Past event – Santa Experience, Wirral, Merseyside


A magical family trip that’ll leave you feeling as Christmassy as mince pie.

Santa drops in to Church Farm for a few days in December on his way to the North Pole. He also brings his friends the elves, Frosty the snowman, Rudolph and Polo Bear.

Come and visit the beautifully lit-up forest for songs, dancing and audience participation with the folk from the North Pole. Plus mulled wine and mince pies for adults, and chocolate gifts for children.

Marvel at your personalised visit – how do Santa and his friends know all the children’s names and what they want for Christmas? It’s magic!

Dates and Times 2013
Saturday 14 December times from 10.40am – 7.20pm
Sunday 15 December times from 10.40am – 7.20pm
Saturday 21 December times from 10.40am – 7.20pm
Sunday 22 December times from 10.40am – 7.20pm

Ride times are every 20 minutes throughout the day.

RIDES FOR SCHOOLS AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW

Prices 2013
Tickets pre-booked online are £11 per person
Tickets pre-booked by phone or shop £12 per person
Tickets booked on the day will be £13 per person
(if spaces remain- there usually aren’t places on the day!)
Children under 12 months old are free and do not require a ticket.

FAQ
What’s Included
Santa Experience ticket (ride lasts 30-45 minutes), access to farm animals and play area (10am-4.30pm), chocolate gift for children, mulled wine and mince pie for adults.

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DATES
Saturday 14th December to Sunday 22nd December 2013

LOCATION
Church Farm
Church Lane
Thurstaston
Wirral
CH61 0HW

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.churchfarm.org.uk/index.php/santaexperience

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Past event – Christmas Carols and Owls by Moonlight, Andover, Hampshire

FUNDRAISING EVENT: Join us for an evening of Christmas carols, traditional and modern, played by Test Valley Brass and sung to the accompaniment of the voices of Andover Sing-for-Fun, plus a special owl flying demonstration and bird holding session!

Tickets: £15.50 – includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince-pie.

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December @ 7.00pm

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DATES
Friday 20th December and Saturday 21st December 2013

LOCATION
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
Visitor Centre
Sarson Lane
Weyhill
Andover
Hampshire
SP11 8DY

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/About_the_Trust/EventCalendar.asp

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Past event – Santa’s Grotto, Dudley, West Midlands

Visit Santa’s Grotto at Sleeping Beauty’s Magical Christmas Castle!

* ZOO ADMISSION
* MAGICAL TRAIN RIDE
* VISIT TO SANTA & HIS GROTTO
* SURPRISE GIFT
* MAGICAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

Santa’s Grotto Opening Times:-
Tues 3 – Fri 13 Dec
10 am – 2.30 pm (last admission 1.30 pm)

Sat 14 – Tues 24 Dec
10 am – 3.30 pm (last admission 2.30 pm)

ALL VISITS TO SANTA’S GROTTO MUST BE PRE-BOOKED AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.

Your Santa visit includes a glow in the dark puppet show – duration approx 20 mins – suitable for all ages.

Show times will be allocated at the time of booking (dates & times subject to availability).

Santa photo packages available to pre-order at discounted prices.

Prices:-
Child (1 yr +) £9.50
Under 1 yr (with gift) £4.00
Under 1 yr (no gift) FREE
Adult Santa Visit £6.50
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £28.00

ALL VISITS TO SANTA’S GROTTO MUST BE PRE-BOOKED AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE

For Bookings please call 0844 474 2272

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DATES
Tuesday 3rd December to Tuesday 24th December 2013

LOCATION
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Castle Hill
Dudley
West Midlands
DY1 4QF

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/events-and-experiences/santas-grotto

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Past event – The Longdown Farm Christmas Barn, Ashurst, Hampshire


A festive farmyard under one roof!

Open Daily: 10.30am – 5pm.

Following the successful launch of The Longdown Farm Christmas Barn last year, Farmer Bryan and Father Christmas will be opening the Longdown Activity Farm barn doors once again this year for an ‘animal magical’ experience for children. (Please note, the rest of Longdown Activity Farm will be CLOSED).

Set among the twinkling lights and Christmas trees, excited chicks will be waiting to meet the children so that they can share their Christmas wishes. Farm favourites such kid goats, kune kune pigs and calves will be making an appearance, as well as other animals.

