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Shrewsbury Winter Festival

   
Address : The Quarry
Town/City : Shrewsbury
County : Shropshire
Country : England
Post code : SY1 1JA
Phone : 01952 432175
Web Site :  www.shrewsburychristmas.co.uk

Welcome to Shrewsbury Christmas

A celebration of local craft and amazing food all wrapped up and ready for you to enjoy in Shrewsbury Quarry Park

 8th & 9th December 2018

 

 

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What's On?

Ice Rink
Yes an ice rink will be taking pride of place at the top of the Quarry Park throughout the event. There will be small donation to the festival charity The Ark of �2 per go. Booking cannot be taken for this and it will be on a first come basis - sorry!

 

Christmas Storytelling
We are not so keen on Christmas Grotto's so we wanted to make some REAL memories and have a Christmas storytelling time for the little ones. This will be free to attend and a magical experience aimed at under 6's.

 

Hands on Workshops
Learning is fun, especially when you're doing it alongside an expert. If you have always fancied having a go at making a holly wreath, making pottery individually or perhaps learning to wrap your gifts the way they deserve then make sure you leave time in your shopping schedule to get hands on in one of our workshops. Foodie workshops will look at skills such as making the perfect cocktail or cooking the Christmas turkey, and of course the tricks behind making the perfect and beautifully presented Christmas dinner.

 

Carol Singing

Carols are an important part of the Christmas experience so maybe you can join us in enjoying the old favourites. We will be joined by local groups who will ensure that your festive season starts with that uplifting feeling that only these festive tunes can achieve. With young and old joining together in a family experience that will never be forgotten Christmas is certainly the time for singing around
the piano. A giant carol singalong at 3pm each day will put everyone in the festive mood.

 

Homeless experience
It's often in the winter months that we remember those less fortunate than ourselves and we have decided that we should provide an experience that allows you to actually see how the homeless manage at this time of the year. Working alongside The Ark there will be a soup kitchen serving what you would receive on the street while raising money for this
amazing charity.

 

Shrewsbury Town
The town full of independent shops as we ll as huge multi-nationals, amazing restaurants, suprises around every corner. Why would you want to go anywhere else for your Christmas shopping experience?

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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