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Friday 06 December
Santa’s Post Box
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Off Junction 31 of the M6 Preston, PR5 OAG
10am – 1.30pm
Write your letter to Santa at Brockholes before heading off on a winter walk to Santa’s Post Box! Letter packs are priced at £5.00 for online orders (available until 11.45pm the day before) or from the Welcome Centre on the day at £6.50 per pack. Car parking charges apply.
Town House Festive Market 2019
Town House Coffee & Brew Bar, 62 Friargate, PR1 2AT
5pm – 8pm
Go along to see some new exciting pop up traders. Free entry, all ages welcome.
Christmas Quiz Night
Belong Preston, Unit 12 St Georges Shopping Centre, PR1 2TU
6pm – 9pm
An evening of Christmas themed trivia including video game, movies, tv and music rounds with prizes to be won! £5 entry on the night.
Annual charity Christmas Carols
County Hall, Fishergate, Preston PR1 8XB
Festive carols will be sung by Preston Gilbert and Sullivan Society with all funds raised supporting the Mayor’s charities: Rosemere, Emmaus, Dig in, and Friends of Mulanje Orphans.
Drinks and mince pies will be served on arrival at 6:30pm with carols beginning at 7pm. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated from businesses and organisations across the area.
Tickets are £10 per person and payment needs to be made ahead of the evening.
Tickets are available to purchase/collect from Preston Town Hall. Payment by cheque only, cheques to be made payable to David Borrow.
Pre-Christmas Social & Tree Lighting at the Rawstorne Centre
Freckleton Rawstorne Centre, Green Lane West, PR4 1SL
The festive night at the Club includes lighting the outdoor Christmas Tree, enjoying the sounds of the Freckleton Junior Band and tucking into mince pies!
Preston Comedy Club Christmas Special
Baluga Bar & Club, 11-14 Miller Arcade, Preston PR1 2QY
7.30pm – 10.30pm
A spectacular night of stand up with four top-class comedians for just £15.
A Christmas Evening with The Grimsargh Players
The Grimsargh Players, Market Street West, PR1 2H
Enjoy the spirit of Christmas with in the form of prose, poetry and song.Ticket £7 – includes festive nibbles & a glass of mulled wine.
Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs
Garstang Community Academy, PR3 1YE
Fri, 7:30pm Sat, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Bundles of laughs are promised at this Christmas pantomime in Garstang! The love story between Granny and the wolf is special. There will be singing and dancing and maybe a few ‘he’s behind you’. For tickets please text 07594250335 or pay on the door.Adults = £10, Concessions = £8, Family = £30 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).Doors open at 19:15 for evening performances and 14:15 for Saturday matinee.
The Good Old Days
Moor Ln, Hutton, Preston PR4 5SE
7.30 pm – 10.30pm
The Good Old Days is coming to Hutton Village Hall. Seven acts along with a pit orchestra will perform on the night which adds up to an incredible 22 musicians’ singers and dancers.
The event is being arranged by the members of ‘The Well-Dressed Gentlemen’ a band specialising in the music of the 1920’s. All of the performers give their time free of charge and all money raised goes to St Catherine’s Hospice.
Doors open at 6.45, the show starts at 7.30. Tickets are available from 01772 611011 and are £12.00.
The Palace Cinema, Longridge PR3 3RR
Tickets: Adults £10, OAPs £9, Children £7, 0-3 years £2.99
Heroes, villains, songs and silliness guaranteed with the ComedySportz Improvised Pantomimes this December! The group, who have been entertaining audiences with quick-witted competitive comedy since 2001, will be bringing some family friendly festive fun to The Palace Cinema at Longridge. Every show is different as players craft loving pastiche of panto tropes and characters from audience suggestions and a sprinkling of fairy dust. The performers don’t know their roles beforehand and might even get you involved in the action!
Saturday 07 December
Christmas Craft Fair
Ingol Library, Ventnor Pl, Preston PR2 3YX
10am – 2pm
Pick up some beautiful affordable handcrafted gifts made by local craft groups.
Christmas Lantern & Plaque Workshop (incl afternoon tea)
Cuerden View Cafe, The Visitor Centre, Berkeley Drive, PR5 6BY
10am – 3pm
Go along to this one day fun and friendly workshop and enjoy the famous Cuerden Afternoon Tea in the gorgeous View Cafe looking out over the valley. Make a lovely Christmas Lantern and Christmas Plaque using a variety of creative painting and craft techniques including decoupage, chalk painting, foiling, raised stencilling etc. You will be able to experiment with different paints, colours, and brushes. Please contact Joanne on 07595433259 or email@example.com for more information or to reserve your place – £65.
Christmas Wildlife Workshop
Daisy Clough Nurseries & Tearoom, Station Lane, PR3 1AN
10am – 4pm
A perfect Christmas gift for the wildlife lover in your life! Book to build your own bug box or nest box. Bug Box – £10.00, Bird nest box – £7.50 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Avenham Park Cheeky Santa Dash
10.30am from the Miller Park Bridge
Cut a cheeky dash this Christmas for Rosemere Cancer Foundation by signing up to the sixth annual Cheeky Santa Dash in Avenham Park that is raising funds for the charity.
The dash is a 5k two-lap festive family fun run around the grounds that this year will take a slightly different route to accommodate the closure of the old tramway bridge over the Ribble.
Some 104 runners have already entered, among them Louise Harlow, who founded the dash with her late husband Ben Ashworth. All runners will receive a finishers’ medal, hot drink or juice and a mince pie.
