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MY EAST ANGLIA Rachel Ducker LIVING EAST DECEMBER Around the region ANTIQUES Clocks HOUSE & HOME Interiors & Christmas table ideas FOOD & DRINK Turkeys, restaurants and more CHRISTMAS Xmas shopping and gifts FASHION Party wear HEALTH Over indulgence

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Front Cover Bobby Crush and Sue Hodge star in the brilliant family panto Jack & The Beanstalk at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Find out more on page 67.

Hello and welcome to the biggest ever issue of EAST MAGAZINE. The festive season is upon us and we’ve got lots of timely features for you this month, including some great gift ideas and places to shop. We’ve got our annual round-up of the region’s best pantos and lots more events for you to seek out. May I take this time to thank you all for making 2011 another successful year for the magazine and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here Enjoy. John Boston

TEAM EAST Publisher Sean Thompson (01954 267696) sean@eastmag.com Publishing Consultant Paul Gibson (01954 268129) paul@eastmag.com Editor John Boston john@eastmag.com Area Manager (Arts/Norfolk) Charlie Roadley-Battin (07595 894578) charlie@eastmag.com Area Manager (Suffolk/Essex) Darren Marshall (07826 628680) darren@eastmag.com Area Manager (Beds/Herts) Stewart Hedges (07595 894557) stewart@eastmag.com Area Manager (Cambridgeshire) Jim Leishman (01954 267635) jim@eastmag.com CONTACT GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel. 01954 267904 HEAD OFFICE Unit 4, Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge, CB23 4HY ADVERTISING Production 01353 616000 ads@eastmag.com Fax 01353 616120 EDITORIAL editorial@eastmag.com Issue #79 December 2011 www.eastevents.co.uk EAST magazine is published by Thompson Media Partners Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction, in part or in whole, without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher. All times, prices and dates of events were correct at the time of going to press but readers are advised to ring and check before setting out.

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Rachel Ducker started her independent business journey at just 23. Having chosen not to go to university she started her career by working in a variety of creative industries including publishing, print, graphic design and online marketing. During these six years Rachel gained the skills and experience that would carry her forward enabling her to start her own business. She saw a gap in the market to create a one stop marketing and design agency, meaning that clients could come to her to get all of their marketing done under one roof. Rachel founded Apparition Marketing and Design Ltd in 2009, in the same year; she was crowned East of England's Young Business Woman of the Year. In 2010 Rachel was given her own business column in the East Anglian Daily Times, East Anglia's largest regional newspaper. Her column, Water off a Ducks Back, gave her the inspiration to start her second business, Time2Shine Ltd, offering a mentoring service to young people and start up businesses. Earlier this year Rachel was named the Ladies@11 Women of the Future Award. A national award ceremony was held in the Isle of White. Shortly after this she formed Apparition Music Promotions Ltd, an independent promotions agency for up and coming rising stars across the UK.

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Rachel Ducker

At 23, Rachel Ducker won the East of England Young Businesswoman of the Year Award. Less than two years later, she has just been announced as a finalist in the national NatWest Everywoman Awards, a prize honouring British Entrepreneurial success, in the category for the most inspiring businesswoman aged between 25 and under. Ahead of the awards ceremony in London on 7 December, Rachel tells us the things she loves most about East Anglia, and her life in Suffolk... I have lived in Bury St Edmunds for two years now after spending 23 years in Halesworth a market town near the coast – I am a Suffolk girl born and bred! I tried to move away once but missed Suffolk so much I had to come home. I love the fact Bury St Edmunds has modern facilities in traditional surroundings. My favourite place in Bury is the medieval grid, full of coffee shops, restaurants and galleries, which leads down to the Abbey Gardens. I love Southwold. When I was younger my grandparents often took me to the Beach at the weekend. It’s a quaint little town, and I have many great childhood memories there. I still visit the town regularly with my family to this day. For a romantic meal, I love the Salthouse in Ipswich. Not only is it contemporary, classy and well priced, it overlooks the harbour which twinkles with lights at night time. The rooms there are amazing too, especially the penthouse! The best meal I have had in ages has been at the Bildeston Crown. I have to say the desserts are a work of art! I would certainly feel confident taking my friends there. My favourite place in the whole world for lunch or coffee is a coffee shop bistro called Baileys2 in Bury St Edmunds. They have an amazing range of home made cakes, specialty food and the best Cappuccinos in Suffolk. The owners Lou and Dean are so friendly they have become good friends of mine. For a Sunday lunchtime drink, The Crown in Southwold is a really relaxed place to socialise and drink

some fine Adnams wines. They have a great selection of nibbles, which I always think is a must when drinking at lunchtime! Where locally do I shop for clothes and shoes? Being female…. everywhere I can, however I love Javelin an independent branch in Bury High Street, plus my corner shop is Marks and Spencer, who now do a surprisingly younger style range, so I often find myself there. In terms of shoes, we have a great shop called Scarlet, and for something a little special it has to be Nicola Sexton! We have some really nice gift shops in Bury including Parsley Pot and Quest. But for something really unique I would probably make something. You can’t get more personal that creating your own gift! The nicest Deli I have been to would be Black Olive in Southwold. Ironically the black olives there are my favourite. Just down the road at Snape Maltings they have a selection of local produce including a selection of delicious gluten free products. I don’t buy any locally grown produce from local farm shops as there are not that many surrounding me. However, my partners’ father has the best home grown produce I have tasted (apart from my mum’s tomatoes!) He makes his own ‘Benhall Honey’ and a range of homemade chutneys. I often like going to proms in the park during the summer. It is an event held at The Abbey Gardens [Bury St Edmunds] so we usually invite a group of friends, take a picnic, grab a bottle of pimms and enjoy the music.

I have been part of a Martial Arts group called Kuk Sool Won since I was two years old. My parents run a few academies in the area. I love it! For a walk or picnic, I really love Thorpeness. We have a ten month old puppy who loves having a row on the mere with us. You can stop off at various islands and it makes an enjoyable place for picnics and ice creams! For a daytrip in East Anglia, so that all members of the family could come, I would have to make it a ‘dog friendly’ trip. I would probably take them to Holkham Beach on the Norfolk coast or try out a little bit of punting in Cambridge. Cambridge has some amazing architecture. Buildings such as King College certainly worth a look! You can also view plenty more while you are punting! In the Winter I enjoy going into The Angel Hotel on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds. They have roaring fires and comfy sofas. The light-

ing is relaxing. You can switch off read a book and have a warm cup of something. I love going just out of town into the country, looking at the rolling hills that go on for miles. It makes me really appreciate living in a town so close to beautiful scenery. What would I change about where I live? I can honestly say nothing; I live a few hours from London an hour from my parents and old hometown, everywhere around here is beautiful! Why would I want to change a thing? In my spare time I enjoy doing anything creative. Just recently I have been buying old furniture and revamping it. I love turning ugly things into something beautiful. I also take pleasure from cooking, entertaining friends and making the most of the little spare time I do get! For more information about Rachel and her work visit www.rachelducker.com/

Rachel’s choice, left to right Bildeston Crown Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds Baileys2, Bury St Edmunds Holkham Beach, Norfolk Angel Hotel Bury St Edmunds

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Handmade treasure tree, left, made with beads and sequins, £21.55 and, below, Nutcracker ornament, £14.40. Just two of many great gifts and decorative festive items to be found in the Christmas Shop at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds. 01359 270091 www.blackthorpebarn.com For more great Christmas gift ideas see pages 47 & 49.

The pastry chef at Collington’s Tea House in Brampton, Cambridgeshire, makes these gorgeous mince pies for the festive season. You’ll also find tarts, savouries, Christmas cake and other homemade musthaves. In fact, the ambient deli section in this lovely tea room is now focusing on fabulous foodie Christmas gifts, which can browse either before or after enjoying the delights of the menu. High Street, Brampton 01480 456040 www.collingtonsfood.co.uk

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REGION Troop Messenger Bag, £19.99

Christmas sleepsuits by JoJo Maman Bébé, £16.

The long established T&C Robinson of Stamford are a quintessential English retailer of which are few and far between on our high streets these days. Stepping in to this gorgeous double fronted Georgian shop is like stepping in to another world. First to register is the wonderful aroma of leather and then the fantastic array of leathergoods, gifts and country clothing. Stockists of Dubarry, Musto, Magee, Radley and many more, T&C Robinson is a must visit for Christmas shopping this festive season. The friendly staff are always willing to help so pop in and say hello. St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs 01780 755378 www.countrylifestyleonline.co.uk

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With stores already in Colchester and Bury St Edmunds, Maternity, Baby, child and Nursery retailer JoJo Maman Bébé is now opening a new store in Bishop’s Stortford on 10 December. Started 18 years ago as a tiny business set up in the bedroom of Laura Tenison’s (MBE, founder and Managing Director) rented house, JoJo’s designs are created to allow babies to be babies and toddlers to be toddlers, designs are traditional yet quirky. JoJo’s best-selling sleepsuits are perfect for babies allowing them to wriggle freely and children’s nautical designs are great for everyday play. Parents love outfits they have chosen for their child and they bring back many happy memories for years after whether it’s the first sleepsuit they wore home from the hospital, the party outfit they wore for their first birthday or the jumper they wore on their first Christmas, JoJo caters for all these milestones in a child’s life.  JoJo has over a decades experience with designing maternity wear and so everything is made to ensure maximum comfort and style. Arc Shopping Centre, Bury St Edmunds; Sir Isaac’s Walk, Colchester; North Street, Bishop’s Stortford. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

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December Rock Womenswear of Loughton officially opened its new store in Essex last month, stocking brands including Joseph, Sportmax, Hoss, Designers Remix, Day Birger et Mikkelson, French Connection, Hudson jeans, Paul Smith and more.   All brands where possible are stocked from size 8-18. High Street, Great Dunmow 01371 876611 www.rock-womenswear.co.uk

As elegant as its name suggests, this classic hand forged Hepworth mirror would sit equally well on an antique or modern piece of furniture. Available in matt black, polished steel, beeswax and plain ivory, £95. 50cm high x 38cm wide. One of a range of gift ideas from Jim Lawrence. Hadleigh, Suffolk 01473 826685 www.jim-lawrence.co.uk

Paul Smith hat, £65; Paul Smith scarf, £115; Covered coat, £247; Day Birger et Mikkelson grey leggings, £69; Pauk Smith boots, £290

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REGION For further information go to www.annebarclay.com Or contact Anne at The Studio, 1 Aubrey’s Cottages, Church Street, Boxted, Colchester 07745 639 550. Showcase Space at Classic Cuts, 2b, 17 Plumber’s Row, London E1 1EQ

Still Lives with a Difference Over the year Norfolk-based photographer Richard Denyer has produced many stunning black and white photographs of the east anglian landscape, and particularly the Norfolk Broads. But his work has recently taken a new direction, lovingly re-creating old-master style still lives with a modern twist. The slightly austere hand printed photographs, presented in very contemporary box frames, feature bowls of quinces or figs, a stunning canteloupe melon sliced open on a plain wood board, extraordinary gourds or a mound of fairytale fungi. There are also the more traditional pheasants with hunting gun, and fish with rod, but even these manage to have a contemporary feel. Following an exhibition as part of the Holt Festival, Richard’s photographs can be seen in Harleston until the end of January. Wilderness Stores, Bullock Fair Close, Harleston (01379 853067) www.eastevents.co.uk

New for Autumn/Winter 2011, this debut collection by Colchester-based Anne Barclay is inspired by a love of history and drama. The garments take on traditional silhouettes and are then transformed into a wearable contemporary collection. Anne says: “Most of us, being unused to corsetry, would be uncomfortable in the more extreme shapes that were created in the past, however we would still love to attain something of their elegance. The style is unique and sits somewhere adjacent to fashion; simple and elegant. Romanticism without sentimentality. As Coco Chanel quite rightly declared, ‘Fashion changes, but style endures.’” Anne is passionate about continuing the craft of the ‘maker’ in this country. How many people today can dye the yarn, weave the cloth, cut a jacket, and create a garment? Having trained in woven textile design at Central St. Martins, London (where she achieved a First Class Honours Degree), she has an intimate appreciation of fine fabrics and their construction. This exciting new designer brand is surely one to watch.

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Just imagine the chiming of a Grandfather Clock that is the sound that turns a house into a home. Around 1875, the American songwriter Henry Work was staying at the George Hotel during a trip to England. He was told the unique story of their old clock and its previous owner, and after seeing the clock for himself, he decided to write a song about the fascinating coincidence that the clock stopped forever the moment its owner died. Mr. Work returned to America and published the song that sold over a million copies of sheet music about the clock grandfather entitled My Grandfather’s Clock. Until that time, clocks such as the one in the old George Hotel were given various names, but only since Henry Work’s song have large upright clocks been called Grandfather Clocks. Grandfather clocks, also known as Longcase Clocks or Coffin Clocks, come in a huge variety of sizes and designs, ranging from antiques built by famous clock makers several centuries ago, to those made today. Pendulum clocks were developed by clockmakers in the mid 1600s in a bid to obtain a greater degree of time-keeping accuracy. By giving them longer pendulums, clocks kept better time. These long-pendulum clocks were placed in tall wooden cases so that they could stand upright on the floor. Since then, Grandfather clocks have become very popular items of household furniture, and have appeared in a huge variety of cases, many styles of which became fashionable, and then fell out of favor as fashion tastes changed. Grandfather clocks were sometimes embellished with ornate woodcarving, and often came complete with chimes, tunes, and moon-phase dials. Clock collecting is a serious passion for many clock lovers around the world. Today, some antique clocks from the 1600s to 1700s fetch tens of thousands of pounds.

Olde Time Antique clocks located on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders have built up a deservedly enviable reputation for locating and supplying some of the most sought after of collectable clocks and barometers. Splendid pieces by some of the leading names of Antiquarian Horology from 1650-1900. Olde Time is a member of both the ‘Antiquarian Horological society’ and the British Horological Institute’. When you visit Olde Time in rural south Norfolk relax in the 16th century surroundings, take as much time as you need to browse through a breathtaking selection of antique clocks and barometers. Olde Time’s extensive collection is beautifully displayed in historic surroundings, here you can examine each piece at your leisure. Oak Bank Farm provides a special backdrop for a wide selection of clocks and barometers making it easier to visualise how each piece will look in a domestic setting. If you are unable to visit us here in East Anglia we will be happy to discuss your requirements at any time and will provide detailed photographs of the clocks and barometers that are of interest to you. Olde Time’s fascinating array of fine antique clocks can be viewed at major antique events throughout the country. Olde Time employ only the most skilful, experienced and passionate specialists to work on our clocks and barometers when necessary. Their painstaking work is channelled into bringing back the original character of each part, enchancing it’s beauty without detracting from it’s age. Restoration as well as the personal and friendly service given to customers both at home and abroad. An antique clock makes the perfect gift to celebrate a special anniversary, or just to add that ‘extra something’ to the home. Telephone: 01508 532188.

makers, repairs, restorers, sellers Andrew Charles Experts in the field of watch & clock repairs and sales. Their showroom has a variety of vintage and collectable watches and clocks on show. From cuckoo to longcase, pocket watches to wrist watches there are timepieces to suit all tastes and budgets. The modern workshop is equipped with up to date, sophisticated equipment amd manned by a wide variety of trained specialists providing the highest standards of expertise. 2 Taylor Court, Stevenage Road, Little Wymondley, Herts 01438 728430 www.andrewcharles.uk.com Norwich Antique Clock Shop Mark Leathers also repairs and restores. 01603 717481 www.norwichantiqueclockshop.com The Clockmaker’s Workshop 01362 853990 www.michaelguiver.co.uk Cambridge Antique Clock Repairs 01223 361003 www.cambridgeantiqueclockrepairs.co.uk Oliver Wilson Antique clock repairs and restoration. Thaxted, Essex 01371 830439 Horo-Logical Antique clocks, repairs and sales. www.horo-logical.co.uk

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The Longcase Shop Norwich-based maker, restorer and retailer of Longcase/ Grandfather Clocks. 01603 811804 www.thelongcaseshop.co.uk Kelvedon Clocks Clocks, watches, barometers of all types repaired, restored and sold. High Street, Kelvedon, Essex 01376 573434 www.kelvedonclocks.co.uk Mr Clock Essex-based antique clock dealer. 01268 763741 www.mrclock.co.uk Richard Simmonds Repaire and maker of clocks. The Raveningham Centre, Raveningham, Norfolk 01508 548 085 www.clockmaking.co.uk The East Anglia section of the Antiquarian Horological Society meets bi-monthly in Bury St Edmunds. http://www.ahsoc.demon.co.uk/eanglian/index.html


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For resplendent ice white sparkle, dress your home and festive table with white, silver and glass. A timeless, stylish classic approach with sparkling highlights, frosty touches and lots of polished glass and crystal which will add to the festive atmosphere and celebrations, says Fenella Fairrie

LET IT SNOW Little Stars So Bright At this point, for the festive finale I cannot resist to include another magnificent Chandelier. The sparkling elegance totally befits the festive celebrations and introduces a bedazzling air of decadence and entertainment. The abundance of crystal droplets will create drama both by day and night. I particularly love the Bernini Crystal Chandelier seen here and available from www.bella-figura.com. Do visit the Suffolk showroom in Melton to view a wonderful array of lighting.

A Touch of Frost on the Table With the idea of shiny reflection in mind, how about these Snowflake Napkin Rings from John Lewis in Cambridge, www.johnlewis.com. A snip at only £3.50 each and a timeless, lasting addition to your Christmas tableware collection. The ornate silver snowflakes will certainly add some seasonal sparkle to your table.

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For added sparkle and reflection, place glasses on a silver tray, use mirrored coasters and place mats along with highly polished silver cutlery and napkin rings. Place glass candle holders in the centre of the table scatter tiny baubles, shiny wrapped sweets or confetti around the bases for added sparkle. Alternatively fill a glass bowl or a pretty glass cake stand with silver decorations for an eye catching centre piece.

Winter Wonderland

In my mind winter foliage with silver and snowy touches always looks beautiful be it floral arrangements in the house or a fabulous front door wreath. So when I stumbled across this ‘ready to go oversized wreath’ from www.thewhitecompany.com I couldn’t resist. Faux flowers and leaves can be a definite no no but, in this case the ‘frosted’ leaves and snowberries are stunning, low maintenance and could be used year after year making it a good investment. This large wreath (hanging ribbons supplied) makes a stunning centrepiece in a hallway or above the dining table or can be wall or door hung. Embellish it as shown here with baubles, tiny lights or beaded garlands.

These divine ice white deer which evoke wintery wonderment and magic, are bound to charm your friends and family. Place on the mantel piece, side board or even the Dining table for elegant effect. Finished in a smooth white matt resin and sold in pairs as shown, they are available from Essex based www.anangelatmytable.com for £29.50.

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O Christmas Tree! As ever, at this time of year, I find myself being tantalised by an abundance of fabulous decorations. This year I have homed in on the gorgeous selection of Christmas decorations at the Snape Maltings House & Garden shop, www.snapemaltings.co.uk. I particularly recommend these silver decorations available in varying shapes and textures. Sticking to one colour, in this case silver, but varying the type and size will create visual interest with a stylish consistency. Display on the tree, hang from the mantel, use to enhance floral decorations and wreaths, even hang on banisters and chair backs. When planning, remember that generally less is more so do not go overboard to a tacky degree. Equally, don’t hold back completely as Christmas does only come but once a year! 27


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Terrific turkey tips 5 ways to a bootiful turkey dinner

drying out, while stuffing the main cavity with an onion can enhance the flavour of both the bird and the gravy. If you're making your own stuffing, you can prepare it a couple of days in advance and refrigerate, but if your recipe includes raw egg, make it on the day. Finally, don't stuff too tight - leave enough room to allow for expansion during cooking.

A golden-brown succulent turkey is traditionally the centrepiece of a Christmas meal but what should you do to ensure it doesn't come out like a dog's dinner? From basting to standing time and even making sure you stuff the right end (yes, really), follow our guide to the perfect bird and you can't go far wrong. ONE Choose the best you can afford The road to the perfect turkey starts with a single step: buying a good one with the best flavour. Most turkeys available in supermarkets are intensively farmed or even battery-reared, negatively affecting the quality of the meat. For the best, most succulent bird, go free-range. Free-range birds are reared slowly in better conditions, leading to a more flavourful festive feast. If you're buying fresh from the local butcher, don't forget to order it well in advance and arrange to pick it up in time! TWO Buy the right size There's no need to buy a bird big so big that you're stuck with cold cuts and turkey curry for the whole of January, but making sure you allow enough for everyone goes a long way towards a harmonious Christmas dinner. As a rough guide, allow 500g/1.2lbs of raw meat per person, plus a bit extra in case of unexpected guests.

THREE Don’t skimp on defrosting If you don't want to be serving Christmas dinner on Boxing Day, avoid the rookie mistake made by many novice festive chefs: not allowing enough time for the turkey to defrost. A frozen bird must be completely thawed before cooking to avoid any holiday tummy nasties, so check the instructions on the packaging and follow to the letter. A big bird can take a couple of days to thaw, so make sure you don't leave it until last thing on Christmas Eve. For the best results, remove the packaging and place the turkey in a tray at the bottom of the fridge to catch any liquids. In a 4 degrees celsius fridge, allow 10-12 hours per kg (but check the temperature of your fridge first).

Defrosting at room temperature (20 degrees celsius) will take about 2 hours per kg, but remember to put the bird back in the fridge once defrosted until ready to cook. Food safety first: always put the bird in the bottom of the fridge, to avoid contamination by gravity thanks to any stray juices. FOUR Safely stuffing There's some debate as to whether it's safe to stuff the main cavity of a bird before cooking; some say there's a risk of bacteria growth before the internal temperature reaches safe levels, while others wouldn't dream of cooking an un-stuffed bird. As an alternative, stuffing between the skin and the breast meat can give a lovely flavour and stop the meat from

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FIVE Perfect cooking Place the turkey in a roasting tin and rub with butter, then cover loosely with foil; this will help the bird to brown without drying out the meat. Covering the thighs with streaky bacon can stop the tops from burning. Allow about 20 minutes per 500g/1.2lbs, but don't forget to include the weight of the stuffing in your calculations (weigh it beforehand and add to the weight of the bird). Half way through cooking, remove the foil and, using a baster or a large serving spoon, baste the turkey with the juices in the bottom of the pan, then do this every 20 minutes until cooked. To test if it's cooked through, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. When the juices run clear, you're done. If in any doubt, return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Don't forget to let the turkey rest at the end; this will make it easier to carve. Cover and leave for 30 minutes at room temperature.

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Talkin’ turkey and pork, ham, sausauges, beef and goose...

SJ Frederick & Sons A family farm that has been in operation since the 1800s, specialising in free-range, French farmhousestyle Label Anglais chickens reared on their own farm near Harlow. The meat takes its exceptional flavour and distinctive colour from a natural diet that is rich in maize – and you’ll often hear Gordon Ramsay or Heston Blumenthal singing its praises. Also produced are Temple Farm Turkeys, developed from the slow-growing breeds of days gone by and given only natural foods which means that, come Christmas dinnertime, you'll be enjoying one of the finest flavoured turkeys you could imagine. Roydon, Essex 01279 792460 www.sjfrederick.co.uk The Essex Pig Company

Jimmy’s Farm (you know, him off the telly) uses traditional farming methods and has reintroduced the Essex pig as a recognisable breed. It sells bacon and and some of the

Herons Farm Howard Blackwells family have been farmingheres since the 1930s, rearing poultry by Traditional methods. They produce both traditional white and free range bronzes, a slow-growing strain with enhanced flavour and quality. The white turkeys are kept in open barns on deep straw with natural light and ventilation. The bronze turkeys are kept on free range in large grass paddocks. Norfolk and Wessex geese are also reared on the farm. Buy direct. Blackwell’s Farm Produce, Colne Road, Coggeshall, Essex 01376 562500 or 561370 www.blackwellsfarmproduce.co.uk

best speciality sausages you find anywhere, and it has its own farm shop. The farm, in Ipswich, is open to visitors and has a nature trail to explore. Also available are awardwinning Kelly Bronze turkeys. Pannington Hall Farm,Wherstead, Suffolk 0844 493 8088 www.jimmysfarm.com Franklins of Thorncote John Franklin’s remarkable small poultry farm stands out from eight months, and are slaughtered on the farm’s own abattoir. Bronze turkeys, Legarth White geese, Hubbard chickens and ducklings all available. Trumpetons Farm, Thorncote Green, Bedfordshire 01767 627644 www.franklinsfarm.co.uk Kelly Turkey Farms Breeders and suppliers of the famous

KellyBronze turkey. They produce traditional farm fresh turkeys and all the bronze are free range, drug and GM free. They also produce a range of turkey products and the Kelly Bronze chicken. Jamie Oliver says Paul Kelly's KellyBronze turkeys are “the best of the best”. They have stockists around the UK and offer an overnight mail order service. Springate Farm, Bicknacre Road, Danbury (01245 223581) www.kellysturkeys.co.uk Musks Sausages Chris Sheen’s award-winning sausages are made with outdoor-reared English pork and locally made bread. You can order a Musks Christmas Hamper for just £19.99, which includes two packs of Musks original sausages, cocktail sausages, sausage meat, and chipolatas. Newmarket, Suffolk (01638 662626) www.musks.com

Peele’s Turkeys This farm can make any Christmas go with a bang. The family farm has been breeding and rearing the renowned Norfolk Black turkey since 1880 using traditional methods. The birds are fed on home-grown corn and are additive and antibiotic free. Cambridge Bronze and Bourbon Red turkeys are are also available. Rookery Farm, Thuxton, Norfolk 01953 860294 www.peelesblackturkeys.co.uk

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Emmets of Peasenhall Mark Thomas is widely recognised as producing the finest hams in southeast England, using locally-reared, free-range Suffolk pork and curing and smoking on the premises at his delightful well-stocked village shop that has royak warrant. Vintage Velvet hams are cured with port, others with cider. Available raw or cooked. Peasenhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk (01728 660250) www.emmettsham.co.uk

Red Poll Meats Sebatian Hall’s organic Norfolk Bronze and Norfolk Black turkeys are fed naturally and reared slowly. Turkeys are hung for 10 days then dry-plucked by hand. Free-range non-organic birds are also available. Hall also farms rare-breed Red Poll cattle, which originate from the breeding of the Norfolk Red and the Suffolk Dun. Hacheston, Suffolk (01728 748444) www.redpollmeats.co.uk


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We head off to Sudbury to sample the delights a bistro bar and restaurant soon to embark on a new chapter in its long and interesting life

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award for customer service and the company was recognized within their delivery area by every first class restaurant as top wholesalers in their field. David spent a lot of time in some of the best kitchens in the region talking to some of the top chefs: The Great House, Milsoms, Scutchers, The Angel Nayland, Three Horseshoes Madingley, and The Old Bridge Hotel, to name just a few. Then, in 2004, David’s son Daniel died in a tragic car accident, and David lost the will to carry on. He was advised to merge the business with another wholesaler, but it didn’t work out, and David and Tricia lost everything they had built. Daniel, before he died, had realised his own dream – a modern bar in Sudbury. By 2008, however, the bars fortune was beginning to wane and David had no choice but to take it over. He changed its identity and introduced a bistro feel with a greater emphasis on food, using the best ingredients while keeping prices sensible. The night we visited the Salt House, Tricia was our charming host and for a midweek evening, it was pleasantly busy with a steady coming and going of locals both at the bar and eating. The décor is simple, tasteful and manages to be both rustic and modern, while the subtle lighting and laid back music make for a chilled ambiance. The kitchen here is compact, and so too is the menu, but for what it lacks in size, it amply makes up for in quality. You will find a mixture of tapasstyle dishes alongside Suffolk ham, egg and chips, and Chicken Caesar salad. David has a passion for sourcing food and takes a trip to Mersea every week for oysters, while his butcher brings him the best ham,

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local venison which he makes into burgers, and delicious treacle cured bacon. To start, I tried chorizo with waxy potatoes chilli salsa herbs and crème fraiche. Delicious; easily as good, if not better than anything I have sampled in Madrid. The distinct flavours of the chilli and chorizo contrasted beautifully with the crème fraiche and there was some fresh crusty bread to mop up. The prime fillet steak with garlic mushrooms, big chips and salad

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was not only one of the best steaks I’ve had, cooked to order, the chips were amazing, and at £14.95, it was terrific value. An ace little chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream for desert (just £1.75, “simply a mouthful” the menu says) completed the trio of courses. It’s always good to discover somewhere close to home that makes you feel at home, and I have no doubt we will be returning to this delightful bijou bistro wine bar. As if this discovery wasn’t enough, David tells me he is opening his first delicatessen next door at No.5 in just a few weeks, when the combined business will be rebranded as Thompson’s. Yet another treasure for Sudbury, one we won’t keep hidden this time. John Boston The Salt House Bistro, (Thompson’s) 52 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk 01787 375752 www.thesalthousebistro.co.uk 37


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Celebrate! Christmas and New Year with some bubbly... Left This Brut 2006, Quality Sparkling Wine from Shawsgate Vineyard in Framlingham, Suffolk, has a fine delicate bouquet of rich citrus and ripe fig and moderate sweetness. £17.99 Order on www.shawsgate.co.uk Right 2003 Vintage Champagne The Adnams Cellar Selection, Brut, £34.99. The Suffolk company source this luxurious vintage Champagne from the house of H. Blin. Available to buy at any of the Kitchen & Cellar Stores or at www.cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk Modello Bar & Kitchen on St Peters Street, Bedford, opened its doors last month after an investment of £1million, providing Bedford with a new premium bar and dining experience set in stylish surroundings. Manager of Modello Bar & Kitchen, Ronnie Singh said; “We have had such a fantastic response from the people of Bedford already and the feedback about the food, drink and look of Modello Bar & Kitchen has all been really positive. “We want to offer residents and visitors to Bedford a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere throughout the day. Combining quality food and drink at great prices and offering fantastic customer service, we’re hoping Modello will become a firm favourite with locals.” Inspired by the relaxed, laid back nature of the Mediterranean way of life, Modello will be open from 9am daily offering Illy coffee and warm croissants. The key focus of Modello’s offer will be its open kitchen complete with a wood fired stone-baked oven imparting a rustic feel to dishes including al forno pasta and stone-baked pizzas starting from £6.95. The after work crowd and those looking to catch up with friends and family can either enjoy a cocktail or two at the bar or have a bite to eat from a range of dishes from sharing platters to main meals with fresh, mouth watering flavours such as Chicken and Chorizo Tagliatelle or our Sharing Plate which includes mini pizzas, nachos, chicken skewers, a whole baked Camembert, chips, salad and dips – absolutely perfect for sharing! Snug areas have been created in the bar including an area paying tribute to the Bedford Rowing Club and the river that provides a scenic backdrop in the town. A number of comfortable yet stylish leather booths, perfect for parties, celebrations and get-togethers have also been introduced. At the back of Modello is an awe inspiring outdoor space with wooden decking, planters, the introduction of jumbrellas and outdoor heating, making it a perfect oasis, even in the winter months. Modello Bar & Kitchen, 18-20, St Peters Street, Bedford 01234 343 455 www.modellobedford.co.uk

Essex The Bull & Willow Room

Beautifully restored 16thcentury coaching inn where you’ll discover a fine-dining restaurant, a gastro pub and a little snug where you can savour a pint or watch the big match. The WIllow Room restaurant is the place to be this month, with lots of live music party and cabaret nights, including Motown, Frank Sinatra, and Bee Gees tributes. Maldon Road, Great Totham 01621 894020 Norfolk The Swan at Hilborough Set in the heart of rura Norfolk, The Swan is a warm and friendly family run business offering great traditional home-cooked food, with a lovely Sunday

St George’s Distillery, home to the first single malt distillery in England for over 100 years is a great place to visit. Whether you are just passing or have some time at the weekend, call in and experience the extraordinary whisky shop, the coffee shop and of course the gift shop – which is full of goodies that are great even if you’re not into whisky. If you have an hour to spare – go on the tour and learn how the award-winning whisky is made and taste some of it too! The distillery is also a great location for group visits, with private evening tours being particularly popular. English Whisky Co. Try a bottle of their popular Chapter 11, the first heavily Ltd, Harling Road, Roudham, Norfolk 01953 717939 peated whisky to be produced www.englishwhisky.co.uk in England, £44.99 38

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Max and Polly Durrant reopened the doors of this delightful village pub and restaurant earlier this year. There’s a spacious restaurant, a cosy bar and a stylish lounge area which is popular for diners as well as private parties. There is also a terrace and a brand new garden at the rear. Lunch and evening a la carte menus change daily. The Christmas menu is £19.50 for lunch, or £23.50 in the evening. High Street, Ufford 01394 461030


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Xmas Shopping Shopping Centres, markets, Christmas shops and shopping events, and much more to make your festive gift buying a joy.... Santa has found time in his busy schedule to visit Black Barn Toys & Games at Bridge Farm Barns in Suffolk again this year! On the weekends of 10-11th and 17-18th December he will be at this lovely traditional toy shop in Monks Eleigh between 11am and 4pm. Black Barn Toys & Games stocks a great range of traditional and out-of-theordinary toys, wooden toys, puzzles, educational games, pocket money toys but also a great selection of newly designed toys and games and has plenty of great stocking fillers. Also at Bridge Farm Barns you’ll find the Corn Craft Gift Shop, countrtstyle living shop The SummerHouse, and The Book Corner. Or you could have a pit stop in the Corn Craft Tea Room which serves delicious homemade cakes or why not make a day out of it and call in for lunch. Open 7 days a week www.bridgefarmbarns.co.uk

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Bedford’s Victorian Christmas Fair attracts huge crowds for the three days it runs, and you can find plenty of great gift ideas at the many stalls and enjoy some seasonal street entertainment, sideshows and funfair. Harpur Square, Bedford, 9 -11 December, 10am-7pm Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm Sunday.

Blake House Craft Centre is a group of carefully preserved farm buildings set around a courtyard that house a number of great art and craft shops where you will be able to find some unique Christmas gift ideas. In the listed corn barn there’s the licensed Timbers Restaurant serving everything from coffees and teas to full meals. Blake End, nr Braintree, Essex (01376 344123) www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk

Stonham Barns in Suffolk is a complex of shops and attractions, garden centre and cafe/restaurant. There’s the Celebrations & Toys Store (pictured), plus home furnishings, gift barn, antiques and collectables, bags and jewellery, clothes and much more. Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk (01449 711755) www.stonhambarns.co.uk

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Christmas Scotsdales Garden Centre near Cambridge, has a fabulous Christmas shop where you can buy toys, gifts, books, Jellykitten Musical Pony. £19.99 at Scotsdales lighting, decorations and both real and artificial trees. Children can visit Father Christmas and take a ride with Rudolph, and there’s late night shopping until 8pm on Thursdays. Cambridge Road, Great Shelford 01223 842777 www.scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk

The beautiful village of Long Melford, nestled on the Essex and Suffolk borders, has a little something for everyone and boasts one of the UK’s longest shopping streets any village has to offer. It is one of Suffolks finest villages and Long Melford’s Christmas Shopping Weekend returns on Saturday 3rd of December. Not only will the shops, boutiques, tearooms, restarants and pubs be open all day, but there will be a Farmers Market in the Village Hall from 10am-2pm, lots of entertainment, Santa in his Grotto, and a mini fairground for children to enjoy. The Christmas Shop at Vanstone Park Garden Centre is full of beautiful gifts, decorations and lighting, and on weekends during December, children can ride the Santa Express from the Woodland Railway. Hitchin Road, Codicote, Herts 01438 820412 www.vanstonepark gardencentre.co.uk

THE CENTRE:MK Over 200 stores in Central Milton Keynes, including jewellers Beaverbrooks, J Woolfe Bespoke, Fabulous, Fraser Hart and Leslie Davis and toy shops Hawkins Bazaar, Lego, Disney Store, Game, ELC and Little Timbers. The Centre’s Middleton Hall will be transformed into ‘An Olde English Christmas’ where you will find Santa in his grotto, and there will be a spectacular outdoor ice rink in Queens Court for Christmas. To visit Santa in his grotto, to book a ride on the train or a skate on the ice rink, visit www.thecentremk.com or call 08445 449660. Santa’s grotto closes on 24 December 2011, the Ice Rink and ‘An Olde English Christmas’ which includes the train, close on 2 January 2012.

