Contemporary and unique new Winter Festival launches in London

The inaugural Greenwich Winter Time Festival will launch this December, set in the stunning grounds of the world heritage-listed Old Royal Naval College, Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece. A fresh, new winter festival with a difference, the Winter Time Festival will offer a magical atmosphere, bringing together the contemporary and the traditional, in a unique Christmas experience for all.

In association with the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Winter Time offers an alternative winter event to the seasonal market, with its own distinctive and individual style. A truly unique and contemporary experience which embraces the traditions of the season, the event will host a bespoke covered ice rink, London’s finest independent and innovative lifestyle Winter Market, the very best of artisan festive food and drink, enchanting and high-calibre entertainment, plus an authentic Father Christmas experience for all the family.

Greenwich Winter Time Festival aims to break new ground in the festive marketplace and will transform this popular riverside location into the ultimate Christmas destination. For Greenwich residents, there is an exclusive 48 hour opportunity to book tickets from 10am on Monday 21 August, before going on general sale.

Ed Barnard, Finance and Commercial Director at the Old Royal Naval College commented: 

"We are deeply excited to have Greenwich Winter Time Festival this Christmas and it’s a welcome addition to the wonderful variety of Christmas-themed events that London has to offer. Taking place within the historic grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, it promises to bring something a little different to the festive arena and is another great reason to visit this exciting part of the capital."

With over 1.7 million annual visits, the Old Royal Navy College is one of the most visited attractions in the UK, featuring breath-taking architecture and some of the best views in London. The addition of Greenwich Winter Time Festival to its line-up of events will provide locals, Londoners and visitors to the capital with a unique festive experience that is destined to become a permanent fixture on the Christmas calendar.

Greenwich Winter Time runs from 1 – 31 December and tickets start at £15 for adults and £10 for children.

About the Old Royal Naval College:

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece. This British landmark encompasses some of the finest buildings in the world, and is the must-see architectural centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Visitors can see the magnificent Painted Hall and the Neoclassical Chapel, hear the stories of the site and of those who lived and worked here, and enjoy the beautiful historic grounds.

With a bar and restaurant serving locally sourced quality British food, the Old Royal Naval College is the perfect destination for a great day out. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Established as the Royal Hospital for Seamen by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1694, the buildings of the Old Royal Naval College were designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and from 1705 provided accommodation for retired sailors, housing as many as 2,700 residents at its peak in 1814. In 1869 the site became home to the Royal Naval College, an officers’ training academy, until 1997. When the Navy left, the site was opened to the public as an extraordinary cultural destination to enlighten, enrich and delight for present and future generations.

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