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Weekend Picks: Leamington Lantern Parade

Leamington: December 4th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join in and bring along your handmade lanterns to light up Royal Leamington Spa this weekend.

The colourful annual event brings the community and visitors together in a creative way to share in the spirit of Christmas.

Meet new people, create something wonderful and have a fun, magical evening lighting up the Regency town centre.

The parade sets off from the Bandstand at approximately 4.30pm and is e accompanied by a local band and performers and will finish with Christmas carols around the Tree of Lights at the town hall. How do I make my own lantern?

  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: Haunted Heritage Evening

Leicester: Sat 3rd - Sun 4th December

Donington Le Heath Manor House is one of the oldest houses in England. It is believed that Robert De Herle bought the land and had the house built between 1258 & 1295.

For nearly 700 years the house remained a family dwelling but in the early part of the 16th Century, the house may have been owned by a close friend of Guy Fawkes.

In 1963 the house was purchased by Leicestershire County Council and the building was restored and opened to the public as a museum. There is said to be the ghosts of a housemaid and also a man of 17th Century appearance with a tall brimmed hat.

  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: A Right Royal Day Out

Saturday December 3rd: King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester

On Saturday 3rd December the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester will be hosting 'Fit For A King' wreath-making workshops, led by Rosemary Hughes, the official 'nosegay' provider to the Queen. Rosemary also provided the floral arrangements for the reinternment of King Richard III.

All materials are provided to create your own door or table wreath with expert instruction from Rosemary, refreshments and a tour of the visitor centre. The skill level required is basic and the workshop is suitable for those aged over 12 years.

Places at the workshop are limited so book now.

  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: Christmas at Chatsworth

Derbyshire: Various days & evenings until January 3rd.

Step into an enchanting winter wonderland this Christmas season as Chatsworth House prepares to welcome visitors for a month of fun and festivities.

A production of the timeless favourite, 'The Nutcracker’ will be sure to get you in the mood for the yuletide as they join forces with the Buxton Opera House to showcase a classic.

Combine your house and garden visit with a traditional afternoon tea in the 18th century stables or take a winter walk through the grounds and farmyard.

Christmas at Chatsworth.

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Weekend Picks: 'A Home Made Christmas'

Friday 2nd December - Saturday 3rd December: Birmingham

The Etsy Home Made Local Christmas Market returns for its second year at the Custard Factory in Birmingham this weekend and this time you will find them in the Market Hall.

All stall holders are members of the IDEAS Birmingham Group who have brought along a selection of handmade and vintage items for you to browse and buy from.

There are over 30 stalls attending over the 2 days covering handmade, vintage and craft supplies - Make it a day out.

Weekend Picks: Festive Campus

Leicester University: From Friday December 2nd

The University of Leicester is bringing festive cheer to its campus again this year with a packed Christmas line-up as part of the Students’ Union’s Christmas Countdown campaign.

From today, the centre of the campus will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with ice rink, real reindeer and Christmas market.

Staff, students and members of the public will be able to get their skates on for 30 minute sessions – and this year it will be completely free!

  1. Maya Patel

Weekend Picks: Winter Westival

Winter Westival: Sat 26th - Sun 27th Nov (Leicester)

Credit: Jen Pethick

A group of local volunteers, businesses and community projects have come together to organise the first Winter street festival in Leicester.

This weekend there’ll be entertainment, food, drink, market stalls and fair rides on Braunstone Gate.

Organisers say they hope the festival will bring the community together with diverse activities and to celebrate mid-winter and Christmas.

Streets make up 80% of our public spaces in cities, yet we rarely feel that they are ours to use… We are really happy to support the community in reclaiming the street space, and coming together to shape how it is used.”

– Charlotte Jones, Project co-ordinator and local resident

For times, prices and more information: http://westival.weebly.com/

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