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A unique way to explore the countryside Briery Hill is located in a stunning location in Kilcot near Newent, with views to the Malvern hills in the distance. The site consists of beautiful woodlands and a lake - home to many wild birds, waterfowl and fish. The farm is home to eight llamas, five rescue dogs, two cows, pigs and hens! This is a unique experience with friendly and experienced staff on hand. Llamas are extremely tranquil animals and are often used as therapy animals due to their calming qualities - when you groom and walk a llama, you tend to smile, feeling calm and relaxed. Days out as a couple, group or family make it a unique gift for Christmas, birthdays and any special occasion. Team building: Llamas are also used within large corporate companies as a team building/ bonding exercise. Bespoke Parties: Hen parties or groups can be catered for - this is a special event that people will treasure forever. Romantic breaks: Book a llama experience along with a stay in the luxury self catering cottage (the ideal way to say I do!) Not open to the general public as bookings are in advance. Contact Information Briery Hill House, Briery Hill Lane, Kilcot, Nr. Newent Sat Nav GL18 1NH 01989 720517 & 07580 158010 info@brieryhillllamas.co.uk brieryhillllamas.co.uk /BrieryHillLlamas @BH_llamas More alternative gift ideas can be found at www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk

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festive treats to make your Christmas truly amazing. Great gift ideas for all ages!

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct

10am - 3pm £1 entry - each person will be entered into a draw. Tel: 01594 560400 Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, GL15 4LA www.whitemead.co.uk

Annual Gift & Craft Fair at Nature in Art Start your Christmas shopping at this popular annual fair with over 45 stall holders selling handmade as well as locally produced crafts and gifts, ranging from: jewellery, textiles, woodwork, metalwork, glass, ceramics etc.

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

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Needle Felting Workshop at Chedworth Roman Villa Create a beautiful festive decoration during this fascinating workshop.

10.15am - 3pm £55 includes all materials and lunch. Tel: 01242 890256 Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, Nr. Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3LJ

Sat 11, 18 & 25 Nov & Fri 1, 8, 15 & 22 Dec

Winter Owl Christmas Craft Evenings at ICBP Fayre at Whitemead Experience a very special, A wide variety of fantastic stalls with homemade

atmospheric and inspiring evening with Jemima Parry-

Jones and her dedicated team. Not suitable for children under 8. Arrive 6.30pm for a 7pm start £28 adults, £20 child The International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, GL18 1JJ Booking only on 01531 820286 or on-line at www.icbp.org

16 - 26 November

Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market The popular Dickensian event with the backdrop of the historic docks.

From 10am - 7pm (Sunday 5pm) Gloucester Quays www.gloucesterquays.co.uk

17 Nov - 9 Dec

St Nicholas Wishing Tree at Gloucester Life Museum Leave your wishes on the tree and receive a handwritten reply. Tues - Sat: 10am - 5pm Gloucester Life Museum, 99 – 103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG www.citymuseums.co.uk

18 November

The Roses Christmas Market

A select variety of stalls that create a one-stop destination for your Christmas shopping needs. 9.30am - 4.30pm Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX Tel: 01684 295074 www.rosestheatre.org

18 Nov - 15 December

Christmas Treasure Hunt at the Dean Heritage Centre Enjoy a Christmas treasure hunt to find Santa’s elves.

10am - 4pm Included in admission Camp Mill, Soudley, Glos. GL14 2UB www.deanheritagecentre.com

19 November

Tewkesbury Festival of Lights

Lots of entertainment, a Christmas Market with lights switch on at 5pm (tbc). 12pm - 6.30pm High Street, Tewkesbury www.tewkesburychristmaslights.co.uk

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Gloucester Christmas Lights & Lantern Procession

Starting in Eastgate Street and passing through the city centre ending with a service in the Cathedral. The theme for this year will be ‘Christmas Stories’. 4.30pm Gloucester City Centre

23 Nov - 16 December

Cheltenham Christmas Market The return of the popular German-style market on Cheltenham’s Promenade.

