Pantomime Listings 2017
|9 Dec-7 Jan||Peter Pan The Guildhall, Grantham
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9 Dec-7 Jan
|Beauty & The Beast, Palace Theatre, Newark
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|Cinderella, Melton Mowbray Theatre
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1 Dec-20 Jan
|Cinderella, Nottingham Playhouse
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9 Dec-14 Jan
Beauty & The Beast, Theatre Royal
Christmas Lights Switch on Info 2017
11 December 2017
Oakham Late Night Shopping and Christmas Tree Light Switch On 11th December 2017
Come and get into the Festive Spirit this Christmas with the Oakham Late Night Shopping event. There is so much to see and do. The Victoria Hall and the High Street will be packed with stalls offering local produce and beautiful gift ideas for Christmas.
There will be a range of stalls for people to browse and pick up a Christmas gift or two and for those wanting to really get into the festive spirit try a tasty glass of mulled wine or mince pie. The shops stay open until 9pm.
Free parking from 3pm onwards
26 November 2017 The Green, St Peter’s Hill
Events all day, lights on at 4.15pm
|South Kesteven District Council has arranged for the road to be closed throughout the event – on Sunday, November 26 – and will bring its attractions to complement those organised by the Grantham Carnival and Events Group. The group puts on Christmas on the Green on the St Peter’s Hill green and in Abbey Gardens. This year, families will be treated to the popular Winter Wonderland with Santa’s grotto and reindeer, live entertainment and music, street entertainers and more. There will also be craft stalls on offer in the ballroom of the Guildhall Arts Centre, pantomime characters will be greeting event-goers and a blessing of the tree will completed by Father Stuart Cradduck, rector of St Wulfram’s Church. The festive event will begin at 10am and at 4.15pm will be the swithcing on of the Christmas lights, fireworks and mass carol singing.SKDC’s cabinet member for retail and visitor economy Councillor Nick Robins said: “Working with Grantham Events Group we hope the new format of the Christmas Market will entice even more visitors, benefitting traders and local businesses alike.“The lights switch-on finale and fireworks from the towers of the Guildhall will take place at 4.15pm and promises to be a spectacular end to a day to welcome in the festive season.”St Peter’s Hill will be closed from the Post Office to Avenue Road with diversions in place.|
1 December 2017
10am-8pm Melton Mowbray Town Centre
Christmas Lights Switch on Event and Victorian Market Entertainment starts in the morning with local live performances from schools, choirs, bands and local artists. Over 60 Victorian Christmas stalls selling unique gifts and local produce perfect for Christmas shopping. Market, entertainment and performances start at 9.30am through to 8.00pm in the evening. Live entertainment from Melton’s schools and local bands plus some great new attractions. New Attraction for 2017 to be announced. Santa’s will be parading down Nottingham Street at 4.00pm with Trumpton before he takes residence in his magical grotto in the Market Place until 8.00pm. The Schedule for details and timings will be available in November Switch On at 6.45pm followed by a firework spectacular. FREE parking ALL DAY in the LONG STAY car parks at Burton Street, Scalford Road and Mill Street. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter STALL HOLDER INFORMATION: If you would like to trade at this event please contact Ruth Wakeling on Tel: 01664 822114 or email Tel: 01664 502335 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Newark on Trent
26 November 2017
The Christmas Lights Switch On will take place in Newark on Sunday 26th November 2017.
A full day’s programme of events including fun fair, school choirs, town band, live music from Govannen, Uncovered & more1
There is a full programme of events, including a Christmas Market and various entertainment throughout the day.
2 December 2017
5pm with events all day Central Avenue
This year’s event will be a jam packed day of festive fun for the whole family on both Central Avenue and Gordon Square, featuring entertainment from local singers and bands, a children’s fairground, street theatre entertainers, santa’s grotto and a free mini ice rink.
There’ll also be a busy market on the Croquet Lawn offering a range of Christmas gifts, crafts, novelties, and festive food. As well as showcasing a great range of independent local businesses guest traders will be visiting the market from Italy, Slovakia and Poland as part of the YouNG Goes Euro Market, an initiative to support young entrepreneurs develop business skills.
All this action leads up to the highlight of the day, the light switch on at 5pm which is being led by Gem at breakfast’s Jo and Sparky and The Mayor of Rushcliffe, followed by a firework finale. Get your skates on to join in the fun!
