Look What's on in the South West This Month

12 December 2015
Highcliffe Christmas Cracker, Christchurch, Dorset
The popular Christmas event returns this year on 12th December. Festive shopping, entertainment and Father Christmas.

12 December 2015
Lantern Parade, St Ives, Cornwall
Join the magical and mystical Harbour Lights Lantern Parade as it heads from the Tate, via The Digey, onto Fore Street and then along the Wharf. Parade starts at 6pm.

12 December 2015
Pantomime: Cinderella, Wimborne, Dorset
Panto returns to the Allendale Centre with a family favourite, Cinderella. Tickets include a supper option for those wanting a bite after the Save the Children Parade.

10 Dec 2015 to 12 Dec 2015
Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival, Swanage, Dorset
It's almost time for the annual Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival! Due to its increasing popularity and size, there’s an exciting new venue this year at Swanage – Emmanuel Baptist Church, where the parking and catering facilities will meet the greater need. The 3-day Festival is free and will feature music, singing, concerts and drama, as well as story-telling and a chance to dress up and be photographed as part of an amazing 3D Nativity scene!

12 December 2015
Save The Children Parade, Wimborne, Dorset
This iconic event in the Wimborne calendar attracts people from all over the county. Entertainment all day with a parade of floats at 2:30pm

12 Dec 2015 to 13 Dec 2015
Haynes Festive Food & Gift Fayre, Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne, Dorset
Looking for Christmas presents with a difference? Find unique handmade gifts for your friends and family at Haynes Festive Food and Gift Fayre. The 50 plus stalls will provide festive inspiration and gift ideas galore. Browse the stalls picking up delicious food for Christmas. This is a great opportunity for you to buy all of your fresh, local produce for the festive season. To book a stall please contact us on 01963 440804 for more information,

13 December 2015
RNLI Christmas Carol Service, Teignmouth, Devon
Everyone is welcome to join us (the crew, fundraisers and supporters) for this special Christmas Service and join us afterwards for seasonal refreshments in the Narthex at the back of the church. 4pm to 5pm at St Michael the Archangel Church.

12 Dec 2015 to 13 Dec 2015
Santa by Steam, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, Cornwall
Join Santa aboard his steam hauled train for a one hour journey. whilst on board the Elves will invite you to visit Santa in his magical grotto, where all children will receive a special present! Theres plenty of time for a photograph too! What's Included? A one hour return journey on a steam hauled train, a mince pie and seasonal drink for adults, with presents for the children. How much does it cost? £13.25 per person.

10 Dec 2015 to 13 Dec 2015
Santa's Grotto, Torquay, Devon
Santa's Magical Reindeer Grotto ROTARY’S award-winning Santa’s Grotto welcomes visitors of all ages to Fleet Walk Shopping Centre for a spectacular sparkling festive wonderland. Experience this amazing display which every year welcomes thousands of visitors through its door and equally raises thousands of pounds for local Rotary charities. Last year around 10,000 people came to see Santa and helped to raise more than £5,000 for charity.

13 December 2015
Wareham Christmas Celebrations - Father Christmas, Wareham, Dorset
Wareham Town Centre - Parade 4.00pm Father Christmas in his gold boots and afterwards in his grotto. Warm refreshments in the town hall.

09 Dec 2015 to 20 Dec 2015
Bridport Christmas Tree Festival, Bridport, Dorset
This is the 17th occasion of this wonderful exhibition of over 60 decorated and illuminated trees. Each tree with a different theme and donated by a charity, community group, club, public authority, school or young people's group. Venue: Bridport United Church.

04 Dec 2015 to 23 Dec 2015
Christmas at Haynes, Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne, Dorset
The magic of Christmas is taking place at Haynes; the experience starts when you enter ‘Haynes Winter Wonderland’, packed with fun and is so much more than just meeting Father Christmas in this exceptional setting. Bookings are essential, more information to follow soon.

12 Dec 2015 to 23 Dec 2015
Christmas Wild!, Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch, Dorset
The massive indoor adventure play centre Wild Thing is snow topped and Chirstmas Wild! with all the fun and excitement of this most magical time of year. The whole place goes Christmas wild with Christmas decorations, festive fare and everything that makes for a wonderful treat for all the family. Pay a visit to the magical Nativity Cuddles Corner, included in the entry price and, of course join our entertainments team and travel to Oz for our seasonal pantomime in the Hippodrome theatre!

