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Christmas at Twycross Zoo

18 Dec 2017

Get Closer to the Magic this Christmas at Twycross Zoo! We are against the 2-minute Santa visit. Join us for lots of opportunities to meet and see Santa throughout your trip to the zoo!

Meet Santa on his magical sleigh in the Plaza, listen to him read a story in Santa’s Storytime, spot him chatting to William the Donkey, a very special Christmas donkey who is on a quest to become a reindeer, plus lots more! You’re bound to spot him visiting our other animals across the zoo too!

Christmas at Twycross Zoo is especially suited for children with additional needs. The zoo is quieter than shopping centres and other attractions and the relaxed environment for meeting Santa enables a more inclusive experience. Twycross Zoo is set across fairly flat land with no steep inclines and our enclosures have both indoor and outdoor viewing to cater for all types of weather.

Dates: Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th December 2017

*Prices start from £0 - more details can be found here > www.twycrosszoo.org/christmas-at-twycross-zoo/

 

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: Twycross Zoo Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX

Cost: Prices start from £0 - see website link

Happening Today, 18 Dec 2017
Sacred Things: Elalmadinah …To The City

Location: Coventry - Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5QP

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Cost: Free

This winter the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum presents Sacred Things, a new exhibition by British photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley.

For this fascinating exhibition Hingley has collaborated with Syrian refugees who have recently been welcomed to Coventry on a unique UN programme. The work draws on the stories and experiences of the Syrian individuals, and explores symbols both of the past and of contemporary life.

Historically, honored visitors were presented symbolic keys to the city gates. In this exhibition, the sim card given to refugees on landing in the UK appears as the present-day key to the city. The sim card offers a direct link to scattered loved ones and a collection of photographic memories. As an object and tool it offers an immediate sense of security, identity and home in a new place.

Presented within an immersive installation, keys from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s collections represent the city’s eclectic history alongside illuminated photographs of silver sim cards portraying messages from Syrian individuals to their new city.

Santa's Mixed Up Martian

Location: Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Corporation St Coventry CV1 1GS

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Cost: £12

Santa’s Mixed-up Martian is the fourth show in the series written by Iain Lauchlan, creator of the Tweenies, and produced by Imagine Theatre.

The show will once again feature Santa, Ellie and Rudolph but this year they will be joined by a visitor from outer space. A friendly multi-coloured mixed-up Martian who has made an emergency landing on Earth after he was blown off course by a solar wind just as he was nipping out in his space scooter to buy a Mars bar.

As always there will be plenty of chances for children to join in with the action and sing along with their favourite songs. In fact, the children will have to help Santa and Ellie find a way to get their confused visitor back to his home planet of Mars.

The show will also give children an opportunity to give their letter to Santa in person. Specially designed paper for the letter will be available on the day or can be downloaded from http://www.imaginetheatre.co.uk/santa-shows/

PLUS: As an added treat, children will get to meet Santa and receive a gift from him. This is included in the child price.

Santa’s Mixed-up Martian is an unmissable treat for all children up to the age of 6 years and will ensure that the festive season gets off to a sparkling and fun filled start.

Running time: Approx. 35 minutes followed by a meet and greet with Santa.

Tickets: Adults: £8.25 & £8.75 Children: £10.50 & £11

The Play's The Thing

Location: Royal Shakespeare Company Waterside Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6BB

Time: 10:20

Cost: £8.50

Discover the magic of theatre-making in the Royal Shakespeare Company's interactive family friendly exhibition, The Play's The Thing.

Explore a treasure trove of weird and wonderful objects from our past productions and discover the gory secrets of theatre-making. See up close the stunning costumes and fearsome weaponry created right here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Get creative and hands-on with our interactive exhibits; step inside the mind of a Director, perform the part of Hamlet on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in front of a virtual audience, and embrace your competitive streak with our quick change challenge.

Focusing the spotlight on the creativity behind-the-scenes, there are plenty of activities to entertain the whole family.

Open daily from 10.20am.

Prices:
Annual Pass – pay once, visit as often as you wish for 12 months: £8.50 Adult, £4.25 child, £4.25 disabled people.

KIDS GO FREE* on Sundays and throughout Warwickshire school holidays
*up to four kids go FREE with every full paying adult

To book, please call the box office on 01789 403493 or come to the Box Office in the RSC foyer on the day.

Web: https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-plays-the-thing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thersc
Twitter: @theRSC
Instagram: @theRSC

Visit Santa! Vintage Sleigh Ride

Location: Coventry - Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5QP

Time: 10:00

Cost: £5

This Christmas make family memories to cherish! Join us for a magical ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh. Journey to Lapland on this magical moving ride, pulled by two trusty reindeer.

Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift.

After 60 years at the Co-op department store, Santa’s Sleigh ride has moved to Coventry Transport Museum and families can once again enjoy the magic and tradition of a visit to Santa on this extraordinary vintage ride. An experience like no other, the sleigh is uniquely nostalgic. Its original mechanics and fixtures have been maintained but unchanged since the 60s - they don't make them like this anymore!

While you’re waiting to see Santa enjoy a drop in activity in our Christmas craft zone. See website for full details.

Santa’s Top Tip #1 It gets very busy as it gets near to Christmas so avoid the queues by coming to see us early, to begin your festive season in style!

Santa’s Top Tip #2 Remember we are open in term time which is an ideal quieter time to bring pre-schoolers to enjoy their visit.

Santa’s Top Tip #3 Need to finish off your Christmas shopping before you visit? Come along to one of our later openings, last admission 5.30pm.

Tickets
Children £5 / accompanying adult (up to two adults per child) £1.50. Entry fee includes a gift per child.
Adult (without gift) £4, adult (with gift) £5
Entry fee includes a gift per child. Queues are expected particularly in the last week before Christmas and at weekends, please visit midweek and early weeks to enjoy a quieter experience. We reserve the right to close the ride at any time during busy periods.

Early Bird: 9.00am – 10.00am sessions for people with learning disability such as autism. Please book in advance on the following dates in December: Thursdays 7, 14 & 21, Saturdays 9, 16, 23 and Sundays 10, 17. Phone 024 7623 7521 (weekdays only)

Late night opening: last admission 5:30pm on the following dates in December: Tuesday & Wednesdays – 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20.

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