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Santa sets festive brainbox challenge at the Beacon Museum

Mana Pookduang-Smith, Dayne Middleton, and Caitlin Batty

VISITORS to Whitehaven can take part in a Christmas event with a difference at the Beacon Museum.

The ‘Actual Factual Christmas Trail’ launches with a special family fun day of crafts, music and competitions on Saturday, November 30.

The trail will coincide with the launch of Santa’s Grotto and Christmas woodland decoration workshops.

Alan Irwin, Business Development Manager at the Beacon Museum, said: “Each year we welcome hundreds of families to the museum for our Christmas trail, and Father Christmas has set his workers a very different challenge for this time around.

“Participants will discover the festival of Christmas, including what festive customs have been lost from times gone by, and how modern practices have sprouted from unusual origins.

“Why is Boxing Day called by that name, and how did people come to start putting up Christmas trees? All will be revealed!

“Children and adults can discover more about Christmas as they work their way towards Santa’s Grotto, where gifts will be given out by the man in the red suit himself.”

The Actual Factual Christmas Trail and Santa’s Grotto will be open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 and 4pm throughout the Christmas period, and then each day on December 21, 22 and 23.  Entry is £5 per participant, which includes entry to the museum and all ages are welcome.

Visitors can also enjoy a bite to eat on the run up to Christmas, with a pop up café being held on December 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Provided in collaboration with John Fell’s kitchen at the Green Room restaurant in Rosehill Theatre, some tasty winter warmers and sweet treats will be available each day between 11 and 4pm.

For all information on Christmas activities at the Beacon Museum, visit or search on Facebook for the Beacon Museum.

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