While most of us will hopefully be soaking up the festive spirit next weekend some people will be at work or even 'on call'.
They'll include Search Dogs Sussex who've been out on Christmas and New Year's Day in recent years. Andy Dickenson spoke to handlers Mick Castleden, Debbie Peters and Darren Yeates.
Two Oxford farmers will lead a procession of cows in London this morning to celebrate the best of British livestock.
Two of Tina Russell and Simon Farmer's own cows will front the parade and will also be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral.
More than 200 farmers from across the UK will take part in the event which will also include calves, lambs and chickens.
A dairy farmer from Kent who wanted to make more money from his cows' milk has become an award winning cheese maker. Robin Betts and his wife Carla started making cheese ten years ago. It's now being sold in upmarket department stores and winning international awards. This report from Tony Green.
Police say they're keen to talk to two men in connection with illicit metal detecting which took place at Butts Brow, Eastbourne, on Sunday 6 November.
The site is close to a memorial for a B24 Liberator bomber crew whose airctaft crashed there during the Second World War.
Police say the illicit use of metal detectors can lead to permanent loss of important historical information or artefacts, and damage land which may be protected.
The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is responding to a serious case of pollution at the Plumpton Mill Stream, a tributary of the River Ouse in Sussex.
"Our officers are on site assessing the scale of the incident and trying to reduce the impact to the watercourse.
We believe the majority of the pollution has now been contained. We are continuing to monitor any impacts downstream."
The first bitterns to breed in Oxfordshire for more than 150 years have been recorded at the RSPB Otmoor reserve.Read the full story ›
Red squirrels in the UK carry strains of leprosy similar to those that have affected humans for centuries, a study in Dorset has shown.Read the full story ›
Today marks the 950th anniversary of possibly the most famous battle on English soil.
On this day in 1066 at least 20,000 men decided the fate of our nation - when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold on the fields of Sussex.
The Battle of Hastings will be recreated once again in Battle itself this weekend, while a bonfire procession will be among the celebrations in Hastings. But why is 1066 so important?
Andy Dickenson speaks to Sam Stones of English Heritage, Nick Lynas of Hastings Bonfire Society and 1066 walker Nigel Amos.
A school has used more than 10,000 balloons to create a castle in its assembly hall and celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
Once completed, the Norman fort at Battle and Langton Primary School will include sculptures of William the Conqueror and a King Harold - complete with an arrow in his eye.
Thousands of people are experiencing the sights and sounds of the countryside at the autumn show of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester. Kate Bunkall reports.