Here’s our round-up of some events over the coming week, compiled by the Local & Tourist Information Centre, also available in The Comet. For more information visit the Local & Tourist Information Centre’s website here.
Alone on Christmas Day? Why not spend the day with The Salvation Army. Coffee served from 10.30am followed by a roast dinner at 12.30pm. With entertainment, carols, crackers and cake. Transport can be provided. At Letchworth Salvation Army, Norton Way North. For more details and to book call 01462 677263.
Aladdin - Letchworth’s Pantomime: Now until 11am December 24 the box office for SPADS annual pantomime is open at the Tourist Information Centre, 33-35 Station Road. Monday to Saturday between 9.30am to 4.30pm, tickets can also be bought online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/spads. Performances are from 27th to 30th December at 1pm and 5pm. At St Francis’ College Theatre, Broadway. Tickets Adults £12/Children 3-16 yrs/Adults over 60 £8/under 3’s £5. Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £38.
Letchworth Ark: Today, Thursday. A Community Drop-in Centre for homeless and vulnerable people. Offering practical and emotional support, including hot drinks, food, clothing and toiletries. At The Salvation Army, Norton Way North. From 9.30am – 11.30am. For more details call 01462 677263.
Forty Plus Cycling Club: Today, Thursday. This week’s ride is to Henlow, with Christmas lunch at The Five Bells. Next week’s ride is to Shuttleworth Aerodrome, with Garden City Wheelers. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the rides organiser on 01582 618196.
Frosty’s Snow Day Adventure: Friday, December 14 and Saturday 15. Imajica Theatre Company presents this Wobbly Wood production. A magical musical panto for the young audience. At The Auditorium Theatre, St Christopher School, Barrington Road. Performances Friday 7pm, Saturday 11am and 2pm. Tickets £8, under 16’s and concessions £6, family £24 available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/imajicatheatre.
Letchworth Recorded Music Society: Friday, December 14. Join in the Christmas get together. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Guests £2.50. New members and visitors welcome. For more details call Judie on 01462 632171.
The Cold War: Friday, December 14. Bridget Kendall, former BBC Foreign Correspondent explores the Cold War through the eyes of those who experienced it first-hand. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts 7.30pm. Cost £10 includes glass of wine. Tickets available from the office, online or David’s Music, Eastcheap. For more details visit www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk.
The Vinyl Revival: Friday, December 14. An evening of comic tales, stories behind the vinyl revival and a music quiz with the Graham Jones author of “Last Man Standing”. At David’s Music Store, 12 Eastcheap. Starts at 7.30pm. For more details call 01462 475900 or email email@example.com. Please RSVP to guarantee your place.
Farmers Market: Saturday, December 15. The monthly Farmers Market selling locally produced meats, vegetables and other foodstuffs. In Leys Square. From 9am to 1pm.
Plastic Free Letchworth – Green Christmas Stall: Saturday, December 15. Transition Town Letchworth will have a stall demonstrating how to produce your own recyclable wrapping paper and gift bags. They will also be sharing their green Christmas ideas. Great fun for all the family. At The Arcade. From 10am – 2pm. For more details visit www.transitionletchworth.org.
LALG Christmas Tree Festival: Saturday, December 15 and Sunday 16. Carol singing at 3pm, live music and refreshments on sale (all profits to the Garden House Hospice). At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. From 10am – 4pm. Free admission.
CBeebies Christmas Show - Thumelina: Saturday, December 15. The annual Cbeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen for a family friendly cinema experience! At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 10.45am. Tickets £10, concessions £8. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Indoor Football Training: Saturday, December 15. A weekly indoor football training session for adults with learning difficulties. At Fearnhill Sports Centre, Icknield Way. From 3pm - 4pm. £5 per session. For more details call Kam on 07809 109313.
La Traviata: Saturday, December 15. Met Opera Cinema: Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 5.40pm. Tickets £20 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
A Christmas Concert: Saturday, December 15. In aid of Garden House Hospice, the Garden City Singers perform a host of Christmas classics and some choral favourites. Audience participation guaranteed and mulled wine and mince pies for all. At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets - Under 10’s free, 10-18 years £5, Adults £7.50, Family Saver £20 (2 adults & up to 3 children 10+). Available from David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap and the Local & Tourist Information Centre, Station Road. For more details see www.gardencitysingers.co.uk/home/events/
Saturday Social Dance: Saturday, December 15. Come along for an evening of Sequence and Ballroom dancing. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm to 10pm. Admission £5.00. Everyone welcome. For more details call Janice on 07766 685679.
