What’s on December 2016

Let the Cumbrian festive fun commence!

Welly Top 5

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1. Taste Christmas Festival, Cockermouth

Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cockermouth.  The tree is up and lights are a-twinkling in anticipation of the giant food fair which takes place exactly one year since determined stall holders and businesses went ahead with the inaugural Taste Christmas Festival just a week after the devastating floods caused by Storm Desmond.  This year there will be even more stalls selling festive fare, gifts and crafts.  The town’s well-known brewery Jennings will be providing a mini beer festival in one of the marquees, and down in Market Place, there will be cookery demonstrations from some of Cumbria’s best chefs in the showroom of the Cockermouth Kitchen Company.

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2. Hawkshead Christmas Fair

Sat 3rd Dec (10am to 5pm) &  Sun 4th Dec (10am to 4pm)

With over fifty indoor and outdoor craft and gift stalls Hawkshead’s Christmas Fair is sure to get you in the mood for the festive season.  Jugglers and stilt walkers as well as a lantern parade at 4pm on the Saturday will keep the kids amused whilst Dad can duck into one of the many local pubs selling seasonal fare and winter ales.  Extra parking at a discounted rate too.

For more info and to book:  Tel: 0844 502 7587  www.hawksheadchristmasfair.com

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3. Christmas Themed Smoky Jo’s Food Smoking Course at The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse

Wed 7th Dec, 10am – 3h3opm

Have a go at smoking a range of different foods such as chicken, salmon, sausages and cheese using the Inn’s own purpose-built smokehouse.  The Smoky Jo’s team will show you how to add a little smoke to your festive food preparations.  At £139 per person this one-off course also includes lunch and dinner with reduced room rates for smokin’ students 😉

The Wild Boar, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NF T 015394 45225

www.elh.uk/TheWildBoarSmokingCourses

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4. Adult Chocolate Workshops With A Prosecco At The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

Wed 7th Dec & Wed 14th Dec

Now this is my kind of festive experience.  Phone up your girlfriends and set a date for some choc and prosecco indulgence down at Cocoabean in Hawkshead.  At only £20 per person this workshop is perfect for a pre-Christmas get-together and with gift vouchers available for future truffle and prosecco evenings, this experience makes for a truly original gift. To find out more or book your chocolate workshop, call on 015394 36075 or 07785 742709.  Alternatively click on the link below or email info@cocoabeanhawkshead.com

Cocoabean Hawkshead, Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0NT

http://www.cocoabeanhawkshead.com/events/adult-chocolate-workshops-with-proseccoean/

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5. Sunday Lunch With Santa

Ooh a bite to eat with Santa?  Don’t mind if I do… and as this event is for both young and old, any old excuse for Mum and Dad to get involved!   Enjoy a magic show and then sit down to a slap-up festive two course meal just in time for Santa’s arrival.  Take your pick from the following two dates but you’ve got be quick – the head marketing Elf tells me tickets are selling fast!

Sunday 11th December – Entertainer: Stu-di-doo: Magic tricks and balloon art – expect a fun-filled show from this family favourite.

Sunday 18th December – Entertainer: Laura J – high energy party with great audience participation that the kids will love.

Tickets priced at £21 for adults and children (over 12s)  £11.50 (including gift!).

http://www.castlegreen.co.uk/events/2016/12/sunday-lunch-with-santa.aspx

Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6RG,

www.castlegreen.co.uk T 01539 734000

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The Best of The Rest

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Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair

Friday 2nd Dec (4pm to 8pm), Sat 3rd Dec (10am to 6pm) & Sun 4th Dec (10am to 4pm)

Once again, Kirbky Lonsdale plays host to its yearly ‘chalet village’ in the heart of the town.  Wooden chalets will be clustered arond the market monument offering shoppers a wide range of gift items.  There’s Christmas crafts for children and Santa’s grotto of course.  The weekend features the town’s traditional Festive Parade with its Christmas lights switch-on and a wide variety of street entertainment and music.

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A  Jazz Christmas Carol at Theatre By The Lake

Sun 18th Dec, 7h30pm £18 per person

For those seeking musical Christmas entertainment with a twist, why not try A Jazz Christmas Carol at Theatre by the Lake. Based on the Dickensian classic, this well-known tale is brought to life by eight virtuoso musicians including a baritone sax-playing Scrooge, a cheery clarinet-playing Cratchitt and a trombone-swinging ghost-of-Marley.

A perfect treat for the jazz connoisseur or for anyone who loves music and literature, the story unfolds with readings accompanied by musical movements. Just as Scrooge’s ghosts take him on a tour of his life, so a benevolent presiding ghost celebrates the spirits of jazz greats past and present in a delightful and celebratory tour of jazz through the ages.

Carlise Christmas Market

Wed 30th Nov to Sat 3rd Dec

A great choice of festive gifts and foodie fare from local producers in central Carlisle.  With local retailers rubbing shoulders with the artisan stalls, it’s a great way to get all your Christmas shopping done in one go.

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Sunday Lunch With Santa

Ooh a bite to eat with Santa?  Don’t mind if I do… and as this event is for both young and old, any old excuse for Mum and Dad to get involved!   Enjoy a magic show and then sit down to a slap-up festive two course meal just in time for Santa’s arrival.  Take your pick from the following two dates but you’ve got be quick – the head marketing Elf tells me tickets are selling fast!

Sunday 11th December – Entertainer: Stu-di-doo: Magic tricks and balloon art – expect a fun-filled show from this family favourite.

Sunday 18th December – Entertainer: Laura J – high energy party with great audience participation that the kids will love.

Tickets priced at £21 for adults and children (over 12s)  £11.50 (including gift!).

http://www.castlegreen.co.uk/events/2016/12/sunday-lunch-with-santa.aspx

Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6RG,

www.castlegreen.co.uk T 01539 734000

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Santa’s Magical Forest at Rheged, Penrith

A definite kid-pleaser, Rheged offers hourly sessions with Santa between 9h30am and 4h30pm including one ride on their in-house Helter Skelter.   Tickets only available in advance online here or through the Box Office on 01768 868000.

Craig Charles

Craig Charles Funk ‘n’ Soul feat the Mouse Outfit

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Thurs 22nd Dec, Doors open 8pm

Not so festive but definitely fun, at least for the adults.  Chirpy Scouser Charles brings a taste of flavoursome funk to South Cumbria.  Joined by the Mouse Outfit, a 10-piece band formed and based in Manchester this is definitely a #wellycool night out to get the Christmas party started.

Ticket prices: £16  Venue: Malt Room – Standing.

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