Seasonal events

T'is the season and with this season comes a whole range of festive, seasonal events for you, your friends and loved ones.

December

Friday 1 December to Saturday 16 December: Winter wreath making, Watts Gallery

Create a beautiful and sustainable winter wreath for your home using an array of natural materials found across the Watts Gallery estate. Led by Verey Head Gardener and renowned florist Chris Sharples, explore traditional method of making a wreath base and decorate it with foliage, berries and ribbon. Book your spot on the Watts Gallery wreath making webpage.


Friday 1 December to Sunday 24 December: Christmas at Godstone Farm

A Father Christmas visit includes the choice of a brilliant toy from his charming toy shop, an interactive activity plus entry to farm all day including our indoor playbarn. The Meet Father Christmas Experience is for a family with a maximum of 4 children in each timeslot. Book your slot on the Godstone Farm website.


Friday 1 December to Saturday 23 December: A Perfect Christmas - Meet Father Christmas, Polesden Lacey

For the first time ever, Father Christmas is setting up camp in Polesden Lacey House. Join everyone for a magical experience throughout the upstairs, where elves and dragons roam... Roar! Book your spot on the National Trust Perfect Christmas webpage.


Throughout December: Christmas Carousel, Polesden Lacey

Join other this Christmas for a festive experience at this traditional carousel. Go and ride on the wonderful traditional gallopers carousel, right outside the front of the mansion. Book your spot on the National Trust Christmas Carousel webpage.


Friday 1 December to Sunday 10 December: Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

Join others in December for the Festive Fayre 2023, when Hampton Court Palace's magnificent courtyards and grounds will be transformed into a food-lover's winter wonderland once again. This festive event will be on over two weekends. For full details and to book your tickets visit the Hampton Court Palace website.


Friday 1 December to Saturday 30 December: Denbies Santa Express

Tis the season... For a ride on the Santa Express at Denbies. This train ride includes a special "passport" from Santa, a ride through the vineyard on the Santa Express with the Reindeer Game and a gift at the end of your ride. Enjoy! Book your spot on the Denbies Santa Express webpage.


Saturday 2, 3, 9 and 10 December: Ramster Christmas Market, Chiddingfold

This is a wonderful Christmas market experience inside a beautiful historic Jacobean Hall. Discover a unique collection of locally made gifts including food and drink, beauty products, art and homewares. You can also buy premium Christmas trees and beautiful wreaths from the Ramster Tea House who will be serving festive treats including mince pies and mulled wine. Event will run from 10am to 4pm. Visit the Ramster Events website to book.


Saturday 2 December: Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell concert

Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell are the reason Folk Inspiration was created. After their breath-taking performance in a double-header with Andy Cutting for their first concert at the Boileroom last year, their return to Guildford was inevitable! Book tickets for the performance on the Folk Inspiration website.


Saturday 2 December: West End Christmas Fair 2023, Woking

West End Christmas Fair at Gordon's School, Bagshot Rd, Woking GU24 9PT, from 11am to 3pm, returns this year with a mix of commercial and craft stalls, and entertainment, food and drink, Tombola and more.


Sunday 3 December: Newlands Corner Christmas Pop-Up 2023

Have you been to the Newlands Corner Christmas Pop-Up? The successful event brings together a host of Surrey based businesses in a stunning outdoor setting and returns for the third year on Sunday 3 December from 10am to 3.30pm. Entry to the event is free. Find more information on the Surrey's countryside webpage.


Sunday 3 December: Christmas Winter Welly Walk, Gatton Park

Enjoy an elfy winter walk around beautiful Gatton Park. Stop off along the way to make a willow star decoration as you follow the Christmas trail around the lake. Tickets are available on the Gatton Park Christmas Winter Welly webpage.


Tuesday 5 December: Christmas With The Len Phillips Swing Orchestra, Dorking Halls

Nothing says Christmas like Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé and the classic sound of a big band. This year, the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra is back to celebrate in style. A seasonal family favourite show packed with some of the best-loved Christmas tunes of all time like Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, and many more. Visit the Dorking Halls Christmas with The Len Phillips webpage.


Tuesday 5 and Sunday 10 December: Christmas Market - curated by Dapper & Suave

At all Dapper & Suave pop ups you can find lifestyle products such as beauty, fashion, food and drink, jewellery and more. But this time it's Christmas so you'll be able to find all manner of gifts for your family and friends. Get the timings and locations on the Dapper and Suave website.


Wednesday 6 December: Epworth Choir Family Christmas Concert

Look forward to a festive concert of carols which includes the popular 'On Christmas Night' by Chilcott. This performance supports The Lighthouse – a vibrant Woking hub hosting many supportive projects. Interval refreshments will be available to buy and all proceed will go to The Lighthouse. Book your tickets and find out more about the event on the Epworth Choir website.


Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 December: Wreath Making Workshop, Surrey Hills

Wrap up and get into the festive spirit with a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on our farm nestled in the Surrey Hills! Under the expert guidance of renowned floristry expert Carrie from Topiary-Tree. All levels are welcome, and materials will be provided. Book your spot on the Joy Farms website.


Saturday 9 December: Guildford Choral Christmas Concert - Handel's Messiah

What would the approach to Christmas be without a thrilling performance of Handel's Messiah? Since its first performance in 1742, this work has never ceased to enthral with its heady mix of solo arias and vibrant choruses – with the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus at its heart. Guildford Choral will be joined by a brilliant quartet of soloists and Southern Pro Musica for this festive musical feast. Get the timings and book tickets on the Guildford Choral website.


