December Diary Dates

1. Horse-drawn-carriages

1. Winterville, Victoria Park
LONDON

Head east for Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis’ travelling House of Fairy Tales complete with Robin Hood pantomime and horse-drawn carriages. It’s new, so we can only assume its brilliance, but intrigue for the ‘reimagined Santa’s grotto’ is enough to get us on the number 8.

2 – 31 December, entrance is free.
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(c) Jane Hobson

2. Art of the Brick, Truman Gallery
LONDON

Pixelated mesozoic life forms and iconic classical works in red, yellow and blue are divine inspiration for aspiring engineers at the Truman Gallery. Art?  We’re not sure, but the boys are in Lego love.

Until 4 Jan, entrance from £8.
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3. The Cat in the Hat, Pleasance Theatre LONDON

When the National Theatre brings to life the wit and whimsical mastery of Dr Seuss, expect awesome costumes and sensory overload, but bear in mind it will probably sell out in a heartbeat.

8 December to 4 January, entrance £7.
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4. 59 Minutes to save Christmas, Z-Arts
MANCHESTER

Get ready to encounter strange goings-on with interactive storytelling at Z-arts creative hub. Grumpy fairies, ill-behaved Christmas trees and bauble throwing elves are ruining Christmas and the smalls have 59 minutes to stop it.

20 – 24 December, entrance £8.
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Viper (c) Michael D Kern

5. Sssnakes Alive, World Museum
LIVERPOOL

Have a budding snake charmer? Let him caress a selection of serpents well away from home. Expect demonstrations and Gorgon-esque storytelling, giant snakes and ladders and fancy dress.

19 September to 22 February, entrance free.
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6. Brat Kids Carnival
EDINBURGH

Underbelly Productions are always brilliant and this is technicolour cabaret, high-octave acrobatics and super speed for the young theatre-goer with a touch of the ridiculous.

27 December to 4 January, entrance £14.
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 7. James and the Giant Peach
LEEDS

The play, opening soon at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, starts at the end of the Roald Dahl classic James and the Giant Peach, where the audience become specators as James and the insects’ recount the story of how it had all began.

5 December to 24 January, tickets from £10.
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8. Lapland UK
WINDSOR

Toy making, ice skating, gingerbread decorating, storytelling and husky stroking make little hearts ping at Windsor’s Crown Estate. Probably the most expensive beard you’ll ever tug, but we have a sneaky feeling it will be worth the splurge.

29 November to 24 December, entrance £49.50.
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Christmas At Kew

9. Christmas at Kew
RICHMOND, SURREY

Kew pulls out all the stops with a spectacular after dark trail – a mile of snowflake illuminations, giant botanically-inspired installations and fireworks frozen in time. They light up the iconic glasshouses, too. Magical.

 26 November to 3 January, 5pm–10pm
tickets from £10 – Santa’s Grotto £4 extra
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