Sometimes a short break is all you need to re-energise; treat yourself to a mid-week or weekend escape to let loose, unwind and indulge in life’s pleasures and especially at a time of the year when festive madness can take over!

There are plenty of towns, national trust properties and countryside walks to enjoy near Cumberland House and a couple of days exploring the area during the winter is an opportunity to both stock up on some Christmas shopping and enjoy the crisp, invigorating winter air of exploration. However, there is also plenty going on for a fun and sociable evening’s entertainment too and below is a small selection of festive frivolities to tickle most tastebuds:

Sandown Racecourse are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel with their One Night in Wonderland Christmas parties. With enchanted settings and curious and adventurous menus, the parties will be put a new twist on wonderful festive celebrations! Prices start at £50.00 per person and includes a sparkling drinks reception and magical three course meal, with music (DJ) and dancing until late.

Or for a more traditional party Epsom Down’s Racecourse offers The Snowflake Ball within a beautiful setting with sensational menus and a festive atmosphere. Prices start at £55.00 per person to include a sparkling drinks reception, sensational three course meal and dancing and DJ until late.

Maybe a concert is more appealing? By attending the Fountain Centre Christmas Concert you would also be supporting a local charity for cancer patients, their families and carers and located at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford.   The Fountain Centre offers information, support, patient education programmes and complementary therapies to cancer patients and their loved ones.

This concert on 7th December 2015 features the Fountain Centre Patron, renowned international opera soprano Kathryn Harries.

A bigger concert event is the ‘Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular’ starring The Osmonds at Guildford’s G-Live venue. This award winning variety production features nostalgic footage of the late Andy Williams (who sadly passed away in 2012) from Christmases past, enjoying favourite Christmas Classics including Silent Night, Last Christmas, Merry Christmas Everybody and Sleigh-ride. The Osmonds will also perform their classic hits such as Love Me for a Reason, Crazy Horses and Down By The Lazy River. Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket is a Special Guest and the production will also feature the Moon River Singers and dancers.

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