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The best Christmas and New Year events in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 23rd December 2014

Christmas is just three days away and a week after that it will be New Year’s Day, so there is plenty for people to celebrate right now!

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The countdown to Christmas began at the beginning of December and millions of families across the UK will be celebrating Christmas at home, but if you are one of the lucky ones that are on Forest of Dean cottage holidays this Christmas then there is even more to enjoy as the region is playing host to a number of Christmas and New Year events.

Christmas Fantasy

The Christmas Fantasy at Clearwell Caves, which ends on 24th December, has a magical grotto set-up where children can receive gifts from Santa Clause himself.

The Clearwell Caves are also playing host to an underground market where visitors can pick up Christmas gifts, decorations and food.

Christmas at Perrygrove Railway

Perrygrove Railway is normally a popular destination for train enthusiasts, but visitors in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean and local residents can this year enjoy the Christmas at Perrygrove Railway event.

The event runs until 24th December and will really put people in the spirit of Christmas time. It is perfect for a family day-out, with a treasure hunt organised for the children as well as a storytelling activity taking place.

Visitors can also try mince pies, open presents from Perrygrove Railway, ride on the attractions train, go on scenic walks in the surrounding woodland and participate in treetop activities too.

Bibury duck race

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Forget trying out your new presents or having roast dinner round 2; the annual Boxing Day Duck Race at Bibury that is organised by the Bibury Cricket Club is a not-to-be-missed Boxing Day event.

People can buy a plastic duck on the day and cheer it on to victory or, alternatively, can just come and watch whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies.

The event kicks-off at 11am, but organisers are urging people to get there early as it is a very popular event.

New Year’s Eve in Cheltenham

If you are holidaying in the Forest of Dean over the New Year and want to experience New Year’s Eve in the region, then look no further than Cheltenham.

At the Cheltenham Town Hall, one of the county’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve events takes place and this year is no different, with a live Moulin Rouge performance planned.

There will also be live music from local band The Chip Shop Boys, who have supported the likes of Alexandra Burke and The Saturdays. Premier “noir” ticket holders will be able to receive reserved seating, canapes, champagne and a delicious two-course meal. Platinum ticket holders get a private bar and three-course meal, as well as champagne and canapes.

Standard tickets cost £29.50, noir tickets cost £69.50 and platinum tickets cost £90.