Enjoy the festive season in the West Midlands this year and try out some of these Christmas markets in Warwickshire.

If you are wanting to enjoy the festive season this year make sure you incorporate a trip to a Christmas market in Warwickshire into your plans. We have done some research and found a range of different Christmas markets that are located all around the Warwickshire area. Have a read and see which ones you want to try out this year.


Weston Hall Hotel Christmas Craft FairYoung family on Christmas market. They are walking around and picking what to buy.

Where? Weston Hall Hotel, Mill Lane, Buckington, Warwickshire, CV12 9RU

When? 25th November 2021

Time? 5pm – 9pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Mulled wine, mince pies
  • Held in historic 15th Century manor house
  • Christmas crafts available to buy

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Christmas Fair at Stoneleigh Abbey

Where? Stoneleigh Abbey, The Estate Office, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF

When? 28th November 2021

Time? 10am – 3pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Hosted in a former riding school
  • Santa and his elves will be in a grotto
  • Christmas craft stalls and refreshments available

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Christmas Fairs in the BallroomGirl is at the Christmas Market with her mother and is enjoying the Christmas Baubles.

Where? The Ballroom in The Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4EW

When? 28th November 2021, 5th, 12th, 19th December 2021

Time? 10am – 3.30pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Unique collection of local artists and crafters
  • Handmade products available to purchase
  • Christmas food and drink available each week

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Christmas Vintage, Craft & Gift Fair at Manor Hotel Meriden

Where? Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, 127 Main Road, Meriden, Warwickshire, CV7 7NH

When? 5th December 2021

Time? 1pm – 4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • There will be live music at the event
  • Wide range of stalls selling a variety of crafts
  • Vintage, crafts, gifts

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Christmas Fayre Warwickshire

Where? 68 Lewis Road, Radford Semele, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1UQ

When? 5th December 2021

Time? 12pm – 2pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Craft and gift stalls
  • Fundraising in aid of The Carers Trust Heart of England
  • Christmas themed stalls

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Why not make a holiday of it and enjoy a festive trip to one of our resorts in the area?

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The Peak District is known for its scenic trails and beautiful views. But did you know it’s also got amazing Christmas markets?

Now that the festive season is just around the corner what better way to plan out some days in the Peak District than by choosing which Christmas markets you want to explore. We’ve also found some great festive themed days out that would also be great if you have children you want to keep entertained. The Peak District would make the perfect destination for a winter staycation in 2021 especially with the fun festive additions you could enjoy.


Christmas at Chatsworth

Where? Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

When? 6th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Time? Selected when buying tickets, no later than 3pm

How Much? Adults – £26, Children – £15, Family (2 adults, 3 children) – £70

Other Info:

  • Tickets include access to the house, garden, farmyard and playground
  • This event has been going for over 20 years
  • Explore the beautiful house that has been decorated for Christmas

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Peak Rail Santa & Steam SpecialsCouple looking at a gift to buy from a stall at the Christmas market

Where? Rowsley South Station, Harrison Way, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2LF

When? 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December

Time? Trains depart at 10.30am, 12.12pm, 1.54pm & 3.36pm

How Much? Table for 2 people – £21, Table for 4 people – £42, Private compartment for 6 people – £63

Other Info:

  • Santa and his elves hand out age-suited gifts to all the children on the train
  • Mince pie and hot chocolate for all the adults
  • Professional entertainers for the duration of your hour-long journey

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Mercatum Christmas Artisan Market

Where? The Estate Office, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1LA

When? 18th-21st & 25th–28th November 2021

Time? 10am – 5pm

How Much? Adults – £7.50, Children – free

Other Info:

  • Amazing range of food and gifts on offer to purchase
  • Most of the marquees are located outdoors and some inside the Hall
  • A fun shopping experience that is a little different to your usual Christmas market

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Matlock Christmas MarketFather holding his baby daughter while she looks at items on the Christmas market

Where? Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3AR

When? 18th & 19th December 2021

Time? 9am – 5pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Over 150 stalls selling food and crafts
  • Entertainment such as a funfair for children
  • Santa’s Grotto

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Christmas Wonderland at the Pavilion Gardens

Where? The Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE

When? 20th November – 5th December 2021

Time? 12pm – 8pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Ice skating and children’s rides
  • Christmas gifts, food and drink stalls
  • Santa’s grotto

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Why not have a festive holiday this year and book a few nights away in our stunning Peak District resort?

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So you’ve been thinking of owning a holiday home in North Wales?