17 November 2017
St Mark’s Shopping Centre
Lights switch on 6.15pm
Start the countdown to Christmas at the annual fun-packed Christmas Lights Switch On at St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln High Street, and Waterside Shopping Centre.
Join in the excitement of the Christmas calendar when Lincoln gets its magic festive feel with the official switch on of the decoarative lights throughout the city.
Free Parking and Late-Night Shopping
There will be free parking from 5pm – 9pm at City of Lincoln Council car parks, the University of Lincoln Car Park, and St Marks Car Park and the NEW Central Car Park – making it even easier to join the festive fun.
Plus, shops across the city centre will stay open late after the lights go on until 8pm so you can get a head-start on the Christmas shopping and enjoy something to eat or drink to warm you up.
Find out more about free parking and late night shopping in Lincoln on our blog.
St Marks Shopping Centre
Live entertainment will kick off at St Marks Shopping Centre, hosted by Lincs FM’s John Marshall, at 5pm with music, children’s entertainment, a snow cannon, cast from Jack and the Beanstalk at Lincoln Drill Hall, and a snow globe selfie station.
The switch on of the new lights will take place at 6:15pm by the panto stars and Lincs FM’s John Marshall.
City Square will be a festive wonderland too, providing a new space to enjoy the switch on near the High Street with less of the crowds. Children’s rides, singing princesses, and food and drink stalls will entertain from 5pm.
A big screen will show a live feed of the High Street stage for the switch on at 7pm.
Lincoln High Street will be full of festivities for the switch on of the main city centre lights with entertainment from 5:30pm. BBC Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior will be compering with choirs, the Salvation Army Band, and the cast from Aladdin at the New Theatre Royal providing entertainment.
The Mayor and Civic Party will process from the Guildhall to join Lincoln City FC managers Danny and Nicky Cowley, singer Andy Abraham, and Gogglebox’s Sandi Bogle (both appearing in Aladdin) to switch on the lights at 7pm.
17 November 2017
6.45pm Market Square
Capital FM radio presenters Dino, Pete and Tyles will be compering the festivities, which kick off at 6.45pm on Friday, November 17, as well as spinning some seasonal tunes.
For the first time a purpose-built stage will be constructed at the Angel Row side of Slab Square (beside the fountains), with spectators being asked to congregate along the street, which will be closed off to traffic.
Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mike Edwards will be helping to push the plunger and light up the 40-year-old grand fir tree alongside singing sensation Indiana (who scored a top 20 hit with her debut album No Romeo), the stars of this year’s Nottingham Playhouse pantomime and representatives from Nottingham children’s charity When You Wish Upon a Star… oh, and Santa, of course.
Winter Wonderland, which this year includes a new ski lodge serving Christmas-inspired cocktails and German platters, a bigger ice skating rink and a helter-skelter bar, will remain open until 10pm for those eager to have their first mug of mulled wine.
During the switch-on there will be road closures in place to allow for spectators to gather around the stage.
Trams will run as normal before and after the event but there will be no services between Nottingham Station and Royal Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm.
23 November 2017
5pm-8pm Humbertstone Gate West
|The most wonderful time of year kicks off on Thursday 23 November with Leicester’s Christmas Lights Switch-on.
The event will once again be on Humberstone Gate West, offering a fantastic programme of stage entertainment from 5pm – 8pm, with live music including The Paradimes closing the show.
Visit Leicester Information Centre on Gallowtree Gate, where you can meet the stars of De Montfort Hall’s Beauty and the Beast – pick up a goodie bag from 4pm and meet the cast from 5pm – 6pm. Marvel at seasonal street artists around the city centre and don’t miss the lights being switched on at 6.30pm with the Lord Mayor, Santa Claus and the cast of Curve show, George’s Marvellous Medicine.
Fairy-tale lovers will love this year’s Christmas tableau in Town Hall Square – the White Witch, Aslan and the land of mythical creatures will be brought to life in this Narnia themed display. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled in the city centre and you might spot the characters from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! The traditional nativity scene will also be set up, along with Christmas carols and a brass band performance to put you in the festive mood.