Carol Service: Sunday, December 16. Join King’s Community Church for their carol service. At Radburn Way Chapel, Whiteway. Starts 6pm.
Christmas Carol Service: Sunday, December 16. Popular annual Carol Services including free refreshments afterwards. If you haven’t already found the Christmas spirit, this evening will surely help you get there. At St Pauls Church, 179 Pixmore Way. Starts 6:30pm
Baby Rhyme Time: Monday, December 17. Baby Rhyme Times are fun sessions of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages. At Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 10.30am – 11am. Free event.
Yoga for Busy Mums: Tuesday, December 18. Join this friendly yoga class for busy mums who need a bit of time to relax, restore and re-connect. At Norton Parish Hall, Common View. From 9.30am – 10.30am. For more details and to book call Jodie on 07902 012598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/northhertsyogablis/
LALG Carols Singalong: Tuesday, December 18. All welcome, bring-and-share buffet. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7pm. For more information email Sheila_g120@hotmail.co.uk
Moving Through Life – Creative Dance Group: Tuesday, December 18 and Thursday 20. Get moving, be creative and express yourself. Weekly classes for those who want to dance and move, without the pressure to perfect a style or technique. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. Thursday from 12.30pm - 1.30pm term time only. With a traditional style Egyptian Bellydance class held on a Tuesday from 8.15pm - 9.30pm. £6 per class, first class £3. For more details and to book call Bridget on 07766 086183 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentle Yoga and Meditation Class: Wednesday, December 19. Enjoy a gentle and relaxing yoga practice followed by a guided meditation. At St Michael’s Parish Hall, Broadway. From 10.30am – 11.45am. For more details and to book call Jodie on 07902 012598 or email email@example.com or www.facebook.com/northhertsyogablis/
Citizens Advice North Herts - Energy Clinic: Wednesday, December 19. It is now easier than ever to choose the best energy deal. Find out how by bringing your bill to this weekly drop in clinic and be switched to a better deal. At Citizens Advice, 49 Station Road. From 1pm - 3pm.
Yin Yoga: Every Wednesday, December 19. A weekly class which is slow, calming and meditative, an excellent antidote to a busy lifestyle. At Howgills Friends Meeting House, 42 South View. From 7pm – 8.30pm. Booking essential. For more details and to book call Rachel Williamson on 01462 643424 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bram Stoker’s – Dracula: Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday 20. Limitless Academy presents Dracula. At St Christopher Theatre, Barrington Road. Performances start 7.30pm Wednesday and 7pm Thursday. Tickets £17.50, concessions £15.50 available from www.bit.ly/dracula-tickets-1912 and www.bit.ly/dracula-tickets-2012.
Letchworth G.C. and Baldock Lions Christmas Dates: Santa may not be able to visit the wonderful families of Letchworth and surrounding areas as he normally does prior to Christmas, but you can still see him at these places: December 8, 9am to 4pm, Sainsbury's, Third Avenue. December 15, 9am to 4pm, Baldock Services, Junction 10 of A1(M). December 16, 10am to 4pm, Sainsbury's, Third Avenue. For more details visit www.letchworthandbaldocklions.co.uk.
The Nutcracker Trail: On now until Friday December 21. On the lead up to Christmas, two friendly 5 foot tall Nutcracker Soldiers are visiting Garden Square. After their appearance in Santa’s Grotto, they will be moving from shop to shop, so be on your guard! Shoppers are invited to hunt down the Nutcrackers in order to win a prize. Simply note down which store you see them in each week and then submit your entry form to Specsavers in Garden Square before Friday 21st December. A winner will be selected at random from the correct answers and will bag a family set of cinema tickets. There are also two runner up prizes to be won. At Garden Square Shopping Centre. For more details visit www.gardensquare-shopping.co.uk.
Santa’s Gotto: On now until December 22. Santa will be in his Grotto every Saturday until Christmas. At Garden Square Shopping Centre. From 10am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 4pm. Entry £3 per child or £5 for two children. All monies raised goes towards Prospects Trust and 1st Baldock (Templars) Cub Scouts.
Letchworth Christmas Shop: On now until Saturday, December 22. With an exclusive range of bespoke Letchworth products, including 2019 calendars, charity Christmas cards and gifts for all budgets. Pop in and see for yourself. At Community Museum, 12-14 The Arcade. Open 10am – 4pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Eduardo Paolozzi – General Dynamic F.U.N.: On now until Sunday, January 13. An exhibition of prints by the pioneer of pop art. Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. Born in Scotland, Paolozzi was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons. At Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. For more details call 01462 476110 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.