Entry is £10 for anyone aged 16 years and above and £5 for children, (children must be accompanied by a paying adult). Prams are welcome (free entry) and participants can run, jog or walk. Festive fancy dress is encouraged but not obligatory. To enter, go to www.rosemere.org.uk
Salvation Army Brass Band
Preston Markets, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA
10.30am – 12.30pm
Enjoy free traditional Christmas music with brass instruments.
The Birley Arms Christmas Markets
The Birley Arms Inn, Birley Arms, Bryning Lane, PR4 1TN
The Birley Arms Christmas markets are back for the 3rd year with a selection of indoor and outdoor stalls ranging from handmade home decor and jewellery to cupcakes and children’s gifts.
Deepdale Labour Club, 287 Skeffington Rd, Preston, PR1 6RX
11am – 3:30pm
Christmas Fair in aid of Rosemere Cancer UnitVarious Stalls, Face Painting, Tombola and a Special visit from Father Christmas.
The Highfield Charity Christmas Fair
The Highfield Croston, Southport Road, PR26 9JB
Go along either on Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th December, 12pm till 7pm for the charity Christmas fair in honour of the charity Bliss.
Wreath Making Workshop
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Off Junction 31 of the M6 Preston, PR5 OAG
1pm – 3pm
This weekend (Saturday and Sunday), Brockholes will be running one of their most popular craft sessions of the year – Christmas Wreath Making! Booking is essential as places are limited. Wreath making tickets include wreath making materials for one wreath and admission to the workshop for a maximum of two people (adult or child), as children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. The workshop is only suitable for children aged 5+ and is £7.50 per wreath, car parking charges also apply.
Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, PR3 3HJ Longridge
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Go along to the popular Christmas concert at the Longridge Civic Hall. This concert will also feature the fantastic Junior band.
Sunday 08 December
Cuerden Valley Park, Visitor Centre, Berkeley Drive, PR5 6BY
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Go along for a magical Christmas experience in the Park.
Your ticket includes a delicious breakfast or lunch provided by Cuerden View café. After which the children will write a letter to Father Christmas and collect a trail map to find the Santa’s secret grotto hidden in the park. The children will exchange their letter for an early Christmas gift. All children must be accompanied by an adult who also has a ticket.
Don’t forget to specify the ages of the children and any special dietary needs.
Booking is required, £12.50 children, £10 adults
Breakfast with Santa
Ribble Pilot, Mariners Way, PR2 2YN Preston
Santa will be coming down to the Ribble Pilot on the 8th and the 22nd December along with his little helper Natasha, who will be joining in with the kids helping them make crafts!
Tickets are £7.95 per child which includes their breakfast, craft supplies and a present!
Please phone the pub to reserve your space.
Classics at The Mill
The Mill, St Catherine’s Park, Lostock Lane, PR5 5XU
Are you the proud owner of a classic car or vehicle? Go along to the monthly Classics at The Mill meet-up on the second Sunday of every month from 10am until 2pm – or pay a visit to admire the vehicles on display.
St Catherine’s Santa Dash
Preston Docks, Wallend rd, PR2 2HW
11am – 1pm
The sponsored St Catherine’s Santa Dash is returning to Preston Docks.Take on the three-mile sponsored dash or dawdle around the iconic waters and help raise funds for your much-loved local charity at this special time of year.£10 for adults and £5 for supporters aged 8 to 17 to sign up, which includes your Santa suit. (The minimum age to take part is 8, and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult around the route).
RSPCA Preston Christmas Fair
Moor Nook Primary School, Ribbleton Hall Dr, Preston PR2 6EE
11am – 3:30pm
Lots going on from meet and greet with Santa, Santa paws, face painting, glitter tattoos, ginger bread decorating, cake stalls and much more.
Free tours with Witch Janey
Samlesbury Hall, PR5 0UP Preston
11am – 12:30pm
Samlesbury’s very own wickedly witty witch Janey Southworth will take you on a guided tour through the Hall and bring the past back to life – great fun for all the family, and completely free too!
Tours begin in the Great Hall at 11am and 2pm.
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at the Harris
Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP
11am – 2pm
Join Angela from Petal and Twig to celebrate the festive season with a Christmas wreath making workshop.
Tickets are £45 and include tuition and all materials and a hot drink and mince pie from the Harris café.
Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Markets
Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park, Chipping, PR3 2QT
11am – 2pm
Christmas stalls offering mulled wine, crafts/gifts and food from the 7th of December. There is also a grotto where your little ones can meet Santa and receive a gift (£5 additional charge)
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Off Junction 31 of the M6 Preston PR5 OAG
11:30am – 3pm
Santa is back at Brockholes. Go along and meet him in their traditional Christmas Grotto. Appointments are available between 11.30am and 3.00pm, in 30-minute time slots. All children require a ticket to see Santa regardless of age. Book an under 3’s ticket if required to ensure that children receive an age appropriate present.
£7.50 per child and car parking charges also apply.
Christmas Family Fun Day
Frenchwood Social Club, Strawberry Gardens, Bence Road, Frenchwood, PR1 4NP
Free entry! Prize bingo, raffle, fun & games, competitions and visit from Santa.
The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP
Sherds is based on a six-week archaeological field school which took place at Malkin Tower Farm in Pendle. It was co-created by artists Nastassja Simensky and Rebecca Lee, who were artists in residence at the dig, in collaboration with an ensemble of musicians and vocalists. The five ‘verses’ incorporate passing conversations, local news, and the rhythms of the dig, combining spoken word, movement, improvisation, field recordings, and newly composed music. A pre-performance talk with the artists, archaeologists, and musicians will also take place.
It might be particularly interesting to those with a passion for local history/archaeology, or anyone involved in new music and visual arts.
Tickets are free and can be booked via Eventbrite.
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