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FRI 15 - SUN 17 DEC

Gifted in Guildford
■ Guildford House Gallery, Guilford ■ now until 23 Dec

Artwork by Jane Drown

Find that something different for your loved ones this Christmas at the Gifted in Guildford pop up shop at the Guildford House Gallery. You’ll find a range of handcrafted goodies from the clever folk at the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen – from ceramics, glass and textiles to jewellery, wood, leather and metalwork. It’s open every day from 10am -4.30pm, except Sundays. And on Dec 23 the doors close at 1.30pm

The Traditions Of Christmas
■ Leeds Castle, nr Maidstone, Kent ■ now until 24 Dec

This Christmas the magnificent Castle rooms will be beautifully displayed with glittering decorations and fragrant pine trees styled around Christmas traditions, past and present. Christmas as we celebrate it today has its origins in Victorian Britain. Visit the Queen’s Room to see the style of tree, the Royal Family would have had and find out more about the influence of Victoria and Albert on our modern festive traditions.

The History Of Christmas Carols
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent ■ now until 24 Dec

You’ve sung them in church, at school, or with friends and family and you know all of their words by heart, but do you know the stories behind some of the best-known Christmas carols? Walk through the rooms of the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires to learn about the history of these seasonal songs. Discover the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ trail and wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls. From now until December 10 (open Wed – Sun) then from December 11 – 24 (open Daily)

Finnish Rooftop Sauna
■ Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, South Bank ■ now until Sat 30 Dec

woman sauna finnish

Warm up and unwind in a one-of-a-kind Finnish sauna experience in the heart of London – it’s what you’ve always wanted to do in London!  There’s a specially designed Nordic sauna that on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace on the South Bank, combining beautiful Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission. If 90 degrees celsius is a bit sweaty for you, cool down in the open air (or with cold water buckets – go on, dare you!), while enjoying some stonking views of the Thames below.

Steve Ingman: Young Contemporary Talent from The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 31 Dec

Steven Ingman is the Young Contemporary Talent winner and his work is described as innovative and exciting. He will be showcasing at The Lightbox his response to an artwork from The Ingram Collection. Ingman has produced a series of bold landscapes that demonstrate his reaction and reinterpretation of the urban settings around him. Entry is free.

Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, London ■ now until 1 Jan 2018

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.

Christmas at Legoland
■ Legoland Windsor Resort ■ throughout Dec

Legoland is all twinkly lights and snow-dusted Christmas magic. Entry price for the Christmas season includes a visit to LEGO Santa in his magic grotto for kids who’ll receive a LEGO gift to take home. Grown ups aren’t forgotten  – they’ll receive a free hot drink and cookie and a large double shot of whisky to anaesthesise a day looking after children.

■ Clapham Common ■ now until 1 Jan 2018

If you’re in Sarf London over Christmas, Winterville on Clapham Common’s  is well worth a look. There’s everything from an outdoor Ice Rink to a fairground, roller disco and free kids’ entertainment, but there’s lots more unusual stuff than at your standard Christmas Fair. We’re particularly loving the sound of  the Spiegeltent, where you’ll find cabaret, bingo, kids raves and, er, Mexican wrestling. What next, ‘Yoga On Ice’? Oh, I see, they have that too.

Christmas Glow at Wisley
■ Royal Horticultural Society ■ now until Wed 3 Jan 2018

Jigantics floral light installations at night. Christmas Glow event at RHS Garden Wisley.

Back for a third year running, the ‘Christmas Glow’ returns, but with the promise to be even bigger, brighter and better than ever before. Sparking to life the dark winter nights, there will be fantastical gigantic flowers, dramatic installations and brilliantly illuminated trees. Wander the trail and one will see… floating installations on the water creating rippling reflections, light shows on trees, and spectacular views of the historical Laboratory reflected in the Jellicoe Canal.

Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.


Christmas Fair And Market
■ Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ■ 16-17 Dec

Visit the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle and wander through the stalls of seasonal gifts and specialist food and drink. The Mudlets enjoy it too because there’s a mini funfair as well as the chance to meet Father Christmas’ Reindeer in their stable.



Christmas Food and Fizz Pairing
■ Hawkins Bros Fine English Wines, Milford ■ Fri 15 Dec

From a crisp appley Blanc de Blanc to a full, fruity Demi-Sec, the boys at Hawkins Bros Fine English Wines will show you, with six wines, just how versatile English fizz can be and what it can pair with – matching it with seasonal food from Secretts deli.


Wintery Watercolours
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ Sat 16 Dec

Ages 13- 16 years old can join artist Virginia Ray, in an introduction to watercolour painting and create the perfect Christmas gift. They will have the chance to experiment with watercolour, pencils and pens to create garden and landscape paintings. Inspiration for the workshop will be drawn from Helen Allingham’s watercolours and the Watts landscapes. Pick up tips and techniques including how to create the illusion of space and capture the effects of light. Time: 11am – 4pm. The price is £15, including materials.


Christmas in the Trenches
■ Bourne Museum Hall, Epsom ■ Sat 16 Dec

Bully beef, Plum jam and mud. Was this really the way WW1 soldiers celebrated Christmas in the trenches? The children will find out the story behind the Christmas truce of 1914. As well as an opportunity to meet a soldier and hear how Christmas in the trenches bought relief from the horrors of fighting. Let the little ones discover how the troops didn’t let the War dampen their spirits. Cost per child: £5.


Tenors Unlimited: The ‘Rat Pack of Opera’
■ St Andrew’s Church, Cobham ■ Sat 16 Dec

The operatic trio, Tenors Unlimited are bringing to you wit, charm and vocal arrangements in a charity concert. In aid of Cystic Fibrosis they will be singing a mix of Christmas favourites, as well as diverse and fun songs from their current theatre tour ‘From Venice to Vegas.’ Tenors Unlimited have sung alongside Sting, Lionel Richie and Beyoncé, to name a few. Adult’s tickets: £13. Under 16’s tickets: £7.50.



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