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Five festive things to do in High Wycombe

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

But whilst you’d be forgiven for thinking that shopping is the main attraction of the town centre this festive season, there’s actually a whole host of other activities for you and the whole family to enjoy. From ice cream making, to Christmas cinema classics, here’s our list of the top five things to do in High Wycombe over the holidays…

1. Enjoy the panto at Wycombe Swan theatre

Advert for panto at Wycombe Swan

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a trip to the panto. This year, Wycombe Swan is showing their production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs featuring Strictly Come Dancing star, Brendan Cole and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Mandy Muden. With plenty of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery, it’s a festive treat for all ages. To book your ticket, visit https://wycombeswan.co.uk/Online/panto-wycombe-buckinghamshire-pantomime

2. Get creative in the kitchen at The Works

Looking for something to keep the kids amused over the holidays? The Works (High Street) are offering more of their fabulous ice cream making sessions. Don your apron, grab your whisk and learn how to make authentic gelato. Choose from over 20 different flavours, label your tub, mix your recipe and pour it in to the machine. Best of all, you get to take home exactly what you make! Whether you’re looking for last-minute Christmas party ideas, a unique hen-do activity or you just fancy making your own sweet treats, The Works have you covered. Prices start from £15 per person (with a minimum booking of 6 people). Plus, if you book a meal before or after your Ice Cream Experience you’ll also receive 20% off your total bill. Head over to http://eatattheworks.co.uk/ice-cream-experience/

3. Get crafty at Wycombe Museum

Fancy putting your crafting skills to the test this festive season? Wycombe museum is holding a series of craft classes over the Christmas period – anything from homemade tree decorations and wreaths, to creative candle-crafts. So, whether you want to bring the kids along, or just take some time-out for yourself, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, head over to http://wycombemuseum.org.uk/christmas/ 

4. Go on a treasure hunt

Put your kids’ observation skills to the test at Eden this Christmas, by taking part in their panto trail. Collect your trail leaflet from the Customer Information desk or Elf School, find the characters around Eden and be in with a shot of winning a family ticket to the performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs plus a pre-show meal at Bill’s! To find out more, visit http://www.edenshopping.co.uk/festive-family-fun/

5. Get into the Christmas community spirit

Chiltern rangers working in the woods

Christmas is a time for giving – and there are plenty of opportunities for you to give something back to the community this holiday season. Chiltern Rangers are offering a series of volunteer opportunities – including Christmas Green Thursday at The Rye, High Wycombe and Christmas Family Scrub Cut & Bonfire at Strawberry Bank, Marlow. Anyone is welcome to come along and help out with various conservation tasks and at the end of the day, you get to celebrate with mulled wine and mince pies! For more information on Christmas volunteer opportunities with Chiltern Rangers, visit http://chilternrangers.co.uk/news/events-calendar-2/