Winter breaks at White Sand
White Sand, on the 1066 Country/Garden of England border is not only a beautiful place to visit in the summer, but also has many events and places to visit throughout the winter, making our winter breaks here just as special.
Wrap up warm and get outside into the fresh winter air and see what hidden gems these beautiful counties have to offer on our winter breaks.
He’s behind you!
The White Rock Theatre in Hastings offers the very best in entertainment, from headlining comedians to live music, international dance acts to shows for all the family – there’s something for everyone.The Pavilion Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-show meal, light snack or a delicious coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind last year’s record-breaking production of Cinderella, will stage Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so you can be assured of stunning costumes, fabulous sets, great songs and an abundance of comedy making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs unmissable entertainment for all the family.
The Marlowe Theatre, situated in the heart of Canterbury is set to become one of the country’s landmark theatres since it opened in October. With a seating capacity of up to 1200, audiences can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities housed in a stunning contemporary riverside building. This larger theatre promises to bring a programme of bigger and better shows including the largest musicals, best plays, international quality opera and well known pantomimes; perfect for the Christmas family theatre trips. In an exciting new departure, the theatre is also the home of a second auditorium, The Marlowe Studio, providing a place for many of Kent’s creative artists and performers to devise and premiere their new work.
Get outside with our winter breaks
If the outdoors is where your heart is, why not put on your hat and scarf and take the family for a fresh winter breaks walk?
Head over to Camber Sands mountainous sand dunes where the frosty marram grass sparkles in the low winter sunlight. Enjoy the stunning pink sunsets over the huge expanse of beach as the sun goes down over medieval Rye. Or, walk around nearby Rye Nature reserve and look out for Twite, Lapland, Snow Buntings as well as our numerous finches. Birds of prey are attracted by these smaller birds so you might see Merlin, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls and Peregrine, as well as the more usual Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Try something new and enjoy a crisp winter walk through Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, the world’s finest conifer collection.
Christmas shopping on our winter breaks
If retail therapy is your passion, why not stock up for Christmas and explore the Dickens Christmas Market at Rochester Cathedral. Inhale the sweet scent of roasted chestnuts and Glühwein amongst an array of wonderful German ‘style’ Christmas market huts selling a range of Christmas gifts. Or head down to Biddenden Vineyards to taste their new spiced mulling cider; Monk’s Delight. Spiced with a blend of cinnamon and honey, and served warm, this makes the perfect hot luxury on a cold winter’s evening.
Bluewater’s new state-of-the-art Events Venue, perfect for food, fashion, events and exhibitions. Just in time for Christmas, why not browse The Festive Food Fair taking place on 8 – 11 December, where food will be beautifully presented at its most sumptuous best. Take home a number of tasty treats ranging from speciality cheeses, irresistible cakes and Christmas puddings to a collection of fine wines, spirits and champagne – perfect for a festive feast this yuletide.
There is late night shopping in all of 1066 Country’s towns. Battle High Street will be transformed into a Dickensian wonderland, a magical Christmas event in Rye and an open-air ice rink and reindeer in Hastings!
Get in the festive spirit this Christmas with our winter breaks and enjoy a wide range of joyful events taking place in The Garden of England. From Christmas markets to ice skating, there is plenty of festive fun. Grab a pair of skates and take a twirl on the ice at the new Royal Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink set in the picturesque Calverley Grounds for a truly memorable fun-filled day out. Experience the magic at Hever Castle as it’s festively dressed with traditional decorations, sparkling lights and welcoming roasting log fires. Explore the winter wonderland gardens, visit Father Christmas and enjoy browsing in the castle’s shop for exciting gift ideas and stocking fillers. Or at Penshurst Place take a stroll through the gardens and step into Father Christmas’ magical grotto during weekends in December.
Want to stay is a seaside cottage and make the most of these stunning counties?