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Salisbury Christmas Market, 23 Nov – 22 Dec

Salisbury Christmas Market returns to the heart of the beautiful city of Salisbury for its sixth consecutive year. This year sees a mixture of new and returning exhibitors who will be housed in German style wooden chalets.


Oklahoma! City Hall, Salisbury, 28 Nov – 2 Dec

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains in many ways, their most innovative having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background which Curly, a handsome cowboy and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, loves journey is a bumpy ride.


Festive Tea and Jazz, Melksham, 30 Nov

Start the festive season the right way with an afternoon tea full of mince pies, mulled wine and many more delicious delights! The wonderful FB Pocket Orchestra will be joining us once more, mixing in some Christmas classics to their already fab set.


Lantern and Lights Procession, Salisbury, 30 Nov

The annual procession this year will be a feast of lanterns and lights. Starting at 6.15pm, it will culminate in a truly glowing show in the Market Square around 7pm.



Wealth of Wiltshire Christmas Fayre, Trowbridge, Wilts, Thu 30 Nov

A gathering of all the best makers in the county, this fair is one of Wiltshire’s largest and as well as local craft and gift stalls, it also features live music, entertainment and good nosh. It’s also a good excuse to visit the gorgeous market town on the River Biss which is famed for its textile history dating back to the 14th century.


Dick Whittington And His Cat, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 24 Nov to Sun 7 Jan, 2018

It’s panto time! And Tweedy the Clown returns to the Everyman stage with his comic-book licks and tricks in this year’s show, Dick Whittington And His Cat, who travels from Gloucester to London in search of his fortune. Expect the usual high jinx and laughs.


A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – A Jazz-Age Inspired Christmas, American Museum in Britain, 23 Nov – 17 Dec

Get a wiggle on to the American Museum in Britain this winter for a party like no other. Party through the ages in their period rooms and discover what Americans did to let their hair down in days gone by. The jewel in the crown is the dazzling Central Hall Christmas tree, bedecked in decadent decorations, glorious glitz, and Gatsby-esque glamour of the 1920’s. Whether you’re a dancing dame or a fancy fella, our Jazz Age inspired Christmas is set to be the swankiest soirée in town!


Writing Comedy for Beginners, The Pheasant Inn, Salisbury, 6 Nov – 4 Dec

This course will take you from the fundamentals of why we laugh, all the way through to the hidden structure of jokes and sketches.

The Malthouse Collective, Salmon Springs, Stroud, Glos, Thu 30 Nov

Stroud’s newest interiors store (see newsflash here) is already something of a treasure trove, but for its Christmas Market, it will become a veritable grotto! From stocking fillers to forever gifts, retro finds to antique collectibles, artisan goodies to original art, they’ve got it covered. You can also expect a bucket load of mulled wine and festive music. And there may even be a visit from man of the moment, Santa.

A Christmas Carol, Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Wed 29 Nov to Fri 8 Dec

The perfect outing to get you in the mood for Christmas! Dickens’ touching tale of the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge through the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future is brought to the stage by Split Second Productions, who are regulars at Gloucestershire’s most historic castle, which is possibly home to a few ghosts itself.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, throughout Nov and December

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,

Christmas is coming to Highgrove, Tetbury, Glos, Wed 22 Nov to Sun 17 December

HRH The Prince of Wales’s gaff is a princely host for a right royal Christmas festive and shopping experience. This year the famous Orchard Room will be once again offering unique gift ideas, decorations and gourmet foods. Bask in the beauty of the place and find those special, one-of-a-kind gifts. No sharp, high street elbows here, instead you can float around, glass of champagne in hand, breaking for lunch and cream tea in the brand new restaurant. Sounds perfecto. 


Victorian Christmas Market, until Sun 26 Nov; Enchanted Christmas Market Mon 27 to Sat 24 Dec, Gloucester Quays, Gloucester, Glos

These two fab, back-to-back markets at Gloucester Quays include a cast of Victorian characters – street urchins, pickpockets and the men in blue – street food vendors, a Ferris Wheel, tons of festive stalls, a real ale tent, brass bands and an open-air ice rink. I’ll see you dancing on ice!

Whales Beneath the Surface
■  Natural History Museum
, London SW7  ■ to Feb 2018

A major new exhibition exploring the extraordinary life of whales. Dive through one of the world’s most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibitionwhen more than 100 specimens from the Museum’s collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.

■ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. 


Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens, London, Weds 22 Nov –  1 Jan 2018

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.

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