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Springfields Outlet Shopping in Stamford, Lincs, has some fantastic offers with over 55 Outlet Stores and lots going on over the festive period. Take an enchanted Winter Wonderland walk around the Festival Gardens festooned with lights and visit Santa in his Grotto, or book a Springfields Christmas Experience, which includes a two course dinner at The Spring Fields Tavern. There’s late night shopping right through until Christmas Eve an stores include TM Lewin, Gap Outlet, Reebok, M&S Outlet, Nike, and many others. 01775 760909 www.springfieldsshopping.com

Rivergate Shopping Centre has been established in Peterborough since 1989and you’ll find a wide range of shops, including Peacock, Comet, Twiggys, Peterborough Organ Centre, paperbox, Pink & White and many more. The Centre is open for late night Christmas shopping from 19th to 23rd December. 01733 313743 www.rivergate-centre.co.uk


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Burwash Manor is a group of converted farm buildings housing fifteen independent, unique shops and a day spa, plus a tea-room with both indoor seating and an outdoor terrace. The shops at Burwash Manor are all small Great places to shop for independently owned businesses offering a wonderfully complimentary range of goods, including: children’s toys from Rocking Horse; Clothes for women and children at Cuckoo; silver jewellery and gifts at Sterling Design; clothing from Inside Out; food and drink from The Larder deli; Gift Smith with its diverse range of great value gifts; and until Christmas there’s the brilliant Secret Garden Christmas Shop for all your decorations. New Road, Barton, Cambridge. www.burwashmanor.com

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CLACTON FACTORY OUTLET Offering savings of up to 60% off high street prices, this centre has 35 stores, three restaurants and more. Visit Santa in his Enchanted Workshop every Weekend and 19th-23rd Dec, and Late Night Shopping on Thursday 15th & Thursday 22nd. Stephenson Road West, Clacton on Sea, Essex 01255 479595 www.clactonfactoryoutlet.com

SNAPE MALTINGS is a unique collection of quality shops and galleries in converted granaries and malt house buildings by the River Alde. There’s a large house and garden shop, a food hall, Samphire ladies and men’s fashion, Little Rascals selling toys and books for children; crafts, gifts and ceramics at The Shop on the Quay; a large antiques centre and two art galleries. Don’t miss one of Suffolk’s finest farmers’ market on the 3rd December, or the Cool Yule Christmas Market on Sunday 4th, stacked with unusual Christmas gift ideas, high-end crafts and unique pieces, a little bit of vintage and a taste of tempting seasonal foods to buy. On Sunday 11th, Santa sails into Snape at 2pm and children can meet him in his grotto, while mum and dad enjoy the carollers and dancers. Snape, Suffolk. 01728 688303 www.snapemaltings.co.uk THE GALLERIA OUTLET CENTRE

Just a short walk from Cambridge city centre, The Grafton houses over 60 stores, cafes and restaurants as well as a cinema and a large open area that hosts a variety of events and attractions. The Grafton will be open until 9:00pm every Wednesday up until Christmas. From Thursday 1st December The Grafton stores will open until 6:00pm every other night and then from Monday 19th December you will be able to shop until 8:00pm. Child will be able to visit Father Christmas in Debenhams Grotto. 01223 316201 www.graftoncentre.co.uk

The Olde Watermill Shopping Village in Barton-le-Cley is a fascinating place to shop with its Victorian ‘streets’ of small independent traders. There’s a garden centre, restaurant and Victorian tear room. Leading up to Christmas the village has an amazing 5000 square feet of Christmas themes and decorations in its Christmas Cabin, and a Victorian Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto. Barton Mill Lane, Off Faldo Road, Barton Le Clay, Beds 0845 872 0507 www.oldewatermill.com

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has over 80 shops and restaurants offering huge savings on leading brands. Stores include Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, the home stores Bedeck, Bijoux, Whittard of Chelsea and Denby, Camille lingerie, Thorntons, Chapelle jewellery, Waterstones books and the clothes shops Moss for men, Diesel, French Connection, Gap, Jaegar, Jeff Banks and Pringle. Children can visit Santa in his beautiful Arctic grotto, every Fri, Sat & Sunday, plus 19th-24th daily; and from 16th December - 2 January, you'll be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas skate under glittering festive lights when the Galleria’s ice rink opens. Hatfield, Herts 01707 256860 www.thegalleria.co.uk QUEENSGATE A large shopping venue in the centre of Peterborough with over 90 fashion, food, lifestyle and electrical shops as well as restaurants. Big name retailers include River Island, Next, Monsoon, John Lewis, Top Shop and the Westgate Arcade is home to an interesting collection of boutique shops. Late night shopping, Santa’s grotto, nativity scene, Christmas train and musical performances add to the festie atmosphere. 01733 311666 www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk

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Edward Cat Make Up Bag in red linen, £12.50 from The Parsley Pot, Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds www.theparsleypot.com

Wacky Sox in Various Colours ‐ From £7.99, available at Coes, with branches at Ipswich, Maldon, Lowestoft, Felixstowe and Doverourt, or online at www.coes.co.uk

Reindeer Baby Sleepsuit, £16, JoJo Maman Bébé, Colchester 01206 763037 www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Top Dog mug, £7.99, from a range of gift ideas at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford, Cambridge 01223 842777 www.scotsdalegarden centre.co.uk

Chrono Black big Ice Watch, £135, from Syoki, contemporay jewellers in George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, Essex 01376 618929 www.syokijewellery.com

Blues fans won’t want to be without their 2012 Ipswich Town FC calendar, £7.99. Buy it at the stadium shop or online at www.itfc.co.uk

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Snowflake, from a stunning collection of unique and beautiful gifts for the home from Maison White, Church Street, Coggeshall, Essex

Essex-based Bottleclocks.com make unique clocks, vases and pots from old bottles. This Grey Goose Vodka vase is just £19.99 from www.bottleclocks.com

Embossed Ball Photo Frame 100 x 150mm, £20, from Breeze, Cambridge 01223 354403 www.breeze.uk.com

Assorted Slob Chair Bean Bags, £39.99, from Glasswells, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, online at www.glasswells.co.uk

My First Steiff Bear, £21.95 from That Cute Age, Twyford Business Centre, Bishop’s Stortford 0 800 158 4838 www.thatcuteage.com Lavender Cologne Spray, £9.99, from the New Norfolk Lavender Range at Norfolk Lavenham, Caley Mill, Heacham, Norfolk. Available to order online at www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk Mixed case of 12 x 500ml bottles providing an interesting selection of beers and ales from Suffolk brewer, St Peters, £25 plus delivery. Can be ordered online at www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk

Fair Isle Hats, £12, JoJo Maman Bébé, Colchester 01206 763037 www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

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HOW to WOW at the Christmas Party! Whether it's a local get together or the annual office Christmas party, choosing the perfect outfit can be more stressful than fun. It's one of the few times in a year you can let your hair down and dress to dazzle but how do you get it right without looking like a Christmas tree? Here are some of our top tips. Dress for who you are

Together Beaded Party Dress, £99, Kaleidoscope

The key to dressing for a Christmas party is letting your personality shine through. Don't feel as if you have to break out the sequinned dress if it's not your thing - there are many alternatives to choose from: black velvet widelegged trousers, sassy and sexy printed tops or even georgette print dresses dressed up with a classy shawl or evening-themed cardigan.

Style doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort The office party can be a long night, so make sure your outfit is comfortable. Go for fabrics with a bit of stretch that will move with you and avoid too-tight waistbands if you're going for a meal before the festivities. Most importantly, make sure you wear your new shoes around the house a few times before attempting to dance the night away in them if you want to avoid hobbling home with your feet covered in blisters.

Together Printed Top, £55, Kaleidoscope

Together Dress with Beaded Trim, £85, Kaleidoscope

Get the foundation right Many women spend hours finding the perfect outfit, but neglect to get the basics right: yes, we're talking underwear. Don't discover at the last minute that you don't have a strapless bra to go with your halter-neck dress or worse, that you're suffering from the dreaded VPL. There are all sorts of shape-smoothing options, from knickers that even out your lumps and bumps under close-fitting dresses to tights that hold in your tum, and some clothes these days even have the shapewear built into them - see kaleidoscope.co.uk's It's My Secret range for ideas.

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If it all seems a bit overwhelming, you really can't go wrong with the classic Little Black Dress. But black doesn't have to be boring: try accessorising with some simple but tasteful chunky silver jewellery, a colourful evening cardigan or a silky shawl in a contrasting colour - and don't forget the shoes, where you can really go to town and let yourself shine.

While it might be tempting to break out the leopard-skin and stilettos, remember that even though you're partying with them one night, they'll still be your co-workers the next day. The office party with the boss in attendance is probably not the place for acres of cleavage - aim for sassy and sexy without overdoing it. Together Beaded Neck Dress, £85, Kaleidoscope

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Party nights Miso Bandeau Feather Dress, £89.99, Republic www.republic.co.uk

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Fenn Wright Manson Dotty Jacquard Dress, £199, O&C Butcher, Adeburgh, Suffolk 01728 452229 www.ocbutcher.co.uk Strapless studded tube dress by House of Dereon, £80, Minnies, High Street, Brentwood, Essex, a boutique run by Billie and Sam Faiers from The Only Way Is Essex. www. minnies-boutique.co.uk

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Christmas is the time to stuff yourself silly and drink too much booze. Nearly all of us (94%) admit to eating more than usual during Christmas week, according to research by Buscopan Cramps. And a study by the British Nutrition Foundation suggests that, on average, we gain five pounds in weight during the festivities. While lots of people intend to lose any extra weight through a New Year diet, the reality is that for many, a moment on the lips at Christmas, is a lifetime on the hips. And that can bring long-term health problems.

the Department of Health’s antiobesity campaign, has produced a series of tips to avoid festive weight gain. The campaign’s spokesperson, Dr Susan Jebb, says: “It’s easy to overindulge with all the rich food and hectic socialising, often meaning heavy drinking. But approaching Christmas as a chance for a big blow-out only makes it more difficult to get back on track in January. “The fact is, despite our best intentions, it can be difficult to lose the pounds gained over the festive season. This means overindulging can increase our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.” Jebb, who is also head of nutrition and health at the Medical Research Council, suggests eating smaller portions and ensuring activity is still a top priority over Christmas. She adds: “If you build healthier habits into your routine for the long-term, you can avoid the weight gain and give yourself  If you build healthier habits into your a happy and healthy start to routine for the long-term, you can avoid 2012.” Piling on the pounds, howthe weight gain and give yourself a happy ever, is by no means our and healthy start to 2012.  only worry. Research by Wind Setlers, But there’s no need for example, found that 37% of to panic - just people suffer from indigestion after remember to take eating their Christmas dinner. everything in moderAnother study by Buscopan ation. Change4Life, Cramps revealed that over a third  www.eastevents.co.uk

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Over Indulgence TIPS TO REDUCE FESTIVE TUMMY PROBLEMS • • • • • • • •

Swap Christmas pudding and mince pies for poached pears. Roast potatoes in olive oil. Swap cauliflower cheese for steamed vegetables. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water/juice. Swap Brussels sprouts for carrots. Opt for salads, lean meats, fish and light sauces whenever possible. Don't skip breakfast - it can help stimulate bowel movements. Eat slowly and take time between courses.

CHANGE4LIFE TIPS TO AVOID FESTIVE WEIGHT GAIN • • • • •

Slow your drinking down at Christmas parties. Trim the fat from meat, and make sure your turkey's served without skin. Fill up on healthier food like fruit or vegetables. Instead of crisps, snack on dried fruits. Start Christmas Day with a healthy, filling breakfast such as boiled egg and wholemeal toast, to prevent snacking later. • Go for an after-lunch walk. • Put some Christmas music on and dance in the living room to burn calories. • For more information on Change4Life, visit www.change4life.co.uk

of people in the UK suffer from bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, wind and abdominal cramps due to festive overindulgence. GP Dr Paul Stillman says it’s normal to see patients after Christmas suffering from digestive problems caused by too much food and alcohol, with the most common problem tending to be indigestion brought on by eating too much rich food. “People have usually tried an over-the-counter antacid and if that doesn’t work, they think it’s something more serious. Indigestion can be caused by people eating too quickly, and

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the Wind Setlers research found that three quarters of people rush their food at Christmas, with four in 10 suffering from stomach complaints as a result. “A major problem seems to be that, as it takes time for the feeling of satiety to come through, people just keep on eating,” says Stillman. “If you eat slower, you’ll eat less because you’ll stop earlier. “But if you eat more than you need, you may get a penalty in the shape of indigestion.” Add the stress of Christmas to the overindulgence, and you have a recipe for potential festive health woes. The prospect of sharing the big day with relatives you never see - and might not particularly like may crank up your stress levels, and Stillman advises: “Make sure you don’t drink enough to loosen your tongue, and plan how you’re going to spend your time. “Perhaps include some healthy walks so you’re not cooped up together all the time - try to anticipate problems.” But if the weather’s bad, being stuck inside may be the only option - and overeating and drinking in front of the TV may be the result. Stomach

upsets, however, can seem minimal compared to the worst-case scenario. Gastroenterologist Dr John de Caestecker, a consultant at University Hospitals of Leicester, explains: “If you have a very big meal and lace it with liberal amounts of alcohol, you can end up vomiting and damaging the lower end of your gullet. You can even rupture it. “Classically, this can be done by eating a big meal and having

weight - particularly around the tummy - can intensify it. Christmas overindulgence can lead to very severe inflammation in the gullet from all the acid that comes up, and that may lead to a long-term problem. In addition, stress can provoke heartburn in people who are prone to the condition - and for many, stress is as much a part of Christmas as Jingle Bells and tinsel. De Caestecker advises: “Try to

 If you have a very big meal and lace it with liberal amounts of alcohol, you can end up vomiting and damaging the lower end of your gullet. You can even rupture it.  about five or six pints of beer.” He says that being drunk can mean the gullet doesn’t brace itself for any vomiting, which is when it can rupture. “If it’s a big meal containing lots of fat, your stomach empties much more slowly, and that provokes the bowel at the lower end of the gullet to relax more frequently,” says de Caestecker. “It’s during those relaxations that there’s the opportunity for acid to come up and irritate, which gives you heartburn.” He points out that for people who are prone to heartburntype indigestion, putting on

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Training and education also ranks highly for the Partners, all of their GPs being fully accredited GP Trainers or Associate Trainers involved in the training & education of the next generation of family doctors - from Cambridge University medical students and foundation doctors, to final year GP registrars. They also support nursing and pharmacy students and are fairly unique in developing apprenticeship opportunities for medical receptionists.

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Electric Forest Thetford Forest Park in Suffolk is set to shine this winter when it becomes transformed into an ‘Electric Forest’ - a spectacular night time adventure for visitors to enjoy from Friday 2 – Sunday 18 December, 5-9pm. Working in partnership with the Forestry Commission, Culture Creative – an award winning specialist visual arts team - will light up the forest to produce a magical family friendly trail through the trees, enabling visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the winter forest at night. www.theelectricforest.co.uk

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Now established eighteen years Arts Roundabout is a busy, enthusiastic children’s Arts Centre, situated between Brentwood and Chelmsford, in Essex. In term-time, evenings are buzzing with musical and other educational activities; holiday times are packed with creativity (around 150 children attend workshops each summer). The Centre’s colourful Christmas concert, The Firebird, takes place on 17 December at 6.30pm. For details call 01277 354727

Take a trip back in time to a Yuletide on the 1940s Home Front with Wartime Christmas on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December at IWM Duxford in Cambs. You can also escape the madness of the high street with a more relaxed Christmas shopping experience at the IWM Duxford Visitor Centre and indulge in a Vintage Christmas with the nostalgic shopping range, and if you haven’t booked your Christmas party yet, enjoy a Christmas with Altitude at this amazing venue. 01223 835000 www.iwm.org.uk

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Make this Christmas an event the whole family will enjoy and always remember at Rye House Kart Raceway. Adults and kids can enjoy festive fun on the main or junior tracks, mini crazy golf and laser combat activities. Prolong the festive spirit with a celebratory meal and drinks at the motor-sport themed café/restaurant and bar kitted out in racing memorabilia. The Christmas buffet menu starts at £10 per head and includes turkey fillets, sage & onion stuffing, pizzas, mini sausages, warm mince pies and chocolate Yule log, wine/beer and other festive snacks at £5 per person - all set to fuel your energy on and off the tracks. Kids’ special parties, stag/hen parties, mini crazy golf and junior track as well as bespoke solutions for corporate hospitality are some of the additional features that make Rye House an action-packed hot spot. Rye House Kart Raceway is situated at Rye Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0EH and the sister company Northampton Indoor Karting can be found at Circuit House, Harvey Reeves Road, St James Mill Road, Northampton, NN5 5JR.

Adults will enjoy English Heritage’s Game Day at Audley End House, which is part of their Handmade Christmas events programme. Plucking, prestige and pie! Victorian food was all about showing off your wealth, and how better than to display the produce of your estate on your table. This 3 hour interactive session will teach you all about game in the Victorian period, and you’ll go home with your very own raised pie to cook at your leisure. The session costs £70 and runs from 10am-2pm and must be booked. Audley End House, near Saffron Walden, Essex 0870 333 1183

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Events On17th December, from 3pm, the wonderful pin up duo, Cherry and Ruby, will be presenting a live performance in the window of Cambridge lingerie boutique, La Reve. The duo specialise in Burlesque performance, pin-up modelling and vintage costume couture. It’s the perfect opportunity to browse La Reve’s extensive collection of high quality lingerie from designers such as Marie Jo, Prima Donna and Aubade. 6 Bene't Street, Cambridge, 01223 328111 www.lereve-lingerie.com

Oakleigh Fairs’ Christmas Food & Crafts Fair is at Wood Green Animal Shelter, London Road, Godmanchester, on 1011 December. Whatever the weather, you can visit the indoor arena and sample and buy from a wide range of arts, craft and gift stalls where you might find anything from jewellery and other accessories, handicrafts, hand made cards, photography, candles, aromatherapy products, through to ceramics and wood turning. Food and drink might include wine, real-food as well as chocolates and other confectionery. 10am-4pm.

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REGION The Dragon Hall Vintage Christmas Ball on Saturday 10th December brings a chance to put on your vintage gladrags and celebrate a retro Christmas at this yuletide extravaganza in the fantastic surroundings of medieval Dragon Hall. Get your feet tapping to music from the HeHews, enjoy swing dancing lessons with Earl Harlam and war time jazz songs from songstress sweetheart Gill Dean. DJ 78 will be playing an eclectic selection of popular music from the 20s to 50s rock n' roll on his twin 78rpm gramophones. High tea is provided by Biddy’s Tea Room and Dragon Hall’s fully licensed vintage bar will be open. Dragon Hall, Norwich. Tickets £30 from 01603 663922

The Spirit of Christmas at Johnsons of Old Hurst near Huntingdon, children can enjoy a magical train ride to visit Santa at his authentic lodge with reindeer in his garden and receive a present. They can also see Mary and Joseph surrounded by all the live animals in the nativity, then ride on the traditional Merry Go Round, Swing Boats, Toboggan Run and decorate their own Gingerbread Man. The event takes place on 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17 December. Church Farm, Church Street, Old Hurst, Cambs. For details call 01487 824658 or go to www.johnsonsofoldhurst.co.uk 64

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‘Allo, ‘Allo’s Sue Hodge and legendary pianist Bobby Crush lead the cast in Britain’s most easterly pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this year. Joining the duo of top talent will be children’s television star Chris Edgerley, best known for his role in the hugely popular Hi-5. Directed by Debbie Flitcroft and with musical direction by Keith ‘Paddington’ Richards, the stage is set for a giant family pantomime. Jack and the Beanstalk is the classic tale of a young boy’s adventure from Sunnyvale to Cloudloud via a beanstalk and a battle with a grumpy giant, and will once again be produced by Paul Holman Associates, the award winning team responsible for the critically acclaimed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the venue last year. The team has been sewing the seeds of hard work to ensure that once again the Marina Theatre has a pantomime to be proud of, to take it into the New Year and its new future, with a superb show for all the family. Sue Hodge will be bringing magic and sprinkling

fairy dust over audiences in her role as Fairy Organic. Sue became a familiar face to many when she appeared as the cheeky waitress and resistance fighter in the long running BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo, which was viewed in over 95 countries and toured Australia and New Zealand before arriving in the West End for a six month stay. Few entertainers can claim to have had as varied a career as Bobby Crush. Famous in the UK for over 30 years primarily as a pianist (a winner on Opportunity Knocks!) but also as a songwriter, broadcaster, actor and TV presenter. Bobby will be showing off his many talents at the Marina when he stars as the piano playing Dame Trott. Bobby is no stranger to pantomime; his dame has graced the stage of many top theatres, he has written two complete pantomime scores, as well as comedy material for Russ Abbott and Les Dennis. Audiences will perhaps best remember Bobby from his six winning appearances on Televison’s Opportunity Knocks, where his piano playing won audience approval and gained him the Variety Club of Great Britain award for Best New Artist. Hi-5’s Chris Edgerley will be bringing his handsome hero good looks and charisma to the title role of Jack and Sophie Bloom, who charmed audiences last year in the Summer Special at the prestigious variety show at the Cromer Pavilion, will be delighting all in the role of Princess Amelia. Ensuring the vital ingredients of laugh-out-loud comedy are top of the beanstalk will be top notch director Debbie Flitcroft, who brings more local flavour to the production, hailing from Suffolk,

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where she lives with husband and comedy legend Roy Hudd. In addition a full supporting cast of actors, singers and dancers will make for a spectacular festive treat to carry audiences and the theatre into the New Year. Chief Executive of the Marina Theatre Trust, Martin Halliday said: “We are delighted to be working with Paul Holman and his award winning team again this year. The casting of Sue Hodge, Bobby Crush and Chris Edgerley in lead roles this year means that once again audiences can look forward to a show which is fast paced, packed with great music, comedy and audience participation. “Paul shares our belief that pantomime should be perfect entertainment for all ages and funny without being crude or smutty, a show that all the family

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can come and enjoy with good clean comedy and slapstick fun. The sets for the show look terrific and the costumes will be some of the best in the business. I am confident that Jack and the Beanstalk will be a first class professional production of which we will be extremely proud and in turn will prove very popular at the box office.” Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Marina Theatre from December 10 to January 2. Tickets on all performances start at £6.50 with generous discounts for groups and schools. In addition special family tickets are available along with several super saver performances at which best seats are available for under £10. For more information or to book seats please call the Marina Box Office on 01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk

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It’s panto time... The region is jam-packed with great pantomimes over the Christmas holidays.. here’s just a few but you can find even more on our website www.eastevents.co.uk Did you know? Pantomime developed from a type of travelling street theatre called Commedia dell’arte which came from Italy in the 16th century. Commedia is a very physical type of theatre that uses dance, music, tumbling, acrobatics and buffoonery. By the middle of the 17th century began to be popular in England.

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Sleeping Beauty 2 December - 2 January With all the elements of a traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty will captivate audiences of all ages - a classic fairy tale for the whole family. Join Muddles, Beauty’s Nanny and Prince Harry as they attempt to save Beauty from the evil spell and make her dreams come true. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, Essex 01245 606505

Aladdin Family panto starring Starring Steve Ace as Widow Twankey, Clare Durrant as Aladdin, Gavin Dean as Wishee Washee Dan Hanton & Chris Moore as Abanazar and Mel Sharman as The Genie. 17 Dec - 2 Jan Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk 01986 897130 Cinderella OhYesItIz Productions present the fairytale pantomime. 7-31 December, Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, Norfolk 01493 662832

Aladdin 10 - 31 Dec The multi-talented and awardwinning actor, television presenter and comedian, Shane Richie leads the cast of this year’s spectacular and unmissable show. Guaranteed to keep the whole family laughing until the final curtain comes down, Aladdin is staged by the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Qdos Entertainment and is packed with all of the traditional panto ingredients of comedy in abundance, stunning sets, and beautiful costumes. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 PANTO FACTS By the middle of the 19th century, pantomime had become so popular that it extended over the whole evening’s entertainment, sometimes lasting as long as five hours. Pantomimes also became more and more elaborate, with spectacular scene changes, beautiful costumes and huge casts. Sometimes 600 actors would perform in one pantomime in the same evening. The most elaborate Victorian pantomimes were at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

Cinderella 8 Dec - 3 Jan The timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love and the best-loved pantomime of them all. Starring EastEnders’ Letitia Dean, left, and with the West End’s Claire Fishenden, this year’s magical extravaganza is brought to you by the team behind last year’s smash hit Jack and the Beanstalk and once again you can enjoy live music, stunning sets, slick choreography, sensational costumes and spectacular musical numbers. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Norfolk 01553 764864

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs 9 Dec - 1 Jan A magical, fun-packed, family pantomime with comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation, stunning sets and dazzling costumes. The star-studded cast includes pop icon, Toyah Willcox as the Wicked Queen; children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) as The Jester; the hilarious Bob Golding (from the Olivier Award winning ‘Morecambe’) as The Henchman; actress Jemma Carlisle as Snow White, and US TV star Brody Hutzler (‘Angel’, ‘Days of Our Lives’) as The Prince. They are joined by a top quality supporting cast and seven of the best professional dwarfs in the country. Alban Arena, St Albans, Herts 01727 844488 Did you know? The story of Mother Goose is possibly the oldest story to be turned into a pantomime. It dates back to an ancient Greek legend about a goose that laid golden eggs. The modern version comes from French poet and essayist Charles Perrault who wrote a book of the same name dedicated to the King of France’s niece. The story first appeared in 1806 as an early pantomime called “Harlequin and Mother Goose or The Golden Egg”. It opened on Boxing day and played for 92 nights, making it the most successful pantomime to date.

Jack & The Beanstalk Comedy, music and special effects abound in this enchanting tale of magic beans, giants, heroes and villains. A glittering production of the classic fairy tale. The star studded cast includes Don Gilet who starred as Lucas in Eastenders, Hollyoaks star Gemma Bissix, left, and Children’s TV legend Postman Pat. 9 Dec - 2 Jan, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, Beds 01582 602080

PANTO FACTS The first performance of Dick Whittington was at Covent Garden in 1814. Dick Whittington was based on a real character who lived in the 15th century and was Lord Mayor of London three times. In 1419 he was said to have married an employer’s daughter, Alice Fitzwarren, and this is where the name of the female character comes from. The cat may have originated as a pun on the French word for purchase ‘achat’. However other countries also have their own version of the story which derives from Persia (now Iran), and which tells the tale of an old woman’s son who embarked for India with a cat.

The Wizard Of Oz A spectacular all new professional pantomime version of the classic story featuring the star of BBC TV’s Tracy Beaker, actress Dani Harmer as Dorothy, Ken Morley (below, Reg Holdsworth from Coronation Street) as The Wizard, the hilarious ventriloquist Gareth Oliver (Britain’s Got Talent) as the Scarecrow, Matthew McVarish (Raymond from CBeebies ‘Me Too!’) as the Lion, and Aaron Sidwell (Steven Beale from EastEnders) as the Wicked Witch’s Henchman. Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure, as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk 17-23 December, 01473 433100

Beauty and the Beast The Mercury Theatre’s traditional panto is an enchanting fairy tale for all the family. an the beast be tamed? Can Belle’s heart be claimed? Can the evil sorceress Botoxia be restrained? All will be revealed in this magical adventure full of slapstick humour, sparkling sets, sumptuous costumes and sing-a-long songs. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex, 2 Dec - 7 Jan, 01206 573948.

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OutEast For details about all the region’s pantomimes check out our website www.eastevents.co.uk Aladdin Strictly Come Dancing's Russell Grant, Anita Dobson and Camilla Dallerup will be making special guest appearances as the magical Genie of the lamp in t his star-studded spectacular. The three celebrities join pop and musical theatre star Gareth Gates, Britain's Got Talent finalist Paul Burling and West End leading lady Nicola Brazil in this treasure filled panto adventure. Milton Keynes Theatre, 9 Dec - 15 Jan, 0844 871

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Dick Whittington and his Cat Many centuries ago, with the face of England scoured by the Black Death, young Dick Whittington arrives in London to make his fame and fortune. At first all goes well. He makes friends with a cat called Tommy, gets a job with a merchant and falls in love with a girl. But there are wicked forces at play. This is an adventure story like none other filled with injustice, love at first sight, shipwrecks, singing jellyfish and a trip to Morocco. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until 15 Jan, 01284 769505

Cinderella Join Cinderella on a magical adventure from rags to riches as The Fairy Godmother transforms her into a dazzling beauty fit for a Prince! Expect magic, mayhem and comedy capers from your favourite panto characters! Cheer, boo and laugh at the riotously wicked Ugly Sisters, stupendously silly Buttons, handsome Prince Charming, thigh-slapping Dandini and bumbling Baron Hardup. With everything you want from panto and more… catchy songs, spectacular sets, colourful costumes, side-splitting slapstick and of course lots of audience participation. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex, 3 Dec - 14 Jan, 01708 443333

Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale told in true panto style, and starring Bernie Nolan, star of ‘Hairspray’, Leanne Jones, and much loved dame and Stevenage favourite Paul Laidlaw, who is guaranteed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages. Stunning sets, slick choreography, sensational costumes and spectacular musical numbers make this a show not to be missed. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, until 22 Jan, 01433632008

Dis you know? The origins of Jack and the Beanstalk are possibly German, where many folk tales of slaying giants are to be found. In British folklore there are tales of ‘Jack the Giant Killer’, a Cornishman who is said to have rid Wales of all giants. The first play on the subject was produced by David Garrick in 1773 at Drury Lane, taking its theme from an early eighteenth century folktale. The first Panto version of Jack and the Beanstalk was in 1819, which also marked the appearance of the first ever female ‘Principal Boy’, Eliza Povey, in the role of Jack.

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Panto fact The story of Aladdin comes from the book The Arabian Nights, first published in England between 1704 and 1714. This reflected a popular interest at the time in the Oriental. The story was first seen on stage in Covent Garden in 1788.

PETER PAN Chris Ellison (The Bill's Burnside) as Captain Hook and Jacob Scipio (CBeebies' Kerwhizz) as Peter Pan star in this wonderful family panto with lush sets and costumes, impressive live music, energetic routines, lots and lots of laughter. Harlow Playhouse, Essex, 2 Dec - 2 Jan 01279 431945

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Aladdin Bobby Davro and Basil Brush headline this panto spectacular at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 9 Dec - 8 Jan, 01604 624811


Pantos Dick Whittington and His Cat Sheringham Little Theatre’s popular pantomime is being supported this year by the acclaimed Lyric, in Hammersmith. Debbie Thompson, director of the Little Theatre, admitted she was thrilled with the agreement to collaborate over family show Dick Whittington. She said the Norfolk venue was looking forward to staging the lively, colourful production, which promised to be an exciting show, with plenty of singing, dancing and laughter for all ages. “We went to see Dick Whittington last year at The Lyric and absolutely loved it,” she explained. “When I got back to Sheringham, I thought: ‘Why Not?’ So I rang their artistic director, Sean Holmes, and asked if there was any chance we could do the show here. And he said ‘yes!’” Planning with the London producer and writer’s agents began and auditions were held to find a professional cast. Up and coming young actor, Nathan Bryon, who played a small part in the original production, was awarded the role of The Cat, and looks set to give a fabulous performance as the street-wise feline with attitude. The marvellous Russel Hicken will be donning a gown to give a sparkling performance as the panto dame - this year in the shape of Sarah the Cook, Aaron White returns to Sheringham, in the role of Dick. He will be joined by talented newcomer, Suzanna Kempne, as Alice, and accomplished actors

Jonathan Metcalf and David Davies, who play King Rat and Fitzwarren. Debbie said: “The collaboration between The Lyric, Paston College and Sheringham Little Theatre is so exciting. This pantomime promises to be very special, with all the traditional elements and plenty of modern twists too!”

Dick Whittington runs at Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk from 7 Dec to 2 Jan. Tel. 01263 822347

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ou can just tell Hayley Tamaddon gives 100 per cent to everything she does. ‘Living The Dream’ is the ultimate showbiz cliché but you can see that Hayley really is. She has wanted to be on the stage ever since she was a tiny tot and now that she has made performing a highly successful career, there is no doubt Hayley is grasping every single opportunity. And she admits she cannot wait to start rehearsing in Sleeping Beauty which will see her performing opposite an all-star cast including Kevin Sacre (Jake Dean in Hollyoaks), Helen Fraser (Sylvia ‘Body Bag’ Hollamby in Bad Girls). Also back for this year’s run from December 14 to January 15 are Norwich’s ever-popular panto dame Richard Gauntlett, comedy favourites Andre Vincent (Early Edition with Marcus Brigstocke) and Tom Beard, and distinguished character actor David Gant. Hayley said: “I am very excited about playing Sleeping Beauty. I have never played this part before so it will be very new for me. Panto isn’t new to me and I love it. “The great thing about panto is that it is for everybody. It is full of fun and entertainment and you get a whole musical revolving around a story that people will know. It is just great for all the family. “It is somewhere you can come and you know by the end of the performance, you will be leaving the theatre laughing and giggling about what you have just seen.” Hayley is no stranger to Norwich last appearing at the Theatre Royal in Spamalot opposite Todd Carty (Mark Fowler in EastEnders and Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill) and James Gaddas (Neil Grayling in Bad Girls). She recalled: “When I was in Spamalot, I absolutely

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What a Beauty Hayley Tamaddon is certainly one of Britain’s busiest performers. Skating, soaps, Spamalot and Shameless have all figured in her career and now she is keeping the alliterative theme going – by playing the lead role in Sleeping Beauty, which opens on December 14. John Bultitude caught up with Hayley to find out why she is looking forward to spending the Christmas period in Norwich.

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loved being in Norwich as it is such a friendly city. It is so quaint and lovely and everybody looks out for each other at the theatre. I love that. “After having such a great time there, I told everybody that Norwich is one of my favourite places on the tour. To be asked back to do panto at the Theatre Royal is great news.” Performing was definitely an instinctive thing and something Hayley had always wanted to do. She said: “Singing, acting and dancing is all I have ever known really. I think I was about two when I first went to a ballet class. I love singing and acting. I always wanted to be on a stage.” Her first big break which brought her national attention was livewire Delilah Dingle in Emmerdale who was at the centre of some great storylines. Hayley recalled: “She was a feisty character. If there was ever a chance to go back as Delilah, I think I probably would. She could cause some trouble and mischief in the village.”

