Whats On

What’s On December 2015
If you have a community or fund raising event that you’d like to have included in the monthly What’s On pages, please send an email to caz@lichfieldgazette.co.uk quoting the date, event title, times, venue address and brief description. For commercial events please contact a member of the sales team for advertising prices.

Tue 1 Dec – Sat 9 Jan
Christmas Party Nights
7.30pm at The George Hotel. Put some sparkle into your Christmas with a delicious 3 course meal and a disco in the Garrick Suite. From £22.50 to £33 per person – call, 01543 414 822.

Pure Gold Christmas Party Nights
7.30pm at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa. Party with friends, family and colleagues with a delicious 3 course meal and a disco in the Charter Suite. From £30 to £45 per person – call 0121 308 3751.

Tue 1 Dec
Christmas Voices
7.45pm at The George Hotel. Intimate Theatre presents an entertaining compilation of light-hearted poetry, music and drama for the festive season. £10.25 per person, includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie – call 01543 414 822.

Neaten and Natter
1.00pm to 3.00pm at Beacon Park. We invite volunteers to help us look after Beacon Park. This could include litter picking and weeding paths. Equipment provided. Call 01543 308869 to find out more.

Wed 2 Dec
Lichfield Arts Community Showcase
8.00pm at the Guildhall. Lichfield Arts presents our “Community Showcase” event in the historic Guildhall featuring some of Lichfield’s finest community musical groups. This community event is not to be missed! Join us in stunning surroundings to enjoy the best musical talent our local community has to offer.

Wed 2 & Thu 3 Dec
Christmas Voices – Variety Show
7.30pm at Middleton Hall. Seasonal highlight of Christmas Voices performed by the Intimate Theatre group. Traditional Christmas variety entertainment at its best, a unique compilation of poetry, music and drama to get theatre goers in the festive spirit. Tickets £12.50 to include Christmas Refreshments.

Thu 3 Dec – Sun 3 Jan
Jack and the Beanstalk
At Lichfield Garrick Theatre. The classic tale is magically brought to life in the Garrick’s own giant family pantomime.

Thu 3 Dec
Gruesome and Ghostly Tours
7.00pm around Lichfield City. Hear about the many ghosts that haunt the streets and houses of Lichfield and be terrified by gruesome tales of the city’s past! The tour includes a visit to the scary Guildhall prison cells and, to calm the nerves afterwards some light refreshments at a local pub.

Fri 4 Dec
The Listing of Buildings
(7.30pm – The Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society -AGM). 8.00pm at the Guildhall. A talk by Michael Bellamy. Visitors welcome, £3 at the door. Refreshments available from 7 pm. For more info call 01543 416144.

St Mary’s Pantomime
3.00pm to 5.30pm at St Mary’s in the Market Square. When the nights are drawing in, the temperature’s drops, and the shops feature those red and green colours… it can only mean one thing: Christmas is a coming! If you’re thinking of organising a family treat over Christmas, why not try our Local Panto. It promises to be cheesy, and groaningly funny with Lichfield ‘in jokes’. No it’s not professional and no it’s not got all the super-duper celebrities under shiny lighting and great backdrops but it’s local fun so come and enjoy. Performed by Lichfield Heritage Players (local Museum History group).

Fri 4 Dec – Fri 18 Dec
Myth and Magic ‘From the Dark’ Exhibition
At Lichfield Library Gallery (Top floor). This is a joint exhibition of artwork by Staffordshire artists, Michelle Maiden and Carl Johnson, celebrating those mythic and esoteric links with the stories we remember on dark nights while looking into the flames. Gods and Goddesses, shape changers and muses. A stylish glance at the mythic and pagan roots so often overlooked in the frantic light of day.

Sat 5 Dec
Kaleidoscope Concert
7.30pm at Lichfield Methodist Church. This versatile and popular community choir is led by Cait Hodgkiss and will be performing some of their ‘kaleidoscope’ of music in addition to seasonal pieces. Tickets are available from Marilyn by telephone 01543 300 176 or email at tickets@kaleidoscopechoir.co.uk. Tickets are priced at £6, and £4 for under 16s. Refreshments will be available.

Lichfield Arts Presents St Agnes Fountain
8.00pm at the Guildhall. Performing “rhythmed-up” carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word, the evening is always a popular one.

Proclaimed by Angels
7.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral. The Cathedra Chorus will perform Bach: Magnificat in D, Vivaldi: Gloria in D, Bach: Double violin concerto. The joy of Mary’s song of praise and the exuberance of the angels at Jesus’ birth are brought together. Full of excitement and expectation, Bach’s Magnificat was originally written for Christmas Vespers in Leipzig in 1723 and the chorus are delighted to be including the additional texts for the Christmas season, which are rarely heard today. The wonderful sunny Gloria is one of Vivaldi’s most popular choral works, making it easy to picture a sky filled with rejoicing angels. Lichfield Cathedral Chorus will be joined by soloists Harriet Hunter, Rowan Baker, Ailsa Cochrane, Robin Morton and Fran Ambrose, organist Martyn Rawles, and the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra. Bach’s concerto for two violins and orchestra performed by DECO, with soloists Alex Laing and Anthony Poon, completes this celebratory evening. Tickets, call Lichfield Garrick on 01543 412 121.