Mon - Weds: 10am - 6pm Thurs - Sat: 10am - 8pm Sundays: 11am - 6pm The Promenade, Cheltenham

24 Nov & 19 Dec

80’s Themed Disco Party Nights at The Hatherley Manor Hotel A fun Christmas party. Includes a finger buffet. 6pm - 1am

£20 per person Tel: 01452 730217 to book Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA www.hatherleymanor.com

Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ www.everymantheatre.org.uk

24 & 25 November

Cheltenham is marking the start of Christmas with three consecutive switch-ons of the town’s new lights in the town centre, Montpellier and The Brewery Quarter.

Candle-lit tours at Gloucester Life Museum

Special tours to bring the Christmas spirit alive at the grade I historic listed building. 6pm & 7pm Adults £8, concessions £5 Tel: 01452 396868 www.citymuseums.co.uk

24 Nov - 7 Jan

Dick Whittington & his Cat at the Everyman Theatre

‘Tweedy the Clown’ is back for the hugely popular family panto. For a festive feast of laughs, thrills and spills, magic tricks and good clean fun! £5 - £29 Family tickets available. Box office: 01242 572573 Everyman Theatre, Regent

25 November

Cheltenham Christmas Lights

4.30pm-7.30pm Cheltenham Town Centre

colourful illuminations. 11am - 6pm Prices from £11.50 in advance only Cranham, Nr. Gloucester. GL4 8EX Tel: 01452 812727 www.thebirdpark.com

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Christmas Fair at Cheltenham College Wrap up Christmas before December at an exclusive shopping event.

Christmas at Cotswold Farm Park

10am - 4pm Entry £5, children under 16 free Cheltenham College Main Reception, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD Tel: 01242 265694 to book tickets

10.30am - 5pm Guiting Power, GL54 5UG www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

Ladies Shopping Night at Whitemead

25 Nov - 22 December Visit Father Christmas and say hello to the animals of the nativity story.

Weekends from 25 Nov & daily from 15-24 Dec

Winter Wonderland at Prinknash Bird & Deer Park Visit Santa and see the

29 November Including clothes, cosmetics and jewellery.

From 7pm £3 entrance - includes a glass of Prosecco! Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, GL15 4LA www.whitemead.co.uk

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Friday 22nd December at 1.30 at Cheltenham Town Hall Tickets: £30, £25, £20, £15 from cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk Tel: 0844 576 2210 © Snowman Enterprises Ltd “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin. Image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd www.thesnowman.com

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SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 5pm ‘Christmas Stories’ - Service to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas Lights SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 11am Coffee Concert - Cathedral Boy & Girl Choristers and Cathedral Junior Choir SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 6pm Advent Carol Service by Candlelight SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 11am-4pm Carols on the Hour sung by Choirs of the Cathedral and Christmas Market in the Cloisters SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 4pm Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ Sung by the Cathedral Choristers SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 11am-4pm Carols on the Hour sung by Adult Choirs SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 6pm Messiaen’s ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’ - Jonathan Hope SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 3pm Family Crib Service with Lighting of the Christmas Trees 6pm Christmas Carol Service CHRISTMAS EVE 10.15am Eucharist with hymns 3pm Family Crib Service with Lighting of the Christmas Trees 6pm Christmas Carol Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass CHRISTMAS DAY 10.15am Sung Eucharist ST STEPHEN’S DAY (BOXING DAY) 3pm Carols for All (GCS) www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk - the best resource for What’s On & Events in Gloucestershire

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Santa Claus Ahoy! - All aboard for a festive cruise Gloucester is a city packed with history and is a great day out for the whole family. The recently refurbished National Waterways Museum celebrates the role that Gloucester Docks and the local canal network played in transporting goods to the industrial Midlands. Gloucester Docks was recently used as a location in the Disney’s blockbuster ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’. Children will be able to enjoy a trip along the same section of water used in the film on a Santa Cruise. Step aboard the King Arthur and meet Santa on his floating grotto and enjoy a 45-minute festive cruise. Cruises will take place on December 9, 10 and 16 - 23. The cruise will depart from the museum and the ticket also includes entry to the museum. For more information visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/ gloucester and to book please telephone the museum on 01452 318200.

