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Poole Christmas Markets 2016

Date: 24th November 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat
Poole Christmas Markets have a lot to offer everyone of all ages, from workshops, to Santa’s Grotto and Christmas shopping


Wareham Forest is Darwin Escapes brand new holiday destination in Poole, opening it’s doors in December 2016 makes it the perfect base to explore the area during the festive season!

RNLI Christmas Markets 2016


This year’s RNLI Christmas Market is set to be bigger than ever, with plenty of mouth watering food on offer, from mince pies, burgers, hot dogs and sausage rolls to locally made cheese, cakes and pastries. The Christmas Market gives the perfect opportunity to enjoy shopping at the vast array of stalls, all selling unique gifts for your loved ones, some will have handmade crafts, cards, gifts, ornaments, clothing and jewellery so you will be sure to find something perfect for everyone in your life. And Santa will be making his usual flashy entrance by lifeboat, so keep an eye out for the jolly man!

Santa’s Christmas Grotto 2016


When: 24th Nov – 24th Dec

Located at Upton Country Park, Santa’s Christmas Grotto will be hidden away in a secret location for you to find (near The Cabin takeaway… I couldn’t have you getting lost!). Each child will be venturing into the surrounding magical woodland to discover real reindeer and many other adorable animals, as well as Santa’s very hard working elves! When you meet Santa, the jolliest man on Earth, each child will receive a wrapped, quality, gift plus photo prints and lots of vouchers, there will also be lots of Christmassy activities going on, as well as some festive treats! And the adults aren’t forgotten either with their very own goodie bag! There will also be a Wreath Making Workshop taking place at Upton Country Park on 4th December, where you will get to create a wreath in the luxurious surroundings of the Grade II listed Upton House. All materials will be provided, along with tea, coffee, handmade mince pies and a glass of mulled wine, plus all the festive atmosphere you could want!

Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas 2016


When: 23rd Dec

Taking place at Compton Acres, this very special Afternoon Tea event is a fun filled visit from Santa with a delicious Afternoon Tea feast! Sweet goodies such as, candy canes, marshmallows, Christmas cupcakes and gingerbread biscuits are just a few of the tasty and festive nibbles on offer (excuse me, I think I’m dribbling…)

Wareham Forest is a brand new luxurious holiday location in Dorset, offering top-notch accommodation and located as the perfect base to explore the region.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Competition

If you are taking the time to decorate your tree this Christmas, then why not take advantage of the time invested in order to have a chance of winning a £30 Love2Shop voucher? All you have to do is submit a picture of your Christmas Tree to the Darwin Escapes Facebook Profile in order to have a chance of winning the competition. Read more about this below:

Christmas Tree Decorating Competition

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We’ve now reopened all of our holiday resorts. Find out more.