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Something for the Weekend

28th, 29th & 30th November

The Historic Dockyard Portsmouth is hosting a 3-day Victorian Festival of Christmas this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A 15th century wonderland has been created amongst the historic attractions, there will be a Christmas market, snow and festive Victorian characters. For more information visit the website

In Hertfordshire, Frogmore Paper Mill's annual Christmas Fair is being held on Sunday between 11am and 4pm. There will be variety of craft stalls selling jewellery, hand-made items, Christmas cards, candles and more. There will also be mill tours and boat rides (if the weather is nice), refreshments, a BBQ and a raffle. Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children. Parking is available at Durrants Hill Road, which is pay and display car park. For more information visit the Canal & River Trust website

On the banks of the Clyde in Scotland, berth holders and visitors to Rhu Marina have a treat this weekend as it is the 2-day Helensburgh Winter Festival. The neighbouring town of Helensburgh, which is 30minute walk from the marina, will have market stalls, a Santa Dash, fireworks, an ice rink Colquhoun Square and live entertainment. For more information visit the festival website

If you are visiting Lymington by boat this weekend, tonight (Friday) you can watch Lymington's Christmas lights being switched on and enjoy other festive events including music, late night shopping and a variety of quayside entertainment. The event is organised by Lymington and Pennington Town Council and takes place between 6pm-9pm. For more information visit the Totally Locally Lymington website.

In Cheshire this Sunday the Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina is hosting a Christmas Fair and Car Boot sale. The indoor and outdoor event from 11am till 4pm will have a selection of Christmas crafts and gifts and car booters in the car park. For details and directions visit the marina website

The 3-day Candlelit Dartmouth’s Festive Weekend starts today (Friday) and will be a feast for the eyes with Christmas markets, a candlelit lantern procession, Santa’s spectacular Boat Float ‘splashdown’ and late night shopping. The fun starts daily at 4pm in the Royal Avenue Gardens. There is also a free park and ride service running for the event. For a full programme visit the website

Finally it’s time to get festive and support the RNLI with the RNLI Christmas Market. The market is held this Sunday at the RNLI College in Poole (postcode BH15 1HZ) between 2 – 6pm. There will be various stalls selling perfect gifts, handmade crafts and festive food including traditional German Bratwurst and mulled wine. You can listen to the RNLI choir and Poole Borough Band, you can also meet Santa at 3pm. It is free to enter and park. For more information visit the RNLI website

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