Thursday 30 November 2017

The Month Ahead - December 2017

Welcome to December's The Month Ahead. This month is of course dominated by Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Let's have a look at some of the traditional feasts and festivals, events and exhibitions that are happening around the UK this month.

Throughout December to 5th January – Christmas at Windsor Castle. As Windsor becomes the focus for next May's Royal Wedding take in the delights of the Christmas season.

Throughout December to 6th January – Christmas Garland at Cotehele, Cornwall. The National Trust property has had a dried flower garland since 1956. The 60ft display is made from flowers grown on the estate.

Throughout December to 7th January – Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. You may not be able to skate on the River Thames any more but you can come close with the open air ice rink at Henry VIII's palace.

9th-10th December – Mount Edgecumbe Christmas Fayre, Cornwall. Now in its 14th year enjoy local produce, Christmas carolling, craft and gifts plus an appearance from Santa.

14th-16th December - A Christmas Carol, Lancaster Castle. Charles Dickens' seasonal classic comes to life with special performances in the Shire Hall of Lancaster Castle.

15th-23rd December – Enchanted Osborne, Isle of Wight. As darkness descends join the trail around the grounds of Queen Victoria's beloved Osborne House. The gardens will be lit with a traditional fairground at the end to enjoy.

17th December – Festive Fun Run at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire. Get in shape before Christmas with run round the Stackpole estate. Choose from 1.5, 3 or 6 mile route.

26th December – Tenby Boxing Day Swim. Join 700 brave souls as they dive into the chilly sea off the North Beach for the annual Boxing Day dip.

30th December-1st January - Edinburgh Hogmanay. Join in with three days of celebrations as the Scottish capital says goodbye to 2017 and welcomes in 2018.

All events are subject to change. Please check with the organisers before travelling.

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