What’s on this Christmas

by | 27 November 2022 | Community Event, Performing Arts, Retford

Retford Little Theatre

Wharf Road, Retford
01777 711119

Tickets from www.retfordmusicaltheatrecompany.org

Sleeping Beauty
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December

Retford Musical Theatre Company are back on stage at Retford Little Theatre with a pantomime to get you in the Christmas spirit this year – ‘Sleeping Beauty’; written by Matthew Siveter, professional performer and pantomime dame extraordinaire.
Tickets from £11.00

Retford Majestic Theatre


01777 706866

Peter Pan
Thursday 5th January, 6.30pm, Friday 6th January, 6.30pm, Saturday 7th January, 2.00pm and 6.30pm, and Sunday 8th January, 10.00am and 2.00pm

Trio Entertainment return to the Majestic Theatre for their fifth Christmas pantomime. Enjoy a swashbuckling family pantomime with pirates, Lost Children and lots of fairy dust. Boo the evil Captain Hook, laugh with the loveable Mr Smee and cheer Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker bell on their adventure in Neverland. Starring Retford pantomime favourite Stuart Earp as Smee.
Tickets from £12.00

Chesterfield Canal

(departing from the Chequers Inn, Ranby DN22 8HT)

Seth Ellis Santa Special Cruises
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 23rd December

A trip with Santa aboard the narrowboat Seth Ellis. Advance booking is essential.
£9.00 per passenger.

Chesterfield Canal

(departing from Shireoaks S81 8NQ)
0114 360 0460

Hugh Henshall Santa Special Cruises
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd December, various timeslots

A 40 minute trip with Santa aboard the narrowboat Hugh Henshall. Advance booking is essential.
£9.00 per passenger.

Clumber Park

Worksop S80 3AZ
01909 511034

Breakfast with Elves
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd December

This festive season, join the Clumber Park Elves for a delicious cooked breakfast and a Christmas craft in the Parsonage. To book, phone 01909 511034.
Adults £9.75, children £4.50, under threes free

Father Christmas Experience
10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 23rd December

Join our mysterious guide on a magical quest to find Father Christmas, and discover the story of ‘the becoming of Father Christmas’ along the way. Booking is required via the website.
£12.50 per child over three, adults £10.00

Tinsel Trek
Tuesday 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

Thoresby Park

Thoresby, near Ollerton NG22 9EP

Pantomime – Dick Whittington (by Talegate Theatre)
Thursday 29th and Friday 30th December, 3.00pm

Join hero ‘Dick Whittington’ on an adventure to London, where the streets are paved with gold!
Talegate Theatre return with another spectacular pantomime packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairy tale magic of traditional pantomime.
£13.00 adult, £9.00 child

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Ollerton NG22 9DF
01623 677688

Santa’s Grotto
Every weekend from 26th November to 18th December, plus 22nd and 23rd December

Visit the main man this festive season. Online booking essential.
£7.95 per child, includes a gift.

A Very Rufford Christmas
26th and 28th November, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, & 18th December, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Enjoy a festive weekend at Rufford Abbey. There will be a number of craft and gift stalls located in the twinkle lit courtyard. Soak up the Christmas spirit with the sounds and smells of winter with carols, mulled wine, and mince pies to enjoy.
Free to enter (normal parking charges apply)

Sherwood Forest Country Park

Edwinstowe NG21 9HN
01623 823202

Crying Christmas at Sherwood Forest
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December, 11.00am to 3.00pm

Enjoy the ancient custom of Crying Christmas – the official start of the revelry and festivities in Sherwood. On the Saturday, there will be performances, activities and stalls to buy that last-minute Christmas gift from. Then on the Sunday, help us to choose this year’s Lord of Misrule, who will take charge of the merry-making, free from the clutches of that ‘bah humbug!’ Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin Hood and his outlaw band will emerge from the forest to receive their annual pardon, enabling them to partake in all that’s fun about Christmas time.

The Acorn Theatre

Worksop S80 2AN
01909 501817

Jack and the Beanstalk
Sunday 27th November to Sunday 4th December

This Christmas The Young Theatre Company invite you to their giant pantomime. Jack and Dotty Trott don’t have a bean to their name and now a giant’s terrifying the village! Join Jack and his gang as they take you take you up the beanstalk on a crazy quest to rescue Jill, defeat the evil Fleshcreep and bring a hungry giant down to size! This action-packed panto adventure is brought magically to life by a talented cast of 200 young performers, including special guest dancers from Zebra Studios, and not forgetting the fabulous Jack Charlesworth as dippy Dame Dotty Trott!
Tickets £12.00

Creswell Crags Pre-historic Gorge and Museum

Worksop S80 3LH
01909 720378

Meet Santa
Weekends from 26th to 18th 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.
£7.00 per child, includes a gift from Santa

Reindeer Trail
Saturday 26th November to Sunday 18th December

Can you help Santa find his reindeer? Search the gorge for the six hidden wooden reindeer and write down the letter they’re hiding. Find another in the museum building and then solve the anagram.
£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

The Further Adventures of Peter Pan – The Return of Captain Hook
Saturday 26th November to Saturday 31st December

A completely new version of a classic. Things have moved on in Neverland since Captain Hook’s demise; he wants his ship and his crew back, but whose side is his comical former sidekick Smee on now? The story follows hero Peter Pan, everyone’s favourite fairy Tinker Bell, and the mystical Mermaid as they seek to thwart the dastardly Captain Hook.
Tickets from £13.00

