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CRAFTS WITH THE NA­TIONAL TRUST, UK-WIDE

Na­tional Trust gar­dens pro­vide a bounty of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als that can be used to dec­o­rate man­tel­pieces, and some of­fer craft­ing classes. Col­lect holly and ivy at Ick­worth in Suf­folk (£7.50) or use green­ery from the gar­dens at Canons Ashby, Northamp­ton­shire, to cre­ate a wreath (£25). Chil­dren can carve wooden elves at At­ting­ham Park, Shrop­shire. En­try £12.20 (child £6.10); wooden elf £8; var­i­ous dates; na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

V&A CHRIST­MAS WORK­SHOPS, LON­DON

Lon­don’s art and de­sign mu­seum is stag­ing a post-christ­mas “sea­sonal rave” along­side a host of other, more typ­i­cal, fes­tive de­lights across a num­ber of week­ends in Knights­bridge. Tree dec­o­ra­tion-mak­ing ses­sions are avail­able, as are sketch­ing classes and pop-up per­for­mances. They com­ple­ment an ex­hi­bi­tion of a city made from gin­ger­bread by the Mu­seum of Ar­chi­tec­ture. Free en­try and crafts; rave £13 (child £8); gin­ger­bread city £6 (un­der-11s free; var­i­ous dates; vam.ac.uk

WASSAILING AT ST FAGANS, CARDIFF

Welsh tra­di­tions take cen­tre stage at St Fagans Na­tional Mu­seum of His­tory, with per­for­mances of Christ­mas tra­di­tions such as the Mari Lwyd – which in­volves singing along­side a horse-like fig­ure – and the Hunt­ing of the Wren. Visi­tors can also en­joy car­ols, a brass band and tra­di­tional Welsh Ply­gain singing. Chil­dren can write let­ters to Father Christ­mas in the Vic­to­rian school­house, and wreat­hand gin­ger­bread-mak­ing work­shops are also sched­uled. En­try £15 (un­der-16s £8); Dec 6-8; mu­seum.wales/stfa­gans

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