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Thrilling events at refreshing winter prices

Christmas Events

We have a great range of events for you to choose on this Christmas season.

Simply choose the site you desire to visit and have a look at the range of events on offer.

English Heritage Sites

An Audience with Father Christmas

Join in the festive fun with the man himself at our sites this Christmas. Meet Father Christmas as he tells festive tales amidst the yuletide decorations.

£5.00 charge on the day. Free entry to the site for yourself, one other adult and accompanying children (max. 6 under the age of 18). Present your CSSC membership card and one form of photo ID to gain free entry.

Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens

Date: Saturday 30th November - Sunday 8th December

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Date: Saturday 30th November - Sunday 8th December

Bolsover Castle

Date: Saturday 30th November - Sunday 15th December

Wrest Park

Date: Saturday 7th December - Sunday 21st December (weekend only)

Wrest Park

Join in the Christmas celebrations at Wrest Park with carols sung in the stunning surroundings of the Library. Get in the festive spirit with a mix of traditional and modern Christmas Carols.

Date(s) & Price
  • Monday 9th December - Tuesday 10th December
  • £10.00 for CSSC members
How to book

To book tickets at member rates call the English Heritage Events line on 0370 333 1183. When booking members must confirm they are a Corporate Member through CSSC. Present your CSSC membership card and one form of photo ID on entry.

For more details please visit this page on the English Heritage site.

Audley End

Over the seasonal period the historic kitchen will be a flurry of activity as the kitchen staff begin preparations for the Christmas dinner which will be served to Lord and Lady at Audley End House. Come and meet the staff while you inhale the spices and smells from the seasonal dishes which would have once laddened the Braybrooke’s Christmas table and discover how the servants Christmas meal would be different.

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 30th November - Sunday 22nd December
  • This event is free for CSSC members

For more details please visit this page on the English Heritage site.

Osborne House

Join us at Osborne to experience the spirit of Christmas in Victorian times, and enjoy a fun day out for all the family.

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 30th December - Sunday 1st December
  • £3.15 for CSSC members

For more details please visit this page on the English Heritage site.

How to book

To book tickets at member rates call the English Heritage Events line on 0370 333 1183. When booking members must confirm they are a Corporate Member through CSSC. Present your CSSC membership card and one form of photo ID on entry.

Cadw sites

Free entry for CSSC Members, one other adult and a maximum of 3 children (under 16). Simply show your CSSC membership card and photo ID to gain access.

Christmas Shopping
Raglan Castle - Late Night Christmas Shopping

Join us afterhours in our visitor centre for special Christmas offers and a great selection of unusual gifts.
Come along for a mince pie and mulled wine and join us for an evening of stress free shopping! Parking is free and there will be plenty of special offers for all. Sign up to our membership on the night for extra discounts.

Date(s) & Price
  • Wednesday 27th November
Chepstow Castle - Late Night Christmas Shopping

Join us at Chepstow Castle for some Christmas gift inspiration in our late night shopping event! We’ve got a number of Welsh-produced festive gift ideas and stocking fillers for the whole family: From Books to Blankets, Pottery to Penderyn, Jewellery to Jigsaws, and much more!

There’ll be complimentary mince pies on arrival, festive music, plus a 10% discount on all products*. Cadw members will also receive an extra discount. *Discounts won’t be applied on purchases of alcohol.

Date(s) & Price
  • Friday 29th November
Tretower Court and Castle

Visit our Christmas Fayre at Tretower for some local products from some local sources – and maybe some inspiration for those last-minute gift ideas. On Saturday we have the added attraction of the Medieval Household; come and learn how the Vaughan family retainers celebrated the festive season. Holly and ivy, mistletoe and mulled wine, wreaths and Yule logs, and there may be one or two carols as well – old ones, of course!

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 14th December - Sunday 15th December
Seasonal Scents: Medieval Christmas Decoration Workshop

Discover how people celebrated Christmas in Medieval times and the role that scents played. Find out what they ate and drank and where their food came from. Discover which ingredients were local and which had travelled from afar. Learn their stories while you make a scented decoration to take home.

