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Welcome to our second Christmas guide to help you find some of the best things to see, do and enjoy in Gloucestershire. Filled with Christmas spirit you can find out where Santa Claus will be visiting, party and dining ideas and family fun. There are also festive pages highlighting events, activities,

entertainment, fayres, markets and the switching on of Christmas lights. Don’t forget that all information can be found on our brand new website and smart phone Apps - watch out for new listings as it’s updated daily.

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Festive Lunch Menu

Festive Dinner Menu

3 courses - £22.50

4 courses - £26.50

Mulled Wine on arrival

Mulled Wine on arrival

Starters

Starters

Red wine poached pear with pickled walnuts and port syrup (v) Honeydew melon fan with winter berry compote (v) Broccoli and toasted almond soup (v) Siumai dumplings, pork & prawn steaming little parcels of deliciousness Cajun salmon & prawn salad with a pea & watercress puree

Red wine poached pear with pickled walnuts and port syrup (v) Sake cured salmon with pickled ginger & sea beets Wild mushroom soup drizzled with white truffle oil (v) Hoi-Sin duck and orange salad Cola braised Japanese pork belly & soy, coriander & roast chilli

Mains Black Rock Grill Served with wok fried new potatoes or chips & salad Choose from: 8oz rib eye steak, 8oz sirloin steak, 6oz Swordfish steak or fresh vegetables and halloumi cheese

From The Kitchen Turkey roulade with cranberry stuffing wrapped in bacon and served with a thyme jus Baked goats cheese and red onion tart with rosemary roasted vegetables (v) Cod teryaki on a bed of creamed leeks Slow roasted duck leg with red cabbage, sweet potatoes roast plum & port jus

Mains Black Rock Grill Served with wok fried new potatoes or chips & salad Choose from: Lamb Rump, 8oz Ribeye steak, 8oz Swordfish steak, or fresh vegetables and halloumi cheese

From The Kitchen Turkey roulade with cranberry stuffing wrapped in bacon and served with a thyme jus Sweet chilli crusted salmon on a bed of stir fry vegetables Slow roasted lamb belly stuffed with apricots & herbs, with rosemary roasted vegetables & creamed potatoes Parma-ham wrapped monkfish on a bed of creamed leeks and parsnip puree Butternut squash & sage risotto topped with parmesan crisp (v)

Sweets

Sweets

Chocolate & Bailey’s mousse Christmas pudding with rum & raisin cream White chocolate cheesecake with poached strawberry Lemon tart with orange Chantilly cream

Chocolate & Bailey’s mousse Christmas pudding with rum & raisin cream White chocolate cheesecake with poached strawberry Lemon tart with orange Chantilly cream Cheese & Biscuits

Add coffee & mince pies for £1.95

Plus coffee & mince pie


Christmas Gift Ideas

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Where’s Santa This Christmas?

The Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum Take a magical stroll through the trees this festive season at Westonbirt Arboretum as The Enchanted Christmas returns for another year. A new lighting design has been created so visitors can explore different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection, under the beauty of the night sky. The famous event will run from 29th November - 22nd December, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 5pm - 8.30pm (last admission at 7.15pm). There will be festive market stalls and food - from roast chestnuts to traditional sweets, warming drinks and hog roast. Get your creative juices flowing with our Christmas activities in the Learning Centre where children can enjoy making festive crafts every evening. Contact Information Westonbirt, Nr. Tetbury, Gloucestershire Sat Nav: GL8 8QS T: 03000 680400 W: www.forestry.gov.uk/ westonbirt-christmas

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29 November – 22 December 2013 Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening 5pm – 8.30pm (last entry at 7.15pm) • Adults £10 • Concessions £8 • Children £5 • Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum half price on Fridays Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS Box office: 03000 680400 www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is cared for by the Forestry Commission

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Where’s Santa This Christmas?

NEW underground Christmas adventure Another spectacular Clearwell Caves classical Christmas creation. It’s a charming story about a Christmas tree that just doesn’t want to be uprooted by a family who wish to have it for their festive decorations. Come and see their crazy story unfold. From Saturday 30 November until Christmas Eve, Children see Santa in his real underground grotto, choose a present, then follow delightful displays telling the enchanting story of ‘The Perfect Christmas Tree’ created through nine impressive caverns. The displays are the creation of children’s book illustrator Heather Holland, who has worked with Clearwell Caves staff to create spectacular festive displays. There’s no booking, except for groups of 15 persons or more. Contact Information Clearwell Caves, Clearwell, Forest of Dean, Glos. Sat Nav: GL16 8JR T: 01594 832535 W: www.clearwellcaves.com E: info@clearwellcaves.com

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Where’s Santa This Christmas?

