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Welcome....IFM Welcome to our Christmas edition of inside Flintshire and what a treat we have installed for you this month. For starter’s we’re giving away an amazing prize of an overnight stay for two in a four poster suite at Northop Hall Country Hotel, including a bottle of Prosecco and full breakfast. See page12 to see how you can enter. Its pantomime season again, Oh yes it is, sorry had to get that one in. For all the pantomimes and Christmas shows in the area please see pages 1011. If that doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit then a trip to see Santa will. See pages 18-19 to see where you can visit Santa this Christmas. Probably too late for this year but best to plan at least a year ahead when looking to visit Santa in Lapland. See pages 6-7 to plan your once in a lifetime journey to see him in his Artic home. If you’re anything like my wife then see loves to cook at Christmas, so why not try the Icy snow globe cake on pages 14-15. So much more going on so please take a look.

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Holidays

Airlines that fly to Lapland from the UK

Your guide to the best Lapland holiday packages L

apland holidays make for a magical Christmas break with the kids. They also come with a hefty price tag - but book early and you could snap up a bargain.

together a guide to Lapland. including how to get there on a budget, what to pack and where to find deals.

Where is Lapland?

Lapland is in the north of Finland, on the Arctic Circle - so unsurprisingly, it boasts plenty of snow-covered landscapes.

Christmas can be particularly exciting for little ones waiting to see if Father Christmas visits and drops off some presents - but why wait to see if he got your letter, when you could go and tell him directly?

For example there’s Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi with its lively bars and restaurants, not to mention Santa’s village just 8km away, or the more remote village of Levi which is a hit with skiiers and snowboarders.

The good news is that you won’t need to venture to the deep dark depths of the North Pole - but instead, you can head to Santa’s Grotto in Finnish Lapland, where he’s been hanging around for decades to greet little adventurers and hear their Christmas wishlists.

It’s worth noting that there is a Lapland in Sweden too, but we’ve chosen to focus on Finnish Lapland in this guide as it tends to be the more popular option for families.

How to meet Santa during your visit

It’s an enchanting trip for the whole family, but it’s not all about Father Christmas and his elves. In fact, there are plenty of incredible things to see and do in Lapland - no wonder it’s still a firm favourite with Brits. Thinking of planning a trip? We’ve put

underground caverns, the Santa Post Office and plenty more fun including Arctic Circle crossings and traditional ceremonies.

If you’re booking a holiday package, it’s worth checking whether this includes a Meet Santa experience as this could be an easy way of saving money compared to booking your flights, hotel stays and all of the activities separately.

Don Airey - Mark Robinson - Keyboard £25.00 Cash - Jane Styles - Vinnie Jones Afternoon Tea for 2 - Lianne Roberts - 20 rooms “Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.”

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Where to find cheap hotels in Lapland If you’re on a budget, then it’s worth checking out TripAdvisor who compare over 200 sites to bring you some of the best cheap hotels in

Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi

l Inghams offers Santa breaks from £649pp which include a meeting with Santa, games with the elves and optional extras such as husky sledding excursions.

Head to Christmas House to meet him, then go exploring the activities and exhibitions around including

l Groupon often has deals and discount codes up for grabs in the runup to Christmas.

Oh Yes It Is!

SLEEPING BEAUTY Venue Cymru - LLandudno Join us for this year’s sensational family pantomime Sleeping Beauty,starring Sherrie Hewson, Kieran Powell and Friends and Nigel Ellacott in an all-new spectacular production! Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients North Wales’ audiences have come to expect, Sleeping Beauty will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of jawdropping dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational song and plenty of festive magic. When a beautiful Princess is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can true love survive and the handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Can the Princess’ friends help save her and who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans?

Fee-fi-fo-fum, it’s panto time! Join Jack’s moo-sical journey up the beanstalk in this giant, magical, eggcellent adventure! Our acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll panto returns with a brand new script by Wales’ Christian Patterson, full of super slapstick, bonkers frocks, sparkling sets and the anarchic panto puppets!

igloo hotel and holiday village accommodation can all be found there. For full details, prices and availability of all activities, visit: www.santaclausvillage.info/

You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland’s best-known attraction and a resort in its own right.

It is home to approximately 50 attractions in the form of activity companies, shops, restaurants and cafés. Husky and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, souvenirs, ice and snow constructions, an

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PANTOMIMES AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS

22 November - 18 January 2020

For more information you can also head to visitfinland.com/lapland.

SantasLapland.com has a dedicated offers page including exclusive deals.

Finding Father Christmas won’t be tricky, as there’s a dedicated Santa Claus village.

JACK & THE BEANSTALK Theatr Clwyd

Meanwhile Booking.com has rounded up the 30 best hotels in Lapland to suit any budget.

When you pack for Lapland, just think - layers, layers, layers! ... And make some of those layers thermals. In December, temperatures range from 0 -20 degrees, but it has fallen as low as -40 in some cases. Daylight is usually between 10.00am3.00pm.

