From Europe’s largest indoor funfair to illuminated tunnels filled with thousands of lights, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to visit if you’re staying at our UK resorts of Trenython Manor or Duchally Country Estate this winter.
Very few places do pre-Christmas festivities quite like Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, which holds some of the most inspiring markets around. This year, these include a traditional Scottish Market on George Street, a European Market on Mound Precinct, and especially for the wee ones, a Children’s Market (part of Santa Land) in Princes Street Gardens. Earn your next mince pie by hopping on the Big Wheel for spectacular panoramic views of the city, or if you’re feeling brave, go for a spin on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer.
Love chocolate? If so, your tastebuds are in for a sweet treat on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November at the Perth Festival of Chocolate. Located amongst the sparkling Christmas lights on King Edward Street, this weekend is widely regarded as one of Perth’s highlights of the year, so if you’re staying at Duchally Country Estate over this period, don’t miss out on an opportunity to stock up on goodies from artisan chocolatiers and find chocolate gift inspiration. Your day here will bear witness to tasty chocolates being created at cooking demonstrations run by skilled chocolate and pastry chefs – and afterwards, let the kids partake in lots of cocoa-themed fun inside the children’s tent.
Glasgow welcomes back the IRN-BRU Carnival – Europe’s largest indoor funfair 22nd December 2021 to 16th January 2022 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC). A great place to escape the chilly temperatures outside, this annual festival of fun has been running for over 100 years to become an eagerly anticipated fixture in Glasgow’s Christmas calendar, and is definitely one of the city’s most-loved attractions. Home to thrill rides such as, Starflyer, Viva Mexico, and Drop Zone (to name but a few), you’re in for an exhilarating night – and if you’re bringing the little ones, rides called Baby Apple and Mini Wheel will be much more age appropriate.
Winter is the most wonderful time of year to be visiting Truro. Held between 3rd– 24th December on Lemon Quay, The Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair is a month-long open-air market showcasing the best of Cornwall, which is a haven for wonderful seasonal gifts and the chance to sample some of the finest local fare. The aroma of mulled wine helps to create a magical Christmassy atmosphere, and a friendly welcome awaits from traders, many of whom are unique artisans of their craft. From 9th December, the market will be open for longer to coincide with Truro’s late-night shopping.
Bigger, bolder, and brighter, The Tunnel of Lights is returning to The Shipwreck Treasure Museum in St Austell with a brand-new immersive experience. Opening early December, the Artic Adventure Christmas Experience transforms more than 100 metres of subterranean passageways into a polar-themed wonderland, where illuminated tunnels are filled with thousands of lights, atmospheric arctic soundscapes, and flurries of snow fall. As a visitor, you’ll follow in the frosty footsteps of adventure through a world of ice, encountering shipwrecks frozen in time, giant icebergs, ice caves, and frozen waterfalls along the way. Timed entry tickets must be booked in advance via shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk