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Weekend picks: Christmas Fair and Candlelit Mansion House

Christmas Fair and Candlelit Mansion House: 27th - 29th November (Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire)

The fair is at Shugborough Estate Credit: Ralf Hirschberger/DPA/Press Association Images

This weekend Shugborough Estate is transformed into a Christmas fair where visitors can explore arts, craft, food and gift stalls.

The Mansion House will also be re-opened for visitors to get a glimpse of the rooms filled with fresh flowers, foliage, trees and the 300-year-old chandelier lit by hundreds of candles.

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Weekend Picks: Food Gusto Christmas Fair

Food Gusto Christmas Fair: Saturday 28th November (Ashby de la Zouch)

Shopping includes festive favourites like puddings, preserves, wines and turkeys Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Food Gusto Christmas fair is coming to Ashby de la Zouch this weekend.

Visitors can enjoy a spot of shopping from local producers including festive favourites like puddings, preserves, wines and turkeys.

There’ll also be carol singing and a special visit from Santa to get visitors into the festive spirit. To finish the event off there will be a snowflake finale at 4pm.

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Weekend Picks: National Forest Adventure Farm Christmas

Christmas at National Forest Adventure Farm: 23rd November - 24th December (National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton on Trent)

Visitors can meet reindeers in a barn Credit: National Forest Adventure Farm

Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Santa in his grotto at the National Forest Adventure.

Visitors will get the chance to learn how to become one of Santa’s helpers, watch the Elf Christmas Show and decorate gingerbread in Mrs Claus’ kitchen.

There’s also the chance to meet the reindeers in the barn. Events at the National forest adventure farm run on weekends and school holidays from 28 November to 24 December.

We are looking forward to welcoming both children and adults to have fun on the Farm and get into the Christmas spirit with a jam-packed day of activities.

– Tom Robinson, Director, National Forest Adventure Farm

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Weekend Picks: Derbyshire Christmas Food & Gift Fair

Derbyshire Christmas Food & Gift Fair: 28th - 29th November (Kedleston Hall, near Quarndon, Derbyshire)

There will be a wide variety of crafts, gifts and food from local growers and producers. Credit: Alan Cartwright

This weekend Kedleston Hall will host Derbyshire’s Christmas food and gift fair.

Visitors will find a wide variety of crafts, gifts and food from local growers and producers.

There’ll also be food and drink, including a bar by local brewers Derventio Brewery. Santa will be at the fair throughout the weekend and there will be activities to keep children entertained.

It will be the perfect way to start your Christmas by wandering around a wonderful setting, we are all looking forward to a fantastic weekend.

– Alan Cartwright, Jaguar Fairs Ltd

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Weekend Picks: Illuminating Shakespeare

Illuminating Shakespeare: 26th November - 19th December (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford upon Avon)

The light show will see the Birthplace open up 'like a doll's house' Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Get an glimpse of Shakespeare's early life with the illuminating Shakespeare light show in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre.

Audiences are invited to choose a room to explore, opening the Birthplace up like a doll's house and witness the young William finding words and moments that shaped his future writing.

After the show you’ll be able to walk around the garden and see interactive illuminations based on Shakespeare's works. The light show runs till 19 December.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring back our wonderful tradition of the Birthplace Lightshow this winter. Now in its third year, the light show has delighted thousands of audiences from Stratford and all over the world, and is synonymous with the town’s Christmas festivities.

– Chloe Malendewicz, Birthplace Manager

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Weekend Picks: The Great Christmas Show

The Great Christmas Show: 28th November (Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham)

There is plenty of festive action on offer Credit: All About Tourism

This weekend Wollaton Hall will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

There’ll be a host of food stands around the grounds from a hog roast and gourmet burgers to crepes, churros, fudge and chocolate.

Continuing the festive theme visitors can enjoy masterclasses in gift wrapping, handmade Christmas gifts and celebrity bakers showing you how to bake the perfect seasonal cakes.

Over the weekend, Santa will be joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with a visit from Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

The Great Christmas Show is all about celebrating Christmas and getting into the festive spirit. We have lots going off including a Santa’s Grotto, some of the children’s favourite characters, lots of great food, drink and crafts which will be a perfect Christmas gift for that special someone!

– Andy Whyles, Events Director

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Weekend Picks: Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair: 28th November (Coventry Transport Museum)

There are two big craft fairs in Coventry Credit: Culture Coventry

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Transport Museum are both hosting Christmas craft fairs this weekend in Coventry.

At Coventry Transport Museum children will be able to take a magical sleigh ride experience and travel to Lapland, watching as buildings fly past them on a sleigh pulled by two of Santa’s trusty reindeer.

Visitors at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum can enjoy Christmas shopping, from festive gifts and Christmas decorations to artisan foods and handcrafted jewellery.

We hope our weekend of events at both the Herbert and the Transport Museum will signal the beginning of the festive season for many, and offer a fun introduction to Christmas. With the chance to grab some early gifts, a magical sleigh ride, music, food and drink and a wonderful festive display, we can’t think of a better way to spend a wintery weekend.

– Jessica Pinson, Event and Exhibitions Officer.

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Weekend Picks: Santa Steam Trains

Santa Steam Trains: 28th November - 24th December (Great Central Railway, Loughborough)

Visitors can meet Santa on board the special steam train Credit: Great Central Railway

Hop aboard a steam train this weekend and meet Santa and his helpers as he’s swapped the sleigh for a fun filled train journey.

Visitors will get the chance to ride on board the special Santa steam train, have their photo taken with Santa and even get a present.

From 5 December there’ll be a festive craft market on the platforms so visitors can enjoy a bit of Christmas shopping too. The event runs through right up until Christmas Eve.

Our Santa Specials have always been popular and last year was a record breaker in terms of the number of visitors. “For children wishing to meet the man in the red coat and Mrs Claus, there’s nothing quite as magical as our Santa steam trains.

– Kate Tilley, GCR Marketing Manager
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