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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.

Wrest Park

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

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.

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.

Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Centres

Arundel Centre
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.

'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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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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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