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Santa's Christmas Wonderland Paulton's Park, Ower, Romsey, Hampshire (01703 814442) from tomorrow (every weekend and some weekdays until Christmas) 10am-6pm, adults pounds 8.50, children pounds 4.50-pounds 8.50

This OTT Christmas grotto (above) at the family leisure park opens for the festive season this weekend, with all-singing, all-dancing reindeer and Santa's little helpers sorting letters and making presents. The entry price includes a present for every child, fruit punch and mince pie for the grown-ups, plus admission to all of the park's attractions. Booking essential.

Stir-up Sunday Shugborough, Milford, Staffs (01889 8813588) tomorrow, 11am-4pm, adults pounds 3.50, children pounds 2.50, pounds 1.50 per car

This National Trust country house recreates the British tradition of Stir-up Sunday (the Sunday before advent when puddings were made). The puddings will be cooked in the Victorian kitchens and Christmas ale will be made in the old brewhouse. NS