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Mon 3 Dec - Sun 9 Dec 2018


COMEDY: Pick of the Fringe: Lisa Klevemark, Thirsty Cambridge, Thurs 6 Dec 

Didn’t make it up to Edinburgh? The Fringe comes to Cambridge with Swedish actor/comedian Lisa Klevemark’s Lemons, a character comedy about a depressed motivational speaker. Lisa made her solo debut at the Fringe in August and is definitely one to watch.

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DINNER & DRINKS: Winter botanical Pop-Up, Cambridge Distillery, Tues 4, Wed 5, Fri 7, Sat 8 Dec

Masterchef runner-up Alex Rushmer and fellow chef Lawrence Butler are teaming up with Cambridge Distillery to create a seasonal menu inspired by botanicals used in the distillery’s award-winning range of gins. Alex Rushmer previously owned The Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham, that ranked in The Sunday Times top 100 restaurants. Expect bold dishes with big flavours, a great night out….and a hangover in the morning.


KIDS: Creative Movements, Stir Cambridge, Mondays 2.45pm, 3.45pm & Fridays 3.45pm

The cafe at Stir Cambridge hosts loads of regular events in their aptly named, The Back Room, from pilates to ‘Knit & Natter’ afternoons. New to December is kid’s dance class, Creative Movements, suitable for nippers seven months to eight years old, that aims to build confidence in little people. Stir is also home to a bakery that sells a range of sourdough loaves and cakes so you can get scoffing whilst your little one gets dancing.


DRINKS: Gin Club, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Tues 4 Dec 

Raise your G&T for Cambridge Wine Merchants’ last gin club meeting. The club has been running since July and teaches how to taste spirits and pick out each gin’s unique flavour. You’ll learn about 5 new gins and, most importantly, get to drink them.

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THEATRE: Snow White, Cambridge Junction, Wed 5 Dec – Mon 31 Dec

An original version of the Brothers Grimm’s tale by New International Encounter, who previously brought Beauty and the Beast and Around the World in 80 Days to the Cambridge Junction. They’ll be live music, adventure, danger and festive fun, suitable for anyone over the age of 5.


SCREENING: Home Alone, Arts Picture House, Wed 5 Dec 

Kicking off the festive film period is Cambs Arts Picture House with a screening of Macaulay Culkin’s cuter days in Home Alone as  Kevin, who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Part of their 12 days of Christmas – a selection of festive classics – to get you in the Christmas mood.


SCREENING: Antony and Cleopatra, Cambridge Arts Picture House, Thurs 6 Dec 

Cambridge Arts Picture House will be showing Ralph Fiennes in all his glory (nope, not Voldemort) as General Mark Antony in a live screening of London National Theatre’s Antony and Cleopatra. The play, directed by the theatre’s Associate Director Simon Goodwin, recently saw Ralph and his Cleopatra, Sophie Okonedo, pick up best actor and actress at the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards. 2pm.


CHRISTMAS MARKET, Manor Farm Barn, Bourn, Sat 8 Dec

With over 50 stalls selling hand crafted jewellery, artisan locally brewed craft beers, cards, decorations, unique gifts, homeware and hand made toys, the annual Christmas Market at Manor Farm is the place to get your list ticked off. Whilst you’re there, you can get your tree and wreath, keep the kids amused with children’s activities and even a visit from Santa.


PANTO: Aladdin, Cambridge Arts Theatre, now until Sun 6 Jan

 Want to see a panto? Oh yes you do! This year Cambridge Arts Theatre is performing Aladdin featuring Royal Ballet veteran Wayne Sleep, West End performer Andy Abraham and Matt Crosby as Widow Twankey; this will be Matt’s 14th panto for the venue so he must be doing something right.



LIVE SCREENINGS: Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, Mon 3 Dec – 7 Jan

See a live screening of The Nutcracker, followed by 20 screenings of great operas and ballets with memorable casts as the Linbury Theatre (within the ROH) becomes a cinema for 5 weeks. ROH staff and well-known artists will introduce the screenings and on selected weekend matinees, children 5 -15 go free. Opera highlights include La bohème, La Traviata and Otello. Undoubtably, one of the ballet highlights will be Darcey Bussell introducing the screening of Sylvia, starring herself, and offering her unique insight into the role.


THEATRE: A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic, London, Wed 5 Dec – 19 Jan

The smash hit of Dickens’ classic adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Matthew Warchus returns to the Old Vic and this time Stephen Tompkinson stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. This big-hearted and warm production’s unique staging immerses the audience in the story and there’s music, mince pies and much merriment for a fab festive night out.


HISTFEST, London, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Dec

A brand new festival taking place in London with talks, workshops, panel discussions and live performances to entertain and educate. Award winning historian and broadcaster, Betthany Hughes, is the keynote speaker, talking about Istanbul, plus other celeb historians include Kate Williams on Mary, Queen of Scots, and Janina Ramirez on Beowulf.


KIDS: Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Watford, now until Sun 27 Jan

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.


CHRISTMAS: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park London, now until Sun 6 Jan

hyde park winter wonderland illuminated heater skelter and fairground ride London

Go big or go home when it comes to festive fun, London’s Winter Wonderland is huuuuge. Free to enter but once inside, prepare to sell a kidney. The costs can get out of control – particularly if you hit the glühwein a little too hard. What to expect? Winter markets, fairground rides and ice skating. Major attractions this year include the Magical Ice Kingdom Secret Forest, an immersive showcase of woodland animals and mythical creatures created from ice and snow; a Bavarian village offering an authentic Oktoberfest experience; karaoke cabins, ice sculpting workshops, the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, immersive screenings of The Snowman and plus Peter Pan on Ice.


CHRISTMAS: Kew Gardens, London, now until 5 Jan

Photo: RBG Kew

A spectacular winter trail with over a million twinkling lights and thousands of laser beams, Kew’s light show is awe-inspiring. You can be mesmerised by the Fire Garden, walk through the moonlit woods and check out the laser garden. Mulled wine, hot choc and spiced cider will help keep you warm and the kids can whizz round on vintage fairground rides whilst looking out for Santa and his elves.

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