Childrens Ballroom & Latin Dancing.
10.00am at St Chads Church Hall – every Saturday. Children Ballroom & Latin Dancing for all ages and abilities. Dances include Cha Cha, Jive, Waltz, Quickstep, Mambo, Argentine Tango and many more. Lessons are 30 minutes each and cost £3.00, only pay when you attend. IDTA medal examinations twice per year. First lesson free so come along and give it a go. Ample free parking. For more information call Linda Lovell School of Dance 01543 257 012.

Sat 5 & Sun 6 Dec
Sparkle in Lichfield this Christmas – Festival 2015
Lichfield Market Square and surrounding streets, Lichfield Cathedral, Minster Pool Walk, Beacon Park, St Mary’s in the Market Square, Erasmus Darwin House and Samuel Johnson Birthplace. From Christmas lights switch-on and twinkly markets, through to stilt walkers, costumed characters, fire eaters, lantern parades and artisan craft and food fairs, Lichfield District is set to sparkle this Christmas and we can’t wait to welcome you!
Lots of events are free, so everyone can get involved and get into the festive spirit!
Sat 5 Dec
• Twinkly Market, Minster Pool Walk, 10am – 5pm
• Street Food on Bird Street, Bird Street, 11am – 4pm
• FREE Johnson Family Christmas, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, 11am – 3.30pm
• FREE Face Painting & visitor information, Minster Pool Walk, 10am – 3.30pm,
• Festive Crafts and Santa’s Grotto, Beacon Park Discovery Hub, 12 noon – 3pm
• Saturday General Market, Market Square, 9am – 4pm
• Proclaimed by Angels Advent Concert, Lichfield Cathedral, 7.30pm
• St Mary’s Pantomime, St Mary’s in the Market Square 7.30pm to 10.00pm.

Sun 6 Dec
• Twinkly Market, Minster Pool Walk, 10am – 5pm
• Lichfield Chamber Christmas Fayre, Market Square, 10am – 4pm
• Street Food on Bird Street, Bird Street, 11am – 4pm
• FREE Johnson Family Christmas, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, 11am – 3.30pm
• Artisan & Gift Indoor Fair, St Mary’s in the Market Square, 11am – 4pm
• Father Christmas & Christmas Workshop, St Mary’s in the Market Square, 11am – 4pm
• To be a Light Lantern Parade, Lichfield Cathedral,3pm

Sun 6 Dec
Bird Walk & Survey
9.30am to 11.30am at Beacon Park. Join a Staffordshire Wildlife expert in surveying the birds in Beacon Park. Free. Meet by the wooden bridge near the café and ranger station. 01543 308 869.

Lichfield Sinfonia Concert
7.30pm at the Guildhall. Lichfield’s acclaimed Symphony Orchestra plays an eclectic mix of classical greats.

Mon 7 – Sun 20 Dec
Christmas Tree Festival
At Lichfield Cathedral. Take a walk through our decorated Christmas tree forest in the North and South Transepts – beautifully embellished by our local schools, groups and businesses. Voting tokens may be purchased to vote for your favourite tree!

Mon 7 Dec
Gruesome and Ghostly Tours
See Thu 3 Dec for details.

Tue 8 Dec
Christmas Time in The City
6.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Round up your colleagues, family and friends, and come and enjoy some wine and panettone in the heart of our wonderful city. This event is kindly supported by Keely’s LLP Solicitors and Tempest Ford.

Christmas Library Tours
6.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Our magnificent library will be candlelit and decorated for the festive season, and you’ll be able to view a decorated 13th century Justinian Codex, beautifully illuminated early 15th century tracts, and a manuscript containing signatures of Charles I! Tours last approx 90 minutes. Tickets are available from the Shop at No.9.

A Christmas Carol Concert
7.00pm at Lichfield Methodist Church. Rotary Club of Lichfield present A Christmas Carol Concert with Fradley Community Choir. Music and readings for the Christmas season. Organist: Mr. Geoff Knights. Admission free: retiring collection for Rotary Charities.

Wed 9 Dec
Gruesome and Ghostly Tours
See Thu 3 Dec for details.

Murder Mystery Evening
7pm at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa. Put your investigative skills to the test and enjoy an evening of murder, mystery and intrigue – it is up to you to work out “whodunnit” by questioning the characters and examining the clues! £37 per person, includes a 3 course dinner or £159 per couple to include an overnight stay. Call 0121 308 3751.