We thought we would give you a helping hand and put together a list of all the latest lodges for sale in North Wales. Across our 4 North Wales resorts we have a range of caravans and lodges that will suit a range of different couples & families looking for their new home away from home. Have a browse through this list and see if any of these take your fancy if you’re looking to buy a holiday home in North Wales. The 4 resorts we mention are:

Aberconwy Resort & Spa

Atlas Lilac

Information about Atlas Lilac:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 40ft x 16ft
  • Central heating
  • Cooker, microwave, fridge freezer

price – £259,995

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Pathfinder Retreat

Information about Pathfinder Retreat:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 40ft x 20ft
  • Central heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, microwave, fridge freezer

price – £359,995

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Pemberton Knightsbridge

pemberton knightsbridge in Aberconwy

Information about Pemberton Knightsbridge:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 43ft x 14ft
  • Central heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, microwave, fridge freezer

price – £175,995

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Pathfinder Tuscany

Information about Pathfinder Tuscany:

  • 2 bedroom
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 40ft x 16ft
  • Central heating
  • Double Glazing, french doors
  • Imitation log burner
  • Decking included
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, microwave, fridge freezer
  • Dishwasher, washer

price – £184,995

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New Pines Holiday Home Park

Regal Elegance

Information about Regal Elegance:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 30ft x 12ft
  • Central heating
  • Double glazing, flame effect fireplace
  • Cooker, fridge freezer, microwave
  • Washer

price – £37,750

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Atlas Jasmine

Information about Atlas Jasmine:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 43ft x 14ft
  • Central heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, fridge freezer, microwave

price – £94,995

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Atlas Mirage

Information about Atlas Mirage:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 36ft x 12ft
  • Central heating
  • Cooker, fridge freezer

price – £62,995

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Seaview Holiday Home Park

Prestige Buckland

Information about Prestige Buckland:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 40ft x 20ft
  • Central heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, fridge freezer, microwave

price – £160,000

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Swift Burgundy

Information about Swift Burgundy:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 32ft x 12ft
  • Central heating
  • Cooker, fridge freezer, microwave

price – £72,995

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Carnaby Oakdale

Information about Carnaby Oakdale:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 36ft x 12ft
  • Central heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, fridge freezer

price – £72,995

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Delta Santana

Information about Delta Santana:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 35ft x 10ft
  • Cooker, hob
  • Free wifi
  • Sofa bed

price – £46,745

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Talacre Beach Resort

Pemberton Avon

Information about Pemberton Avon:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 35ft x 12ft
  • Central heating
  • Double glazing, flame effect fireplace
  • Sofa bed
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Cooker, fridge freezer, hob, microwave

price – £69,995

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Willerby Lymmington

Information about Willerby Lymmington:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 35ft x 12ft
  • Central heating
  • Cooker, fridge freezer, microwave

price – £57,995

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Delta Resort Plus

Information about Delta Resort Plus:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 12ft x 29ft
  • Cooker, hob

price – £46,995

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Owning a holiday home is perfect if you are wanting somewhere to escape to, luckily for you we have 4 amazing resorts across North Wales that you can explore.

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Christmas is the most magical time of year.

So make the most of it this year and explore all that Surrey has to offer when it comes to Christmas markets. We have done some research and found 7 amazing ones available throughout the festive period. If you are from the area or you are visiting for a few days these would make the perfect additions if you are wanting some festive fun for everyone. Enjoy some delicious food, hot drinks and buy some Christmas related gifts and crafts in Surrey.


Christmas Fair at Botley Hill Barn

Where? Botley Hill Barn, Limpsfield Road, Surrey, CR6 9QH

When? 3rd November 2021

Time? Full day event

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • 10th year of the Christmas fair
  • It’s a charity event for Cancer Research UK
  • Over 45 stalls along with Cancer Research cards and produce

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Woodcote High School PTFA Christmas FairGroup of three women dressed warmly singing carols at christmas.

Where? Woodcote High School, Meadow Rise, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2EH

When? 20th November 2021

Time? 12.30pm – 3.30pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Performances by current students of the high school
  • Fun game stalls, raffles, craft stalls
  • Face paint/glitter tattoos & an ‘elfie’ station

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Addlestone Christmas Event

Where? Addlestone ONE, Market Lane, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH

When? 20th November 2021

Time? 12pm – 7pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Christmas entertainment
  • Stalls with Christmas gifts
  • Light switch on

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Shooting Star Children’s Hospice Christmas and Craft FayreFather holding his baby daughter while she looks at items on the Christmas market

Where? Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF

When? 27th November 2021

Time? 10am – 3.30pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Christmas and craft fayre
  • Raffle, tombola, cake stalls, Father Christmas
  • For the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

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Bletchingley Christmas Gift & Craft Fair

Where? Bletchingley Village Hall, 78 High Street, Bletchingley, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4PA

When? 4th December 2021

Time? 10am – 3pm

How Much? £1 adults, children free

Other Info:

  • 23 stalls selling a range of products and gifts
  • Christmas Café on site serving hot and cold drinks and food
  • Christmas raffles, Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake and Name the Christmas Beer

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Ripley Christmas Fair 2021Two children stood with Santa reading through their Christmas list

Where? High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AN

When? 5th December 2021

Time? 12pm – 4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Over 100 different stalls
  • Santa, Christmas entertainment, fairground rides
  • Christmas light turn on at end of the day

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Wonersh & Shamley Green Christmas Fair Market

Where? Wonersh & Shamley Green Primary School, Shamley Green, Surrey, GU5 0RT

When? 10th December 2021

Time? 5pm – 8pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Magical, after dark festive event for all the family
  • Meet Santa and his elves
  • Plenty of amazing stalls to browse

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Are you wanting to stay in Surrey and explore the area during the festive period? If so we resorts that will suit everyone.

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Celebrate Christmas this year in the Lake District and enjoy a festive day out or two at one of these Christmas markets.

The Lake District is full of cosy hotels, country houses and plenty of festive markets that will help get you into the Christmas spirit this year. Whether you are staying in one of our resorts or you are just in the Lake District and are looking for a festive day out, we’ve got you covered. We have done our research for Christmas markets this year in the area and put together a list for you to give you some inspiration and ideas of how you can spend your time in the Lake District.


Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival

Where? Ulverston Town Centre and Car Parking, LA12 9AU

When? 27th & 28th November 2021

Time? All day, open till late

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Traditional fairground with helter skelter
  • Period dress competition
  • 21st year of the Dickensian Christmas Festival

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Christmas Fair at Wordworth’s HomeLittle girl Christmas shopping with her mum

Where? Rydal Mount, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LU

When? 11th & 12th December 2021

Time? TBC

How Much? £12 adults, £6 children

Other Info:

  • Two day event at William Wordsworth’s home
  • Live music, mulled wine, mince pies, craft workshops
  • Some of the county’s best artists and creators will be there

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Eco Friendly Christmas Market

Where? Carlisle Quakers, Friends Meeting House, CA3 8RR

When? 27th November 2021

Time? 11am – 4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Eco friendly shopping and Christmas crafts for children
  • Full afternoon experience
  • Perfect for all the family during the festive period

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Keswick Victorian FayreGroup of three women dressed warmly singing carols at christmas.

Where? Keswick Market, Market Square, Keswick, CA12 5FB

When? 5th December 2021

Time? 10am – 4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Over 30 charity stalls will be selling Christmas homemade crafts, produce, festive food and drink
  • Live entertainment including bands, choirs, dancers and more
  • Children’s funfair, tombolas and raffles throughout the day

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Yew Tree Barn Christmas Market

Where? Low Newton, Nr Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6JP

When? 3rd, 4th & 5th December 2021

Time? 10am – 4.30pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Over 40 quality stalls
  • Artisan made gifts, art, ceramics, cards, Christmas decorations, locally produced foot and drink etc.
  • Festive food will be served all day in Harry’s café bar

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If you are looking for somewhere to stay we have some amazing resorts in the Lake District that will suit familes, couples and groups of friends.

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This year we attended the virtual Hoseasons Awards and we are proud to say that Darwin Escapes came home with 8 Awards for 2021!

The Hoseasons Awards are a prestigious event and one that is most looked forward to every year by holiday companies across the UK. Here at Darwin Escapes, we have proudly won multiple awards over the years and this year was no exception. All the awards won are based on customer experiences from the lovely reviews you leave for us on Revoo with our booking partner Hoseasons. Below is a full list of all the awards we are so proud to say we have won this year…

Rivendale Lodge Retreat

The Peak District

Interior shot of bar area with a range of seating available

Our Awards:

  • Best in Britain Food Award
  • Customer Choice Food Awards – Lodge Escape
  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in the Heart of England

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Piran Meadows Resort

Cornwall

Photo of the holiday homes at Piran Meadows

Our Awards:

  • Relax & Explore Large Park in Cornwall

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Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa

Somerset

Photo of a lodge at Cheddar Woods

Our Awards:

  • Relax & Explore Large Park in Somerset

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Talacre Beach Resort

North Wales

exterior of large caravan at talacre beach at sunset with dunes and mountains in the background

Our Awards:

  • Relax & Explore Large Park in North Wales

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Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat

Isle of Wight

Exterior shot of the treehouse at night

Our Awards:

  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in the Isle of Wight

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Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat

Dorset

Interior shot of lounge in a lodge at Wareham Forest

Our Awards:

  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in Devon, Somerset & Dorset

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Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat

Cornwall

Porthleven premier hot tub

Our Awards:

  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in Cornwall

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All of us at Darwin Escapes HQ want to say a huge congratulations to all of the Darwin Escapes team. As well as a massive thank you to all of our wonderful guests who visit our resorts year after year. We have had yet another incredible year at the Hoseasons Awards.

We have over 24 stunning resorts that you can escape to…

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Cornwall is the perfect place to escape to all year round, especially during the festive season.

Whether you’re staying in one of our resorts towards the end of the year or not, there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit then visiting a market or two. We have found some great markets and put them all together in one list for you. Each of these Christmas markets or fairs in Cornwall will make the perfect day out and will surely add some festive cheer into your day. If you like the idea of staying in one of our resorts we have some incredible resorts in Cornwall for you to escape to all year round.


Cornwall Christmas Fair 2021 at the Eden Project

Where? Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

When? 11th November 2021

Time? 10am-4pm

How Much? £15pp (Includes lunch, a glass of wine and free admission to Eden)

Other Info:

  • All funds raised in 2021 will go to support the Cornwall Community Foundation
  • Christmas gifts, home accessories, ethical fashion, beachwear, jewellery and skincare, and a diverse and delectable range of artisan food and drink produce in the Ginsters Food Hall

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Castle Bude Christmas FairYoung couple eating food bought from a christmas market

Where? Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LD

When? 5th December 2021

Time? TBC

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Over 50 stalls inside
  • Inside The Parkhouse Centre so perfect for all weathers

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Fowey Christmas Market

Where? Soread across Fowey Town Quay, Albert Quay, Webb Street, Town Hall, and Leisure Centre venues

When? 26th, 27th & 28th November

Time? Friday – 5.30pm-8.30pm, Sat & Sun – 10am-4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • There will be almost 200 quality regional traders
  • Christmas shopping, seasonal music, food & more

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Jubilee Wharf Christmas FairYoung family on Christmas market. They are walking around and picking what to buy.

Where? Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Rd, Penryn, TR10 8FG

When? 11th & 12th December

Time? Sat – 10am-5pm, Sun – 11am-4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • Over 19 quality stalls
  • Muddy Beach Café on site open
  • Been holding Christmas fairs since 2006

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Winter Gift Fayre

Where? Lemon Quay, Truro

When? December 2021

Time? Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10am-5.30pm, Wed – 10am-9pm, Sat – 9am-5.30pm, Sun – 10am-4pm

How Much? Free

Other Info:

  • The Winter Gift Fayre aims to become one of Cornwall’s most well-known Christmas events
  • Over 80 exhibitors, all hand-picked by their expert team

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Our resorts in Cornwall will make the perfect stay for your festive break. Whether you are with family, friends or going on a couples trip.

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Now that the dark nights are drawing in…what better way to enjoy the month of October than by watching some classic Halloween films.

During October you will be doing plenty of Halloween related things. Like choosing your costume, decorating your house, carving a pumpkin, and watching some Halloween films, obviously! But sometimes your mind goes blank when you try to think of some classics that you need to watch. So instead of spending movie night scrolling through Netflix trying to find the perfect film, we’ve put together a list of 26 classic Halloween films you need to watch this year. All of them are bound to get you in the Halloween mood.

Hocus Pocus

PG | 1993 | Family/Fantasy | 1hr 36mins

 

This 1993 film is the perfect choice if you are sitting down with the family and want to watch a film that includes witches. Hocus Pocus is all about 3 witches who resurrect after 300 years from a teenager called Max who lights a cursed candle which frees the witches. Now the witches are freed they want to complete a spell that makes them immortal but Max and his friend Allison have to work together to steal their spell book from them before it’s too late.


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

PG | 1993 | Family/Fantasy | 1hr 16mins

This musical follows the story of Jack Skellington, who is known for being the king of Halloween Town. But due to boredom one day he ends up stumbling into Christmas Town. This is where he gets the brilliant idea to take the ideas from Christmas Town and put it into Halloween Town with the help of the resident bats, ghouls and goblins. But of course it isn’t that easy and some things go wrong along the way.


