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Nearly time for panto... oh yes it is! CHRISTMAS wouldn’t be Christmas without the St Albans panto and this year’s audiences are in for a treat as many of the old favourites will be back at the Alban Arena in their very own version of Sleeping Beauty. St Albans favourite Bob Golding (pictured right) is starring in and directing the show, and locals will be happy to hear he will once again be donning a dame frock. He’s joined by EastEnders’ Rita Simons, CBeebies’ Andy Day and actors Ian Kirkby and Jemma Carlisle – all veterans of St Albans’ panto. The set is likely to go down well with people too; there will

Meraki to return in 2020

apparently be a flushing toilet on stage, as part of a fully functioning bathroom! Produced by Evolution, the first show is on December 6. For tickets, go to alban-arena.co.uk

ORGANISERS of Meraki have confirmed that the summer festival will return for a fourth year in 2020 with the introduction of the new Meraki Village. The new accommodation option for next year will consist of 40 exclusive wigwams with a range of luxury touches, including VIP festival access, luxury beds, toilets and showers, a private welcome party on the Thursday night, a centrepiece tipi serving food and drinks and an evening firepit among other benefits. Other plans for Meraki 2020 include the addition of dodgems, a surprise new adult ride and a tiny tots ride – and all the rides and activities within the festival grounds are free with the exception of food and drink. Organiser Kerry Marks is also running an initiative to raise money to send 1,000 families from Hertfordshire, who wouldn’t normally be able to afford to go to a festival, to Meraki on a camping ticket for four nights for free. To help Kerry with her campaign, go to gofundme.com and search for Kerry Marks. For tickets to Meraki, go to merakifestival.com

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