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Christmas Getaways and Festive Winter Warmers

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With temperature's plummeting outside it's time to reach for those winter woollies and plan your winter adventure! From winter wonderlands to thrilling Christmas pantos, festive lunch cruises to Christmas getaways, there's a host of things to do in South East England to add some sparkle to the festive season.  Here's a selection of winter warmers to brighten up your winter nights and days and make some magical memories along the way!

Christmas Getaways

Christmas at The Beachcroft 23 - 24 for 3 nights or 24 December for 2 nights Beachcroft Hotel & Restaurant Felpham, West Sussex

Enjoy the magic of Christmas by the seaside! Experience a special Christmas welcome as you enjoy either a 2 or 3 night stay, with full English breakfast and Christmas Day 4-course lunch. A Christmas Day hamper awaits on your arrival as well as wrapped presents for the little ones on the big day.

Luxury Christmas Break 24 December 2 or 3 night stays Oakley Hall Hotel Nr Basingstoke, Hampshire

A luxury residential break awaits you this Christmas at Oakley Hall Hotel. Experience a special break, beginning with half a bottle of champagne in your bedroom on arrival. Enjoy Winter strolls around our 315 acres of grounds and indulge in a festive afternoon tea of mulled wine and mince pies and festive entertainment. A speacial treat awaits you on Christmas day with a full English breakfast and sumptuous five-course Christmas lunch, along with a visit from Father Christmas!

Festive Breaks at Sandy Balls 23 December Away Resorts - Sandy Balls Hampshire 

There's a magical Christmas break waiting for you at Sandy Balls. Imagine a scene of snow, twinkly lights, Christmas music, mulled wine and more festive treats along the way including themed activities and entertainment for the kids!

It wouldn’t be complete without a delicious festive feast with all the trimmings. If you’re staying with us on Christmas Day, we are now taking bookings for our delicious Christmas menu.

Festive Weekend Breaks at Wasing Park Boutique Hotel Wasing Park Aldermaston, Near Reading, Visit Thames

The newly opened Wasing Park boutique hotel is delighted to welcome you for an inclusive three-night festive package this Christmas.  Enjoy a delicious six-course tasting menu on Christmas Eve, a Champagne Breakfast on Christmas morning, Christmas Day Lunch, a sumptuous evening platter served with a glass of port, Boxing Day Brunch and dinner and breakfast on the morning of departure.

Christmas Breaks 23 or 24 December 3 or 4 night stays The Montagu Arms Beaulieu, Hampshire

The luxurious Montagu Arms Hotel is the perfect setting for your 2020 Christmas hotel break. Set in the heart of the New Forest, there is no better place to spend this magical time of year.

Steeped in 17th century, the atmosphere is truly festive with exquisite decorations, roaring log fires and delectable menus, your Christmas hotel break at the Montagu Arms Hotel will be unforgettable.

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Winter Warmers and Festive Fun

Christmas Panto at Theatre Royal 3rd December - 10 January Cinderella Windsor

Take your chance to grab tickets to the most magical ball of all as all your Windsor favourites return to Theatre Royal in a festive feast of fun. With comedy capers and a special sprinkling of fairy dust, a glittering star cast featuring Britt Ekland, Basil Brush amongst Windsor favourites Kevin Cruise and Steven Blakeley return for a fabulous tradition panto 

Christmas at Bedgebury 4th Dec - 10th Jan Bedgebury 1066 Country

Following last year's sell-out success Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum. Inspired by the landscape itself, visitors can explore a winterland of trees from around the world, dramatically illuminated with stunning lights.  Walk along the ever-changing water-side reflections and under shimmering trees dripping with silvery shards of light, snowflakes and stars.Take a moment to pause at the fire garden, aglow with hundreds of flickering flames. Feel the glow of over a million twinkling Christmas lights as you walk enter an amazing Winter fairy tale! Keep an eye out for Father Christmas amongst the pines, spruce and firs along the way.

Christmas Lunch Cruises 11 December Hobbs of Henley Visit Thames

Experience a unique festive get-together aboard The Waterman. Start the festive season in style with a river Thames Christmas lunch cruise. With either a glass of wine, Henley Gin or soft drink to begin proceedings followed by a 2-course Christmas, it's the perfect place for a get-together with family or friends. 

Christmas at Blenheim Palace 4th December & 3rd January Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire

A magical Winter walk like no other awaits you at Blenheim Palace. Inspired by the landscape itself, visitors embark on a winterland adventure, dramatically illuminated with stunning lights. Featuring lasers and light projections, visitors wander under magical tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with silvery shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles.