SAIL WITH SANTA 3 SAILINGS DAILY FROM GLOUCESTER DOCKS 9, 10, 16 – 23 DECEMBER Tickets £10.50 Adult £10.50 Children Price includes refreshments and a present from Santa for all children

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30 Nov - 23 December

Howlers at The Hall Tales from Hans Cheltenham’s longest running Christian Andersen comedy night returns with at The Everyman a fabulous festive evening Studio Theatre featuring top comedians John Moloney, Andrew Bird, Nathan Caton and Fin Taylor. If you haven’t been to a Howlers event before then brace yourself for some ribtickling, belly-aching laughs!

8.30pm £13.50. Booking required. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham. GL50 1QA Tel: 0844 5762210 to book. www.howlerscomedyclub.co.uk

7.30pm Tickets from £5 Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

1 Dec - 1 January*

Christmas Fantasy at Clearwell Caves

With craft & gift fairs, choirs, bands and a lantern procession.

A charming alternative to the panto for children aged 3 - 7.

4 - 9pm Stroud

£8.50 (please check website for times) Box Office: 01242 572573 Regent Street, Cheltenham www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Bublé & Robbie Tribute Night at Whitemead Forest Park

DECEMBER 1 December

30 November The Spirit of Christmas at The Spirit of Christmas Roses Theatre Concert at Gloucester Cathedral Get into the festive spirit (literally) A magical evening of Christmas carols in aid of Muscular Dystrophy.

1 December

Stroud Goodwill Evening

with a tempting selection of brandy and festive liqueurs. 7.45pm £20 Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX Tel: 01684 295074 www.rosestheatre.org

1 December

Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment with these two very popular tribute acts. Includes a two course dinner. 7pm £20 Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, GL15 4LA www.whitemead.co.uk

1 Dec - 5 Jan

The BIG Batsford Christmas Hunt Help search for Santa’s helpers in the Arboretum to win a prize.

Normal admission + £2.50 per child Nr. Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AB www.batsarb.co.uk

A delightful Christmas fantasy with Santa, underground market and café. Children can visit Father Christmas in his real underground grotto, choose a present, and then follow delightful displays telling the enchanting story of ‘Cora and the Bloobious Bright’ through nine impressive caverns. (Displays only after Christmas). Online booking available with time slots. *Not open 25/26 Dec. 10am - 5pm (after Christmas 10 - 4) Entry £12 - includes small present for children 2 - 14 years. Under 2 years FREE Nr. Coleford, GL16 8JR www.clearwellcaves.com

2 December

Cirencester Advent Market Entertainment, farmers market, festive stalls.

11am - 7pm The Market Place, Cirencester

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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 festive Steam train with his special presents for young and old. Your round trip on the ‘Santa Special’ takes around 90 minutes with your journey starting and ending at Norchard Station. Bring along your camera to snap the magical moment when each youngster meets Santa as he makes his way through the train meeting all the children and presenting them with an age related present. Santa will be helped by his elves and some other festive visitors on the train as it travels through the magical forest. As there is no queuing for a Grotto, the whole family including the adults will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the on-board entertainment. After your exciting journey allow some time to enjoy some seasonal refreshments that will be served all day in the cafeteria. You can also browse the well-stocked shop at Norchard station for some Christmas presents and stocking filler ideas. Booking is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as many trains sell out in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment (online only). Contact Information Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Glos. Sat Nav GL15 4ET 01594 845840 infodfr@btconnect.com deanforestrailway.co.uk /deanforestrailway @DeanForRailway 22

