So where will he be this year? Well the bad news is that although he returns to Strid Wood each weekend in December, tickets have sold out. The secret apparently is to book from September onwards – mark it in the diary for next year folks because we’ve been checking for a while now and were unaware of this.
But the good news is you can still join the twelve days of Christmas trail (and for dog lovers you can your dogs on a lead).
This runs from Thursday 26th December 2013 to Sunday 5th January 2014
Enjoy a magical walk with family and friends at Bolton Abbey over the festive period and discover the 12 scenes from the traditional carol come to life. Explore Strid Wood to find the 12 scenes – see 7 swans a-swimming, 3 real French hens and have a go on the drums.
Free event, normal estate admission applies.
It will be fun fun fun at Stockeld Park this Christmas with a whole winter wonderland of events planned.
Here Santa has his own log cabin – cosy! And will be welcoming children from November 9 onwards.
Santa’s Grotto is conveniently located near Leeds, Harrogate and York. See Santa’s visiting advice below.
Santa will be there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, 24th December from 12pm – 7pm.
Latest admission is 6pm or when all slots have been allocated but on peak days this can be as early as 3.30pm so arrive early! On Christmas Eve the big guy will be there between 12pm and 6pm before he gets ready to deliver pressies to children all over the world. A ticket price includes a gift to take home suitable for all ages including under 3s. You can also get your photo taken with him.
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It’s day two of the Pickled Egg #shoplocal Christmas guide and boy we ‘shoe-r’ do have a treat in store for you. Keep an eye on the site over the next few days for the fantastic gifts, tips and recipes your local traders are convinced will make your Yuletide dreams come true.
‘On the second day of Christmas Poppy Red Shoe Shop sent to me…….UGG Boots to keep your little girl’s tootsies warm…..
Ok so The Pickled Egg can personally vouch for these feet warmers. Our daughter was adamant that they were this seasons MUST HAVE and almost wore them to bed on the first night of purchase.
Some of the newer UGGs are sturdier than the traditional boots, and are filled with a woollen lining to keep those toes toasty during the bitter winter months. Jealous? They may even go up to your size but hurry up if you want to be in with a chance of getting a pair – they are hot, hot hot!
The store has all the ‘classic’ UGG styles and more, such as the ever popular UGG Kensington biker look boot and new in, the UGG Ellee Animal with leather foot and leopard print folded down cuff. They also stock UGG Australia ear muff’s and slippers retailing at £45.
A favourite brand for the boys is Geox ‘the shoes that breathe’. Geox have a patented sole design with micro holes, the holes do not allow water to penetrate the shoe but do allow sweat particles out of the shoe keeping feet fresh and healthy. (can I have a pair for my hubby please? size 12 )
This season the shop also has some cool and funky Hi Top trainers for all the cool dudes out there which come with a free Geox magazine.
If your daughter fancies a little glamour, why not try Lelli Kelly. [Read More...]
Yep that’s what will be happening at Martinez Wine Bar on Tues, December 17 thanks to the beautiful Beverley Beirne who will be jazzing up the festive season for her fans.
Martinez is an intimate little venue which is perfect for this type of event – so cosy and Beverley and her band will be performing a number of luscious winter songs, with all that jazzy twist.
A bluesy Santa Claus is Coming to Town…. a haunting I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus…. and lots more.
For more info visit www.beverleybeirne.com. Tickets £5 from Martinez, 8pm-10.30pm.
Ever get in a bad mood when you are doing the Christmas shopping? Need to sit down, relax and take your mind off the credit card bill?
This could quite literary be just the ticket. Ilkley Playhouse is doing a Saturday matinee performance of their Christmas show, Whipping It Up.
Yep, tickets for the show have been selling like hot cakes but not so many people know about the new matinee performance which will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 2.30pm. Do you realise what this means folks? It means you can take break from the frenzied festive shopping and pop down to the theatre to relax. How cool is that? Great idea.
Ok so what’s it all about?
Whipping it Up is what you might call a political satire – a cross between Yes Minister and The Thick of It . This intelligent comedy is set in the Parliamentary Whips’ office a week before Christmas as the new Tory government faces dissent over its latest (controversial) bill.
With a majority of only three, the Whips’ office is out in full force and they have few moral qualms over what they will resort to in order to keep the rebels in line. However, it’s going to be a long night – boy scouts are demonstrating in Whitehall, the Chief Whip is playing Santa, the PM is golfing with the US President, and there’s an undercover journalist snooping around. [Read More...]
Over 90 singers aged 3- 60 from the Joze School of Performing Arts will be taking part in a performance of songs from well known, and not so well known musicals, with a little bit of opera and a sackload of Christmas thrown in.
Yep that’s right, I said 90 singers.
I know, sounds fabulous right? Ok so it will be held at The Craiglands Hotel at 5pm on Sunday, December 15 and performers have promised to melt your hearts with their singing.
Bad news is tickets are limited for this one – off performance so hurry. They cost £7 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
You can buy them by contacting Mark Allan at email@example.com.
It’s all sooooo exciting.
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