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Can't miss events in The Cotswolds this festive season

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In the run up to Christmas we love taking time out with friends and family to go see beautiful Christmas lights, sip on mulled wine or wander through gorgeous market stalls selling all kinds of treats and trinkets. The Cotswolds being home to beautiful nature, gardens and outdoor spaces means there are plenty of events this season to get you in the festive mood. Whether that’s exploring a Christmas themed cave or staring in awe at colourful light shows.

We’ve chosen our favourite events taking places around The Cotswolds to celebrate the festive season and bring a little more Christmas magic in our lives.

Christmas at Clearwell Caves

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Wander through the magical underground forest and spot woodland animals preparing for their special Christmas Day! Your journey through the caverns will take you through a twinkling underground festive world to find Santa Claus, Christmas stalls selling stocking fillers and decorations for your tree and an underground café with delicious treats and warming winter drinks!

Online booking is essential and the event runs from 4th - 24th December with displays and an above-ground café only from 27th – 31st December.

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

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Discover the trees of Westonbirt Arboretum in a whole new light along the Christmas illuminated trail this December. A new story provides a backdrop to Westonbirt's Enchanted Christmas each year and for 2021, visitors embark on a journey to help Santa search for his lost reindeer. Throughout your quest, experience mesmerising light displays and speak to the trees and tree elves for clues and keep an eye out for the reindeer and Father Christmas himself!

You can book tickets online and the dates for the Enchanted Christmas event are: 26 - 27 November, 3 - 4 December, 10 - 12 December and 17 - 21 December.

Enchanted Light Trail at Cotswold Farm Park

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See the farm in a whole new light and explore a magical trail of colour, lights and sparkle this winter. A family friendly display, let the lights guide you on an enchanting stroll through the farm park after hours with plenty of opportunities to meet the furry residents and pick up seasonal hot food and drinks en route. For many, this will be the first time exploring the Farm Park at night, and it’s the perfect place to create magical memories that last a lifetime.

Running until the 31st December, book your tickets online now so you don’t miss out.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens Spectacle of Light

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Wander through the beautiful illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle’s stunning grounds. Returning for its 6th year, expect sparkling water features, lanterns and new displays for 2021, including the new Light Curve, the flickering flames of the Queens garden and the mesmerising Carpet of Colour.

Sip warm drinks and enjoy sweet snacks as you wander the magical trail and see this timeless castle in a completely new light.

Taking place on selected evenings between 26th November - 30th December, book your tickets online here.

Santa's Coming to Slimbridge

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Make a tasty breakfast more fun and meet Santa and his elves at Slimbridge Wetlands Centre! You’ll receive a gift from Santa Claus himself, all while enjoying the gorgeous food and magnificent backdrop of a colourful flock of flamingos.

After a magical meal, wrap up warm and escape to the fresh air to explore over 100 acres of nature filled wetland paradise.

A fantastic option if you’re looking for a festive experience in the morning, it’s a lovely way to unwind and spend some precious time in beautiful surroundings. Running on the 11, 12, 18 and 19 December, book your breakfast with Santa here.

Christmas Market at Trinity Park

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Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity at their very first Christmas Market on Saturday 4th December at Trinity Park, home of the Suffolk Show. Showcasing over 70 small businesses from across the region, they have an exciting variety of beautiful, unique decorations and crafts to pick up as gifts and plenty of festive food and drink to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Tickets can purchased on the day or you can book online here.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace

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Experience the re-imagined story of The Nutcracker within one of Britain’s greatest palaces with over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds filling the air with festive fun. Discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel tones as you experience the beloved Blenheim Palace in a whole new, magical way.

Warm up among the flickering flames in the fire garden and keep an eye out for Father Christmas along the way. There will also be a collection of independent street food vendors bringing tasty treats to enjoy along the way.

Running every day until Friday 24th December and after Christmas until the 3rd January, book your tickets online here.


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