From there, she donned the skates for Dancing On Ice eventually winning the series. The TV judge and former skating champion Robin Cousins has highlighted her determination and willingness to work hard as the secrets of her success which are made even more remarkable by the fact she had little experience on the rink. Hayley said: “I had never done any skating lessons. I had done what everyone had done going on a Christmas ice rink or skating with your mates when you are ten years old. You get really thrown into the deep end and it is just brilliant. I can now safely say I can go backwards on the ice.” And she has carried on taking to the ice since she finished her successful stint on the show. Hayley explained: “I’ve done two arena tours now and I am addicted. Dancing On Ice was a big thing for me and I was so grateful to get

the opportunity to do something like that.” Next on the agenda for her is the Norwich pantomime, sponsored by Almary Green, although, in true Tamaddon style, she is already looking at adding yet another string to her bow. She said: “I like writing. I have started writing a children’s book of poetry. When I was growing up and reading as a child, I did read story books but poetry was my main thing. I have started to write a bit so we’ll see what happens. Maybe it will take off and you will see it in the shops some day.” And, as with everything else in her career, she feels it is really important to strike out and give everything a go. She explained: “I think if you don’t try things, you will regret it and you should never have regrets in your life. Just follow your heart, follow your dreams and do everything you want to do.” Sound advice from a performer who is sure to remain a firm favourite for years and years to come. Sleeping Beauty, December 14 2011January 15 2012. Tickets £5-£19. For tickets call 01603 630000 or go to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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There is something magical and mystical going on in the grounds of the beautiful Fritton Lake, near Great Yarmouth. This year, for the first time ever, you can discover a wonderful winter wonderland for children and adults alike. At Fritton Lake Winter Wonderland, children can visit Santa in a beautifully created grotto before choosing something from the Toy Shop. There’s tour train to transport you between park attractions, which include an amazing under cover real covered ice rink, an entertainment marquee with shows throughout the day, a life size nativity scene with commentary, and a themed fun fair with rides and stalls. You can follow Santa’s woodland trail – an illuminated trail through the woods where your children will find model animal families: Penguins, Polar Bear, Moose ,Snowmen and Reindeer. Add to this a giant snow globe, an adventure playground and lots of festive food and drink, and you have a perfect Christmas day out. Winter Wonderland runs until 24th December, and then from 26th December - 8th January. For details call 01493 488288 or visit www.frittonlakewinterwonderland.com Thetford Garden Centre’s Christmas shop is more diverse than ever this year with beautiful displays and a whole host of gifts for all. With eight themes – from Hollywood Glamour to Winter Garden and Edwardian Christmas – there is plenty to suit all tastes. Plus a large range of Christmas trees, lights, floristry, animation and lit villages there is lots of inspiration for you to deck the halls this Christmas. Check out the licensed Dad’s Army gifts just in including mugs, flasks, cufflinks, wallets and playing cards plus much more from only £3.99. Kilverstone, Thetford, 01842 763267 www.thetfordgardencentre.co.uk

At Wroxham Barns you can visit the crafts people and chat to them while they work, or browse through the shops which offer everything from unique gifts and stylish clothes to fun toys and delicious foods, before taking a break for refreshment in the restaurant. The Christmas Family Day is on Sunday, December 4 with seasonal music, face painting and other activities in the Junior Farm. Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk (01603 783911) www.wroxham-barns.co.uk www.eastevents.co.uk

The Jade Tree Boutique shop packed with lovely goodies supplied by local artists and makers. Adorn and indulge from a gorgeous gift selection, including contemporary jewellery by Carmen Palop and Julia Parry Jones, cosy hand knitted socks and hats by Daphne Daniels, felted tea cosies and brooches by Ericka Eckles and quirky tableware by Broad Norfolk. Elm Hill, Norwich 01603 664615 www.thejadetree.co.uk Treasure Island It is said that this is the place the late Princess Margaret bought her Christmas presents. The shop is a trove of silk flowers, bags, glassware, candles, writing sets, Aga Towels, watches, fun umbrellas, novelty and soft toys, Holkham Pottery, photo frames, Limoge boxes, leather goods and plenty more. North Street, Burnham Market 01328 738877 www.treasureisland-shop.co.uk Artyfax Shop packed with arts, crafts, jewellery and aromas from around the world, including Pilgrim Jewellery, Russian Nesting Dolls, Venetian Masks, stone, wood and glass sculptures and carvings, Teddy Bears, leather bags and more. Church Street, Cromer 01263 512233 www.artyfax.com Very Nice Things Situated next to the parish church, this welcoming shop stocks a wealth of interesting gift items, from decorative hand-painted pottery and kitchenware to silk scarves, jewellery, candles and soaps. Market Place, Reepham 01603 873390 The Candlemaker Centre Here you’ll find England’s largest variety of handcrafted candles. Unique candles are made on the premises (they also stock candles by other makers) and there’s a workshop showing various stages of candle-making - you can even make your own. All kinds of candles in all sorts of moulds: animals, fantasy, floating, religious, perfumed and many more. Mill Road, Stokesby 01493 750242 Ali Bongo Plenty of new age lifestyle gifts - and a huge range of bongs! Throws, didgeridoos, lampshades, crystals, candles, oils, jewellery, sculptures, pipes, incense, crafts and lots more. You can buy online too. 22 St John Basil Bush Saturn Ice Maddermarket, Norwich 01603 Bong, £15 from Ali Bongo. 760055 www.alibongo.co.uk 75


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Where better to start the Christmas season than the Deepdale Christmas Market in Burnham Deepdale. Dalegate Market, shopping centre and home of Deepdale Café, will host over 40 stalls for this annual event and this year there will be two large marquees and an alleyway of stalls linking them.  The great shops and café will be open too, offering some really special temptations for a very special weekend.  There will also be outside stalls and entertainment. The weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy this wonderful part of the north Norfolk coast, whilst getting some festive spirit and retail therapy.  Visitors can also enjoy the excellent pubs, sample the wonderful seafood and enjoy the stunning coastline.  There is no better excuse for a bowl of Brancaster mussels and a drink by the roaring fire in The Jolly Sailors after a walk along the Norfolk Coast Path. Stalls for this year’s event have a wide ranging appeal: Delicious cheese from Lymn Bank Farm Cheese Co, bug boxes, books, jewellery, penguin pictures by James Buttifant, pet treats from Ollie’s Pet Paw-tisserie, and  Fudgydoo’s funky hen doorstops and soap.  There will be beers, ceramic coasters, furniture, Christmas decorations and willow sculptures and much more. Sat 3 & Sun 4 December, 10am-4pm. www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk

Norfolk Living Delightful double fronted Georgian building that houses an imaginative and extensive gift, garden, interior and fashion accessory store. A well-designed product range is carefully selected to offer style and value. Market Place, Burnham Market 01328 730668 www.norfolkliving.co.uk Big Blue Sky Shop and gallery that sells things that come from Norfolk paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, glass, practical house and garden goods, precious jewellery, soaps and bath soaps, toys, clothes, books and more. Warham Road, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 712023 www.bigbluesky.uk.com Jarrold the Store This fabulous family run department store has been at the herat of Norwich since 1823 and offers a unique and contemporary shopping experience over five floors. Everything you could need for the home you’ll find here, plus an extensive cosmetics Christmas Drinks Collection and perfumery section stocking all Hamper, hand picked the leading names, luxury gift items, selection of wines and spirits, £100, Jarrold fashion and accessories, lingerie, jewellery, toys, art and crafts, books and more. London Street, Norwich 01603 660661 www.jarrold.co.uk Meggy Moos Meggy Moos - named after the owners’ daughter Megan - offer a fabulous range of shabby chic, vintage and retro style Home Accessories and Gifts. They sell Pure Linen Kiss and MakeZip Top Cosmetic Bag. through local outlets, Summer and Up £9.95 at Meggy Moos. Christmas Fayres, but you can also find them at The Mad Hatters Tea Shop, Wymondham. 01508 471030 www.meggymoos.co.uk

For some highly original Christmas shopping try A Christmas Nostalgia presented by The Cloisters Fair, where you’ll find 45 stalls selling all the antiques, collectables and vintage you need to recreate that old-fashioned Christmas you remember from your childhood. Children’s books, toys, games, puzzles, dolls, dolls’ houses, dolls’ clothes, prams, teddies, ephemera, christmas cards and decorations, old-fashioned table settings, linens, lace, cutlery, china, glass, silver, furniture, kitchenalia, beautiful clothes and accessories for dressing up on the day, gorgeous jewellery, original gifts, music, collectables, memorabilia and much more. Sunday 4 December, Blackfriars Hall, St. Andrew’s Halls, Norwich, 10am to 4pm. www.cloistersfair.com

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show from10th December until 8th January has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Xmas Shows with probably the largest cast in Europe, with over 60 performers, making a spectacular alternative to traditional Pantomimes. This all new show in Great Yarmouth that will feature, from deepest Africa, the Athuma Zulu warriors, performing their amazing street acrobatics; a high flying death defying troupe of aerial acrobats; the amazing Bio Brothers hand balancing act; and new circus star Ben Coles with his sensational clowning and juggling, among many other great acts, and, of course, the Hippodrome’s unique Water Spectacular. Tickets can be booked online at www.hippodromecircus.co.uk or from the Box Office 01493 844172. Take a magical fantasy journey and visit Father Christmas in his very special house. Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh. Past the busy elves, hard at work in the toy factory taking in the wonderful wrapping machine. You’ll meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way though the magical forest to reach Santa’s House where you meet the man himself and all his gifts for all the Children that visit. 3 - 4 & 10-23 Dec, Thursford Collection, Thursford, 01328 878477 www.thursford.com

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Dragon Hall's annual spectacular, season defining Medieval Christmas Market returns on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, with a wide range of stalls, hot food and licensed bar, entertainments and activities. The ancient hall (built in 1430) will be tastefully decorated in traditional seasonal splendour while beneath the magnificent crown post roof and throughout the ancient building traders from all over the UK and northern Europe will be in period costume selling a wide variety of medieval themed goods and original crafts. Musicians in period costume will also be performing throughout the 2 days and there will be a full licensed bar featuring local Norfolk ales, mulled wine and tasty food inspired by German Christmas Markets. Stalls will be selling original and unusual gifts, from historical reproductions in wood, iron and glass to archery equipment, individual handcrafted textiles, jewellery, toys and ceramics, perfect gifts for friends and family. Exquisite Christmas decorations, candles and cards, together with locally produced Christmas wreathes and cakes, wines and ales will help to make this an extra special festive season. 10am-5pm, 01603 663922

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Dec David Copperfield One of Dickens’ best-loved and most autobiographical stories, brilliantly and faithfully dramatised, with all his marvellous creations of kindness and cruelty. The production will feature a very large cast of pupils from all years in the School. Auden Theatre at Gresham's School, Holt, 01263 713444 1 - 3 Dec Grease It’s the original HighSchool musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more. Starrin Dany Bayne (winner of ITV’s Grease Is The Word, Hairspray) as Danny with Carina Gillespie as Sandy. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 - 2 Dec Greg Davies You’ll already know him as the psychotic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners (Ch4), from the new series of Live at The Apollo and Have I Got News for You, as a regular on Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1) and as the most out-of-shape member of We are Klang (BBC3) as well as appearances on Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Now’s your chance to see his incredible debut stand-up show. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 1 - 3 Dec The Two Noble Kinsmen Based on Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale, the story of cousins Arcite and Palamon is one of thwarted love, rivalry and knightly honour. Described variously as either a tragedy which ends happily or a comedy where someone dies at the end, this is a rare opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s final plays that mixes heroic drama, tragedy and farce. The Garage, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 - 3 Dec Entertaining Angels This sharp and witty comedy, presented by Sewell Barn Players, is a touching and thought-provoking tale. Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich, 01603 697248 1 - 11 Dec Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, in their

extremely everso wonderful stage show! The stars of the hit BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppets, live action and music. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 1 - 23 Dec Thursford Christmas Spectacular See panel. Thursford Collection, Thursford, 01328 878477 2 Dec Pajama Men + Piff The Magic Dragon A fast-paced comedy thriller about love, alien abduction, the pressure cooker of solitude and the spirit of adventure. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 2 Dec An Evening with The Voice of Golf - Peter Alliss Peter Alliss was described by Golf Digest as ‘the greatest golf commentator ever’! St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, 01603 508050 3 Dec Seann Walsh “Charming and charismatic, a natural born observational storyteller, Seann is one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years, and can also be spotted on numerous UK pavements in a drunken, slumbering heap mumbling Chinese philosophy. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 3 Dec No Strings Burlesque and Cabaret Club Hocus Pocus Theatre with another dazzling, divine and delicious of burlesque entertainment. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 3 - 31 Dec Christmas Seaside Special Now in its sixth year, Cromer Pier’s Christmas Seaside Special is the must see show on the North Norfolk Coast. Featuring homegrown comedian Olly Day, amazing singers, energetic dancers and a theatre filled with Christmas sparkle and festive cheer. Also appearing is comedian Dave Mac and singers Lulu Alexandra and Dale Page. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 5 Dec Theatre de Decadence Burlesque show. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 7 Dec Arthur Smith Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution Arthur Smith, and bask in an evening of

laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the 1980s and 90s. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 7 Dec Entertaining Angels This sharp and witty comedy, presented by Sewell Barn Players, is a touching and thought-provoking tale. Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich, 01603 697248 7 - 10 Dec Lynn Academy of Dancing - Believe A colourful and original presentation of music and dance by 250 students, featuring ballet, tap and jazz with fabulous costumes and inspiring music. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 7 - 31 Dec Cinderella OhYesItIz Productions return to present the fairytale pantomime. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 7 Dec - 7 Jan Dick Whittington and His Cat Sheringham Little Theatre’s popular family pantomime returns for the festive season. Written by Joel Horwood, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Steve Marmion. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 8 - 9 Dec Shappi Khorsandi Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Have I Got News for You is back with a brand new show, a show about a brother and sister who were best friends but also beat each other up. Shappi Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 8 - 10 Dec Mrs Bob Cratchit’s Trying to transform Scrooge, her magic keeps malfunctioning, and centre-stage is taken by Mrs Bob Cratchit. She’s sick of Tiny Tim, (not to mention her other twenty children), and attempts to get drunk and escape her life. As the Ghost loses control, the plot morphs into parodies of It’s A Wonderful Life and Oliver Twist. A fiendishly funny comedy that turns Dickens’ tale of

redemption firmly on its head. The Garage, Norwich, 01603 630000 8 Dec - 3 Jan Cinderella The timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love and the best-loved pantomime of them all. Starring EastEnders’ Letitia Dean and with the West End’s Claire Fishenden, this year’s magical extravaganza is brought to you by the team behind last year’s smash hit Jack and the Beanstalk and once again we promise you live music, stunning sets, slick choreography, sensational costumes and spectacular musical numbers. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 9 Dec Christmas Comedy Cracker Top stand up with TV favourites Jason Mandford and Milton Jones, aong with comedy trio, Ole. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01603 630000 9 Dec A Christmas Carol The Keeper’s Daughter present an innovative and faithful adaptation of this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cranky old miser who makes life a misery for everyone who crosses his path until an evening of Ghostly visitations forces a change in him for the better. Told with precision, vigour and a huge amount of imagination this is a magical, quirky and original retelling of one of literatures most adored and classic ghost stories. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01473 744257 10 Dec Achtung! Cabaret You are invited to join a celebration of the adventures of Major Shaft and sidekick Sergeant Dick in this evening of burlesque entertainment. The Talk, Norwich, 01603 660220 10 Dec The Snowman This delightful story unfolds afresh in a funny, lively and often moving performance. Members of the audience are encouraged to be a part of the action with everyone dancing with the snowmen and singing the famous song Walking in the Air. Ages 5-10. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 14 Dec A Christmas Carol See 9 Dec. Magdalen Village Hall, Magdalen, 01473 744257 14 Dec - 15 Jan Sleeping Beauty Hayley Tamaddon (Dancing On Ice, Spamalot,

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Emmerdale) will be playing Sleeping Beauty in this year’s festive spectacular opposite an all-star cast including Kevin Sacre (Jake Dean in Hollyoaks) and evergreen actress Helen Fraser (best known as ‘Bodybag’ Sylvia Hollamby in Bad Girls). Norwich Theatre Royal , Norwich, 01603 630000 15 Dec The Snowman This delightful story unfolds afresh in an astonishingly funny, lively & often moving performance for ages 510. Frettenham Village Hall, Frettenham, 01603 893827 15 Dec A Christmas Carol See 9 Dec. Swanton Morley Village Hall, Swanton Morley, 01473 744257 15 - 17 Dec Chris Addison Top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 15 - 17 Dec The Inaccurate Conception A children’s Christmas tale for adults. When Miss Wibley is given the task of directing the school nativity play with a group of 7 year olds she doesn’t realise that the story of the baby in a manger may never be the same again. A seriously funny seasonal treat for all the family from 5 to 105 and older! Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 16 Dec TABOO-BE-DO! The Politically Incorrect Music Show Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson of Something Happened present a toe-tapping, and occasionally eye-opening, musical journey through songs which have scandalised and delighted audiences from the days before Prohibition through the tempestuous 20th century to today. Frettenham Village Hall, Frettenham, 01603 893827 16 Dec A Christmas Carol See 9 Dec.. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 17 Dec The Snow Queen This unique adaptation of a classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted for the stage by Quantum Theatre, will be performed in the Marble Hall at Holkham. Decorated for Christmas, it’s a magnificent setting for this special Christmas performance. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 17 - 31 Dec Red Riding Hood Norwich Puppet Theatre’s retelling of this classic folktale draws on the story’s origins in the oral

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tradition, together with versions by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Following the path to her grandmother’s house, through a forest filled with howling wolves, Red Riding Hood, a charcoal-burner’s daughter, needs to use her wits in order to survive. Follow our eponymous heroine into the woodsand expect a rich mix of puppetry, music, song, inventive staging and witty dialogue. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 17 - 31 Dec A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’ famous festive tale tells of Ebenezer Scrooge’s amazing transformation from embittered miser into generous benefactor following his eventful encounters with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet To Come. A stylish and atmospheric adptation by John Mortimer and a real family treat. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 20 Dec The Very Snowy Christmas Blunderbus present their magical, musical winter’s tale, based on the best-selling book by author Diana Hendry and illustrator Jane Chapman. With live music, beautiful puppets and a stunning snowy set which comes to life before your very eyes, this charming festive tale will warm even the coldest of hearts. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 21 - 23 Dec The Inaccurate Conception A children’s Christmas tale for adults. When Miss Wibley is given the task of directing the school nativity play with a group of 7 year olds she doesn’t realise that the story of the baby in a manger may never be the same again. A seriously funny seasonal treat for all the family from 5 to 105 and older! Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 22 Dec A Christmas Carol See 9 Dec. Gayton Jubilee Hall, Gayton, 01473 744257 23 Dec Varietease Burlesque & Cabaret Club - Vintage Christmas Cocktail Party Burlesque show. Farmer Browns, Norwich, 01603 508050 23 Dec A Christmas Carol See 9 Dec.. Middleton Village Hall, Middleton, 01473 744257 29 Dec The Red Card Comedy Club Top stand-up. 8pm. Norwich City Football Club, Norwich. 29 - 31 Dec New Year Music Hall Traditional songs, sketches and singalongs from the wonderful world of the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall. Music, mayhem and mirth, with a little bit of sauce thrown in. With table seating, and the bar open throughout the performance, why not dress up in period costume and come and join the fun? The Garage, Norwich, 01603 630000

MUSIC 1 Dec The High Llamas For the past eighteen years, The High Llamas have been following their own lights, making records, and essentially occupying their own genre in doing so. Their music is timeless; elements of retro and modern share the space, creating a unique time and place that is outside the lines of history as we experience it. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 1 Dec Badke Quartet Widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets, receiving widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 Dec The Locrian Ensemble Carols by Candlelight Dressed in lavish period costume, they perform a host of carols, medleys of familiar festive tunes and seasonal surprises in front of an evocative candlelit setting. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 1 Dec The Blanks Ted’s A’cappella Band from the US hit series ‘Scrubs’. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 1 Dec The Zebraheads This Californian furious fivesome combine rasping guitar licks with singalong choruses spiked with hip hop influences. Since their inception in 1996 they have shared stages with, among others, Green Day, Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 2 Dec Pout At The Devil + Bad Touch + No Mercy Pout at the Devil are a hilarious and fully authentic 80’s Hair Metal tribute band bringing you all of your favourite anthems from the excessive golden era of hedonistic rock! The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 2 Dec The Toy Hearts The Toy Hearts are one of the UK’s hottest acoustic acts right now, their style of music neatly placing them at the forefront of the resurgence of interest in folk and Americana music. Olives, Norwich, 01603 508050 3 Dec Wintersongs 2011 “A concert reflecting the time of year: songs of light and dark, many composed specially for The Voice Project Choir. This year we are delighted to be working with the brilliant saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard. This promises to be an inspiring and uplifting concert. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, 01603 660352 3 Dec Ben Weston Up-and-coming jazz singer/pianist. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 3 Dec The Blues Band Top blues. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 3 Dec Burgate Singers Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity & Mozart’s Requiem Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 3 Dec Norfolk Brass Christmas concert. St Nicholas Church, Dersingham, 01485 544866

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4 Dec Only Men Aloud Winners of BBC1’s Last Choir Standing and a Classical Brits award, the show will be a selection of festive Christmas repertoire, some new twists to familiar songs plus a mixture from both of their albums and a few firm favourites. Norwich Theatre Royal , Norwich, 01603 630000 4 Dec The Upper Octave Norfolk’s most popular and talented vocal ensemble. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 4 Dec Every Time I Die Having dominated stages worldwide since their inception in 1998, Every Time I Die are nothing less than a force of nature. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 4 Dec The Searchers In a remarkable career now spanning 5 decades and with such classic hits as Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away , Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, The Searchers have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, 01603 508050 4 Dec Butch’s Country Country music. The Silver Dollar Country Music Club at The Park Hotel, Diss, 01603 4339185 Dec We Were Promised Jetpacks New Edinburgh alt-pop band. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 5 Dec The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The oldest and the best, it unites fans across the globe in celebration of “one plucking thing after another”. They have sixteen-handedly turned the world on to the ukulele. The Ukes appear on stage with one ukulele each, no gimmicks, no tricks, no vocal enhancers or overproduced wizardry, then proceed to tear the house down. Norwich Theatre Royal , Norwich, 01603 630000 5 Dec Fish Fish’s music defies trends and fashion, it’s a brave statement in these days of banal musical small talk. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 7 Dec Push Into a dynamic funk fuelled community comes Push – one of mainstays of the Eighties Rare Groove and Acid Jazz scene alongside Brand New Heavies, Young Disciples and Soul II Soul – and they plan to make their mark. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 7 - 8 Dec Smile It’s Christmas The talents of country duet Country Company, Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer – a man of many parts; he’s a comedian, a piano accordionist, singer, songwriter and story teller, plus special guest Lisa Marie performing a selection of classic show stoppers performed in the style of Karen Carpenter. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 8 Dec Andy Kirkham + Swingball Local musician Andy Kirkham returns to the Arts Centre bar to play and eclectic mix of solo tunes from Africa, Eastern Europe and home. Touching on Kora, Ud and Nitatiti music as well as tradi85


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tional folk and blues Andy has a unique and fluid style rarely heard on the guitar. Andy is later joined by local madcap five piece band ‘Swingball’ that play a fluid selection of Swing, Eastern European and French tunes. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 8 Dec The Beat With a musical prowess lasting 3 decades, Ska / 2 Tone band The Beat are still going strong. Featuring Ranking Roger, Murphy ’Ranking Jnr’, Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham, they will be combining some of the old classics such as ’Mirror in the Bathroom’ and ’Tears of a Clown’, with some newer material. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 8 Dec The Searchers See 4 Dec. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 9 Dec Spectro presents Norfolk’s Finest Line-up of Norfolk beands featuring toot! + Magic Panda + Maersk + UniX + The Boy With Two Heads. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 9 Dec Steve Tilston Folk singer-songwriter. 8.30pm. Norwich Folk Club at Christ Church Centre, Norwich. 9 Dec Dappy N-Dubz member and bearer of eye-catching headwear, Dappy returns to the UEA but this time as a solo artist, fFresh from the massive success of his debut solo single ‘No Regrets’, which entered the charts at No.1. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 9 Dec UEA Symphony Orchestra and Choir UEA Christmas Concert. St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, 01603 508050 10 Dec The Classic Dixieland Trio Enjoy a jazz band aboard a the MNR Jazz train, which departs at 7.30pm. Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham, 01362 690633 10 Dec Anna Mudeka Band From the traditional sounds of the Mbira music of Zimbabwe fused with Jazzy beats guitar and driving Bass rhythms, Anna has drawn all that best from the Sub-Saharan Africa, with some new songs in Swahili, Nyanja, Shona and Ndebele. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 10 Dec Peter Andre Catapulted to pop stardom in 1996 with his global hit single Mysterious Girl, Peter Andre became an overnight sensation. His now-famous abs adorned the bedroom walls of millions of teenage girls. Since then, he’s expanded his achievements to include reality TV, presenting and songwriting.Throughout his career, Peter Andre has always been a great live performer, entertaining sell out crowds throughout the world. Catch him live in Norwich for one night only! Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01603 630000

10 Dec The Doors Alive Tribute to The Doors. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 10 Dec Brooks Williams Lauded as one of the top 100 acoustic guitarists of all time, Brooks is a brilliant guitarist and singer/songwriter from Boston, USA, with an instantly endearing manner and ‘intelligent lyrics, strong guitar with a dose of the blues and just a touch of John Martyn influence. Olives, Norwich, 01603 508050 11 Dec King’s Lynn Festival Chorus Carols and Christmas music old and new. 5pm. St. Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 11 Dec Smile It’s Christmas See 7-8 Dec. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 11 Dec Professor Green + Rizzle Kicks See panel. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 12 Dec Radu Lupu Pianist performs a programme of works by Franck, Schubert and Debussy. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 12 Dec Ginger Wildheart & Friends Ginger, legendary leader of The Wildhearts, will be joined by Rich Jones (Amen and The Black Halos), Denzil (Young Legionnaire) and Random Jon Poole (Cardiacs). The full electric band will be playing a large selection of Wildhearts songs from their extensive back catalogue. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 12 - 13 Dec The Tiger Lillies Post-punk pioneers The Tiger Lillies return with a new show unveiling a whole host of future classics alongside some of their earliest material. Taking subject matter from the gutter of humanity Martyn Jacques, the lead singer and founder of The Tiger Lillies has been writing about whores, gangsters and freaks his entire 22 year career. He continues to find inspiration from the dark side of life for his latest twisted and hilarious compositions. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 12 - 23 Dec Liqueur Norwich based Liqueur, are the UK’s finest tribute to The Cure. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 Dec Duchess Says Electronic rock. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 14 Dec Shed Seven Following the huge success of their last two sell-out tours, the band will return to the road to play a selection of their hit singles whilst also celebrating the 15th anniversary of their platinum selling album “A Maximum High” by revisiting several of the tracks from that album. Support from Chris Helme (ex Seahorses). UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050

11 DECEMBER PROFESSOR GREEN Professor Green has had huge acclaim so far from having amassed single sales of 500,000, over one million Facebook fans and the album ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ which debuted at number 2. He is currently riding high with hit single Read All About It. UEA LCR, Norwich. 14 Dec Vintage Trouble Combining their love for original soul and rhythm & blues, Los Angeles based Vintage Trouble brings you back to the days of vinyl records, sweaty juke joints, and the feel and essence of the original soul movement. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 Dec King’s Lynn Town Band Christmas concert. 7.30pm. St Faiths Church, King’s Lynn. 15 Dec Ben Waters Band “This boogie woogie piano players’ performances are sensational – this guy has played with the legends of rock ‘n roll – Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Ray Davies – and is proud to call Jools Holland his friend and mentor. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 15 Dec Oli Brown If you ever worried for the future of the blues, then fret no longer. Oli Brown is the real deal, ready to carry the torch of British Blues in the 21st century. Already paying his dues, Oli has shared a stage with giants Koko Taylor, Walter Trout, John Mayall and Buddy Guy. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 16 Dec Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse In a career spanning more than 35 years Adam Ant has had ten top 10 singles with his band Adam and the Ants and also as a solo artist with 3 reaching the number 1 position in the UK. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 17 Dec Metal Lust Xmas Party Heavy metal featuring Guns 2 Roses + The Dirt + Bad Touch + Pole Dancers. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 17 Dec Branded Country Country Music. Wayland CMA at Queen’s Hall, Watton, 01953 889890 18 Dec Britten Sinfonia Handel’s remarkable oratorio Messiah, with its vivid portrayal of biblical scenes and high emotional charge, is a staple in many people’s Christmas

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musical diet. Norwich Theatre Royal , Norwich, 01603 630000 18 Dec Napalm Death 30 years of grindcore ultra-violence and 27 years of being one of the hardest working, hardest touring bands on the planet; Napalm Death’s conviction, energy and belief in spontaneous, outspoken yet extreme music is far from being watered down. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 18 Dec South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band Christmas concert. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 18 Dec Budgie Coleman & The Mustard band Country music. The Silver Dollar Country Music Club at The Park Hotel, Diss, 01603 433918 20 Dec Moriah! Moriah is an exciting new experience in musical exploration and celebration. Founded in 2009, their music is in fact a timeless blend of traditional Jewish and Eastern European tunes, and contemporary western and jazz influences, played with immense gusto by this band of virtuosos. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 21 Dec The Midwinter Moonshine Celebrate Christmas in Pagan style with Midwinter Moonshine, featuring The Vagaband, Feral Mouth and Loose Leaf Drifters. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 22 Dec Howlback Hum’Bug’ Featuring Transept + Rory McVicar + Horses Brawl + The Raw & The Cooked. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 22 Dec The Hamsters Retiring after 25 years together, the guitar, bass and drums trio The Hamsters have long been established as a premier live attraction. Although primarily playing their own brand of Rock, Blues and Americana, they’re also widely regarded as the UK’s leading interpreters of the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050

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26 Dec Ray Peters Band Country Music. Wayland CMA at Queen’s Hall, Watton, 01953 889890

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ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 2 Dec Naomi Clements-Wright A beautiful exhibition of still life, portraiture and interior paintings. Naomi's work is informed by her belief in precise and subtle draughtsmanship. Her new series of interior paintings draw on her love of the Dutch Masters, while throwing new light on the quiet and contemplative world of domestic space. Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich, 01603 614214 1 - 4 Dec The Face of the Artist: Photographs by John Hedgecoe This is the first major exhibition of portraits by renowned photographer John Hedgecoe from the Sainsbury Centre’s collection of more than 400 works by the artist, acquired earlier this year. John Hedgecoe (1932–2010) was at the forefront of portrait photography for more than 50 years. He took pictures of the leading figures in the worlds of art, literature, science and politics, from Agatha Christie to Winston Churchill. His portrait of the Queen taken in 1966 still graces British postage stamps. Artists and their art will be brought together in this exhibition, which features Hedgecoe’s photographs alongside works from the Centre’s permanent collections. They include Francis Bacon with his Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa, Henry Moore with his Mother and Child, Lucie Rie with a selection of her ceramics, and Lynn Chadwick and Elisabeth Frink alongside their sculptures. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 4 Dec Griff Rhys Jones' Ghanaian 'fantasy coffin' Don’t miss the Ghanaian coffin in the form of television camera, which is the unusual focal point of a display in the Link about Ga art and culture. The coffin, which is remarkably realistic despite its scale, was specially created last year for Griff Rhys Jones as part of the BBC television series Hidden Treasures of Africa. It will be the first time since the television programme was broadcast that the ‘fantasy coffin’ can be seen by the general public. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 4 Dec Mary Webb: Journeys in Colour Discover the work of Mary Webb, an artist with a passion for colour and the landscape. Journeys in Colour features Webb’s art from 1967 to the present day and is the largest ever exhibition of work by this Suffolk-based artist. On display you will find striking abstract paintings, screen prints, drawings and collages.

Gary Breeze’s work is deeply rooted in East Anglia. Born on the Essex coast, he grew up in Suffolk and went to art schools in Ipswich and Norwich. He set up his first workshop in London but came back to Norfolk in 1994. Although he exhibits widely and works to commission both in Britain and abroad, he is constantly drawn back to the East Anglian landscape; its Broads and Fens, its association with the sea and its rich dialect. He has worked with Memorials by Artists for many years and completed two major commissions through them including the Bali Bombing Memorial at Horse Guards Road, London, (project managed and assisted by Martin Cook), and Christ Church Cloister Fountain in Oxford. Both projects involved the extensive design and re-landscaping of two important architecturally sensitive sites UEA LCR, Norwich. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. You will also be able to see a new series of work, inspired by a trip to Utah, USA, which has never been seen before. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 6 Dec Beyond the Confines… This exhibition brings together six diverse Fine Art students who are embarking on their third and final year of university study. Here you see an eclectic range of work in varied types of medium from photography to painting, drawing and sculpture, exploring themes of mark making, memory, the cute and the sinister world of miniatures, illusion and confusion, spirituality of nature and childhood phobias. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 1 - 8 Dec Drawing From Life: An exhibition celebrating images of the Life Model This is the first exhibition of a small group of North Norfolk artists who got together over 6 years ago to paint and draw local life model Dorcas Henderson. Nicholson Gallery at Gresham's School, Holt, 01263 713444 1 - 10 Dec Edward Bullinger Edward’s work is based on the aspects of conversation, specifically, the glorification of everyday sentences to exemplify the usefulness and sometimes amusing sentiment we can gain from them. Not to mention the way in which human conversation greatly cuts corners in the spoken word while still being understandable to us. Set in acrylic perspex, these statements and phrases aim to announce themselves as the underrated dialogue of the spoken word. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 1 - 17 Dec Smile "Smile comprises works by thirteen leading contemporary applied artists linked by the theme of one of the simplest but most emotive words in our language – ‘smile’." King's Lynn Arts Centre, King's Lynn, 01553 764864

1 - 23 Dec Peter Akehurst: Some Moments in Time 1965 – 1982 A rare archive exhibition of fashion photography by Peter Akehurst, including images of Francoise Hardy, Anita Harris, and Henry Cooper. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 1 - 31 Dec Kate Fisher: Seascape Ceramics An exhibition of cool, calm and contemporary ceramics by Pulham Marketbased artist, Kate Fisher. 11am-4pm Mon-Sat. Old Stables Gallery, Diss Corn Hall, Diss. 1 - 31 Dec Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland, in the Fusion digital gallery, features stunning snowscapes by award winning photographer, Tom Mackie. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 1 - 31 Dec Early Visions of India Three Pioneering British Artists: Aquatints by Thomas and William Daniell & James Baillie Fraser. The South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection at Country & Eastern, Norwich, 01603 663 890 1 - 31 Dec Sir Peter Blake: Twenty Years of Printmaking Internationally renowned artist Sir Peter Blake brings his award printmaking to Norfolk for his first solo show in Norwich. Sir Peter Blake RA is an English artist often referred to as the Godfather of British Pop Art, best known for his limited edition prints and the design of the sleeve for The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Saint Giles Street Gallery, Norwich, 01603 663333 1 Dec - 4 Jan Christmas Exhibition A splendid collection of artworks and craftworks with Christmas in mind. Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312 1 Dec - 8 Jan Family Matters This major touring exhibition looks at how artists have depicted families and family life from the sixteenth century to the present day. A wide range of events accompany the show including Tuesday lunchtime talks, family activities, lec-

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tures, poetry and concerts. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 493625 1 Dec - 12 Jan Gary Breeze: The Inscribed Landscape See panel. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 493625 1 Dec - 4 Mar Sea View: Great Yarmouth Masterpieces Discover Great Yarmouth through the eyes of the celebrated Norwich School of Artists. This evocative exhibition of paintings and drawings from Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service collections includes atmospheric views of local landmarks; the beach, jetty and quayside, by artists such as John Sell Cotman, John Crome and Joseph Stannard. In the 19th century, Norfolk was home to this close-knit group of painters, who formed the first regional group of artists in England. They were inspired by Great Yarmouth with its bustling quayside and growing popularity as a holiday destination. And as many potential patrons and benefactos lived by the quay, some of the artists chose to make Yarmouth their home. Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 01493 743930 1 Dec - 12 Apr World War Two: Local Secrets and Stories Find out about everyday life in Norfolk during World War Two as told by local people. From tanks passing through Thetford and bombing in Lynn, to the arrival of the evacuees and American convoys – all these events are vividly recalled by the people who witnessed them. Ancient House, Thetford, 01842 752599 3 - 17 Dec Christmas Exhbiition All topics, all media regional artists showcasing their work. Dragonfly Gallery, Watton, 01953 880205 12 Dec - 25 Feb Caithness Glass: Loch, Heather & Peat “The only opportunity in the South East of England to

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catch a major travelling exhibition of glass from the Graham Cooley Collection, with an accompanying book by King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust’s Patron Mark Hill, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Caithness Glass in 2011.” King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Wednesday The Cloisters Fair: Antiques. Collectables. Vintage Established 1972, the oldest in Norwich. Set in the beautiful C14th Cloisters and loved by dealers and the public there is always a wide ranging fresh stock of antiques, collectables and vintage. 8am-3pm. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 1 Dec Christmas Fayre Games, crafts, gifts and more. 6-8pm. South Wootton Junior School, South Wootton, 01553 674596 1 - 8 Dec 11th Christmas Tree Festival 90 decorated trees in a Grade 1 listed Church. A magical annual occasion. 10am-8pm. Fakenham Parish Church, Fakenham, 01328 862268 1 - 18 Dec Christmas Craft & Gift Fair If you’re looking for Christmas gifts with individuality and style, or if you’re simply a fan of imaginative designs and traditional skills, The Forum’s Christmas Craft and Gift Fair is the perfect shopping opportunity. Jewellery designers, painters, dressmakers, photographers and many other crafts people from all over Norfolk are setting up their colourful stalls in the Atrium. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 1 Dec - 5 Jan NORWICHRISTMAS Tree Art Trail Follow the trail, collect your stamps, enjoy exploring Norwich and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes! City Centre, Norwich. 1 Dec - 8 Jan Fritton Lake’s Winter Wonderland A wonderful winter wonderland for children and adults alike with ice rink, children’s entertainment show, funfair rides, adventure playground, treasure trail, road train through the woodland, and more. Children can visit Danta in his grotto and choose a gift from his toy shop. Fritton Old Hall, Great Yarmouth, 01493 488288 2 Dec A Jolly Sausage Fest Award winning Fruitpig’s Master Butcher, Matt Cockin, demonstrating how to make the best sausage (voted best sausage 2011 by Jimmy’s Farm)...’piggy’ quiz.... and enjoy rare breed premium sausages with mash, vegetables and gravy, a good British ale, apple crumble & custard. The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe, 01485 210314

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2 Dec Christmas Fair 10am-4pm. Glebe House School, Hunstanton, 07786 167579 2 - 3 Dec Cromer Christmas Market Stalls. Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Friday evening. High Street, Cromer. 2 - 4 Dec Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre A weekend of festive activities and entertainment with Christmas gift ideas, unique handcraft stalls, specialist foods, fun fair rides and Norwegian specialities in St. Nicholas Church, The Priory Centre and the Market Place. Great Yarmouth Market Place, Great Yarmouth, 01493 745828 2 - 4 Dec 8 hr Squat lifting World Record Breaking Attempt Macmillan charity support fundraiser. 51 year old Shaun Jones from Norwich will attempt a world record. Extreme Squat Weight lifting. 48 hour squat duration. None stop weightlifting. World record attempt. Shaun will attempt to become the 1st person in history to none stop duration squat lift for the full 48 hrs,with no rest or sleep . Current world record to date of weight lifted in 24 hrs = 1,013,350 kg’s over 1 million pounds in weight. This world record is held by Mr.Remarkableman. The Mall, Norwich. 3 Dec Shakespearian Evening Christmas stalls will be running from 6pm, with a performance of Romeo & Juliet is at 7.30pm and Comedy of Errors at 9pm. Aylsham High School, Aylsham, 01263 733270 3 Dec Christmas Market Lots of stalls with Christmas ideas. 11am-2pm. St Andrew and St Peter Church, Blofield, 01603 21162 3 Dec North Walsham Christmas Lights Switch-on 10am-4pm. Town Centre, North Walsham. 3 Dec Flea Market Inside and outside stalls of vintage, antique, collectibles, shabby chic & unique items. 9am-1pm. Swan Hotel, Harleston, 01379 855486 3 Dec 12 Days of Christmas Get into the Christmas spirit by following the 12 days of Christmas trail at Sheringham Park. Find out about Christmas folk-lore and make a wonderful Wreath or Yule Log to take away. Seasonal family fun. 11am-3pm. Sheringham Park, Sheringham, 01263 820550 3 - 4 Dec A Victorian Christmas Celebration Truly a wonderful experience for visitors to Holkham this weekend as Queen Victoria arrives to stay for Christmas celebrations. Inside the wonderfully decorated hall, musicians lead for dances and traditional carols are sung, games played and stories told by the fireside. Redcoat soldiers keep guard, in the Kitchens, cooks and household staff bustle in getting the feast prepared, and it is all captured for posterity by period photographic camera and techniques.