16 Nov 2015 to 23 Dec 2015
Crafts for Christmas, Bodmin, Cornwall
A lovely craft fair at the Shire Hall where you'll find inspirational gifts for Christmas from local craftspeople. Open from Monday to Friday 08.45 am - 2.00 pm.

15 Nov 2015 to 28 Dec 2015
Bournemouth Christmas Market & Festival, Bournemouth, Dorset
Held in the heart of Bournemouth in the Town Square, surrounding streets and the Lower Gardens this festive extravaganza will be bursting at the seams with Christmas ambiance. Full of atmosphere with Christmas lights; fun animated figures and festive decorations, the Bournemouth Christmas Market & Festival is something not to be missed.

04 Dec 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
Weymouth's BIG Christmas, Weymouth, Dorset
This Christmas Weymouth offers some real fun including a REAL ice rink, REAL Christmas tree and REAL Santa & reindeers. It starts on the 4th when Santa will arrive on his Norwegian sleigh pulled by two reindeer. His grotto will be located in the foyer of Cineworld, which will be open during the Christmas opening night and successive weekends, plus the three-day run up to 23rd December.

06 Dec 2015 to 03 Jan 2016
Pantomime: Dick Whittington, Truro, Cornwall
Once upon a time, a young lad called Dick Whittington set off from Cornwall to follow his dreams of fame and riches. But times are hard, and before long our hero hasn’t got a penny to his name and nobody but his faithful cat for company. He turns for home…. Will Dick find his fortune after all? Or will his hopes be thwarted by the menacing King Rat and his minions?

04 Dec 2015 to 03 Jan 2016
Pantomime: Peter Pan, Poole, Dorset
Peter Pan flies in to make this Lighthouse's most magical Christmas ever as Barrie's enchanting story is brought to life in an original version of the timeless classic. Travel to a place where no one ever grows up as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk Wendy and her brothers off to Neverland, a fantastical world of cutlass -waving pirates, mermaids and tick-tocking crocodiles where they must help The Lost Boys battle the villainous Captain Hook.

12 Dec 2015 to 03 Jan 2016
Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty, Exeter, Devon
Exeter Corn Exchange presents one of the most loved traditional pantomimes: 'Sleeping Beauty'! From Saturday 12th December to Sunday 3rd January 2016 you can join a host of classic characters for songs, laughter and a perfect Christmas show! The cast includes stars of West End musicals, 'Billy Elliot', 'Guys & Dolls', 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert', 'Sunset Boulevard', 'Acorn Antiques' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'!

11 Dec 2015 to 03 Jan 2016
Pantomime: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Torquay, Devon
Hiss at the Wicked Queen, laugh at the comic Seven Dwarfs and fall in love with the beautiful and innocent Snow White at this family pantomime at the Princess Theatre.

05 Dec 2015 to 03 Jan 2016
Pantomime: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bournemouth, Dorset
the tale of Snow White (C5 Milkshake presenter the lovely and talented Olivia Birchenough), who escapes the clutches of the Wicked Queen (Eastenders’ Gillian Wright) with a little help from Seven Dwarfs! A spectacular family pantomime wouldn’t be the same without a dashing Prince (Dancing on Ice and Eastenders' heartthrob Matt Lapinskas), a hilarious side-kick (back from playing Smee in last year’s hit show Peter Pan) Noel Brodie, and an outrageously comic dame (Quinn Patrick).

11 Dec 2015 to 03 Jan 2016
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Weymouth, Dorset
This magical fairytale features a fantastic cast of professional pantomime performers alongside Weymouth’s very own talented dancers and children. So, all the cast are ready and waiting in the wings to amuse and entertain you in what is certain to be ‘The Fairest Panto in the Land’, with spectacular sets, beautiful costumes, laughter by the bucketful and seven of the cutest characters in Pantoland!

17 Oct 2015 to 28 Feb 2016
Ice Skating at the Eden Project, Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
The ice rink will open again for the winter season on Saturday 17 October 2015 and will remain open until Sunday 28 February 2016. A valid Eden admission ticket is required for all the sessions, in addition to the ticket for the relevant session. Skaters are welcome to bring their own ice skates to use. Please note that socks must be worn with skates and we do advise that an extra pair of socks is worn for comfort.