Last Sunday (December 3rd) I re-visited Grassington Dickensian Festival, a trip I was taken on twice as a child during the run up to Christmas. Growing up all I’ve ever been able to remember about the festival is visiting Santa and watching the Punch and Judy puppet show! I had to see it again.
This time around I was able to appreciate a lot more of the day so I’m glad I made the trip. If anyone is in the Skipton area or don’t mind to travel, you’ll have a festive filled day with activities for all ages. Travelling up we chose to take the park and ride option, which I advise if you decide to go. We parked in a huge quarry and got a few minute coach ride into Grassington and back to our car in the evening. Parking and transport there and back was £10 per vehicle! So take the whole family…. Or there’s the option to find closer parking and walk to the festival, just remember to wrap up warm.
35 years of Grassington Christmas Festival brings a unique and enchanting experience for all. The Victorian themed event combines the magic of Christmas and takes you back in time along the cobbled streets of Grassington. You’ll never find a dull moment during your visit with a fully planned schedule covering music productions, dancers, magicians, street theatre, buskers, shoe-shine boys and of course Santa! Who you will find in his magical hideaway grotto. The festival will be held over next weekend (9th – 10th December) so check your diaries!!
The town is filled with cute little shops, the perfect opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done. Plus street stands filled with fudge, sweets, roast chestnuts, BBQ street food and other tasty snacks. For a substantial meal however, you won’t have to look far with a whole selection of cafes, pubs and hotels to choose from.
Enjoying a chilled Christmassy day out can’t be done without a mince pie and hot chocolate. Who agrees? Luckily Grassington Festival will spoil you for choice with coffee rooms, mince pies, cake and tea. We took a couple of coffee stops to refuel, any excuse to eat a mince pie! It is nearly Christmas after all.
The atmosphere within the village was very cheery, the streets were filled with Christmas carols courtesy of the town squares band and countless volunteers fully embraced the Victorian bygone era with complete fancy dress.
Who can resist a little Christmas cheer this time of year? 9th and 10th December, clear your diaries. You won’t regret it!
So who’s got plans this weekend…? Comment below ⬇️
Please let me know if you’ve been or going and leave a comment to say what you enjoyed most or what you’re looking forward to…..
Click here for more information on the festival.