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DAYS OUT IN THE UK.

ENGLAND

DECEMBER 27 TO JANUARY 7 Ever wondered what Santa does after the Christmas rush is over? Then find out at Drusillas Park at Alfriston, East Sussex, where Santa and the Missus will be relaxing in their cottage. Tiptoe past Mrs Claus dozing in her rocking chair, through the loud snores of Mr Claus tucked up in bed nearby. From 10am to 4pm. Admission is from pounds 11.50 for adults and from pounds 10.50 for children. For more info call 01323 874100 or log on to www.drusillas.co.uk

DECEMBER 28 & 29 The race is on to find the most relaxed mind in Britain at the Mindball Championships at the Science Museum in London. Strap on the Mindball head band, which monitors your brain waves, and answer a series of questions. The most chilled-out person wins a prize. Mindball is part of the NEURObotics the Future of Thinking? exhibition. Free admission. For more info go to www. sciencemuseum.org.uk or call 0870 870 4868.

UNTIL JANUARY 7 Take the ferry across the Mersey to Wallasey on the Wirral for a close encounter with the Gold Dalek, Slitheen, Cybermen and other scary monsters at Spaceport's Doctor Who exhibition. Other props including costumes worn by the Doctor and Rose from the last series will also be on display and from December 27, watch out for a mystery addition straight from the Christmas Day Special. Admission pounds 8.50 for adults, pounds 6 children, family ticket pounds 24. For more info visit www.spaceport.org.uk or call 0151 330 1333. Go to www.merseyferries.co.uk for sailing times.

SCOTLAND

JANUARY 1 If you're not brave or mad enough to take the plunge for the traditional New Year Day's dip off South Queensferry Esplanade, stay dry and simply watch the fun. There's a hot toddy and soup for those foolhardy enough to take part in the Loony Dook. Call 0131 331 2555.

JANUARY 11 If you missed out on New Year celebrations, join the villagers of Burghead, near Elgin, for a second chance to mark Hogmanay with the Burning of the Clavie, one of Scotland's oldest fire festivals. On Old Yule Night, the clavie, a barrel packed with tar-soaked sticks mixed with peat, assembled by the Clavie King and his crew, will be set alight for the parade through the streets of this fishing village. The procession comes to a dramatic end with the roling of the blazing clavie down Doorie Hill. From 6pm. Free. For more info call 01343 835773.

JANUARY 13 Experience the exhilarating sound of massed fiddles in full flight at the Dunfermline Strathspey and Reel Society Fiddlers' Rally in Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, Fife. The evening of traditional Scottish music will feature special guest Glenrothes' own Bruce Davies. From 7pm. Tickets pounds 8.50, concessions pounds 7.50. For more info call 01592 612121 or go to www.rotheshalls.org.uk

WALES

UNTIL DECEMBER 31 See the Christmas decorations on a Dragon Ride Motortrike Christmas Lights Tour around Cardiff. Santa himself drives the half-hour tours on a three-wheeled motorbike with room for two passengers. Adults from pounds 10. For more info call 07840 760394.

DECEMBER 31 The locals of Wales's smallest town, Llanwrtyd Wells, will be seeing the New Year in by re-enacting an old Welsh tradition, the Mari Lywd. There will be singing and poetry and rhymes when the Mari (a horse skull on a long pole) is carried from house to house in a torchlit procession before returning to the town square in time for the midnight celebrations. For more info go to llanwrtyd-wells.powys.org.uk

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