Trinity Arts Centre

Trinity Street, Gainsborough DN21 2AL
01427 676655

The Wizard of Oz
Friday 16th to Saturday 31st December

We are off to see… A wizardly wonderful musical pantomime adventure. Starring ex Coronation Street star, Scott Wright and local singing legend Imy Hayes, this will be a pantomime nobody will want to miss. Join Dorothy Gale as she befriends a brainless scarecrow, a lovable tin man and the cowardly lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West, with a little help from Glinda the good fairy and the almighty and powerful Wizard of Oz. Good is sure to conquer evil.
Tickets from £14.00

Gainsborough Model Railway

The Clubrooms
Florence Terrace, Gainsborough DN21 1BE

Open Day
Sunday 4th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th 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.
£4.00 adults, £3.00 children and £10.00 for a family ticket

Lincoln Castle

Castle Hill, Lincoln

Illuminated Wall Walk
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December, 5.00pm to 9.00pm and 5.00pm to 6.30pm on the Sunday

In the run up to this year’s Illuminated Castle, and especially for Lincoln’s Christmas Market, they will be lighting up the Castle’s Medieval Wall Walk. You will have the chance to enjoy magical views across the city throughout each evening.
Tickets £10.50 adults, £9.50 concessions, £5.70 children, under 5s free,£26.70 family

Lincoln Castle Illuminated
Saturday 10th to Friday 23rd December, 5.00pm to 9.00pm

Enjoy some much needed festive sparkle with the return of this beautiful and special Christmas experience. Walk through displays of Christmas lights and Christmas tree lined pathways. Enjoy a hot chocolate and mulled wine within the Castle’s festive grounds. Make those last-minute Christmas purchases from the Castle’s shop. Take in the spectacular sites from up high, by upgrading and purchasing an Illuminated Wall Walk ticket. Explore with paws on their dog friendly days.
£2.50 (tickets to the grounds only)

Bransby Horses

Cowdale Lane, Bransby, Lincoln LN1 2PH

Santa’s Grotto
Every weekend from Saturday 26th November to 18th December

You can meet the man himself in his grotto, with some happy helpers! All children will receive an age-appropriate gift and you’ll have time to take photographs.
£8.50 plus a small booking fee

Festive Fairy Tales
Saturday 26th November to Saturday 31st December

A special Christmas trail. Enjoy a walk around the site to meet horses, ponies, donkeys and mules whilst finding all the clues.

Clifton Park

Clifton Lane, Rotherham S65 2AA
01709 336633

Christmas Adventure and Santa’s Workshop at Clifton Park
Weekends in December and then every day from 20th to 24th December

Pack this Christmas full of family fun with an enchanting trip to Santa’s Workshop at Clifton Park! Enjoy unlimited rides and unlimited mini golf, story time with Mrs Claus and a chance for the children to decorate their own gingerbread man at the Christmas Bakery. Then it’s all aboard the Santa Express for a journey to meet Santa in his Workshop! Book via www.cliftonparkrotherham.co.uk/special-events/christmas/
Children under 80cm £7.00, children over 80cm £22.00, adults £13.00

Rotherham Hospice Christmas Fun Run
Sunday 4th December, registration from 8.30am for 9.30am start

The Rotherham Hospice Christmas Fun Run is going to be a little different this year – they’re inviting participants to wear their own festive outfit to run, walk or roll around Clifton Park. They could be Santa, an elf, a reindeer, a whole Christmas tree or just wear a festive hat – anything they like! They’ll have some emergency festive outfits on stand-by on the day, but they can’t wait to see what runners, walkers and rollers come up with! See www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk.
Entry fee: children £5.00, adults (16+) £10.00

Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth, S62 7TQ

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th December, 10.00am to 6.00pm (2.45pm on Christmas Eve)

Embark on a unique and enchanting journey through the magical realm of Wentworth Woodhouse. It’s the night before the annual Christmas Ball at Wentworth Woodhouse and all the guests are tucked up in bed, visions of sugar plums dancing through their heads. But all is not as it seems in this hushed house… the spirit of Krampus is up to mischief and your help is needed! Join an immersive journey through the winter wonderland woven through the house, meeting charmed characters and ensuring everything is ready for the arrival of the guest of honour – Father Christmas himself! .
£17.50 plus booking fee (under twos free)

Boxing Day Walk
Monday 26th December, 10.00am to 4.00pm

After lots of festive indulgence on Christmas Day, enjoy a traditional Boxing Day walk around the House and Gardens at Wentworth Woodhouse. The perfect opportunity to pull on your hats and scarves and head outdoors with the whole family for some fresh, winter air. See what winter wildlife you can find around the Gardens.
Adults £11.00, children free

Rotherham Civic Theatre

26 High Street, Rotherham S60 1PP
01709 823621

Beauty and the Beast
Thursday 1st December to Sunday 8th January

Join Rotherham Theatres this panto season for a beloved tale as old as time that will be sure to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with a host of hilarious and hairy characters. When an arrogant prince is cursed to live as a beast his only hope of salvation is to find love before the last petal falls from a magic rose. When pretty village girl Belle come into his life is this the chance he has been waiting for? Packed with hilarious slapstick, plenty of audience participation and marvellous musical numbers that you will be singing for days afterwards, you don’t want to miss it.
From £14.00

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB
01904 659570

Festive Tales and Candle Making
Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am to 1.00pm

Let your creativity flow and make your own candle from natural materials to bring a warming glow to those cold, winter days. Festive tales will be provided by the team at Doncaster Stories. You will also brew up a tasty, festive, hot chocolate too.
Adults £12.00, children £8.00