What’s on this Christmas in Retford

by | 26 November 2018 | Community Event, Community Focus, Retford

There’s so much to do in and around Retford for all the family this Christmas period. We’ve compiled a list of all the great activities going on locally.Clumber Park
Worksop S80 3AZ
0344 2491895
clumberpark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Breakfast with Elves
5th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd December, 9.30am and 11.00am
Breakfast will be held in the morning in the main café before story time with Father Christmas. While breakfast is served our resident elves with be helping to make special reindeer food to take away for the all-important day. Booking is required.
An adult breakfast is £7.95 with one free child breakfast per adult, and an additional cost of £3.00 per extra child

Father Christmas Story Time
8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd December, 10.00am to 3.30pm
Enjoy a magical story-time with Father Christmas in the Parsonage, where children will be read a Clumber Christmas story and be given a present in this traditional event. Children will also be able to write letters to Father Christmas and post them in our special post box; if they leave their details then they will get a response! Booking is required.
£8.00 per child, includes park admission charge, normal admission applies for adults

Meet Santa Paws
9th and 16th December, 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Dogs and their owners are welcome to meet Santa Paws and his helper at Central Bark in December to find out what their four-legged friend would like for Christmas and receive some treats. Booking not required.
£2.00 per dog, normal admission applies for everyone

Father Christmas Story Time: Toddler Sessions
12th and 19th,December, 10.00am to 12.30pm
Children aged five years old and under are invited with their family to enjoy this magical story-time session with Father Christmas, which includes a craft room prior to meeting the man himself. Booking is required.
£8.00 per child, includes park admission charge; normal admission applies for adults

Family Christmas Dog Walk
Saturday 22nd December, 11.30am to 12.45pm
Take your dog for a group walk around Clumber Park taking in the Christmas sights. Walk starts at 11.30am from Central Bark and will be approximately a one-hour circular walk. Prize for the best dog fancy dress on the day!
This is a free event, but normal park admission charges apply

Clumber Park Quest
Wednesday 26th December – Tuesday 8th January, 11.00am to 3.00pm daily
Join the quest around the pleasure grounds and let your imagination run wild.
This is a free event but normal park admission charges apply

Tinsel Trek
Thursday 27th December, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Blow away the cobwebs with a winter walk around Clumber this festive season. This is a two-hour walk (six to seven miles). Meet in the main car park at 10.00am.
This is a free event, but normal park admission charges apply


Rufford Abbey Country Park
Ollerton NG22 9DF
01623 821338
www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/rufford-abbey/events

Breakfast with Santa
1st, 8th and 15th December, 8.30am to 10.00am
What a brilliant treat for the kids this Christmas, breakfast with Father Christmas himself! Every child will receive a special present from Santa. Booking is required.
£11.50 per person

Santa Paws
2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Treat your pooch to a festive experience with a difference. Meet Santa Paws himself and each fur baby will receive a treat. No booking is needed.
£5.00 per visit (a donation will be given to the local dog shelter)

Santa’s Grotto
Every Saturday and Sunday from 17th November until 23rd December, 11.00am to 4.00pm daily.
Visit Rufford Abbey Country Park’s Christmas Grotto to meet Santa and his helpers. Located in the Gallery.
£5.00 per child. (normal parking charges apply)


Sherwood Forest Country Park
Edwinstowe NG21 9HN
01623 823202
www.visitsherwood.co.uk

Santa Paws
8th and 9th December, 11.00am to 3.00pm
Share some festive fun with your four-legged friends! Bring your besties to meet Santa Paws, enjoy a doggie treat and help raise funds for the wonderful Jerry Green Dog Rescue. Come along any time — no need to book.
There is a minimum donation of £2.00 per dog, car parking charges apply

Festive Forest Corner
Saturday 15th December, 11.00am to 3.00pm
The festive season is in full swing! Enjoy crafts, activities, talks and walks at the craft centre, new visitor centre and out in the forest. Create a decoration for Sherwood’s Christmas tree and enjoy a tasty treat in the cafe.
Free


Retford Majestic Theatre
Retford
www.majesticretford.com

Aladdin
4th to 6th January
This Christmas join Ricky Groves, best known for his role as Gary in Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing, alongside Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Steven Hall and rising comedy star Stuart Earp to make all your wishes come true with the magical Christmas pantomime Aladdin.
Tickets from £13.50 to £16.50


Retford Little Theatre
Wharf Road, Retford
www.raos.org.uk

Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs
5th to 9th December
In keeping with tradition, whilst injecting some modern twists, Retford Amateur Operatic Society once again presents its annual pantomime at The Little Theatre, Wharf Road. This year’s offering is Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. The Panto! by David Crump and Paul Simcock.
Tickets are £13.00 and £11.00 for concessions


Chesterfield Canal
(departing from Hop Pole Pub, Retford DN22 6UG)
07925 851569 sethelllis@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk
Seth Ellis Christmas Trips
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December
A 30 minute trip with Santa aboard the narrowboat Seth Ellis. Advance booking is essential.
£7 per passenger


Retford Hub
11 Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PA
01777 860414

Parent and child crafting
Saturday 8th December, 10.00am-1.00pm
Explore the art of stamping. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
£5.00 per child