The Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick is the beautiful setting for the annual Christmas Tree Festival, which opens on Warwick Town Victorian evening, Thursday 29 November and continues until Sunday 9 December 2018. This year the community led ‘Warwick Poppies’ display runs alongside the Festival and marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Visitors can vote for their favourite Christmas tree and be entered in the prize draw. Admission on Victorian Evening is 50p per adult. Children are free. There will be Entertainment to include a variety of music, including Spa Brass Band, the Two Castles Male Voice Choir, mulled wine & mince pies.

Craft stalls and the St Mary’s gift shop will help with those all important Christmas presents. The evening will be rounded off with a short carol service at 8.45pm.

Local school choirs sing Christmas songs on Friday morning 30 November in a free concert, when doors open at 10 am, come along and hear the children sing and visitors can enjoy coffee and cake, from the Pop-Up Café.

At 12.30 there will be the opportunity to join a Guided Tour of St Mary’s, including the beautiful Beauchamp Chapel for £3.00, (including a vote for your favourite tree) numbers are limited for the tour and places must be booked in advance by emailing contact@stmaryswarwick.org.uk or phone the office on 01926 403940 Option 1.

The Pop Up Café will be serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes on Friday and Saturday of both weekends from 10am – 4pm.

On Saturday 8th December, Spa Brass will be returning this year at 10 am to play Christmas music while you wander through the trees. ‘Da Capo’ an a cappella chamber choir will be singing at 11am, filling the church with their beautiful sound. St Mary’s invites you to have tea and cake with the Mayor of Warwick, Rich Eddy at 11am and there is a Christmas ‘Sing it loud’ Concert ‘Tis the Season, at 7.30 pm, tickets from www.singitloud.co.uk/christmas

As part of the ‘Warwick Poppies’ exhibition, historians Alan Reed and Sir Andrew Hamilton will give a lecture about the true story of the ‘The Christmas Truce’ on Thursday 6th December. Entry is free by limited tickets, available from St Mary’s shop and the Visitor Centre in Warwick.

On Friday 7th December there is a lunchtime organ recital so come along and visit the pop up café while you enjoy the music, the trees and the magnificent poppy display.

Santa will be visiting the Christmas Tree Festival at 11am on Saturday 8th December – come along and join him as he looks at the beautiful trees and stops off before continuing his long journey towards Christmas?

Local poet and storyteller Jenny Heap is back by popular demand, running a Christmas Children’s workshop. Tickets are £3.50 per child and accompanying adults free. Tickets available from the St Mary’s shop . The Christmas Concert from Scholars Choir is at 7.30pm. Tickets from St Mary’s shop.

All the trees are individually decorated by the community and local businesses and this will be an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and be inspired.

After Victorian evening during the week and a half long festival, vote for your favourite tree for just £1 which includes entry into the prize draw for some super prizes. Come along and support this wonderful event.

For more information please visit our website – http://www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk

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