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There’s so much to see and do around Lincoln in the run up to Christmas. From pantomimes to Santa visits, from Christmas trails to craft fairs. Here’s our Lincoln Mums guide to What’s on and when…
PANTOMIMES

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
Following last year’s record breaking Beauty & The Beast, which played to over 14,000 people, Jack & The Beanstalk is set to be our most incredible festive spectacular yet – and it’s also our 10th anniversary panto too, so come along and join in the celebrations!
Back by popular demand is James Campbell as the outrageous Dame Dotty Trott, mother of our hero Jack and his brother Silly Simon. They haven’t a bean to their name and their loveable cow Daisy has gone dry. Worse still, the village is at the mercy of the giant Blunderbore – and his wicked henchman Fleabottom has captured the beautiful Princess Zena…but this is one princess who can take care of herself! Come along and follow Jack up the beanstalk to find out who saves the day!
With everyone’s favourite characters, stunning costumes, spectacular sets and effects, hilarious song and dance routines, plus more jokes than a bag full of magic beans, this is one madcap adventure your family won’t want to miss!
*Please note: the signed performance will take place on the 9 Dec 2pm and the performance at 2pm on 28 Dec will be the relaxed performance.
A relaxed performance is specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including very young children, people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. The auditorium lights will be left on so it’s not quite so dark, you’re free to get up and walk around and the sound will not be quite so loud. Other than that, it’s exactly the same as a regular performance.
Friday 8th Dec – Tue 2nd Jan
01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/jack-the-beanstalk

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• Aladdin – New Theatre Royal, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

Following our outstanding Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ last year, our ‘Aladdin’ will have you on the edge of your seat! Join us for a magic carpet ride to the fairy-tale land of Marrakesh, join the fun, laughter and adventures of Dame Donna Kebab, her handsome son Aladdin and comical son Cous-Cous.
Meet the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her glamorous mum Sultana Tangine.
Watch this enchanting adventure unfold but look out for the evil magician Abanazar who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the all-powerful magic lamp.
This year’s pantomime stars a cast for all ages! Staring Sandi Bogle from Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother 2017 as Sultana Tangine. Andy Abraham, the Platinum selling soulful X-Factor star as The Genie of the lamp. Chris Johnson, CBBC’s favourite presenter ‘Yonko’, ‘All over the place’ star and voice of Dennis the Menace as Cous. Back by popular demand, the hilarious Patrick Kearns as Dame Donna Kebab, who recently performed in ‘One man two Guvnors’ and the equally as funny and charismatic Ian Crowe, as Abanazar. Taking the title role is the gorgeous Alessandro Lubrano as Aladdin. Introducing Georgia Hayes-Cowley as the Slave of the ring and the beautiful Anna Hannides fresh from performing as Pocahontas in Disneyland Paris as Jasmine.
The chorus will comprise of four Professional dancers backed up by sixteen local boys and girls from across the County (eight per cast in teams ‘Emerald’ and ‘Sapphire’)
Prices from £12 – £22
December 4th – January 7th
01522 619999 http://www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk/shop/pantomime/aladdin/

Christmas 2017

Robin Hood and Maid Marian – Winter in Sherwood at LPAC, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
It is Winter in Sherwood and snow covers the greenwood. It’s a time of magic and adventure. The boy-king Henry III rules an England in civil war and the Sheriff of Nottingham sees his chance to seize control. The people need a hero but who will step forward and fight for them? Join Robin Hood and Maid Marian on this rip-roaring quest suitable for families and children aged six up.
TICKET PRICES:
Ruby Performances: (Previews) £10 All Tickets. Monday 11 December 10am & 1pm. Tuesday 12 December 10am & 7pm
Emerald Performances: £15 Full // £10 Child // £6 Schools. Wednesday 13 December 10am & 1pm. Thursday 14 December 10am & 1pm. Monday 18 December 10am & 1pm
Diamond Performances: £15 Full // £10 Child. Saturday 16 December 2pm & 6pm. Sunday 17 December 2pm. Wednesday 20 December 2pm. Thursday 21 December 2pm. Friday 22 December 2pm (relaxed performance) & 7pm. Saturday 23 December 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 24 December 10am & 2pm.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 – Sun 24 Dec 2017
01522 837600 www.lpac.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast at The Palace Theatre, Appleton Gate, Newark, NG24 1JY
A Beauty of a Panto…A Beast of a Show! Come and join us for a beauty of a pantomime this festive season. With last year’s production being described as “one of the best pantomimes I have seen at the Palace” (Newark Advertiser), the Palace Theatre is planning another spectacular show this year with the magical tale of Beauty and the Beast.
Once again, the show will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto with spectacular set and costumes, fabulous songs and dances, bags of slapstick fun and starring Jonathan Wrather (Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris)!
So, book your tickets now for a fun filled panto, and to discover if Beauty can see beyond appearances and learn to love a Beast!
Premium Performances: Stalls £21.00, £20.00 concessions; Circle £20.00, £19.00 concessions; Family £74
Standard Performances: Stalls £19, £18 concessions; Circle £18, £17 concessions; Family £66
Special Offer Performances: £16
8th December – 3rd January
01636 655755 http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/palacetheatre/

