Festive fun in store this December in and around the borough
IT’S that time of the year again, the bitter frost greets you as you walk out the door, the streets are glowing with sparkling lights and the festive spirit is mounting.
Christmas is a time for laughter, over indulging, silly jumpers and making memories with your loved ones.
If the smell of mince pies and gingerbread aren’t enough to get you in the mood for Christmas, an array of events and activities across the borough and surrounding areas might just do the trick.
Reporter Danielle Easton has put together a round up of some of the festive events this Christmas.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre Christmas Fayre
November 30 The festive season is here and tis’ the season to be jolly so the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre has organised a Christmas Fayre suitable for all the family.
Santa’s Grotto, a performance from St Peter’s Church of England School Choir, artisan and craft stalls as well as refreshments will all be available on the day.
Stall holders will be displaying a variety of Christmas gift ideas from textiles, baskets and lights to edible gifts, cakes, biscuits and tray bakes.
Burty Baker, Little Stitch House, The Tartan Art Studio and Interior Plant Creations are amongst those showcasing their produce and crafts.
The event is free to enter and food and drinks will be available too.
The Christmas Fayre will take place on Friday November 30 from 6pm till 9pm.
Bosworth Battlefield Park Snowman treasure hunt, December Over at Bosworth Battlefield’s park festive residents have been hidden and the centre is encouraging you to find them.
A snowman treasure hunt will be going on throughout December starting on Saturday 1 to Sunday December 30, taking place every day from 10am till 3.30pm.
The hunt costs £2 per child and collection sheets can be picked up from the ticket office before returning them to redeem your prize.
How many snowmen can you find before they melt?
Conkers, Swadlincote, Winter
Wonderland, December It is time to wrap up warm and get ready for a silly elf adventure out of the borough as Conkers opens up its Winter Wonderland just in time for Christmas.
Santa’s chief elf and his team will lead guests through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to discover Santa’s hidden woodland grotto.
Youngsters will then have the chance to chat to Santa and depending on how good they have been, receive an early gift from him.
During the visit guests can take a trip on Head Elf’s twinkle toes train through the tunnel of discovery to watch Christmas shows and films and if they are not quite in the Christmas spirit already, visitors will then find the snow cave ready for storytime and activities.
New to 2018, families can also use their Winter Wonderland ticket to access Conkers Discovery.
As part of this, visitors will get to experience Christmas magic in 4D at the Conkers cinema as well as access to the indoor exhibit area, warrens, ranger crafts and over 80 acres of outdoor walks.
No Christmas experience would be complete without Santa’s trusty sidekicks either, so live reindeer will also be on site throughout the day from 11am till 4.30pm.
The event will run from Saturday December 1 to Christmas Eve on Monday December 24.
Winter Wonderland will be open from 10.30am till 8pm and till 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Upon booking, guests must select a 30 minute time slot throughout the day and these will be available till 7.30pm.
To book your magical winter wonderland experience visit the Conkers website at http://www.visitconkers. com/.
Ten2 Gallery , Christmas card making, December dates If the outdoors isn’t your thing then artist Sarah Holden has the perfect indoor activity for all of you craft-lovers.
In two workshops held at the Ten2 Gallery, guests will receive a step by step guide on how to design and carve their very own sets of Christmas cards this festive season.
All materials will be included in the price for the two workshops which will cost £40 per person, taking place on both Saturday December 1 and Saturday December 8 from 2pm till 4pm.
Call the gallery on 01455 636339 to book your place today.
Festive Family Fun Run, Hinckley
Town Centre, December 9 This Christmas Hinckley BID has organised the town’s first ever Festive Family Fun Run.
The town’s Market Place will be transformed by running snowmen, santas, elves and reindeers as residents compete for the title of Best Costume to be rewarded with the £50 voucher prize, while two lucky runners-up will be handed vouchers worth £25.
All participants are encouraged to dress festively whether dressing up as a character or wearing your favourite Christmas jumper and those who do so, will all be awarded a neck medal for getting into the festive spirit.
The Fun Run itself starts at 11am on Sunday December 9. Prior to the start there will be a 30 minute warm-up by the resident Healthy Elf from 10.30am.
All age groups and abilities are welcome to take part in the event, as well as well-behaved dogs who are urged to dress up too. To register your family to the event, send an email including details of your family name, the number of children aged 12 and under in your group, the number of adults in your group and a contact email address to [email protected]leybid.co.uk or call 01455 698494.
Twycross Zoo, Tinsel Time, until the end of the year It’s tinsel time at Twycross Zoo and this year visitors to the conservation park will be able to join Santa and his loyal elf for breakfast, take a walk around the parks 80-acre land with the jolly man himself and even sit