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NEW below ground Christmas adventure! This year, children’s author/ illustrator Heather Holland is back creating exciting displays for this popular Christmas Grotto. Children see Father Christmas in his spectacular underground cavern, choose their present and then walk through wonderful Christmas displays, which this year tell the curious tale of ‘Cora and the Bloobious Bright’. A young girl goes on an incredible Christmas adventure set beneath the sea. As she swims along, she discovers unusual footprints - what strange creature do they belong to? Follow Cora and the Bloobious Bright on their exciting journey... Half way through the Caves, in the largest cavern are underground Christmas stalls selling gifts, decorations and stocking fillers. Visitors can also enjoy the underground café for refreshments. Admission: £12 per person Children 2 -14 years will receive a present from Santa. Under 2 years Free (Gift from Santa optional - £5) Online Booking - visit website. Opening Times: Daily from 1st - 23rd December from 10am - 5pm 24th Dec: 10am - 4pm Also late night every Friday last entry 7.00pm (27th Dec - 1st Jan: Displays Only 10am - 4pm) Contact Information Forest of Dean, Glos. Sat Nav GL16 8JR 01594 832535 info@clearwellcaves.com clearwellcaves.com /clearwellcaves @ClearwellCaves 24

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2 - 31 December

Festive Day Out Sleeping Beauty at with Thomas at The Roses Theatre Dean Forest Railway With a talented cast, dazzling Catch up with Thomas and his friends for a fun family day out at this friendly railway in the Forest of Dean.

From 10.45am Online prices - adult £14, child (2-15) £8, £42 family (2+2) Norchard, Lydney, GL15 4ET www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk & www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 Dec

Taurus Crafts Christmas Market

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

scenery and costumes, and the special effects you’ve come to know and love, there is no alternative to The Roses’ pantomime this Christmas.

£9.50 - £25 The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX Tel: 01684 295074 www.rosestheatre.org

Weekends from 2-17 Dec & daily from 20-24 Dec

Santa Specials at the GWSR

The very popular event returns with festive train journeys operating from both Cheltenham Racecourse and Toddington Station. Choose from ‘Steam’ or ‘Railcar’ Specials - both offering top quality presents for children. From 9.40am Tickets from £14 - booking required. Online booking available at www.gwsr.com

3 December Weekends from 2 Dec then daily 22 Dec - 2 Jan Advent Carol Service

Whitemead’s Winter Woodland

Children can meet Father Christmas as he visits on his Whitemead Express Train. Festive craft stalls during the weekends. On-site activities include:Fencing, Archery, Body Zorbz or if you’re feeling crafty why not join the elves in making Christmas gifts that you can take home! Entry £5 per child to meet Santa, including gift. Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, GL15 4LA www.whitemead.co.uk Tel: 01594 560400 quoting EXPLORE

3 December

at Gloucester Cathedral A candlelit service in the historical Cathedral.

6pm College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

4 - 20 December

‘1920’s Themed’ Party Nights at Manor by the Lake

Get ready to party the night away 1920’s style. With capacity for up to 200 guests in a stunning ballroom, you are guaranteed to have fun all night long! From £37.50 + VAT Tel: 01242 245 071 to book Manor By The Lake, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6PN www.manorbythelake.co.uk

5 December

The Suffolks Christmas Street Fair Winchcombe With stalls and street performers. Christmas Festival 11am - 5pm The Suffolks, Montpellier, Cheltenham

With stalls, entertainment and shopping.

5pm - 8pm (tbc) Winchcombe Town Centre

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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 2 December and daily from 22 December to 2 January Visit Santa – Festive Craft Stalls – Indoor and Outdoor Activities Face Painting – Bar and Restaurant – Entertainment every weekend

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Festive craft Stalls

Visit Santa and his Whitemead Express train this year for just £5 per child including a gift!