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Lapland including rooms from £49 per night.

Extra travel tips - including what to pack

l TUI offers a host of holiday packages from £550pp to Lapland’s most popular hotspots.

With star casting, magic, music, comedy and plenty of concessionary rates available, don’t snooze, make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams and book tickets now. www.venuecymru.co.uk/sleeping-beauty-0

Phylip Harries will be returning as Dame! ‘I love playing the Dame… The best thing is getting the chance to ad lib with the audience.’ — Phyl Harries

THE LITTLE MERMAID William Aston Hall

PETER PAN Storyhouse - Chester

Sat 21 - Mon 23 Dec 2019, £8.80

Coming to Storyhouse this Christmas we’re following the second star to the right…

Friday 6 December 2019 - Sunday 12 January 2020

Journey to Neverland for a high-flying adventure you’ll never forget. The foreveryoung Peter Pan sails through the skies to bring Wendy and the Darling children to the Lost Children’s enchanted island where the fearsome Captain Hook rules over the high seas. Based on the timeless book by JM Barrie.

Joseph Purdy Productions present The Little Mermaid Pantomime starring Melissa Cavanagh, Anna Phylactic and Alex Reid.

Ticket prices go up with demand — book now for the best priced tickets! www.storyhouse.com/event/peter-pan

www.thewilliamastonhall.com

ALLADIN Theatr Colwyn Saturday 21st 2019 - 4th January 2020 Book now for our magical pantomime at Theatr Colwyn — a perfect fun-filled festive family treat! Join Aladdin in an adventure full of singing, dancing, comedy, puppets, magic and illusions. With colourful costumes and stunning sets, our pantomime is sure to delight all ages.

RAPUNZEL Grove Park Theatre - Wrexham

www.theatrcolwyn.co.uk/shows/aladdin

12th December 2019 - 4th January 2020 Let your hair down this holiday season and join us at Grove Park Theatre for the hilarious, the heartwarming, the hair-raising tale of the one and only RAPUNZEL.

ALLADIN Swiwt Theatr - Wrexham Saturday 7th - Sunday 31st December 2019

A first for Grove Park Theatre, experience the story as you’ve never experienced it before as we join our fully-follicled, feisty friend Rapunzel as she sits in her tower, singing out of the window, dreaming of joining life in the villages and towns below.

Relaxed Performance - 19th December at 6:30pm Specifically designed for people who would prefer a more relaxed environment, such as people on the Autism Spectrum, and/or with sensory and communication issues, or a learning disability. We hope to make these designated performances inclusive to all members of society that may require them. The technical staff will ensure that some small changes are made to the light and sound effects, which will make the experience more enjoyable to those who are prefer a more ‘toned-down’ production.

Action, adventure and magic come to the stage as Rapunzel makes her escape and experiences outside life for the first time. With fairies and dames and jokes and songs — Grove Park Theatre has been delighting audiences of all ages for nearly four decades. Come see why we’re Wrexham’s Favourite Pantomime.

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RECIPE Icy snow globe cake This festive icy snow globe cake is how we like to picture a winter wonderland. Use this decoration technique on top of a 20cm round fruit cake.

Ingredients l5 l3 l1

tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting x 454g pack marzipan ready-to-roll white icing x tube blue gel food colouring

l 1.3kg l1

Step by step 1 For this icing technique you will need 1 x 20cm round fruit cake. Turn the cake upside down so you have a flat top, then put it on a cake board or cake stand. Brush the top and sides with a thin layer of jam. Dust your work surface with icing sugar then roll the marzipan out thinly until it’s big enough to cover the cake – you can use a piece of string to check the dimensions. Use the rolling pin to help you lift the marzipan onto the cake, then smooth down the sides. Trim off the excess from around the base, using a sharp knife. Brush over another layer of jam. 2 Knead 850g of the ready-to-roll icing with a little blue food colouring to get a smooth, pale blue soft icing. Again, dust the surface with a little icing sugar and roll out the coloured icing until it is big enough to cover the marzipanned cake. Trim the excess, and smooth out any bumps by rubbing and buffing the icing with your hands.

Prep: 1hr 15m

3 Roll out the remaining white icing into a long narrow strip, about as tall as the cake – it might be easier to do in 2 pieces. Trim the bottom edge to give a straight line, then use scissors or a knife to cut assorted iceberg and peak shapes from the strip. Mix 3 tablespoons of icing sugar with a few drops of water to get a runny icing. Brush the back of each shape in turn, then stick around the base of the cake. Overlap each new shape, building up a mountain scene, until the side of the cake is covered. 4 Clean your jar or glass and dry with kitchen paper until it is sparkling. Work out where you want to position your snow globe jar, and stack as many small leftover iceberg icing pieces inside as you need to make a plinth for your animal to stand on, so it sits roughly in the middle of the jar. Sit the animal on the icing, then cover with the upturned jar. Push the jar down so the base presses into the icing to stick. Roll the remaining trimmings of white icing into lots of little balls like snowballs. Arrange them around the base of the jar in piles.

