November

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Norfolk

Saturday 9th November - Depart: 11am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours

£70 - Please contact us for availability of this trip

Thursford’s Christmas Spectacular is the largest Christmas show in the country, set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The 3 hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.

Read more about Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Norfolk here

Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair

Sunday 17th November - Depart: 10am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£50 - (includes entry to house and grounds) - (National Trust Members £30)

The fair at Waddesdon Manor will be set against the backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor with its 20ft Christmas trees and magical light and sound show. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with 86 hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets. There will be an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods to delight us.

Read more about Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair here

Blenheim Palace Christmas Market & Lights Trail

Saturday 23rd November - Depart: 10am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£50 - (includes all visitor areas)

The Blenheim Palace Winter Trail is always a highlight of the festive season, as the spectacular grounds are illuminated with lasers, projections, and thousands of lights. Last year the Palace added a Christmas market to its yuletide offering, with wooden chalets selling a hand-picked curation of gifts - from ceramics and textiles, to accessories, toys and food.

Read more about Blenheim Palace Christmas Market & Lights Trail here

Bath Christmas Market

Sunday 24th November - Depart: 8.30am / Return: 8pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours 30 mins

£40

The award-winning market in the picturesque streets surrounding the famous Roman Baths and Bath Abbey boasts more than 200 traditional stalls and chalets selling locally-made goods, as well as an abundance of festive performances.

Read more about Bath Christmas Market here

Cirencester Sparkles Advent Festival

Saturday 30th November - Depart: 9am / Return: 9.30pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours

£35

Cirencester’s Advent Festival and celebrity light switch-on has a long and established history, attracting international media attention and visitors from around the world! Highlights include live music and entertainment; a special Advent Gift Market, Arts & Crafts Market, local food, drink and fair rides. At 7pm, a local celebrity will turn on the Christmas lights followed by fireworks from the sensational Cotswold Fireworks company!

Read more about Cirencester Sparkles Advent Festival here

December

Rochester Dickensian Christmas Market

Sunday 1st December - Depart: 10am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£30

Packed with shopping stalls, Rochester becomes a feast of Victorian delights. There are lamp-lit parades, carol singing, Father Christmas, even a guaranteed snowfall, framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle. You’ll also see some familiar, fabled characters from Dickens’ much-loved stories. Highlights include the Seven Poor Travellers Procession, the Grand Parade at 12 noon, a candlelit procession, the open air carol concert, and street performers.

Read more about Rochester Dickensian Christmas Market here

Lincoln Christmas Market

Thursday 5th December - Depart: 9am / Return: 7.30pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours

£35

Against the backdrop of its Gothic and Norman heritage, Lincoln is the perfect place to visit over the festive period. With over 280 stalls offering everything Christmassy, it’s one Christmas event not to miss!

Read more about Lincoln Christmas market here

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink

Saturday 7th December - Depart: 9am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£35

The Christmas market in Winchester, inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets and now rated as one of the best in Europe, is made up of over 100 charming wooden chalets offering an array of delightful treats, and set against the backdrop of the City’s beautiful Romanesque Gothic Cathedral which holds regular Advent carol services for all to enjoy. The open-air ice rink close by completes the scene. A truly festive atmosphere not to be missed!

Read more about Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink here

Kew Gardens Festival of Lights

Sunday 8th December - Depart: 2.30pm / Return: 9pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45 - (includes entry)

See the Gardens at Kew light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. With over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams, we’ll walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour! Complete your trail with tempting treats under the stars – a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, then browse Kew's well-stocked shop for that extra special gift.

Read more about Kew Gardens Festival of Lights here

Birmingham German Christmas Market

Wednesday 11th December - Depart: 10.30am / Return: 8.30pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours

£35

The largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany or Austria, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market offers an array of traditional goods and gifts - with everything from handcrafted wooden decorations and delicate glass baubles, hand-crafted leatherwork, toys, jewellery - and a selection of tempting food and drink, all whilst enjoying the live music programme on Victoria Square!

Read more about Birmingham German Christmas Market here

Magellan Cruise Ship – Christmas lunch & show

Saturday 14th December - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£85

Here is a fantastic opportunity to step aboard the cruise ship Magellan to view the facilities and cabins, sample the delicious cuisine and enjoy some stylish entertainment. Get together with family or friends for an occasion with a difference; the perfect introduction to cruising! This event includes welcome cocktails, a lovely 5-course lunch and a show - a great pre-Christmas event to get us all in the Christmas mood!

Read more about Magellan Cruise Ship – Christmas lunch & show here

Oxford Christmas Market

Saturday 21st December - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£35

Oxford's dreaming spires take on a touch of magic over the festive period, and the annual Christmas market livens up the city's historic Broad Street with over 60 stalls selling gifts, food and drink and a host of local live entertainment.

Read more about Oxford Christmas Market here