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Christmas

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

16th November-2nd January 2019

Venue: Various Locations

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the night skies along with pine-scented walkways. Explore the Alpine Market and skate under...

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Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

19th November-2nd January 2019

Venue: Various Locations across Bournemouth

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.christmastreewonderland.co.uk

See the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world on the spectacular Christmas tree trail. Plus, explore the Alpine Market and skate in the enchanting Victorian gardens....

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Father Christmas at Adventure Wonderland

24th November-23rd December 2018

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Near Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Also, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 to 23 December. Visit the friendly Father Christmas with his faithful reindeer, Rudolph, and helpful elves, direct from the North Pole. They will be waiting in the...

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Step into Christmas

24th November-23rd December 2018

Time: 10am to 6pm

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Also, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 to 23 December. Includes play all day in Wild Thing, tickets to the seasonal pantomime, a visit to Nativity Cuddles Corner and a Christmas Colouring Challenge. Plus,...

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Christmas in Lyme Regis

25th November-31st December 2018

Venue: Church Street

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

With a Stir-Up Sunday, a Christmas concert, festive baking, family shows, Christmas movies and much more. Call 01297 442138

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Christmas at Kingston Lacy

30th November-1st January 2019

Time: 10am

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

Along with the rooms in the house being decorated for Christmas, enjoy the illuminated garden, visits to Santa Claus, seasonal refreshments and much more. Ring 01202 883402.

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Meet Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy

30th November-22nd December 2018

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

Also 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 December. Santa Claus will be making a few stops at Kingston Lacy this year. Pay him a festive visit in the Laundry and tell him your Christmas wishes. £5 per...

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Christmas at Max Gate

1st-30th December 2018

Time: 11am to 3.30pm

Venue: Max Gate

Address: Alington Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2FN

Max Gate will be decked out for a Victorian Christmas. The festive fun includes craft activities for children. There will be musical and theatrical performances on 1, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 21 and 23 December....

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Christmas in Swanage

1st December-5th January 2019

Venue: Shore Road

Address: Swanage, BH19 1LB

Enjoy a range of festive events including Christmas markets, carols by candlelight, big bands, Durlston Christmas walking trails and the famous Boxing Day swim. For more, call 01929 766018

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Father Christmas Magic at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

1st-22nd December 2018

Venue: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Address: Poole, BH16 6EU

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

Also, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 22 December. Meet Father Christmas in his traditional winter cabin in the Little Farmer's Fun Barn. The clever Elves use a time-slot system so there are...

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Santa at the Crealy Christmas Spectacular

1st-22nd December 2018

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park, Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 December. With 9 new Christmas attractions featuring the South West’s first ever Christmas Ice Show, Mary Christmas’ Bakery, reindeer food making station,...

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Santa's Magical Christmas

1st-23rd December 2018

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

Tickets to the Crealy Christmas Spectacular include the sensational Christmas Ice Show, entry to Santa’s Magical Toy Store, Mary Christmas’ bakery, Rudy’s Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa’s...

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Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands

1st-23rd December 2018

Venue: Woodlands Leisure Park

Address: Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ

Website: www.woodlandspark.com/event/christmas-at-woodlands

And 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December. A visit to see Santa includes a mesmerising walk through Santa’s Workshop before meeting Santa and receiving a very special gift. Includes free reindeer food,...

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The Crealy Christmas Spectacular

1st-23rd December 2018

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

This Christmas is going to be truly magical at Crealy Adventure Park & Resort; join Crealy this December and don’t miss out on the South West’s biggest and best festive experience! With...

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Twelve Days of Christmas Quest

1st December-6th January 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins, complete the activities and solve the clues to successfully complete your Christmas castle quest.

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Visit Judge Santa

6th-23rd December 2018

Venue: Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Address: High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UY

Also 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December. Father Christmas will be holding court until 23 December. Every child who visits him will receive a special Christmas gift. Cost: £4 per child. For details call...

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Visit Father Christmas at Sea Life

8th-23rd December 2018

Venue: Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Address: Weymouth, DT4 7SX

Website: www.sealifeweymouth.com

Step into Christmas and meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas cabin. Plus, there will be a Christmas Craft Zone where children can colour Christmas tree decorations, make reindeer food and...

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Get Crafty at Christmas

8th-23rd December 2018

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Also 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December. Make a Christmas decoration using natural materials. Normal admission applies to the castle plus £1.50 for craft activities.