Florence Nightingale drops by to recruit more nurses and the Holly King sits beneath his Christmas Tree giving out gifts to the children. 10am-5pm. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 710227 3 - 4 Dec Deepdale Christmas Market Shop for Christmas decorations and presents, while enjoying great food and drink at the 3rd annual Deepdale Christmas Market. There will be many stalls and activities to really start December with a large glass of festive spirit. Of course the regular shops and café at Dalegate Market will be open throughout the weekend. 10am-4pm. Dalegate Market, Shopping & Cafe, Burnham Deepdale, 01485 210256 3 - 4 Dec Dragon Hall’s Medieval Christmas Market The annual spectacular, season defining Medieval Christmas Market returns to the magnificent medieval trading hall in the company of costumed stallholders and period musicians at this popular annual event. With over thirty stalls selling toys, gifts, clothing, wreaths, food, jewellery, pottery, glass and much more, the market is now an eagerly anticipated annual event with the ancient hall tastefully decorated in traditional seasonal splendor. 10am-5pm. Dragon Hall, Norwich, 01603 663922 3 - 4 Dec Santa Cruise Experience an hour of festive family fun aboard a double-decker passenger boat the Vintage Broadsman. Includes visit by Santa. Broads Tours, Wroxham, 01603 782207 3 - 4 Dec Santa Specials at The Poppy Line Travel in the festive steam train on The Poppy Line to visit Santa in his Enchanted Grotto. 9.30am-6pm. Sheringham Station, Sheringham, 01263 820800 3 - 4 Dec Santa’s Special Train Service Santa will be travelling between Dereham and Wymondham on his Santa Special train; which will be pulled and heated by one of Mid Norfolk Railway’s BIG ex-mainline diesel locomotives. Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham, 01362 690633 3 - 4 Dec Steam Trains To Santa The Santa Train departs from Wroxham Station and travels to Aylsham Station where Santa and his railway sleigh are there to welcome everybody. Festive entertainment and refreshements and a gift for each child. Trains run at 10am 1.45pm, 5.30pm. Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, 01263 738882 3 - 4 Dec Christmas at Blickling You are invited to the big house for a traditional Christmas. Be welcomed by characters from the past and enter a country house beautifully decorated for the festive season. Find your way into

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the garden where a trail of decorated Christmas trees and lights leads you to the Temple where you will be drawn in by the seasonal aroma of mulled wine and mince pies. Our Christmas Courtyard houses a marquee with crafts for Christmas and seasonal snacks and drinks. Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery are for sale beside garden gifts, hot chestnuts and seasonal delights. Music and entertainment will ensure you leave full of festive cheer. 11am5pm. Blickling Hall, Blickling, 01263 738030 3 - 4 Dec Santa’s Magical Journey Take a magical fantasy journey and visit Father Christmas in his very special house. Your journey takes you past the penguins and polar bears to see all the giant sized teddy bears ready to load Santa’s sleigh. Past the busy elves, hard at work in the toy factory taking in the wonderful wrapping machine. You’ll meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way though the magical forest to reach Santa’s House where you meet the man himself and all his gifts for all the Children that visit. Thursford Collection, Thursford, 01328 878477 4 Dec The Cloisters Fair: A Christmas Nostalgia 45 stalls selling all the antiques, collectables and vintage you need to recreate that old-fashioned Christmas you remember from your childhood. 10am-4pm. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 4 - 11 Dec 50 Christmas Trees in a Church Christmas Trees of all shapes and sizes, some handmade featuring special seasonal messages, will decorate the beautiful 15th century church, contributed to the event by local businesses and organisations and children’s groups. 10am-7pm. Dickleburgh Church, Dickleburgh, 01379 854245 7 Dec Antiques Fair Established in 1972 The Cloisters Fair is the oldest, biggest and best in Norwich. Set in the beautiful C14th Cloisters and loved by dealers and the public there is always a wide-ranging fresh stock of antiques, collectables and vintage. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 8 Dec Christmas Fayre Visit Santa in his grotto and meet his reindeer; enjoy a glass of festive punch, roasted nuts and mince pie as you browse the Christmas stalls. Join the carol singing at 7pm, plus fireworks at 8pm. 4-8pm. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, 01603 287107 8 Dec An evening with Ben Fogle An evening with TV presenter and adventurer, Ben Fogle, who will be signing copies of his autobiography, The Accidental Adventurer. Jarrolds, Norwich, 01603 660661


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Norfolk 9 Dec Jason Manford The comedian and TV presenter will be in store signing copies of his new book. 5-6pm in the book department. Jarrolds, Norwich, 01603 660661 9 - 11 Dec Christmas Tree and Flower Festival Carols depicted with flowers and over 200 Christmas trees. 10.30am-4pm Fri & Sat, 12.30-4pm Sun. Hemsby Methodist Church, Hemsby, 01493 740755 9 - 11 Dec Festival of Christmas Celebrate the best of what Christmas has to offer in the stunning surroundings of Norwich Cathedral and embark on a traditional Christmas Festival with a Victorian Christmas on the Upper Close Green. In the Cathedral you will find the very best in shopping, with gifts to suit all ages and all tastes in avenues around the Cloisters. There will be a wonderful array of food and drink with the opportunity to meet the producers as well as cookery, floral and craft demonstrations and wine masterclasses. Children can meet Father Christmas and his Reindeer and to take part in fun activities, plus carol singing, wreath making and much more. 10am-5.30pm Fri & Sat, 12.30-5.30pm Sun. Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 01728 666021 9 - 11 Dec Christmas Tree and Flower Festival Carols depicted with flowers and over 200 Christmas trees (brass, glass, metal and wood). 10.30am-4pm (Fri-Sat), 12/30-4pm (Sun). Hemsby Methodist Church, Hemsby, 01493 740755 10 Dec Clutter City Christmas Craftacular Another yuletide feast of crafts, music from Klezmerized!, drop in workshops, DJs and winter food and drink. 10am-4pm. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 10 - 11 Dec Santa Cruise Experience an hour of festive family fun aboard a double-decker passenger boat the Vintage Broadsman. Includes visit by Santa. Broads Tours, Wroxham, 01603 782207 10 - 11 Dec Santa Specials at The Poppy Line Travel in the festive steam train on The Poppy Line to visit Santa in his Enchanted Grotto. 9.30am-6pm. Sheringham Station, Sheringham, 01263 820800 10 - 11 Dec Santa’s Special Train Service See 3-4 Dec. Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham, 01362 690633 10 - 11 Dec Steam Trains To Santa See 3-4 Dec. Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, 01263 738882 10 - 11 Dec Christmas at Blickling See 3-4 Dec. Blickling Hall, Blickling, 01263 738030 10 - 23 Dec Santa’s Magical Journey See 3-4 Dec. Thursford Collection, Thursford, 01328 878477 10 Dec - 8 Jan Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show The Hippodrome celebrates its 11th Anniversary of its Christmas Extravaganza that has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Xmas Shows with probably the largest cast in Europe, with over 60 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional Pantomimes. This 92

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Spectacular show combines the magic of circus with the spirit of Christmas in what will be a truly unforgettable treat for the whole family. The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 01493 844172 11 Dec Father Christmas at Fairhaven Meet Father Christmas in a woodland setting. Children’s crafts. Mini market. Live music.11am-5pm. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, 01603 270449 11 Dec Family Christmas Carousel Visit a Victorian Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto at Dragon Hall. Enjoy carolling, festive medieval dancing, Saturnalia storytelling, Hog Roast, hot chestnuts, mince pies and a warming brew of Dragon’s Tipple ale or mulled wine in our 1950’s vintage Christmas bar. Children will get the chance to get crafty making Christmas decorations from past centuries and be treated to a warm glass of kid friendly Wassail! 10am-4pm. Dragon Hall, Norwich, 01603 663922 13 Dec Christmas Bazaar 10am-2pm. King’s Lynn Town Hall, King’s Lynn. 14 Dec Antiques Fair Established in 1972 The Cloisters Fair is the oldest, biggest and best in Norwich. Set in the beautiful C14th Cloisters and loved by dealers and the public there is always a wide-ranging fresh stock of antiques, collectables and vintage. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 15 Dec Birds at Christmas Wildlife tutor Peter Walton will take you for a walk around the broad, explaining how the birds survive in winter and what we can do to help them. 9.30am. Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, 01603 756094 15 Dec Meet Darren Huckerby Meet the winner of two Player of the Season awards while he was with Norwich City, who will be signing copies of his autobiogtaphy. Waterstones, King’s Lynn, 0843 290 8425 16 - 18 Dec Norfolk Craft Fair A unique selection of bespoke handmade crafts including jewellery, accesssories, photography, wooden crafts and much more. 9.30am-5pm. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 17 Dec Craft Market Quality hand made items from local crafts men and women. 9.30am-2pm. Guildhall Complex, Thetford, 01953 885559 17 - 18 Dec Santa Cruise Experience an hour of festive family fun aboard a double-decker passenger boat the Vintage Broadsman. Includes visit by Santa. Broads Tours, Wroxham, 01603 782207 17 - 18 Dec Santa Specials at The Poppy Line Travel in the festive steam train on The Poppy Line to visit Santa in his Enchanted Grotto. 9.30am-6pm. Sheringham Station, Sheringham, 01263 820800 17 - 18 Dec Santa’s Special Train Service See 3-4 Dec. Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham, 01362 690633 17 - 18 Dec A Christmas Tree Festival The hall will be decorated with a riot of Christmas trees. Pomander making, demonstation of marzipan fruit-making, childrens craft

activities in the afternoon until 4pm. 11am5pm. Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, 01366 328258 17 - 18 Dec Christmas at Blickling See 3-4 Dec. Blickling Hall, Blickling, 01263 738030 17 - 23 Dec Santa Floodlit Feeds Santa is dropping in at Pensthorpe to help the wardens feed the birds. Watch from the warmth and comfort of our viewing Gallery. Visit our spectacular shop for any last minute Christmas presents, festive decorations or tasty treats from jams to chutneys. Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, Pensthorpe, 01328 851465 17 - 24 Dec Steam Trains To Santa See 3-4 Dec. Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, 01263 738882 18 Dec Santa Special Visit Santa in his railway grotto. Barton House Railway, Wroxham, 01603 722858 20 Dec A Victorian Family Christmas at Gressenhall Join in with the carol singing in the Chapel and watch the magic lantern show in the Boardroom. Make your own peg doll and a traditional Christmas card. Taste workhouse gruel and the cooking on the range. Keep your hands on your purses the Artful Dodger may be about! Advance booking essential. 10am-2.30pm. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, 01362 869263 21 Dec Antiques Fair Established in 1972 The Cloisters Fair is the oldest, biggest and best in Norwich. Set in the beautiful C14th Cloisters and loved by dealers and the public there is always a wide-ranging fresh stock of antiques, collectables and vintage. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 21 - 24 Dec Santa Specials at The Poppy Line Travel in the festive steam train on The Poppy Line to visit Santa in his Enchanted Grotto. 9.30am-6pm. Sheringham Station, Sheringham, 01263 820800 22 Dec A Victorian Family Christmas at Gressenhall See 20 Dec. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, 01362 869263 22 - 24 Dec Santa Cruise Experience an hour of festive family fun aboard a double-decker passenger boat the Vintage Broadsman. Includes visit by Santa. Broads Tours, Wroxham, 01603 782207 23 - 24 Dec Santa’s Special Train Service See 3-4 Dec. Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham, 01362 690633 26 Dec - 2 Jan Blakeney Book Fair Second-hand and Antiquarian books, for the collector, dealer, or casual reader. 10am-5pm. Blakeney Church Rooms, Blakeney, 01263 741690 28 Dec Antiques Fair Established in 1972 The Cloisters Fair is the oldest, biggest and best in Norwich. Set in the beautiful C14th Cloisters and loved by dealers and the public there is always a wide-ranging fresh stock of antiques, collectables and vintage. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763

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Harleston

The High Streets of England may be suffering, but in Harleston, South Norfolk, there is a buzz of excitement. This tiny historic market town is seeing something of a renaissance. It already boasted more independent shops and family run businesses than any other Norfolk town, and this has been boosted by a basketful of attractive new shops. And it’s the women what’s doing it! Over the last six months six local businesswomen have led the way, supported and assisted by family members. Between them they have added to the allure of Harleston by providing handmade chocolates, beads and jewellery-making supplies, stationery and art materials, gifts, gardenware, jewellery, bags and scarves, painted and antique furniture, crafts and artwork – and a new café, the Fluffy Egg Diner. Sue Read, whose impressive shoe emporium has graced the town for many years, commented “It is great that all these women see the potential of Harleston, and are working together really effectively to put it on the map. We have a lot to offer.” With its existing rich mix of shops and businesses in the criss cross of lovely old streets and market places, catering for the essentials as well as the small luxuries of life, the town is definitely worth a visit.


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Bullock Fair Close, Harleston IP20 9AT Open 10- 5.30pm excl. Thursdays (close at 1pm) LATE NIGHT OPENING FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER

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Stockists of leading brands such as Filofax, Parker and Sheaffer A wide range of stationary, art supplies & printing facilities available, and for Christmas we can turn your favourite photos into stunning artworks by printing to canvas to make wonderful and unique presents. We’ve also got plenty of traditional toys & games, craft toys, cracker gifts & stocking ďŹ llers.

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Southwold Southwold’s Christmas Lights Switch-On is a popular annual event in the town. This year the lights will be switched on by “Grandpa” (former Likely Lad, James Bolam, left) from the hugely popular CBeebies show “Grandpa in my Pocket”. He will be joined by Aunt Loretta (Susan Jameson) on the balcony of the town hall. The event will start in the Market Square at 5pm with local choirs singing carols. The Southwold Corps of Drums will lead Father Christmas up the High Street at 6.45pm and the Switch On will take place at 7pm on the Town Hall Balcony. See Santa parade down Southwold high street and visit him in his festive grotto behind the Blue Lighthouse. Sample tasty local foods at the various stalls along the Southwold High Street and pop into the best of the town’s shops for presents and more. Friday 2nd December www.switchonsouthwold.co.uk

Fanny & Frank Tis the season to be gorgeous and this wonderful boutique has fabulous gift ideas for her and him, from head to toe and everything inbetween. High Street 01394 384723 www.fannyandfrank.com Collen & Clare Boutique boasting a collection of some of the best designer names in the world of fashion, catering for men, women and children. Market Place 01502 724823 www.collenandclare.com The Amber Shop Take a look at their stunning range of 100% authentic amber necklaces and pendants, all of which are made from amber which is up to 30 million years old. Market Place 01502 723394 www.ambershop.co.uk

Denny of Southwold Colourful, high quality men's, women's and children's clothing and acccessories. Market Place 01502 722372 www.dennyofsouthwold.co.uk Adnams Synonymous with Southwold, the brewer has a lovely selection of gifts to choose from this year, both in its Cellar & Kitchen store in Drayman Square, Victoria Street and online. Here you’ll find award-winning beers and spirits made in Southwold, as well as hand-selected wines, kitchenware and food of quality and individualism. The Adnams Wine Shop in Pinkney's Lane is worth a visit to find a bounty of wines that are either bin ends, the tail end of vintages, or specialpriced parcels. www.cellarand kitchen.adnams.co.uk Adnams Winter Spiced liqueur is exotic and warming with notes of cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and pepper grains. £13.99

Santa will be visiting the Seaside Grotto on Southwold Pier every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from 3rd to 18th December from 11.00am – 4.00pm. Children will love the friendly little grotto and take away a memory and a gift for £4.95. Why not make a day of it by staying for a little bit longer to have a fabulous hot chocolate or a bit of lunch and a play in the arcades. The Pier’s shops are brimming with ideas for Christmas gifts. www.southwoldpier.co.uk Enjoy a George Michael Cabaret and Dinner at The Swan Hotel on 9 December with tribute act Robert Lamberti from ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes, and a 3 course meal for £39pp. To book call 01502 722186. Sutherland House is not just Southwold’s only fish restaurant, it’s one of the region’s best restaurants, set in a fascinating building, rich in history, and awarded two rosettes by the AA for the quality of our food. Their delectable New Year’s Eve feast is just £75pp, with Champagne & Canapés followed by six courses, with a choice of main course. To book call 01502 724 544 www.sutherlandhouse.co.uk

Christmas Extravaganza Part of the famous ‘Switch­ On Southwold’ weekend celebrations, this festive concert at St Edmund church features professional opera and West End singers Elinor Jane Moran and Richard Knight, local rising star Olivia Castle, left, and the Saint Felix Choral Society with their conductor Andrew Jenkins. A festive, heart­warming pro­ gramme of Gilbert and Sullivan, drinking songs, opera and musicals, alongside excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, is guaranteed to warm up your festive mood. Tickets are £12 which includes free interval refreshments and all children aged 16 or under come for free. 01502 726161 94

The Electric Picture Palace in Blackmill Road Southwold is the home of the Southwold Film Society, a charitable trust. The building is currently being extended to provide additional foyer space which will double as a small gallery and screening room, along with a larger kiosk, new toilets, cloakroom, office, store and archive. Plus an additional cuddle-seat in the Circle. The work, which is being undertaken by local builders Duncan & Son, is three quarters finished and it is hoped to open the new building in Spring 2012, ten years after the original building was completed. The Picture Palace shows about 100 films a year and is well known for its traditional film nights with commissionaire, usherettes, a rising cinema organ in the interval and The National Anthem at the end. To find out more call the Box Office on 07815 769565.

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Created in 2002, but designed in 1912 theatrical style, the award winning 68 seat cinema has a rising “Tiny Wurlitzer” cinema organ, a circle, a kiosk, usherettes and a commisionaire - all in the cause of creating “The Pictures”.

Conditions apply. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Pre booking required, quoting “Toss up Tuesday” Offer applies to food only.

It is run by the Southwold Film Society, which you can join for £10 a year (or £3 for the season). Tickets are £6 stalls, £7 Circle. To join, book or find out more call:

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Southwold Concert Series warmly invites you to the Christmas Extravaganza, part of the famous festive ‘Switch-on-Southwold’ weekend celebrations. S ATURD AY D E CE M BE R 3 RD 2 0 1 1 , 7 . 3 0 PM West End stars Elinor Jane Moran and Richard Knight perform at St Edmunds Church alongside a host of local musicians including BBC Chorister of the year finalist, Olivia Castle, and the Saint Felix Choral Society under Andrew Jenkins. HIghlights include excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, opera, musicals, cabaret, Gilbert & Sullivan and favourite Christmas songs. Tickets available on the door for £12, including mulled wine and mince pies. Under 16’s attend free!

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Dec Mark Steel Following his highly acclaimed Radio 4 comedy show Mark Steel’s In Town, the man himself is back on the road. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 1 - 3 Dec Passion The New Wolsey Young Company will stage Edward Bond’s original play and devise their very own contemporary response. Presented as a double bill. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 1 Dec - 15 Jan Dick Whittington and his Cat A fantastic, feline, fun-fuelled and fatabulous frolic for all the family. This fab panto is an adventure story like no other filled with injustice, love at first sight, shipwrecks, singing jellyfish and a trip to Morocco. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 1 Dec - 28 Jan Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood A fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment, designed to delight all the family. A talented cast of actor/musicians serve up over twenty rock and soul classic songs including The Hippy Hippy Shake, I Shot the Sheriff, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Born To Run, Signed, Sealed, Delivered and many, many more. Classic entertainment which combines the best live music with all the fun of traditional pantomime to create the perfect Christmas showtainment, designed to delight all the family. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 2 Dec Abba Forever At Christmas Abba tribute show. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 2 Dec A Christmas Carol The Keeper’s Daughter present an innovative and faithful adaptation of this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cranky old miser who makes life a misery for everyone who crosses his path until an evening of Ghostly visitations forces a change in him for the better. Told with precision, vigour and a huge amount of imagination this is a magical, quirky and original retelling of one of literatures most adored and classic ghost stories. Kelsale Village Hall, Kelsale, 01473 744257 3 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Claydon & Barham Village Hall, Claydon, 07876 184187

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3 Dec The Further Golfing Adventures Of Peter Alliss More anecdotes and stories from his career in golf. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 3 Dec The Blue Angel A dark tale of love and lust set in 1920s Hamburg when a pompous and proud college professor falls for Lola, star of a burlesque cabaret troupe. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 3 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Claydon & Barham Villahe Hall, Claydon, 01473 744257 3 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Lawshall Village Hall, Lawshall, 01473 744257 4 Dec M.R. James stories Join the Victorian gentleman for another two tales from local author M.R. James: Martin’s Close and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 757160 4 Dec Back to Broadway A musical that brings you the very best of musical theatre, featuring eight of the country’s finest singers and dancers from Welsh National Opera, The Twelve Tenors, Beyond the Barricade, and the West End. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 4 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Castle Inn, Framlingham, 01473 744257 6 - 10 Dec Mack & Mabel Musical presented by Stowmatket Operatic & Dramatic Society. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 6 - 31 Dec Penguin Long Nose Puppet’s new show is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar. Penguin is exiting, surreal and full of surprises. The lively songs by Tom Gray of Gomez will have everyone joining in! It’s a spectacular theatre experience for all ages-especially 2-7 year olds! New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich, 01473 295900 7 Dec Ipswich Comedy Club Top stand-up. Degero, Ipswich, 0845 459 56 56 7 Dec Passion Play n their 25th year of married life James and Eleanor Croxley undergo what, in their contempory jargon in glibly reffered to as a midlife crisis. Both of their children have left home and both James and Eleanor are to all appearences successful in thier respective professions and comftable in the solidity of their marrage. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 7 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Chantry Library, Ipswich, 01473 744257 7 - 10 Dec The Sound of Music Felixstowe Musical Theatre proudly presents the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein which was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 8 Dec That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show Terrific rock ‘n’ roll music show. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 8 Dec Comedy Night Top stand-up. Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, 0844 4938088

8 - 9 Dec Who Killed Santa? Presented by Bungay Theatre Group. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 9 Dec The White Christmas Show Festive show packed with Song, Dance, Laughter, and Magic. The Memorial Hall, Newmarket, 01638 667227 9 Dec Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 9 - 10 Dec G.C.S.E The Musical St Trinian’s meets High School musical in this drama, music and dance spectacular, presented by Mini Mouth Youth Theatre Academy. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 10 Dec DanceEast Winter Showcase A chance for DanceEast’s Performance Groups. There will be performances from: Boyz United, DanceEast Academy, Dance Unlimited, Spin Off, Suffolk Youth Dance Company and others. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 01473 295230 10 Dec - 2 Jan Jack & The Beanstalk Spectacular panto starring ‘Allo ‘Allo’s Sue Hodge, paino playing Dame, Bobby Crush, Hi-5’s Chris Edgerley and Adam Kelly with Timmy the Toucan. Great show for all the family with laugh out loud comedy, music and song, colourful sets and costumes. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 11 Dec Maypoles to Mistletoe With Mike Garland, Stan Bloor and Maggie Moore, Mary Humphreys and Anahata, Mike and Jenny Everett, step, molly, border, sword and morris dancers of all ages. Maypoles to Mistletoe is a journey through the seasons of the year, in folk music, song, dance and story, ending with a grand Christmas flourish. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 11 Dec Fat Cat Comedy Club Top stand-up. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 12 Dec Christmas with The Rat Pack Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers, the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band, you will experience Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr & Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands hotel. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 13 Dec Sudbury Comedy Club Top stand-up. Eastern Station Lounge, Sudbury, 0845 459 56 56 13 Dec A Christmas Carol An innovative and faithful two man adaptation of this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Redgrave Church, Redgrave, 07876 184187 13 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Redgrave Church, Redgrave, 01473 744257 13 - 17 Dec The Perils of Pinocchio The thrilling story of the little puppet who dreams of being a real boy is brought vividly to life in this adaptation by Julian Harries & Pat Whymark. Seckford Theatre at Woodbridge School, Woodbridge, 01473 211498 14 - 16 Dec Boy Blue Entertainment

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Led by Kenrick “H20” Sandy and Michael “Mikey J”“ Asante, Boy Blue are an Olivier Award-winning hip hop dance theatre company from London. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 01473 295230 15 Dec Remember When At Christmas Nostalgic festive music show with a cast of West End performers. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 15 Dec Dreamboys Ladies Christmas Night Thong and dance show for the ladies. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 15 - 24 Dec Dick Whittington The Seagul’s first ever Community Pantomime. The show is fun for all ages as we follow Dick and his feline side-kick as they stumble their way to London running into Red Riding Hood, her Dame Grandma and Good Fairies on the way before finding a city in the hands of the evil King Rat. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 16 - 19 Dec Aladdin Tradtional family panto. CBBC`s Pixel Face character Anthony Joblin; Disney`s Lion King West-End star Lloyd Notice and Tricky TV and Penn & Teller`s award winning magicians, High Jinx, join BBCTV`s Really Wild Show star Howie Watkins who will be offering his uproarious Widow Twankey. With magical flying carpets, real fountains and a thrilling live band it promises to be more spectacular, hilarious and exciting than ever. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 16 - 26 Dec Babes in the Wood Traditional family pantomime. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 17 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Debenham Long Room, Debenham, 01473 744257 17 - 23 Dec The Wizard of Oz A spectacular all new professional pantomime version of the classic story featuring the star of BBC TV’s Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer as Dorothy, Ken Morley ‘Reg Holdsworth from Coronation Street’ as The Wizard, the hilarious ventriloquist Gareth Oliver ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ as the Scarecrow, Matthew McVarish ‘Raymond from CBeebies ‘Me Too!’ as the Lion, and Aaron Sidwell ‘Steven Beale from EastEnders’ as the Wicked Witch’s Henchman. A wonderful festive treat for all the family. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 17 Dec - 2 Jan Mother Goose The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company pantomimes have been a traditional part of Christmas in Felixstowe for 46 years and this year’s tale of fantasy is a long-time favourite with audiences. Mother Goose has all the ingredients for a magic, fantasy-filled family show – hilarious characters, a giant goose, an outrageous dame and of course an evil baddie you’ll just love to hiss and boo! Although slick and modern, The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company insists on retaining the traditional elements of pantomime so families can let themselves go and join in with all the panto-land larks! Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 97


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17 Dec - 2 Jan Aladdin Fun, tradiitonal and colourful family pantomime. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 20 - 24 Dec The Perils of Pinocchio The thrilling story of the little puppet who dreams of being a real boy is brought vividly to life in this adaptation by Julian Harries & Pat Whymark. Headmaster Porter Theatre at Framlingham College , Framlingham, 01473 211498 21 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Stowupland Village Hall, Stowupland, 07876 184187 21 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Stowupland Village Hall, Stowupland, 01473 744257 27 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. St Edmund’s Hall, Hoxne, 07876 184187 27 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Stradbrooke Community Centre, Stradbrooke, 01473 744257 27 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. St Edmund’s Hall, Hoxne, 01473 744257 27 - 31 Dec The Perils of Pinocchio The thrilling story of the little puppet who dreams of being a real boy is brought vividly to life in this adaptation by Julian Harries & Pat Whymark. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 01473 211498 28 Dec A Christmas Carol An innovative and faithful two man adaptation of this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cotton Village Hall, Cotton, 07876 184187 28 Dec A Christmas Carol ee 2 Dec.. Alpheton Village Hall, Alpheton, 01473 744257 28 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Cotton Village Hall, Cotton, 01473 744257 28 - 30 Dec Beauty & The Beast Henley’s family panto. Henley Community Centre, Henley, 01473 83322 29 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket, 01473 744257 29 Dec A Christmas Carol See 2 Dec. Freckenham Village Hall, Freckenham, 01473 744257

MUSIC 1 Dec Jamie Smith’s Mabon An insatiable blend of world music with Celtic roots and rabble rousing funk rock. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 1 Dec Mark Butcher Band Soul & funk. Green King Social Club, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 764667 1 Dec John McNicholl Irish country singer. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 1 Dec Nikolai Demidenko Demidenko’s passionate pianism means that he is in demand worldwide. Programme includes works by Beethoven and Chopin. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 1 Dec Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings The former Rolling Stones’s latest musical rebirth, as the driving force behind the fabulous 98

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RHYTHM KINGS, sees him return to his musical roots. This set of virtuoso musicians superbly bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired Wyman to pick up the guitar as a teenager. A show imbued with absolute quality. The band, which already features Georgie Fame, Albert Lee, and Beverley Skeete, is joined by former Supremes lead singer, Mary Wilson. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 2 Dec Cardy & Coke Country music duo. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 2 Dec The Barron Knights Probably the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s. Their musicianship, their harmonies and of course their humour makes them what their peers call them ‘The Guvnors’. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 3 Dec Martyn Joseph Martyn Joseph is variously described as folk-troubadour, raconteur, protest-singer, balladeer and even Celtic rock-star! Equipped only with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and a voice of great emotional intensity he gives a mesmerizing performance. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 3 Dec BBC Radio Suffolk Children in Need Carol Concert ith Woodbridge Choral Society, Musicology, Suffolk Soul Singers, and others; comperefor the evening is BBC Radio Suffolk’s Nick Risby. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 3 Dec The Devils Kitchen Collective - Mark Butcher Band The Devils Kitchen Collective celebrates its 2nd anniversary with blues guitarist and soulful vocalist Mark Butcher. Green King Social Club, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 764667 3 Dec Phoenix Singers Handel’s Messiah. Accompanied by the Suffolk Baroque Players. St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, 01728 687110 3 Dec Magic of Motown Christmas Party Music show that celebrates and recreates the harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship that were the making of Motown. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 3 Dec Ipswich Bach Choir Christmas concert. Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich, 01473 251618 3 Dec Carl Palmer Band See panel. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 3 Dec Ipswich’s Got Talent 2011 This popular annual competition is a truly inspiring event, recognising a variety of talents from right across town. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 3 Dec Always in Tune presents… A live music event featuring superb local bands to help raise money towards the completion of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket. Line-up: includes High Hopes, Welcome To Purgatory, For Everything a Reason, and Standing Tall. John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket, 07779 136485

3 Dec Christmas Extravanagza This concert combines a host of local musicians with professional soloists straight from London’s opera and West End stages. St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, 01502 726161 4 Dec Human Music Inspiring acapella. 6 singer/composers and an amazing range of material. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 4 Dec The Sounds of Simon Simon & Garfunkel tribute. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 6 Dec St Agnes Fountain David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Chris While and Julie Matthews (BBC Folk Awards Best Duo 2009), bring musical invention and laughter to the Christmas season. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 6 Dec Chapel of Selwyn College Choir Christmas carol concert by the Cambridge choir. 1.10pm. St Maryls Church, Bury St Edmunds. 8 Dec Belshazzar’s Feat Paul Sartin from the award-winning big band Bellowhead and Paul Hutchinson from Hoover the Dog start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz throw in a bit of pop and music hall and top it off with wry humour for this festive experience. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 8 Dec David Griego Great George Michael tribute. Wingfield Barns, Eye, 01379 384505 8 Dec Piaf - The Songs See panel. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 9 Dec Abbagirls Abba tribute. George & Dragon, Long Melford, 01787 371285 9 Dec An Evening with Rick Wakeman Anecdotes and piano solos from the maestro. A classically trained pianist, Rick dropped out from the Royal College of Music to forge a career in music. He recorded ‘Space Oddity’ with David Bowie at the start of a career as a session musician in which he has played over 2000 different songs. A member of The Strawbs, he left to join rock supergroup Yes in 1971 - an association he has maintained irregularly over the subsequent years. Rick has also recorded a number of highly successful solo albums, and has forged a side career as a professional raconteur; most recently as MC for Jongleurs comedy club. The Old Granary Studio, Beccles, 01502 679088 9 Dec Smile It’s Chrstmas With Nigel “Boy” Syer and Country Company. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 9 Dec Lucinda Drayton An inspiring, intimate uplifting evening with the beautiful Bliss singer-songwriter who is accompanied by her partner Marcus, who played guitar for Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler. St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold, 01502 562162 10 Dec Long Melford Silver Band Christmas concert. 7.30pm. Long Melford Village Hall, Long Melford 10 Dec Long Melford Silver Band Christmas concert. 7.30pm. Long Melford Village Hall, Long Melford