Nightmare on Elm Street

18 | 1984 | Horror/Mystery | 1hr 31mins

If you are looking for a real classic that will scare you during Halloween month then this could be the one for you. Released in July 1984, A Nightmare on Elm Street is all about the infamous Freddy Krueger. A group of friends are being tormented by the clawed killer in their dreams, Nancy has to quickly figure out how to stop this as Freddy is killing each of her friends off one by one. As the story unfolds you learn why he has targeted this group of friends and why he wants revenge.


Halloweentown

U | 1998 | Family/Fantasy | 1hr 24mins

The story follows siblings Marnie, Dylan and Sophie Piper who go on an adventure to Halloweentown. It starts when their grandmother Aggie who comes to visit as she wants the eldest Marnie to start her witch training but Marnie witnesses her grandmother use magic when arguing with Gwen, the kids mother. They then follow their grandmother back to Halloweentown where they have to fight the dark force that attacks them.


Beetlejuice

15 | 1988 | Comedy/Fantasy | 1hr 32mins

This 1988 film is all about Adam and Barbara, who are a couple that are dead. But they still live in their house and have decorated it to make it their own. Which has been ruined by a family moving in, they tried their best to scare them away but that made them become the main attraction as this family saw a way to make money. So Adam and Barbara have no choice but to call upon Beetlejuice to help them out, but Beetlejuice has a lot more that he wants to do than just help the couple.


Monster House

PG | 2006 | Horror/Fantasy | 1hr 31mins

Nebbercracker is a scary and miserable neighbour that DJ, Chowder and Jenny know to stay far away from. Until their football lands on his front garden. That’s where they have the first encounter with Nebbercracker and he ends up collapsing and going to hospital. Which is when the 3 kids have time to explore the house which is where they realise the house is a monster! This animation film follows them as they decide to work together and create a plan of how to get to the heart of the house and destroy it.


Scream

18 | 1996 | Horror/Mystery | 1hr 40mins

 

Scream is a film about a crazed serial killer who wears a white faced mask and a black robe. Usually he kills for revenge and starts with phone calls asking his victim’s different questions, but one in particular he always asks is ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’ Sidney Prescott’s mother died a year ago and now she and her friends are getting some strange phone calls that end up being from the crazed serial killer. She has to think fast to try and figure out who the killer is and if they are the culprit for her mother’s death.


The Addams Family

PG | 1991 | Comedy/Fantasy | 1hr 39mins

The Addams Family are quite wealthy and live with all sorts of weird and wonderful things like a detached hand for a servant. A crooked accountant and his loan shark find out about this family and decide to put the loan shark’s son into the family as their long-lost Uncle Fester. As an imposter he will need to try and find where the family keep all their fortunes before they figure out he isn’t really the long-lost relative that they believed he was.


Ghostbusters

12 | 1984 | Comedy/Fantasy | 1hr 45mins

A classic Halloween film that everyone will definitely know about but one that you have to watch again and again is Ghostbusters. The story follows scientists Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler. After they lose their jobs as scientists they decide to start their own establishment called Ghostbusters. They then take to the streets of New York City to fight all the evil ghosts that have come to disrupt the peace and create mayhem through the city.


Casper

PG | 1995 | Family/Fantasy | 1hr 36mins

When Carrigan Crittenden realises there are ghosts in her mansion she hires paranormal expert Dr James Harvey to exorcise them away. But that becomes a problem when Dr James Harvey’s daughter Kat befriends Casper, the friendly ghost. Casper explains how his not so friendly uncles Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie want to drive everyone away from the mansion. So it is up to the Harvey’s to work together and help the ghosts cross over to the other side.


The Haunted Mansion

PG | 2003 | Fantasy/Comedy | 1hr 39mins

Jim Evers and his wife/business partner Sara get a call off Edward Gracey who is looking to sell his mansion. This could be the biggest deal of their career so Jim, Sara and their two children to go visit the mansion. When they are there a torrential thunderstorm leaves the Evers family stranded in the old mansion with Edward Gracey. This is where they get told stories about the hauntings and the mysteries of the mansion by Gracey.


Halloween

18 | 1978 | Horror/Thriller | 1hr 31mins

On Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers who was 6 at the time brutally murdered his 17 year old sister. He was sent to jail for 15 years, and on 30th October 1978 whilst getting transferred for his court date, Michael Myers (now 21) manages to steal a car and escape. This is when he returns to his quiet hometown Haddonfield, Illinois where he looks for his next victims. As the title suggests, this is the perfect film to watch during the Halloween period.


