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The festive season is our favourite time of the year to get out and about with friends and family. Whether it’s discovering arts and crafts, floral winter wonderlands or learning new skills to brighten our homes and tables, our winter events calendar is starting to look very sparkly and bright.


PS: please check the event websites, some are ticketed or need to be booked in advance.

 

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The Spirits of Christmas

Regent Street and St James’s, London

From 9th November 2023

The illuminated angels high above the streets of London return to Regent Street and St James’s this Christmas. London’s most recognised festive lights are a display of over 50 large scale ‘spirits’ (with many more visitors awe-struck by their magical auras). This along with the festive lights on Carnaby and Oxford Streets will add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas shopping.

 

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Christmas Wreath Making

Various dates in November and December 2023

Daylesford Farm, Cotswolds

Expect to be inspired as you create a beautiful arrangement for your front door, stairwell, mantelpiece, or Christmas table at this festive workshop. Learn from the expert florists from Daylesford and design your own seasonal wreath using natural foliage and blooms foraged by the team.

Christmas Wreath Making

 

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Don’t worry, be hoppy

14th – 18th November 2023

Wimbledon

The four-day Great Beer Festival at the Hand in Hand pub on Wimbledon Common is the place to sip, taste and discover brews from an array of up-and-coming beer and ale producers, alongside daily talks, hearty dish specials and live music.

Great Beer Festival

 

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Three Wine Men’s Big Christmas Wine Fest

17th & 18th November 2023

Westminster, London

Back for its 11th year, the UK’s favourite wine experts, Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith, will be hosting a lineup of 600 wines from across the world. Whether you know your Chardonnay from your Chenin, or just love a glass of wine, there’s plenty to try, taste and explore at this fun, interactive event.. Tickets available via Eventbrite (as per link below).

The Big Christmas Wine Fest

 

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Wellness Workshop: Healthy Hibernation

23rd November 2023

Daylesford Farm, Cotswolds

Following the ebb and flow of nature, winter is all about nurturing and slowing down. Starting with the food we eat, Daylesford’s resident nutritionist and wellness expert Rhaya Jordan is hosting this special workshop, sharing her recipes for delicious winter broths, soups, pulses, ferments and superfoods – hearty food to aid rest and rejuvenation – as an alternative to the (sadly sometimes unhealthy) comfort food we tend to turn to in winter. .

Wellness Workshop

 

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Tips & Treats for the Christmas Table

25th November 2023

Daylesford Farm, Cotswolds

If you’re in charge of the festive feast this year, this workshop is for you. Daylesford’s Cookery School team will guide you through stunning side dishes, delicious, sweet treats and nibbles, as well as share their tips for the all-important turkey. Enjoy a series of demonstrations, guided hands-on cookery sessions and try your dishes with a glass of bubbles.

The Perfect Christmas Table

 

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Vineyard Geology & Wine Tour

26th November 2023

Woodchester Vineyard, Cotswolds

What’s more fun than a fossil hunt on a Sunday morning? Join a geologist for a journey back in time, learning about the rocks and soils of this unique part of the Cotswolds, and why it’s so perfect for grape growing. A flight of three wines and a warming soup by the fire will finish the experience off perfectly.

Geology & Wine Tour

 

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James Martin Cookery School

Multiple dates in November and December 2023

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

This has to be one of the top (and by the looks of it, most fun) cookery schools in the country. If you’re looking to hone your skills in the kitchen with one of the UK’s favourite chefs, James Martin, choose from half and full day cookery courses and workshops, championing seasonal produce and you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time.

James Martin Cookery School

 

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Christmas Gifts good enough to eat

8th December 2023

Daylesford Farm, Cotswolds

Build your own delicious hamper of handmade treats on this fun, hands-on course. If you fancy making your own Christmas gift this year, our tutors will help you get in the festive spirit as you learn how to make an array of preserves, decorative biscuits, sweet treats and much more. These edible delights make for thoughtful gifts to pop in a stocking or hamper for someone you love this Christmas!

Edible Christmas Gifts

 

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Pot Cooking in the Cotswolds

11th January 2024

Daylesford Farm, Cotswolds

For fuss free cooking that yields hugely satisfying results, it is difficult to beat one-pot meals. This full day One Pot Cooking course looks at some of Daylesford’s favourite recipes that are simplicity itself to prepare. Ideal for feeding hungry crowds with minimal washing up afterwards, these meals are perfect for relaxed suppers on busy nights as well as easy, delicious solutions for dinner parties. Guests will learn how to make dishes such as hearty ragouts, comforting risotto and paella, vibrant tray bakes and tempting puddings

One Pot Cooking class

 

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The Colour Revolution

Now until 18th February 2024

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Take a deep dive into Victorian art, fashion and design and rediscover Victorian society in all its dazzling real-life colour. Explore the dyes used in chic corsets, the bold experimental artwork by avant-garde painters, and the use of nature’s beauty in jewellery, This exhibition positions the Victorian age as one of revolutionary vision and dazzling colour.

The Colour Revolution

Image: Ramon Casas (1866–1932), A Decadent young woman, After the dance, 1899. Museu do Montserrat, Barcelona

 

 

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Winter Flowers Week

7th – 11th December 2023

The Garden Museum, London

Within the ethereal surrounds of St Mary-at-Lambeth, five of the UK’s top floral designers will transform the Garden Museum into a floral winter wonderland this December. Explore sustainable festive installations and be inspired by the flowers and foliage of the season in this most historic of settings.

The Garden Museum

 

Details of events, timings and venues are subject to change. Please check the event organiser’s website for information and ticketing/ booking requirements and costs.