The most wonderful time of the year comes with many festivities to enjoy. Whether you’re indulging in a spot of shopping at a local Christmas market, showing off your skills on the ice rink or going to a good old panto, there’s plenty of festive fun to be had within an hour of The Vineyard.
Panto at the Corn Exchange, Newbury
A staple of the Christmas season, panto is the ultimate feel-good entertainment that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. The Corn Exchange in the market town of Newbury is just 10 minutes away from The Vineyard and prides itself on its annual panto season. Running from 29th November to 4th January, this year’s spellbinding tale is Sleeping Beauty.
Prince and the Pauper at The Watermill Theatre
If you’re looking for a more traditional theatrical experience, The Watermill Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s Prince and the Pauper tells the tale of a royal and a commoner who switch places to learn what life is really like in each other’s shoes. Excellent festive entertainment from an award-winning local theatre.
Winchester Christmas Market
Situated just a 45 minute drive from The Vineyard, the historic city of Winchester hosts a breath taking Christmas market in the grounds of its 17th century cathedral. Complete with ice skating, gift stalls and food stands galore, it’s definitely worth a visit for any Christmas lover!
Illuminated Light Trail at Blenheim Palace
Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace this Christmas. Explore the trail with a mulled cider in hand, warm yourself in the scented fire garden, toast marshmallows at the halfway point and even see Santa Claus himself at the boathouse by the lake.