Full steam ahead to see Father Christmas Why not try one of the Dean Forest Railway’s Santa Specials this year! Father Christmas visits each family on the train with his special presents - for young and old. Bring cameras to snap the magical moment when each youngster talks to Santa!

Santa Special! Visit Santa at the Dean Forest Railway this Christmas! • December 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 24th 2013 • Quality gifts for all ages • On board Santa and helpers Book online at www.dfr.co.uk

Contact Information Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Glos. Sat Nav: GL15 4ET T: 01594 845840 W: www.dfr.co.uk E: infodfr@btconnect.com

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Santa Ahoy! - all aboard for a festive cruise Head on down to the historic Gloucester Docks and enjoy a special canal cruise with hot mince pies and festive drinks. You can also enjoy a visit to the Museum with crafts and gifts to buy - ideal for Christmas presents. Go on - make a day of it! Contact Information Boats depart from Gloucester Waterways Museum Sat Nav: GL1 2EH T: 01452 318200 W: www.gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum.org.uk

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Where’s Santa This Christmas?

A magical Winter Wonderland awaits you Illuminate your imagination this Christmas at Winter Wonderland. Sit in the hand crafted ash sleigh, meet Santa and who knows, maybe Comet the young reindeer will come to say hello. Twinkling lights, shimmering water, hooting owls, fairies and magic are found in abundance at the Bird Park where hosting Christmas events has become an art form. The Bird Park was nominated in the top 10 rural attractions to visit at Christmas by the Sunday Telegraph in 2010 and for good reason. There’s red resident reindeer, a Christmas fairy in a Gypsy Caravan and Santa in one of the most famous follies in England. To mark the special occasion, why not take a photo of the children with Santa on his beautiful sleigh. Contact Information Prinknash Bird & Deer Park Nr. Painswick, Glos. Sat Nav: GL4 8EX T: 01452 812727 W: www.thebirdpark.com E: enquiries@thebirdpark.com

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2 - 3 November

Craft & Gift Fair 
at Nature in Art Start your Christmas shopping at this annual fair with over 30 stalls of handmade gifts.

10am - 5pm Entry £2, free for children Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Nr. Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA Tel: 01452 731422 www.nature-in-art.org.uk

9 November

Christmas Sale at Gloucester City Museum

Grab those Christmas present bargains, with Gloucester museum’s end of season sale. 10am - 5pm Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HP www.gloucestermuseums.co.uk

9-10 & 23-24 Nov

Bushcraft at Cotswold Farm Park

Educational outdoor fun for children aged 8 and above. There will be fire-lighting, shelter building and lessons on finding suitable fuel. 10am - 4pm Adults £7.25, children £5.95, under 3’s free, seniors £6.25 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

9, 16, 23 & 30 Nov & 6, 14, 20 Dec

Winter Owl Evenings at ICBP

Experience a very special, atmospheric and inspiring evening with Jemima Parry-

Jones and her dedicated team. Not suitable for children under 8. 7pm - 9pm £25 adults, £12 child The International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, GL18 1JJ Booking only on 01531 820286 or on-line at www.icbp.org

13 November

Howlers at the Hall Part of Cheltenham Comedy Festival, with Geoff Norcott MC, Lucy Beaumont & Jarred Christmas.

Doors open 7.45pm First act at 8.30pm £12/£9 NUS from Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office on 0844 5762210 The Pillar Room, Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos. GL50 1QA www.howlerscomedyclub.com

15 November

Howlers at The Royal Oak

With Jarlath Regan, Matt Rees + support. Doors open 7pm First act at 8.45pm £15 The Royal Oak, 43 The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3DL www.howlerscomedyclub.com

15 Nov - 5 Jan

Cotswold Craftsmen - Christmas Exhibition

This selling exhibition offers the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique gift. Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm Sun: 2 - 5pm Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2BX www.coriniummuseum.org Jarred Christmas at ‘Howlers at the Hall’ on 13 November

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Experience a winter wonderland Visit for amazing wild bird spectacles, working dog demonstrations, crafts and breakfast with Father Christmas (taking bookings now)

Visit wwt.org.uk/Slimbridge for more information Slimbridge wetland centre, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT t 01453 891900 e info.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk


