Five Top Picks for Family Days Out this December
The festive season has now officially arrived! At this busy time of year, between Christmas shopping, visiting family and eating one too many mince pies, we here at Fantastic for Families are here to give you a heads up on some of the best family days out coming up this December.
Whether you’re on a budget, looking for crafts, music or anything in between, entertaining the children or the whole family, we’ve got you covered.
Wreath Making Workshop, Pontefract
Sunday 1st December, Pontefract Castle, Castle Garth, Pontefract, WF8 1QH
Free, find out more here.
Just in time for putting up those decorations, get creative at Pontefract Castle with their Wreath Making Workshop.
A free drop-in event, suitable for all the family, try your hand at making your very own Christmas wreath and embrace that festive feeling.
The Polar Express Festive Family Workshop, Newcastle upon Tyne
Every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday 22nd December & Monday 23rd December, Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5AD
£9.50 per participant, find out more here.
All aboard the imagination train this December at Seven Stories! Put on those PJs, sip on a warm drink, dive into a yummy treat and marvel at this interactive telling of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express.
Create a fantastic cardboard craft, in an activity designed by carboard genius Lottie Smith, for you to take home too.
The Snowman with live orchestra, across the country
Monday 2nd December – Monday 30th December, Derby, Chesterfield, Salisbury, Coventry, Buxton, Beverley, Winchester, Bradford, Chester, Manchester, Gateshead, Croydon, Lichfield, Liverpool, Ely
Image Credit: Tom Bangbala
From £9.12 per person (venue dependent), find out more here.
Experience the timeless classic, The Snowman, accompanied by an enchanting live orchestra. Immerse yourself in this heart-warming tale and enjoy the film’s wonderful score, featuring Walking in the Air, in all its glory.
The performance is brought to you by Carrot Productions, whose show has been seen by over 150,000 people and features musicians from the UK’s top orchestras.
Each performance opens with a Christmas Medley and fun introduction to the orchestra, followed by one of three films, with orchestral accompaniment; A Donkey’s Tale, The Bear and the Piano, or The Nutcracker Suite.
Gifted ’19 Contemporary Christmas Market, Sleaford
Saturday 7th December – Sunday 8th December, National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG24 7TW
Image Credit: Gifted Shop
Free, find out more here.
This much-loved Christmas market begins its 2019 season in Sleaford. Expect high-quality jewellery, textiles, glass and much more, from a brilliant range of makers from across the UK.
The event also boasts a great family-friendly activities programme, entertainers, musicians, demonstrations and much more, which are sure to keep all the family entertained over the weekend.
Find festive foods available at the café too!
December Scoff ‘n’ Stroll, Great Missenden
Sunday 29th December, The Roald Dahl Museum, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, HP16 0AL
Image Credit: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
£12 per participant, find out more here.
Take a walk from the Wonka gates at the museum, across to natural landscapes which inspired renowned children’s storywriter Roald Dahl. Enjoy hearing extracts of some of Dahl’s classics like Fantastic Mr Fox, all whilst experiencing the beautiful woods and fields of the great outdoors.
After your walk, you can tuck into afternoon tea at the Café. Think tasty homemade sandwiches, scones and sweet treats – with a Christmas twist, of course. Warm up with a hot drink from the Café’s selection of Twist teas and Grand Cafe Coffee.
There are thousands of family events on the Fantastic for Families website, many of them free. So click here to see the full list of activities for you and the children this December.