6 Things to do with the Children in Wiltshire this Christmas Holiday

Trying to plan the perfect Christmas in Wiltshire with the kids this December? Well the team at Bishopstrow are here to help! We’ve found the finest festive fun for you and your little ones to enjoy over the Christmas holidays, so get stuck in!

The Night Before Christmas

Salisbury Playhouse

5th – 31st December 2016

We all remember this festive classic…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there . . .

This Christmas see the enchanting poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, brought to life in the intimate setting of Salisbury’s Salberg Theatre. See father Christmas with his sleigh full of toys and his belly that wobbles “like a bowlful of jelly”. Filled to the brim with all the magic of Christmas, this is the perfect treat for all the family.

Rapunzel and her Witch

The Neeld Community & Arts Centre

12th December 2016

This year The Neeld Community & Arts Centre in Chippenham welcomes a brand new touring puppet show for 3-7 year olds and their families called Rapunzel and her Witch. This entertaining re-telling of the Grimm tale features two signing actors; Rapunzel as a young deaf (puppet) child and the Witch as an intriguing compilation of images of ‘Grandfather/ Grandmother’ archetypes. The charming and enchanting show is an accessible and family friendly performance filled with music, puppet figures and singing, as well as fully integrated sign language- truly something for everyone!

Santa Cruises on the Barbara McLellan

Bradford on Avon

17th – 24th December 2016

Voyage along the Avon this Christmas in an hour long cruise that will to take you to meet Father Christmas! When the boat docks, Father Christmas will come aboard with a sack laden with gifts, each one individually chosen and wrapped for every child. The £9 ticket includes mulled wine and mince pies for the adults, with fruit juice and treats for the children. A truly magical experience for the little ones in a truly beautiful corner of Wiltshire.

Christmas Creativity

Salisbury Cathedral

20th December 2016

Held within the magical Christmas setting of Salisbury Cathedral’s stunning 13th century building is the opportunity to craft your very own decorations, cards or small gifts. All activities are child friendly and suitable for ages 4-12 years and are free drop-in session, though parents must stay an accompany their children.  All art materials are provided. And why not stay for Christmas story time by the Nativity? And, better yet, the cathedral’s ‘Christmouse’ Trail runs from 16th December to 2nd January.  The trail takes you on the hunt for Salisbury’s sweet little Christmouse, who has lost his way to the stable in Bethlehem. Families can collect a free leaflet inside the Cathedral and follow the clues to find him again. For those that complete the trail, there will be a sparkly surprise waiting for you in the shop…

Jack Frost

Trowbridge Town Hall

17th December 2016

Join the ‘Moon On a Stick’ theatre company at Trowbridge Town Hall this December for the captivating tale of Jack Frost:

“A magical, wintery production brings Jack Frost to life through puppetry, live music and enchanting storytelling. Meet our mischievous sprite as he takes us on a snowy adventure and spreads winter wherever he goes. But wrap up warm or you’ll catch him nipping at your fingers and toes!”

The stage will be transformed using a unique combination of light, music and visual theatre to reimagine this well-known Nordic legend. There is also a special 3pm performance, ideal for families with children who are nervous of the theatre, find being still and quiet for long periods of time difficult or have a Special Educational Needs or Autism.

The Santa Express

Longleat Festival of Light

11th November 2016 – 2nd January 2017

As part of Longleat’s 50th Anniversary Festival of Light (which you can read all about here) the Santa Express is rolling into Longleat ready to take you to the North Pole! A trip on the Santa Express is the perfect way to make this Christmas extra magical. The train will take you past the stunning Half Mile Lake before disembarking at ‘North Pole Halt’; an enchanting snow-covered winter wonderland. Then you will be able to meet Father Christmas and his elves might even have a special gift waiting for you…

As you can see, there’s loads going on this Christmas in Wiltshire for you and the family to enjoy. And what better place to centre your yuletide activities around than Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa? You can find out all about our festive packages here, or call us on 01985 212313 to make your booking.

Join us for a delicious five-course dinner with excellent Vidal wine pairing hosted by Hugh Crichton!