Tip Once covered in icing this cake will keep for 4 weeks before being cut.

Total time: 1hr 15m

Serves: 14-16

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Where to find Santa this year Colliery Lane, Mancot, Deeside CH5 2AS Tel: 01745 338222

Llangollen Railway: Santa’s Christmas Specials Fridays: 3:30pm - 7:00pm Saturdays: 10:30am - 6pm Sundays: 10:30am - 6pm

See all the elves at the Christmas village full of wrapping paper, ribbons and lights it’s not to be missed.

Santa makes a special visit each Christmas to the Llangollen Railway. Your decorated steam train will transport you in style from Llangollen Station to Carrog (renamed Lapland for Santa’s visit). Santa will give each good boy and girl a special gift on the journey & the adults on-board receive a Mince Pie & a tipple from Santa’s Little Helpers.

All the good boys and girls receive an early Christmas present when they visit, all that still believe will also get to take one of Santa’s Christmas tree lights home with them too!

December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 1. Sit back and relax in comfort as you admire the beautiful Dee Valley in our specially decorated carriages.

Erddig

North Wales Garden World: Winter Village Grotto Saturdays & Sundays: November 25, 26 December 2, 3, 9,10,16,17 A friendly elf will guide you through the winter village. Before meeting Santa, you’ll sing-along with cheeky reindeer, decorate a gingerbread man and write your letter to Santa with the help of a cuddly bear called Bertie who is 109 years old. You can post your letter in Postman Pat’s sack by his van in Ice Cream World and he’ll make sure it reaches the North Pole.

With Mr Claus’ movie room, elves craft workshop, festive fairground, indoor soft play centre and all the Christmas cheer it’s not a festival to miss! Oh and don’t forget were ever Father Christmas is there is guaranteed SNOW for those magical Christmas family photos.

Mince Pie Specials:

Adult ticket: £20.00 Child ticket: £20.00 Compartment for eight people only £17.00 The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen Denbighshire LL208SN

Finally you’ll meet Santa and receive a lovely gift. A perfect Christmas experience!

Individual ticket: £5.00 Private group ticket: £25.00 St Asaph Avenue, Kinmel Bay, Rhyl LL18 5TU.

Llangollen Railway

Erddig: Breakfast with Father Christmas Saturday November 30 Tuesday December 24 With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer. Bring a camera for photos by the tree, then later explore our festive forest on the Erddig Treemendous Christmas trail. Experience includes Welsh buffet breakfast, small gift and Christmas decoration craft activity.

Adult ticket: £15.95 Child ticket: £16.95

Supper with Father Christmas Saturday November 30 Monday December 23 Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for Christmas dinner in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a two-course Christmas dinner, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen... With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

Adult ticket: £15.95 Child ticket: £16.95 Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT

Fridays: 3:30pm - 7:00pm Saturdays: 10:30am - 6pm Sundays: 10:30am - 6pm

Tarvin Sands Reindeer Centre: When the Grinch Stole the Reindeer

Why not join Father Christmas and his elves at the most magical farm in North Wales.

Take a seat and watch as Santa

Santa’s Magical Farm

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l Norwegian offers flights to Rovaniemi from £49.90pp in November or £101.50pp in December if you’re planning a last-minute getaway. How long is the flight to Lapland? If you’re flying direct then you’re looking at a flight time of approximately three and a half hours. If you’re considering a stopover, then you could be looking at total times of approximately five hours.

Where to find Lapland holiday deals

Don’t forget to support our local businesses within and please give us a mention if you do use any of their services.

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No need to hitch a ride on Santa’s sled - there are plenty of UK airlines offering flights with budget-friendly fares to Lapland. l Finnair offers flights to a host of airports handy for those planning to explore Lapland. l easyJet has direct flights to Rovaniemi from £64.99pp. l British Airways has direct flights to Helsinki from £84pp - you can then catch the train to Rovaniemi. l TUI has direct flights to Kittila Airport as well as offering routes to Rovaniemi.

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Saturday December 7 Sunday December 8

calls upon his fairytale friends to save Christmas in this magical musical Christmas spectacular. Not only will you be taken on a magical journey with Santa, his cheeky elves and real live reindeer but you will also have the chance to meet them, along with some of your favourite fairytale characters. It’s Christmas Eve and we’ve lost our Reindeer. There’s only one person mean enough to try to ruin Christmas - The Grinch, Join Santa, his elves, Snow White and the Christmas fairy whilst they try to find the reindeer and save Christmas for everyone.