What’s ON Events Calendar 16 November

21 - 23 November

Night at the Museum - The Sleepover

Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market

For one night only the doors of the City Museum are opening for a fantastically fun sleepover experience! 8pm - 9am £55 per person, (£45 for Museum members) available online or by telephoning the Guildhall box office on 01452 503050. Gloucester City Museum Brunswick Road, Gloucester www.gloucestermuseums.co.uk

17 November

Gloucester Christmas Lights & Lantern Procession

Starting in Eastgate Street and passing through the city centre. This year the evening has a Beatrix Potter theme to celebrate the 110th anniversary of ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’. From 4.30pm Gloucester City Centre

Get the festive season under way on the 23 November with the Cheltenham Christmas lights switch-on and Parade

The popular Dickensian event with the backdrop of the historic docks. from 10am - 7pm (Sunday 5pm) Gloucester Quays www.gloucesterquays.co.uk

23 November

Cheltenham Connect Christmas Craft Fair The popular fair returns.

Bath Road Market, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7NB www.cheltenhamconnect.co.uk

23 Nov - 24 Dec

Santa Claus at Regent Arcade

Visit Santa and his helpers on the First Floor. Open daily - check website for times and prices. Regent Arcade, High Street, Cheltenham www.regentarcade.co.uk

23 November

Cheltenham Christmas Lights and Parade

Enjoy colourful street entertainment on Saturday afternoon in the town centre, followed by the first Christmas lights switch-on at Regent Arcade at 5.15pm. Follow the festive fun to the Beechwood Shopping Centre to see their lights switched on at

5.30pm. The Parade moves along the High Street from 5.45pm. Watch family fun, with Panto characters and Father Christmas on board Trigger the Train. Parade ends at The Brewery, with their Christmas lights switched on at 6.15pm. Sparkling entertainment takes place at all three shopping centres - there’s even guaranteed snow! from 5.15pm Cheltenham Town Centre

Activities and more at the museum for art This festive season discover Nature in Art, the world’s first museum and gallery of art inspired by nature, with exhibitions and children’s art activities including; create your own Christmas tree decorations, candle holders and much more. See www.discoveryzone. org.uk for further details. Contact Information Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth Off the A38 near Gloucester Sat Nav: GL2 9PA T: 01452 731422 W: www.nature-in-art.org.uk

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Whitemead’s Winter Woodland

In Parkend, just minutes from the nearby town of Lydney, you’ll find festive fun for all the family! Open every weekend from 30 November, and daily from 20 December to 2 January Ice Rink • Santa’s Grotto open until 24 December (11am to 5pm) Santa’s reindeer (on selected dates) • Festive craft stalls (10am to 4pm weekend’s only) Children’s Christmas craft making • Children’s face painting • Bar open daily • Hot and cold food available

Santa’s Grotto

Meet Santa in his lodge this Christmas, for just £6 per child including a gift!

Ice Skating Visitors of all ages can get their skates on for a spin around our outdoor synthetic ice skating rink, for a truly magical Christmas experience, for just £7.50 per session. Pre booking is advised for large groups.

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Reindeer Meet Santa’s reindeer! For dates and times, visit whitemead.co.uk Group bookings welcome! Prices are subject to availability and spaces are limited.

For more information call 01594 560 400 quoting ‘EXPLORE’ Lines are open 8am to 7pm daily

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What’s ON Events Calendar Tewkesbury Festival of Lights With lights switch on at 4.30pm. 1.30pm - 6.30pm High Street, Tewkesbury

With elements of pantomime for children aged 3- 7 years.

Cheltenham Christmas Market

£7.50 Various throughout the day (please check website) The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ www.everymantheatre.org.uk

29 - 30 November

24 November

Christmas Fair at Cheltenham College

With over 70 varied exhibitors selling everything from jewellery and clothing to chocolates and beer, there’s something for everybody including those hard-to-buy-for family members at the Cheltenham College Christmas Fair. 10am - 5pm £5 entry - unders 16’s free Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD Tel: 01242 265694

25 Nov - 24 Dec

The Emperor’s New Clothes at The Everyman Theatre

Candle-lit Tours at Gloucester Folk Museum The grade 1 historic listed building comes to light.

(Fri, Sat & Sun only)

as they are illuminated against the night sky. A new route is created each year to take in different specimens, paths and vistas in the magnificent tree collection. There will be festive market stalls and food - including roast chestnuts, warming drinks and hog roast.

