Friday, 23 December 2011

Twas the night before Christmas and lots to do - Newbald Carols on the Green

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house
 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
 In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
 The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
 While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads,

Sadly the reality is going to be very different. This Saturday the country will be filled with hyper active children sneaking peeks at the presents and scoffing as many sweets as possible. The advent calender has lasted this long then you have done well.
So to keep them occupied and to bring back some of the spirit of Christmas, there are lots of nice things going on.

My favourite is Carols on the Green in North Newbald, it should start at 6pm, there is a beautiful Blessing of the Crib church service before at 5pm and when that finishes the steam engine will start up with some a sing song and some mulled wine. Lets hope for some dry weather.

For those of you off to Beverley for some last minute shopping or to get your fresh Brussel Sprouts for Christmas Day, then St Mary's Church on the corner of North Bar Within and Hengate is hosting "Mince Pies and Carols for all the family" from  11.00am – 1.00pm, it is pop in and out session so you don't need to be there at the start or all the time and at 3.00pm there is the Christingle Service for the children.

Boxing Day hosts a variety of traditions
The meeting of the hunts is always a colourful event, for unique Yorkshire tradition, then the Flamborough Sword Dancers are great to watch and do dance their way around the pubs in Flamborough.

Whitby Lions are doing a sponsored Boxing Day Dip. Registration has already passed, so you will not be able to join in, just watch all the crazy people dressed up as penguins go for a dip at 10.30am.

New Years Day there is the annual Newbald Duck Race at the Mires at 12 noon, this year through popular demand there is the chance to buy some breakfast to ease away any New Year's Eve hangovers.

Have a lovely Christmas.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Carol Singing and a farming Santa

Singing carols for me highlights the start of Christmas, (together with watching Muppets christmas Carol).
Our favourite carol singing has to take place outside on the village Green in North Newbald on Christmas Eve, it starts at 6pm (but it is best to get their early and enjoy the atmosphere in the two local pubs), there is a vintage steam organ to provide the music, a lovely crowd and sometimes a really busy person stops off on his way round the world to visit the children.

All our local churches has some excellent carol services and it is always good to support your local church.
If you would rather listen to some professionals then there is the excellent...
Hull Choral Union: Annual Carol Concert at Hull City Hall on Wed 21 Dec 2011.
More information from

For a different place to meet Santa try the Santa Special weekends at York Farming Museum. There is santa and some interesting looking elves. Personally I like the sound of the mince pie and the roaring fire.
The weekends are on this weekend and next weekend.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Beverley Festival of Christmas - A great start to #Christmas in Beverley

Sunday 11th DecThe highlight of this gorgeous event has to be seeing the reindeer. Our daughter loves to see the real life reindeer, I am sure she used to think that they are some fictional characters similar to elves and although she still remains disappointed that they don't fly and none of them have red noses.
Lets hope they will be back again this year.
The main parade kicks off at 10.30, it is a great start to the festive spirit.
There will be lots of dancing and displays from some great named folk groups such as "The Grinnigogs" and the "Green Ginger Garland Dancers" and lots of brass bands to really get you into the festive spirit.
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 Beverley Festival of Christmas

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Pantomime Round up in East Yorkshire. He's behind you!!! #Panto #Yorkshire

We are beginning to get in the festive spirit and are wondering which pantomime to go and see this year. Christmas would not be complete without shouting "He's behind you" and getting hit over the head with a boiled sweet.
Let us know if you find any others that are on or have been to see any of them and can recommend them.
CinderellaHull New Theatre
Thursday 8 December - Sunday 8 January
The magic begins on Thursday 8 December 2011 and the festive season would not be complete without a visit to our annual spectacular pantomime.
Back by popular demand the hilarious Chuckle Brothers star in this year’s most glittering and dazzling pantomime of them all – Cinderella.
We’ve sprinkled the panto magic far and wide this year as Cinderella features magnificent costumes, stunning sets and an abundance of comedy along with the most outrageously gruesome ugly sisters you’ve ever seen! One of the highlights of Cinderella is the stunning rags-to-riches transformation of Cinders into Princess Starlight; and her magical journey to the Royal Ball with real life ponies leading Cinderella's carriage!
Costs:£16.00 - £23.00 Contact 01482 300300 to book.

Mother Goose
Junction at Paradise Place, Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 5DL
13th Dec 2011 to 17th Dec 2011
Mother Goose?s life turns upside down when she is tempted to take a magic potion, but with the help of Priscilla, the goose who lays golden eggs, there may well be a happy ending!

CinderellaDriffield Community Centre at Mill Street, Driffield. ,YO25 6TR
26 Dec 2011
Star Struck's 5th Annual Christmas Pantomime in Driffield tells the well loved rags to riches story of Cinderella. Featuring a live band, great costumes and scenery, and a real pony to take Cinderella to the ball in her Magical Coach.

Jack and the Beanstalk The Spa at South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH The Bootleg Sixties
14th Dec 2011 to 4th Jan 2012
There will be plenty of slapstick and audience participation with Dame Trott and Daisy the Cow plus all the other essential pantomime ingredients, including dazzling sets and costumes, popular songs and show stopping dance routines.

Grand Opera House at Cumberland Street, York, YORK, YO1 9SW
9th Dec 2011 to 1st Jan 2012
Steven Arnold (Corrie's own Ashley Peacock) takes the title role, with Opera House favourite Aiden J Harvey returning as Wishy Washy and seasoned Dame Phil Randall taking them down a peg or two as the hilarious Widow Twankey.
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The York Family Robinson at York Theatre Royal St. Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD
15th Dec 2011 to 4th Feb 2012
Laugh yourself silly as they encounter dastardly fey pirates and find themselves shipwrecked on No Man's Land (inhabited solely by beautiful girls - well, until they're joined by the dame!)