Senior Citizens’ Lunch
12.15pm at The George Hotel. Enjoy a great value festive lunch with sherry on arrival and live entertainment. £18 per person – call 01543 414 822.

Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In
8.00pm at Lichfield Garrick Theatre. That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

Thu 10 Dec
Murder Mystery Evenings
At The George Hotel. Put your investigative skills to the test and enjoy an evening of murder, mystery and intrigue – it is up to you to work out “whodunnit” by questioning the characters and examining the clues! From £32 per person. Call 01543 414 822.

Fri 11 Dec
A Christmas Carol
7.30pm at Lichfield Museum, St Mary’s on the Market Square. A heart-warming reading of the famous tale by Charles Dickens: the man who invented Christmas. 5 of the finest readers in Lichfield will gather at St Marys to read an English classic in the version Dickens himself used during his great series of recitals of his own works. Tickets are now on sale from the tourist information desk in St Marys priced at £8 (to include a glass of Smoking Bishop & a mince pie.) For further information please telephone 01543 256611.

Burntwood Singers Christmas Concert
7.30pm at the Burntwood Memorial Institute on Rugeley Road in Burntwood. Come and join us for an evening of Christmas music including carols with audience participation. Tickets cost £5 including light refreshments and are available on the door.

Fri 11 & Sat 12 Dec
Museums at Night by Candlelight
7.30pm to 10.30pm at St Mary’s in the Market Square. Come and hear tales of ‘Old Lichfield’, by candlelight in the Museum. Costumed performances by the heritage interpreters. £8.00 to include a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.

Sat 12 Dec
Georgian Christmas Market
9.00am to 4.00pm at Erasmus Darwin House and the Cathedral Close. Step back in time for this Georgian Christmas market featuring festive food and gift stalls. £1 adults, children free entry.

Soroptimist International Christmas Fayre
10.00am o 3.30pm at the Guildhall. Lichfield Branch fundraising event to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Salvation Army Women’s Refuge. Free entry

Christmas Xplorer
11.00am to 2.00pm at Beacon Park. Family orienteering challenge around Beacon Park. Use the map to find the Yuletide themed markers. Younger children can spot colourful pictures, while older children can collect letters and see how many different words they can make. Complete the trail and get a certificate. Takes approx. 30-40 mins. Call 01543 308 867.

Christmas Brasstacular
7.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral. The award-winning Staffordshire Band will take to the stage with special guests, Only Altos Aloud, to perform a medley of festive favourites. Adults £10, Under 16: £5. Call 01543 306 100.

Lichfield Arts Present King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
8.00pm at the Guildhall. The band carries a guarantee of great swinging music and high entertainment value. £16.00/£14.40 for friends and £8.00 for under 16’s.

Sat 12 – Mon 14 Dec
Santa’s New Sleigh
11.00am and 1.00pm each day at Lichfield Garrick Theatre (Studio). Sprocket and Dibs have a problem! Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s sleigh is nowhere to be found! Can you help them save the day? Audience participation, sing-alongs and a present from Santa for every child it promises to be the perfect festive treat. You will also have the opportunity to take a photograph with Santa himself so don’t forget to bring your cameras and Smart Phones! Ideal for pre-school and children up to 8 years.

Sun 13 Dec
Salvation Army Carols
6.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. A service of carols and prayers celebrating lives of those who we have lost throughout the year. Join us for the lights ceremony and remember a loved one. FREE event. Donations are encouraged.

Mon 14 Dec
Gruesome and Ghostly Tours
See Thu 3 Dec for details.

Thu 17 Dec
Lichfield Civic Society Meeting
7.45pm at St Mary’s in the Market Square. St John’s Hospital Without the Barrs – a talk by Rev Canon Andrew Gorham. Non-members welcome (£3 at the door).

Lichfield Cathedral Chorus Carol Concert
8.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Join Lichfield Cathedral Chorus and the Cannock Citadel Salvation Army Band for carols old and new in the wonderful setting of Lichfield Cathedral. Early arrival recommended. Retiring collection.

Salvation Army Carols
8.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral This hugely popular event is back! Join the Salvation Army and Lichfield Cathedral Chorus for an evening of your favourite carols! FREE event. Donations are encouraged.

Fri 18 Dec
Lichfield Arts Presents Johnny Coppin – All on a Winter’s Night
8.00pm at the Guildhall. A rich mix of traditional carols and new songs from the likes of Robbie Robertson, and Jackson Browne, together with stories, superstitions and folklore from the UK and beyond.

