This Weekend: Longleat’s Festival of Light and Murder in Nottingham

Posted on 17th Dec 2019. In

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Hurry up Christmas! We just don’t think we can wait any longer! We’re in need of a little rest and relaxation, and we reckon the whole country is too. If (unlike us) you’re not brimming with festive cheer just yet, never fear: Weekend Candy is here with some of the best seasonal things to do this weekend in the UK. Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. 

For more ideas on what to do this weekend, there’s also our Weekend Directory to visit.  If you do go to any of the events below, swing by the comments below and let us know!


Event | Humbug, a Killer Christmas Murder Mystery, National Justice Museum, Nottingham

Sat 21st Dec | Tickets: £39.99

You have been cordially invited by Scrooge himself to the Nation Justice Museum’s murder mystery night. The year is 1853. Scrooge has abandoned his miserable ways, but will the other guests behave?

Get into character, step back in time and join everyone for a night of fun and frivolity and, of course, Christmas cheer. Enjoy a welcome drink of mulled wine to warm you before you’re ushered into court to be welcomed by your host.

Once the murder takes place, you’ve the chance to tour the museum, looking for clues and interviewing suspects. You finish the night with a delicious three course Christmas meal – and hopefully the murderer behind bars.


Event | Xmas Bottomless Brunch, Bayley Lane Kitchen, Coventry

Sat 21st Dec | Tickets: £30

Brunch, booze and some cracking Christmas sing-a-long beats! Grab your loudest Christmas jumper, call your mates, and enjoy an afternoon full of everyone’s Christmas musical favourites and seasonal classics at Bayley Lane Kitchen.

To heighten the merriment, there’s unlimited prosecco and cocktails, plus top-notch food for all diets and tastes. So go on, fill your Santa boots and make your very own Santa belly.


Event | Festive Rag Wreath Making, IKEA Bromley Planning Studio, London

Sat 21st Dec | Tickets: £16

Don’t have a wreath up on your door? Well, why not make your own? Head along to this 2-hour workshop and create your own Christmas wreath using strips of spare fabric, embellish with baubles, snowflakes, ribbons and berries.

Anyone from 8yrs upwards is welcome to come along and get in the Christmas spirit. And by the end of it you get to take home your very own, handmade Christmas wreath to hang proudly at home.

But be warned: places are limited so book ahead to secure your space. All the fabric and refreshments are included in the cost. Jingle all the way.


Event | The Festival of Light – Longleat, Warminster

Sat 21st Dec – Sun 5th Jan | Tickets: £23.55 – £31.55

The UK’s original and biggest lantern festival returns for its sixth year, this winter. Hundreds of beautiful lanterns illuminate Longleat’s grounds, transforming the estate as darkness falls. This year the theme is Myths and Legends – bringing you epic stories from around the world; from the gods and magical beings of ancient Greece, to heroic tales of British folklore.

Expect to see Pegasus, the genie in the lamp, the Kraken and the Chimera, as well as Zeus, Hercules, Medusa, Aphrodite and so many more. Keep your wits about you as you venture through a garden filled with mythical creatures – this really is the stuff of legends.


Event | Adult Ball Pool Bar, Liverpool

Sat 21st Dec | Tickets: For prices contact the venue

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go through a kid’s play centre, a little bit tipsy and with your best mates? Hallelujah, now you can – thanks to (pardon the pun) Balls Deep pop-up ball pool and cocktail bar. Which comes to Liverpool this weekend. Amen.

This is the UK’s biggest adult ball pool and cocktail bar. Expect balls – a lot of balls, plus ping pong tables and the prettiest (very instagrammable) cocktails.


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