The one mile accessible trail highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees

5pm - 8.30pm (last entry 7.15pm) Adults £10, Child £5, Concessions £8 The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Nr. Tetbury, GL8 8QS Tel: 03000 680400 www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

6pm, 7pm & 8pm Adults £8, Concessions £5, under 5’s free Gloucester Folk Museum, 99 103 Westgate Street, Gloucester www.gloucestermuseums.co.uk

29 Nov - 22 Dec

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

29 Nov - 12 Jan

Aladdin at The Everyman Theatre

Book a magic carpet ride to the biggest panto yet. Join the cast of familiar faces - including last years big hit, Tweedy the Clown - fresh from Gifford’s Circus. For a festive feast of laughs, thrills and spills, magic tricks and good clean fun! Book your seats now. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ Tel: 01242 572573 or visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk

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Wrap up Christmas before December at our exclusive Shopping Event. There will be over 70 stallholders offering an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of goodies!

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Visit www.cheltonianassociation.com for a full list of exhibitors, or contact Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD.

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What’s ON Events Calendar

Christmas at End of Season Christmas Sale Gloucester City Museum, 9th November

Night at the Museum - The Sleepover Gloucester City Museum, 16th November

St Nicholas Wishing Tree

Gloucester Folk Museum, 16th November - 14th December

Candle-lit Tours

Gloucester Folk Museum, 29th & 30th November

Christmas Gift Wrapping Service Gloucester City Museum, 7th & 14th December

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Gloucester Folk Museum, 14th December, 6pm - 9pm

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What’s ON Events Calendar 30 November

30 Nov 1, 7, 8 & 14-24 Dec

Cirencester Christmas Lights

Prinknash Bird & Deer Park Winter Wonderland

Festive Christmas market with lights switch on at 6pm. 2pm - 8pm Market Place, Cirencester

30 Nov 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 Dec

Cirencester Market

Weekend markets will be held in the Market Place in the run up to Christmas. Time: TBC The Market Place, Cirencester

30 November

Illuminate your imagination at this special Christmas experience. Sit in the handcrafted ash sleigh, meet Santa and who knows, maybe Comet the young reindeer will come to say hello. Twinkling lights, shimmering water, hooting owls, fairies and magic are found in abundance at the Bird Park where hosting Christmas events has become an art form. 3.30pm - 6pm Entry £9 advance booking on-line £9.50 on the gate Prinknash Bird & Deer Park, Cranham, Nr. Gloucester. GL4 8EX Tel: 01452 812727 www.thebirdpark.com

Real live reindeer and Father Christmas at The Brewery in Cheltenham

This is a totally free event, however as always there will be a collection for charity, this year being Macmillan Cancer Support.

30 Nov - 2 Jan

Whitemead’s Winter Woodland

12noon - 4pm The Brewery, Cheltenham www.thebrewerycheltenham.co.uk

Winter Wonderland at Prinknash Bird & Deer Park

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. Back by popular demand this year, you’ll find the only ice rink in the Forest of Dean at Whitemead’s Winter Woodland! Kids can meet Santa and feed his reindeer in his very own log cabin and the whole family can get their skates on for a spin around the magical outdoor ice rink. At weekends, those not adventurous enough

The only serious choice for comedy in Cheltenham!

23 OCT CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL

John Robins MC, Gareth Richards, Roger Monkhouse

13 NOV CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL ‘‘Cheltenham Comedy Festival’

Geoff Norcott MC,, Lucy Beaumont, Jarred Christmas

15 NOV ROYAL OAK, PRESTBURY*

Weekend Comedy with Jarlath Regan, Matt Rees, plus support

12 DEC ROYAL OAK, PRESTBURY**

Xmas Comedy Dinner with Sean Collins

12 DEC CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL

Tom Allen MC, Sean Collins + support

to take to the ice can explore the cute little craft stalls, selling everything from Christmas hampers and wreaths to deliciously warming hot chocolate - and a great place to pick up some Christmas gifts. Entry £6 per child to meet Santa, ice skating £7.50 Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, GL15 4LA www.whitemead.co.uk Tel: 01594 560400 quoting EXPLORE

Cheltenham’s favourite comedy club Howlers have two fantastic Christmas comedy options for you on 12 December. Either make your way to the Royal Oak in Prestbury for Christmas dining, dancing and comedy courtesy of Sean Collins, or head on down to the Cheltenham Town Hall for a great line-up of club comedy. Contact Information Cheltenham Town Hall Sat Nav: GL50 1QA Royal Oak Prestbury, Chelt. Sat Nav: GL2 3DL Tickets - Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office: 0844 576 2210 W: www.howlerscomedyclub.co.uk