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Sail with Santa

8th-24th December 2018

Venue: City Cruises Poole, Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.citycruisespoole.com

Also, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. Meet Santa on a cruise around Poole Harbour. Soak up the sights of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Poole Harbour. On board, the children can...

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Cool Coast Ice Rink

14th December-23rd February 2019

Venue: Bournemouth International Centre

Address: BH2 5BH

Website: www.bic.co.uk

It’s time to take to the ice as this hugely popular indoor seasonal ice rink returns once again for the winter. With Ice Skating penguins for the youngest novices. Call 01202 055555.

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The Lord of Misrule and Winter Lights

14th-23rd December 2018

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Join Corfe Castle's very own 17th-century mischief-maker for stories and games as you journey through the castle ruins. Plus; Winter Lights - take in the festive atmosphere with the contemporary lanterns,...

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Night Tree

19th-24th December 2018

Venue: Pavilion Dance South West

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

Website: www.pdsw.org.uk

Full of the sounds and smells of the winter forest, Night Tree is a magical staging of Eve Buntings book. Made for audiences 3+ and their families, this is a celebration of the winter solstice. Call 01202...

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Santa Trail

20th-20th December 2018

Venue: Hamworthy

Address: Poole, BH21

Join Santa and the Hamworthy Fire Fighters on a festive charity trail through Hamworthy, Turlin Moor, Waterloo Estate and Canford Heath in aid of Forest Holme Hospice. Call 01202 670644 or email fundraising@forestholmehospice.org.uk

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Winter Solstice

21st-21st December 2018

Time: 7.15am to 9.15am

Venue: South Beach

Address: Studland, BH19 3AQ

View the sunrise from Old Harry Rocks on the shortest day of the year followed by a full English breakfast at Knoll Beach café. Booking essential. Call 01929 450500.

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Winter Solstice

21st-21st December 2018

Time: 7.15am to 9.15am

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Experience the tranquility of watching the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins.

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Carols Round the Tree

22nd-22nd December 2018

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Venue: Broad Street

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Website: www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk

Get into the festive spirit at this community sing-a-long.

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Sand Art

22nd-22nd December 2018

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Broadway, Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

A fun and popular activity for all the family. Make a lovely picture by peeling paper away from a sticky surface and then pouring colourful sand on the surface. Pictures vary from £2.50 to £5. For details...

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Christmas Day Harbour Swim

25th-25th December 2018

Time: 9.45am to 12pm

Venue: Weymouth Harbour

Address: Weymouth, DT4 8BG

Get sponsored for this daring annual swim across the harbour. Or watch the brave souls as they take to the icy waters. Organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions, raising funds for charitable causes. Call...

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Christmas Morning Fancy Dress Swim

25th-25th December 2018

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Charmouth Beach

Address: Charmouth, DT6

Watch the brave fund-raisers take to the cold water in fancy dress. In aid of Lyme Regis RNLI. Call 01297 442230

Outdoor events

Junior Park Run

30th-30th December 2018

Time: 9am

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Escape the festivities with a run in the fresh air. A fun, free 2K timed run for children aged 4 to 14 years. For details call 01425 470721.

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New Year’s Eve-Eve Phaser Night

30th-30th December 2018

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

End 2018 with a super evening of phaser tag. Climb aboard the giant space station themed playframe for 6 exciting phaser missions and Digiwall fun! Minimum age 6+. For details call 01202 740500

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Grand Duck Race

1st-1st January 2019

Time: 12pm

Venue: Higher Mills Flats

Address: Windsor Terrace, Lyme Regis, DT7

Website: www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk

A New Year’s Day Tradition! Watch the ducks race down the River Lym. Raising money for Lyme's Christmas Lights.

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Wild Wednesday

2nd-2nd January 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Start the New Year by getting in touch with nature. Enjoy some free activities and craft in the Belvedere.

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New Year Bird Walk

4th-4th January 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Look for winter bird life on a guided stroll. Cost: £3 per person.

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Brownsea Bird Boats

6th-6th January 2019

Time: 9am to 1pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Also, 20 January and 3 February. See one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK. Also, a two-hour landing on Brownsea Island with an exclusive guided tour around the lagoon. Booking essential. For...

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February Birds

2nd-2nd February 2019

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Join a ranger on a guided stroll to look for bird life. Cost: £3 per person.

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