There's so much on offer this Christmas when you stay at Burnham Beeches Hotel! Experience a Victorian Christmas at Windsor Castle, visit Winter Festivals and enjoy all the season has to offer...
14th November – Eton Christmas Light Switch-On and Parade
Begin the festive season with the Christmas light switch-on in Eton. Events begin from 5.30pm, with community stalls, live music, Santa's Grotto and live reindeer. Join the Community Carol Service at Eton College Chapel at 6pm, followed by a parade through Eton High Street to the Jubilee Square where the lights for Eton will be switched on at 7pm.
16th November – Windsor Christmas Light Switch-On & Lantern Procession
The majestic Windsor Castle is the perfect backdrop to the Windsor Christmas Light Switch On & Lantern Procession, with festive entertainment throughout the afternoon, carol singing, food stalls, a lantern procession and the switching on of the Christmas lights.
23rd November – Maidenhead Christmas Light Switch-On
The Maidenhead Christmas Lights Switch On includes a Christmas Market and festive funfair. Performances will begin on the main stage from 4.30pm outside the Town Hall, with the lights being switched on at 6pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks display from the roof of the Town Hall.
23rd November – Slough Winter Festival
Slough’s annual Christmas Light Switch On happily coincides with the Slough Winter Festival, a new project with Home on the High St, collaborating with Mandinga Arts and ArtReach. Visit from 2pm - 6.30pm to see creative artwork and Christmas lights.
29th November - Henley Christmas Festival
Sample the delights of mulled wine, mince pies, street food, arts and crafts and so much more at the Henley Christmas Festival. See Santa in his magical Grotto at the Town Hall, where every child will receive a free gift. Don't miss the reindeer-led Children’s Lantern Parade, light switch on and carol singing by the tree.
30th November – LEGOLAND at Christmas
There's nothing quite like LEGOLAND at Christmas. Enjoy twinkling lights, snow-dusted pine trees and exciting seasonal festivities. You’ll be met by one of Father Christmas’ elves, be guided through a weaving Christmas tree forest to Father Christmas’ very own cabin, where every child will receive a special LEGO gift. Begins 30th November and runs throughout December on the following dates: 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-24 December 2019.
1st – 24th December – Windsor & Eton Living Advent Calendar
Based on an original idea from Stockholm, The Windsor and Eton Living Advent Calendar is a collaborative project run with Windsor, Eton and Ascot Town Partnership and 24 local businesses to provide live entertainment every evening from 1 to 24 December 2019. Like a children’s advent calendar, a different window or door is opened every evening at 6:15pm promptly and a 15-minute performance is given to the audience assembled outside each participating business. There will be Christmas nibbles, drinks and the spirit of Christmas to celebrate at each event.
7th December – A Victorian Yuletide at Windsor Castle
Experience a Victorian Yuletide at Windsor Castle with a variety of festive, Victorian-themed activities. From demonstrations by food historian Annie Gray and carol singing, to drop in workshops for decoration making
7th December – Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade – Maidenhead
The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade will be joined by 8-piece London-based Brass Band, The Brass Funkeys this year. The event is free to attend and open to all. You don't need a lantern to take part - everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with the community.
14th December – Slough Festive Fun Weekend
Take the kids to the free Slough Festive Fun Weekend in the town centre, where festive activities will include meeting Santa’s animals, Christmas stalls, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling, and much more..
20th December – Christmas Raceday at Ascot
Experience the ultimate luxury Christmas affair with Christmas Raceday at Ascot. Indulge in festive menus, winter cocktails, mulled wine, brass bands, dodgems, complimentary mince pies, a spectacularly decorated Grandstand and Carol singing after racing.
21st December – Christmas Family Raceday at Ascot
Christmas Family Raceday at Ascot features visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling from Mrs Christmas, an animatronic polar bear, face painting, a carol singing concert, festive cocktails, fine dining and animal meet and greets.
Relax in the beautiful surroundings of Burnham Beeches Hotel after a flurry of festive activities! Designer bedrooms, award-winning cuisine and peaceful countryside ambience await...
Spend the most wonderful time of the year in the most magical of places. A beautiful manor house hotel surrounded by 10 acres of lawns and gardens, Burnham Beeches Hotel is the perfect choice for your festive celebration...
Here are a few reasons why we love Burnham Beeches Hotel at Christmas:
1. At Christmas time, when frost sparkles on the lawns, Burnham Beeches Hotel is a warm, welcoming sanctuary from the winter chill. Step inside our historic manor house and take in the twinkling festive decorations as you warm up with a rich, fruity mulled wine.