TICKETS: £12 / £9 (NUS) Booking fee applies

Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office: Tel: 0844 576 2210 *15 NOV: £15 **12 DEC: £35 (includes food)

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What’s ON Events Calendar 30 Nov - 4 Jan

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Jack & The Beanstalk at The Roses Theatre

Let the magic of the Roses’ traditional family panto cast its spell this Christmas. Tickets from £10 Morning, matinee & evening performances Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX www.rosestheatre.org

30 Nov - 5 Jan 30 Nov - 24 Dec

Santa Specials at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway The very popular event returns with festive train journeys operating from both Cheltenham Racecourse and Toddington Station. From 10am (see timetable) Entry £14 - booking required. www.gwsr.com

30 Nov & 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 Dec

Christmas Grotto at WWT Slimbridge

Meet Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto. 12noon - 4pm Normal admission plus £5 includes gift for child WWT, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT Tel: 01453 891900 www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

‘The Perfect Christmas Tree’ at Clearwell Caves

A special Christmas fantasy with Santa, underground market and café.
Children can visit Santa in his real underground grotto, choose a present, then follow delightful displays telling the enchanting story of ‘The Perfect Christmas Tree’ created through nine impressive caverns. (Displays only after Christmas). 10am - 5pm, then after

Christmas 10am - 3pm Entry £8 - includes small present for children 2 - 14 years (post Xmas £6.50/£4.50) Nr. Coleford, GL16 8JR www.clearwellcaves.com

1 - 22 December

Christmas at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park A packed daily schedule with interactive ‘Living Nativity’.

10am - 4pm Adults £7.25, children £5.95, under 3’s free, seniors £6.25 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

1 Dec - 31 Jan

Stick Man Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson. Great family fun this Christmas. 10am - 4pm Normal admission applies Westonbirt, Nr. Tetbury, Glos. GL8 8QS www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

Christmas gift ideas galore at Taurus Crafts The areas largest Christmas markets featuring; arts, crafts, gifts, delicious food and drink, seasonal products from local makers and suppliers, local choirs and local fresh-cut Christmas trees. The market is held on the weekends 7th/8th & 14th/15th Dec. Free Parking. Contact Information Taurus Crafts, The Old Park Lydney, Glos. Sat Nav: GL15 6BU T: 01594 844841 W: www.tauruscrafts.co.uk E: enquire@tauruscrafts.co.uk

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th december

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What’s ON Events Calendar 2 - 7 December

Cheltenham Fashion Week

A week full of fashion including a shopping event at Cowley Manor.

£25 per person (min 2 persons) 6.30pm - 2am The Capital Venue, Edison Close, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2FN www.thecapitalvenue.com

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6 - 10 December

5 - 21 December

Winter Wreath Workshop at Hidcote

Cheltenham Christmas Market The return of the popular German style market.

Mon - Weds: 10am - 5pm Thurs - Sat: 10am - 8pm Sundays: 11am - 5pm The Promenade, Cheltenham

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Discover some expert tips for an eye-catching wreath.

Celebrate a Victorian Christmas.

Jingle Bells Ball at The Capital Venue

The perfect combination of fun, comedy, festive food and entertainment.

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10am - 2pm £40 includes coffee, lunch & garden tour. Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden, GL55 6LR Tel: 01386 438333 to book

Bourton Lights & 7 December Late Night Shopping Victorian Family With lights switch on at 6pm. Christmas Activities 4pm - 9pm at Holst Museum Bourton-on-the-Water 6 December

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10.30am - 3pm Adults £4.50, children FREE with paying adult. Holst Birthplace Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham Tel: 01242 524846 www.holstmuseum.org.uk

From December 1st, our packed daily schedule includes the interactive ‘Living Nativity’ Admission Prices* Adults £7.25 - Children £5.95 Under 3’s Free - Seniors £6.25

*Off peak prices starting from Nov 4th

info@cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk 01451 850 307 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG

Superb setting for your Christmas Party! Hire out Over Barn for your Christmas Party for 120-180 people. Hire includes the fully decorated barn, marquee and additional facilities, a full disco and a well stocked reasonably priced bar. There are two special packages for your company or group of friends to celebrate the festive period in style! Contact Information Over Farm, near Gloucester Sat Nav: GL2 8DB T: 07880 663808 W: www.overfarmmarket.co.uk E: matt.keene@overfarm.co.uk

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What’s ON Events Calendar Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham. GL50 1QA www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

7 December

Vintage & Craft Fair

7 & 8 December

The popular Vintage and Craft Fair returns for a special Christmas event.

