Pavilion Advent Calendar

24th December: Chestnut Brandy Punch from Do-Ahead Christmas

24th December: Chestnut Brandy Punch from Do-Ahead Christmas

Not many hours left til the big day! Hopefully you’re done with most of the preparations by now and can sit back and relax. This evening, go on and treat yourself to a festive cocktail from Do-Ahead Christmas.   SERVES 6 50g/1¾oz cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped 100ml/3½fl oz/7 tbsp double (heavy) cream 300ml/10fl oz/1¼ cups […]

23rd December: Relax with Colouring In from Millie Marotta

23rd December: Relax with Colouring In from Millie Marotta

Colouring in is no longer just for children! The activity has become hugely popular among adults in France as a method to help combat stress and anxiety, and the trend is making its way over to Britain. In Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom you’ll find a world of wonderful creatures to colour in, personalise and make […]

22nd December: Classic Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings from Good Housekeeping

22nd December: Classic Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings from Good Housekeeping

The Good Housekeeping Cookery Book has sold over two million copies and inspired four generations of readers. The ultimate cook’s bible, this updated edition celebrates 90 years of the Good Housekeeping Institute and contains more than 500 of their trusted and triple-tested recipes. Scoll down to find out how to win a copy of the […]


21st December: Festive Wines for the Holiday Season

21st December: Festive Wines for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here and with it plenty of parties and gatherings with family and friends. In the advent calendar today: Oz Clarke’s selection of wines perfect for those festive moments, whether you’re a fan of big, bold reds, sprightly whites, are looking for the perfect sweetie to go with all the delicious Christmas […]

20th December: Dance the Night Away with Strictly and Tip-Tap Dancing Cat

20th December: Dance the Night Away with Strictly and Tip-Tap Dancing Cat

What will you do once Strictly is over? Read Tip-Tap Dancing Cat of course! He’ll teach you all the moves… Even Craig Revel Horwood can learn a thing or two from Oscar the dancing cat. He can foxtrot and two-step, tap dance and salsa – and has even been known to FREESTYLE! Find out how […]

19th December: Marinated Chicken Thighs (Dak Galbi) from Kimchi

19th December: Marinated Chicken Thighs (Dak Galbi) from Kimchi

Sourish, hot and tasty, you can’t really imagine Korea without kimchi – their fermented vegetables and popular dishes such as bibimbap are an absolute essential at mealtimes. Kimchi is the essential cookbook for anyone who wants to explore the classic flavours of the Korean kitchen. There are plenty of different family recipes for this much-loved […]


18th December: The Extraordinary Game That Made History

18th December: The Extraordinary Game That Made History

As the year of the 100th anniversary of the First World War draws to a close, we remember the Christmas cease-fire and football match that inspired Michael’s Foreman’s children’s book War Game, as well as a certain supermarket chain’s Christmas 2014 advertising campaign… Hear Michael’s personal and moving inspiration behind the writing of War Game […]

17th December: 5 Furry Friends are Looking for a New Home

17th December: 5 Furry Friends are Looking for a New Home

Whether you are a cat person or a dog person you’ll love today’s advent calendar competition. Today we are re-homing this group of magnificent cats and dogs from the Best in Show series: Knit Your Own Cat, Knit Your Own Dog and 25 More Dogs to Knit to 5 lucky winners. These furry friends are […]

16th of December: Heartwarming stories from Thank You

BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, the network’s flagship Saturday morning programme, has been on air since 2006 and with around 2.1 million weekly listeners, is hugely popular. Since 2013 it has featured a slot called Thank You. Every Saturday morning on Saturday Live, listeners call in to say thank you to people who have helped […]


15th December: Win National Trust Family Passes

15th December: Win National Trust Family Passes

Get ready to discover the best Britain has to offer with our National Trust gift bundle! Two lucky winners will enjoy a family day out at a National Trust property of their choice with National Trust family day passes. Each pass admits two adults and two children, or one adult and three children, for one […]

14th December: Classic Turkey and Pfefferkuchen from Do-Ahead Christmas

14th December: Classic Turkey and Pfefferkuchen from Do-Ahead Christmas

Cooking at Christmas doesn’t have to be stressful. Nobody wants to find themselves elbow-deep in currants, kitchen bathed in dripping, and oven stacked with mince pies. You want to have it all done so that you can enjoy being with your guests instead of stuck in the kitchen. James Ramsden’s ‘do-ahead’ approach will help to […]

