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Festive Things To Do!

Christmas cancelled? Not on our watch! It might look a little different this year, but here's how to make the most of the festive season in 2020 with these 7 things to do (which all follow Covid-guidelines obvs)

Nurse Nellie Saves Panto, Virtual Panto, Weds 23 Dec – Sun 3 Jan 2021

The Marlowe Theatre is keeping the magic of panto alive this 2020! Stream their Nurse Nellie Saves Panto directly into your living room completely free of charge! Donations to Love Your Theatre are hugely appreciated. When a baddie steals the joy of pantomime, will Nurse Nellie and her friends manage to rescue it? Oh yes they will!

Starring the award-winning Marlowe pantomime legend, Ben Roddy, this hilarious extravaganza will feature panto’s greatest hits, including great musical numbers, hilarious comedy routines and of course, the legendary ghost gag bench.

The stream (also available with BSL interpretation, audio description and captioning) will be available to watch until 11:59pm on Sun 3 Jan 2021. All you need to do is register for the stream is follow this link and click ‘view dates and book’.

Jack & The Two Metre Beanstalk, Virtual Panto, Sat 19 Dec

Enjoy some panto magic from the comfort of your own home! Experience Jack and The Two Metre Beanstalk live streamed performances this Saturday at 4:30pm and 7:30pm filmed on their fabulous Stag stage in Sevenoaks. Tickets are £15. Don’t forget your sweets and popcorn! Book now.

Winter Activity Trail, Bateman’s, Sat 5 Dec – Sun 10 Jan 2021

There is so much to see and do at Bateman’s this Christmas! Join the Peter Rabbit Winter Adventure Activity Trail, spot all kinds of nature and help Peter’s friends as you make your way around the Bateman’s gardens. Help some of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck, solve the clues and earn a special trail badge and certificate. You could even take a walk around the estate and admire the wintery landscapes and grab a warm drink and some lunch from The Mulberry Tea Room. Book your timed entry now.

Christmas at Ightham Mote, Open Daily (except 24 & 25 Dec)

Celebrate the festive season with Ightham Mote, their Courtyard and gardens have been beautifully decorated for Christmas. Take a wander and soak up the festive spirit, then relax with a warm drink and a piece of cake from their café. If you fancy a long walk, try one of their Estate Walks here. Open daily until Sun 3 Jan 2021. Book ahead here.

Winter Walks, Hever Castle, 27 Dec – 3 Jan

Blow away the cobwebs with winter walks in the stunning Hever Castle gardens. The Winter Garden will be in full bloom with the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of brightly coloured Dogwood stems will sure lift your spirits! Take a walk around the lake and keep your eyes pealed for wildlife and waterfowl. 

The Gardens are open daily from 27 Dec – 3 Jan for those looking to recharge their batteries after the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Book your ticket now.

Or enjoy a walk under the stars and see the Castle, the gardens and the lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights. See the spectacular, after-dark illuminated trail until 3 Jan 2021. Don’t forget your torches and book your Twilight Winter Walk here.

Christmas at the Castle, Leeds Castle, Until 3 Jan 2021

Experience the magic of Christmas at Leeds Castle. Expect the unexpected with a stunning display of festive trees and enchanting wooden cabins as you walk along the beautiful woodland pathway through to the Princess Alexandra Gardens. Don’t forget your letters to Father Christmas as you can post them in his special post office! Starting on 28 Nov, book your tickets here.

Christmas at Bedgebury, Until 10 Jan 2021

Visit Bedgebury Pinetum at night to experience Christmas at Bedgebury, a magical spectacle of light. Surround yourself with singing trees saturated in colour-changing lights, giant baubles and snowflakes and of course you won’t wanna miss the breath-taking tunnel of light – you’ve seen it on Insta right? PLUS a special appearance from the big man himself. This event sells out early every year but there are a handful of tickets left so be quick! Book here.

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