29 November 2017
High Street, Ironmonger St, Broad St & Red Lion Sq
|The ever popular and traditional Stamford Christmas Festival returns to the town this Sunday, November 29, from 10am to 6pm. The event will be held in the centre of Stamford in the High Street, Ironmonger Street, Broad Street and Red Lion Square, which will be packed with traditional craft stalls offering a wide range of gifts. Many of the town’s shops will also be opening for the event so you can finish – or even start – your Christmas shopping. To add to the festive spirit there will be entertainment galore throughout the day including festive Punch and Judy shows, school choirs, Santa’s grotto, real reindeer and a children’s funfair. Santa will then board his sleigh at the Town Hall before travelling onto Red Lion Square for the culmination of the event – the big lights switch-on at about 4.30pm.Red Lion Square, St John’s Street, High Street, Ironmonger Street and Broad Street will be closed from 10pm on Saturday until midnight on Sunday. There will also be a no waiting order in place for Broad Street from midday on Saturday.|
Bramley Apple Granola Cake anyone?
25g unsalted butter
2 bramley apples, cored and cut into chunks, skin on
3 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
150g crème fraiche (reduced fat is fine if you prefer)
220g wholewheat self raising flour
175g rapeseed Oil 75g maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon 2tsp baking powder
25g stem ginger chopped 35g lemon & ginger granola
Heat the oven to 170c / 150c fan / Gas Mark 4
Butter and line a 20cm deep round tin with greaseproof paper. In a large shallow pan heat 25g butter, and the apple chunks. Cook gently for about 5 minutes until the apples are soft and golden, remove from pan and set aside to cool/
Whisk together the rapeseed oil and maple syrump. Gradually mix in the egg yolks. Add the crème fraiche and mix until smooth.
Mix together the flour, cinnamon and baking powder, add to the egg mixture and fold in using a large metal spoon. Finally, whisk the egg whites until stiff and carefully fold into the mixture.
Spoon two thirds of the cake mixture into the tin, level and then scatter over half of the granola mixture, half of the apples and half the ginger. Top with the remaining cake mixture and level again. Finally top with the granola. Bake for about 1.5 hours. Cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a serving plate.
Five days till Blast Off !!
So, it’s finally here, the Belvoir Blast…. you entered months ago and it’s been a speck in a galaxy, far, far away and at the back of your mind… You’ve had a lovely summer, probably taken your foot off the training pedal a little and now realise it’s time to get the lycra back on in five(ish) days time.
There is a choice of three stunning, circular routes, 28, 58 and 100 miles. Let’s be honest, this is a challenging sportive, but if you decide to alter the route on the day and drop down your mileage that is absolutely fine! There are feed stations to stop and refuel on the way with sandwiches and delicious home-made cakes.
It’s not too late to enter this terrific event. If you have a bike and the motivation you can do this! Even if you start off small this year with the aim of going the longer distance next year.
Houston, we have a problem!
If you’re a little worried you haven’t done as much training as you imagined you would – (Let’s face it – we are all busy! ) make the most of the last few days before the event to clean up your diet, get quality rest and make sure your bike is prepped for the event!
One of the best things you can do to ensure you have a good day, and for your own peace of mind, is to check over your bike for worn chain & tyres, give it a spin to make sure the gears are all working properly. Check your saddle bag for all the essentials. For a long ride 2 innertubes is the ideal, plus puncture repair kit, a good bike tool and a couple of snacks. A pair of latext gloves can be a godsend if you have the space! Trying to wipe the oil off your hands on the grass verge isn’t always ideal.
Luckily, for anything more serious than a tyre change, the ladies who are the brains (& beauty obvs) behind the Belvoir Blast have you covered! On registration you are given the number of the mechanic who is on call for the duration of the sportive.
Good luck to everyone having a bash at the Blast! The weather forecast is looking lovely for the weekend too. Keep drinking, keep eating & most importantly, keep pedalling!
Vale of Belvoir – Then & Now
I thought it would be interesting to compare the changes over the last 100 years or so, in many of the pictures the trees have grown so much they obscure a lot of the buildings but in some cases you can really clearly see the features of the buildings in the older photographs.
Aslockton Station, 1920 and below, as it is today.
Chapel Street looking down past Ivy Farm towards the old primary school.
Base of the Market Cross and Stocks – 1913 The Bull and Belvoir Coffee House behind.
High Street Bottesford in the 1960’s looking down past the Rutland Arms on the right of the picture.
The Marquis of Granby, 1925 and below as it is in 2017, looking very different.
Main Street, Granby, 1925
Chapel Street, 1936
Granby Lane taken outside Grange Farm, 1910
Main Street, Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School anniversary, 1921.
Members of the congregation have gathered outside the Post Office, run by Harold Castle.
Old images taken from The Vale of Belvoir available to purchase here.
