If you’re stuck for things to do over the Christmas holidays, especially between Christmas and New Year, then check out some of these great family events taking place around the UK…
Even though it’s winter, you might need to grab your sunglasses for these activities at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. They’re all about light! See light battle it out in the Science Showdown – UV, infrared, and visible light all want your vote and you decide who wins! You can also become a light detective and solve mysteries in the the fluorescent workshop. Find out what materials glow and why, then turn a torch or your phone into a detector to reveal what’s glowing in the museum and in your home! Plus, you can also make your own beautiful light catcher to take home! It’s free to get in to the museum and all the activities are free too. They’re on until 7th January.
The Liverpool International Horse Show is back for 2017! It’s a family friendly show that combines world class show jumping with spectacular acts and live music! You can see top horses and riders that have travelled from all over the UK and Europe, including Olympians and global sports stars, who will be competing for the ultimate show jumping trophy! There’s also The Shetland Pony Grand National and a special horse stunt show called Luminoso. It’s not just for horse fans either, there’s also motocross freestylers performing nail-biting bike tricks. It’s taking place at the Echo Arena from 28th to 31st December – with the entertainment going on till after midnight on New Year’s Eve!
You can discover the world of theatre-making at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s family exhibition The Play’s The Thing! Explore a treasure trove of weird and wonderful objects from past Shakespeare productions and discover the gory secrets of putting a play on! See the stunning costumes up close and the fearsome weaponry! You can also have a go at performing the part of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous characters, Hamlet, in front of a virtual audience! There’s loads of activities about what goes on behind-the-sciences and it’s on from now until April in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Celebrate 2017 and welcome in 2018 in style at the New Years Eve Family Party at the Winter Gardens Blackpool. The party starts from 7pm with entertainment, dancing, face painting, bouncy castle and a family-friendly food menu available till late. It’s taking place in the Empress Ballroom and tickets are on sale now!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the wildest way possible at Chessington World of Adventures Resort! The evening begins with a three course family buffet at the mystical Temple Restaurant. Then for young adventurers who can’t wait until midnight, there’s a special Junior Midnight at 9pm. Throughout the night, there’ll be animal meet and greets, entertainment and a disco taking you through to 2018! The zoo and SEA LIFE centre will also be open during the day – make sure you book!
There’s a brand-new event taking place this New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh! Bairns Afore is an hour of family fun and fireworks before the street party later in the evening. It’s taking place in West Princes Street Gardens from 5pm. Dizney Rascal are headlining the main stage – they’re a band that mash up Disney classics with massive pop songs! Then there’s a special early fireworks show that’ll light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle! You need a ticket to get in – and they’re on sale now!
All that comedian Kid Carpet wants for Christmas is snow – so he’s hired Gary Barlow’s super massive snow globe to guarantee a white festive season! But the snow globe is a whole new, weird world and his Christmas plans are diverted by a gang of ridiculous characters, big songs, silly dancing and talking fridge! Can Kid Carpet still bring on a blizzard? This funny show is perfect for 3 to 7 year olds and it’s on now until 7th January at Bristol Old Vic!
BRICKLIVE Christmas is a huge event for LEGO fans happening at the Saatchi Gallery in London! The show is split across four zones – the Christmas Zone, the Creative Zone, Minecraft and Star Wars – and each one offers a different experience in building and creating! You can check out the expert builder displays, build a mosaic or a present and even meet Father Christmas! BRICKLIVE Christmas is on every day until 7th January.
My Brother, My Sister and Me is a brand-new show on at Polka children’s theatre in Wimbledon. With a new baby in the family, a little sister has to move in with her big brother. She’s got used to the idea but her brother and Gecko – his companion – are really not keen. Especially when she starts to unpack her very large collection of hats! But they soon realise that sharing isn’t all bad and their room becomes a place of magic and mayhem – especially after lights out when they can tuck into midnight feasts and howl like snow wolves! The show is perfect for 2 to 5 year olds and is on until 11th February.
Snow Mouse is a puppet show touring the UK this winter! It’s about a child who goes on an adventure in a magical, snowy forest. There they meet a sleeping mouse buried under the soft white flakes. The two friends explore the winter wonderland together and keep each other safe and warm from the winter freeze! The show is perfect for younger children. It’s on this December at Warwick Arts Centre before moving on to Canterbury, Salisbury, Folkestone, Bath, Brighton and Manchester in the New Year.
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