Sat 19 Dec
Shoppers’ Carols & Toy Appeal
12 noon to 4.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Christmas shopping? Pick up a gift for a child in need, then take a break and join us for some uplifting, traditional carols. All toys received throughout the appeal will be donated to help The Gingerbread Centre. Gifts suitable for ages 0-18 years will be gladly received in advance (from 9am – 5pm, Mon to Fri) at Reception, in The Old Stables next to Chapters, the Cafe in the Close.

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Dec
City of Lichfield Concert Band Christmas Concerts
7.30pm to 9.30om (Sat) & 2.30pm to 4.30pm (Sun) at the Guildhall. Listen to Lichfield’s very own concert band in the festive surroundings of the Guildhall. This concert is usually sold out, so get your tickets in advance from S&J Music or by emailing the band. £8 adults, £7 concessions

Sun 20 – Thu 24 Dec
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
6.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Well-loved Christmas carols as we tell the story of Christmas through readings and music. Please note: The second of these two services has traditionally been held on Boxing Day. This year the second service will be on Christmas Eve. FREE entry, donations welcome.

Mon 21 & Tue 22 Dec
A Cathedral Illuminated – A Christmas Special
5.00pm to 9.00pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Come and see the front of the Cathedral lit with stunning projections by acclaimed local artist Peter Walker and Luxmaralis. FREE event. Donations are encouraged!

Mon 21 Dec
Tales in the Courtyard – Fireside Fables, Winter Ghosts
7.30pm to 10.00pm at The Duke of York. Tales in the Courtyard – Lichfield Storytellers Fireside Fables, Winter Ghosts with Cath Edwards, Mat Hayward and Maria Whatton.
We’ve fables sparkling with frost, a sprinkling of delightfully creepy seasonal ghost stories and a few beautifully haunting wintry songs. £5 on the door.

Wed 23 Dec
A Christmas Sequence
7.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Join us for the Cathedral Chamber Choir’s annual feast of music, prose, poetry and carols for Christmas. FREE event. Donations are encouraged!

Lichfield Arts Presents Fret and Fiddle
8.00pm at the Guildhall. This talented quartet will play a mixture of jazz, swing fiddle tunes, and instrumental arrangements of some of the greatest songs from the American Songbook.

Sat 26 Dec
Darwin Walk
10.00am at Bunkers Hill Car Park. Join members of the Darwin Walk Trust on this traditional Boxing Day walk. Call 01543 252 246 or for more information go to www.darwinwalk.org.uk

Sun 27 Dec
Peter Pan
6pm at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa. Come and enjoy this magical pantomime adaptation of the original classic Peter Pan fairytale – it’s the perfect post-Christmas treat for the whole family! £9 per adult, family tickets (2 adults & 2 children): £30. Call 0121 308 3751.

Wed 30 Dec
The Snow Queen Pantomime
2.30pm at Moor Hall Hotel and Spa. The perfect Christmas treat for the whole family! Beautifully narrated by a giant friendly polar bear, you’ll enter a magical world and meet Gerda as she faces her greatest fears to rescue her best friend Kay from the evil clutches of the mysterious Snow Queen. Call 0121 308 3751. Tickets are £9, family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £30.

Thu 14 – Sat 16 Jan 2016
‘The Adventures of Jack’
7.30pm at Stonnall Village Hall. Whilst you may have thought you knew all there is to know about Jack of the Beanstalk fame, we think you may only have been told part of his story. But we are pleased to announce that the Stonnall Players are set to reveal many of his other exciting adventures. Tickets are now available either by phone, text, by email or requested from our web site: Call or text 07837 868 913 or go to http://stonnallplayers.moonfruit.com

Venue Addresses
Alrewas Village Hall – Wellfield Rd, Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent DE13 7HB
Beacon Park – Swan Rd, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Darwin Hall – Heathcot Place, Lichfield, WS13 6RQ
Erasmus Darwin House – Beacon St, Lichfield WS13 7AD
The George Hotel – Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PR
The Guildhall – Bore St, Lichfield WS13 6LU. Tel: 01543 622 23
Lichfield Cathedral – The Close, Lichfield Staffs WS13 7LD
Lichfield Garrick Theatre – Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR. Tel: 01543 412 121
Lichfield Library – The Friary, Lichfield WS13 6QG
Lichfield Methodist Centre – Backcester Lane, Lichfield WS13 6JH
Middleton Hall – Middleton, Tamworth B78 2AE. Tel: 01827 283 095
Moor Hall Hotel & Spa – Moor Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN. Tel: 0121 308 3751
St Chad’s Church Hall – The Leasowe, Lichfield WS13 7HG
St Mary’s in the Market Square – Breadmarket St, Lichfield WS13 6LG. Tel: 01543 256 611
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum – Breadmarket St, Lichfield WS13 6LG
Staffordshire Regiment Museum – Defence Medical Services, Lichfield WS14 9PY.
Tel: 01543 434395
Stonnall Village Hall – 114 Main Street, Stonnall WS9 9DY

 

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