With of the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

MARY TEBJE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND - Mary Tebje is press of­fi­cer for the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

THE beech wood­lands are turn­ing golden, the log fires are burn­ing and thoughts are be­gin­ning to turn to the fes­tive sea­son.

Win­ter is the per­fect time to see the rolling fields glis­ten with crunchy frost, and mist drift­ing through the trees.

There is much to look for­ward to, from craft fairs and pan­tos to il­lu­mi­nated gar­dens and brew­ery tours.

Wad­des­don Manor is a mag­nif­i­cent 1870s Re­nais­sance-style chateau built by Baron de Roth­schild. There are spec­tac­u­lar Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and a new trail of light works in the gar­dens, in­clud­ing a spe­cial ver­sion of the iconic Field of Light. The darker win­ter evenings showcase th­ese light works to per­fec­tion.

The Christ­mas Fair will be held on the south front of the Manor from Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 26 to Sun­day, Novem­ber 30 and again from Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 3 to Sun­day, De­cem­ber 7 and will be a spec­tac­u­lar event com­bin­ing both gifts and fes­tive foods.

Find out how the Tu­dors cel­e­brated Christ­mas, what dec­o­ra­tions they made and how they feasted at Amer­sham Mu­seum, lo­cated in part of a Tu­dor hall house the old­est do­mes­tic build­ing in Amer­sham.

The Christ­mas lights in Che­sham High Street will be switched on on Fri­day, Novem­ber 28 from 6pm. Attractions that evening in­clude a Vic­to­rian carousel and fun­fair rides for chil­dren, mu­sic, mar­ket stalls, food stalls and late-night open­ing of the town cen­tre shops.

You will find Che­sham mar­ket in Mar­ket Square, be­tween 10am and 2pm on De­cem­ber 20 with traders sell­ing lo­cally pro­duced food, drink, crafts and plants, mostly from within a 10-mile ra­dius of Che­sham.

You can en­joy a tra­di­tional Christ­mas week­end in the lovely set­ting of the Chilterns Open Air Mu­seum on Novem­ber 29 and 30. Watch Fa­ther Christ­mas ar­rive on his horse and car­riage then meet him in the Toll House Grotto.

There will be carol singers, tra­di­tional folk singers, a Vic­to­rian Magic Lan­tern Show, the black­smith at work in his forge, and lots of craft stalls and mag­i­cal dec­o­ra­tions. Chil­dren can get stuck in and make their own Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and Christ­mas bis­cuits.

Please share your top picks for lo­cal places to eat in and ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy all year round.

You will find us on Twit­ter @Vis­itChilterns, Pin­ter­est pin­ter­est.com/ vis­itchilterns and In­sta­gram in­sta­gram. com/thechilterns, and if you use the #Chilterns hash­tag, we’ll share the best of your con­tri­bu­tions.

The Chilterns take on a whole new character dur­ing the win­ter time – but they are still just as ex­cit­ing to ex­plore

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