Visitors of all ages can enjoy festive craft stalls from local crafters selling all things Christmassy, you’ll be able to find that perfect Christmas gift.

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Children’s Parties available

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WHAT’S ON EVENTS CALENDAR 5 - 9 December

Christmas Tales with Grandad at Gloucester Guildhall Heart-warming storytelling with Grandad at the fireside.

Various times Ages 5+ Adult £10 / Child £5 Gloucester Guildhall www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

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£11.50/£10 (please check website for times) Box Office: 01242 572573 Regent Street, Cheltenham www.everymantheatre.org.uk

From 5pm £9.95 - £17.50 Winchcombe, GL54 5JD www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

8, 9, 10, 16, 17 December & daily from 20-24 Dec

Christmas Carols & Market at Gloucester Cathedral

Santa Specials at Dean Forest Railway

Mediaeval Baebes at Gloucester Cathedral

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!

7.30pm £25 Tel: 01452 768298 to book College Green, GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.u

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

6 December Harness the true spirit of Christmas and emerge your senses into a timeless treat of unique musical beauty.

6 - 23 December

8 - 30 December A Gloucestershire Spectacle of Light Midwinter at the Everyman Studio Theatre at Sudeley Castle A lighthearted revue dealing with all things wintry, past and

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9 December

Carols on the hour and a special Christmas market in the Cathedral Cloisters. Festive refreshments will be available.

11am - 4pm Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

9 December

Christmas Carols by Steam Train at GWR

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 £10 Toddington, Glos. GL54 5DT www.gwsr.com

9 & 10 December

Santa at Batsford Arboretum

Meet Santa and his Elf in his magical Grotto. Also the perfect chance to grab a last minute gift or decoration. Choose from the best grade living Christmas trees, choose a hand made wreath and join in the Christmas spirit Batsford style. Normal admission + £5 per child (includes gift) Batsford, Moreton-inMarsh, Glos GL56 9AB www.batsarb.co.uk

9 & 10 December

Christmas Fair at Newark Park See advert below.

9, 10 & 16-24 Dec

Christmas with Santa & Little Red Riding Hood at Puzzlewood

Decorate and write your letter to Santa, then dress up as Little Red Riding Hood or the Woodcutter and go off into the magical woods

Three Festive Weekends! Deck the halls at Newark Park this Christmas

Add some colour to your weekend this autumn at Gibside

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Newark Park is hosting three festive Christmas weekends on 25-26 November, 2-3 December and 9-10 December. Celebrate the festive season in beautiful Newark House, enjoy a winter walk with stunning views in the gardens and the estate, and warm up with tasty treats from the tea pavilion. Standard admission applies – National Trust members and under 5s free. Please see the website for full details. Contact Information Ozleworth, Wotton-Under-Edge Sat Nav Please do not use sat nav from Wotton-under-Edge 01453 842644 newarkpark@nationaltrust.org.uk nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park /NTNewarkPark @NTNewarkPark

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WHAT’S ON EVENTS CALENDAR to find him. He’s visiting Grandma in her little house. Look out for the cheeky elves on the way! 10am - 3.30pm Puzzlewood. Nr. Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Glos. GL16 8QB www.puzzlewood.net

9, 10, 16-23 December

Sail with Santa from the National Waterways Museum Meet Santa as you cruise along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, with hot mince pies and festive drinks. Ticket includes entrance to the museum.

£10.50 per person Tel: 01452 318200 to book Operating from Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/gloucester

10 December

A Christmas Carol at Blackfriars Priory

Critically acclaimed Split Second Productions bring their spectacular UK Tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the beautiful Blackfriars Priory this Christmas. 2.30pm & 7.30pm £20/£15 Tel: 01452 503050 Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2HN www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

13 December

Olly Murs Tribute Night at the Hatherley Manor Hotel Includes a 3 course meal followed by the tribute act and resident DJ.