13th December:  Win book and sewing gauge from Merchant & Mills

13th December: Win book and sewing gauge from Merchant & Mills

Do it once, do it well – that’s the first piece of sewing advice Merchant & Mills will give you. Because Merchant & Mills believe in sewing – seriously. But they also believe that sewing should be fun and rewarding. In Elementary Sewing Skills they show that successful sewing is very achievable. Providing an overview […]


12th December: Animated Video for Big City Explorer

12th December: Animated Video for Big City Explorer

Who needs the Penguins of Madagascar when you can go on your own round-the-world tour of 28 cities with a penguin as your guide! Budding young armchair travellers can join Penguin as he takes a fact-filled trip uncovering the secrets and hidden treasures of some of the world’s most amazing cities. Calling points are: Istanbul, […]

11th December: Win a Book Bundle

11th December: Win a Book Bundle

Today we’re giving you the chance to win a great book bundle, with something for every taste!  Wrapped up in the bundle, you will find USA Soccer Guy’s 50 Insane Soccer Moments – Meet Soccer Guy. He’s American and has a passion for the sport of soccer that goes further back than most. Here for […]

10th December: Science is Beautiful

10th December: Science is Beautiful

Our bodies are amazing. The microscopic elements of the human body are profoundly fascinating – and also beautiful. In Science is Beautiful, we unearth some of the most wonderful microscopic images of the human body ever created. For a chance to win a copy of the book, let us know on social media what type […]


9th December: Little Mole plush toy

9th December: Little Mole plush toy

Hailed by The Guardian as a ‘scatological masterpiece’ the bestselling book The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business follows the quest of a mole as he tries to find out which farmyard animal “did their business” on his head. This classic picture book has been delighting both adults […]

8th December: Lamb Biriyani Ka Kesar from Fresh Spice

8th December: Lamb Biriyani Ka Kesar from Fresh Spice

Change your perception of taste, flavour and seasoning with a new way of cooking with spices. Fresh, fragrant spices should be seen as everyday ingredients – they can be used to add flavour, clarity and a clean finish to a wealth of dishes, from roasts, grills and pies to soups, salads and sweet things. Fresh […]

7th December: Frost Fairs from Londonopolis

7th December: Frost Fairs from Londonopolis

Londonopolis is a curious and erudite collection of stories of London that give an alternative history of the great city, and features singing Neanderthal Londoners, how the British Empire started in the Nag’s Head and getting lost in London’s ghost tube stations. The liveliest interludes in river history are the frost fairs, which took place […]


6th December: Moonlight Bear

6th December: Moonlight Bear

On a full moon night like this… Eva drifts off to sleep with her favourite teddy bear, but when she wakes in the night the bear is gone… She looks all over her room only to find that her teddy has turned into a real bear! Bear takes Eva on an incredible adventure around the […]

5th December: Sticka Card project from Winter Knitting

5th December: Sticka Card project from Winter Knitting

As the seasons change from cool, crisp autumn to the cold and dark of winter, Scandinavians are particularly good at easing the transition with clothing, interiors and food that bring warmth and light. In Winter Knitting, sisters Katarina and Helena Rosén, the team behind knitwear company MillaMia, share some wonderful Swedish traditions, knit designs and […]

4th December: 100 Buildings 100 Years

4th December: 100 Buildings 100 Years

100 Buildings 100 Years celebrates the brilliant and diverse architecture of the last 100 years. The selection of buildings has been nominated by members of the Twentieth Century Society and showcases the broad variety of architectural talent in Britain from 1914 to 2014. Here’s the spectacular selection for 1997. Can you guess which building it […]


3rd December: The Elementary Sherlock Holmes

Packed with absorbing facts on the books, the films, the TV adaptations and the man himself, this feast of Holmes trivia is the most entertaining way to get yourself Sherlocked. For more Sherlock trivia, see The Elementary Sherlock Holmes.

2nd December: Great Interior Design Challenge Workbook

Need a home DIY project for Christmas? We’ve got some great tips, suggestions and ideas for changing your flooring – from mosaic in your living room to rubber in your kitchen! – as well as tips on choosing bathroom fittings, that will help transform your bathroom into a stylish sanctuary. The featured extract is taken […]

1st December: Mac Cheese from Let's Eat Meat

1st December: Mac Cheese from Let’s Eat Meat

Eat meat, but eat less, and eat better. Tom Parker Bowles’s new cookbook Let’s Eat Meat is all about cooking with good meat and poultry, from prime cuts to cheap bits and versatile scraps. This glorious collection of over delicious 120 recipes from around the world will have you returning to cook them again and […]