Child ticket: £17.95 (accompanying adult free) Extra adult ticket: £14.95 Tarvin Sands Fishery & Reindeer Centre, Cheshire, CH3 8NR

Abakhan: Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas Saturday December 14 Monday December 23 Bring your little ones along and enjoy a delicious, freshly made Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas. The whole family will meet Father Christmas in his grotto, so don’t forget to bring your Camera

to capture those special moments. All events take place at The Café at Abakhan, located at Abakhan Fabrics Hobby & Home, Coast Rd, Llanerch-y-Mor, Mostyn, Nr Holywell, Flintshire CH8 9DX. Please note that Children must be accompanied by a paying Adult.

Price: From £3.00

Klondyke & Strikes Garden Centres: Breakfast & Supper with Santa Enjoy a special Breakfast or Supper with Santa this Christmas Whilst you tuck into your freshly cooked meal Santa will arrive with his magical sack of presents. Enjoy our festive activities, write your very own letter to Santa and colour in one of our favourite Christmas pictures. Finally for those who have been extra good this year Santa will hand out a special gift for you to take home. Daleside Garden Centre, Flintshire, Hawarden. Holland Arms Garden Centre, Anglesey. Please contact venue for dates, times and prices.


Holidays

Your guide to the best Lapland holiday packages L

apland holidays make for a magical Christmas break with the kids. They also come with a hefty price tag - but book early and you could snap up a bargain. Christmas can be particularly exciting for little ones waiting to see if Father Christmas visits and drops off some presents - but why wait to see if he got your letter, when you could go and tell him directly? The good news is that you won’t need to venture to the deep dark depths of the North Pole - but instead, you can head to Santa’s Grotto in Finnish Lapland, where he’s been hanging around for decades to greet little adventurers and hear their Christmas wishlists. It’s an enchanting trip for the whole family, but it’s not all about Father Christmas and his elves. In fact, there are plenty of incredible things to see and do in Lapland - no wonder it’s still a firm favourite with Brits. Thinking of planning a trip? We’ve put

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together a guide to Lapland. including how to get there on a budget, what to pack and where to find deals.

Where is Lapland?

Lapland is in the north of Finland, on the Arctic Circle - so unsurprisingly, it boasts plenty of snow-covered landscapes. For example there’s Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi with its lively bars and restaurants, not to mention Santa’s village just 8km away, or the more remote village of Levi which is a hit with skiiers and snowboarders. It’s worth noting that there is a Lapland in Sweden too, but we’ve chosen to focus on Finnish Lapland in this guide as it tends to be the more popular option for families.

How to meet Santa during your visit

underground caverns, the Santa Post Office and plenty more fun including Arctic Circle crossings and traditional ceremonies.

If you’re booking a holiday package, it’s worth checking whether this includes a Meet Santa experience as this could be an easy way of saving money compared to booking your flights, hotel stays and all of the activities separately.

Where to find Lapland holiday deals l TUI offers a host of holiday packages from £550pp to Lapland’s most popular hotspots.

SantasLapland.com has a dedicated offers page including exclusive deals.

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Finding Father Christmas won’t be tricky, as there’s a dedicated Santa Claus village.

l Inghams offers Santa breaks from £649pp which include a meeting with Santa, games with the elves and optional extras such as husky sledding excursions.

Head to Christmas House to meet him, then go exploring the activities and exhibitions around including

l Groupon often has deals and discount codes up for grabs in the runup to Christmas.

Please mention Inside Flintshire Magazine when responding to advertisements


Airlines that fly to Lapland from the UK No need to hitch a ride on Santa’s sled - there are plenty of UK airlines offering flights with budget-friendly fares to Lapland. Finnair offers flights to a host of airports handy for those planning to explore Lapland. l easyJet has direct flights to Rovaniemi from £64.99pp. l British Airways has direct flights to Helsinki from £84pp - you can then catch the train to Rovaniemi. l TUI has direct flights to Kittila Airport as well as offering routes to Rovaniemi. l

l Norwegian offers flights to Rovaniemi from £49.90pp in November or £101.50pp in December if you’re planning a last-minute getaway. How long is the flight to Lapland? If you’re flying direct then you’re looking at a flight time of approximately three and a half hours. If you’re considering a stopover, then you could be looking at total times of approximately five hours.

Where to find cheap hotels in Lapland If you’re on a budget, then it’s worth checking out TripAdvisor who compare over 200 sites to bring you some of the best cheap hotels in

Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi

You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland’s best-known attraction and a resort in its own right.

Lapland including rooms from £49 per night. Meanwhile Booking.com has rounded up the 30 best hotels in Lapland to suit any budget.

Extra travel tips - including what to pack When you pack for Lapland, just think - layers, layers, layers! ... And make some of those layers thermals. In December, temperatures range from 0 -20 degrees, but it has fallen as low as -40 in some cases. Daylight is usually between 10.00am3.00pm. For more information you can also head to visitfinland.com/lapland. igloo hotel and holiday village accommodation can all be found there. For full details, prices and availability of all activities, visit: www.santaclausvillage.info/

It is home to approximately 50 attractions in the form of activity companies, shops, restaurants and cafés. Husky and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, souvenirs, ice and snow constructions, an

To advertise text ADVERT to: 07446 778 482

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PANTOMIMES AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS Oh Yes It Is!

