Top 5 things to do in Shropshire during Festive Season

Sometimes, the run-up to Christmas can be just as exciting and lovely as the day itself, with a huge selection of festive events and activities to choose from. Whether you are visiting Shropshire for the holidays or you’re one of the lucky locals who get to call the rural county your home, there is so much to do here this December.
Here’s our round-up of the top five things to do in Shropshire during the festive season. 

With the mansion dressed in a 1940s theme, Attingham is even more wonderful to visit at Christmas than usual. There are historic touches throughout the house - a particularly lovely example of which are some beautiful old photos which decorate a Christmas tree. And, with Father Christmas and his elves stopping by throughout the month, a trip to Attingham this December would be a memorable one for all. 

As a treat for couples, friends and families alike, the festive afternoon tea at Goldstone Hall Hotel is a perfect way to unwind and escape the mayhem of Christmas shopping. Including meat and veggie options, the menu includes finger sandwiches, sweet treats, savoury delights and a homemade scone, along with some tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Tea-rrific.

There is so much to do at the British Ironworks Centre, and this festive season they have  introduced a Reindeer Roundup quiz to make the experience of visiting that bit more exciting for children. Until 23 December, you can take the kids to the British Ironworks Centre to find all of the reindeer dotted around the site. It costs £3 per child and, when the quiz is completed, you can head to their Christmas grotto to receive a little gift from Santa.

Blists Hill is always magical, but never more so than at Christmas. If you missed their Victorian Christmas events, don’t worry as there are still more festive things to do and see here. Not only are their shops ideal for unique, Victorian-style gifts at good costs, but there are also mini-pantomime performances of ‘Cinderfella’ by the Hotbuckle and Limelight theatre groups from 26-30 December.

Last but definitely not least is the Santa Safari at Hawkstone Park Follies. While there are plenty of places that offer the chance to meet Santa, there are very few which take you to see him by safari. At Hawkstone Park Follies, their 4x4 takes visitors through the enchanted forest to Santa’s grotto. Pre-book online before tickets sell out.

For more ideas of Shropshire locations to visit this December, head to the ‘Discover Shropshire’ section of our site.

By Laura Brown