Children; WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN LONDON ... AND BEYOND

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Cutty Sark Christmas Celebrations

King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 (0181-858 3445) today and tomorrow, 12noon-4pm, adults pounds 3.50, children pounds 2.50

The famous ship (above) will be festively decorated and Father Christmas will be using the Captain's saloon as his grotto. Children can meet Santa, receive a gift for an additional pounds 1 and buy a mounted picture of themselves with him for pounds 2.50. Other activities include knot-tying and shanty songs.

Seventeenth-Century Christmas, V&A

Cromwell Rd, London SW7 (0171-938 8500) tomorrow, 3pm, adults pounds 5, children free

To tie in with the current Gibbons exhibition, the V&A will be celebrating Christmas in 17th-century style on Sunday. Junior Associates from the Royal Ballet School will perform dances from the English court before leading a procession which will end in the Gamble room, where there will be free refreshments for children. Throughout the day, all members of the family can also join in free activities at The Activity Cart, where you make everything from masks to wands and crowns.

Teddy Bears Concert

Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) tomorrow, 3pm, tickets pounds 11.50 and pounds 10.50

If buying your little darlings the latest B*Witched CD fills you with horror, head to the Barbican tomorrow for an afternoon of traditional children's favourites, such as Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and Nelly the Elephant. You get pounds 1 off the ticket price if you bring a bear and there are special prizes for the biggest and best bears. Suitable for five years and over.

A Victorian Christmas

Preston Manor, Preston Park, Brighton, E Sussex (01273 292770) today, 11am-3pm, adults pounds 1.50, children free (pounds 3/pounds 1.85 for non-Brighton and Hove residents)

This old manor house was bequeathed to the local authority at the beginning of the century and is recreating some of the activities of Christmases gone by. You can have lessons in napkin folding from the head housemaid or learn about Victorian smells and lotions and potions in the Ladies' Maid's room. There will also be a chance to dress up in costumes and at 2.30pm there will be singing from St Bernadette's School Choir.

Victorian Grotto

Felbrigg Hall, Roughton, nr Cromer, Norfolk (01263 837444) today, 11am, pounds 3 per child to visit Santa

Santa arrives by horse and wagon at this historic country house, where children can visit him in his grotto. Children can also take a wagon ride through the estate (50p).

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