Fri 7 - Sun 9 Dec 2018
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEKEND
THEATRE: Snow White, Cambridge Junction, now until 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.
DINNER & DRINKS: Winter botanical Pop-Up, Cambridge Distillery, 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, 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. The classes also run on Mondays 2.45pm, 3.45pm.
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, now until 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, now until 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
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
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.