Silence of the Lambs

18 | 1991 | Thriller/Horror | 1hr 58mins

Silence of the Lambs follows trainee FBI agent Clarice Starling who is looking to advance her career. She has been asked to question Dr Hannibal Lecter who is a serial killer who cannibalized his victims and is now locked up inside a maximum security prison. The reason she is questioning Lecter is because there is a new killer that has gained the name ‘Buffalo Bill’ who is killing young women by drowning them and stripping large swaths of skin. She needs to trigger Lecter and expose herself emotionally to him to see if she can get any information out of him that might help her catch this new killer.


House on Haunted Hill

18 | 1999 | Horror/Supernatural | 1hr 33mins

This supernatural horror film is all about a millionaire who offers a group of diverse people 1 million dollars. All they have to do is spend the night in the house on haunted hill that has an extremely horrifying past. All of them figure it’s a quick way to get some money so they agree to say the night. But then after mysterious things start to happen they realise that the story hasn’t been made up just to mess with their heads, it is in fact all true and the house is extremely haunted.


Hotel Transylvania

PG | 2012 | Family/Comedy | 1hr 31mins

Back in 1895, Dracula created a resort in Transylvania where he could raise his daughter Mavis away from humans. And now, in the present day, he has opened the resort as a hotel for all his monster friends to come over and stay to celebrate Mavis’ 118th birthday! But just as the celebrations are about to start 21 year old Jonathan, a human stumbles across the hotel and enters. Dracula tries to prevent Mavis from falling in love with him.


Corpse Bride

PG | 2005 | Fantasy/Musical | 1hr 14mins

The Corpse Bride is set in the late 1800s in a Victorian village, Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot are due to get married as the Everglots need the money and the Van Dorts want to be high in society. All is well with the wedding planning until the wedding rehearsal when Victor goes into the woods to practice his wedding vows. This is where he finds that he has accidently married Emily who is the corpse bride. Victor must decide who he will pick out of Victoria and Emily.


The Sixth Sense

15 | 1999 | Thriller/Horror | 1hr 47mins

A quote everyone knows from this film is “I see dead people” whether you have watched The Sixth Sense or not you will know this quote. The Sixth Sense follows Malcom Crowe, a child psychologist who starts treating Cole Sear, a young boy who can act as a medium of communication with spirits. Malcom has had an ex-patient who had the same ills as Cole and is now the boy’s only hope as his mum is at her wit’s end with the increasing problems her son is having.


Coraline

PG | 2009 | Family/Horror | 1hr 40mins

After Coraline moves into her new home she feels bored and neglected by both her mum and dad. But one day she discovers a secret door that leads to another dimension that creates her idealized version of her home and family but everyone has buttons for eyes. Things aren’t exactly as they seem and the sinister secrets slowly unfold as she goes between both versions of her family home. She must decide whether she wants to stay with her real parents or swap to a button eyed life forever.


Scary Movie

18 | 2000 | Horror/Comedy | 1hr 28mins

If you are looking for a horror inspired comedy then Scary Movie is the one for you. The story follows Cindy Campbell and her friends a year on from when they accidently ended up killing a man. Now they have a stalker who is leaving threatening messages whilst trying to kill them all one by one. If you liked the movie Scream you will like this comedy inspired by the killer in that film.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

15 | 1975 | Musical/Horror | 1hr 40mins

A newly engaged couple end up breaking down in an extremely isolated area and need to find shelter whilst they wait. The only place they find is the bizarre residence of Dr Frank-n-Furter, the eccentric, cross-dressing scientist. Inside his mansion the couple find a houseful of characters like a rocking biker, a creepy butler. Frank-n-Furter’s unveils his latest creation, Rocky – a muscular man through the use of rock songs and elaborate dances.


The Exorcist

18 | 1973 | Horror/Supernatural | 2hr 12mins

The Exorcist is all about Regan, a young girl who starts to act rather strange after playing with an Ouija board. Her worried mother decided to seek medical help and struggles until she finds a local priest who thinks that Regan may have been seized by the devil. He decides he wants to perform an exorcism on her and makes the request which is when the church sends in an expert to help him out with the job of removing the devil from inside the 12 year old.


Scooby-Doo

PG | 2002 | Mystery | 1hr 26mins

It has been two years after Mystery Inc. had to close its doors but now Scooby Doo, Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma has been individually summoned to Spooky Island. There have been a series of paranormal incidents happening at the hot spot where everyone goes for Spring Break. They must forget their issues and work together like the good old days to figure out what has been going on and solve the mystery.