 

Pre-Christmas activities:

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• Christmas at Rand Farm Park, Rand, Wragby, Lincoln, LN8 5NJ
Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December
Rand Farm Park is a beautiful Winter Wonderland from 25th November – 23rd December where you can meet Santa, walk through the enchanted forest 3D experience and feel festive with all the magical activities at our Real Christmas Experience.
So much Festive Fun for only £15.95 per Child
Enjoy Winter Wonderland
Decorate festive biscuits in Mrs Claus’ Kitchen
Train to be one of Santa’s helpers in Elf Academy
Walk through the Enchanted Forest 3D Experience
Experience the magic of Bethlehem in the Living Farm Nativity
Meet real reindeer
Mix your own reindeer food to take home
Post a letter to Santa
Visit Santa’s home in the forest
Receive a special token to choose any toy from Santa’s Toyshop
Jump aboard Santa’s Express ride to complete your festive family fun day out!
Penguin games and so much more…
Plus, see the animals and play in the huge heated indoor Play Barn and Play Pods. All the indoor and outdoor play activities and animals are included in your Christmas entrance fee.

01673 858904 www.randfarmpark.com

  • Christmas Trail, Hartsholme Park

Saturday 16th December to Thursday 21st December

Oh deer!! Father Christmas needs your help, he has lost his reindeer and just before Christmas. Can you help him to find them in the park?? There is a charge of £2 50 per child for this event and you can gain your stamps for your is a Childrens University passport.

Get your trail sheet anytime between 12.00pm and 3.00pm from the Visitor Centre Booking is essential. For further details or to book please call Park Rangers at Hartsholme Country Park on 01522 873735, email hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk
Victorian Christmas Quest – Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Rd, Lincoln, LN1 3LY
Saturday 4th November until January 2018
A fun and informative family trail with all the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a traditional Victorian Christmas. With new discoveries for the young, and childhood nostalgia for the older generations. Each completed trail wins a gift.
£2 per trail
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas at Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lincs, DN16 3RE
1st – 23rd December
Santa Woodland Adventure, Build a Bear workshops and themed Christmas Adult and child afternoon teas, it’s not to be missed!
Visit the Pink Pig Farm every weekend throughout December, then 21st, 22nd, 23rd December for our Santa Woodland adventure.
Head to our enchanted woodland, ring the magic bell, wait for our elf to come greet you, head through the enchanted entrance and meet Mrs Christmas in our Magical Yurt with a real log burning fire! Write letters to Santa and make Reindeer food for Christmas Eve. Then make you way along to woodland walk with our elf, spotting the naughty elves as you go! Finally, visiting Santa as a group in his Grotto, receive the magic key for our woodland toy shop and pick a real quality present to take home. This is such a lovely, organic, natural family experience like no other, what’s more there’s not queues, just arrive at your time slot and you’re good to go!
Enjoy the North Star Experience for £25 a child and £14.98 an adult, which includes all the above (Santa experience, construct a bear and afternoon tea)
We should probably add that your Santa experience tickets include all day access to the play barn and farm park, which means the Santa experience is only a £3.00 upgrade on our standard admission price!
Book now as tickets are limited, and 2016 was a complete sell out, book online for an exclusive discount!
01724 844466
http://www.pinkpigfarm.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-christmas-christmas-eeek/
Christmas at Woodside Wildlife Park, Newball, Nr Langworth, Lincoln, LN3 5DQ
10am – 4pm
Come and meet our tigers, white wolves and white owls and many more in our wintry setting.
01522 754280 www.woodsidewildlife.com
• Experience skating on real ice at Downtown Garden Centre, Gonerby Moor, A1, Grantham, NG32 2AB
25th November – 7th January
£6 per child £8 per adult. Online booking advised.
01476 512333 www.oldrids.co.uk/Santa

Giant Snow globe at Downtown Garden Centre, Gonerby Moor A1, Grantham, NG32 2AB
28th October – 1st January
£5 for 5 minutes for up to 7 people. Enjoy a snowball fight and take some festive photos.
01476 512333 www.oldrids.co.uk/Santa

