Wonderful Festive Events in the South West
Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and there are few better places to celebrate this magical time of year than here in the South West.
Whether it’s an illuminated walk with all the family, putting your feet up with a glass of mulled wine or simply doing a spot of shopping, these 10 events are sure to get you in the mood for the festive season…
Longleat Festival of Light
11 Nov - 2 Jan • Warminster, Wiltshire
Longleat park has been transformed into a glowing winter wonderland to mark the Safari Park’s 50th Anniversary the park.
This year it will play host to Europe’s largest Chinese Lantern Festival in a celebration of all creatures great and small, alongside the help of a host of Beatrix Potter characters.
Join Peter Rabbit and his friends among famous scenes from the books and watch as the historic location lights up the night sky.
25-26 Nov • Dartmouth, Devon
Rekindle the childhood magic of Christmas by attending this beautiful candlelit procession in the South Devon town of Dartmouth.
Set alongside the river Dart, the Elizabethan streets of Dartmouth will come alive with the glow of Christmas lanterns generating a marvellous seasonal atmosphere that attracts revelers from all across the country.
There will be street stalls selling a range of locally made fare, plenty of carol singing, and traditional hot chestnuts roasting over open fires.
MAKE 2016 at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
19 Nov - 2 Jan • Bovey Tracey, Devon
To find a truly unique gift this season pay a visit to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s annual Christmas selling exhibition 'MAKE'.
The event showcases over 50 designer-makers from across the UK and contains works in a variety of disciplines at a range of prices to suit everyone.
Après Ski Bar at The Abbey Hotel, Bath
24 Nov - 8 Jan • North Parade, Bath
For the past four years The Abbey Hotel’s Après Ski Bar has become a much loved part of the Bath Christmas scene, bringing a much needed dash of alpine ambience to the city centre.
The venue acts as the perfect spot to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of something festive and also doubles up as a magical winter wonderland for children.
Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt
25 Nov - 18 Dec • Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Illuminated walks don’t get much prettier than the Enchanted Christmas trail at Westonbirt. The magically lit-up trail is 1-mile-long and perfect for the whole family.
Along the way you will find plenty of interactive features to get involved in and afterward you can look forward to warming up with mulled wine and hot chocolate while listening to Christmas carols.
The trail is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 25 November to 18 December.
Festive Pop-Up Shop at the Architecture Centre
19 Nov - 23 Dec • Bristol
This year the Architecture Centre will once again collaborate with Made in Bristol by transforming its gallery space into a seasonal shopping hub.
Head along to this exciting pop-up for tips on sustainable ways to shop and to meet local makers. You can learn first-hand about their creative process, discover the latest trends and support the South West’s thriving creative economy.
Festival of Light at The Eden Project
25 Nov - 2 Jan • Bodelva, Cornwall
Christmas is a magical time at the Eden Project.
From twilight, the whole site will light up with thousands of glistening lights and children can look forward to a visit from Father Christmas and his elves.
Skate on the specially-built ice rink or head over to the Eden Project café for some hearty seasonal food.
Hartley Farm Christmas Fayre
26 Nov • Winsley, Wiltshire
Get out into the countryside and into the festive spirit at Hartley Farm this month. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and food from over 15 of the region’s best local producers as well as live music courtesy of S4xophony and Courgae Choir.
There will be a bar full of festive, warming drinks and a fantastic line up of cooking demos, including Henry Herbert (of the Fabulous Baker Boys) and Hartley’s very own Head Chef & Head Butcher.
Made in Bristol Gift Fair
26 Nov & 3/10/11 Dec • Colston Hall, Bristol
The Made in Bristol Gift Fair takes place in the majestic foyer of Colston Hall and offers visitors the chance to browse more than 200 stalls of hand-crafted products and artwork.
The event is ideal for those looking to source unique and original Christmas gifts this year, with each show offering a unique selection of the region’s most skilled designer-makers, from weavers to carpenters; ceramicists to print makers.
Entry to the event is free and it will take place throughout four separate days during November and December.
Bowood House Christmas Extravaganza
24 Nov • Calne, Wiltshire
This year Bowood House – the family home of the Marchioness of Lansdown – is getting a spectacular Christmas makeover and visitors are invited along to indulge in a touch of festive shopping.
Peruse a variety of stunning stalls filled with handmade toys, food, clothes, books, silk flowers, handbags and table decorations, plus a choir singing in the chapel. A Christmas café serving hot drinks and festive favourites will be open throughout the day.