Springhouse Boutique Holiday Park, Slaley Forest, Northumberland

December brings its usual crop of special events.  Christmas is the time when people pull out all the stops (Nice Christmas Carol Organ Music phrase) and have a blast.  Christmas markets, Panto, and meeting Santa are must do activities in the run up to Christmas.  Have fun!

I’ve given a web link in most cases.  Please check before you go.  As with all exploring, some of our ‘What’s on’ suggestions will be brilliant, some will give you completely new experiences, and others may be a disappointment. I’m putting this list together based on what I think looks interesting.

Santa Weekends at Hall Hill Farm:

30 November 2019 to 23 December 2019

This year Santa visits again. Open to the public on 30th November, 1st, 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December. Meet Santa and sit in his sleigh. Present from Santa for children
Elves workshop – make your own decoration. Santa’s Tractor Ride.Donkey Rides (weather permitting)
Christmas Puppet Show. Singing around the Christmas Tree ,See the animals in their winter stables
Meet Dasher the talking Reindeer


Vindolanda Light Tours   

7th and 8th  December plus 14th and 16th December.

 http://bit.ly/2qIAEhy  Be lead through the gardens and the fort stopping at some of Vindolanda’s most iconic spots for photos and learning about life on the frontier. Key highlights are the fireball and temple in the gardens the replica sections of Hadrian’s Wall and the Aqueduct.

Christmas at Beamish:

Discover unforgettable and unique yuletide celebrations this Christmas at Beamish! http://bit.ly/34ppBZq

Taste scrumptious seasonal cooking and be amazed as your favourite parts of the museum are beautifully decorated for the festive season. Savour the aroma of delicious home-baked goods cooking on the range, listen to merry music and try your hand at traditional crafts.

Start your own special family traditions and tick off important Christmas to-dos before the big day – no festive season is complete without a visit to Father Christmas, or even a spin on our real ice rink! From Georgian times right the way through to the 1950s, be immersed in an enchanting Christmas through time at Beamish.

Christmas afternoon teas at Raby Castle

Enjoy a classic British tradition with friends and family this Christmas with a limited edition, Festive Afternoon Tea at Raby Castle.

This special event will be a celebration of all things sweet and festive and will take place in the magnificent setting of Raby Castle’s Grand Entrance Hall.

The Hall will be transformed with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, grown on the Raby Estate, and there will be a roaring log fire.

Crisp, white tablecloths, seasonal table decorations and candlelight will also help to ensure this a truly indulgent treat.

You will be served three tiers of seasonal delights which will include a selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones and cream with freshly brewed tea.

6th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 20th December 1pm -3pm.


Hexham Race Course: Christmas Race Day 11th December


A great day out at Hexham Race course. Enjoy 6 races on the card.

Hexham Race Course: Christmas Race Day 11th December.


Discover the magic of the Geminids Meteor Shower, Walltown Country Park on 13th December


If clouds prevent us from viewing the starlit sky, we will use the radio-telescope instead to detect meteors whizzing through the ionosphere at thousands of miles per hour!

This event is aimed at beginners 11 years and older. Weather permitting, telescopes and binoculars will be available for you to use. Refreshments will also be available.

Please bring warm clothes and footwear and a torch.

Forum Cinema Hexham for Christmas Quiz Night on 13 Dec .


Only £1 per person – no pre-booking, just pay on the night. Teams up to a maximum of 5. Arrive at 7:30pm before a 7:45pm start. Tables in our Cafe Bar are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Hexham Christmas Ceilidh,

Has happened every December 28th since 1994, is a hugely popular public event which nicely fills the gap between Christmas and New Year. http://bit.ly/2qzuVuB
Great tunes, great dances and a lively festive atmosphere make it a guaranteed great night out for anyone who loves a good ceilidh.