Winter Wonderland at Baytree Garden Centre, High Road, Weston, Spalding, PE12 6JU
Welcome to Christmas at Baytree. For generations we have been celebrating Christmas like no other retail establishment; our Winter Wonderland and Grotto are unrivalled in the UK. Our displays of decorations and lights are envied far and wide, gathered from all over the world, assembled into collections of colours and style to captivate and inspire. This year’s themes are sure to get your imagination up and running for some truly inspired Christmas decorating. New themes this year include the Winter Garden and the Grand Cafe, and many more, all set in mind boggling displays to stimulate the senses. There’s plenty of festive candles, ornaments and knick knacks. There are special decorations and Christmas toys for the children as well as all the usual tinsels garlands and baubles. Our lights have a wow factor to be seen to be believed. There’s also plenty of festive food from two restaurants and a huge selection of gifts for all the family (including the pets). And of course, we have Santa’s Reindeer, the real ones.
To see Santa, receive a present and a real tree is £9.50.
Accompanying adults and children £1.50
To enjoy Winter Wonderland, but not see Santa is just £1.50
A souvenir photograph of your visit to Santa is available to purchase when you exit the Grotto – prices start at £3.90
Opening Times:
Santa arrives at 2pm on Sat.4th Nov.
Open every day from Nov 4th
Mon – Fri 11.00am – 5.00pm
Thursdays (Dec. only) 11.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Open at 9.00am on Sundays in December
Christmas Eve we close at 4pm prompt.
Please note; to avoid disappointment please arrive in good time to allow yourself plenty of time to journey through the Winter Wonderland. Note: Weekends during late November and December can be exceptionally busy with queues up to 2 hours we strongly recommend arriving early or avoiding these days.
01406 370242 www.baytree-gardencentre.com

 

Christmas at Doddington Hall, Doddington, Lincoln, LN6 4RU
Saturday 25th November to Friday 29th December
10am – 4pm
Explore Doddington Hall’s Alice in Wonderland themed festive decorations, meet Father Christmas, and browse Christmas gifts, trees, and food from the farm shop.
Make the most of the Hall’s Christmas opening times, farm shop goodies, the Bauble Barn, and home-grown Christmas tree at Doddington Hall & Gardens this Christmas.
CHRISTMAS IN WONDERLAND
Doddington Hall will be open especially for the festive period with decorations themed on Alice in Wonderland. The Elizabethan Hall will be creatively transformed with displays filled with Christmas adventure and wonder.
Soak up the festive atmosphere of Christmas in this treasured family home, which has seen a lot of Christmas mornings over its 400 years plus history. Take the chance to see what the present-day family and staff have created and to think about how Christmas may have looked and felt through the centuries.
Look out for the decorations and the grand Christmas trees – fresh from the estate itself.
01522 694308 http://www.doddingtonhall.com/
White Post Christmas at White Post Farm, Mansfield Road, Farnsfield, Notts, NG22 8HL
Every day from 25th November
You can see Santa and join in the Nativity Play every day from the 25th November right up to and including Christmas Eve. You can meet our beautiful real reindeer and head through the winter wonderland maze leading right up to Santa’s Grotto. The Christmas Barn is full of games, Christmas crafts to take home, a giant Christmas tree and magical indoor snow falling from the sky.
01623 882977 http://www.whitepostfarm.co.uk

Animal Encounters – Ark Wildlife Park, West Fen Lane, Stickney, Boston, PE22 8BD
Everyday we’ll offer visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of the amazing animals that call the ARK there home, at our unique animal encounter sessions.
During the encounter sessions visitors will receive a further insight into the lives of our animal residents as well as allowing visitors the chance to get closer to the animals without barriers and maybe even face and overcome a phobia or two.
Throughout the year the ARK will host seasonal events, X-mas, Easter, Halloween, Summer, there’s always something new to do at the ARK, see below for information on upcoming events at the ARK.
As well as the diverse range of animals that call the ARK home we also have a large outdoor play area for the kids to burn off some excess energy as well as our covered play area in the activity barn for when the weathers not so good
http://arkwildlifepark.co.uk/

Wednesday 20th December

  • Christmas Trail, Hartsholme Park

Oh deer!! Father Christmas needs your help, he has lost his reindeer and just before Christmas. Can you help him to find them in the park?? There is a charge of £2 50 per child for this event and you can gain your stamps for your is a Childrens University passport.