See the peaceful Nativity scene, which will be watched over by our donkeys. Look out for Father Christmas’s tractor sleigh parked outside the Farmhouse Grotto. Father Christmas himself will be waiting inside the farmhouse Grotto to greet the children and give them a gift.

Admission:
Under 3 year olds/child season ticket holders/Special Needs (all ages): £4.00
Children: 3-14: £6.50
Adults: £1.50

The rest of the Farm will be CLOSED during this period.

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DATES
Saturday 7th December to Tuesday 24th December 2013

LOCATION
Longdown Activity Farm
Deerleap Lane
Ashurst
Near Southampton
Hampshire
SO40 7EH

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.longdownfarm.co.uk/index.php?page=special-events

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Past event – Grand Bauble Hunt Launch, Romsey, Hampshire


Robinson Crusoe The Swashbuckling Grand Bauble Hunt around the Gardens in conjunction with The Mayflower Theatre’s Christmas pantomime.
Shiver your timbers!
Follow the trail around the Gardens to find out if our hero Robinson Crusoe manages to defeat the mighty sea monster.
Will Blackheart the Pirate manage to steal the treasure map?
Trees decorated around the grounds depict the thrilling tale of Robinson Crusoe.
Round off the day with a ‘Pirate Lunch Box’ available from the Pavilion Restaurant.
Launch Day & BBQ
Trail: £2.00 per child (normal admission applies to accompanying adults)
Cost: £2.00 per child
Telephone: 01794 369318

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DATE
Saturday 14th December 2013

LOCATION
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Jermyns Lane
Ampfield
Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 0QA

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hilliers-eventdetails?id=197878

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Past event – Santa and his Happy Elves Return, Glenridding, Cumbria


Book in advance.

Two sailings from Glenridding – 10.30am (returns 12am) or 1.30 pm (returns 3pm)

Join Santa and his happy elves with their musical orchestra, Sammy Squirrel, games and choccie magic tree. Every child receives a gift, meets Santa and adults get a return journey voucher – £12.75 per person.

Let us bring a spot of magic to your Christmas Treat!

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DATE
Sunday 15th December 2013

LOCATION
Ullswater Steamers
The Pier House
Glenridding
Cumbria
CA11 0US

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/events/month.php?month=12&year=2013

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Past event – Turkey, Tinsel and Retail Therapy, Penrith, Cumbria


Book in advance.

£25 per person £12.50 children.

Departs Pooley Bridge Pier 11am for a one hour winter cruise with a hot toddy followed by a two course lunch at a traditional Lakeland Inn in Pooley Bridge – The Pooley Bridge Inn.

We will even throw in a 20% off voucher for our gift shop in Pooley Bridge so you can save on any last minute Christmas shopping.

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DATES
Thursday 12th December to Saturday 14th December 2013

LOCATION
Pooley Bridge Pier
Pooley Bridge
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2NN

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/events/month.php?month=12&year=2013

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Past event – Eerie Evenings Ghost Event, Dudley, West Midlands


Eerie Evenings Limited is the second-oldest paranormal events company in the UK and was formed in 2005 with the remit of offering members of the public the opportunity to investigate haunted locations. Since then, brave guests have joined the team on hundreds of investigations at some of the most paranormally active buildings in the Midlands, but Dudley Castle certainly takes some beating in terms of atmosphere and activity.

Your evening begins with a welcome drink of traditional mead, followed by a tour of the castle and grounds by a DZG member of staff, bringing to life the history and hauntings of this historic monument. You will then watch a demonstration of platform mediumship from Eerie Evenings’ trusted and experienced clairvoyants. Guests will later be split into smaller groups to stake out the paranormal hotspots. There will be plenty of opportunity to use specialist ghost-hunting equipment and take part in ‘contact experiments’ such as séance, dowsing and table-tipping. Eerie Evenings pride themselves on the authenticity of their events – there are no tricks or sleights of hand and certainly no-one waiting to jump out of the shadows! Instead, they offer the opportunity to experience a completely genuine ghost hunt whilst being looked after by a team of experienced paranormal investigators and psychic mediums.