IT

15 | 2017 | Horror/Thriller | 2hr 15mins

The 2017 remake of the iconic IT is definitely one you want to add to your list if you are looking for a horror. It is based in the summer of 1989 where seven helpless and bullied children are forced to go against their fears. Pennywise who is a shape shifting clown reappears in town and kidnaps Bill’s little brother Georgie. They have to work together and face their fears to defeat Pennywise and get Georgie back before he feeds on him.


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

U | 2005 | Family/Comedy | 1hr 25mins

Perfect for all the family, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is all about a huge vegetable-ravaging beast. The issue starts with this beast destroying all of the vegetable plots right before the day of the Giant Vegetable Competition. This is where Wallace & Gromit come to the rescue as Lady Tottington asks them to track the beast and save the village from it!


Goosebumps

PG | 2015 | Horror/Fantasy | 1hr 43mins

Teenager Zach Cooper moves to a small town where he meets his next door neighbor Hannah. He quickly discovers that Hannah’s dad is R.L. Stine who is the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. The monsters that he wrote about in his book are real but he has locked them up inside the books. Until one day Zach accidently let’s all the monsters free from their books and they begin to terrorize the town. They have to then work together to put all the monsters back away in the books.


Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

U | 1993 | Family/Fantasy | 1hr 33mins

 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson star as Kelly and Lynn, 7 year old twins. They discover that they are in debt that much that they might lose their house soon. All of this is because of their Aunt Agatha. So they decide that they need to try and trick their evil Aunt Agatha out of a magic moonstone that she has as it will help them save their family home.


Hopefully we have helped you put together a list of classic Halloween films that you want to watch during the spooky season this year.

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Has the thought of owning a holiday home in North Wales been running through your brain recently?

If so then you are in the right place as we have put together the top 5 reasons why you should buy a holiday home in North Wales! The whole of the country is beautiful and full of incredible sights, interesting history and beautiful holiday resorts. And North Wales in particular is extremely popular with holiday makers and holiday home owners, and it’s not hard to see why.

Have a read through our reasons below and see if it helps you make a decision on buying your holiday home here.


great range of resorts available

larger ownership lodge at aberconwy resort at sunset, with the beach, sea and mountain in the backdrop

Here at Darwin Escapes, we have 4 incredible North Wales holiday home resorts that are across the coast of North Wales. Each resort has different things about them from a spa, to evening entertainment, heated indoor pools, and some delicious restaurants. Have a read through them below and see what they offer for you. So whether you are looking for a lodge for sale in North Wales or just want to own a holiday home in one of our North Wales Darwin Escapes resorts, all of them make the perfect destination for your new holiday home.

short drive away from Anglesey

No matter where you are in North Wales Anglesey is a trip you can do within a day! The island itself you can get to by going over either the Menai Bridge or the Britannia Bridge by car. Anglesey is such a popular and well-known part of North Wales due to how unique it is with all the stunning scenery and history it has. Below is a list of some of the popular things you can do during your time exploring the island:

rich in history

As a region, North Wales is rich in history with plenty of historic attractions and monuments to visit. In fact, Wales is often called ‘the land of castles’ as there are still around 427 of them in the country, approximately 100 of them are in North Wales! As well as castles there are other ways to experience the historic side of North Wales like riding up the Great Orme in a tramcar, which is Britain’s only cable-hauled tramway!

close to Snowdonia National Park

This national park is home to Wales’s highest mountain, Snowdon, with an elevation of 1,086m above sea level. As well as Mount Snowdon, there are also over 100 lakes, networks of trails and other craggy peaks throughout Snowdonia National Park to explore. Wales isn’t all about mountains, there are so many other things to discover, from underground caverns to in-land surfing, take a look at the most popular attractions below:

beautiful coastline

Photo of the Talacre lighthouse from the distance

Did you know there are over 100 different beaches in North Wales alone? With around 250 miles of coastline so it’s no surprise that there are so many beaches for you to explore. All of our North Wales resorts are either right by or not far from a beach too! When the sun is shining and you’re relaxing on the sand some of these beaches will make you feel like you have been transported to the Costa del Sol – what more could you want?


so, why own a holiday home?

The main benefit of owning a holiday home is that you get complete holiday freedom. Which means you can explore all of the things North Wales has to offer in your own time. And if you can’t fit it all in during your trip then no problem – you can come and visit again, and again! The holiday homes we have for sale suit all types of families and groups, from static caravans to holiday lodges. All with open-plan living areas, spacious bedrooms and fitted kitchens. If you are interested we do offer flexible finance options that you may find useful.


Our holiday caravan parks in North Wales will provide you with the perfect base. That way you can go out and explore all that this area has to offer.

