At the Caravan Guard offices we are beginning to hear the sound of sleigh bells and can almost taste the aroma of cinnamon flavoured seasonal coffee wafting in from across the high street. Yes, Christmas time is nearly here!
Here are just a few ideas of some of the best places to visit over the next few weeks, which will be full of seasonal sparkle and magic for all ages. There are plenty of campsites still open this time of year these days so why not plan a winter trip in your motorhome around visiting one of these festive destinations?
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the opulent French style château and home of the Rothschild dynasty, has a French theme with music, food, theatre and entertainment. For children, there is a Reindeer trail through the Woodland Playground which will be lit with sparkling trees and stars leading to the snowy Enchanted Stables where children can write a letter to Father Christmas. He can be seen in the gardens too, in December. The House is open on some evenings too.
At Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, family home of Winston Churchill, the decoration theme will be Gulliver’s Travels. The palace was the Palace of Lillput in the soon-to-be-released film, Gulliver’s Travels. The impressive Great Hall will have huge Christmas trees alongside boats and suspended hot air balloons and a Royal Lilliputian feast will feature in the Saloon. There is a range of gift shops, fresh Christmas trees on sale too and seasonal eating in the café and restaurants.
Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will be decorated with a Russia inspired theme using the traditional music, colours and history of the country and with lots of Russian Dolls! For children, the nativity story will be told in the farmyard using real animals and in the famous Chatsworth Farm Shop you can buy festive goodies including hams, spiced Christmas pies and venison and pheasant from the Chatsworth Estate.
Lincoln Christmas market is a tradition in the cobbled streets of the 2000 year old city. It began as the UK’s first German-style traditional market with just 11 stalls in 1982 and now is a four day event with over 250 stalls set around the historic medieval square where the cathedral and castle are prominent features. Wear sensible shoes, use the park and ride and shop for unusual gifts. There is a large Christmas tree at the West Front of the cathedral.
Bath popular Christmas market is now celebrating its tenth year and is even bigger this year! There will be 123 stall holders, regional and local, based in wooden chalets selling a selection of gift ideas and produce, lively street entertainment, fashionable shops and with seasonal aromas to get you into the spirit of things or to warm you up! It’s held in Bath’s historic centre, next to the famous Bath Abbey.
Hawkshead Christmas Fair takes place on December 3 and 4 (from 4pm on the 3rd and 10am on the 4th) in the square. Seasonal shopping, craft stalls, entertainment and live music, local produce, Christmas gifts, carols and Father Christmas will bring some seasonal sparkle to what is considered a beautiful Lakeland Village. From Peter Rabbit gifts for the children, to Hawkshead Relishes for the Christmas hampers and some girly delights, this will be a present-seekers heaven.