As well as the public nights available throughout the year, Eerie Evenings also offer an unusual alternative for private parties and corporate events. Fancy something different for a hen party or an unforgettable experience to celebrate a birthday? Maybe you run a business and feel your employees could do with a spot of team building? Whatever the occasion, Eerie Evenings can cater for your private event, in their experience you don’t have to be an avid ‘Most Haunted’ fan in order to enjoy a spot of ghost-hunting!

Now in their seventh year, Eerie Evenings are inviting new and returning guests alike to join them as they investigate Dudley Castle’s haunted heritage. Their events are certainly not for the faint-hearted as there is the very real possibility of experiencing genuine paranormal activity, but whether you are a believer or sceptic, thrill-seeker or merely curious, Eerie Evenings are sure to give you a night you will never forget!

An Eerie Evening at Dudley Castle Includes:
~ Welcome Drink of Traditional Mead
~ Ghost and History Walk of the Castle and Grounds
~ Platform Readings from our Spiritualist Mediums
~ Late Night Ghost Hunt and Paranormal Investigation
~ Opportunity to use Real Ghost-Hunting Equipment
~ Séance and Controlled ‘Contact Experiments’
~ Refreshments Throughout

*Event runs from 8pm until approximately 2:30am*

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DATE
Friday 13th December 2013

LOCATION
Dudley Castle
Castle Hill
Dudley
West Midlands
DY1 4QF

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/events-and-experiences/eerie-evenings-ghost-event

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Past event – Christmas Celebrations, Beaulieu, Hampshire

Christmas at Beaulieu is a time of magic with fun, activities and entertainment for all the family.

Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538, is a place of enchantment at this special time of year. Children can dress up in period costumes while in the Lower Drawing Room there will be carol singing around the grand piano for everyone to enjoy.

Visitors can talk to characters from Victorian times to discover what life was really like ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ at Christmas time and warm themselves in front of the yule log in the hearth of the great fireplace whilst enjoying a glass of hot fruit punch. The splendid Victorian-style decorations around the house and the magnificent Christmas tree in the Upper Drawing Room add to the flavour and charm of the season.

Take a stroll around the grounds and you’ll see one of the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the New Forest, adorned with seasonal decorations.

In the National Motor Museum, the Victorian theme continues as visitors can see what driving was really like in those early days. Don’t miss the ‘Wheels’ pod-ride transporting you on a journey through one hundred years of motoring history, plus World of Top Gear Enormodrome and the BOND IN MOTION exhibition. To complete the day, take a ride on the high-level Monorail or hop on the Veteran London Bus to see the Beaulieu sights.

For Christmas shopping inspiration, visitors will find traditional gifts in the extensive gift shop situated in the Visitor Reception which has a large selection of motor related gifts including model cars and clothing accessories, an extensive range of books and videos plus lots more besides. Soft toys and stocking fillers for children, costume jewellery, fragrant bath-time preparations as well as Beaulieu’s own wine, apple juice, cider and festive fare.

Our Christmas Celebrations are included in our general admission price which includes entry to the National Motor Museum, Palace House & Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, and World of Top Gear. Plus it will be your last chance to see the BOND IN MOTION exhibition before it finishes on 5th January. Buy your Attraction Admission tickets online and in advance and receive a 10% saving.

Merry Christmas!

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DATES
Saturday 21st December 2013 to Sunday 5th January 2014

LOCATION
Beaulieu
John Montagu Building
Beaulieu
Hampshire
SO42 7ZN

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events/christmas-celebrations

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Past event – Carols by Candlelight, Dudley, West Midlands

Join the Friends of the Museum as they bring the 1837 Darby Hand Chapel to life for a traditional candlelit carol service conjuring up all the atmosphere of Christmas past.

Starting at 2.30pm the service takes place in the Museum’s historic Darby Hand Chapel and includes a traditional carol service.

There is limited seating available inside the Chapel.

*This is a pre-book only event. Please book your place for the 2.30pm service; you can book in advance by calling Alan Carter on 01902 670402

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DATE
Sunday 22nd December 2013

LOCATION
Darby Hand Chapel
Tipton Road
Dudley
West Midlands
DY1 4SQ

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.bclm.co.uk/events/carols-by-candlelight/24.htm#.UpEd88TIa3a

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