Make memories with friends and family and enjoy unwinding in your own holiday home at one of our unique resorts.

our North Wales parks

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The Peak District National Park is known for its outstanding beauty and incredible viewpoints so why not explore them whilst you’re in the area.

Whether you are staying in our Rivendale Lodge Retreat or not, this list of viewpoints we’ve put together are definitely worth considering during your time in the Peak District. If you love walking, taking beautiful photos and exploring new places then you will definitely appreciate all that the National Park has to offer. These viewpoints are perfect to explore all year round and you can enjoy breath taking views at all of them.

Solomon’s Temple

Poole’s Cavern Visitor Centre, Buxton, SK17 9DH | 19 mins

Solomon’s Temple is a historical landmark that sits at the summit of Grin Low hill. Some may know this temple as Grinlow Tower and was built in 1896 by architect William Radford Bryden. The area it is located in is Buxton Country Park which has a 100 acre woods that you can explore along with GoApe, a shop, picnic area and toilets.

  • 3 different trails to the viewpoint (25, 30 or 45mins)
  • There are stairs to get to the top of the viewpoint
  • Enjoy incredible views across the spa town of Buxton
  • You can camp at the country park from Easter till October

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Derwent Edge

Hope Valley, S33 0AX | 60 mins

Derwent Edge consists of a short but challenging walk with the reward of Derwent Edge at the top where you can enjoy views as far as the eye can see. The walk to get there is easily followed thanks to the signs that you will see along the way. Or follow the link below which gives you a step by step on what the walk consists of and where you can park.

  • Views of Ladybower Reservoir, Crook Hill, Win Hill & Kinder Scout
  • 2.5 mile walk that will take around an hour to complete
  • Short, challenging walk with fairly steady climb up and steep descent
  • The terrain consists of moorland and rocky paths

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Dovedale Stepping Stones

Dovedale, Ilam, Ashbourne, DE6 2AY | 15 mins

The popular Dovedale Stepping Stones can be accessed from Ilam Park which is a 158 acre country park owned by the National Trust. There’s also  Dovedale House within this park along with the Dovedale stepping stones that you can walk to. Along the walk you will see plenty of wildlife like sheep and cattle so ensure if you have dogs that they are on leads.

  • 3 mile circular walk which takes around 2 hours
  • Head out early for the walk as it gets busy
  • After heavy rain stepping stones are often submerged, save walk for when the weather has been dry
  • One of the most popular hotspots in the Peak District

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Thor’s Cave

Ashbourne, ST13 7TS | 16 mins

Located in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire, Thor’s Cave has become an extremely iconic natural cavern to explore. The cave can be seen at the foot of the valley 80ft up so you can imagine how impressive the views are when you get to the opening of the cave. The circular hike will take you over a mixture of paths and open grounds.

  • One of the Peak District’s most iconic landmarks
  • 5 mile walk which takes around 3 hours to complete
  • Excavations at the cave revealed 10,000 year old remains
  • The Verve used Thor’s Cave for the cover art for ‘A Storm in Heaven’

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Stanage Edge

Hope Valley, S32 1DZ | 44 mins

If you are looking for somewhere with stunning views and a unique hike then heading to Stanage Edge would be a great idea. There are various car parks around the area which create different types of walks but the most popular is around 9km long. During the walk you can also find the popular Robin Hood’s Cave.

  • Stanage Edge is around 3.5 miles in Length
  • Most popular car park to use is Hathersage Village Car Park
  • Walking route is 9km and takes around 3-4 hours
  • The Dale Road parking will make your route shorter

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Ladybower Reservoir

Hope Valley, SS33 6RA | 45 mins

The Ladybower Reservoir is a Y shaped reservoir that the River Derwent and River Ashop flow into. It is extremely popular as a walking route and many visitors also come just to enjoy the views and scenery around the reservoir. Particularly the Ladybower Reservoir “plug hole” which you can see in the image above.

  • Built between 1935 and 1943 and opened by King George VI
  • Rainbow and brown trout are in these waters
  • 5 mile walk around the reservoir takes between 1 and 2 hours
  • Shaft spillways (plug hole) is there to regulate water levels after prolonged rain spells.

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There are so many other amazing viewpoints in the Peak District that you can explore. They are the perfect way to have a day out if you are staying at Rivendale Lodge Retreat. Our resort can then help you relax and unwind with the on-site bistro & bar.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our resorts in England and Wales are open. Please note, the opening times for all facilities and bistros/restaurants are subject to change throughout the 2021 season. All visitors and guests are asked to follow all government advice relating to Covid-19 whilst at our resorts.

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