December 1 Sunday, December 2.

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Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

Winter Wonderland at Whitemead Forest Park, Lydney, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4LA

Times: Santa's grotto, 11am-7pm; ice rink, 10am-8pm; craft stalls, 10am-4pm (weekends only)

See diary entry for Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 for details.

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Saturday, December 8

Out of the Hat Christmas Craft Workshop at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm

Pottery Christmas decorations workshop for children

Price: £6 for one decoration or £10 for two decorations per child.

For information visit the website.

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Sunday, December 9

Festival Sunday in Cirencester

11am-3pm

Join the fun for a range of street entertainment including Santa, Grand Elf, stiltwalking Angels, live reindeer and Comedy Shepherds street theatre.

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Sunday, December 9

Santa Specials at Dean Forest Railway

Times: 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Youngsters can enjoy a spectacular steam train ride through the mysterious forest as Santa moves through the carriages to meet each and every one.

Santa Special trains leave Norchard Station at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

For fares and further information visit the Dean Forest Railway website.

To book online click here.

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Friday, December 14

The Voices Christmas carols at The Capital Venue

Edison Close, Waterwells Business Park

Gloucester GL2 2FN

Doors open 6pm / show starts from 8pm

Enjoy a beautiful evening of festive entertainment, Christmas carols and other uplifting music.

The Voices were the 2008 grand finalists in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition.

Tickets cost £12 (standard), £17 (includes light bar meal) and £20 (includes light bar meal and a pre-ordered drink in the VIP lounge).

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Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 16

Berkeley Castle at Christmas

2pm-7pm

Come and see the castle decorated for a Victorian Christmas, with gifts for sale in the castle shop, a gift from Santa, food and refreshments served in the Inner Bailey and a resident magician wowing visitors with some festive tricks and sleight of hand.

Normal admission applies: £9.50 adults, £7.50 concessions, £5 children (children aged three and under go free). Family Ticket £24 (two adults and two children).

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Friday, December 14 to Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Winter Wonderland at Whitemead Forest Park, Lydney, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4LA

Times: Santa's grotto, 11am-7pm; ice rink, 10am-8pm; craft stalls, 10am-4pm (weekends only)

See diary entry for Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 for details.

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Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16

Santa Specials at Dean Forest Railway

Times: 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Youngsters can enjoy a spectacular steam train ride through the mysterious forest as Santa moves through the carriages to meet each and every one.

Santa Special trains leave Norchard Station at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

For fares and further information visit the Dean Forest Railway website.

To book online click here.

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Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16

Orchard Trust, Upper Stowfield, Lower Lydbrook GL17 9PD

11am-5pm

Come and meet Santa in his grotto during his special two-day visit to Orchard Trust.

There will be craft stalls, tea, coffee, cakes, a teddy tombola, actitivies for the children and festive fun for all the family.

Admission: £5 per child, which includes free drinks, actitives, a gift from Santa, e-photo and entry to win Christmas Teddy Bear. To book a time-allocated ticket call 01591 861137.

For more information visit the Orchard Trust website.

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Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge GL2 7BT

9am

Father Christmas is paying an early visit to Slimbridge this year - and he's hoping to meet lots of families when he drops in for breakfast.

Visitors can enjoy a delicious breakfast while waiting for Santa to arrive. The man himself will sweep through the restaurant on his way to his cosy grotto, where visitors can meet him and every child will receive a special gift.

After meeting Santa, visitors will get the opportunity to help Slimbridge's friendly elf spread the joy of Christmas to all creatures by taking part in a special bird feed around Swan Lake.

Event costs £18 for children (includes breakfast with Santa, toy and bird feed) and £13 for adults. Advisable to ring ahead as spaces are limited.

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Saturday, December 15

Out of the Hat Christmas Craft Workshop at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm

Christmas table decoration workshop for children.

Price: £5 per child.

For information visit the Out of the Hat website.

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Saturday, December 15 to Monday, December 24 inclusive

Christmas at the Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash

Winter Wonderland

3.30pm-6pm

Illuminate your imagination this Christmas by visiting Winter Wonderland at the Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash.

Sit in Santa's hand-crafted ash sleigh, meet the man himself in his folly grotto (and possibly Comet the young reindeer) as well as the Christmas fairy who has set up home in the park's authentic gypsy caravan.

Beautiful illuminations, twinkling lights, shimmering water, hooting owls, fairies and magic are found in abundance, making it a magical Christmas experience for all the family.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASES:

Tickets purchased in advance will be charged at the reduced rate of £8 per person; tickets purchased on the day will be £8.50. Infants under 12 months go free.

Buy tickets by CLICKING HERE or contact the Bird Park on 01452 812727.

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Saturday, December 15 to Monday, December 24 inclusive

Santa Cruises, Gloucester Docks

Setting off from the Waterways Museum in Gloucester Docks.

Youngsters can join Santa aboard the King Arthur as he cruises along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal.

Cruises cost just £8 per person and last 50 minutes.

Kids get a personalised gift from Santa.

To book call 01452 318200.

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Saturday, December 15

Christmas fair at Stonehouse Community Centre

Laburnum Walk

2pm to 5pm

There will be a wide variety of hand-crafted products on sale as well as refreshments. Free admission.

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Saturday, December 15

Decorate a 2-D reindeer at Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester

Conjure up the magic of Rudolph by giving your children the chance to decorate their very own pre-made 2-D reindeer.

Let them loose with glitter and fabric, and then go home with a decoration you'll cherish forever.

Price: £6 to attend and advance booking is required.

Children must be aged three or over.

Contact Nature in Art on 01452 731422, or email enquiries@nature-in-art.org.uk.

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Sunday, December 16

Berkeley Castle

Concert of Christmas music in the Great Hall. Tickets in advance only. Tickets cost £15, which includes mulled wine and a mince pie.

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Sunday, December 16

Festival Sunday in Cirencester

11am-3pm

Join the fun for a range of street entertainment including Santa, Grand Elf, stiltwalking Angels, live reindeer and Comedy Shepherds street theatre.

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Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge GL2 7BT

9am

Father Christmas is paying an early visit to Slimbridge this year - and he's hoping to meet lots of families when he drops in for breakfast.

Visitors can enjoy a delicious breakfast while waiting for Santa to arrive. The man himself will sweep through the restaurant on his way to his cosy grotto, where visitors can meet him and every child will receive a special gift.

After meeting Santa, visitors will get the opportunity to help Slimbridge's friendly elf spread the joy of Christmas to all creatures by taking part in a special bird feed around Swan Lake.

Event costs £18 for children (includes breakfast with Santa, toy and bird feed) and £13 for adults. Advisable to ring ahead as spaces are limited.

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Saturday, December 22 to Monday, December 24

Santa Specials at Dean Forest Railway

Times: 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Youngsters can enjoy a spectacular steam train ride through the mysterious forest as Santa moves through the carriages to meet each and every one.

Santa Special trains leave Norchard Station at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

For fares and further information visit the Dean Forest Railway website.

To book online click here.

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Saturday, December 22

Christmas sack making at at Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester

Make a Christmas present sack using fabric paints and pens as well as other glitzy materials. Your little ones are sure to make a present sack Santa will be proud of.

Price: £5 to attend and advance booking is required.

Children must be aged three or over.

Contact Nature in Art on 01452 731422, or email enquiries@nature-in-art.org.uk.

* If you have a Christmas event that you would like to tell people about, post it on this website, tweet us, post it on our Facebook page or email mandy.pellet@gmail.co.uk and we will add it into this ever-growing festive guide.

      

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