SLEEPING BEAUTY Venue Cymru - LLandudno Join us for this year’s sensational family pantomime Sleeping Beauty,starring Sherrie Hewson, Kieran Powell and Friends and Nigel Ellacott in an all-new spectacular production! Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients North Wales’ audiences have come to expect, Sleeping Beauty will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of jawdropping dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational song and plenty of festive magic.

JACK & THE BEANSTALK Theatr Clwyd 22 November - 18 January 2020 Fee-fi-fo-fum, it’s panto time! Join Jack’s moo-sical journey up the beanstalk in this giant, magical, eggcellent adventure! Our acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll panto returns with a brand new script by Wales’ Christian Patterson, full of super slapstick, bonkers frocks, sparkling sets and the anarchic panto puppets!

When a beautiful Princess is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can true love survive and the handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Can the Princess’ friends help save her and who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? With star casting, magic, music, comedy and plenty of concessionary rates available, don’t snooze, make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams and book tickets now. www.venuecymru.co.uk/sleeping-beauty-0

Phylip Harries will be returning as Dame! ‘I love playing the Dame… The best thing is getting the chance to ad lib with the audience.’ — Phyl Harries

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THE LITTLE MERMAID William Aston Hall

PETER PAN Storyhouse - Chester

Sat 21 - Mon 23 Dec 2019, £8.80

Coming to Storyhouse this Christmas we’re following the second star to the right…

Joseph Purdy Productions present The Little Mermaid Pantomime starring Melissa Cavanagh, Anna Phylactic and Alex Reid. www.thewilliamastonhall.com

Friday 6 December 2019 - Sunday 12 January 2020

Journey to Neverland for a high-flying adventure you’ll never forget. The foreveryoung Peter Pan sails through the skies to bring Wendy and the Darling children to the Lost Children’s enchanted island where the fearsome Captain Hook rules over the high seas. Based on the timeless book by JM Barrie. Ticket prices go up with demand — book now for the best priced tickets! www.storyhouse.com/event/peter-pan

ALLADIN Theatr Colwyn Saturday 21st 2019 - 4th January 2020 Book now for our magical pantomime at Theatr Colwyn — a perfect fun-filled festive family treat! Join Aladdin in an adventure full of singing, dancing, comedy, puppets, magic and illusions. With colourful costumes and stunning sets, our pantomime is sure to delight all ages. www.theatrcolwyn.co.uk/shows/aladdin

ALLADIN Swiwt Theatr - Wrexham Saturday 7th - Sunday 31st December 2019 Relaxed Performance - 19th December at 6:30pm Specifically designed for people who would prefer a more relaxed environment, such as people on the Autism Spectrum, and/or with sensory and communication issues, or a learning disability. We hope to make these designated performances inclusive to all members of society that may require them. The technical staff will ensure that some small changes are made to the light and sound effects, which will make the experience more enjoyable to those who are prefer a more ‘toned-down’ production. https://stiwt.ticketsolve.com/shows

RAPUNZEL Grove Park Theatre - Wrexham 12th December 2019 - 4th January 2020 Let your hair down this holiday season and join us at Grove Park Theatre for the hilarious, the heartwarming, the hair-raising tale of the one and only RAPUNZEL. A first for Grove Park Theatre, experience the story as you’ve never experienced it before as we join our fully-follicled, feisty friend Rapunzel as she sits in her tower, singing out of the window, dreaming of joining life in the villages and towns below. Action, adventure and magic come to the stage as Rapunzel makes her escape and experiences outside life for the first time. With fairies and dames and jokes and songs — Grove Park Theatre has been delighting audiences of all ages for nearly four decades. Come see why we’re Wrexham’s Favourite Pantomime. www.groveparktheatre.co.uk/whats_on To advertise text ADVERT to: 07446 778 482

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As well as 40 individually and sensitively styled en-suite bedrooms, Northop Hall also boasts three well-equipped meeting rooms catering for up to 100 delegates. With a reputation for culinary excellence, our Chequers Restaurant is popular with guests and visitors alike. Enjoy one of our legendary Sunday roasts or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in our elegant dining room, which has superb views of the hotel’s impressive grounds. For a historic wedding setting that simply oozes romance, look no further than Northop Hall. We have variety of individually tailored packages and a reputation as one of the area’s best wedding venues.

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RECIPE Icy snow globe cake This festive icy snow globe cake is how we like to picture a winter wonderland. Use this decoration technique on top of a 20cm round fruit cake.