Leonardslee Illuminated 4 - 6 , 11 - 13 & 17 - 22 December Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens West Sussex

Experience the magic of our award winning, illuminated gardens as you follow a trail awash with light, sound, colour and festive cheer. Be Enchanted by our outdoor Christmas light & lantern displays throughout the gardens; see a spectacular silver moon floating above the lake, large scale projections onto Leonardslee House and enjoy musical and theatrical performances

Father Christmas returns to Bletchley Park, 5, 12- 13, 19 - 23 December Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto Buckinghamshire 

A magical Christmas awaits at Bletchley Park as children and families can visit our special 1940s Christmas Grotto and meet Father Christmas. Make this a Christmas to remember by visiting our beautifully decorated mansion and experiencing the magic of being surrounded by Vintage Toys, Christmas gifts and 1940s greetings cards and decorations. Children can spend time talking to Father Christmas and will receive a lovely gift to take home.

Dick Whittington The Pompey Panto 8th December - 3rd January Kings Theatre Portsmouth 

A Pompey Panto not to miss! Join the legendary Dick Whittington on his thrilling quest to find adventure, fame and fortune in the glittering streets of London. Expect Pompey’s much-loved mix of songs, bonkers humour, stunning sets and don’t forget the hilarious 12 Days of Christmas, all wrapped up in a magical festive treat for all ages. Local favourites, Julia Worsley and James Percy join a host of West End talent, along with X Factor Finalists, Sean Smith as Dick Whittington and our very own Jack Edwards as Dame Dolly.

Glow Wild at Wakehurst 3rd December - 3rd Jan 21 Wakehurst Sussex

Our spellbinding winter lantern trail for all ages returns to Wakehurst for it's seventh year! As darkness descends, the gardens are brought to life with glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes, and glistening torches of fire. Marvel at the UK's tallest living Christmas tree decorated with 1,800 lights and join us in a celebration of the hidden heroes of the plant and fungal world, from a grain of pollen or fungus spore to a seed on the wind. It is sure to be an unmissable evening of winter wonder and experience the magic of our enchanting lantern trail.

Christmas at Waddesdon 3rd December - 3 Jan 2021 Waddesdon Manor Buckinghamshire

This Christmas step into the gardens at Waddesdon, aglow with magical lights and displays. Join us for festive fun in an outdoor extravaganza to brighten the end of the year. Browse over 80 stalls for handmade gifts and festive foods at the Christmas Fair set in front of the Manor. At twilight, follow the Winter Light trail and see the Pleasure Grounds transformed with dramatic colour and playful installations; see illuminated tree canopies and look out for the valley of flickering flames, and dozens of suspended orbs in a walk-through musical light show. See the spectacle of the Manor's façade illuminated with dancing lights set to music.   The Winter Lights trail has now been extended to run from the 7th - 31st January 2021.

Four Dames in Search of a Panto 5th December - 3 Jan 2021 Theatre Royal Winchester Winchester

Featuring hilarious gags plus some very corny ones..... original songs and familiar faces to Winchester audience of Julian Eardley, Ed Thorpe, Libby Gore plus Tom Attwood, this uniquely English tradition of pantomine is a definite for all the family.

Christmas at Tapnell Farm Park 5-6, 11-13 & 18 - 23 December Tapnell Farm  Isle of Wight

The magic of Christmas returns to Tapnell Farm Park in 2020! The whole family can share in a realm of festive wonderment as you head north and leave the humdrum world behind! With story-telling, interactive puzzles and special friends to meet along the way, a team of trained Elves will guide you through this magical experience; and at the end of your adventure, you'll meet Santa himself! Being all undercover, the bad weather won't affect your special experience; with roller skating and ginger-bread making too, you'll make special memories this Christmas at Tapnell Farm Park.

Hansel and Gretel (a postmordern pantomime) 8th - 24th December Brighton Open Air Theatre Brighton

Bill and Toni have just met and fallen head-over-heels for each other. Problem is, they’ve met on stage, and Bill’s been plucked from the audience to play Hansel … with Toni playing her sister Gretel. Featuring musical numbers from Cardi B to Kate Bush, a rapping dragon and more...

Glow 2020, 21st Nov - 4th Jan (excludes 24 - 26 Dec) RHS Wilsey Surrey

Reimagined for 2020, the longest ever Glow trail follows a magical new route, with brand new lighting and uplifting festive music.  Venture through the Seven Acres, the Rock Garden and Pinetum and marvel at the magnificent trees and shrubs bathed in light, and experience the Wisteria Walk as you have never seen it before.

Neverland, Peter Pan Themed Trail, 21 Nov - 8th Dec (Wed-Sun) 9th - 24th Hever Castle Kent

Peter Pan’s Christmas, Where a Love of Christmas Magic Never Grows Up .Take a magical journey starting at the London nursery before you ‘fly high’ above the city streets into space and follow the directions to Neverland. As the trail finishes, spot Nana the dog in her kennel.

Discover more activities or places to visit here , or take a look at our special offers page to help your budget go a little further.

In these ever changing times, we do our best to ensure the information is as accurate as possible, but please check with individual establishments when booking. 



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