Conkers Set for Fun-Packed Festive Period

Moira, nr. Swadlincote – Christmas and New Year at Conkers, in the heart of the National Forest, is set to be a festive one, with a whole host of exciting, seasonal events taking place. Winter Wonderland There’s Winter Wonderland from Saturday, 27th November, through to Thursday, 23rd December, where families are taken on an Elf-led tour of the snow-covered Enchanted Forest. Once there, visitors will be able to meet Santa and his reindeer in an authentic antique Norwegian log chalet, try some hot minced pies and roasted chestnuts, sing along with the carol singers, warm themselves with some mulled wine and marvel at the fire juggling. Children will get a present from Santa himself, along with a Conkers Christmas cookie. There are 12 dates to choose from and pre-booking of a timed-visit is essential. Party Nights During December, Christmas party nights are being held at the Waterside Centre, allowing groups and individuals to celebrate in style, with a mouth-watering, four-course menu. Revellers can dance the night away with Conkers’ resident DJ, with all of the Christmas party favourites on the playlist. Early dates have already sold-out, however, tickets remain for the parties on Friday 17th – which includes a disco and live band - and Saturday 18th December with disco only. Pantomime This Christmas, Pantomime is in abundance at Conkers, with the old favourite, Cinderella, being performed in the Discovery Centre on the 18th December (tickets required). Later in the month, both the classic pantos, Snow White and A Christmas Carol will be performed every day in the Waterside Centre - from the 27th December through to the 2nd of January - completely free for visitors paying the normal cost of admission. Carols by Candlelight To really get into the Christmas mood, Carols by Candlelight, held in the Waterside Amphitheatre, on Thursday 23rd December, will offer an exquisite concert of beautiful carols and seasonal music performed by the Ibstock Brick Brass Band in a fantastic candle-lit style setting. The event is outdoors, so guests will need to wrap up warm, although there will be hot mince pies and drinking chocolate included. New Year's Day Brunch On New Year’s Day, a special brunch will be served at the Waterside Centre to mark the start of the new year and give mums and dads the day off from cooking and the chance for the whole family to explore the grounds of the Waterside Centre. This event requires pre-booked tickets. Chris Sturdy, Conkers’ general manager, said: “Christmas and New Year are special and it’s a time for families to get together. There really is something for everyone at Conkers this year, whether it’s the chance for a group of friends or colleagues to let their hair down and celebrate at one of our party nights, or the shared family experience of the Winter Wonderland.” “We are all really looking forward to making our guests visits memorable throughout the festive period.” For further information on all of the above events and details on how to book, please visit the website: ENDS