Ingredients l 5 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved l 3 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting l 1 x 454g pack marzipan l 1.3kg ready-to-roll white icing l 1 x tube blue gel food colouring

Step by step 1 For this icing technique you will need 1 x 20cm round fruit cake. Turn the cake upside down so you have a flat top, then put it on a cake board or cake stand. Brush the top and sides with a thin layer of jam. Dust your work surface with icing sugar then roll the marzipan out thinly until it’s big enough to cover the cake – you can use a piece of string to check the dimensions. Use the rolling pin to help you lift the marzipan onto the cake, then smooth down the sides. Trim off the excess from around the base, using a sharp knife. Brush over another layer of jam. 2 Knead 850g of the ready-to-roll icing with a little blue food colouring to get a smooth, pale blue soft icing. Again, dust the surface with a little icing sugar and roll out the coloured icing until it is big enough to cover the marzipanned cake. Trim the excess, and smooth out any bumps by rubbing and buffing the icing with your hands.

Prep: 1hr 15m

3 Roll out the remaining white icing into a long narrow strip, about as tall as the cake – it might be easier to do in 2 pieces. Trim the bottom edge to give a straight line, then use scissors or a knife to cut assorted iceberg and peak shapes from the strip. Mix 3 tablespoons of icing sugar with a few drops of water to get a runny icing. Brush the back of each shape in turn, then stick around the base of the cake. Overlap each new shape, building up a mountain scene, until the side of the cake is covered. 4 Clean your jar or glass and dry with kitchen paper until it is sparkling. Work out where you want to position your snow globe jar, and stack as many small leftover iceberg icing pieces inside as you need to make a plinth for your animal to stand on, so it sits roughly in the middle of the jar. Sit the animal on the icing, then cover with the upturned jar. Push the jar down so the base presses into the icing to stick. Roll the remaining trimmings of white icing into lots of little balls like snowballs. Arrange them around the base of the jar in piles.

Tip Once covered in icing this cake will keep for 4 weeks before being cut.

Total time: 1hr 15m

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This could be a profitable Christmas period for those born under the sign of the Ram. You will be confident enough to take risks, and if you make investments this month, they may prove profitable in the future. An approach to your bosses about a pay rise may prove more successful than it has previously.

Taurus

(April 20 - May 20)

Gemini

(May 21 - June 20)

Cancer

(June 21 - July 22)

Your patience could well be put to the test. There could be a situation where you will need to forgive and forget, rather than harping on about something that has irritated you. Your emotions may be up and down but mentally you will remain strong and able to deal with whatever may happen.

If you are tempted to overspend this festive season, try to resist the urge. This is likely to be a very social period in your calendar and you may need to watch any potential strain on your finances. You will be in great demand on the social circuit and others will seek out your company. Cancerian charts show you may need to slow down and take more care of your health. You may also need time to de-stress and get away from the workplace. A few hours of relaxation, especially at weekends, could be of great benefit to you.

Leo

(July 23 - August 22)

You are going to experience a certain amount of fulfillment where your career is concerned and much satisfaction will be gained from doing well and achieving your goals. Others will seek you out for advice which they will follow and you could your opinions being greatly valued.

Virgo

(August 23 - September 22)

You will be dealing with a lot of money-related issues during this period and your horoscope predictions suggest that any financial speculations you make will be fruitful, though you will not indulge in impulsive spending; rather, you will be taking a more measured and careful approach to your finances.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

This is likely to be a spiritual Christmas period for Librans where you will be in a reflective and contemplative mood. It is entirely likely that stepping back from the business in your life will make you spiritually stronger. Don’t feel guilty about taking time out to relax in this holiday period.

Scorpio

(October 23 - November 21)

You could find yourself in a quiet and reflective mood and feel a bit down and dejected. It may be that you are struggling with the pace of your life at the moment so be mindful that life doesn’t always have to go at a hundred miles an hour. The holidays will give you the perfect opportunity to step off the treadmill.

Sagittarius

(November 22 - December 21)

Your finances will be in great shape during this phase and there could be an influx of money which you didn’t know was coming. This will mean that you can fulfill some of your wishes or desires. It could be a lucky time for you in all aspects of your financial dealings, so don’t be afraid to be a little bit extravagant!

Capricorn

(December 22 - January 19)

You may feel a bit fragile - whether this is due to stress at work, family problems or simply that your work/ life balance is off-kilter. In any case, Capricorns could find alternative therapies very helpful, especially when symptoms like tiredness, headaches and indigestion are vague annoyances.

Aquarius

(January 20 - February 18)

Life will slow down for Aquarius folk this Christmas, offering some welcome rest from the recent whirl of activity, giving you time to spend with family and close friends. It is a time for quiet reflection, recovery and an ideal time to re-charge your batteries.

Pisces

(February 19 - March 20)

Pisceans may feel the need to sort out minor issues in personal relationships. It would be beneficial to all concerned if both parties could listen to the other and act directly and quickly upon what has been said. You may need to curb their idealism and learn to be more practical in their relationships.

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FITNESS ood Christmas? Nice dinner? Nice presents? Good, that’s how Christmas should be done of course, but now it’s time to tone that turkeyfilled stomach and pulverise those extra pounds you’ve gained over the festive period.