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10 Dec Stowmarket Chorale Christmas concert. Church of St Peter & St Mary, Stowmarket, 01449 615275 10 Dec Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society Musical Highlights for All Tastes! St Peter’s Church, Ipswich, 01473 434062 10 Dec Cardy & Coke Country music duo. Kings Theatre, Newmarket, 01638 663337 10 Dec John Ward & Mario Popular guitar and fiddle duo. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 10 Dec Messiah Handel’s choral masterpiece performed by The St Edmundsbury Singers, St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, The Suffolk Handel Players, and soloists. St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 10 Dec Suffolk Singers Christmas concert. All Saints’ Church, Wickham Market, 01728 748199 11 Dec Crissy Lee’s Hybryd Great drummer and her band playing a range of music from jazz to funk and everything in between JazzNights at The Bell, Clare, 01787 237653 11 Dec Chris Newman Awesome guitarist best know for his work with Maire Ni Chathasaigh, but one of the finest exponents of folk guitar you will hear. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 11 Dec Haverhill Silver Band Christmas concert. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 11 Dec Beccles Choral Society Christmas concert. Beccles Public Hall, Beccles, 01508 528560 11 Dec CAB Christmas Spectacular Directed by Peter Gray this annual charity con-


          

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What’s on in December 3 DECEMBER CARL PALMER BAND The legendary Rock drummer Carl Palmer , best known for his work with Emerson Lake & Palmer plays his first U.K. tour in six years. Regent Theatre, Ipswich.

cert features performances by the Ipswich Hospital Band, Ipswich Piping Society and supporting artists. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 11 Dec Martin Carthy Former member of Steeleye Span, The Albion Band and folk super group Band Of Hope, Martin Carthy was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to folk music. Further credits include nurturing Bob Dylan, and giving his arrangement of ‘Scarborough Fair’ to Paul Simon. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 12 Dec Curtis Magee Country music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 15 Dec Kirbye Voices A seasonal celebration of popular Christmas Carols in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the building of the Unitarian Meeting House. Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 16 - 18 Dec Barrandov Opera’s Christmas Galas Favourite arias and popular songs with international opera stars. Barrandov Opera, Needham Market, 01449 720796 16 - 21 Dec Christmas Spectacular! Join the Co-op Juniors for a magical journey aboard the North Pole Express as two children discover the truth about Father Christmas in a brand new show!100 performers, stunning staging and amazing effects celebrate the true spirit of Christmas in an explosion of music, dance and fantasy. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 17 Dec A Christmas Gloria The Pakefield singers and The Blythe quartet will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria with soloists Valerie Walker and Joanne Wilkinson. St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, 01502 740397 17 Dec Ipswich Choral Society Christmas concert, with special guests, Suffolk Soul Singers. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 18 Dec Karen Sharp Sextet Jazz. Ipswich Jazz Club, Ipswich, 01473 231552

19 Dec 60th Anniversary Carols Open air carol concert on Market Hill. 6.30pm. Town Centre, Woodbridge 21 Dec Leiston Royal British Legion Band Christmas Concert. Leiston Film Theatre, Leiston, 01728 830549 21 Dec Simon Lucas-Hughes At Just 18 years old Simon Lucas-Hughes, a solo artist from the Suffolk/Essex border, has just finished recording his debut album All the time, Sometimes with producer Richard Clarke at the Shrubbery recording studio after winning the 2011 ‘Bury St Edmunds songwriters competition’ and will be perfoming his album in its entirity which will be released through peacefrog promotions on December 21st. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 28 Dec The Fillers Terrific tribute to The Killers. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 31 Dec New Year’s Eve Gala With the National Concert Orchestra. This year the theme will include the best of the Vienna Proms with a full program of the ever popular melodies of Strauss, Liszt, and the other great Austrian composers. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 5 Dec Bob Edwards: Portraits from Africa and India Photographs by the Wingfield-based photographer and filmmaker, who for the past 15 years has worked for Greenpeace International in India. Wingfield Barns, Eye, 01379 384505 1 - 8 Dec Virginia Storey + Jenny Nutbeem + Jacqueline Pooley Jewellery, textiles, mobiles. Craftco, Southwold, 01502 723211 1 - 20 Dec Gainborough’s House Printmakers This exhibition of works from members of the Gainsborough’s House Print workshop is the closing exhibition of the 50th year celebrations. Selected by a small panel art professionals including printmaker Stanley Jones from the Curwen Studio, Colin Wilkin, artist and

curator from Fry Gallery, Saffron Walden and Juliet Bowmaker, member of the Gainsborough’s House Exhibitions Committee. The display represents the vibrant and diverse group of printmakers who use the Workshop. Together they create a wide variety of prints, whether screen-prints, etchings or monoprints, with an extraordinary range of subjects. Gainsborough’s House will host a series of free talks by printmakers every Thursday during the exhibition at 2.30pm. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958 1 - 24 Dec Smiths Row at Christmas A celebration of the very best of British Craft and an opportunity to buy something beautiful and unique. This exhibition will bring together new and established makers working in ceramics, jewelry, textiles, printmaking, glass and more. The selection of artists and makers include Julia Jowett, a textile artist who makes hand stitched pieces in combination with print and illustration techniques and has been awarded the Selvedge magazine Winner for Excellence in Textiles award at this year’s New Designers show in London. Sara Impey, one of the UK’s leading quilting experts. Last year, she exhibited at the V&A as part of the ‘Quilts 1700 to 2010’ exhibition and we will have some of her work here. Plus there will be jewellery from Sally Broughton and Harriet St Leger, ceramics from Hayley Dexter, glass from Tolly Nason and Adam Hussain and artist blacksmith Chris Gosling will be showing a collection of his ‘Tendril’ candlesticks. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 1 - 24 Dec Five Years Later A very special exhibition to celebrate the gallery’s fifth anniversary, including paintings of Long Melford by Philip Richardson, Robert Newton, David Porteous- Butler, Gerry Dudgeon, Ian Humphreys, Alan King PAI, Michael Clark, Sylvia Paul, Judith Bridgland, Trevor Sowden, Peter King, Steven Lindsay and David Smith. New work by Alexandra Gardner, Charles Jamieson PAI, Claire Harrigan RSW, James Watt RGI, Mhairi McGregor RSW, Peter King, Judith Bridgland, Michael Clark, Molly Garnier and Zanna Wilson. Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford, 01787 319046 3 Dec - 4 Jan A Christmas Art Exhibition East Anglian artists and makers work to a Plato quotation and bring exquisite art to Bury St Edmunds on the theme of music. Exhibits include: paintings, illustrations, collage original prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and textiles in this unusual and fantastic seasonal exhibition. Exhibiting artists will include Sylvia Paul, Doug Patterson, Douglas Page, Michael Birnie, Deborah Eileen Burrow, Rebecca Iletts, Old Boy, Genista Dunham, Deanna Tyson, Jan Ryan and more. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000

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8 - 14 Dec Three Suffolk Artists Mixed media, watercolour, pastels, inks, acrylic and oil paintings by Kay Nightingale, Pat Lumb and Michael Hughes. Aldeburgh Gallery, Aldeburgh, 01728 452772 10 Dec - 7 Jan Jacky Linney + Irena Sibrijns + Elaine Nason Textiles + plates & vessels + pictures. Craftco, Southwold, 01502 723211

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 18 Dec Mrs Pretty’s House at Christmas Celebrate Christmas in the 1930s in Mrs Pretty’s Edwardian country house. Relax in beautiful Christmas interiors, enjoy festive music and be looked after by Mrs Pretty’s servants as a guest. Festive games and treats for all the family. 11am-4pm. Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, 01394 389700 1 - 31 Dec Christmas Tree Festival Lots of beautifully decorted trees. 10am-4pm. St Peter & St Mary Parish Church, Stowmarket, 01449 774652 2 Dec Southwold Christmas Lights Night An evening of festive spirit, with carol singing and a visit from Father Christmas. 5pm. Town Centre, Southwold, 01502 724729 2 Dec Santa in Saxmundham Santa leads a lantern procession from St John’s Church to his grotto in the Market Hall. Foo, hog roast, steam engine rides, stalls and more. The Market Hall, Saxmundham, 01728 602026 2 Dec Debenham Christmas Festival Festival featuring children’s lantern procession, Christmas shopping, hot food, carol singing, Father Christmas and a chance to win a fantastic hamper. From 4.30pm. Village Centre, Debenham, 01728 861582 2 Dec Christmas Emporium Great gift ideas. 5-9.30pm. Bramfield School, Bramfield, 2 - 4 Dec Christmas Fayre Meet Father Christmas and get cracking on with your Christmas shopping. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, Hollesley, 01394 411327 2 - 4 Dec A Winter’s Tail An illuminated night-time trail through the wild woods of wonder at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. Book your place on the bus to a magical landscape where you will experience an enchanting children’s story that unfolds as you journey on foot through the woods. Includes seasonal refreshments at the end of the trail. Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 2 - 4 Dec Traditional Christmas Market Stalls and tastings of local food and drinks including the soon to be famous ‘Castle Hot Chocolate Brandy’! Castle Inn, Framlingham, 01728 724033

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2 - 18 Dec Electric Forest Visitors to Thetford Forest Park in Suffolk will get the opportunity to see the trees in a whole new light when a specialist visual arts team, working in partnership with the Forestry Commission, will spectacularly transform part of the woodland into an ‘Electric Forest’. Using swathes of colour, sound and technology to bring the woodland alive after dark, the award winning Culture Creative team, will light up the forest to produce a family friendly trail through the trees - enabling them to experience the sights and sounds of the forest at night.The illuminated walk, which will be approximately 1.5km in length and take around an hour of walking at a gentle pace, will include sound, music and interactive installations at discreet locations throughout the trail. High Lodge Forest Centre, Brandon, 01842 815434 3 Dec Halesworth Christmas Lights The Festive lights will be ‘switched on’ by Father Christmas and a VIP guest following a procession through The Thoroughfare led by The Southwold Corps of Drums. Once the lights are illuminated the procession and crowds will proceed to the Market Place where pyrotechnics will be illuminated from the St Mary’s Church tower prior to a Big Band Concert onstage. 4-7pm. Town Centre, Halesworth, 01986 875367 3 Dec Christmas Farmers’ Market 9.30am-1pm. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 3 Dec Christmas Market 11am-3pm. Debenham High School, Debenham. 3 Dec Wenhaston Christmas Bazaar Lots of Christmassy stalls. Santa’s Grotto. Raffle and Refreshments. Wenhaston Village Hall, Wenhaston. 3 Dec Christmas Crafts & Shopping Event A variety of stalls selling gift ideas. 25pm. Norton Pre-School, Norton, 01359 232736 3 Dec Lavenham Christmas Craft Fair Over thirty stalls all selling beautiful gifts, decorations & stocking ideas. Lavenham Village Hall, Lavenham, 07704 627973 3 - 4 Dec Festival of Decorated Christmas Trees With craft stalls and Father Christmas. 10am-5pm. St Mary’s Church, Woolpit. 3 - 4 Dec 100% British Crafts Over 60 exhibitors offering a wonderful mix of fabulous crafts including; elegantly hand decorated glassware, stunning ceramics and intricately designed jewellery through to gorgeous handbags and clothing, striking sculpture and distinctive wooden creations and so much more. The fabulous collections are 100% British and all beautifully handcrafted by the exhibitors themselves. 10am5pm. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, 01359 270091

3 - 4 Dec Christmas Fair Shops, craft stalls, festive entertainment, market on Sunday, free entry to see the owls, Santa in his grotto and more. Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, 01449 711111 3 - 4 Dec Christmas Fayre The festival will feature a large number of local and national producers, lively entertainment, dance classes, a Santa’s Grotto, plus there will be a Christmas themed menu in the restaurant. 10am-4pm. Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, 0844 4938088 4 Dec Bungay Christmas Market Fun and festive Christmas market, with stalls selling homemade goods and seasonal crafts. Hot and cold food plus entertainment too! 9.30am-4pm. Town Centre, Bungay, 01986 782464 4 Dec Mammoth Christmas Street Fair Many festive themed stalls. 10am-4pm. Town Centre, Woodbridge, 07830 158780 4 Dec Victorian Christmas Step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas. See craft demonstrations and buy unique Christmas gifts. Meet historic characters, enjoy music and carols and get a close look at some amazing coins lost down the sofa of time! 10am-4pm. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 01206 282927 4 Dec Santa Specials Families ride in the train to North Pole Halt to visit Santa in his railway home to receive their present. Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett, 01473 890622 4 Dec Christmas Craft Fair Crafts, gifts, cards, children’s fun & more. 10am-4pm. Redgrave & Lopham Fen, South Lopham, 01379 688333 4 Dec Christmas Craft Fair From 10am. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 4 Dec Christmas Gift Fair A variety of items for sale include: Crystal Jewellery, Handbags, Antiques and collectibles, Vintage style jewellery, Mitzibean’s Toys, Handmade Cards, Teddy Bears, Clothes, Bags. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 01473 295230 6 Dec Pantomime Chrisrtmas Event A traditional panto-themed Christmas evening in with Late Night Shopping. The Mayor of Newmarket will light up the 25ft Christmas Tree on the newly positioned Clock Tower Plaza. 6.30pm. The Memorial Hall, Newmarket, 01638 667227 7 - 11 Dec Christmas Tree Festival 10am-7pm Weds-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun. St Peter’s, Sudbury. 8 Dec Jeremy Wade Former Suffolk Resident and TV Presenter, Jeremy Wade, will be in store talking about his new book, a behindthe-scenes account of stories featured on Animal

Planet’s smash hit ‘River Monsters’ as well as other incidents from his quarter-century career. Waterstones, Ipswich, 01473 289044 9 - 10 Dec Lavenham Christmas Street Fair Visit one of Suffolk’s most magical medieval villages for a truly festive event. The whole village will be lit up with sparkling lights and the Guildhall hosts a high-quality Craft Fair with perfect gifts to solve every present problem, as well as a Food Hall offering the best of local Christmas produce. Outside there will be stalls, hot and cold food, street entertainers, an Insect Circus - and as a special treat, Santa is bringing real reindeer! All the shops and galleries in the village will be open to welcome you, including the National Trust gift shop. 6-8.30pm Fri; 10am-5pm Sat. Town Centre, Framlingham. 9 - 12 Dec A Winter’s Tail An illuminated night-time trail through the wild woods of wonder at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. Book your place on the bus to a magical landscape where you will experience an enchanting children’s story that unfolds as you journey on foot through the woods. Includes seasonal refreshments at the end of the trail. Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 10 Dec Woodbridge Festive Market Exciting stalls with a festive twist selling a mix of cool retro finds, vintage vinyl’s, statement furniture and antiquity pieces. Town Centre, Woodbridge, 07968 314835 10 Dec Christmas Craft Fair 1-5pm. Mendlesham Communiity Centre, Mendlesham, 01449 766980 10 - 11 Dec Kentwell Dickensian Christmas Kentwell’s Dickensian Christmas takes you back to the age of Charles Dickens one of those most responsible for creating our modern idea of Christmas. Meet the Victorian family in a great country house preparing for Christmas. See how Victorians decorated their House for Christmas. Experience the Upstairs/Downstairs life of those in service who looked after a Victorian family. Hear Mr Charles Dickens read his A Christmas Carol against a background of mind-baffling Victorian style illusions and follow Scrooge’s transformation. Plus Victorian Music Hall, Victorian shops, meet a fabulous Father Christmas and much more. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 01787 310207 10 - 11 Dec 100% British Crafts See 3-4 Dec. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, 01359 270091 10 - 11 Dec Santa is Coming! Visit Santa in Black Barn Toys & Games. 11am-4pm. Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh, 01449 740456 11 Dec Meet Santa With Sunday market, gifts, foods items and seasonal decorations.

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10am-4pm. Thornham Coach House, Thornham Magna, 01449 720327 11 Dec Halesworth Lions Christmas Fayre A festive market with over 100 craft and Christmas produce stalls, carol singers, Santa and a variety of Yuletide food and drink. 10am-4pm. Town Centre, Halesworth, 01986 835859 11 Dec Santa Sails into Snape Join in music and fun in celebrating Father Christmas sailing up the River Alde and arriving at Snape Maltings at 2pm. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 11 Dec Santa Specials Families ride in the train to North Pole Halt to visit Santa in his railway home to receive their present. Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett, 01473 890622 15 - 21 Dec Suffolk Exhibition An eclectic group of local artists who have been exhibiting together since 2009. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 17 Dec Santa Specials Families ride in the train to North Pole Halt to visit Santa in his railway home to receive their present. Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett, 01473 890622 17 Dec Christmas Fun Santa’s reindeer have disappeared! See if you can complete the trail and find them and Santa! Fun games and activities in the Barn too. 10.30am-2pm. Dunwich Heath, Dunwich, 01728 648501 17 - 18 Dec A Winter’s Tail See 9-12 Dec. Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 17 - 18 Dec Santa is Coming! Visit Santa in Black Barn Toys & Games. 11am-4pm. Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh, 01449 740456 17 - 21 Dec Kentwell Dickensian Christmas See 10-11 Dec. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 01787 310207 18 Dec Meet Santa With Sunday market, gifts, foods items and seasonal decorations. 10am-4pm. Thornham Coach House, Thornham Magna, 01449 720327 18 Dec Santa Specials Families ride in the train to North Pole Halt to visit Santa in his railway home to receive their present. Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett, 01473 890622

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Collaborators - Thursday 1st December 2011 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE Collaborators, is a new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach) directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner. The play centres on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov (best known for his novel The Master and Margarita); Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art) will play Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (London Assurance) will play Stalin. Handel's Rodelinda - Saturday 3rd December 2011 MET OPERA Conductor: Harry Bicket; Production: Stephen Wadsworth Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She is joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl. 255 minutes with 2 intervals.

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 3 Dec Star Quality See panel. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 1 - 3 Dec Frozen Frozen is the story of three strangers whose lives are brought together by horrific circumstances. Ultimately they will reach a deadlock from which their only escape is to break through the ice. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 1 - 3 Dec Pierre Novellie Stand-up comedy. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 1 - 3 Dec Highlight This new comedy probes the sheepish beginnings of love, and the zealous involvement of parents. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 9 Dec That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show Festive rock ‘n’ roll music show. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 8 Dec Christ Addison Top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 9 Dec - 8 Jan Cinderella Led by comedian Michael Barrymore as Baron Hardup, this timeless classic will be brought to life by a fantastic all-star cast, fabulous sets and breathtaking costumes alongside incredible musical numbers. There promises to be hilarious comedy and, of course, plenty of family participation! Will the beautiful Cinderella meet her dashing Prince Charming? Or will the sinister ugly stepsisters thwart her path to the ball? With the knock-about laughter from the wonderfully cheery Buttons this will be the perfect way to spend your family Christmas. Broadway Theatre, Peterborough, 0844 8500850 10 Dec Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 14 - 15 Dec The Nutcracker Performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia. In a magical production, this most famous of fantasy ballets begins as night falls on a traditional fireside scene on Christmas Eve. On the stroke of midnight we are transported to an enchanting world where nothing is as it seems, as toy dolls come to life and an army of soldiers does battle with a gang of mice and a Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 6 - 10 Dec Nicholas Nickleby Nick Warburton’s new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby bristles with subplots, from beatings at Yorkshire’s Dotheboys Hall School to

the streets of London and Portsmouth. This Bawds/Combined Actors of Cambridge production will be a treat for all the family to enjoy. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 7 - 11 Dec Aladdin KD Theatre Productions present their anual pantomime. Soham Village College, Soham, 01353 724100 1 - 3 Dec Pierre Novellie Stand-up comedy. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 2 Dec Jesterlarf Comedy Club Top stand-up. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 2 - 3 Dec A Christmas Carol Mesmeric storyteller Mike Maran brings you a sparkling new production of the Charles Dickens seasonal favourite. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 7 - 8 Dec Hansel and Gretel International award-winning theatre company and Junction Associate Artists New International Encounter (NIE) present an enchanting show transforming theatre into a magical winter woodland. Adapting the classic fairytale with their blend of live music, clowning and storytelling, it’s a beautiful Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 7 Dec Cinderella Huntingdon Youth Theatre presents a Mayor’s Charity Performance of Cinderella. Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, 01480 388695 7 - 10 Dec Pirates See all your favourite pantomime characters in a production of Pirates the panto starring Cinderella along with Red Riding hood, Goldilocks, lots of pirates and a talking vegetarian wolf! Cottenham Village College, Cottenham, 01954 252350 8 - 15 Dec Aladdin Traditional pantomime. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 7 - 10 Dec Pirates See all your favourite pantomime characters in a production of Pirates the panto starring Cinderella along with Red Riding hood, Goldilocks, lots of pirates and a talking vegetarian wolf! Cottenham Village College, Cottenham, 01954 252350 8 Dec The Merry Wives of Windsor There’s a right raucous rumbustious romp going on in jolly old Windsor town and no mistake! Hold on to your Fifties-style hats, as two Merry Wives give that lovable naughty knight, funloving Falstaff, a shock he’ll never forget in return for his unwanted amorous attentions. Oddsocks Theatre Company returns to Oundle with their irreverent take on this Shakespeare comedy. Family fun for all aged 7 and above. The Stahl Theatre, Oundle, 01832 273930

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www.eastevents.co.uk 8 - 15 Dec Aladdin Traditional pantomime. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 8 Dec The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Cambridge Belfry Q-Hotel, Camboirne, 01954 714600 8 Dec - 15 Jan Cinderella Buttons is in love, the ugly Sisters are fighting over a husband and Cinderella is dreaming of a better life. But handsome Princes only exist in fairy tales…don’t they? With a wave of a magic wand, the rags to riches heroine is set to arrive in the most popular and enchanting pantomime of them all. The cast is led by soul legend Sheila Ferguson, former lead singer of The Three Degrees, as the Fairy Godmother. She is joined by West End sensation Katie Rowley-Jones (Wicked, Sister Act) in the title role, Arts Theatre favourite Matt Crosby as Buttons and two new Ugly Sisters for 2011, Adam Price and Andy Spiegel. A full supporting cast of actors, dancers and local school children complete the line-up. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 8 Dec - 8 Jan Aladdin Traditional family panto featuring local talent alongside a cast of highly skilled professionals. Magic, adventure and excitement are always a major part of panto at the Key – together with an abundance of slapstick, humour, music and spectacle and this story has it all. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 11 Dec That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show Festive rock ‘n’ roll music show. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 11 - 14 Dec Hansel and Gretel International award-winning theatre company and Junction Associate Artists New International Encounter (NIE) present an enchanting show transforming theatre into a magical winter woodland. Adapting the classic fairytale with their blend of live music, clowning and storytelling, it’s a beautiful Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 12 Dec Stephen Merchant The Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of The Office and Extras embarks on his first ever stand-up comedy tour. Bristolian Merchant, along with Gervais and Karl Pilkington, features in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time, clocking up a staggering 280,000,000 downloads. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

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17 - 31 DECEMBER ANNIE One of the most successful musicals of all time, the heartwarming and timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie. Starring one of the country’s best loved household names, Su Pollard, Annie tells the story of the gutsy little 11 years old, who being left on the steps of a New York City orphanage, run by the cruel and crooked Miss Hannagan, is determined to find her real parents. In this fun filled adventure, Annie foils the evil plans of dastardly Miss Hannagan and her devious brother, Rooster. Cambridge Corn Exchange.

13 - 17 Dec The Ratcatcher This new adaptation of the classic story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin has been specially written for the Pied Pipers by Geoff Page, the composer of the darkly brilliant Academy of Death, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the group. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 13 - 16 Dec The Boy Who Lost Christmas The Young Actors Company present a new and original Christmas show for children and families of all ages. Join Crispin on an

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adventure that will take him from the streets of Victorian London to the tundra of the North Pole in his quest to save the day. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 13 - 30 Dec Cinderella Presented by Premier Pantomimes, the show promises to be a great Christmas treat for all the family. With a wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand, join Cinderella in a fairytale fantasy jam-packed with music and dance, fun and laughter, some seriously ugly sisters, a handsome prince and a sprinkling of magic! The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 14 - 31 Dec Dick Whittington Traditional family pantomime presented by RATz Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 474447 17 Dec Salon Rouge: Christmas A night of Burlesque entertainment featuring Agent Lynch and The Vivid Angel plus all the regular Salon Rouge Starlets and an eclectic mix of music from the 40s, 50s and present day. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 17 - 31 Dec Annie See panel. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 18 Dec Arabian Nights The stories of The Thousand and One Nights are tales of adventure, with monsters and genies, wizards and thieves, all wrapped in the romantic tale of the King of Persia and Scheherazade - the masterful storyteller who must tell a new story each night, with no repeats, to save herself from execution. Created in Proteus’ unique style fusing circus, magic, film and music, this is an exotic treat for Christmas. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 18 - 30 Dec Hansel and Gretel International award-winning theatre company and Junction Associate Artists New International Encounter (NIE) present an enchanting show transforming theatre into a magical winter woodland. Adapting the classic fairytale with their blend of live music, clowning and storytelling, it’s a beautiful Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 20 Dec A Warning to the Curious + Lost Hearts at The Manor Robert Lloyd Parry presents Ghost Stories by M R James told by candlelight in the 900 year old Music Room. The Manor, Hemingford Grey, 01480 463134 20 - 22 Dec Jack & The Beanstalk Packed solid with comedy, excitement and adventure, the children will love to cheer their hero Jack and boo the evil Mayor Botchett. They will roar with laughter at the antics of Barmy Bosworth and Dimples the cow, as they try to get the better of the comic dame, Mrs Lumpkin.

6 DECEMBER SHED SEVEN Concert by the 90s Brit-Pop group who, fronted by the unmistakable vocals of Rick Witter, brought us hits such as Going For Gold, Chasing Rainbows and Getting Better. The Junction, Cambridge. All this brought to life by a cast of top performers from the world of pantomime. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 21 Dec Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook + The Mezzotint Robert Lloyd Parry presents Ghost Stories by M R James told by candlelight in the 900 year old Music Room. The Manor, Hemingford Grey, 01480 463134 22 Dec O Whistle and I’ll Come to You + The Ash Tree Robert Lloyd Parry presents Ghost Stories by M R James told by candlelight in the 900 year old Music Room. The Manor, Hemingford Grey, 01480 463134 31 Dec Salon Rouge: New Year’s Eve A night of Burlesque entertainment featuring Stephen Williams, Millie Dollar plus all the regular Salon Rouge Starlets and an eclectic mix of music from the 40s, 50s and present day. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

MUSIC 1 Dec Magnum For almost 40 years, Magnum have been one of the most consistent leading lights in rock history and continue to impress with their unique style, a mix of powerful energy, deep melodies and perceptive lyrics. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 2 Dec Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Cambridge Corn Exchange’s 25th Anniversary concert will start with Vaughan Williams’ elegiac Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis, recently voted the nation’s third most famous piece in the Classic FM Hall Of Fame. It will be followed by Elgar’s great masterpiece, the wonderful cello concerto performed by Thomas Carroll. In the second half Benjamin Pope will conduct Dvorak’sgreatest symphony, his symphony No.9 known as ‘the New World’ Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 2 Dec The Woodberrys Folk. Plus Open Stage. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986

2 Dec Dr Feelgood + Nine Below Zero Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood are one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world, thrilling crowds with their uncompromising sound and vitality. For three decades Nine Below Zero have delivered an explosive mix of blues & rock in live performances that never fail to leave their audiences illuminated and exhausted. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 2 Dec Joy Farrall & Min-Jung Kym Clarinet & piano. Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, 01480 375678 2 Dec The Honeycombs + The Foundations Concert with two great groups from the 60s. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 3 Dec St Ives Choral Society Britten, Purcell. Choral with orchestra. Tickets on the door, 7.30pm. St Ives Free Church, St Ives, 3 Dec The Vaccines The London-based 4piece’s fast and furious brand of giddy rock ‘n’ roll could almost be the sound of the Libertines and Ramones falling down the stairs at 100MPH. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 3 Dec CUMS Symphony Orchestra Grieg - Piano Concerto; Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6 ‘Pathethique’. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 365110 3 Dec The Aragon Singers An evening of seasonal music. Berkley Street Methodist Church, Eynesbury, 01480 405379 3 Dec Country Company + Travis Logan Country music. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 4 Dec Adam Ant In a career spanning more than 35 years Adam Ant has had ten top 10 singles with his band Adam and the Ants and also as a solo artist with 3 reaching the number 1 position in the UK. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

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4 Dec The Snowman Family concert suitable for little and not so little ones. Ely Sinfonia will be performing Howard Blake’s uplifting score featuring the classic ‘Walking in the Air’ and other Christmas favourites. The Maltings, Ely, 01353 616991 4 Dec Salvation Army Band & Songsters Christmas concert. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 357851 5 Dec The Drums New York indie rockers. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 6 Dec Kieran Goss One of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers. St Neots Folk Club at The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278 6 Dec Shed Seven The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 7 Dec Tommy Emmanuel This legendary guitarist is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. Tommy’s unique style, he calls it simply ‘finger style’, is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays it all and more on just one guitar. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 7 Dec Bill Caddick Folk singer songwriter whose songs have been recorded by the likes of June Tabor, Chris Foster, Alex Campbell, The Yetties, Christy Moore, Peter Rowan. Ely Folk Club at The Lamb Hotel, Ely, 01353 740999 7 Dec Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus Music by Messiaen, Mozart, Bernstein, Copland and Lambert. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 352932 7 Dec Ben Howard Brought up on all the classic 60s and 70s singer-songwriters, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Van Morrison and Richie Havens, Ben Howard is a young acoustic troubadour who will make you feel as though he is the first young acoustic troubadour you have ever heard. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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8 Dec The Doors Alive Tribute to The Doors. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 9 Dec Choir 2000 Christmas Concert With the Choir 2000 Chamber Orchestra. Histon Baptist Church, Histon, 9 Dec Britten Sinfonia Berlioz L’enfance du Christ. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 357851 9 Dec Uiscedwr Blending their IrishWelsh-Anglo roots with African grooves, Klezma infused melodies, mesmerizing original songs and foot-stomping beats this is one folk trio who still demand attention, eight years after they first won the BBC Young Folk Award. St Lukes Church, Cambridge, 01638 603986 9 Dec Choir 2000 Excerpts from Handel’s Messian and Christmas music. 8pm. Histon Baptist Church, Histon, 9 Dec Todd Miller & The Joe Loss Band World class live band playing music from the fifties to the noughties! The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 10 - 11 Dec Fairhaven Singers Music for Advent and Christmas. Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 357851 10 Dec Ely Consort The Christmas Stor yby Schütz and music for the Festive Season. St Mary’s Church, Burwell, 01638 741508 10 Dec City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra An afternoon concert for children featuring classical music by Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsly, Sibelius and Bizet aming others. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 10 Dec City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Handel - Music for Royal Fireworks; Mozart - Concerto for flute and harp;Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite: Waltz of the Flowers; Trepak, Dance of the Reed Flutes, March; Sibelius - Karelia Suite; plus pieces by J. Strauss. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 10 Dec Ezio Since the early 90s Ezio have gigged, made albums, been signed numerous times, been dropped nearly as many, traveled all over the world, more gigs, fired managers, been rich, been broke, been chubby, and thinner, then chubbier, had rave reviews, been blessed with faint criticism.They have built up large and loyal followings at home and abroad and are frequently described as “easily one of Britain’s best live bands”. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 10 Dec O Magnum Mysterium A concert of Christmas choral music and readings by the Cantilena Singers. St Mary’s Church, Stow Cum Quy, 01223 812115

16 DECEMBER FERNANDO’S KITCHEN A 6 piece line–up of spanish guitar, double-bass, oud, flamenco cajon, percussions, vocals, and trumpet. Fernando’s Kitchen is a group of multi-cultural musicians, performing their very own modern Flamenco Latin and North African music, also called Nu world music, a fusion of passionate guitar and oud melodies, exciting rhythms and mesmerising vocals. The Junction, Cambridge. 11 Dec Around the Christmas Tree with Prime Brass The popluar ensemble will present a special brand of music-making in a new one-hour concert for all the family. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 503333 11 Dec The Lemonheads Initially formed as a punk-pop trio by three schoolkids from Boston, the Lemonheads came close to becoming major stars in the early nineties. The hint of country music in some of their songs was unusual for the time, but the catchiness of their material and the charisma of frontman Evan Dando made the Lemonheads natural candidates for big time success. For this concert they will be performing their classic 1992 album, It’s A Shame About Ray, from beginning to end. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 12 Dec Witchford Voices Old favourites, some exciting new songs and a sprinkling of festive cheer. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 660349 13 Dec The New Rope String Band Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness are spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in precision-honed yet uproarious performances. St Neots Folk Club at The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278 14 Dec Death in Vegas With all the shadowy enigma of Neu! or Throbbing Gristle, Richard Fearless was one of the most exciting and unique artists to emerge from the ‘90s UK dance scene. Fusing the sound of dirty, distorted guitars with pounding rhythms, layered loops and wired, urban soliloquies from a plethora of guest names, Death In Vegas cut some of that era’s most unusual records, creating a sound that was spacious and other-worldly, while also segueing with the pop mainstream. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 15 Dec Dreadzone Dreadzone, the fervently followed British institution and original pioneers of UK bass culture released The Best of Dreadzone: The Good The Bad And The Dread - a compendium of their excellent musical story so

far in May this year. Still going strong after seventeen years, Dreadzone have carved a large niche and cult following. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 16 Dec Peterborough Cathedral Christmas Concert Be a part of hundreds of voices singing carols in the perfect surroundings of the glorious Cathedral. Enjoy performances of ‘Gloria’ by Vivaldi and ‘Magnificat’ by Pergolesi. The Cathedral’s singers will be joined by Charivari Agréable, recognised as ‘one of the classiest baroque bands’ Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 01733 452336 16 Dec Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston Folk music. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 16 Dec Fernando’s Kitchen See panel. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 16 Dec Home on Leave for Christmas The music of Glenn Miller and other 1940’s big bands performed by The B17 Big Band and singers. Parkway Club, Peterborough, 01733 452336 17 Dec Peterborough Male Voice Choir: Christmas Magic Peterborough’s biggest Christmas celebration: a massed choir of over 200 voices with special guest soloists and full symphony orchestra perform all your festive favourites at the spectacular setting of Peterborough Cathedral. 7.30pm. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 17 Dec Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Christmas concert featuring music by Bizet, Chappell, Finzi, Bach, Anderson Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, 07940 785980 17 Dec Sawtry Chorale A seasonal concert of songs and carols. All Saintgs Church, Sawtry, 01487 830149 17 Dec Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Children’s concert featuring Bizet’s Prelude to ‘Carmen’ and Paddington Bear’s First Concert by Chappell. 5pm. Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, 07940 785980

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17 Dec St Neots Choral Society Carols and more with St Neots Sinfonia. St Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon, 01480 392322 18 Dec Soham Comrades Band Christmas concert. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 18 Dec Baroque Christmas by Candlelight Flickering candles will set the scene for an evening of seasonal favourites performed by celebrated string ensemble The Harborough Collective. St Peter’s Church, Oundle, 18 Dec Dappy Best known for being the lead singer of the Camden-based trio N-Dubz, and his love for what he describes as ‘eye-catching headwear’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 19 Dec The Boo Hewerdine Christmas Show Mr Special, Ezio & Booga, Brooks & Boo will fill your sould with such joy that you will stride into the East Anglian night reborn, full of free mince pie and with the contents of your complimentary cracker. The Maltings, Ely, 07841 881597 23 Dec The Street Screamers Folk. Plus Open Stage. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 24 Dec Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Annual Christmas Eve service broadcast to millions of people around the world. King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 331212 3 Dec Anthony John Clarke + Dave Ellis & Boo Howard Acoustic singersongwriters. Acoustic Routes at CB2 Basement, Cambridge, 9 Dec Mozart By Candlelight A programme of sublime Mozart masterpieces performed by Mozart Festival Orchestra in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting conducted by Thomas Carroll. Music includes Don Giovanni Overture, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Clarinet Concerto, Piano Concert No. 21 and Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

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13 Dec Example Example’s lyrics are a new take on the issues that are faced in contemporary society with a humorous and imaginative twist and the songs often feature samples in a similar way to The Streets and Eminem. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 16 Dec The Township Comets The Comets play the searing, joyous music of saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, a towering figure in South African jazz. Cambridge Jazz Club at Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 01223 362550

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4 DEC - 22 JANUARY WYSING ARTS CONTEMPORARY: SLIPPED An exhibition of work for sale produced by artists who have taken part in recent residencies and retreats at Wysing, and those we are building new relationships with. Much of the work has been created in Wysing’s on-site ceramics studio especially for the exhibition. Artists who come to Wysing are encouraged to take risks and test out new ways of working. Slipped demonstrates a renewed interest by artists working with painting, sculpture and video, in incorporating clay and its traditions, histories and materiality into their wider practices. It also highlights the potential of Wysing to act as a catalyst for collaborations between artists, and a wider interest in ceramics within contemporary culture, as seen in projects like Grayson Perry’s Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum and BBC4’s recent series on the history of British ceramics. Artists in Slipped include: Aaron Angell, Caroline Achaintre, Lucy Conochie, Coco Crampton, Simon Davenport, Mark Essen, Lawrence Leaman, Giles Round, The Grantchester Pottery, Phil Root and Jesse Wine. Wysing Arts, Bourn.