Dates(s) & Price
  • Saturday 23rd November
Christmas Festivities at Plas Mawr

Make your own Spiced Orange Pomander and festive Marchpane sweets

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 7th December - Sunday 8th December
Christmas at Harlech Castle

The reindeer’s have taken over the castle! Why have the horned ones wandered so far from their Northern homelands? And what are the secrets of the castle? And what do they keep on their sledge. Interactive story telling puppet show and late night Saturday shopping.

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December
Christmas Tales at Caerleon Baths

Join us for traditional festive tales with our popular storyteller.

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 7th December
Tintern Abbey - Brother Thomas the Cellarer

Step back in time with Brother Thomas and learn what life was like as a monk in Tintern Abbey. Our sympathetic brother will give you inside information about the monks’ rituals and responsibilities. As the cellarer of Tintern Abbey, he will be able to tell you all that is to know (and perhaps some things you shouldn’t know!) about the workings of the abbey, his fellow monks, the lay brothers and other ‘less religious’ people!

Date(s) & Price
  • Saturday 16th November - Saturday 21st November

Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Centres

Arundel Centre
Sail to Santa
  • Saturday and Sunday only (Saturday 7th December - Sunday 15th December)
  • Regular departures from 10:30 - 15:30
  • £6 per child, £2 per adult PLUS centre admission

Families will board an elf-powered boat for a gentle ride through the reedbeds to visit Father Christmas. Try the Naughty or Nice-0-Metre before you board, then experience the magic of a festive visit with Father Christmas inside his ‘frosty’ grotto and receive a WWT goody bag.

Bentley Wildlife Carvers Display
  • Sunday 8th December
  • Free with admission

The Bentley Wildlife Wood Carvers display their beautiful work and demonstrate carving techniques. Drop in for a chat - many pieces of work are for sale, with 10% or sales donated to Arundel Wetland Centre.

Ask about the upcoming Begin Wood Carving Workshops in the Kingfisher Room from 10.00 – 16.00.

Wreath Making Workshop
  • Friday 13th December - Saturday 14th December
  • 10:00 - 12:00 or 13:30 - 15:30
  • £15.00 per person

Use willow and natural plants to make a wreath for your door - naturally made, simply beautiful. Create your natural willow wreath from scratch, then weave it with seasonal wetland plants. All materials are provided.

This craft workshops is for adults only - no one under 18 years of age may book this course.

Early Birds
  • Saturday 21st December
  • Doors open 08:00

On this Early Bird opening visitors have the chance watch the reserve awaken (sunrise is at 8.02 am). No booking is required for this event. Our Water's Edge Café opens for breakfast at 9.30am and the Wetland Discovery Boat Safari begins running at the usual time of 11am.

Christmas Holiday Season
  • Saturday 21st December - Sunday 5th January
  • 11:00 - 15:30
  • Free with admission. Some activities require sign-up in centre on the day, but advance booking is not required

Children's pine cone craft drop-in sessions run every afternoon. The Wetland Discovery Boat Safari is running every day from 11:00 - 15:30. So, when you’re sick of the sales and tired of the telly, why not take a walk among the wildlife? Relax next to panoramic wetland views in our restaurant, and breathe in the fresh air as you walk through stunning scenery.

Bentley Wildlife Carvers Display

Sunday 8 December
Free with admission

The Bentley Wildlife Wood Carvers display their beautiful work and demonstrate carving techniques. Drop in for a chat - many pieces of work are for sale, with 10% or sales donated to Arundel Wetland Centre.

Ask about the upcoming Begin Wood Carving Workshops in the Kingfisher Room from 10.00 – 16.00.

Bentley Wildlife Carvers Display

Sunday 8 December
Free with admission

The Bentley Wildlife Wood Carvers display their beautiful work and demonstrate carving techniques. Drop in for a chat - many pieces of work are for sale, with 10% or sales donated to Arundel Wetland Centre.

Ask about the upcoming Begin Wood Carving Workshops in the Kingfisher Room from 10.00 – 16.00.

Dawn Flight
  • Sunday 1st December
  • Free with admission

Watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of wild barnacle geese flighting in from the mudflats against the dawn sky. The Cathan Coffee Shop will be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.

