Whether you're looking to try the taste of Portugal or practise your Christmas wreath making skills, HELLO! Online has something for you to enjoy during the next week across the United Kingdom.
Adapted from Michael Bond's beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear who, when an earthquake destroys his home in Peru, embarks upons a new life in London of which he has dreamed of for years. Armed with just his suitcase and a love of marmalade sandwiches, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’
Saturday 29 November: Taste Portugal London
Portuguese gourmet stars Nuno Mendes and José Avillez will be setting up shop at Broadway Market in Hackney, London for just one day. During their three-hour residence, which kicks off at 1pm, Nuno and José will be selling the pork bifana – one of Portugal's most popular and tastiest street food delicacies, in celebration of Taste Portugal London. Head down to the market and get involved in their street food safari venture.
For more information visit www.tasteportugal-london.com/index.php.
Held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through to the new year, Westonbirt Arboretum once again holds its annual Enchanted Christmas event, featuring a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky. Each year a new lighting design is created so visitors can experience different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection.
See http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas for more information including tickets
The only place to skate under the stars in Glasgow city centre is open! As well as ice skating, the event will also include a funfair, free activities for children and families in the Christmas Workshop, and themed evenings, including Music for the Movies, Throwback Thursdays, and Saturday Night Discos.
Se http://www.glasgowloveschristmas.com/ for more information
Tuesday 2 December: Gin, Fizz & Jazz Nights
Jazz up your Tuesday evenings with a classic Kettner’s evening – a night of complimentary jazz and specially designed gin cocktails at £6 each! Our listing is as diverse and colourful as our beloved Soho, from hot jazz & blues vocals to song and laughter from our favourite drag artists! We invite you to leave the bustling streets of London behind and step into a dream world of a past time. Every Tuesday from 7pm in the bar.
Wednesday 3 December: Christmas wreath-making workshop
Try your hand at making your own Christmas decorations this year, starting off with the all-important wreath. Blue Sky Flowers are running two workshops on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 December, at their base in New Covent Garden Flower Market. After a tour of the market with coffee and pastries, participants will learn how to make a wreath that they can take home, after watching step-by-step demonstrations by owner Liz Inigo Jones. Sessions cost £45pp.
For more information contact Liz on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07973 601 045. Photo courtesy of Julie Michaelsen Photography.
Thursday 4 December: Seven Dials Christmas Shopping event
The countdown to Christmas has begun! Shop and be merry at Seven Dials London, with 20% discount at over 120 shops, bars and restaurants. Indulge in conceptual cocktails inspired by the new Christmas lights installation, and traditional roasted chestnuts, while hoping you're one of the lucky 200 to win a golden ticket - which can be exchanged for a fabulous mystery prize!
Register for a free ticket at Sevendials.co.uk