Posted November 26, 2010 by BookingBuddy
The cold, dark nights are starting to look magical at this time of year, with festive twinkling lights brightening up many homes and High Streets in December. Finding your clothes a little tight after indulging in mince pies and Christmas pudding (topped with brandy butter)? Work off the calories with a few rounds in the ice-skating rinks.
25th November – 2nd January 2011 – Lincoln on Ice, Lincoln
Lincoln is transformed into a winter wonderland with the addition of an ice rink in the centre of town. Get your skates on and enjoy a day around the rink, and warm up with a panto performance afterwards, at the Lincoln Drill Hall. Tickets can be bought online, or at the ticket off.
3rd – 8th December – Clothes Show Live, NEC Birmingham
Not quite sure what to wear to your office Christmas party? Get some inspiration from this popular fashion extravaganza. Fashion gurus Caryn Franklin and Gok Wan will be appearing at the show, while boyband Inju5tice provides the entertainment. Pick up some fancy footwork at the Dance Show, and enjoy spectacular performances by talented dancers.
18th December – Santa Skate, London
Think Santa only gets about using his sleigh and a team of reindeers? Well, think again, as Santa has found an alternative mode of transport. Santa Skate sees up to 500 people dressed as up as Santas of all shapes and sizes skating their way through Central London. The fun starts at Hyde Park Corner, and goes through some of London’s most popular sights, with a break at Trafalgar Square.
Posted November 11, 2010 by BookingBuddy
With just over a month left until Christmas, it may want to get a start on your Christmas shopping, (unless you fancy getting into a fistfight over the last PSP left in Curry’s). Sites like eBay and Amazon may make Christmas shopping easy, but they take all the fun out of actually choosing the perfect gift. This year, if you’d like to get a gift that’s just right for that special someone, why not visit check out these Christmas markets and fairs instead? Enjoy some Christmas treats, have fun and search for that perfect gift while you’re there.
12th November – 19th December - Christkindelmarkt, Leeds
This hugely popular Christmas market takes place in Millenium Square, which is transformed into a German-style market for the duration. The wooden chalet house stalls selling products from German traders – jewellery, handmade toys and cards, as well as Christmas decorations. Feast on gluhwein, bratwurst, stolen and warming soups.
19th November – 4th January - Winter Wonderland, London
Hyde Park is transformed into a – you guessed it – winter wonderland for this Christmas extravaganza. There will be over 100 craft stalls here, as well as food and drink stalls and cafes. Take a break from shopping and show off your skills on the ice-skating rink, or enjoy a ride in the huge Ferris wheel. You’ll also find a number of rides here, from hair-raising thrill rides to more sedate carousels. Don’t forget to visit Father Christmas in his grotto before you leave!
3rd – 19th December - Dickens Christmas Market, Rochester
Immerse yourself in a Victorian-style Christmas market on Rochester’s High Street. Actors dressed in period costumes stroll through the streets, while carollers entertain passersby outside the market. The market stalls offer a variety of unusual items such as candy bouquets, juggling equipment, stuffed toys and handmade candles. Treat yourself to goodies like waffles, roast chestnuts, hot chocolate and mulled wine.
Posted November 25, 2009 by BookingBuddy
December may be cold and windy, but it’s also one of the most magical times of the year. Streets are decked out in bright, cheerful strings of lights, and there are parties and fairs happening all over the country. While Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve all happening this month, it’s also a time for feasting in the company of loved ones. If you’re worried about packing on the pounds after all that turkey and pudding, then why not strap on your ice skates and visit the ice rinks that have been set up? Or just stick to your New Year’s resolution and go on that diet.4th – 19th December – Dickensian Festival, Grassington
The little town of Grassington is transported back in time during this festival. Villagers dressed in Victorian costumes can be seen in the shops and on the square. There is also a traditional Christmas Fair, with carollers and actors entertaining the many visitors that descend upon the town. There will also be a Nativity procession through the streets, with actors dressed as Mary and Joseph.
5th December – Great Christmas Pudding Race, London
Your mum may have told you not to play with your food, but surely she wouldn’t object if you were doing it for charity? Teams of six runners – all in fancy dress – run a relay race through an obstacle course in Covent Garden. And to make it more difficult, they have to do so while carrying a Christmas Pudding. Proceeds from the race will go towards Cancer Research UK.29th December – Hogmanay Torchlight Procession, Edinburgh
Indulge your Viking fantasies as you roam through Edinburgh with a torch in hand, ready to set fire to a Viking worship. The Torchlight Procession forms part of the city’s famously rowdy Hogmanay celebrations. Thousands of would-be Vikings are expected to surge through the Old Town and up Calton Hill, where a waiting ship will be set aflame to the sounds of pipes and drums. Torch vouchers cost £6 on the night.