Retford Majestic Theatre
Beauty and the Beast
Thursday 4th January, 6.30pm, Friday 5th January, 6.30pm, Saturday 6th January, 2.00pm and 6.30pm, and Sunday 7th January, 1.00pm and 5.00pm
Panto Favourite Stuart Earp returns for his fifth Majestic pantomime! In a tale that’s as old as time, it’s time to discover what it takes for true love to conquer all! The mysterious Beast imprisons Beauty in his enchanted castle. Can she escape with the help of her family and melt the Beast’s icy heart before it’s too late? Will the plan work before the last rose petal falls?
Tickets from £18.00 adult, £14.50 concession
(departing from the Chequers Inn, Ranby DN22 8HT)
Seth Ellis Santa Special Cruises
2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd December
A trip with Santa aboard the narrowboat Seth Ellis. Advance booking is essential.
£10.00 per passenger
Retford Little Theatre
Wharf Road, Retford
01777 711119 Tickets from www.retfordmusicaltheatrecompany.org
Puss in Boots
Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th December
Retford Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) are back at Retford Little Theatre with the fun-filled family pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’. Following the traditions of pantomime, Puss helps the residents of Ordsallia to defeat the evil Wizard Glargomax, to the delight of Queen Annette Curtains and Princess Lacey. You can be sure there will be lots of laughs, singing and dancing in this festive mood setter, suitable for all.
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Ollerton NG22 9DF
Selected dates from 25th November to 23rd December
Santa will return to Rufford this festive season with a brand new Grotto! Online booking essential.
£9.95 per child, includes a gift.
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Edwinstowe NG21 9HN
01623 823202 www.visitsherwood.co.uk
The Sheriff Who Stole Christmas Trail
Saturday 16th December to Thursday 7th January, 11.00am to 3.00pm
The mischievous sheriff is plotting to steal the magic of the festive season. Your mission? To join forces with the spirited outlaws and thwart the sheriff’s plans, ensuring that the joy of Christmas remains untainted.
Begin your quest at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and follow the Major Oak trail. As you make your way through the forest, keep your eyes peeled for clues and hidden surprises that will assist you and the outlaws. The fate of Christmas hangs in the balance.
Worksop S80 3AZ
Shaun the Sheep: Find the Flock
Saturday 18th November to Thursday 7th January
Twelve uniquely designed sculptures of Shaun the Sheep can be found at iconic locations across the park, and we’re inviting visitors to come and discover them all on this free art trail. In collaboration with Aardman, and in partnership with global art producer, Wild in Art, each super-sized sculpture has been individually designed by artists from the region and beyond.
Free event but park admission charges apply
Victorian Christmas Fairground
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th December and then daily 28th to 31st December, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Bring back memories and create some new ones with a Victorian Christmas Fairground. Enjoy classic fairground and funfair rides that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Park admission charges apply and fees for each ride and stall
Wednesday 27th December, 10.30am
Blow away the cobwebs with a winter walk around Clumber this festive season. Approximately two hours, six to seven miles. Meet under the Clock Tower in the Turning Yard.
Free event but park admission charges apply
The Acorn Theatre
Worksop S80 2AN
Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th December
This Christmas, get ready for cats, rats and watery splats as The Young Theatre Company present their purr-fect panto that’s paved with gold… Dick Whittington! When Dick and his furry friend Tommy The TikTok Tomcat arrive in London, they find the city infested with rotten rodents under the command of the terrifying tyrant, Queen Rat! Join Dick, Tommy and their crazy new friends on a swashbuckling adventure as they sail the high seas to tropical islands and battle the evil Queen Rat herself!
Worksop S80 3LH
Weekends in November and December, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Get to meet the man himself before the big day! Book your timeslot in advance and while you’re waiting take part in craft activities.
£8.00 per child, includes a gift from Santa
Ice Age Animals Trail
Saturday 25th November to Sunday 18th December
Rudolf and his ice age friends are hidden around the site this Christmas. Can you help find them? Each of the seven animals will have a secret letter that spells a festive word. Find them all and discover the word to claim your treat from reception.
£3.00, includes a trail sheet, pencil and a festive treat (usual parking charges apply)
Mansfield Palace Theatre
Leeming Street, Mansfield NG18 1NG
01623 633133 www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk
Beauty and the Beast
Saturday 25th November to Sunday 31st December
Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle who finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast by an evil sorceress. Can Belle see beyond the beast’s appearance and fall in love with her captor? Will the beast return to the world he once knew and win the hand of the girl who has melted his heart?
Heading up Mansfield’s cast this Christmas will be children’s TV royalty, Dani Harmer and taking up residency once again for Christmas is comedian Adam Moss – this time as Louis La Plonk.
Tickets from £14.00
Gainsborough Market Place
Gainsborough DN21 2BY
Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market
Saturday 9th December, 9.00am to 2.00pm
Offering the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of traders. This month enjoy festive music from Rock Choir throughout the day, plus there will also be a special visit from Santa and his elves!
Trinity Arts Centre
Trinity Street, Gainsborough DN21 2AL
Jack and the Beanstalk
Wednesday 13th to Sunday 31st December
It’s off to the land of the giants we go but watch out for the Giant’s wicked evil henchman Fleshcreep who is helping the Giant rule the world and create sadness in the lovely village of Merrymore, where Dame Trott and her poor son Jack are tricked into selling their beloved cow Daisy for a useless bag of beans.
Help the magical Fairy Beansprout save the day; boo and hiss the evil Fleshcreep and, of course, laugh and cheer-on our hero Jack as he tries to rescue Princess Jill from the cloud land and the evil Giant’s castle, in a show packed with great songs, fantastic dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family!
Tickets £16.00 adults, £15.00 concessions, £13.00 under-16s, £52.00 family
Gainsborough Model Railway
The Clubrooms, Florence Terrace, Gainsborough DN21 1BE
Sunday 3rd, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th December, 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Visit the open day to see the society’s large O Gauge Model Railway based on the East Coast Mainline from Leeds to London Kings Cross in the days of steam.
£5.00 adults, £4.00 children and £12.00 for a family ticket
Castle Hill, Lincoln
Lincoln Castle Illuminated
Friday 8th to Saturday 23rd December, 5.00pm to 9.00pm
You will be able enjoy the castle grounds bejewelled with festive lights and illuminated Christmas features, take a trip down Candy Cane Lane, and give your warmest season’s greetings to our resident castle dragons – Lucy and Norman.
The castle has retained its popular Illuminated Wall Walk so visitors can see this historical landmark in a sparkling, festive light and take in the beautiful night-time views across the city and county. Then it’s all aboard the ‘Mini Polar Express’ before enjoying other traditional fairground rides beloved by young and old. As no Christmas event is complete without festive food, local vendors will be offering sweet treats and winter warmers, including hot chocolate and mulled wine.
£11.00 adult, £10.00 concession, £6.00 child, £28.00 family
Cowdale Lane, Bransby, Lincoln LN1 2PH
Pudding’s Reindeer Round Up
Friday 1st to Sunday 24th December
Santa’s reindeer have escaped and need help getting back to the North Pole! Can you help Santa and Pudding the Shetland pony round them all up and save Christmas?