Chocolate Decorating at Cotswold Farm Park

10am - 5pm £1 entry, children free Blackfriars Priory, Ladybelle Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HN

Decorate your own festive shapes in chocolate.

7 December

The Joy of Christmas

With Vernon Harwood (BBC), Presenter, Ian Higginson, Conductor. Featuring Jubilate Chamber Choir, University of Gloucestershire & Community Choir, English Concertante Orchestra, Beauregard Youth Choir, Charlton Kings Junior School Choir and Richard Pate School Choir. A festive treat of seasonal music and readings. Collection in aid of charity. 7.30pm Entry: Adults £12 concessions £10, under 21 £8

10am - 4pm Adults £7.25, children £5.95, under 3’s free, seniors £6.25 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

7 - 22 December

Meet Santa at the Dean Heritage Centre

Enjoy fun Christmas activities, solve the clues on the festive trail and take a walk along the Gruffalo’s Child Trail. Weekends throughout December See website for more details. Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, GL14 5HG www.deanheritagecentre.com

Christmas Market festivities at Taurus Crafts

7, 8, 14 & 15 Dec

7, 8, 14, 15 & 21-24 Dec

Taurus Crafts Christmas Market

Christmas at Puzzlewood

10am - 5.30pm Taurus Crafts, Lydney Park Estate, Lydney, GL15 6BU www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

10am - 4.30pm Entry £6.50 per children (4-16) including gift (0-3 Free) Adults £6 Puzzlewood, Nr. Coleford, Forest of Dean, Glos. GL16 8QB Tel: 01594 833187 www.puzzlewood.net

Taurus Crafts hold the largest markets in the area, featuring; arts, crafts, gifts, delicious food and drink, and seasonal products from local makers and suppliers. Top quality, local, fresh-cut Christmas trees are also available throughout December.

Take a trip to see Father Christmas in his cosy grotto at this picturesque and magical location in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

Meet Father Christmas in our cosy cottage and take in the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas in the forest.  Free gift for every paying child  Free mince pie for every full paying adult  Fun Christmas craft activities  Solve our festive elf’s cryptic trail  Wrap up and walk the Gruffalo’s Child trail Saturday 7th

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7, 8, 14, 15, 21 - 24 Dec

7, 14 & 21 Dec

Farmer Christmas at Over Farm

Santa’s Charity Grotto at The Brewery

Children will enjoy a trailer ride with a helpful Elf from the Farm Market to Farmer Christmas’ Grotto. Here, they can feed his donkeys, help decorate his Christmas tree and, as long as they’ve been good this year, meet Farmer Christmas. 10am - 4pm £12 per child (includes 2 adults) Over, Nr. Gloucester, GL2 8DB www.overfarmmarket.co.uk

7, 8, 14 - 24 Dec 7 Dec - 28 Feb

7, 8, 14,15,21 & 22 Dec

Floodlit Swan Feeds at WWT Slimbridge

Breakfast with Santa at WWT Slimbridge

Enjoy a magical winter spectacle of thousands of wild birds and Bewick swan’s wintering on Swan Lake in floodlight. 6.15pm weekends only Entry £6 adults, £4 child WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

A magnificent setting for carols and concerts Join in the festive joy for Christmas Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market on Saturday 14 December. You are warmly invited to experience the joy and beauty of Christmas services in the glorious surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral. Contact Information 12 College Green Gloucester Sat Nav: GL1 2LX T: 01452 528095 W: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk E: reception@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

An exclusive family event. 9am £18 children (includes entrance, breakfast with Santa, toy and birdfeed) £13 for adults. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

Santa’s onboard Grotto in Gloucester Docks

Meet Santa as you cruise along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, with hot mince pies and festive drinks. You can also enjoy a visit to the Museum with crafts and gifts to buy ideal for Christmas presents. Entry £8.50 per person Operating from Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks Tel: 01452 318200 to book

Free with donations to Macmillan Cancer Support. 12noon - 4pm The Brewery, Cheltenham www.thebrewerycheltenham.co.uk

8, 13, 14, 15 & 20-23 Dec

Santa’s Grotto at Cattle Country Adventure Park

Take a magical train journey through the Park passing the reindeer to meet Santa. There’s also a skating rink. 10am - 4pm £3.50 adult, child £5 plus £4 for children visiting Santa, under 3’s free Berkeley, GL13 9EW www.cattlecountry.co.uk

