25th - 26th November - What's On In Cheltenham This Weekend
Tis’ the season to feel festive, tra-la-la! It may be a little too early to unbox those dusty decorations and dress the tree in tinsel, but a stroll around a Christmas market with a spot of gift shopping is just what we need to get us in the festive spirit!
If you’re stuck for things to do this weekend, have no fear - we’ve got some winter warmers right here! So snuggle down with a hot brew and take note - your weekend plans are looking up!
Saturday & Sunday
Christmas On The Farm at Cotswold Farm Park provides the perfect opportunity to visit Father Christmas, watch Elf Show Live, see the animals of the nativity and buy your Christmas tree on site! Special children’s tickets are available which include Farm Park entrance, a special time slot to see Father Christmas and a choice of present from the Toy Room. From 25th November – 22nd December (times and dates vary). Prices range from £5 for baby – £17.50 for child tickets. Find out more.
Cheltenham German Christmas Market is back! Chocolate wine, marzipan, festive euro-treats, it's worth a visit! The classic wooden chalets selling festive gifts offer a welcome change from high street drudgery, with delicious food for kids and German bars serving warming ales for grown ups from 10am - 6pm. Find out more.
It may be a bit early to build a snowman, but never too early to burst into song - the cold never bothered us anyway, right? Cineworld For Juniors is screening Olaf’s Frozen Adventure + Frozen and we’re not letting it go! Screenings at 10am and 10:10am, ticket prices vary with limited availability. Find out more.
Christmas Shopping Event at Emmanuel Church in support of Sue Ryder, Leckhampton Court Hospice. Come along from 11am-2pm and shop a selection of jewellery, crafts, handmade gifts, candles and cakes! Find out more.
Christmas at Court Farm Shop promises a day of fun and selfie opportunities! Visit Santa’s Grotto & meet Santa! (booking required), enjoy tasty tasters and mulled wine, meet the animals and see the new born piglets! Open from 10am - 4pm. Find out more.
Lakeside Primary School PTA Christmas Fair is a wonderful winter wonderland featuring a range of Narnia themed activities to enjoy. There will be lots of festival activties for the whole family including a secret wrapping room, fun and games, and a chance to meet Santa and his elves! Entry is £1 per adult and children enter free. Find out more.
Christmas Street Party / Light Switch On returns! Join in the festivities from 3pm - 7pm, with a spectacular line-up of activites and entertainment at the Christmas Street Party, taking over the town centre. Brand new lights, free family events and traditional festivities will add some sparkle to town, as well as a special appearance from Santa who will be sure to delight the little ones. Find out more.
Other local events happening on Saturday:
Check out the following local events on Facebook, Cheltenham's rockin around the clock!
- Girl's Brigade Christmas Market at Cambray Baptist Church
- NCT Toys & Equipment Nearly New Sale at All Saints' Academy
- FoBCPA Christmas Fair at Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy
- Christmas Gift Workshop at Create On The Square
Cheltenham College Christmas Fair is the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, or to treat yourself! Entry costs £5 per person, free for under 16’s and if you’ve bought your ticket in advance you’ll receive a complimentary glass of fizz! Bottoms’ up! Pop down between 10am - 4pm. Find out more.
Christmas Market at Smokey Joe’s offers a selection of festive decorations, gift boxes, original illustrations and prints and handmade gifts. Not forgetting fruity mulled wine while browsing! Join in with the decoration making workshop and colouring competition, especially for kids! Come along between 11am - 4pm. Find out more.
Cotswold Christmas Market at Pittville Pump Room is your one stop shop for beautiful Christmas gifts. Support local and small businesses this Christmas at the festive event, with over 70 stalls inside and out including food, drink, handmade, craft and vintage. From 11am - 4pm, free entry and free parking. Find out more.
Other local events happening this Sunday - see Facebook pages for details:
- Cristingle at Bourneside School
- Lou Lou's Vintage Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall
- Pop Up Christmas Market at The Norwood Arms
Out Of Town Highlights:
Gloucester Victorian Christmas Market returns to Gloucester Quays with over 140 magical stalls and for a truly Dickensian touch, a cast of jolly Victorian characters will be bringing the market to life transporting you back in time! Open Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm. Find out more.
Highnam Day Nursery and friends would like to invite you all to their Christmas Fayre and Open Day from 2pm - 4pm, Sunday 26th November. They will be having a special visitor straight from the North Pole! With stalls for gifts, crafts, cakes and confectionery. The Highnam Day Nursery is also open to parents to browse. Find out more.
Check out Elves Go Wild! at All Things Nature Centre in Evesham - with a special visitor making an appearance! Find out more.
For the grown ups:
You'll want to attend a Taste of Christmas at The Greatfield this Saturday evening, with live music and free samples of the Christmas menu - what's not to love? From 7pm - 11pm. Call 01242 863149 for details. Hear award winning musician Marcello Costantinou perform from 9pm with a few cheeky Christmas hits! Find out more.
The Suffolk Arms Beer and Cider Festival offers a selection of great local Ale's and Ciders over the weekend, with sumptious bar snacks and live music from Adam Cross! On Sunday enjoy a booze related quiz with prizes for the winners, runners up and best team name! Find out more.
That's it for now. Don't forget to check our recent article on Christmas events with very limited availability.