2. Secluded in the peaceful woodland of Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve, you will truly feel like you’re getting away from it all as you enjoy the tranquil surroundings. See if you can spot the beautiful family of deer that are often seen in our grounds – they definitely count as reindeer at Christmas time!
3. Festive party-goers will revel in 3 delicious courses of Christmas fare, mince pies, crackers, party poppers and dancing until midnight with a DJ & disco in the elegant Windsor Suite. Ask us about late availability for Christmas Party Packages and add some sparkle to your celebrations!
4. Enjoying Christmas has never been so easy with irresistible Residential Packages designed to make the most of every festive moment. Arrive in from the cold to delightful welcome canapes from Laura Ashley The Tea Room, followed by a drinks reception with the lovely team who will be looking after you for Christmas. Begin the perfect Christmas with a performance from local carol singers before you sit down to a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner.
5. Christmas Day Lunch is an indulgent affair at Burnham Beeches Hotel! Whether you’ve stayed over and listened for sleigh bells in one of our stylish designer bedrooms, or have simply decided that someone else can do the cooking this year, everyone is welcome to enjoy Christmas Lunch with us. There’s even a special gift for every child.
Ask about late availability for Christmas celebrations at Burnham Beeches Hotel
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Spooky season is upon us at Corus Hotels, and even if you don’t believe in ghosts, these frightening locations around the country will be sure to send a shiver down your spine.
1. Liverpool Street Station – 15 minutes from Corus Hotel Hyde Park by tube
The station was rumoured to have been built on a mass burial site, which turned out to be true, following the discovery of the remains of plague victims buried during the black death, during an excavation of the site by Crossrail workers in 2015.
If that’s not unsettling enough, there have been late night sightings from staff and passengers of strange figures on CCTV and a man in overalls pacing up and down Central Line platform.
Why not also spend the day at the home of Halloween, the London Dungeons (Less than 20 minutes away by tube from Corus Hotel Hyde Park) and come face to face with some of the capital’s most dangerous characters, including Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer.
2. Windsor Castle – 20 minutes from Burnham Beeches Hotel by car
Discover royalty in the form of ghosts when you visit one of the country’s most iconic royal residences, Windsor Castle.
The ghost of King Henry VIII, who was buried in the castle grounds, is said to have been spotted pacing around while groaning. It’s a ghoulish family affair as legend says that his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I haunts the Royal Library, with claims that her high heels can be heard on the bare floorboards, and a figure dressed in black has been seen passing through the walls.
Other mysterious sightings include King George III’s anguished face peering out of the library’s window, a man leading a horse through the wall of the kitchen and the spirt of a young boy who can be heard screaming: “I don’t want to go riding today!”
3. Liverpool Empire Theatre – Less than 30 minutes from The Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes by car
Originally opened in 1866, the theatre was demolished, re-built and re-opened in 1925. One the ghosts, known as the ‘Black Phantom’ is said to haunt the dressing rooms, with actors and actresses reporting a dark shape reflected in the mirrors. Other ghostly residents include a school boy, a little girl and a smart-looking tall dark man.
4. Bradley Woods – 10 minutes from St. James Hotel, Grimsby by car
Pay a visit (if you dare) to Bradley Woods and you may come face to face with The Black Lady, described as a young pretty lady, 5’6” tall and dressed in a flowing black cloak with a hood obscuring her face and hair. When the hood flows backwards, her pale, tear soaked face is revealed. However, despite claims from eyewitnesses, there are no records of the Black Lady ever hurting anyone.
The story of the Black Lady may just be a cautionary tale, scaring children from entering the woods alone or she may even be a nun or a witch. It is also said that she was attacked and her baby stolen and if one was to utter the words: “Black Lady, Black Lady, I’ve stolen your baby”, she appears to take back her child. We’ll leave you to decide whether you want to try that one for yourself!
5. The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – 30 minutes away from The Regency Hotel, Solihull by car
More than five ghosts are said to haunt the Alexandra Theatre, which opened in 1901, including former manager Leon Salberg, who took over the venue in 1911 and was found dead in his office in 1937. Other ghouls include the former master of the wardrobe department, a military man in a top hat, a former stage manager who can be heard jangling keys, and a Grey Lady. Power from electrical devices in the theatre is often inexplicably drained, while knocking and tapping noises are often heard, as well as doors mysteriously opening and closing.
What's your favourite spooky tale? Get in the spirit of Hallowe'en with these spooktacular sites to visit, and stay with us at Corus Hotels where you can enjoy FREE breakfast every morning when you book direct!
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