8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 24 Dec

Santa Specials at Dean Forest Railway

Why not try one of the Dean Forest Railway’s Santa Specials

Sunday 1 December 6.00pm Advent Carol Service SATURDAY 7 December 11.00am Cathedral Coffee Concert sung by the Cathedral Choristers SUNDAY 8 December 4.00pm Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ sung by the Cathedral Choristers Saturday 14 December 11.00am - 4.00pm Christmas Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market Sunday 22 December 6.00pm La Nativité du Seigneur - Antony Gowing performs Messiaen’s Great Christmas cycle for organ. Monday 23 December 3.00pm Family Crib Service 6.00pm Christmas Carol Service Christmas Eve 3pm Family Crib Service 6pm Christmas Carol Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10.15am Sung Eucharist St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) 3.00pm Carols for All (Gloucester Choral Society) email: reception@gloucestercathedral.org.uk Sunday 12 January 6.00pm or visit: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk Epiphany Carol Service

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What’s ON Events Calendar this year! Father Christmas visits each family on the train with his special presents - for young and old. Bring cameras to snap the magical moment when each youngster talks to Santa!

8.30pm £12/ NUS £9. Booking required. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham. GL50 1QA Tel: 0844 5762210 to book. www.howlerscomedyclub.co.uk

11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm £13. Booking required on 01594 845840 or on-line at www.dfr.co.uk Dean Forest Railway, Norchard, Forest Road, Lydney, GL15 4ET

The International at Cheltenham Racecourse

12 December

Howlers Christmas Party at the Royal Oak

A fabulous evening of comedy, food and dancing with Sean Collins. Doors open 7pm Tickets £35, includes 2 course dinner. Booking required. The Royal Oak, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3DL www.howlerscomedyclub.co.uk

12 December

Howlers at The Hall

Featuring Sean Collins, Tom Allen + support.

‘Tweedy the Clown’ will be returning to the The Everyman Theatre in Aladdin

13 & 14 December

Two days of top class sport at the home of jump racing, featuring one of the most valuable races of the whole season. Gates open 10am, first race at 12.15pm Fri, 12.10 pm Sat From £9, under 18’s free Cheltenham, GL50 4SH www.cheltenham.co.uk

14 December

Christmas Carols & Market at Gloucester Cathedral Carols on the hour and a festive market in the glorious surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral.

From 11am 
 College Green, Gloucester www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

14 December

14 December

A Very Victorian Christmas at Gloucester Folk Museum

Christmas Carols by Steam Train at GWR

With Victorian themed quizzes, trails, activities and re-enactors. 6pm - 9pm Booking on 01452 503050 or www.gloucestermuseums.co.uk Adults £8, Concessions £5 (children 5-17 & over 60s), family £22 99 - 103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG

Get into the true spirit of Christmas with the GWR’s annual service in aid of Winston’s Wish. The carols will be led by the Cheltenham Silver Band. Train departs Toddington Station at 7pm £7.50 in advance Toddington, Glos. GL54 5DT www.gwsr.com

New dazzling artwork in the Lasertag Arena Escape those cold, damp wintery days and enjoy an adrenalinepumping experience on Gloucestershire’s only indoor karting track, or pit your wits against work colleagues, friends or family in the newlook and visually stunning lasertag arena. Contact Information 5 Madleaze Industrial Estate, Gloucester Sat Nav: GL1 5SG T: 01452 311211 W: www.jdrkarting.co.uk or www.lasertaggloucester.co.uk

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What’s ON Events Calendar Christmas festivities at The Brewery on 23 November

16 December

Creating Christmas at Painswick Rococo Garden Drop in sessions to create something special for Xmas. Also a selection of cross-stitch materials and gifts for sale. 10am - 4pm Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, GL6 6TH www.rococogarden.org.uk

17 Dec - 4 Jan

The Snow Spider 14 & 15 December

14, 15, 21 - 24 Dec

Gingerbread Meet the Reindeer at Decorating at Cotswold Wildlife Park Cotswold Farm Park Meet ‘Donner and Blitzen’, as Decorate your own festive shapes in chocolate.

they walk around the Park getting fit for the big day.

