We have a secret to tell you. We have found a just as lovely, cheaper alternative to Winter Wonderland where you don’t have to queue for 45 minutes to get in, that also happens to be the quirkiest Christmas festival we have stumbled upon so far. For those willing to stray from the beaten track head to Victoria Park for a truly original wonderland experience. Open every day from now until the 1st January, this festival has something for everyone!
There is an outdoor ice rink as well as a less traditional retro roller disco and a Speigeltent where you will find cabaret and karaoke entertainment in the evenings. Lighting up the festival is a fairground complete with a (rather mini) ferris wheel and there is also a dedicated children’s quarter with a range of creative activities as well as the magical, fantastical house of fairy tales.
If you get peckish you won’t have to look far for sustenance as there are stalls selling almost any sort of food you could possibly wish for, from the classic German Sausage stand to the ever popular pop up Voodoo rays serving pizzas to die for.
To escape the chilly Winter chill make a visit to Bar Humbug where you can pick up a mulled wine or two, the cosy Hot Cider Tent which does exactly what it says on the tin or the Craft brewers where you can enjoy a beer made from one of London’s finest Artisan Brewers.
Need a bit more excitement in the mix? The adrenaline junkies amongst you should head to the wall of death where you can bear witness to the gravity defying motor-dome and watch vintage motorcycles and their daredevil riders perform amazing stunts.
There are mini markets dotted around such as the Dalston Darlings where you can pick up some fine crafts, jewellery or some home made baked goods but the most interesting tent that you should make time for is the Bizarre Bazaar, a Victorian market where artists and craft makers, many of whom are dressed in traditional Victorian costume sell their wares.
There is even a Victorian bar you can perch at whilst you enjoy a refreshing tipple and let the quirky surroundings take you back in time.
As if this isn’t all winter wonderful enough, on week-ends there are also horse-drawn carriages at the entrance that will, for the fee of just £5, take you for a romantic ride round the park.
So for those seeking an alternative winter wonderland experience that will knock your Christmas novelty socks off- take a trip to Winterville and remember to let us know what you think! To find out more visit their website here!
Victoria Park Rd
Mon to Thurs – 3pm-10.15pm
Fri – 3pm-10.45pm
Sat – 10am-10.45pm
Sun – 10am-10.15pm
Dec 20th -Jan 1st
Mon to Thurs – 10am-10.15pm
Sat & Fri – 10am-10.45pm
Sun – 10am-10.15pm
New Year’s Eve – 10am-8pm
New Year’s Day – 10am-6pm
Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.