Forgive us for mentioning the 'c' word so early on, but time has a habit of ticking away, and Christmas will be upon us before we know It!
Why not embrace the festive spirit and get a head start on planning some seasonal activities for the coming months? There are plenty of open air events, markets and performances happening this year all around the country.
In the South of England, magnificent Salisbury Cathedral will once again be presenting Carrot Production's spectacular screening of magical family favourite The Snowman - complete with live orchestra - this December. With world class musicians dressed in playful Christmas garb accompanying Raymond Brigg's well loved animation, it's the perfect way to make some fond festive memories. This event often sells out quickly, so take a look at the website early.
Starting from selected dates next month and through to January Christmas at Longleat – including its iconic 20 metre enchanted Christmas Tree - will illuminate over 30 acres of parkland at the historic Estate in Wiltshire. They say “We’re transforming the astonishing kingdom of Longleat into a magical land full of festive joy and cheer with plenty of delights to make your visit extra special.” It’s bound to be an experience to remember for wildlife lovers and seekers of holiday cheer alike.
Further North, in Leicestershire, Belvoir Castle will be hosting their Regency Christmas from November until January, where you can enjoy stepping back in time and delighting in the charm of Christmas from a bygone era, expertly fashioned by their award winning designers. Or visit their Enlightened Light Trail “to see mesmerising light installations and enchanting moments along a specially crafted route”. And kids are bound to love seeing Father Christmas at their Regency and Engine Yard grottos.
Here in the New Forest there are lots of things to do over the festive period, including breath taking Winter walks amongst the trees and across the heaths, holiday markets and food fairs, a spot of lunch and a warming tipple in one of the numerous country pubs...and even a Christmas Canoe Paddle with New Forest Activities! In their Canadian style canoes you and the family can gently navigate the beautiful Beaulieu River and meet Father Christmas in his boat filled with presents and delicious hot chocolate to help keep you toasty. They say “Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of the river's beautiful nature reserve, with the river offering up some of its more stunning sights on a fresh Winter's day.”
If you're looking for something a little more sedate, try a spot of boutique shopping in some of the many towns and villages in the area. Here in Fordingbridge we have several lovely pubs and cafes, so you can start your day with a breakfast boost, then take a leisurely stroll around the gift, clothing, toy and gourmet food shops. And, of course, pay a visit to our Sculpture Garden and Gallery and Interiors Showroom, for some fantastic ideas for a very special Christmas gift for someone...you may even find something to add to your own wishlist!