Saturday 9 December: Bourne Hall Christmas Lights Switch On

This is just one of the many festive events taking place at Bourne Hall throughout December. Expect a day of festive fun including
performances from local dance schools and so much more. It's free and kicks off from 10am to 5pm. The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell will switch on the Christmas lights at 4.30pm.

Find out more by calling 020 8393 9571 or you can email bournehallmailbox@epsomewell.gov.uk. Visit the Bourne Hall Christmas Lights webpage for all information.


Saturday 9 December to Saturday 16 December: Santa's Grotto, Bourne Hall

Do the little ones want to meet Father Christmas at his grotto? Bring them along to visit the grotto at Bourne Hall and post a letter to Father Christmas in the Bourne Hall post box. Grotto will run from 10am to 4pm.

Find out more by calling 020 8393 9571 or you can email bournehallmailbox@epsomewell.gov.uk. Visit the Bourne Hall Santa's Grotto webpage for all information.


Saturday 9 December to Sunday 10 December: Christmas Wreath Making (AM and PM), Leatherhead

Pick your slot and enjoy a festive morning making a Christmas door wreath using natural materials found locally. Bring some friends or come on your own. We'll have mulled juice, holiday snacks and festive music to inspire your creativity. Interested? Find a time that suits you on the Surrey Wildlife Trust event webpage.


Sunday 10 December: Carols by Candlelight, Guildford

This award-winning Surrey Hills Chamber Choir and The Surrey Hills Singers will be performing their traditional candlelit Christmas Concert in Guildford, starting at 7pm. The highlight of the concert will be a complete performance of Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols". Get into the festive mood with others. Book your tickets on the Sing Surrey Hills website.


Sunday 10 December: Santa Fun Run, Denbies Estate

Don your favourite Santa outfit and head out on this 2.5k route with other festive minded people! It isn't timed, but it's 2 laps of the 2.5k route, and while there are medals and numbers there are no prizes for being first across the line. Also, if you're worried your children won't manage the full 5K you can do one lap and still earn the medal, mulled wine and mince pie. Find more details and book your spot on the Denbies Santa Fun Run webpage.


Monday 11 December and Friday 15 December: Christmas Wreath-making, Bourne Hall

Learn how to create your own beautiful Christmas wreath with Jade Sibly, using flowers and foliage from Hook Heath Flower Farm. Starts at 7 to 9pm and costs £60.

Find out more by calling 020 8393 9571 or you can email bournehallmailbox@epsomewell.gov.uk. Visit the Bourne Hall Christmas Wreath-making webpage for all information.


Tuesday 12 December: Christmas Cake Decorating Workshop, Bourne Hall

Learn how to pipe, shape and accessorise your Christmas cake with Anita Chappel, Bourne Hall's Head Chef. This is a free event from 5.30 to 7pm.

Find out more by calling 020 8393 9571 or you can email bournehallmailbox@epsomewell.gov.uk. Visit the Bourne Hall Seasonal Storytelling webpage for all information.


Wednesday 13 December: Seasonal Storytelling, Bourne Hall

As the year comes to a close, enjoy age old tales and seasonal superstitions from the cold heart of winter. Brought to you by Bourne Hall Museum's curator, Jeremy Haarte.

Find out more by calling 020 8393 9571 or you can email bournehallmailbox@epsomewell.gov.uk. Visit the Bourne Hall Seasonal Storytelling webpage for all information.


Thursday 14 December: Family screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bourne Hall

The Grinch is such a holiday favourite so it's not surprising it's being screened during the Christmas season. (PG). Get there in time to grab a seat! Starts at 6 to 8.30pm and it's a free event.

Find out more by calling 020 8393 9571 or you can email bournehallmailbox@epsomewell.gov.uk. Visit the Bourne Hall Family Screening of The Grinch webpage for all information.


Friday 15 December: Treble Clef Choir, Weybridge

Treble Clef Choir invite you to their Christmas Carol concert on Friday 15th December, 8pm at St James' Church, Weybridge. Get ready to get into the songful Christmas spirit. Book your ticket on the Ticket Source Treble Clef Choir webpage.


Friday 15 December: Carol Party, Mickleham

Mickleham Choral Society's annual Christmas concert is back, and the group will play to a packed audience, followed by festive food and mulled wine. Starts at 7.30pm. Book your spot on the Mickleham Choral website.


Friday 15 December: Runnymede Jazz Club

Don't miss the first appearance of the Golden Eagle Jazz Band at the Runnymede Jazz Club. Doors open at 6.45pm and the concert is from 7.30 to 10pm. You can book tickets at 01784 441694 or email runnymedejazzclub@hotmail.com.


Saturday 16 December: Occam Singers: Music and Readings for Advent and Christmas, Guildford

This will be a festive sequence of seasonal music and readings. But there will also be carols to sing along with, choral pieces old and new, anniversaries celebrated, new voices heard, moments of reflection and celebration, and more than enough cheer to see you through the last days before Christmas arrives. And mince pies. Book tickets on the Occam Singers webpage.


Tuesday 19 December: Christmas Crafts (am or pm)

Get the sparkle out for lots of Christmas craft creativity. Christmas Craft making session ideal for younger children 3 to 7 years. 10 to 11.30am or 1.30 to 3.00pm. Find timings and more information on the Gatton Park Christmas Crafts webpage.


Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 December: Trails and Tales: Stick Man (am or pm)

Listen to the story of "Stick Man" by Julia Donaldson with a craft activity, then explore a trail around the garden. Ideal for children aged 2 to 4 years. Book online at the Gatton Park Trails and Tales Stick Man webpage.