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1 - 7 Dec Karen Stamper This is the first exhibition for this exciting local feminist artist. 1-5pm. Cambridge Art Salon, Cambridge 1 - 18 Dec Renée Spierdijk: Paintings This exhibition is a retrospective of work done during the last six years. It is a series inspired by images of girls and young women originating from photographs, some of which were taken by the artist but mostly drawn from found sources. Clare Hall at Cambridge University, Cambridge, 1 - 21 Dec Bridget Riley: colour, stripes, planes and curves For fifty years Bridget Riley has been one of the worldÕs leading abstract painters. For most of that time colour and our perception of its fleeting nature have been at the heart of her work. This exhibition, organised uniquely for Kettle’s Yard, takes paintings and studies from the last thirty years to trace her progress through the agency of stripes, planes and curves and back to stripes. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 01223 748100 1 - 23 Dec Books & Babies: Communicating Reproduction This exhibition is about the two senses of reproduction, about babies and about the multiplication of images, sounds and text, and the ways in which they have interacted in the past and continue to interact today. Books and Babies traces these interactions from ancient fertility figures and medieval manuscripts to the birth of Louise Brown following in vitro fertilization in 1978. Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, 01223 333000 1 - 24 Dec Christmas Exhbiition An imaginative treasure chest packed full of inspiring festive gifts, to suit all ages and pockets. The gallery has an extensive range of work by up and coming and established crafts people in a range of mediums including ceramic, glass, jewellery and textiles. Work by artists from around the UK, including S J Miller, Clare Nicholls, Melanie Brown, Ring Masters Boutique, Sue

Gregor, Henrietta Fernandez, Annie Neill and many more. Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, Cambridge, 01223 361200 1 Dec - 8 Jan Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna A stunning collection of precious decorative arts never before seen in the UK: the treasures of the Hapsburg Emperors. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Dec - 1 Apr England and the Dutch Republic in the age of Vermeer: Coins and medals from the 17th-cenutry See fine examples of 17th-century English and Dutch coins and medals illustrating the great historic figures and naval wars of the period. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Dec - 15 Jan Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence At the heart of this visually stunning exhibition is Vermeer’s extraordinary painting The Lacemaker (c.166970) - one of the Musée du Louvre’s most famous works, rarely seen outside Paris and now on loan to the UK for the first time. The painting will be joined by a choice selection of other key works by Vermeer representing the pinnacle of his mature career, and over thirty other masterpieces of genre painting from the Dutch ‘Golden Age’. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Dec - 15 Jan Three Men on the Road An exhibition of street photography by Paul Bowman, Martin Spott & Bruce Stuart. ArtCell, Cambridge, 01223 404209 1 Dec - 11 Dec Anglian Potters’ Winter Exhibition Exhibition of work by the group with 300 members. All Saints’ Church, Cambridge. 1 Dec - 23 Dec Art Unwrapped for Christmas Seasonal selling exhibition featuring handmade gifts by regional contemporary artists and craftspeople. Babylon Gallery, Ely, 01353 616991 1 Dec - 15 Jan Treasures of the Library Library books are coming off the shelf to reveal their exquisite illustrations and bindings in this brand new exhibition. Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Lode, 01223 810080 1 Dec - 24 Dec 10th Anniversary & Christmas Exhibition The Darryl Nantais Gallery, Linton, 01223 891289 1 Dec - 24 Dec Christmas Exhibition Art gifts. Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Cambridge, 01223 324222 1 Dec - 11 Mar Grey matters: Graphite The mineral graphite derives its name from the Ancient Greek ‘to draw/write’. It

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is one of the most common materials used for drawing, and also one of the most versatile, allowing the artist to exploit a vast range of effects, from a needle-sharp contour line to the velvety depths of soft pencil shading, sometimes worked into a gleaming, almost metallic, sheen. This exhibition highlights the extraordinary expressive potential of the medium through four centuries of graphite drawings from the Museum’s holdings. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 3 Dec Christmas Creativity An opportunity to print your own personal Christmas cards or gift wrap – a fun day for artists of all abilities. With Valerie Sims BA. Curwen Print Study Centre at Chilford Hall, Linton, 01223 892380 3 - 4 Dec Winter Light Christmas Open Studio Exhibition, featuring work by Angela Mellor (Bone China Ceramics); Melanie Max (Oil Paintings); Colin Saunders (Ceramics); Tina Ashdown, Dorothy Erickson, and Jane Pennington (Jewellery). Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, 01353 666675 4 - 11 Dec Contemplations An Exhibition of paintings by award winning Russian artists, Katerina Kaminina & Iliya Lebedev. Presented by Arts Help & Cambridge Systems Associates. 5-7 Portugal Place, Cambridge. 4 Dec - 22 Jan Wysing Arts Contemporary: Slipped See panel. Wysing Arts, Bourn, 01954 718881 10 - 11 Dec Winter Light Christmas Open Studio Exhibition, featuring work by Angela Mellor (Bone China Ceramics); Melanie Max (Oil Paintings); Colin Saunders (Ceramics); Tina Ashdown, Dorothy Erickson, and Jane Pennington (Jewellery). Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, 01353 666675 17 Dec Winter Light Christmas Open Studio Exhibition, featuring work by Angela Mellor (Bone China Ceramics); Melanie Max (Oil Paintings); Colin Saunders (Ceramics); Tina Ashdown, Dorothy Erickson, and Jane Pennington (Jewellery). Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, 01353 666675

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Saturday Ely Craft and Collectable Market Ely. 8am-2pm. (01353 662062) Every Saturday Historic Peterborough tour Peterborough Museum. 2-3.30pm. (01733 864663) 1 - 4 Dec Crafts for Christmas An array of gifts for all the family. 9am-5pm. Burghley House, Stamford, 01780 752451


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2 - 4 Dec Burghley Fine Food Market Festive shopping and food. Burghley House, Stamford, 01780 752451 3 Dec Craft & Gift Fair A wonderful selection of gifts and goodies, including handmade jewellery and bespoke presents. In addition to this there will be home-baked cakes, craft supplies, and framed embroideries. You can even discover the art of glass bead making! From 10am. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, 01780 782254 3 - 4 Dec Father Christmas at Sacrewell Boys and girls can hop on the Christmas tractor ‘sleigh’ ride, then enjoy a visit to Father Christmas, who sits cosily in the 18th century Mill House warming his toes by the fire, to collect their very own present. 10am-4pm. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, 01780 782254 3 Dec Christmas Craft Fair Over 30 festive stalls selling decorations, jewellery, crafts, gifts and much more. Cathedral Centre, Ely, 01353 659668 3 Dec Lantern Lit Christmas Join the Lantern procession through Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden which will be alive with twinkling lights, music and festive spirit. 5-7pm. Anglesey Abbey, Lode, 01223 810080 3 Dec Duxord Advent Fair The fair will have a German flavour, with mulled wine and gingerbread, and stalls selling crafts, jewellery and beauty treatments. 4-8pm. St John’s Church, Duxford, 3 Dec Chatteris Christmas Lights Chatteris Christmas Lights Switch on at 4.30pm on 3rd December in Market Hill Chatteris. Fun fair, community stalls and food. Market Hill, Chatteris, 07528 596281 3 Dec The Saints Crafters Fair See an amazing arrangement of arts and crafts of all kinds from handmade soya candles, intricate beaded pictures and gifts, to paintings, stained glass, semi-precious stone jewellery and fabric gifts like bags and quilted gifts to name just a few. The Free Church United Reformed, St Ives, 01480 395819 3 Dec Craft and Gift Fair A wonderful selection of gifts and goodies, including handmade jewellery and bespoke presents. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Sacrewell, 01780 782254 4 Dec The Brook Christmas Fair 11am-3pm. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 10 - 11 Dec Father Christmas at Sacrewell Boys and girls can hop on the Christmas tractor ‘sleigh’ ride, then enjoy a visit to Father Christmas, who sits cosily in the 18th century Mill House warming his toes by the fire,

to collect their very own present. 10am-4pm. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, 01780 782254 10 - 14 Dec A Christmas Celebration Selected rooms at Peckover will be decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements and Christmas trees. Music by local choirs and musicians. Noon-7pm. Peckover House, Wisbech, 10 Dec A Dickensian Christmas at Denny A Traditional Dickensian Christmas with children’s activities, re-enactors and carols by candlelight from 4pm-4.30pm. 12-5pm. The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Waterbeach. 10 - 11 Dec Christmas Arts, Crafts Food & Drink at Wood Green Visit the indoor arena and sample and buy from our wide range of arts, craft and gift stalls where you might find anything from jewellery and other accessories, handicrafts, hand made cards, photography, candles, aromatherapy products, through to ceramics and wood turning. Food and drink might include wine, real-food as well as chocolates and other confectionery. 10am4pm. Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, 0800 141 2823 10 - 11 Dec Father Chrstmas at the Fen Follow the Fen winter trail to discover Father Christmas as he warms himself by the fire in Fen Cottage. Do some Christmas craft too. Wicken Fen, Wicken, 01353 720274 11 Dec Yuletide Peterborough Tour “Take a break from the Christmas shopping to join a costumed guide for a seasonal tour to discover how people used to celebrate the festive season. Travel back to the Middle Ages with the ‘Lord of Misrule’ and find out how Christmas would have been celebrated 600 years ago. Find out what a Medieval Christmas dinner would have consisted of, what the original ‘Yule Log’ was and where we get mince pies from! Discover some local Christmas traditions. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 452336 12 Dec A Victorian Christmas A popular programme of favourite comic, traditional and sentimental Christmas poems and prose, read by Geoff Hales of the Travelling Theatre. Peckover House, Wisbech, 01945 583463 15 Dec Peterborough Crime & Punishment Walk Delve into the city’s sinister criminal past. Discover the place of execution, prisons and the grisly deeds from its history. 7.30pm. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 452336 17 Dec Craft & Antique Collectors Fair 9am-3pm. St Ives Corn Exchange, St Ives, 01480 496454

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www.eastevents.co.uk 17 Dec Christmas Crafts at Wandlebury Take part in the making of traditional Christmas crafts, decorations and gifts, listen to the choir singing carols and finish with a short twilight walk around the country park. 11am-4pm. Wandlebury Country Park, Babraham, 07833 598155 17 - 18 Dec Father Christmas at Sacrewell Boys and girls can hop on the Christmas tractor ‘sleigh’ ride, then enjoy a visit to Father Christmas, who sits cosily in the 18th century Mill House warming his toes by the fire, to collect their very own present. 10am-4pm. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, 01780 782254 17 - 18 Dec Oundle (School) Antiques & Collectors Fair 9.30am 4.30pm. Oundle School, Oundle, 01780 410286 17 - 18 Dec Wartime Christmas Take a trip back in time to a Yuletide on the 1940s Home Front. Enter a 1940s sitting room decorated ready for Christmas, see and play with a range of wartime toys, watch a 1940s Housewife create edible wartime festive goodies for you to enjoy, and more. Visit the IWM Duxford Visitor Centre and indulge in a Vintage Christmas with the nostalgic shopping range. 10am-4pm. Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 01223 835000 17 - 18 Dec Father Chrstmas at the Fen Follow the Fen winter trail to discover Father Christmas as he warms himself by the fire in Fen Cottage. Do some Christmas craft too. Wicken Fen, Wicken, 01353 720274 18 Dec Yuletide Peterborough Tour “Take a break from the Christmas shopping to join a costumed guide for a seasonal tour to discover how people used to celebrate the festive season. Travel back to the Middle Ages with the ‘Lord of Misrule’ and find out how Christmas would have been celebrated 600 years ago. Find out what a Medieval Christmas dinner would have consisted of, what the original ‘Yule Log’ was and where we get mince pies from! Discover some local Christmas traditions. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 452336 19 - 23 Dec Father Christmas at Sacrewell Boys and girls can hop on the Christmas tractor ‘sleigh’ ride, then enjoy a visit to Father Christmas, who sits cosily in the 18th century Mill House warming his toes by the fire, to collect their very own present. 10am-4pm. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, 01780 782254

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19 Dec Wisbech Christmas Market One of the largest Christmas markets in the East with local produce, crafts, charity stalls, street entertainers, period costumed visitors, fairground rides, Santas’ sleigh, hog roast and more. From 8am. Town Centre, Wisbech, 01945 583263 21 - 31 Dec Santa’s Christmas Circus Designed especially for children and adults of all ages, Santa’s Christmas Circus is an experience not to be missed! John Lawson’s circus voted Britain’s best circus currently on a uk tour featuring a host of award winning acts from all over Europe. They have been providing circus entertainment, artists and corporate entertainment for over thirty years. No animals are used in the performances and the acts are family orineated. Van Hage Garden Centre, Peterborough, 01733 221400 31 Dec New Year’s Eve - Party on the Square Peterborough city centre is set to see out 2011 with a bang as the New Year’s Eve Party on the Square returns until the early hours of the morning. Hosted by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and sponsored by The Clock Restaurant, the evening will feature a fireworks display at midnight preceded by a full evening of music, fun and anticipation.The Clock Restaurant will be serving hot food, beverages and celebratory drinks all evening and will open it’s doors to families looking to escape the cold of the night. From 8pm. City Centre, Peterborough, 01733 747474 2 - 3 Dec The East of England Smithfield Festival A new joint venture between the East of England Agricultural Society and Royal Smithfield Club, is a premier Winter primstock show featuring pedigree and commercial cattle and sheep. The event will attract some of the finest livestock in the country, primary producers, suppliers and retailers anyone involved in cattle and sheep production and processing. East of England Showground, Peterborough, 01733 234451 3 Dec Mill Road Winter Fair Over 100 of the shops, cafes and restaurants open their doors and offer unusual dishes from their cultures, things which they might not usually serve here in England. Talented local people from all over the world emerge from their homes with arts and crafts, performances, food, entertainments and a warm welcome in a day of general celebration. 10.30am-4.30pm. Mill Road, Cambridge.

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Christmas in Ely

During December the beautiful and historic Fenland town of Ely comes alive with Choristers, Candles & Christmas Music at the wonderful concerts at Ely Cathedral, St Mary's Church and the Mayor's Christmas Family Concert at the Maltings. For Christmas present shopping Ely has an array of independent shops and craft fairs and a Christmas Market offering unique presents for all. Oliver Cromwell's House will be offering a variety of Combination House Tours, City Walks and Haunted Happenings at the House over the Christmas Holidays. For further information can be found at our web site www.visitely.org.uk or at www.elycathderal.org or by calling the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062. Behind doorways and passages throughout the Ely there are stories of murder, intrigue and mystery, which make Ely the most haunted small city in Europe. To experience more of Ely’s haunted past you one of the popular Ghost Tours around the city. The tours begin at Oliver Cromwell’s House where children’s voices to can be heard laughing and there is a blue lady who wanders down the corridors late at night and then of course there is the Lord Protector himself in his bedroom. As the tours takes you through the dimly lit streets of Ely, you will encounter ghostly characters such as the body snatcher in the grave yard and a faceless monk. Tours run until February. To book call 01353 662062

Ely Christmas Fair will consist of 35 stalls selling Christmas trees, gifts, stocking fillers, soaps, handbags, tree decorations, wreaths, jewellery, clothes, cards, homewares, gifts for babies, yummy Christmas food and much more! Christmas Carolers, high-profile Raffle prize, designer Christmas tree for auction and a tombola too! The Fair is held at Harlocks Farm, Stuntney on 3-4 December, 10am-4pm. You can also buy the Farm’s premium Christmas Trees with Nordman Fir, Spruce, and trees with roots in pots available. 07768 705 898 www.elychristmastrees.com

More Christmas events... 3 Dec Ely Christmas Craft Fair at Ely Cathedral Centre. Handmade Christmas decorations, toys, gifts, cards, jewellery, ceramics, art, bath products and much more. 11am-4pm. 3 Dec A Ceremony of Carols at St Mary’s Church with Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir. 01353 669759 4 Dec The Mayor’s Christmas Spectacular Family Concert Ely Sinfonia perform The Snowman and other Christmas Favourites at The Maltings 01353 616991 10 Dec A Dickensian Christmas A Traditional Dickensian Christmas with children’s activities, re-enactors and carols by candlelight at The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey (left), 12-5pm 01223 860988

Also known as Cromwell's Castle and The Ship of the Fens, the magnificent Norman Cathedral of Ely is one of the region’s treasures. Throughout December, you can enjoy some fantastic concerts in the magical setting of the historic Cathedral with its magnificent forty foot decorated Christmas tree. 10 Dec Winter Wonderland The boy choristers are joined by the gentleman of the choir and Ely Cathedral Girls Choir to let their hair down by teaming up with the renowned Cambridge-based swing band 78RPM to perform seasonal favourites from stage & screen. 12 Dec Voices at the Cathedral Choral concert by Witchford Voices. 14 Dec Soham Village College Christmas Concert 17 Dec Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir Carol Concert 22 Dec Carols By Candlelight Ely Cathedral’s celebration of traditional music and carols will include solos by some of the Cathedral’s boy choristers and well known carols for all to sing. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Ely Imps, the Cathedral’s community children’s choir. Accompanying the choirs will be the rousing sound of percussion, two pianos and the Cathedral organ. For a truly special experience come and warm yourself up with a glass of mulled wine and seasonal canapés in the stunning surroundings of the Lady Chapel. For details of these concerts and other events at Ely Cathedral, , including Christmas Services, call the Box Office on 01353 660349 or visit the website at www.elycathedral.org

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Start the countdown to Christmas with Letchworth’s programme of free fun events and activities. With exciting new shops and old favourites to visit and great places to stop for a bite to eat, there will be plenty to see and do over the festive season.

Don’t miss a great Comedy Night Christmas Special at Letchworth Arts Centre on 17 December, featuring with Reverend Obadiah and Steppenwolf III. Call 01462 670788 for tickets.

3 DECEMBER From 10am there will be a Christmas Craft Market in Garden Square Shopping Centre and a Christmas Craft Fair at The Green House Community Market, Station Road. From 12-3pm there will be a Winter Animal Show in Leys Square where you can get up close to some furry and feathered friends from Paradise Wildlife Park. At 2pm, kids can enjoy a Magic Show at Cuthburt’s Toy Shop, Eastcheap, and at 2.30pm City Chorus presents Christmas Unwrapped at Letchworth Free Church. At 7pm join in some Music, Mulled Wine & Mince Pie Madness at La Concha Wine & Tapas Bar. 10 DECEMBER From 10am another chance to visit the Christmas Craft Market in Garden Square Shopping Centre. Children can enjoy Funfair Rides in Leys Avenue from 10am and from 10am-Noon the Town Centre will be filled with Carols with the Salvation Army band. There’s a Reindeer Encounter in Leys Square between 11am-4pm when children can meet a real life Rudolph and at 11am a Custard Pie Carnage with some Panto characters, followed by traditional carols at 2pm with The Rosehill Community Singers. African singer/musician Randolph Matthews will be performing at Thai Garden, Gernon Road at 8pm. 17 DECEMBER From 10am - 4pm There’s a Christmas Creative Kitchen with celebrity chef, Andrew Turner in Garden Square Shopping Centre. Children can enjoy a Christmas Story Time at 38 Leys Avenue at 1:30am, 12:45pm & 2pm. From 9am-1pm there’s a Farmers’ Market in Leys Square and between 10am-4pm there’s a Pirate Treasure Hunt at Aly’s Diner, The Wynd. Churches Together, the Letchworth Garden City annual Carol Service with Letchworth Town Band takes place in Leys Square at 2pm and at 8pm local singer and songwriter Donna Mackay will perform live with special guests at Thai Garden. For more details go to www.shopletchworth.com

The Snow Queen at Letchworth Arts Centre 19-21 Dec, is a magical Christmas show for all the family. Join Gerda on her fantastic adventure to the icy palace of the wicked Snow Queen, helped by talking crows and dancing reindeer! The Winding Road Theatre Company’s annual show is one of Letchworth’s Christmas highlights, and this year's promises to be no exception. It has an imaginative and exciting approach, combining the skills of story telling, physical theatre and creative design to produce a memorable experience that stimulates the senses and fires the imagination. Tickets: 01462 670788

Song Pantomime & Dramatic Society (SPADS) present Sleeping Beauty, their annual family pantomime, at Letchworth’s Plinston Hall, 27 Dec - 1 Jan. For tickets call 01462 672003

Wild Roses Lingerie is a beautiful boutique offering a great selection of exquisitely designed Lingerie, Swimwear, Hosiery and Nightwear from brands such as Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Lise Charmel, Lejaby Le Bourget and Elixir. Perfect for a Christmas present for the lady in your life. Visit them at 61 Norton Way North. 01462 674956 www.wildroseslingerie.co.uk

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Hitchin is a delightful medieval market town with narrow streets and lanes. It once prospered through the wool trade. The large central Market Place is surrounded by Tudor and Georgian buildings - and is where Emily Pankhurst once rallied support for the suffragettes. Tilehouse Street leads up from the Priory, once the site of a thriving Carmelite community. This imposing building was built after the Reformation and was extensively altered and remodelled by the famous 18th C. architect Robert Adam. Among the ancient inns are The George Inn and The Red Hart - which bears an inscription to the last person hanged in the town (he reputedly met his end in the yard here). Another inscription records the demolition of the town’s slums in the 1920s. It is engraved in steps overlooking the River Hiz and St. Mary’s - the largest parish church in the county. Nearby in Queen Street, the British Schools Museum gives visitors a chance to see the only schoolroom left in the world where 300 boys were once taught by one master. Whilst at the town’s museum, you can see a reconstructed Victorian chemist's shop. Today Hitchin is noted for its good selection of High Street stores, individual shops, weekly market, cafes and pubs - catering for everyone, from shoppers to lively revellers at night.

Haircuts are fun for children at Little Roots. This is a unique salon where children can have professional haircuts and styling, watch a DVD and ride in a vehicle of their choice, whilst their grown up relaxes. Older children, meanwhile, will love playing on the PSP, whilst sitting at the `too cool` station. Bridge Street 01462 459222 www.littleroots.net

Christmas Events in Hitchin 3rd Dec Christmas Fair at the British Schools Museum in Queen Street, 10am to 3pm. 3 Dec-7 Jan jack & The Beanstalk Xmas show for kids at the Market Theatre 01462 433553 10 Dec Royal British Legion Carol Concert with Hitchin Band & City Chorus at the Town Hall, 7.30pm. 10 Dec The Glenn Miller Mystery - The Last Flight. Edinburgh festival highly recommended mystery drama at British Schools Museum in Queen Street, 01462 453335 for tickets 11 Dec Christmas Gala and Market in the Town Centre from 11am 24 Dec Christmas Eve Crafts Market on the Riverside from 8am. 15-18 Dec The Boy Who Stole Christmas Day Family Xmas show at the Queen Mother Theatre 01462 455166. 16 Dec An Evening with The Choir in Aid of Keech Hospice at North Hertfordshire College Centre for the Arts, 7pm.

Halseys Delicatessen Whether you're looking for that perfect Christmas gift or stocking up the larder with all the Christmas essentials, Halseys is a must! The shop is bursting at the seams, in the run up to Christmas, with delicious goodies for the festive period. Mince pies and stollen are from the Victoria Bakery in Herts, Turkeys to order are from the award winning Copas with pies, cheese, cakes, chutneys, hams and a world of other Christmas essentials being sourced locally, regionally or nationally. A Christmas Order Form is available at their website. Market Place 01462 432023 www.halseysdeli.co.uk

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Etcetera A complete range of gifts and interior fashions. Stocked Brands include: Sia, Jan Constantine, Pilgrim, Jellycat, Crabtree & Evelyn, Emma Bridgewater and many more. Bancroft 01462 Simple, stylish Menu Wine Decanter, £56.95, Etcetera 625265 www.etcetera-herts.co.uk Rubarb Established women's boutique selling wonderful unique dresses, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. 21 Churchyard 01462 451088 La Maison Blanc Here you’ll find some gorgeous home accessories including cushions, luxurious soaps, table linens, crockery and more. Bancroft 01462 625265 www.lamaisonblanc.co.uk

Dressing Room Boutique Fabulously unique boutique that’s a mixture of style, vintage, retro, shabby chic and all round girlishness. Churchgate Shopping Centre 01462 441569 www.dressingroomboutique.net Frocks and Frippery Shop here for beautiful scrummy Italian leather handbags, luxurious scarves and shawls from Italy and Kashmir, clothing from Paris and Rome and a jewellery selection from designers world-wide, and more. Churchyard 01462 451200 www.frocksandfrippery.com The White Wardrobe Designer wedding dress shop, with an exquisite collection of bridal and bridesmaids to buy, and a range of accessories. 45 Bancroft 01462 431734 www.thewhitewardrobe.co.uk Just 32 Head Chef Eric Huvelin creates Modern British Cuisine, with influences from Europe and Asia. The 3course Christmas Party menu (6-23 Dec) is just £27-50pp. 32 Sun Street 01462 455666 www.just32.com

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Kick Off Sport and Ski Heading for the slopes this winter? Kick Off have a large range of skiwear and accessories for your trip, along with sportswear and accessories for everything from football and cricket to rugby and athletics. Hermitage Road, 01462 452366 www.kickoffsportandski.co.uk

Doughty’s Brasserie Sophisticated and relaxed dining in the heart of town. 87 Bancroft 01462 456363 www.doughtysbrasserie.com

Hermitage Rd. A relative newcomer to the Hitchin dining scene, this contemporary bar and restaurant is a stunner. The perfect venue for a Christmas party - try the roast turkey to carve at your table as a fun option Hermitage Road 01462 433603 www.hermitagerd.co.uk Rosita Lollipop Workshop / boutique features handmade clothes for children and women with a nostalgic air. The collections are made from Liberty fabrics as well as vintage and other designer textiles sourced from all over the world, and the Sophie La Giraffe - Best Toy ever! £12, pieces are every- Teething Rosita Lollipop thing from classic to witty and offbeat. The shop also sells 1950s style frocks, petticoats, reproduction 1950s and 60s toys, beautiful greeting cards, and all kinds of whimsical and quirky gifts. Paynes Park 07944 094503 www.rositalollipop.com


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Dec Chris Addison Top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 1 Dec Magners Funhouse Comedy Night Top stand-up. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 1 Dec Christmas Crooners A fantastic cast of West-End Singers, backed by the superb and talented Jazz All-Stars perform over 30 well known Christmas hits. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 1 Dec Lets Get Mental! Local variety show with wall to wall music and great entertainment, street dancers, musicians, ageing rockers and much, much, more. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 1 - 3 Dec Henry V Henry V tells the tale of the greatest British warrior in English folklore. In a time when nationalism is at its most dangerous and exciting and increasing numbers of British servicemen and women are seeing active service, Propeller brings its own unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652 1 - 3 Dec California Suite One of Neil Simon’s most endearing comedies from the 70’s. A bittersweet comedy set in a hotel suite in California where five different couples work out their relationships. Presented by Pendley Theatre Company. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 1 - 3 Dec The Crucible Arthur Miller’s modern classic telling the story of the Salem Witch Trials redefined how drama could move audiences. Presented by Big Spirit. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 1 - 3 Dec Not About Heroes Premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982, Stephen MacDonald’s World War I play explores the friendship between poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon that developed during their time together as patients at Craiglockhart War Hospital. The Place, Bedford, 01234 269519 1 Dec - 2 Jan Robin Hood and the Babes in The Wood Fabulous panto for the whole family. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746

2 Dec Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Griffin Players present their annual pantomime. Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 01582 547474 2 Dec Buddy Holly - A Legend Reborn Rock ‘n’ rol music show featuring a West End cast and Marc Robinson as Buddy. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 2 - 4 Dec Christmas Crackers Festive dance showcase presented by DLJ School of Ballet and Theatre. Dance Plinston, Letchworth, 01462 672003 2 Dec - 31 Mar Jack & His Giant Stalk (Adult Panto) Needless to say the children’s classic will be given the usual undignified treatment as previous adult pantos, and will be stuffed with corny jokes, over-the-top acting and masses of sexual innuendo! Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 3 Dec A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional of productions by Chapterhouse Theatre, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent, original musical score. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 3 Dec Sherlock Holmes... the Death & Life A wryly humorous tale, of murder, mystery & the occult starring Roger Llewellyn. Bedford Theatre, Bedford, 01234 269519 3 Dec Comedy Club Top stand-up with John Maloney, Nick Doody and Dana Alexander in the Ellen Terry Suite. Gordon Criag Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894722 3 Dec The Nutcracker One of Tchaikovsky’s world famous classical ballets presented by the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 3 Dec - 7 Jan Jack & The Beanstalk A new version of the classic children’s story, aimed specifically at those aged 3-8. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 5 Dec Daniel Sloss Scotland’s half-manhalf-Xbox, hormone-ridden comic prodigy is currently one of the fastest rising stars of UK comedy. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 7 Dec Simon Evans The comic genius

that is Simon Evans appears with supporting guests in a fundraising show for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 7 - 31 Dec Cinderella Spectacular family pantomime starring Jonathan Ansell as Prince Charming, Michael Otton as Buttons, Suzanne David as Cinderella and Oliver Gray and Dean Horner as the Ugly Sisters. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, 01923 711063 9 - 11 Dec Cinderella A traditional Panto with a lively mix of song, dance and slapstick, Cinderella has something for all the family Tads Theatre, Toddington, 07952 633234 9 Dec - 1 Jan Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs A magical, fun-packed, family pantomime. With comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation, stunning sets and dazzling costumes. The star-studded cast includes pop icon, Toyah Willcox as the Wicked Queen; children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) as The Jester; the hilarious Bob Golding (from the Olivier Award winning ‘Morecambe’) as The Henchman; actress Jemma Carlisle as Snow White, and US TV star Brody Hutzler (‘Angel’, ‘Days of Our Lives’) as The Prince. They are joined by a top quality supporting cast and seven of the best professional dwarfs in the country. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 9 Dec - 1 Jan Aladdin This professional pantomime is a spectacular blend of new and old, full of hilarious and spooky characters, tons of music, loads of dancing and a lamp-full of laughs! Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 9 Dec - 2 Jan Jack & The Beanstalk Comedy, music and special effects abound in this enchanting tale of magic beans, giants, heroes and villains. This year’s traditional family pantomime is a glittering production of the classic fairy tale. This star studded cast includes Don Gilet who starred as Lucas in Eastenders, Hollyoaks star Gemma Bissix and Children’s TV legend Postman Pat. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 9 Dec - 15 Jan Aladdin Milton Keynes Theatre makes your 3 wishes come true as they announce that guest stars Strictly Come

Dancing's Russell Grant, Anita Dobson and Camilla Dallerup will be making special appearances as the magical Genie of the lamp. With the three celebrities joining pop and musical theatre star Gareth Gates, Britain's Got Talent finalist Paul Burling and West End leading lady Nicola Brazil the treasure filled adventure, Aladdin promises to be pure panto genie-us! The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 13 - 28 Dec The Snow Dog A magical, new musical show for all the family. Join in the fantasy and adventure as a young girl’s favourite toy Husky dog comes to life. Expect an impressive physical performance using giant puppets and contemporary dance with original music and songs. Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 01582 547474 14 Dec Screaming Blue Murder Top stand-up comedy. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 14 - 24 Dec George’s Marvellous Medicine Local Professional companies No Loss and Dumbstruck! Productions) come together to produce this fantastic tale of mirth and merriment for all the family. The Place, Bedford, 01234 269519 15 Dec The Glenn Miller Mystery Twinwood Airfield, Bedfordshire, December 15 1999. The setting: a damp and dreary dressing room. As a Frank Sinatra tribute artist prepares for his final performance, a stranger enters dressed in U.S. Military uniform... However, something is wrong... a disturbing truth is about to be revealed. Including real life accounts from around the time of Major Miller’s disappearance, this play explores one of World War Two’s unsolved mysteries’. Bedford Theatre, Bedford, 01234 269519 15 - 18 Dec The Boy Who Stole Christmas Young Nathaniel and his sister find that life is so miserable in their home town of Biggleswick and they can’t think why. When a powerful magician comes to town he soon works out what’s wrong – someone has stolen Christmas Day! So begins a great adventure that requires everyone – even the audience to help put things right again. Magical and absorbing with memorable new songs Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166

20 DECEMBER - 7 JANUARY THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO The award-winning theatre company Strangeface, bring an extraordinary mix of masks, puppetry, live music and song to this tale of wild mischief and temptation. In a style closer to Roald Dahl than Disney, The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio takes us on a fantastical journey from Pinocchio’s first moments as a talking log, through a madcap series of scrapes and escapades with the scheming rascals Fox and Cat, magical fairies and a host of other mysterious characters on a voyage through strange faraway places. In turns thrilling and heartwarming, moving and comical, Strangeface brings their inimitable magic to this masterpiece of surreal fantasy. This performance is suitable for age 5+ and includes the company’s ever-popular “backstage tour”, a chance to take a close-up look at the puppets, set and instruments and meet the performers after the show. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

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8 - 9 DECEMBER GO WEST Go West, comprising Peter Cox (vocals) and Richard Drummie (guitar), are best known for their global smash hit singles We Close Our Eyes, Call Me and The King of Wishful Thinking, which appeared on Go West’s 1985 debut album, selling over 1.5 million copies in the UK. The band also scored massive hit singles with Goodbye Girl and Don’t Look Down The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

16 - 17 Dec Cinderella A traditional Panto with a lively mix of song, dance and slapstick, Cinderella has something for all the family Tads Theatre, Toddington, 07952 633234 16 - 18 Dec A Christmas Carol This ever-popular festive reading, by the actor Colin Greenslade, has been a favourite at Knebworth for the past 14 years. Start with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, and enjoy Christmas carols performed from the minstrels’ gallery by local choirs. Knebworth House, Knebworth, 01438 810931 17 Dec Comedy Night Top stand-up. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 17 - 31 Dec Cinderella A traditional British panto. Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 324300 19 - 21 Dec The Snow Queen A magical Christmas show for all the family. Join Gerda on her fantastic adventure to the icy palace of the wicked Snow Queen, helped by talking crows and dancing reindeer! Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 20 Dec - 7 Jan The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio See panel. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 22 Dec The Very Snowy Christmas Blunderbus present a magical, musical winter’s tale, based on the best-selling book by author Diana Hendry and illustrator Jane Chapman. With live music, beautiful puppets and a stunning snowy set which comes to life before your very eyes. Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Leighton Buzzard, 0300 300 8125 22 Dec A Christmas Carol A spellbinding reading by Keith Baldwin of the timeless classic by Charles Dickens. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 27 Dec - 1 Jan Sleeping Beauty Song Pantomime & Dramatic Society (SPADS) present their annual pantomime. Plinston, Letchworth, 01462 672003 28 - 31 Dec Jack & The Beanstalk Traditional, fun-filled pantomine for all the family. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 30 Dec Bedford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Harpur Suite, Bedford, 01234 269519

30 Dec - 8 Jan Cinderella Tradiitonal family pantomime where you can cheer Cinderella, Prince Charming and Buttons and boo those very, very ugly sisters, Wicked Stepmother and those horrid debt collectors. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478

MUSIC 1 Dec The Blues Band The Blues Band was formed in 1979, by ex Manfred Mann group members Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness, originally to play a few pub gigs on Paul Jones’ nights off from his then full-time career as an actor in London’s West End. The blues had always been their first love and seventeen - or is it eighteen? - albums later they are still going strong. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 1 Dec Heath String Quartet Beethoven, Janacek, Schubert The Bunyan Meeting, Bedford, 01234 261811 2 Dec Martyn Joseph An acoustic artist with an electrifying spontaneity, this colossally gifted Welshman has five Top 50 hits to his name (including Dolphins Make Me Cry and Please Sir) and has been in demand on both sides of the Atlantic for over two decades, winning fans everywhere with his melting pot of material ranging from rock to blues, jazz, Americana and even “funk folk”! The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 2 Dec The High Llamas Their music is timeless; elements of retro and modern share the space, making a unique sound that is outside the lines of musical history as we experience it. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 2 Dec The Blanks Ted’s A’cappella Band from the US hit series ‘Scrubs’. The Forum, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 2 Dec Hekz Heavy Metal. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 2 Dec The Hamsters Terrific blues and rock, including Jimi Hendrix tribute. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 3 Dec Bedford Choral Society Charity Christmas concert. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519

3 Dec The Barron Knights Music and comedy. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 3 Dec The Pink Floyd Dimension Tribute. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 4 Dec The Carl Palmer Band To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the multi-million selling Emerson Lake & Palmer album Pictures At An Exhibition, the legendary rock drummer and his amazing band will be performing the whole of that album together with a number of ELP favourites. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 4 Dec Kim Richey Aside from her two Grammys, Kim Richey has released five critically acclaimed albums, been listed in the Top 10 Albums of 1999 in Time Magazine, been given 4 stars in Rolling Stone and named Alt-Country Album Of The Year in People Magazine. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 4 Dec Bob Fox Durham-based Bob Fox is among the best-loved and hardest working singer / guitarists in Britain. His fine voice and his repertoire of traditional songs and contemporary material appeal to all ages. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 4 Dec Stan Tracey Quartet Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 6 Dec Voices At The Door: Midwinter Songs & Carols Voices At The Door tells the story of Christmas carols - joyful and vigorous, darkly resonant or sublime with tales of squabbling choirs, composers, collectors and controversy in a words and music programme of superb unaccompanied harmony singing and fascinating historical detail. Voices At The Door (performed by Coope Boyes & Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes) captures the essence of the festive season and is the best possible start to Christmas. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 6 Dec Wendy Nieper & John Etheridge An extraordinarily versatile vocalist, Wendy Nieper works both as a jazz artist and classical singer, and is compared to Astrud Gilberto, Julie London and Cathy Berberian.

