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Longdown Farm Christmas Barn - Lyndhurst
Children and adults alike will delight in the festive atmosphere of the Longdown Farm Christmas Barn with its traditional theme and real live animals. Twinkling lights, Christmas trees and festive decorations set the scene where fluffy baby chicks and lots of other favourite farm animals will be waiting to meet the children and share their excitement. The peaceful Nativity scene is watched over by gentle donkeys and provides a serene reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Look out for Father Christmas’s tractor sleigh, which he has carefully parked outside the Farmhouse Grotto. Father Christmas will be waiting inside the Farmhouse Grotto to greet the children and their parents; he will give every child a Christmas gift to take home as well as a special Longdown Activity Farm goody bag. The Christmas Barn is open daily from the 2nd to 23rd December, opening at 10.30am and closing at 4pm. The soft play area, crazy golf course, mini tractors, tea room, gift shop and Farm Produce Shop will be open, the rest of Longdown Activity Farm will be closed. There’s no need to book, just turn up on a day of your choosing. Adult admission includes a free of charge hot drink from the choice on offer in the tea room. Free car park, toilets and our Changing Room facility for those who have registered disabilities or otherwise have the need for the specialist changing equipment. Admission for the Christmas Barn: Children: 3 – 14: £10.00* Under 3s and child season ticket holders: £6.75* Special Needs Children £5.00* Adults: £4.00 each – includes a free hot drink (from the choice on offer) Adult season ticket holder: Free Please note: queues may build at busy times. www.longdownfarm.co.uk *includes entrance to Barn, Grotto, a gift from Father Christmas, plus a special Longdown Activity Farm Christmas goody bag.
Victorian Christmas - Beaulieu
See what the Victorian Montagu family members would have been doing at Beaulieu as they prepare for the festive season of 1889. Pose next to the colourful life-size Gingerbread House for the perfect festive picture as you arrive at Beaulieu. Follow the dazzling fairy lit pathway to Palace House to see preparations for a traditional Victorian Christmas day panto in action! Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere, with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and a themed Christmas tree in each room - including a 25ft tree in the entrance!
Please see website
10am – 5pm daily (6pm opening 9, 10, 16 & 17 Dec)
Location: Beaulieu, National Motor Museum. New Forest. SO42 7ZN
The Albion Christmas Band - Totton
Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol join founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings on stage once more, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show! The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. It really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year will see a collection of new material alongside favourites from their back catalogue of Xmas albums as well as the brand new studio album packed full of new material. Described in the Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas”, this is a show you must not miss!
Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found - Totton
Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He didn’t know where it had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost. So he decided to help it find its way home, even if that meant rowing all the way to the South Pole. This funny, charming tale of friendship is the perfect treat for a younger audience. Brought to life by Little Blue Monster Theatre Co with puppetry, songs and music, this fantastic new show is suitable for ages 3+ and their grown-ups
2 shows: 11.30am & 2.30pm (both 1 hour long)
Location: Hanger Farm Arts Centre West Totton SO40 8FT
Tel: 02380 667683
Malcolm the Magician - Totton
It’s that time of year again! Why not get into the holiday mood with Malcolm the Magician? Malcolm’s Magical Christmas Show is full of fun, laughter, magic and surprises for the whole family. A regular at Hanger Farm, Malcolm can always be relied upon to deliver an exciting and entertaining performance. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Bumblefly Theatre and Forest Forge present: The Frog Prince - Totton
The travelling players have gone up in the world and set up shop in a castle to tell the story of The Frog Prince. Everyone wants to live in a castle; to eat fine food, sleep in the softest, most comfortable bed, even a talking frog; but the spoilt princess really doesn’t want to share. She can’t see that ugliness may only be skin deep! Forest Forge and Bumblefly Theatre team up again to bring you this classic story for the festive season, filled with madcap humour, a sprinkling of magic, a large portion of family fun and brilliant storytelling. What castle would be complete without a long haired maiden in a tower and a prince chopping through brambles to get inside? Many characters from familiar fairy tales plus a couple of lesser known gems keep the action moving whilst memorable songs will have you singing all the way home!
Movie Monday: My Cousin Rachel - Totton
Philip, a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, vows revenge against Ambrose's missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his death. But when Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband's estate from the unsuspecting Philip. Certificate PG.
Swing Time with Five Star Swing - Totton
A touch of London’s Swinging West End is coming to Hanger Farm! “Swing Time” - with the Five Star Swing band promises an evening of Vintage Swing, with classic songs from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and many more. Saxophonist and vocalist Simone Smith will be swinging along with songs she has previously performed with the famous Ivy Benson Orchestra and the Squadronaires band. As seen on BBC TV “Children in Need” and Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball, the band of multi-instrumentalists and singers is led by bandleader Chris Smith - composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band and is also pleased to feature Mike Innes, trombonist to Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett!
Steve Knightley - Landlocked - Totton
In 2018 Steve Knightley will be joining us with new material for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. Knightley, who won the Best Original Song category at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his biting, banker-baiting Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed, has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters” and has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the rousing Country Life (about the demise of rural living) to Tall Ships (set in a West Country fishing village) and Roots and crowd pleasers like Santiago and his Cornish miners’ song Cousin Jack.
Ed Gamble - Mammoth - Totton
After the huge success of his 2016 tour, that gobby little toerag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show. Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Almost Royal (E4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3), Man Down (C4) as well as countless other things (3 other things). “… He is on irresistible form” The Telegraph “… a master of unlocking the humour in everything” The List
Movie Monday: Hampstead - Totton
An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighbourhood. The film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow against the glorious setting of London’s beautiful Hampstead Heath. Certificate 12A.
A History of Everything in 60 Mins (more or less) - Totton
Everything you ever wanted to know about everything… ever. Silly, surreal and satirical fast-paced comic adventure through history - from the dawn of time to the present day. From Ancient Rome to the Millennium Dome, Telegraphy to the mobile phone, Tudors, Trump and Tory capers, Persians, peace signs and the Panama papers. Musical and sketch comedy with a sprinkling of cabaret and spoken word poetry with the brilliant Ben Watson.
No Finer Life - Totton
Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero, an enduring romance and the fight to retain the heart of rural Britain. The story moves between the 1940s and the current day and is set in the Oxfordshire countryside, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble. This is Elizabeth’s story... What inspires a young Somerset land girl to set off in search of a bestselling author in the darkest days of war? It is a story that is timeless, yet hugely relevant today as it questions our relationship with the countryside, the quality of the food we produce and our very identity. “When peace is won, we fight for the land we love”. Award-winning composer, Alistair Collingwood, who has written scores for numerous theatre shows and TV themes, provides live music.