Get your trail sheet anytime between 12.00pm and 3.00pm from the Visitor Centre Booking is essential. For further details or to book please call Park Rangers at Hartsholme Country Park on 01522 873735, email hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk

• Festive Family Fun Day at Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincs, NG32 2LS
Enjoy a day full of family fun, with Christmas crafts, face painting, festive games, song writing workshops and storytelling. There’s also Belton’s annual Christmas Jumper Competition, so don’t forget to come in your festive finest.
01476 566116 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house
• ‘What the Dickens?’ followed by tea with Father Christmas at Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, LN1 3AA
Get into the festive spirit with this family friendly performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Using story-telling and puppets, our 2 characters Sir Henry Greatham and Lady Lydia, will tell the story as Scrooge and use puppets to bring the famous tale to life.
After the 30-minute performance, you are invited to join us for tea with a very special guest.
Father Christmas has taken time out of his busy schedule to enjoy some tea and to meet all of you!
Every child and adult will receive a Christmas themed box containing sandwiches and festive treats.
Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please contact regarding dietary requirements.
Tickets: £15 per child, £15 per adult
4.30pm, 6.00pm
01522 554559 www.lincolncastle.com

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• Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
01427 788464
• A Christmas Carol at Lincoln County Assembly Rooms, Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR
7.30pm
On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas.
Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional of productions, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent, original musical score. Join critically acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse as Scrooge’s frozen heart begins to melt and he finally embraces the festive spirit in this most Christmassy of Christmas tales.
Family Ticket (2 full price adults and 2 children) £40
https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/a-christmas-carol/

• Flix in the Stix at Digby War Memorial Hall, Beck Street, Digby, LN4 3LY
7pm
Arthur Christmas will be shown, doors open at 7pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. There will be a licensed bar and coffee bar, popcorn and ice cream. Take a cushion!

Thursday 21st December

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• Glitter Tattoo, face painting and Christmas craft at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10.30am – 2pm
Join us and enjoy a selection and Christmas themed activities (craft, glitter tattoos and face painting)
£3 for a glitter tattoo or face painting
£1.50 per craft
01427 788464 www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

  • Christmas Trail, Hartsholme Park

Oh deer!! Father Christmas needs your help, he has lost his reindeer and just before Christmas. Can you help him to find them in the park?? There is a charge of £2 50 per child for this event and you can gain your stamps for your is a Childrens University passport.

Get your trail sheet anytime between 12.00pm and 3.00pm from the Visitor Centre Booking is essential. For further details or to book please call Park Rangers at Hartsholme Country Park on 01522 873735, email hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk

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• Flix in the Stix at Fiskerton Village Hall. Ferry Rd, Lincoln, LN3 4HU
7.30pm
This animated comedy adventure, produced by the company behind the Wallace and Gromit films, sees Santa’s clumsy son Arthur put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. It features the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.
Arthur Christmas is rated U, which means it should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.

Friday 22nd December

Toy Library – Christmas party 1am to 11.30am. £5 per child.

Toy Library – Christmas disco 12.30 to 2pm – £5 per child

Christmas Disco Christmas Party

• Magical personalised Christmas experience at Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, LN1 3AA
Create magical memories for your children by booking a bespoke evening with Father Christmas; speak to our specialist team who can help to make dreams come true.
Lincoln Castle is offering the ultimate magical experience for a family to make unforgettable Christmas memories. This exclusive experience includes:
VIP evening access to Lincoln Castle
Access to the wall walk with Father Christmas
Magical foot lit walk to Father Christmas’ Victorian grotto
Opportunity to give your Christmas wishes directly to the man himself
Stories told by Father Christmas in a cosy Victorian setting
Gifts given by Father Christmas
Price is available on application. To find out more and to make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity, email heritagehire@lincolnshire.gov.uk

• Christmas cupcake decorating at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10.30am – 2pm
Get creative and decorate your own Christmas cupcake with festive decorations in The Feed Room Café.
£1.50 per person
*Adult supervision is required at all times and children must be three years or older to participate in this activity*
01427 788464

 

Saturday 23rd December

• Reindeer Trail and free Christmas quiz at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
Complete the Christmas Quiz for your chance to win an adoption worth £10. Wrap up warm and enjoy meeting our recued residents along the way!
01427 788464 www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

• Christmas Film Afternoon at Market Place and Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, Beaumont Street, DN21 2NA
Wrap up warm and get snuggled up inside one of our fleece blankets for an afternoon full of festive films.
12pm – Polar Express
2pm – Paddington

Sunday 24th December

• Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
01427 788464

Wednesday 27th December – 2nd January

Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
01427 788464

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