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A Christmas meal alone contains around 1,500 calories, three quarters of your recommended daily allowance. With pigs in blankets around 100 calories each, a glass of mulled wine 119 calories and champagne potentially even more than that, it’s easy to consume more calories than your brain can even think of over Christmas. But it’s Christmas right? Not a problem? Not if you go about it the right way. Here are some top tips when it comes to ensuring postChristmas success in the gym.

Start early Don’t wait too long before starting back at the gym. There are five whole days between Boxing Day and New Years Day alone, what’s wrong with them? Waiting too long to return to the gym may make

those extra calories consumed over Christmas a lot more difficult and time consuming to lose. If you want to see progress from before Christmas, the earlier you get back to the gym the better.

Continue to eat right Don’t cut certain things out of your diet to balance out the Christmas

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meals. Cutting out carbs will lead to your body burning protein and lead to a loss of ability to build muscle in the months post Christmas. Cut back, don’t cut out. With Christmas leading to constant snacks and a more irregular food intake, try and get back to a routine when it comes to food, eat regularly and space your meals accordingly, instead of just snacking on the odd mince pie or chocolate cake. Your metabolism will appreciate it greatly.

Treat yourself Why not treat yourself to some gym gear for Christmas? A new sports bra or some new shoes can do wonders for your motivation. Nobody wants to buy some new kit and let it go to waste, do they? Maybe even treat yourself to some sessions from a personal trainer to kickstart your post-Christmas routine in style.

How to lose those extra holiday pounds

Don’t shy from cardio Cardiovascular exercise is crucial to losing weight over Christmas as many of the festive foods can tag on those pounds with ease. Cardio may be gruelling, but don’t shy away - go with a friend, listen to music, do whatever works for you to get you through the cardio you need to lose weight. Mix it up, don’t get bored. Your body will be more grateful for variety if cardio such as cycling, running and rowing opposed to weeks’ worth of the same cardiovascular exercise.

Start small and build up For regular gym-goers it may be easy for your muscles to regress and you may find when you start back you may not be able to lift the same weight as pre-Christmas. Never fear, this is normal. However, don’t spend two hours per session thinking quantity is better than quality - it isn’t. You will get more out of lifting lighter weights correctly than lifting the same weight for two reps for two hours. Your body will soon get back to lifting the same weights you were before Christmas if you give it the time.

Don't give up The most vital of them all. Don’t give up! You may not be able to run as far or lift as heavy as before, but you got there once and you will again. It’s only normal that Christmas has a slightly negative effect and after a year of hard work. You deserved the break!

But another year of hard work in the gym awaits and you will feel refreshed and grateful for the break once you’re hitting those high numbers once again come February. There will be a lot of people in exactly same boat as you post-Christmas. Find a gym near you and get started! In no time at all your holiday indulgences will be just a memory - albeit a happy one!

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TECH TALK ooking to surprise the gadget lover in your life this Christmas? Whether it’s a new pair of headphones, smartwatch or even self-lcing trainers, you’ll want to choose wisely. But beware, some of this stuff doesn’t come cheap!

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 It might be small enough to be mistaken for a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, but the Wonderboom 2 is no mere stocking filler. With astoundingly good sound in a tiny waterproofpackage, this thing can belt out “Last Christmas” whether the weather outside is frightful or you’re in the midst of a pool party. £89.99 at John Lewis johnlewis.com

This is a handheld-only console in the same storied lineage as the GameBoy and DS. On the upside, it’s about £100 less than a standard Switch and is that little bit more durable should some young tyke take umbrage to a last-minute blue shell in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. £199.99 at John Lewis johnlewis.com

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The Dot has been treated to a welcome refresh just in time for Christmas so that it better fits the role of a bedside alarm clock. How? Well, it’s got an LED display that actually works as a clock for starters, although you can also use it for temperature and as a thermometer. The Dot will also adjust its brightness according to the time of day. £59.99 at amazon.co.uk

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple’s latest Watch is the best smartwatch around by far. This new addition adds an always-on display alongside peerless fitness tracking and a vast array of Watch apps. It’s super-customisable with new ceramic and titanium casing options affording you the chance to truly personalise it. £429 at John Lewis johnlewis.com

DJI Mavic Mini Drones are typically big, but the Mavic Mini weighs only 249g*. It’s the most affordable DJI drone available and is a lot of fun to fly around your locale, with 30 mins airtime from a single charge. A toy of sorts for the young at heart and aspiring cinematographers. *UK law now demands you register your drone with the Civil Aviation Authority and take a piloting test if it weighs more than 250g. £369 at dji.com

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GARDENS ooking for outdoor Christmas decorating ideas to welcome your guests? Give your outdoor space a festive welcome this Christmas by adorning it with fresh foliage, holly, decorative wreaths and warm, twinkling lights. After all, first impressions count, so give these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas a go.

own detail, such as shimmering silk rose and organza ribbon. A few sprigs of foliage will add a touch of greenery to this frosty winter scheme.