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After releasing her jazz album this year she’s been heard on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s hour and Radio 3’s In-Tune. John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world. He is a prodigiously gifted player who refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 7 Dec Juan Zelada Spanish singer-songwriter Juan Zelada has quickly become one of the most talked about names on the London music scene. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 8 Dec Young Guns Young Guns have begun to make quite the impact in rock circles since the release of their EP Mirrors this Londonbased quintet have been taking the rock world by storm. The Forum, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 8 Dec Hokie Joint UK-based roots band. The Forum, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 8 - 9 Dec Go West See panel. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 9 Dec Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston As well as being a superb vocalist and double bassist with Show Of Hands, Miranda continues to surprise audiences with her musical versatility, and demonstrates her ability as a guitarist and interpreter of song, slipping effortlessly between genres. She has a strong repertoire and has recently formed a duo with Rex Preston, the most virtuosic mandolin player in the UK today. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 9 Dec Red Dollar Powerpop indie-rock. Think Goo Goo Dolls meets Presidents USA. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 9 Dec Whole Lotta Led Led Zeppelin tribute. Plinston, Letchworth, 01462 672003 9 Dec Nine Below Zero Nine Below Zero are one of Britain’s most respected R&B bands, famous for their no-frills, punchy and direct approach. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 10 Dec Shakin’ Stevens The Welsh rock ‘n’ roller who burst into the charts at the beginning of the ‘80s had, in fact, been paying his musical dues for many years. His first UK hit was Hot Dog in 1980, featuring Albert Lee on guitar, and this was followed in 1981 by a cover of the Rosemary Clooney hit from the 1950s, This Ole House - and all in the face of the punk, New Wave, New Romantics and growing electronica scene. Shaky has won countless prestigious music industry awards and has had an incredible string of hit records, 36 of which were consecutive. Although he took a break from recording in the early ‘90s, he has continued to tour and has been in constant demand at festivals across Europe. Stevenage Concert Hall, Stevenage, 01438 894722 10 Dec Absolute Bowie David Bowie tribute. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 123


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10 Dec The John Verity Band Bluesman John Verity has had an amazing career, from recording with Ringo Starr, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Argent, The Zombies to support dates with rock luminaries Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Canned Heat and many others. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 10 Dec Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Performed by Luton Choral Society with The Musicall Compass and soloists. Dunstable Priory Church, Dunstable, 01582 547474 10 Dec Luton Choral Society Christmas Concert. Priory Church, Dunstable, 01582 867316 10 Dec Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert Christmas concert. All Saints’ Church, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 631920 10 Dec The Cockney Rejects Punk legends. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 11 Dec St Agnes Fountain David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Chris While and Julie Matthews (BBC Folk Awards Best Duo 2009), bring musical invention and laughter to the Christmas season. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 11 Dec Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 11 Dec de Havilland Philharmonic Enjoy some fine Imperial Russian music, including Borodin’s thrilling Polovtsian Dances. The Hungarian violinist, Mate Racz who this year was Winner of the Hatfield & District Music Festival will perform Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, a work that is steeped in Armeniandance themes and folk music. The Weston Auditorium at the de Havilland Campus, University of Herts, Hatfield, 01707 281127 11 Dec Gary Numan After rising to fame in 1978 as the first ever ‘synthesizer star’ with Tubeway Army, Numan topped the UK Charts with Are Friends Electric? and Cars, and achieved 3 amazing successive number one albums. Numan has continued to mine a rich artistic vein with heavy, electronic rock albums such as Pure and Hybrid. The Forum, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 11 Dec Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Rock ‘n’ roll. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 12 Dec Glenn Tilbrook With his writing partner Chris Difford, Tilbrook was responsible for Squeeze’s hits Tempted, Hourglass, Cool For Cats and Up The Junction and he brings the same enthusiasm to his solo work that he brought to Squeeze’s recordings. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800

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12 Dec Richard Durrant: Candlelight Christmas One man and a guitar wander through the English Reniassance, discovering Bach on the ukulele, meeting the Sugar Plum Fairy and Claude Debussy just as Silent Night drifts across the Mississippi Delta. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 12 Dec Ampthill & District Choral Society Christmas concert. 7.30pm. Firs Lower School, Ampthill, 13 Dec Philharmonia Orchestra with Julian Lloyd Webber Julian Lloyd Webber, the most sought-after British cellist of his generation, makes this special appearance in Bedford performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The concerto sits among the greatest ever written for the cello. Martyn Brabbins, the foremost interpreter of English orchestral music, leads in the remainder of the concert, first with Vaughan Williams’s Wasps overture - incidental music written for a production in Trinity College, Cambridge - and then Elgar’s Symphony No. 1, a noble, ceremonious creation capturing the spirit of the Empire, and dedicated to an heroic General. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 14 Dec Steeleye Span See panel. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 15 Dec Toploader Guaranteed to get you dancing in the moonlight, sunlight and any other light you care to mention, Eastbourne’s favourite sons have come a long way since the release of the hauntingly catchy ‘Achilles Heel’ in 1999. A top five album, numerous festival headline slots, TV appearances and THAT song that made watching the Jamie Oliver adverts bearable have made them one of indie’s shining lights. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 15 - 17 Dec Cleo’s Christmas Once again Cleo Laine celebrates Christmas in her own inimitable way. Lots of laughs and some great musical moments, including a guest appearance from a 12-piece ensemble from the London Vocal Project, a big hit at this year’s Music In The Garden. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 16 Dec John Rossall ExGlitter Band John Rossall is the original founder member of the Glitter Band that went on to sell millions with their own singles and albums in the 1970s. He, along with the late Gerry Shephard, wrote some of their biggest and most memorable hits, such as ‘Angel Face’, ‘Just for You’ and ‘Let’s Get Together Again’. Plinston, Letchworth, 01462 672003 16 Dec Whole Lotta Led Led Zeppelin tribute. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992

16 Dec Bedford Hospital Choir’s 22nd Christmas Cracker Traditional carols, concert renditions of Christmas music both old and new and the ever popular festive singalong. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 17 Dec Biggleswade District Choral Society Christmas Concert. 7.30pm. St Andrew’s Church, Biggleswade, 17 Dec Andy Collier A special Christmas Songs Afternoon. 2.30pm. Flitwick Village Hall, Flitwick, 01525 383783 18 Dec The Albion Christmas Band: An Albion Christmas Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain; a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 18 Dec Syd Lawrence Orchestra Glenn Miller Anniversary Concert. A dynamite blend of great soloists and vocalists, faultless section work and a hard swinging rhythm section will transport you back in time to a musical era that boasted such hits as Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, String of Pearls, and his million selling Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pensilvania 65000, Sunrise Serenade and many more. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 19 Dec Chas Hodges & Buster Shuffle Chas will perform Chas & Dave hits as well as some great rock ‘n’ roll. Support from East London rock ‘n’ roll ska band, Buster Shuffle. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 20 Dec Duke Special A singer and songwriter from Belfast. He has a unique live show that mixes an old gramophone with passionate vocals, piano playing and the occasional fiddle scrape. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 23 Dec The Selector Formed in Coventry in 1979 The Selecter spearheaded the two tone movement along with The Specials and Madness. Fronted by Pauline Black, they first hit the airwaves with ‘On My Radio’, followed by countless other hit singles. The band split at the height of their popularity in 1981 but are now reformed featuring original lead singers Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 23 Dec Lionsex Raspy rockers from Milton Keynes. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120

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8 - 9 DECEMBER STEELEYE SPAN With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span are not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Joining Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp and Liam Genockey are guitarist Julian Littman and multi-instrumentalist Pete Zorn. Bedford Corn Exchange.

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Dec - 28 Jan Lyndall Phelps: Softkill Softkill investigates the relationships between two seemingly disparate areas: natural history and the military. The exhibition is an exploration of radar technology and its ability to identify a target, along with the countermeasures deployed to protect that target. The exhibition presents a range of hand-made radar countermeasures capable of creating false echoes on the radar unit that, in theory could prevent foxes, grey squirrels, birds of prey, crows and magpies from being detected. The countermeasures will be juxtaposed with taxidermy specimens in order to create a surreal diorama; merging fact with fiction, the bizarre with the real. The installation will also include photography, moving image and sound recordings of various species. Art & Design Gallery, Hatfield, 01707 281127 2 Dec - 3 Jan Heather Holmes Heather Holmes’ art captures the timeless beauty flowers have, from the strength of their colours to the fragility of their structure. Letchworth Arts Centre, 01462 670788


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What’s on in December

3 Dec - 22 Jan Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year This stunning annual photographic exhibition returns with an incredible range of over 100 awe-inspiring images taken by talented photographers from around the world. Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring, 020 7942 6171 5 Dec - 2 Jan Beautiful, Inaccessible and Vulnerable A photographic exhibition of the Bishop’s Stortford Museum’s hidden treasures which are not suitable for display in the galleries. Come and find out about objects as art, about conservation and why caring for the thousands of objects in the collection is a key part of what the museum staff do. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 Dec - 8 Jan Skate Van Hage Now in its fourth year, this fantastic rink will be surrounded by a fully heated marquee incorporating a mouth-watering Café Bar, comfortable seating and our skate-exchange desk featuring top-quality skates of all sizes! Plus children can visit Santa in his grotto. Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell, 01920 870811 2 Dec Winter Wonderland Charity Ball There will be entertainment from two live bands - “the Black Eyed Teaz” and “the Gleeks” along with a disco until late Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 2 Dec Buntingford Late Night Shopping The High Street will be closed to traffic from 16.00 to 21.00 to enable the towns people to enjoy visiting stalls selling Christmas gifts and fayre. Plus funfair, hog roast,bbq, Santa, traditional music and lights. High Street, Buntingford 2 Dec Lights of Love Lighting of the Lights of Love Tree in aid of the Isabel Hospice, plus carols. 6pm. Buntingford Manor House, Buntingford 2 Dec - 3 Jan All is Bright Fun and funky prints and paintings by Kim Raymont and Kate Burgess Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 3 Dec Art & Gift Fair The organisers of the acclaimed Herts Open Studios, Herts Visual Arts (HVA) brings a beautiful collection of arts, crafts and gifts to the heart of St. Albans. 10am5pm. St Albans Town Hall, St Albans, 07813 100651 3 Dec Annual Christmas Fair The ideal opportunity to buy your Christmas presents - homemade cakes & preserves, toys, books, bric-a-brac, jewellery: all this and Father Christmas, too. 10am-3pm. British Schools Museum, Hitchin, 01462 420144

3 Dec Ashwell Christmas Fair Arts and Crafts, Cakes and Cards, Presents and Prizes, Carols and Refreshments. 9.30am-1pm. St Mary’s Church, Ashwell 3 - 4 Dec Santa & Mince Pie Specials Experience a 25-minute ride in a festively decorated steam train, along a historic narrow-gauge railway that is over 90 years old. Take a walk through the Magic Tunnel to meet Santa, where children will receive a quality present. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888 3 - 4 Dec Christmas Tree Festival Refreshments, cards and gifts, books, decorations and raffle. Live music, storey tellers at half past the hour throughout the event. 10am5.30pm. St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill, 4 Dec Local Producers Market Tastes of Bedfordshire farmers and local producers bring you a selection of stalls and products. 10.30am-3pm. Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable, 01582 500920 4 Dec Christmas is Coming Father Christmas will be here, along with other festive happenings. Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable, 01582 500920 7 Dec Santa Specials Experience a 25minute ride in a festively decorated steam train, along a historic narrow-gauge railway that is over 90 years old. Take a walk through the Magic Tunnel to meet Santa, where children will receive a quality present. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888 9 - 11 Dec The 19th Bedford Victorian Christmas Fair Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a true Victorian Christmas with stalls throughout the heart of the Town Centre selling an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats. It’s the ideal place to pick up those extra special gifts for Christmas! Aside from shopping there is plenty for the family to see and do, including the traditional helter-skelter, carousel and swing boats, steam engine and the fantastic synthetic ice rink. Take a break from the winter’s chill and visit the indoor Victorian Tea Room in the Harpur Suite, filled with more stalls, crafts and exciting Christmas goodies! Throughout the three days there is an array of seasonal street entertainment, music and shows, filled with crazy characters who you may meet during the weekend Held in Harpur Square, Midland Road and Harpur Suite, Bedford. Town Centre, Bedford, 01234 221955 10 - 11 Dec Christmas Craft, Food & Country Gift Fair Great event with a large selection of Artists, Designers, and Craftsmen - the ideal place to buy that special

gift. Country Gift Marquee full of great Christmas Gift Ideas including children’s clothing, toys, country clothing, scarves and decorated china. Visit the ever popular Fine Food Hall with all its delights, perfect for stocking up that Christmas Hamper, Gift or just treating yourself. You also have the chance to see all the animals at the Safari Park Drive. 10am-6pm. Woburn Safari Park, Woburn, 01283 820548 10 - 11 Dec Christmas Tree Festival Enjoy the stunning display of 50 sparkling Christmas trees decorated by local families, businesses and organisations. 12-6pm. Holy Savior Church, Hitchin, 01462 422762 10 - 11 Dec Ashwell Tree Festival Enjoy a festive display of trees provided by local individuals, organisations and businesses raising funds for Cancer Research UK. 10,.30am-5pm Sat, 12-5pm Sun. Ashwell United Reformed Church, Ashwell, 01462 743971 10 - 12 Dec Stockwood Dickensian Christmas Fayre Travel back in time to the Victorian age, and enjoy the sights,sound and flavours of a Dickensian Fayre. Meet period crafts people including candle makers, roast chestnut sellers and carolers.There will be Christmas craft activities for all ages and Santa to visit.11am-4pm. Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 01582 548600 10 - 11 Dec Santa Specials Experience a 25-minute ride in a festively decorated steam train, along a historic narrow-gauge railway that is over 90 years old. Take a walk through the Magic Tunnel to meet Santa, where children will receive a quality present. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888 10 Dec - 4 Jan Hertfordshire Open UH Galleries’ annual open submission exhibition is open to artists of any age living, working or studying in Hertfordshire.The Hertfordshire Open exhibition has marked itself out over the eleven years as the definitive annual showcase for local artistic talent and last year over one hundred artists from across Hertfordshire submitted work. Museum of St Albans, St Albans, 01707 281127 11 Dec Meet Darth Vader! - David Prowse Darth Vader will be in store signing copies of his autobiography ‘Straight From the Force’s Mouth’. An absolute must for any Star Wars fan/film buff. And he’ll be joined by a squad of real Stormtroopers! Waterstones, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 508900 11 Dec Christmas is Coming Father Christmas will be here, along with other festive happenings. Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable, 01582 500920

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14 Dec Santa Specials Experience a 25minute ride in a festively decorated steam train, along a historic narrow-gauge railway that is over 90 years old. Take a walk through the Magic Tunnel to meet Santa, where children will receive a quality present. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888 17 Dec Christmas Food & Drinks Festival With Christmas shopping. Over 20 stalls with food, drink & gifts and much more. 10am-3pm. The Cahris Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 17 - 18 Dec Santa Specials Experience a 25-minute ride in a festively decorated steam train, along a historic narrow-gauge railway that is over 90 years old. Take a walk through the Magic Tunnel to meet Santa, where children will receive a quality present. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888 18 Dec CCC Craft Fair A wide variety of local handmade art and craft items, including work by local artists. 10am-4pm. Woburn Village Hall, Woburn, 18 Dec Christmas is Coming Father Christmas will be here, along with other festive happenings. Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable, 01582 500920 21 - 23 Dec Santa Specials Experience a 25-minute ride in a festively decorated steam train, along a historic narrow-gauge railway that is over 90 years old. Take a walk through the Magic Tunnel to meet Santa, where children will receive a quality present. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888 26 Dec The Boar’s Head Ceremony The boar’s head was often eaten during the Christmas season and was always the main dish wherever it was served. Boxing Day was traditionally the day when servants and masters changed roles in some of the great houses of England and, as the boar was eaten as part of the Christmas Day feasting, so the head was saved for the revels the next day. In Bedford, the ceremony has been revived for many years now and the hotel management and staff, together with the Bedford Morris Men intend to maintain the tradition with carolling and dancing. 12pm. Bedford Swan Hotel, Bedford, 01234 346565 27 - 28 Dec Mince Pie Specials Climb aboard our 25-minute steam train ride, then enjoy a hot punch and mince pie in the station buffet. Leighton Buzzard Railway, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 373888

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Toddington is a large Bedfordshire village centred around a large green that features the parish church and four of the village’s five public houses. (Toddington reputedly had the most pubs per head of population of any village in the UK when its pubs numbered seven not so long ago). Originally built as a palatial residence in 1560, Toddington Manor is now a popular tourist attraction with over 10 acres of gardens and lakeside walks. www.toddingtonmanor.co.uk

The Griffin (above) serves a delicious range of traditional English, American and Mexican food and also offers bed & breakfast. 01525 872030 The Bedford Arms is a friendly village pub that offers good locally produced English food and a great pub garden. 01525 631722 The Fancott is an award-winning family pub close to Toddington, with a large garden, miniature railway and good food. 01525 872366 The Angel is a lively and popular pub with live music nights, TV sports, and a restaurant that offers a huge variety of food, from traditional favourites to fresh fish and a great Sunday roast. 01525 872380

Children can visit Santa’s Grotto every weekend at Poplars Garden Centre in Harlington Road, while Mums and Dads shop for gifts in the Centre’s wonderful Christmas Shop, which is open late on Thursdays up until 15th December. Toddington’s Tads Theatre Group will once again be holding their family pantomime at the theatre in Conger Lane. This year it’s Cinderella, and it runs on 9-11th & 16-17th December. For tickets call the Box Office on 07952 633234 or go to www.tadstheatre.org

b Gallery arts centre in Toddington are holding a massive end of year sale during December with up to 50% off some items. Art on sale will include valuable signed limited editions from published artists including Rolf Harris (inset) and Gary Benfield (top) as well as a diverse range of originals from talented independent artists. It has taken just 3 years to establish b Gallery’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading art directories, already outgrowing their heritage arts centre in Toddington to become the place for upcoming artists to showcase their work online. A website launched in August this year to showcase their rapidly growing directory of selected independent artists and impressive published fine art portfolio to a global audience. The site has already attracted over 100,000 followers who browse and purchase from the hundreds of artists they represent and new artists join every day by special invitation from b Gallery’s team of Talent Spotters. The Old Town Hall, Market Square, Toddington (01525 877770) www.bgallery.co.uk Ritzy is a modern, contemporary Indian restaurant and bar that opened in July and has already established itself as one of the most popular places in town. You’ll find it in the Market Place. 01525 876964.

Abbey World of Leisure have been designing and constructing Swimming Pools for over 20 years, and in that time have developed a wealth of experience in the design, installation and maintenance of Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot-Tubs and specialist products such as Air Handling, Safety Covers and Auto-Sanitising Systems. Occupying a prime position on one of the busiest garden centres in south east England, they cater for all tastes and budgets from Above Ground Pools to Luxury Heated Indoor Projects and Leisure Centres. Abbey’s team consists of fully qualified pool engineers, electrical engineers and pool builders along with 5 fully trained Show Room staff concentrating on giving professional Customer Care. In the showrooms you’ll find a vast stock of Hot-Tubs, chemicals, swim aids and demonstration products and the friendly and knowledgeable team are able to offer advice and guidance or arrange appointments for support and site surveys. They can also supply Swimming Pool Kits and equipment for building contractors, architects and the self build enthusiasts. Abbey World of Leisure is open seven days a week, with some late nights through to Christmas - so if you want that Hot Tub to chill out in ready for Christmas Day, Abbey can deliver. Poplars Garden Centre, Harlington Road, Toddington 01525 875599 www.abbeypools.com 128

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Close, long-lasting client relationships are immensely important to us – and some go back 16-20 years. We have had a very eventful year, with ongoing contracts being won with Ampthill Rugby Football Club and The Old Court House in Ampthill. We’ve also catered for weddings, parties, corporate entertainment as well as grand openings. These have taken place in a variety of venues including private homes, village halls, company premises, marquees and even, most recently, in a state-of-the-art hangar at Luton Airport for Gulfstream.

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The market town of Ampthill in mid Bedfordshire offers plenty of olde world charm and is an ideal shopping stop if you’re after traditional Christmas fayre. Located between Milton Keynes and Bedford Ampthill is easily accessible for an additional shopping trip, and a pretty place to explore. The ancient town, with over 200 listed buildings, is home to many traditional stores where you can find reasonably priced, locally made gifts and foods as well as jewellery and designer clothing. The town’s popular charter market is held every Thursday and there is a farmers’ market on the last Saturday of the month (no market in December). Petticoats Lingerie & Dress Agency A wide choice of lingerie from popular brands including Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Lejaby and Lepel. You can order online too, with a special 10% discount on orders placed before Christmas. Church Street 01525 404357 Bows Family run women’s and children’s designer boutique shop that sells modern fashionable clothing, footwear and accessorises for both daywear and nightwear. Designer brnds include Yumi, Uttam Boutique, Fever, Desigual and Lipsy. Church Street 01525 406689 Love 2 Shop Quirky, stylish boutique to find something for any occasion whether it’s for a wedding outfit, to casual knitwear and bags. They have some fabulous jewellery brands for all price ranges. Woburn Street 01525 841474 The Stationery Boutique Apart from greetings cards for all occasions, they also stock some of the finest writing paper, pens,

leather journals, invitations, clocks and chldren's stationery. Woburn Street 01525 404742 The Shop

Antonio Reche’s shop is like a box of chocloates - there’s something for everyone. With his bakground as an artist and theatre designer, Antonio creates cards, pictures, masks, jewellery boxes and more, and also supplies dancewear and fairy outfits. 01525 840119 Fairies n Frogs Toy shop with a varied range of quality wooden & educational toys, books, gifts, and cards, suitable from Birth to 9yrs. Dunstable Street 01525 840271 Cambridge Wine Merchants Branch of the award-winning independent wine seller who ships quality wines from all over the world. Church Street 01525 405929

Richardsons of Ampthill High quality, unique collection of jewellery. Church Street 01525 403474 Ampthill Antiques Emporium Three floors packed with the finest quality and widest range of antiques and related merchandise. Bedford Street 01525 402131 Belle Coco

Belle Coco is all about mid-century modern furniture and effects. They have an exciting mix of 1950s1970s items for sale and hire. All items are lovingly refurbished and ready to go. Dunstable Street 01525 838191 Horatios Bookshop Family run bookshop established in 2009 with a great selection of new and second hand books as well as an everchanging selection of antique and collectable books. Church Street 01525 406008

1982 – 2012 Trollie Dollies Celebrates 30 years of cooking bespoke top-quality food with passion and flair, for both private and corporate events. Trollie Dollies have been creating Simply Beautiful Food for the past 30 years. Pauline Arnold, founder, Managing Director and graduate of St Martins School of Art, London, is everything you would expect from an artist and chef, passionate, creative, enthusiastic, inspired and visionary. Combine these artistic attributes with fresh ingredients, fine produce, wonderful recipes and the highest professional standards and the results are a sensory masterpiece. The Trollie Dollies Team has produced some of the most polished and glamorous events for high profile people, famous brands and multi-national organisations. They have an unrivalled reputation for superior cuisine, professional charming staff, talented chefs, innovative food presentation, meticulous personal menu and drinks planning. 10 Woburn Street, Ampthill 01525 404428 www.trolliedollies.co.uk

dr.barbers is a new barber shop just opened and offer a younger trendy touch, much removed from the old fashion barbers, but we still have a touch of authenticity. They cater for the client not the other way round offering early mornings and late nights with a free beer. As a gesture to all the kids up to 12 they are holding two Magic shows on Sunday the 11th, so far they have 27 kids coming its going to be the talk of the Town. 94 Dunstable Street 01525 838313

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3 - 4 December St Andrew’s Church Christmas Tree Festival. Refreshments, cards and gifts, books, decorations and raffle. Live music, storey tellers at half past the hour throughout the event. www.ampthilltrees.com 12 December Ampthill & District Choral Society Christmas Concert. Tickets £7 adults, £1 children including seasonal fare. Drinks available to purchase. The programme will include a wide variety of music, poetry and other readings. 19 December Carols Round The Treewith Ampthill Town Band, St. Andrew's Church Choir and Father Christmas. Take a torch / lantern and come and join in with a Hearty Sing-along 29 - 30th December Maurice Kachuk presents Puss in Boots at Ampthill’s Parkside Hall. Good all round family entertainment, this is a traditional pantomime suitable for all ages. Box Office 01525 405432

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Christmas in Essex The Blueberry Store New England-style furniture and accessories including boxes, bowls and baskets, ceramics, kitchen and bathware, Folk art, cushions and throws, candles, pot pourri, textiles, pictures and prints and more. King Street, Saffron Walden 01799 516345 www.blueberrystore.co.uk Leigh Toy Fair A traditional children's toy shop that has been supplying quality children's toys for more than 40 years. They specialise in wooden toys, baby toys and gifts, forts and dolls houses and other educational toys. You can shop online too. Broadway West, Leigh-on-Sea 01702 473288 www.leightoyfair.co.uk That’s Bizarre This lively and busy Aladdin’s Cave of a shop is set over two floors and is crammed with alternative gifts, including funky handbags and purses, candles, fun novelty gifts, cheeky naughty gifts, candles, plus a range of Elvis, Marilyn and Betty Boop products. You can shop online Boop figurine, £40 too. 13 Queens Road, Betty from That’s Bizarre Southend 01702 348388 www.thatsbizarre.co.uk The Perfect Something Gift shop in the picture postcard village of Finchingfield. You’ll find a large selection of beautifully scented Yankee Candles and matching accessories and a great range of gifts from Shabby Chic, Home wares and accessories, Canvas Arts, Glass and Porcelain. The Green, Finchingfield 01371 811188 www.theperfectsomething.co.uk

Christmas festivities in Southend-on-Sea include a Festive Fun Day on Saturday 3rd December where you can join BBC Essex live at the Victoria Circus for tons of festive fun and entertainment between 11am - 5pm. Carols For Christmas wil take place in the High Street on Saturday 17th December; and there will be a Christmas Farmers & Craft Market every Saturday up until Christmas plus Friday 23rd December. Plus you can get Free parking in all car parks every Thursday in December from 4 pm.

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Brentwood On Ice is a new and exciting Festive Eco Ice-Rink that will be at the Brentwood Centre throughout Christmas until 21st January. Enjoy a fun filled day or evening of skating and visit Santa’s grotto, plus there will be play areas for the under 10’s, hot food and drink and much more. 10am-10pm. An off-peak family ticket is £20 (£25, 4-10pm). www.brentwoodonice.com

Essex Air Ambulance Pack of 10 charity Christmas cards to raise money for the free life-saving service for Essex and surrounding area. www.essexairambulance.uk.com

Fairleigh Hospice Pack of 10 Christmas Cards showing Chelmsford Cathedral in winter, £5. Sold to raise money for the Chelmsford-based hospice. www.farleighhospice.org

At the Barleylands Christmas Experience (3-4, 10-11 & 17-23 Dec) children can meet Father Christmas in his cabin, follow the slipper trail, watch Mother Christmas baking, make crafts and more, £12.50. Meanwhile, Mums and Dads can buy gifts from over 50 different craft shops in the village, which is open Tues-Sun. Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay, 01268 532253 www.barleylands.co.uk

Evans Fabulous shop run by husband and wife team Sue and Hugh Derrick who have been in the business 30 years and in the current location for 17 years. They are well known by the locals and have a committed client base who travel from all over to come to the shop. Linda Barker is one of their customers and they sell everything from tableware to gift and fashion items. 14 High Street, Halstead www.evans-halstead.co.uk Toys N Tuck Essex based specialist toy retailer with four stores all situated in Essex in Billericay, Maldon, Rayleigh and Southend. They have also been trading online for 10 years. High Street, Maldon 01621 856044; The Walk, Billericay 01277 650444; High Street, Rayleigh 01268 775501; Queens Road, Southend 01702 346234 www.toysnfun.co.uk

Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo Colchester Zoo is a magical place at Christmas, with the infamous staff pantomime, Santa’s real, live, reindeer, elf tales, festive dancing with Rudolph, guest visits from Mother Christmas and Santa in his wonderful Grotto. 9.30am-5pm. 3-4, 10-11 & 17-24 December. 01206 331292 www.colchester-zoo.co.uk

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Christmas in Essex Barleylands has over fifty impressive, individual specialist workshops where you can watch various artisans at work producing their unusual and original gifts. Among many others you’ll find dolls houses, mohair bears, glassware, ceramics, floral designs, handmade chocolates and cards, jewellery, handknitted children’s wear, designer mirrors and much more. Barleylands Road, Billericay 01268 290219 www.barleylands.co.uk Dedham Art & Craft Centre This beautifully converted church is one of East Anglia’s leading craft centres ad spans three floors filled with traditional and modern art and crafts. The Centre is also home to a Cotswold Company showroom and a vegetarian restaurant/tea room. There’s a vast range of worl by local artists and crafts from around the world. High Street, Dedham 01206 322666 The Food Company This amazing specialist food store has earned itself an enviable reputation, and not just locally. With a modern take on home design, their stunning giftware department features some of the best contemporary kitchenware and more. But food can also make a perfect Christmas present and you’ll be spoilt for choice here with its rows and rows of jars, bottles, packets and boxes of everything from Essex honey to aged balsamic vinegar. Don’t miss their Spirit of Christmas event on 8 December, 6-9pm, where you can sample lots of goodies, meet suppliers and watch demonstrations. Marks Tey, Colchester 01206 214000 www.thefoodcompany.co.uk Fatboy Desserrum hot water bottle, £36 from The Food Company

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Table Art A constantly changing range of design-led gifts, home accessories and greeting cards. Specialities include glassware, ceramics, candles, cutlery, silver jewellery and much more. High Street, Great Dunmow 01371 879779 www.tableart.co.uk Townrow Townrow department stores have been a family run company since 1871 when the first store was opened for business in Braintree. They now trade from four locations in Essex and have also recently opened he former Eaden Lilley store in St. Ives, Cambs. You’ll find fashion, clothes and accessories, shoes, cookshop and more. Braintree, Maldon, Frinton, Colchester. www.townrowstores.com Ziel Design Delightful shop with a range of gifts, cards, and beautiful things for the home. High Street, Earls Colne 01787 222989 www.zieldesign.co.uk Williams & Griffin Smart department store now owned by Fenwick, where you’ll find the finest quality, top brands and latest musthaves mixed with value lines. Cosmetics and fragrances, gifts, jewellery, menswear, ladies fashBarbie My Fab Intercom ion, lingerie, accessories, Phones, £24.99 at Williams & Griffins electrical, cookware, toys, children’s clothes and teen fashion and much more. 152 High Street, Colchester 01206 571212 www.williegee.com Barleylands Craft Village One of the largest collection of working crafts in East Anglia,

Everyone loves to see Father Christmas and at Audley End Miniature Railway they have our very own special Grotto where the train stops and Father Christmas greets the train with each child receiving a present. The Signal Box Café will be open with hot locally sourced food, beef burgers, pork sausages, Audley End Estate venison burgers and sausages. You can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or steaming hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows to keep the cold out. 3-4, 10-11 & 17-23 December, 11am3.45pm. Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden 01799 510726 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Colchester Christmas Fair on 11 Dec is an amazing one day annual event attracted over 12,000 last year. No Christmas Fair would be complete without a visit from Santa and his reindeer, and other guests to this festive extravaganza include the Mayor and the Town Crier. Food, music and two radio stations will entertain the crowds. The event will be held outdoors on Colchester High Street which is closed to traffic for the occasion. On 14 December, Colchester Castle (above) will be opening its doors for a Christmas Market and Open Evening, from 3-8pm, and there’s a Christmas Farmers Market at Colchester Arts Centre on 16 December, from 9am.

