The best festive days out in the South West

Hi guys! It’s nearly Christmas, and I love spending the run up doing festive things and going on days out with my boyfriend and my family. I live in West Somerset and work full time, so I like the keep things pretty local. I thought I would share a few of my favourite festive things to do in my area.

First up is Dunster By Candlelight. This is a really cute event where the whole of the tiny village of Dunster is lit up with candles and fairy lights and they have a little parade going through. They also have a few stalls and entertainment throughout the village, and the whole night is just insanely pretty.


Myself and Aaron spent a whole day doing festive activities last year. We started at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol, and had a walk around. Neither of us had been before so it was nice to walk round together and see it all decorated with lights and trees. They had a lovely range of animals who all looked very well cared for, and the highlight for me was seeing lots of little piglets running around! We then ventured further up to Tetbury and had a lovely meal in the Tetbury Inn. From there we went to the Westonbirt Arboretum where we had tickets to see the Enchanted Forest. All the trees are lit up with different colours and displays, and it is truly magical.

One event that I went to this year was the Wells Reindeer Parade. It is just a little parade of Reindeer pulling Santa down the main street, with lots of stalls and carol singers. The Reindeer were then in their pens for the afternoon and you could stroke them if you wanted to. Such a lovely day out.


One of my favourite festive days out is the Longleat Festival Of Lights. I didn’t get to go this year as we have just been so busy, but we went last year and it was completely magical. We went round the normal safari during the day, and of course it rained! We still managed to see all the animals despite the weather and it eased off by the afternoon. We were then able to walk around the rest of the animals and lights displays and they were amazing. It was a fairytale theme that year which suited me very well, and the stories were told as you walked round.

A more local evening out is the Burnham-on-Sea lights display. Each year a street in Burnham light up their houses in order to raise money for local charities.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual visit to the garden centre. I love looking round all the festive gifts and scenes, and of course I loving seeing the ‘Christmas animals’ they always have there, normally consisting of a couple of donkeys and some pigs.

What are your favourite festive days out? Let me know!

Until next time.



6 thoughts on “The best festive days out in the South West

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  1. Thanks for sharing the things you like to do around Christmas time!! Gave me some ideas for the future if I go back to the UK!
    I just like a good Christmas market with hot wine and loads of food, I love wandering through the different stalls 🙂 I’ve been to a few this year in Switzerland, it was so nice!!!

    Happy holidays xx



  2. Looks like you had a lovely time and it was quite festive indeed.

    But I have to admit, when I read the words “south west” my mind immediately goes “Arizona? Nevada? New Mexico??” Haha, I’m such an American!


  3. These are lovely festive ideas. I’ve always wanted to visit the light shows at either Longleat Safari Park or Westonbirt Arboreteum.


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