6pm - 1am £35 per person Tel: 01452 730217 to book Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA www.hatherleyleymanor.com

14 December

Michael Bublé Tribute Night at the Hatherley Manor Hotel Includes a 3 course meal followed by the tribute act and resident DJ.

6pm - 1am £35 per person Tel: 01452 730217 to book Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA www.hatherleyleymanor.com

14 December

Corinium Cinema: It’s a Wonderful Life A special screening of this classic Christmas film.

7pm £6.25 adults, £5.25 concessions. Booking recommended. Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX Tel: 01285 655611 www.coriniummuseum.org

16 December

Christmas Party Night at Hillside Brewery Includes a 3 course meal, entertainment, live music and of course great beer! 7pm - 11.45 £45 Hillside Brewery, Holly Bush Farm, Ross Road, Longhope, GL17 ONG www.hillsidebrewery.com

16 - 24 December

Father Christmas at the Dean Heritage Centre Santa will be re-united with his elves.

10am - 4pm Included in admission Camp Mill, Soudley, GL14 2UB www.deanheritagecentre.com

Sat 16 - Fri 22 December

Santa Experiences at WWT Slimbridge

VISIT SANTA Weekends from 25th November Daily from 15th to 24th December

* Photos with Santa will be available to buy.

9am - 5pm Tel: 01453 891900 £19.95 includes meal and gift Slimbridge, Glos. GL2 7BT www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandcentres/slimbridge

Snacks, drinks and gifts are available to buy

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Harvester, The Brewery Quarter Spend some quality time with Father Christmas while you enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast and all you can eat continental buffet. Booking essential.

10am - 12pm Tel: 01242 517763 to book Harvester, The Brewery Quarter, Henrietta Street Cheltenham GL50 4FA www.thebreweryquarter.com

11am from - 6pm

Ticket price includes: Visit to Santa with gift, Christmas Fairy Illuminations from dusk, Face Painting, Craft Marquee, & Reindeer

A full day of festive fun which the whole family will love. Booking essential.

16, 17, 23 & 24 Dec

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Free parking Group bookings available

Gifts are suitable for children over the age of one and are not gift wrapped. Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable. Illuminations are tuned on at dusk. Photographs are not permitted inside the grotto.

www.thebirdpark.com Gloucestershire GL4 8EX Tel: 01452 812 727

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The Cotswolds Climbing and Adventure Centre

Cafe and deli at Far Peak 30

- Indoor Climbing and Bouldering - Outdoor Climbing - Cycle Hire - E-bikes & kids bikes - Outdoor Activities - Cafe - Free Wifi - Deli -

www.farpeak.co.uk near Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3AP

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WHAT’S ON EVENTS CALENDAR 19-22, 27-29 Dec

22 December

Christmas The Snowman Children’s Activities & Carnival of at Nature in Art the Animals at Festive activities during Cheltenham Town Hall the Christmas holidays.

10.30am - 4.30pm Tickets £6 - booking required Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, nr. Twigworth, GL2 9PA Tel: 01452 731422 to book www.natureinart.org.uk

20 December

Stories with Santa at the Corinium Museum Meet Santa and listen to his stories from the North Pole.

10 - 10.30am & 11.30 - 12pm £2 adults, £3 per child (includes gift) Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2BX Tel: 01285 655611 www.coriniummuseum.org

20 December

Howlers Christmas Special at The Hall

Cheltenham’s longest running comedy night returns with a fabulous festive evening featuring top comedians. If you haven’t been to a Howlers event before then brace yourself for some rib-tickling, belly-aching laughs! 8.30pm £13.50. Booking required. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham. GL50 1QA Tel: 0844 5762210 to book. www.howlerscomedyclub.co.uk

20 - 22 December

‘Grandma Claus Waiting for Santa’ at WWT Slimbridge A light hearted magical and fun show for the whole family. 11am/1.30pm/3.30pm £6 or family of 4 £20 WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT www.grandmaclaus.com

21 December

Babylove Motown & Soul Divas Tribute Night at the Hatherley Manor Hotel Includes a 3 course meal and DJ. 6pm - 1am £35 per person Tel: 01452 730217 to book Down Hatherley Lane, GL2 9QA www.hatherleyleymanor.com

Give the whole family a magical Christmas treat as The Snowman is shown on the big screen while the Mozart Symphony Orchestra provide a live soundtrack.