'Framing Nature' Trail
  • Sunday 1st December - Tuesday 31st December
  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • Free with admission

Experience the sights and sounds of hundreds of whooper swans, mute swans, ducks and geese at the daily swans feeds, commentated by the warden. Learn more about the whooper swans as they arrive from their migration from Iceland. Use the touchscreen in the Sir Peter Scott Observatory to find out more about the individual whooper swans out on the Whooper pond.

Festive Stories in the Yurt
  • Friday 6th December
  • 10:00 - 11:00
  • Free with admission

Sit in our cosy yurt and listen to a festive nature-related story, told by one of our engaging storytellers. Then take a short walk around the reserve to look for some wildlife!

Christmas Craft Afternoon
  • Saturday 7th December
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Normal admission charges apply, booking is essential

Use natural materials such as wood, string, rope, sticks, leaves and plants to make your own festive crafts in time for Christmas! Suitable for all ages!

Wild Welly Walks
  • Sunday 1 December - Friday 28 February
  • Free with admission

Run, splash and play this winter at Castle Espie! Wrap up warm, pull on the wellies and have fun with all the family. Can you complete our adventure list when you visit?!

Search beyond the shore in our Brent Discovery Hide and have some fun at our Secret Swamp. Zoom along our zip line and see how many fairy doors you can find hidden, there's plenty of wild wetland fun this winter.

Christmas at Castle Espie
  • Saturday 7th December - Sunday 22nd December (Saturdays and Sundays only, plus one extra day on Monday 23rd December)
  • £14.50 per child, £8.00 per adult. Booking essential.

Make magical memories at Castle Espie this December with a visit to Santa and his Elves’ Workshop. Relax whilst the children make their own decorations to hang on your Christmas tree at home and take part in our special colouring-in competition, before journeying through our Elves’ Workshop.

Watch as Santa’s little helpers’ busily countdown to Christmas, but come prepared, as they may need your help to be ready for the best day of the year!

You’ll then get to meet Santa himself, who is cosied up by a roaring fire in his traditional living room.

Winter Highlights in the Reserve

A staggering 50,000 wintering waterbirds fill the estuary of the scenic Bury Inlet at Llanelli Wetland Centre. See if you can spot wading birds like oystercatchers and blacktailed godwits or be lucky to see rarities like the great white egret or even a bittern. Plus we’ve hundreds of friendly ducks and geese that will happily feed from your hand, including the rarest goose in the world, the friendly Hawaiian Nene and don’t miss our fabulous flock of Caribbean flamingos.

Robin Nest Workshops
  • Sunday 15th December & Sunday 22nd December
  • Drop-in between 11:00 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 16:00
  • £10 per box made PLUS cost of admission

Find out more about the birds in your garden and make your very own robin nest box to give baby robins their first home, or wrap it up for the perfect Christmas present!

Christmas Weekends
  • Saturday 30 November - Sunday 1 December & Saturday 14 December - Sunday 15 December
  • Free with admission

Fun for the whole family, our hugely popular Christmas weekends will have a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Hop aboard a husky sleigh ride, help the elves make special gifts for Christmas and go wild in our indoor and outdoor play areas.

Activities also include husky sleigh rides, face painting, WWT conservation films and an elves workshop.

Sail to Santa with Elf Academy
  • Saturday 30 November - Monday 23 December (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • £10 per child PLUS admission. Must be booked in advance.

For an extra special experience this Christmas, come along to one of our Sail to Santa with Elf Academy days.

Each ticket includes:

  • Boat trip to see Santa on his island with his elves
  • Visit to Santa
  • A gift
  • Decorate a festive biscuit
  • Make your own reindeer food mix
  • Make a your own present label
  • Elf diploma for completing all of the activities on your visit
  • Bring a letter with you, post your letter to Santa and receive a response after your visit
Guided Winter Walks
  • Friday 6 December - Friday 28 February (Fridays only)
  • 11:00 - 13:30
  • Free with admission

Our reserve is a wildlife wonderland in winter. For an additional activity during your visit, take part in a guided winter walk around our reserve with one of our expert volunteers. They'll tell you all about the wildlife you can see as you explore out wetlands, including information about the amazing whooper swans and their amazing migration journey from Iceland to Martin Mere.

You'll also be given some tips and tricks on bird watching and how to identify certain species around the reserve.