10am - 4pm Adults £7.25, children £5.95, under 3’s free, seniors £6.25 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

Open daily 10am (Last entry 3.30pm) Adults £14, child £9.50 under 3’s free Nr. Burford, OX18 4JP www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

A timeless Christmas show for adults and young people age 7 and above. Morning, matinee and evening performances. Adults £14, child £8, OAP’s £12 The Playhouse Theatre, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7HG www.playhousecheltenham.org

18 December

Great Gatsby Ball

In aid of Winston’s Wish. Sparkling wine reception, three course meal, full night of themed entertainment with

casino, music and circus acts. 7.30pm Tickets cost £40pp + VAT Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA Tel: 0117 9710320 to book

21 December

Christmas Crafts at Nature in Art Four fun packed activities for children including festive candle holders and Christmas tree decorations. 9.30am - 4pm Tickets £6 - booking required Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, nr. Twigworth, GL2 9PA Tel: 01452 731422 to book www.discoveryzone.org.uk

21 & 22 December

Festive Trail at Hidcote

An interactive festive trail leading to Santa and his reindeer. 11am - 3pm £5 per child (includes gift/photo) Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden, GL55 6LR Tel: 01386 438333 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

Oooh Aargh! Fun on the farm this Christmas Children will enjoy a trailer ride with a helpful Elf from the Farm Market to Farmer Christmas’ Grotto. Here, they can feed his donkeys, help decorate his Christmas tree and, as long as they’ve been good this year, meet Farmer Christmas. Contact Information Over Farm, situated on the A40 near Gloucester Sat Nav: GL2 8DB T: 01452 521014 W: www.overfarmmarket.co.uk E: matt.keene@overfarm.co.uk

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What’s ON Events Calendar 21 & 22 December

26 December

Meet Father Christmas at Cotswold Farm Park

Bibury Duck Race

Perhaps he’ll bring a sherry for Adam and some carrots for the rabbits...? 10am - 4pm Adults £7.25, children £5.95, under 3’s free, seniors £6.25 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

24 December

Christmas Eve at Gloucester Cathedral

Christmas Eve services in the most spectacular setting. 3pm - Family Crib Service 6pm - Christmas Carol Service 11.30pm - Midnight Mass Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

25 December

Christmas Day Swim at Cheltenham Lido

This is definitely one for the brave! Back to test your nerve, the Christmas swim has grown in popularity over the years, but please note this isn’t for the faint hearted and is for adults only. Gates open at 11am with the last swim entry at 11.30am Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU Tel: 01242 524430 www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk

Clearwell Caves Christmas Fantasy

Raising money for nominated charities. 11am Bibury, Glos. GL7 5NW

26 December

Boxing Day Challenge

A fun way to get out of the house this Christmas, get some exercise, and help raise money for Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. Registration 9am for a 10.30am start Entry £5 Cheltenham Racecourse www.boxingdaychallenge.com

26 & 27 December

Mince Pie Specials at GWSR

A special post Christmas treat. See “blue” timetable service Adult £15, senior £14, child £6. Discounts available online. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington, GL54 5DT www.gwsr.com

28, 29 Dec & 1 Jan

Mince Pie Specials at Dean Forest Railway

Relax after Xmas with a steam trip through the winter forest. From 10.30am Entry £11 adult, £5 child (5-16), £30 family (2 + 2) Dean Forest Railway, Norchard, Forest Road, Lydney, GL15 4ET www.dfr.co.uk

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What’s ON Events Calendar Are you tough enough to do the ‘Brass Monkey Swim’ on 5 January?

29 & 30 December

Christmas Cracker at GWSR A special steam and diesel event.

See timetable for times Adult £18, senior £17, child £8. Discounts available online. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington, GL54 5DT www.gwsr.com

31 December

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A Traditional Family Pantomime

22nd-26th January 2014

Celebrate with a party package in the stunning Town Hall. Over 18’s only. Smart party wear only. 7.30pm - 2am Tickets £90, £65, £29.50 Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham. GL50 1QA www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

1 January

New Year’s Day at Cheltenham Racecourse

A family favourite with large and enthusiastic crowds welcoming in the New Year

in style. Gates open 10.30am First race at 12.15 From £12 Cheltenham. GL50 4SH www.cheltenham.co.uk

5 January

Brass Monkey Swim at Cheltenham Lido The tough sporting challenge returns to Sandford Parks Lido - only for the most hardy of swimmer!

11am - 2pm £15 for 500m race £20 for 1km race Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk

22 - 26 January

Robin Hood at the Bacon Theatre Another traditional family panto from Promenade Productions.

7 - 9.30pm, matinees Sat & Sun The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE Tel: 01242 224144 to book

Saturday and Sunday Matinees

at The Bacon Theatre For further information and tickets contact Showcase - 01242 224144 Sponsored by

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