Our cover photo on the Facebook page this month features the ruins of St Mary’s Church, Colston Basset.
If you fancy taking a walk around this area, the following info will definitely point you in the right direction.
Kinoulton, Colston Bassett & Cropwell Bishop
Walk Route Description
This circular walk explores the Nottinghamshire countryside visiting three villages en route. The walk also includes a section of the partly derelict Grantham Canal. The route includes some walking along roads but this does not detract from the walk’s enjoyment.
The start is a small car park (grid ref SK678324) located on the east side of the minor road from Kinoulton to Cropwell Bishop. After parking walk south along this road over the Grantham Canal and descend the to towpath. Walk south west with the canal on your right. This section of the canal has water and is under restoration. The canal turns left at the Devil’s Elbow towards Kinoulton. On your right is Vimy Ridge Farm with its avenue of Lombardy trees which were originally planted in commemoration of the death of the owner’s son during World War One. The original planting was replaced as part of the Millennium celebrations.
Reaching the next bridge (grid ref. SK675306) leave the canal towpath and walk east through the village of Kinoulton. Reaching the road junction at the heart of the village continue straight ahead on the lane leading to Hall Farm (grid ref. SK684314) where a bridleway leads across fields in a north easterly direction to join an enclosed track that leads to the attractive village of Colston Bassett where refreshments are available.
Continue straight ahead passing the church on your right. At grid ref. SK700334 take the footpath on the left. This path leads past the remains of St Mary’s Church to reach a lane. Go straight across the lane and continue on the bridleway past Home Farm on your right. This leads into Pasture Lane, a track that leads to a road on the east side of Cropwell Bishop (grid ref. SK687354). Turn right and walk through the village to a road junction (grid ref. SK679355).
Turn left here following a road heading south. After about 500 yards you are able to join the towpath alongside the Grantham Canal. This section of the canal was, at the time of writing, overgrown and dry. However there was evidence that work was in hand to restore the canal. Continue along the canal roughly south to return to the start point.
More about St Mary’s, Colston Basset
East Bingham Deanery
The ruins of St Mary’s Church stand on a low rise nearly a kilometre north east of the village of Colston Bassett. It was built on the site of an older church, probably Saxon. (A Saxon stone has been found nearby.) It was definitely in existence by 1135.
The oldest visible part, according to Pevsner, is the walled-up Norman north arcade with circular piers but pointed arches. The south arcade was partly transitional, partly 14th century. Also of the 14th century are the chancel and tower arch, although the tower is 15th century with the typical frieze of this neighbourhood.
Pevsner thought the south transept must have had ’a sumptuous window’ but it is now all gone. In the mid-18th century classical windows were inserted.
Much of the building is of blocks of blue bias limestone in thin layers. Several different stones, eg white limestone and ironstone, were used for dressing and facing. There are a number of good slate headstones in the churchyard.
The depopulation of the Wolds led to decline and by 1744 the church was in disrepair. Permission was granted to demolish the north aisle, arcade and transept and south porch. In 1892 the Diocese allowed the interior fittings and roof to be removed after Robert M Knowles of Colston Bassett Hall built the new church of St John the Divine in the village.
Two bells were transferred to the latter and the screen went to Long Whatton All Saints, Leicestershire.
However St Mary’s was never de-consecrated. In July 2005 a service of re-dedication was held in the ruins following restoration work, which began in 1994 led by John Severn. It is a scheduled Ancient Monument and is listed Grade I.
Firstly a huge thanks to Cathryn at the Staunton Arms for letting us get out hands on this delicious sounding & healthy soup to try out this weekend. As far as can see the only sinful element here are the naughty but nice deep fried parsnip crisps right at the end!!!
For those of you who have yet to pay a visit to this local favourite, The Staunton Arms is one of the Vale of Belvoir’s finest village pubs being awarded the Vale of Belvoir’s Camra Pub of the Year 2016.
Check out their website for the latest events and offers for Valentines, Mother’s Day and so much more.
The 200-year old listed pub delivers freshly prepared dishes every day, and offers hand-picked cask ales from local and regional brewers, all available in warm and relaxing surroundings.
The eight fully-refurbished en-suite bedrooms are available throughout the week, including our mini suite and manor suite, which is perfect for families. To take a look at the rooms click here.
They are also our outdoor heated seating / dining area for 2017.
For a full list of events in & around The Vale please click here.
For ideas on where to eat & drink in The Vale of Belvoir please click here.