Santa's Coming to Slimbridge
  • Saturday 7 December - Sunday 22 December (Saturdays & Sundays only, plus Friday 20 December)
  • 10:00 - 11:30 & 12:15 - 15:30
  • Prices vary. Booking essential.

This Christmas treat your family to a unique and memorable festive day out – and meet Santa himself!

This year we're offering a super-special experience to really make Christmas spectacular. Join us for breakfast or afternoon tea and visit Santa in his magical grotto.

Throughout the day there’ll be lots of other fun Christmas activities too. Ice your own gingerbread man, build an elf den, toast marshmallows, get creative making arts and crafts - and don't forget to send a letter to the North Pole at our post office!

Slimbridge Cygnets - Winter Crafts
  • Tuesday 10 December
  • 10:30 arrival, 11:00 start
  • £2 per child PLUS admission. This is a bookable event.

Spend some time creating beautiful winter crafts to decorate your tree and home, inspired by what we can see around us. Followed by an end of year picnic - please bring some food for your little ones to eat.

Elf Academy
  • Saturday 7 December - Sunday 22 December (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 10:00 - 11:30 & 13:00 - 14:30
  • £10 per child and £3.50 per adult PLUS admission.

Christmas is coming and to help spread the festive cheer, our popular Elf Academy is once again opening its doors to young recruits.

Enrol on one of our special workshops and learn everything you need to know to gain your all-important Elf Diploma, including special ‘elf & safety guidelines, the spirit of kindness, gift wrapping for beginners and essential craft skills.

Our Head Elf and her assistants will guide elves-to-be in the art of creating your own personalised wooden name toggles, wooden animal pen holders and magic reindeer food to sprinkle outside your home on Christmas Eve!

Training will continue as you wrap and label your donated gift (a toy or book that we ask all Elf Academy recruits to bring in with them on the day, and we then donate these gifts to a local charity). Finish the day with a special graduation ceremony where elf recruits will receive their elf diploma! Then enjoy a well-earned hot drink and tasty homemade treat in our cafe!

Guide in the Hide
  • Saturday 21 December
  • 10:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 16:00
  • Free with admission

Discover more about our diverse wild bird species with the help of our volunteer guide hide. The guide will be on site from 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00, please check on arrival for details of which hide they’re in.

Floodlit Swan Feeds
  • Saturday 2 November - Saturday 29 February (Saturdays & Sundays only)
  • 18:30 start time
  • Free with admission

Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide.

Wicken Fen and It's Creatures - past, present and future
  • Tuesday 10 December
  • Doors open at 19:00, talk starts at 19:30
  • £3 per person

An evening talk by Ajay Tegala, Ranger for National Trust at Wicken Fen.

The evening's talk will look at the wildlife of Wicken Fen and also how it is being managed with the use of grazing livestock as part of an ambitious project to grow the reserve for the benefit of nature and people.

Merlin

Warwick Castle
Christmas at the Castle

Experience 1,100 years of Great British history in one of England's finest medieval fortresses. Set in the heart of Shakespeare’s England with fascinating architecture and amazing views in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Warwick castle is the ultimate backdrop for breath taking shows that bring history vividly to life. Experience the Castle in all its winter Splendour, plus our Winter Birds of Prey Show, Warwick Castle is the ultimate place to visit this festive season.

Dates

23rd November - 5th January excluding Christmas Day

How to book

Visit our Warwick Castle product page. Login to the Merlin affiliate store using the details provided and navigate to the referenced date range to purchase tickets for these events.

Blackpool

Christmas at Blackpool
Christmas Party Nights

Join Blackpool Pleasure Beach for an evening of glitz and glamour at our ever popular Christmas Party Nights in the Paradise Room. Starring a fabulous cast of incredibly talented performers. Take your seat in the Paradise Room for the most glamorous and fun Christmas party night you’ve ever had. Including a wonderful three course meal, our brilliantly funny compère introduces the cast of incredibly talented dancers and illusionists whilst you dine, drink, sing and dance the night away.

Dates

12th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 21st December

How to book

Receive a 10% discount booking via 01253 336346 or by email the Blackpool Events Team and quoting 'CSSC'.

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