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GEORGE YARD This shopping centre is a mix of high street names and independent retailers. The 30 stores include Boots, Dorthy Perkins, Clinton Cards, Clarks Shoes, Peacocks, Game, Herbs and Health, Julian Graves, Burton and Syoki Jewellery. Braintree, 01376 550373 www.georgeyard.co.uk

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Dec H2 Dance: Say Something An interactive music and dance experience where the audience is immersed in vocal and electronic sounds moving from the sublime to the unsettling. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 1 Dec Working the Devil Two sharp and blackly funny takes on the absurd world of work. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 573948 1 - 3 Dec It’s a Wonderful Life Based on Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film, this stage musical version follows George Bailey, who grew up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming of travel and adventure. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 1 - 3 Dec The Boyfriend Musical. Saffron Walden Town Hall, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 1 Dec - 1 Jan Dick Whittington Stunning costumes, magnificent scenery, amazing dance routines and a few special surprises will all be on offer when you follow Dick and his friends as they set out on their journey to London, meeting a few unique characters along the way. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465 2 Dec Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Charter Hall, Colchester, 01206 282020 2 Dec - 2 Jan Peter Pan All children grow up, except one … Let your dreams take flight this Christmas with this wonderful family pantomime, starring Chris Ellison (The Bill’s Burnside) as Captain Hook and Jacob Scipio (CBeebies’ Kerwhizz) as Peter Pan. Tom Swift stars as Smee, while local panto favourite Patrick Jacobs plays Starkey. Join Wendy, Michael and John as they take off to Neverland with the boy who never grows up. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 2 Dec - 7 Jan Beauty and the Beast An enchanting fairy tale and tradiitonal pantomime for all the family. Laughter, romance, song and dance… sorcerers, lumberjacks, toxic monkeys and a beast … this story has it all! Brought to you by the Mercury’s Queen of panto, Janice Dunn, and Company favourites including Ignatius Anthony and Roger Delves-Broughton. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 5 Dec The Cricket on the Hearth Dickens’s third Christmas book is a comedy of errors. Robert MacCall gives a costumed performance true to the original text. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 16 Dec A Christmas Carol Anthony Roberts performs a live reading of the Dickens classic, with piano accompaniment. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 1 Dec The Comedy Club Top stand-up with Dougie Dunlop, Imran Yusuf and Jonathan Elston. Colchester United Football Club, Colchester, 01206 752443 1 Dec Braintree Comedy Club Top stand-up. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464

2 Dec The Laughter Zone Top stand-up. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 2 Dec - 2 Jan Sleeping Beauty With all the elements of a traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty will captivate audiences of all ages - a classic fairy tale for the whole family. Join Muddles, Beauty’s Nanny and Prince Harry as they attempt to save Beauty from the evil spell and make her dreams come true. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 3 Dec The Snowman This delightful story unfolds afresh in an astonishingly funny, lively and often moving performance by the audience themselves. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 3 Dec Great Britain The Pantomime Flag-waving musical sing-along show. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 3 Dec - 14 Jan Cinderella Join Cinderella on a magical adventure from rags to riches as The Fairy Godmother transforms her into a dazzling beauty fit for a Prince! Expect magic, mayhem and comedy capers from your favourite panto characters! Cheer, boo and laugh at the riotously wicked Ugly Sisters, stupendously silly Buttons, handsome Prince Charming, thigh-slapping Dandini and bumbling Baron Hardup. With everything you want from panto and more… catchy songs, spectacular sets, colourful costumes, side-splitting slapstick and of course lots of audience participation Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 4 Dec Aladdin A poor street boy falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess in this classic tale from the Arabian Nights.Told using giant and beautiful shadow theatre, follow Aladdin’s wild and dangerous adventures through vast deserts, mysterious caves and royal palaces. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 573948 4 Dec Potted Panto Starring CBBC’s Dan and Jeff, this great family show is a madcap ride through seven classic pantos in eighty minutes. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 01621 890153 4 Dec A Christmas Carol The Keeper’s Daughter present an innovative and faithful adaptation of this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cranky old miser who makes life a misery for everyone who crosses his path until an evening of Ghostly visitations forces a change in him for the better. Told with precision, vigour and a huge amount of imagination this is a magical, quirky and original retelling of one of literatures most adored and classic ghost stories. Stanway Village Hall, Stanway, 01473 744257 5 - 30 Dec Jemima Puddle-Duck and her friends Beatrix Potter’s family show brought to life by Brentwood Theatre Company. Lovely Christmas show. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 6 Dec Daniel Sloss Scotland’s half man half Xbox, hormone ridden comic prodigy is currently one of the fastest rising stars of UK comedy. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900

7 Dec Forces Sweethearts At Christmas Forces Sweethearts are back with a special Christmas edition of their popular wartime nostalgia show. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 7 - 10 Dec What the Butler Saw Joe Orton’s breakneck comedy of licensed insanity. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 7 - 10 Dec When We Are Married Southend Drama Society present JB Priestley’s period comedy. Dixon Studio at the Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 8 Dec Braintree Comedy Club Top stand-up with Imran Yusuf, Rudi Lickwood and Ryan McDonnell. Celebrations Party Venue, Braintree, 0845 459 5656 8 Dec Hammers Heroes An amusing night of nostalgia for all Hammers fans! Tony Gale is joined by former teammates including Julian Dicks, Tony Cottee, Alan Devonshire, Phil Parkes, Mark Ward, George Parris & Stuart Slater to reminisce about their careers at West Ham United. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 8 Dec Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Dukes, Chelmsford, 0845 459 56 56 9 Dec Forces Sweethearts A special Christmas edition of the popular wartime nostalgia show. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 9 Dec Rat Pack at Christmas Festive fun all the way as the “Purveyors of Cool” come to town with a sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis in a totally live production. Charter Hall, Colchester, 01206 282020 10 - 31 Dec Aladdin The multi-talented and award-winning actor, television presenter and comedian, Shane Richie leads the cast of this year’s spectacular and unmissable show. Guaranteed to keep the whole family laughing until the final curtain comes down, Aladdin is packed with all of the traditional panto ingredients of comedy in abundance, stunning sets, and beautiful costumes. Cliffs Pavilion, Southendon-Sea, 01702 351135 11 Dec jethro Stand-up comedy with the world’s funniest Cornishman. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 11 Dec Ross Noble & Friends Noble is back doing what he does best; spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. Ross will be joined by some of the best new comic talent in the UK. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 13 - 17 Dec My Cousin Rachel Daphne Du Maurier’s drama presented by Chelmsford Theatre Workshop. The Old Court Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 13 - 17 Dec The Holly and the Ivy Award winning Middle Ground Theatre Company present their highly acclaimed festive production set around a Norfolk vicarage, starring Stuart McGugan (It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Tutti Fruitti,

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14 DECEMBER JACK DEE Catch Jack as he road-tests his new material for a 2012 tour. After a six year absence from Stand-Up, he’s back, agonizing over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanors. Why is he touring again? “I want to spend less time with my family”, says Jack. Colchester Arts Centre.

Hamish Macbeth), Corrinne Wicks (Emmerdale / Doctors), Tom Butcher (The Bill / Doctors) and Julia Mallam (Emmerdale). Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 Dec- 1 Jan Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Polka Dot Pantomimes present the fairest panto of them all. This enchanting fairytale of magic and joy is the perfect festive treat for the whole family and stars Alison Hammond (star of ITV1’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and C4’s Big Brother) as she makes everybody’s dreams come true playing Fairy Fortune. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 14 Dec Jack Dee See panel. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 14 Dec The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester - Five Lakes, Tolleshunt Knights, 01621 868 888 15 - 17 Dec Jack & The Beanstalk The Essex YFC present their Christmas panto. Boswells School, Chelmsford, 01621 890153 15 Dec Comedy Showcase Top stand-up. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 15 Dec Magners Funhouse Comedy Top stand-up night headlined by Markus Birdman. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 15 Dec Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Dukes, Chelmsford, 0845 459 56 56 16 Dec Quirkish Delight Comedy improvisation/sketches. Dixon Studio at the Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 17 Dec The Very Snowy Christmas The story of a little mouse enjoying Christmas for 137


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the first time, and the adventure he has. For ages 3-7. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 17 Dec Christmas Poetry Bash Pop poetry with John Cooper Clarke, Luke Wright, Martin Newell and Ross Sutherland. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 17 Dec Robert Wolfe Festive organ concert. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 17 Dec Let The Good Times Roll 50s and 60s music show. Circus Tavern, Purfleet, 01708 863838 17 Dec Ross Noble Noble is back doing what he does best; spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 18 Dec Clacton Cooperative Band Christmas concert. West Cliff Theatre , Clactonon-Sea, 01255 433344 19 Dec Potty Patrick’s Childrens Xmas Show Patrick Jacobs has been a professional entertainer for over 10 years. He has appeared with Matthew Corbett and Sooty, Roger de Courcy and Nookie the bear. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 19 Dec A Christmas Carol The Pantaloons perform their unique interpretation of “A Christmas Carol”, using audience interaction puppets and carols. Be prepared for an exciting twist on Dickens’ famous Christmas story Hylands House, Chelmsford, 01245 605555 19 - 21 Dec One Snowy Night A snuggly, heart-warming story, with songs to sing along to, furry friends to meet and blankets to be tucked up in. Suitable for ages 3+. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 Dec - 21 Nov A Christmas Carol Adapted and performed by James Hyland. An exquisitely festive one-man show, told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, Jacob Marley that promises thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all age groups. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 21 Dec The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester - Five Lakes, Tolleshunt Knights, 01621 868 888 21 Dec Gretel & Hansel Join the two Krazy Kat performers as they present this fast moving comedy retelling of the classic fairy tale. With beautiful puppets, equally beautiful people, plus magical tricks, silly singing, and super Sand dancing. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 22 Dec Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Dukes, Chelmsford, 0845 459 56 56 22 Dec The Night Before Christmas and Other Stories Show Join the Storytellers team around the fire for a traditional look at some little known Christmas tales. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 22 - 23 Dec Potty Patrick’s Childrens Xmas Show Patrick Jacobs has been a professional entertainer for over 10 years. He has appeared with Matthew Corbett and 138

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MUSIC 1 Dec Clive Carroll with The English Guitar Quartet “Probably the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine. CMPA Live! At Swinburne Hall, Colchester, 01206 712999 1 Dec Boo Hewardine A singer-songwriter who can deliver tender, heart-wrenchingly beautiful lyrics as well as up-beat arrangements that have his audiences clamouring for more. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 1 Dec Dean Weedon Rat Pack tribute. The Compasses at Pattiswick, Pattiswick, 01376 561322 1 Dec Tape The Radio bombastic poprock of the highest order. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 2 Dec Fatboy Slim See panel. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 2 Dec Christmas Concert With helmsford Male Voice Choir and Maldon Court Preparatory School Choir. All Saints’ Church, Maldon, 01245 269335 2 Dec The Churchfitters These four dynamic personalities from England, Ireland and France present a fast-paced, infectious show full of fresh, original songwriting as well as rearranged songs and tunes from the British Isles, uniting the rhythms of rock, pop and jazz High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 2 Dec John Law Trio Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 3 Dec Lost Boys Anthemic power pop with Clash-style punk sensibilities. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 3 Dec Shakin’ Stevens The Welsh rock ‘n’ roller who burst into the charts at the beginning of the ‘80s had, in fact, been paying his musical dues for many years. His first UK hit was Hot Dog in 1980, featuring Albert Lee on guitar, and this was followed in 1981 by a cover of the Rosemary Clooney hit from the 1950s, This Ole House - and all in the face of the punk, New Wave, New Romantics and growing electronica scene. Shaky has won countless prestigious music industry awards and has had an incredible string of hit records, 36 of which were consecutive. Although he took a break from recording in the early ‘90s, he has continued to tour and has been in constant demand at festivals across Europe. Charter Hall, Colchester, 01206 282020 3 Dec Gwyneth Herbert An acclaimed jazz vocalist who has been called ‘Britain’s answer to Norah Jones’ by Jazzwise. Inspired as much by Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell as by Billie

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from Manchester. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 8 - 9 Dec Traditional Christmas Soiree Festive music, poetry and drama with The Cameo Players. Hylands House, Chelmsford, 01245 605555 9 Dec Zoe Schwarz’s Blue Commotion Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 9 Dec The Jives Blues. Marigold Blues Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 9 Dec Futures A stunning mix of alternative rock with pop sensibilities. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 9 Dec The Treatment A five-strong outfit based in the Cambridge area, The Treatment are indeed tender in years, but you’d never guess that from the quality of their song-writing or the confident swagger of their live show. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 9 Dec Leddra Chapman With soulful and honest lyrics that come straight from the heart, Leddra is truly one of the most gifted young songwriters in Britain today. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 10 Dec Keith Nichols and the Allstars Jazz Club of Jazz at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Wickham Bishops, 01621 853626


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19 DECEMBER ONE DIRECTION The boys are certainly no strangers to performing to huge crowds after wowing fans on The X Factor Live Tour earlier this year, but the band wanted to get closer to their fans before they hit the road on their first 21 date headline tour. See the boys perform songs from their debut album, released in November, alongside some of their favourite covers and a few surprises. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea. 10 Dec Police Christmas Cracker Christmas concert. Charter Hall, Colchester, 01206 282020 10 Dec Swinging Blue Jeans Featuring the famous Original Swinging Blue Jeans from Liverpool, performing there greatest hits ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ and many more. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 10 Dec Nocturnal Queen covers. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 10 Dec “Keith Nichols and the Allstars” Jazz. Club of Jazz at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Wickham Bishops, 01621 853626 11 Dec The Locrian Ensemble Carols by Candlelight Dressed in lavish period costume, they perform a host of carols, medleys of familiar festive tunes and seasonal surprises in front of an evocative candlelit setting. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 11 Dec Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra The undisputed King of boogie-woogie with his band and special guest, 60s legend Sandie Shaw. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 11 Dec Southend Girls Choir Christmas Choral Extravaganza. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 11 Dec Dave Browning and Bev Pegg’s Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 11 Dec Traditional Christmas Soiree Festive music, poetry and drama with The Cameo Players. Hylands House, Chelmsford, 01245 605555 11 Dec Edwin Starr Band The Team keep Edwin Starr’s name and music alive with their fabulous performances of his classic hits. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 01621 890153 12 Dec Boo Hewardine A singer-songwriter who can deliver tender, heart-wrenchingly beautiful lyrics as well as up-beat arrangements that have his audiences clamouring for more. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 140

12 Dec London Community Gospel Choir Celebrate Christmas with breathtaking songs and spirituals to cheer your heart. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 13 Dec Glenn Tilbrook Former Squeeze frontman, Glenn Tilbrook, reputed for his considerable song writing talent, and irrepressible sense of humour. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 13 Dec Strangeworld Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-onSea, 01702 715111 14 Dec Notley High Christmas Concert Christmas music and readings. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 15 Dec Tribute Night Richard Carter pays tribute to Michael Buble and George Michael. The Compasses at Pattiswick, Pattiswick, 01376 561322 15 Dec The Ordinary Boys The band became the darlings of the media in 2006 when singer Preston appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. Influenced by the Mod revival and Britpop music, as well as bands like Madness, The Specials, The Kinks and The Smiths, the band are probably best known for their single ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 15 Dec The Garrison Christmas Concert Festive music by The Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band. St Botolph’s Church, Colchester, 01206 282920 15 - 16 Dec Abba Magic Tribute. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 16 Dec CMPA live concert and showcase A festive event for all the family, including full choral, band, ensemble and individual student performances. CMPA Live! At Swinburne Hall, Colchester, 01206 712999 16 Dec Charlie Turner + Ben Cork Charlie Turner is a Stortford-based 18-year-old pianist and saxophonist who is becoming a familiar face on the local music scene. enjamin ‘Benedict’ Cork is a homegrown singer songwriter from Bishop’s Stortford, previously a member of the quirky folk-pop quartet Pandora’s Box. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291

16 Dec Peter King Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 17 Dec Music For Christmas Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society with Aurelian Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of St Mary’s Primary School, Shenfield. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 810757 17 Dec Folk 4 RETT Concert in aid of Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 17 Dec Maldon Choral Society Christmas Concert Traditional festive concert. All Saints’ Church, Maldon, 01621 856503 18 Dec Hugh Rainey’s Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 18 Dec Glenn Miller Orchestra Get In the Mood for Christmas with a trip down memory lane that’s packed with popular tunes from the big band years. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 19 Dec One Direction See panel. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 Dec The Stondon Singers Carols and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore, 01992 522300 20 Dec Christmas at Blackmore Carols, extracts from Messiah, and more. Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore, 01992 522300 22 Dec The Blockheads Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury’s album New Boots and Panties on the first Stiff Records tour of the UK. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 22 Dec Lara George Soul & jazz. The Compasses at Pattiswick, Pattiswick, 01376 561322 23 Dec Lock Up Death-grind super group. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 23 Dec Nette Robinson’s Little Jazz Orchestra Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865

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27 Dec Wet Paint 0 The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 29 Dec Rubylux Brighton based four-piece band, tipped as a ‘one to watch’ by XFM. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 30 Dec Jo Fooks Quintet Jazz Marigold Blues Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 30 Dec Sax Appeal Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 31 Dec New Town Kings A huge party night with Colchester’s finest ska combo! Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 15 Dec 12PM Printmakers 12PM was formed in 1984 from a group of professional artists working in and around Colchester. This particular exhibition will focus on small and mini-prints that some members show in International and British Min-Print Competitions. Digby Gallery at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 1 - 17 Dec Flora Fancy The beauty of the natural world has long inspired every aspect of design and this exhibition has glorious examples of how fashion has used and embraced the power of flowers. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 1 - 17 Dec Winter Exhibition Wonderful Christmas gifts from the Essex Craft Society. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-onSea, 01702 347418 1 - 17 Dec Margins: walking between worlds (Part 3) An exhibition in 3 parts, ‘Margins: walking between worlds’ creates a platform for bringing together work that registers the often complex issues inherent in the simple act of walking. Part 3 explores issues of displacement and forced exile in the work of South African artist William Kentridge. Art Exchange at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 573948 1 - 20 Dec Celebrating 30 Years In November 1981, Epping Forest District Museum opened its doors to the public. 30 years on, the museum continues to collect and showcase objects from the district. This exhibition features some of the best-loved exhibitions and objects. Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey, 01992 716 882 1 - 23 Dec Present ArtsPaintings, prints, sculpture, glass, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, cards. A pleasure to look at, to possess, or to give as very special presents. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 1 Dec - 8 Jan Designed for Living EKCO 1922 - 1970 Revisiting the Worldfamous company through the collections of Southend Museums. Central Museum and Planetarium, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 434449


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1 Dec - 14 Jan Kaiki An exhibition of artist Kai Althoff’s work selected by Saim Demircan. Focal Point Gallery, Southend-onSea, 01702 534108 1 Dec - 22 Jan Camulodunum Firstsite’s inaugural exhibition takes its title from Colchester’s ancient name, Camulodunum, meaning fortress of the war god. The towns heritage as a centre of power for the ancient king Cunobelin and the principal city of Roman Britain, is the starting point for an exhibition of contemporary art that considers how history is recovered, represented and reenacted. Camulodunum draws directly on themes embedded in firstsite’s new architecture. Located in a town where modern buildings neighbour monuments to antiquity, the firstsite building is designed to stand on ancient land without disturbing the remains of the unexcavated Roman buildings beneath. New works commissioned from international contemporary artists Michaela Eichwald, Aleksandra Mir, Karin Ruggaber and Danh Vo are presented with loans from major public collections and objects from the town’s important archaeological holdings. Firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 Dec - 20 Jan Drawn From Essex A collective exhibition by the Artists at the Gatehouse Arts studios which will feature works “Drawn from Essex” whether it be literally a piece created whilst in their Essex studio, an inspiration which was drawn from being in Essex, or an abstract or literal interpretation of the title. This exciting group show will showcase many different mediums from traditional drawing to projected film. Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, 01279 446041 1 Dec - 22 Jan Southern Press The selection, from the ESCALA Collection, focuses on the works of thirteen printmakers, including Oswaldo Goeldi, Livio Abramo, Antonio Henrique Amaral, Olga Blinder, Nemesio Antunez and other key practitioners from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It showcases work from a period when printing enjoyed a prominent position in art education, as well as in national and international exhibition circuits, and when debates about the medium’s artistic status, and the uptake of abstraction by printers, were hotly contested. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 Dec - 26 Feb Colchester 24 This exhibition will capture your interest and will take you on a nostalgic trip looking at Colchester as a town. See a selection of photographs taken in Colchester on one day in 1986. They show aspects of everyday life, from punks sitting on the wall at Holy Trinity Church to the working life on the river Colne. Hollytrees Museum, Colchester, 01206 282940

3 - 4 Dec Halstead Art Group Annual exhibition. 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Ramsey College, Halstead, 5 Dec - 2 Jan Wendy Cruickshanks: The World’s A Stage The paintings featured in this exhibition are largely from memory and imagination. The most recent are constructed by thinking about light and surface rather than tone. Ideas develop over very long periods, and often involve lots of drawings and different versions. Digby Gallery, Colchester, 01206 573948 5 Dec - 2 Jan Silver Hammer Crafts Silver Hammer Crafts are based in Colchester and have developed a range of fossil based jewellery and gifts. All products are designed and created by a single craftsman. Digby Gallery, Colchester, 01206 573948 10 Dec - 15 Apr Embroideries from the East Textiles and costumes from India and Asia. Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden, 01799 510333

SPECIAL EVENTS EVERY SATURDAY From Camulodunum to Colchester Historical walk with qualified Town Guide. Colchester. 11.30am. 01206 282920 1 - 31 Dec Father Christmas on the Farm Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto, enjoy the farm in winter and see the farm animals Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 01245 321552 1 Dec - 21 Jan Brentwood On Ice A new and exciting Festive Eco Ice-Rink. Enjoy a fun filled day or evening of skating, Santa’s grotto, play areas for under 10s, hot food and drink and much more. Available for group bookings, private parties, school trips or if you just want to skate and have fun. Brentwood Centre, 07887 526597 3 - 4 Dec Made in Essex, Art, Craft & Design Show This exciting event gives artists and designers the chance to showcase and sell their work. Take part in Hedingham’s family Christmas activities, visit Santa and browse our food & craft stalls. Enjoy a glass of our mulled wine or purchase a bowl of homemade soup in the Garrison tearooms. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, 01787 460261 10 Dec Toy Fair 10am – 2.30pm. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 10 - 11 Dec Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo Visit the Magic of Christmas events at Colchester Zoo, with the infamous staff pantomime, Santa’s real, live, reindeer, elf tales, festive dancing with Rudolph,

guest visits from Mother Christmas and Santa in his Grotto. 9.30am-5pm. Colchester Zoo, Colchester, 01206 331292 11 Dec Victorian Christmas A fun packed day of of Victorian themed Christmas activities, plus the chance to meet Father Christmas and see a mini-pantomime.There will be children’s activities, exhibitions, displays, and a nature walk for you to explore. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 01992 707370 17 Dec Lawford Craft & Farmers’ Market 10am-4pm. Venture Centre 20001, Lawford, 07521 646434 3 - 4 Dec Christmas at Weald Meet father christmas in his grotto with his live animal friends, enjoy a tradional christmas atmosphere at weald, mulled punch christmas music and a vistor centre with gifts for all ages. 11am3.30pm. Weald Country Park, South Weald, 01245 437769 3 - 4 Dec Christmas Festival Weekend Get the whole family into the festive spirit this weekend! For the grown-ups there’s a craft fair organised by the Guild of Essex Craftsmen and for kids there’s various art and craft activities. Round the day off with a mug of hot chocolate and a bag of roasted chestnuts. 10am-3pm. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, 01245 402006 3 - 4 Dec Christmas Food & Craft Show Event held by the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. There will be a fantastic range of stalls including: food and drink from around the world; speciality bread, cheese, cakes and sweets; Christmas decorations and crafts; Ornaments, china and furnishings; jewellery and bags; toys and gifts and more. 10am-4pm. Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, 01245 514325 3 - 4 Dec Father Christmas in the Forest Follow a short fun trail through the Forest to see Father Christmas in his special Forest Grotto. 10am-3pm. Epping Forest, Loughton, 0208 508 0028 3 Dec Festive Fun Day Join BBC Essex live at the Victoria Circus for tons of festive fun and entertainment between 11am – 5pm as they bring Christmas Spirit to Southend. Town Centre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 618747 3 Dec Make Maldon Magical Lights Switch On by the Mayor at 5pm. Churches together choirs will proceed up the High Street from St Mary’s Church at 4.15, singing carols, arriving at All Saints’ Church for refreshments. Following the switch-on of Christmas lights there will be a winter carnival parade along the High Street. Street entertainment will be provided by Maldon Youth Orchestra and others. Charity stalls will be outside All Saint’s Church in

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the High Street. The High Street will be closed from West Square to Market Hill from 5pm 8pm. Town Centre, Maldon, 01621 857373 3 - 4 Dec Santa in the Woods Meeting at Westley Heights join one of the walks through the woods. Then find yourselves at Santa’s log cabin. Langdon Hills Country Park, Corringham, 01268 542066 3 - 4 Dec Santa On The Pier Children can visit Santa in his grotto on the Pier and every child will receive a gift. Includes a ride on the Pier train. Southend Pier, Southend-onSea, 01702 618747 3 Dec Santa’s Celebrations Trail Follow Santa’s trail and find out all about the toys and the toy worksho. Then meet Santa in his grotto to receive a special gift. 11am. Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood, 01277 232944 3 Dec Torchlit Tour at Hylands House Take a tour in and around Hylands House in the dark and listen to the stories of staff and visitors who have seen or heard something… unusual! Wrap up warm and take a torch as the tour includes some outdoor sections. 11pm-1am. Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 01245 605555 3 Dec Christmas Farmer’s & Crafts Market 8.30am-5.30pm. High Street, Southend-on-Sea, 01277 362414 3 - 4 Dec Father Christmas Trail A magical trail through the wood leads you to Father Christmas in his grotto. Collect your craft items along the trail, to make something in the classroom at the end. Hatfield Forest, Takeley, 01279 870678 3 Dec Thatched Cottage Xmas Fayre 2-9pm. Thatched Cottage, Orsett. 3 - 4 Dec Barleylands Christmas Experience Children can meet Father Christmas in his cabin, follow the slipper trail, watch Mother Christmas baking, make crafts and more. 10am-4pm. Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay, 01268 532253 3 - 4 Dec Santa Specials Ride a miniature steam or diesel train to visit Santa in his grotto. 11am-3.45pm. Audley End Miniature Railway, nr Saffron Walden, 01799 542134 4 Dec Billericay Christmas Market Over 100 shops open plus 130 stalls embracing Craft, Farmers, Continental , Charity, Local Clubs, Emergency services displays, to go alongside the two stages of entertainment, Santa’s Parade and Grotto, ice rink, Punch & Judy [indoors] and the regular kiddies rides for only £1. 11am-5pm. High Street, Billericay, 01268 294266 4 Dec Hylands Christmas Fair A fantastic festive selection of stalls sprawled amongst Hylands House and Stables Visitor Centre. Enjoy a variety of entertainment

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www.eastevents.co.uk throughout the day including festive singing and a visit from Santa in his grotto. 10am-4pm. Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 01245 605555 4 Dec Steam with Santa Join the Special train as it gently steams along one mile of line (1 round trip) whilst Santa delivers a present to every child on the train. First train 10.45, last train 3.30pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 4 Dec Brentwood Festive Gift Show The place to BUY original and inexpensive Christmas presents for all the family. With around 200 exhibitors, the Festive Gift Show features everything to make it a enjoyable festive event and a major festive shopping experience. 10am-4pm. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01702 549622 4 Dec Santa Train on the Crouch Valley Line The Santa Train departs from Southminster station at 11.05 and 13.05 travelling to Wickford and back. Santa will be on the train with a gift for each child. Entertainment, music, colourful characters and games are all part of the journey. Southminster Station, Southminster, 01621 784962 6 Dec Carol Concert: Christ’s College Cambridge Carol concert. Plume School, Maldon, 01621 774827 7 Dec Annual Torchlight Procession &Town Carol Service This traditional event will start at the top of High Street at 7pm. Town Centre, Halstead, 01787 476480 7 Dec Annual Torchlight Procession &Town Carol Service This traditional event will start at the top of High Street at 7pm. Town Centre, Halstead, 01787 476480 8 Dec The Spirit of Christmas Sample an array of traditional treats as well as an exotic selection of seasonal products from around the globe. Suppliers will also be on hand with generous tips and demonstrations on creating the perfect Christmas breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and, of course, party. 6-9pm. The Food Company, Marks Tey, 01206 214000 9 Dec Weird and Wonderful Christmas shopping, lots of street entertainers, stalls, food and drink, crafts and more. The High Street will be closed to traffic. 6-9pm. Town Centre, Manningtree, 08434 590824 9 Dec Christmas Light Up Wickford The traditional lighting of St Luke’s Tree of Light will take place at 6pm with choirs from local schools taking part in the ceremony. Plus ice rink, stalls, shops open late, fairground rides, Santa, panto characters and more. 6-9pm. High Street, Wickford, 07596 871 796 10 - 11 Dec Christmas at Weald Meet father christmas in his grotto with his live animal friends, enjoy a tradional christmas atmosphere at weald, mulled punch christmas music and a vistor centre with gifts for all ages. 11am3.30pm. Weald Country Park, South Weald, 01245 437769 142

10 - 11 Dec Santa Specials Ride a miniature steam or diesel train to visit Santa in his grotto. 11am-3.45pm. Audley End Miniature Railway, nr Saffron Walden, 01799 542134 10 - 11 Dec Santa in the Woods Meeting at Westley Heights join one of the walks through the woods. Then find yourselves at Santa’s log cabin. Langdon Hills Country Park, Corringham, 01268 542066 10 - 11 Dec Santa On The Pier Children can visit Santa in his grotto on the Pier and every child will receive a gift. Includes a ride on the Pier train. Southend Pier, Southendon-Sea, 01702 618747 10 - 11 Dec Steam with Santa Join the Special train as it gently steams along one mile of line (1 round trip) whilst Santa delivers a present to every child on the train. First train 10.45, last train 3.30pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 10 - 11 Dec Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival Decorated trees, seasonal music, homemade cakes, pantry and gift shop. 10am-6pm. All Saints’ Church, Brightlingsea, 10 Dec Christmas Craft and Design Fair A wide range of contemporary and vintage style handmade items that are just perfect for Christmas gifts. 10am-4pm. Queens Hall, Halstead, 10 Dec Christmas Farmer’s & Crafts Market 8.30am-5.30pm. High Street, Southend-on-Sea, 01277 362414 10 - 11 Dec Christmas Wine Sale See the barn transformed into a Winter Wonderland, with lots to keep children amused. Festive refreshments and, of course, great wines for sale - have personalized Christmas labels put on your wine for that ‘’Hard To Buy For’’ person on your Christmas list. 10am-5pm. New Hall Vienyards, Purleugh, 10 - 11 Dec Cressing Unwrapped A magical Christmas experience for all the family. Have a close encounter with Bjorn the polar bear, step through the wardrobe into an enchanted land and meet Farther Christmas and his friends as he prepares for Christmas. A day of activities and entertainment. Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, 0845 6037624 10 - 11 Dec Santa Specials Travel by train to see Santa in his grotto. Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch, 01621 784898 10 Dec Vintage & Handmade Market 10am-4pm. Shire Hall, Chelmsford, 01245 287961 10 - 11 Dec Barleylands Christmas Experience Children can meet Father Christmas in his cabin, follow the slipper trail, watch Mother Christmas baking, make crafts and more. 10am-4pm. Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay, 01268 532253

10 Dec Festive Farmers’ Market 8.30am-12.30pm. Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay, 01268 532253 10 Dec The Queen’s Christmas Stocking Fayre Handmade stocking fillers. 11am-3pm. The Queen’s Head, Maldon, 01621 854112 10 - 11 Dec Father Christmas Trail A magical trail through the wood leads you to Father Christmas in his grotto. Collect your craft items along the trail, to make something in the classroom at the end. Hatfield Forest, Takeley, 01279 870678 11 Dec Colchester Christmas Fair This amazing one day annual event attracted over 12,000 last year. No Christmas Fair would be complete without a visit from Santa and his reindeer, and other guests to this festive extravaganza include the Mayor and the Town Crier. Food, music and two radio stations will entertain the crowds. The event will be held outdoors on Colchester High Street which is closed to traffic for the occasion. High Street, Colchester, 01206 525527 11 Dec Colchester Hospitals Charity Santa Fun Run Celebrate Christmas by joining in this fun event and raise money for a great cause! Castle Park, Colchester, 07765 257875 11 Dec Santa Fun Run Raising money for Farleigh Hospice running a course 4km in length dressed as Santa. Promenade Park, Maldon, 01245 457408 11 Dec Santa Train Miniature steam train rides. 10am-5pm Museum of Power, Langford, 01621 843183 14 Dec Castle Open Evening and Christmas Market A chance to get into the festive spirit while enjoying a range of stalls within the wonderful surroundings of Castle Park. 3-8pm. Castle Park, Colchester, 01206 282962 14 - 15 Dec Christmas at Layer Marney Tower Christmas tea room, story telling, carol singing, Christmas music and Father Christmas. 3.30-6pm. Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, 01206 330784 16 Dec Torchlit Tour at Hylands House Take a tour in and around Hylands House in the dark and listen to the stories of staff and visitors who have seen or heard something… unusual! Wrap up warm and take a torch as the tour includes some outdoor sections. 11pm-1am. Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 01245 605555 16 Dec Christmas Farmers’ Market From 9am. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 17 - 18 Dec Christmas at Weald Meet father christmas in his grotto with his live animal friends, enjoy a tradional christmas atmosphere at weald, mulled punch christmas music and a vistor centre with gifts for all ages. 11am3.30pm. Weald Country Park, South Weald, 01245 437769

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17 - 18 Dec Santa On The Pier Children can visit Santa in his grotto on the Pier and every child will receive a gift. Includes a ride on the Pier train. Southend Pier, Southendon-Sea, 01702 618747 17 - 18 Dec Steam with Santa Join the Special train as it gently steams along one mile of line (1 round trip) whilst Santa delivers a present to every child on the train. First train 10.45, last train 3.30pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 17 Dec Christmas Farmer’s & Crafts Market 8.30am-5.30pm. High Street, Southend-on-Sea, 01277 362414 17 - 23 Dec Santa Specials Ride a miniature steam or diesel train to visit Santa in his grotto. 11am-3.45pm. Audley End Miniature Railway, nr Saffron Walden, 01799 542134 17 - 23 Dec Crafts & Book Sale 10am4pm. The Moot Hall, Maldon, 07545 929528 17 - 18 Dec Santa Specials Travel by train to see Santa in his grotto. Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch, 01621 784898 17 - 24 Dec Barleylands Christmas Experience Children can meet Father Christmas in his cabin, follow the slipper trail, watch Mother Christmas baking, make crafts and more. 10am-4pm. Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay, 01268 532253 17 - 24 Dec Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo Visit the Magic of Christmas events at Colchester Zoo, with the infamous staff pantomime, Santa’s real, live, reindeer, elf tales, festive dancing with Rudolph, guest visits from Mother Christmas and Santa in his Grotto. 9.30am-5pm. Colchester Zoo, Colchester, 01206 331292 19 Dec Christmas Fayre 2.30-4pm. Plantation Hall, Heybridge, 01245 457408 20 - 24 Dec Christmas at Weald Meet father christmas in his grotto with his live animal friends, enjoy a tradional christmas atmosphere at weald, mulled punch christmas music and a vistor centre with gifts for all ages. 11am-3.30pm. Weald Country Park, South Weald, 01245 437769 21 Dec Steam with Santa Join the Special train as it gently steams along one mile of line (1 round trip) whilst Santa delivers a present to every child on the train. First train 10.45, last train 3.30pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 23 Dec Christmas Farmer’s & Crafts Market 8.30am-5.30pm. High Street, Southend-on-Sea, 01277 362414 23 Dec Evening Festive farmers’ Market 5.30pm-8.30pm. Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay, 01268 532253 24 Dec Santa Specials Travel by train to see Santa in his grotto. Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch, 01621 784898


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Santa will be stopping off at his grottos around the region, here’s a few that children will love... Norfolk 10-11 Dec Grotto and Woodland Adventure Trail . Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Old Wood, Sheringham 01263 824514 Norfolk Until 24 Dec The grotto will be outside Argos with prices starting at £3.99 for a visit and a gift. Jarrold department store, Norwich. 01603 660661 Norfolk Until 8 Jan Enchanting grotto at Fritton Lake’s Winter Wonderland experience. Fritton Old Hall, Church Lane, Great Yarmouth 01493 488288 Suffolk Until 18 Dec Santa will be in his grotto every weekend, 11am-4pm, with real reindeer on 4th & 11th. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham 01359 270091

Cambs Until 23 Dec Every weekend until 18th, every day from 19th-23rd. Santa’s circus will be here too! Van Hage garden centre, Peterborough 01920 870811 Essex Until 24 Dec Lakeside’s biggest ever grotto, with toy chest theme, huge moving characters and 3D cinema. Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock. Cambs Until 24 Dec Santa will be in his grotto every weekend, 11am-3pm. Notcutts Garden Centre, Horningsea, Cambridge 01223 860320

Herts Until 23 Dec Every weekend until 11th, every day from 15th-23rd. Situated next to the ice rink! Van Hage garden centre, Great Amwell 01920 870811 Bucks Until 24 Dec Wonderful grotto with elves, singing, magical stories and more. Weekends until 11th Dec, daily from 15th. Have a go on the ice rink too! Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands. Also at other Frosts centres at Willington Beds, and Brampton, Cambs (no ice rink). Cambs Until 24 Dec Open daily with a gift for each child. £4.50. Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough 01733 311666

New Year’s Eve The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve in this romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert de Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Hilary Swank, Michelle, Jessica Biel, Lea Michele, Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron. Thurs 8th

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law reprise their roles as they join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Fri 16th

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt who is forced to go underground with his team when they are implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin. Mon 26th

Happy Feet Two Long awaited sequel of the hit animation, featuring dancing penguins and a feelgood story voiced by the likes of Elijah Wood and Brad Pitt. Fri 2nd For more places to find Santa go to our county what’s on pages or visit www.eastevents.co.uk

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