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Style up a favourite bench as the perfect place to greet guests to your home. Add a snug stove or brazier and set out mulled drinks to keep the cold at bay. Don’t forget to pin up a decorative wreath to celebrate the season in style.

Create a pretty entrance with foliage Armfuls of seasonal foliage in a substantial water-filled container can be added to and refreshed over the festive season. A nosegay composed of the same plants can be hung at the window and completed with a berry-strewn wreath. For another nice touch, follow Scandinavian tradition and lay a branch of fir on the doorstep on which guests can wipe their feet before entering the house.

Make an entrance Give your outdoor space a festive flavour this season. The adventures may have come to a close, but the magic continues outside with a silver wreath, Christmas tree, stag and lashings of fake snow. A frosty palette of icy whites and forest greens can be paired with cosy Nordic accents and a sprinkling of Narnia for a bewitching festive look.

Add some festive magic to your garden

Combine English style with East Coast flair on your Christmas porch with white-washed cladding used to evoke American charm, while reclaimed sleigh and zinc planters create a nostalgic feel. The foliage-and-feather wreath mounted on the wooden door is a pure Christmas classic and a real showstopper.

powered outdoor fairy lights are easily draped in an around hedging and trees, while illuminated creatures, such as the snowy owl pictured, lend a whimsical feel to the overall effect. Christmas is the party season, so what better way to decorate your garden, patio or courtyard with a spattering of twinkling lights.

Style in symmetry Use evergreen shrubs and a classic door wreath to give the entrance to your home a festive makeover. A pair of urns and two standard shrubs form a symmetrical frame around the front door, making your property feel extra special at Christmas. A porch is the perfect place for storing walking boots and firewood, adding an extra rustic edge.

Wrap fairy light around a bush Add an element of fun to your garden scheme come Christmas. Battery-

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Decorate your door Ring the change this season at the front door. A frosted pine-cone wreath will make a statement on any door. For an extra touch of festive glamour; add your

Light up a pathway Create a stunning outdoor Christmas scene by combining twinkling candles with beautiful foliage. Make a frosty path more welcoming with border tealight holders – a row of twinkling candles will light the way and create a celebratory atmosphere for a Christmas party.

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IN THIS MONTH 1968: Apollo 8 orbits the moon

1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbour

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Launched on December 21, Apollo 8 took 68 hours (almost three days) to travel the distance to the Moon. Its three-astronaut crew - Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders - were the first humans to fly to the Moon, to witness and photograph an Earthrise, and to escape the gravity of a celestial body.

At 7:48am Hawaiian Time (18:18 GMT) on December 17, 1941 the US military base at Pearl Harbour, Honolulu was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers and an antiaircraft training ship.

The crew orbited the Moon ten times over the course of twenty hours, during which they made a Christmas Eve television broadcast in which they read the first ten verses from the Book of Genesis. Apollo 8 was the first crewed launch of the Saturn V rocket, and was the first human spaceflight from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

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1980: John Lennon killed On the evening of December 8, 1980, John Lennon was fatally shot in the archway of the Dakota, his New York residence. The perpetrator was Mark David Chapman, a recently unemployed resident of Hawaii. Chapman stated that he was incensed by Lennon’s lifestyle and public statements, especially his much-publicized remark about the Beatles being “more popular than Jesus” and the lyrics of his later songs “God” and “Imagine”. Chapman also said he was inspired by the fictional character Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye.

1967: First heart transplant

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Chapman fired five hollow-point bullets from a .38 special revolver, four of which hit Lennon in the back.

1960: Coronation Street debuts The first episode of Coronation Street was aired on 9 December 1960 at 7pm, and was not initially a critical success. Granada Television had commissioned only 13 episodes, and some inside the company doubted the show would last beyond its planned production run. Despite the criticism, viewers were immediately drawn into the serial, won over by Coronation Street’s ordinary characters. The show currently averages seven million viewers per episode.

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The lack of any formal warning, particularly while peace negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”. Because the attack happened without a declaration of war and without explicit warning, the attack was later judged in the Tokyo Trials to be a war crime. The United States declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy the following day. On Sunday December 3, 1967 at Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital, South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant operation. Louis Washkansky, a 54-year-old grocer who was suffering from diabetes and incurable heart disease, was the patient. The donor heart came from a young woman, Denise Darvall, who had been rendered brain dead in an accident on 2 December 1967, while crossing a street in Cape Town. The subsequent publicity made Barnard a household name. The operation was initially reported as “successful” even though Washkansky only lived a further 18 days

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1903: First car number plate The Motor Car Act 1903, which came into force on 1 January 1904, required all motor vehicles to be entered on an official vehicle register, and to carry alphanumeric plates. Number plates at the time consisted of a one or two-letter code, followed by a number between 1 and 9999. The letter A was assigned to London, B was for Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire claimed C.


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