1.30pm From £15 Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA Tel 0844 576 2210 www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

22 December

Father Christmas & Peter and the Wolf at Cheltenham Town Hall Give the whole family a magical Christmas treat as The Snowman is shown on the big screen while the Mozart Symphony Orchestra provide a live soundtrack.

4.30pm From £15 Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA Tel 0844 576 2210 www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

23 December

Dick Whittington Panto at Whitemead Join Dick Whittington and his faithful feline friend Tommy on their quest to seek fame and fortune in the city of London, where the streets are paved with gold and the evil Queen Rat dwells. 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm Adults £9, Children £6 Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, GL15 4LA www.whitemead.co.uk

24 December

Christmas Eve at Gloucester Cathedral Christmas Eve services in the most spectacular setting.

10.15am - Eucharist with hymns 3pm - Family Crib Service with Lighting of the Christmas Trees 6pm - Christmas Carol Service 11.15pm - Midnight Mass Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

For aged children an opportunity for 1 to 4 year olds to visit Santa Tuesdays 5th, 12th, Wednesdays 6th & 13th December Daytime Christmas events including visit to Santa with gift, - whilst the ‘bigger kids’ are still at school! * Photos with Santa will be available to buy.

Snacks, drinks and gifts are available for purchase Ideal event for Toddler groups Free parking

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11am from - 6pm

Gifts are suitable for babies and are not gift wrapped. Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable.

www.thebirdpark.com Gloucestershire GL4 8EX Tel: 01452 812 727

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WHAT’S ON EVENTS CALENDAR 25 December

31 December

Christmas Day Lunch New Year’s Eve at The Hatherley Masquerade Ball Manor Hotel at the Hatherley A special day deserves a special Manor Hotel venue and a special menu.

This Christmas at Magicland ...

Arts & Crafts Workshops Elf Workshops Bouncy Castle Face Painting Balloon Modelling plus more events...... See our website for further details.....

www.magicland.co.uk Cirencester. Glos. GL7 1YA Tel: 01285 885570

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Promenade Productions Proudly Present

12.30pm - 2pm £83 adult, £41.50 child (5-12), £20.75 per infant (0-4) Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA www.hatherleymanor.com

Fabulous New Year’s Eve Including a 4 course Gala dinner, casino tables, magician and disco. 7pm - 2am £80 per person Down Hatherley Lane, GL2 9QA www.hatherleymanor.com

25 December

Christmas Day Swim at Sandford Parks Lido This is definitely one for the brave! Adults only.

Gates open at 11am with the last swim entry at 11.30am Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU Tel: 01242 524430 www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk

26 December

JANUARY 2018 1 January

New Year’s Day at Cheltenham Racecourse

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

Bibury Duck Race

10.30am - 4pm From £10 (under18’s free) Cheltenham. GL50 4SH

11am Bibury, Glos. GL7 5NW

Aladdin at the Bacon Theatre

The annual jolly in the river Coln - helping to raise money for nominated charities.

29-30 December

Christmas Cracker at GWSR

A special steam and diesel event. See website for times. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington Station, GL54 5DT www.gwsr.com

18 - 21 January Another traditional family panto from Promenade Productions. 7 - 9.30pm Matinees Sat & Sun at 2.30pm From £10 The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE Tel: 01242 224144 to book www.promenadeproductions.co.uk

The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham

18th - 21st January 2018 Tickets: £10-£15

For information and tickets call Showcase on 01242 224144 or visit www.promenadeproductions.co.uk

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