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18 - 24 December

Beauty of light, Alfred East Gallery, Kettering 10am – 4pm, Sat 18 November – Sat 13 January

This one is close to my heart.  When the Muddy Clan moved up to Northants nearly 20 years ago, two of the things we loved were the big skies and the early morning light.  This exhibition at one of the county’s most creative but hidden gems shows photo’s of mostly early morning light in and around Kettering and it’s absolutely free to all visitors.

The Jungle Book, Royal & Derngate, 29 Nov – 31 Dec (Check box office for the variable performance times)

Jungle book royal and derngate

A co-production with Children’s Touring Partnership. This is a vivid new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic for the Royal stage this Christmas. A wild and funny tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling. Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle. Adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic), The Jungle Book receives its premiere at Royal & Derngate before a major national tour. It promises the perfect festive entertainment for all ages.

Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP.

Christmas crafts and activities at Wyevale Garden Centres, now until Sun 24 Dec

Throughout December, Wyevale Garden Centres are helping to get you in the Christmas spirit with events from a Victorian Fayre to food tastings. There’s craft workshops for kids too so it’s something the whole family can get involved in. Visitors can also see Santa in his grotto all the way up until Christmas Eve and Santa’s little visitors will have the chance to plant or grow a real magical mini Christmas tree to decorate and take home; tickets are £10 for children and supervising adults go for free. If you feel a bit hungry during your visit, you can have breakfast, tea or lunch with Santa where you can decorate a festive biscuit and then choose a present to take home; tickets range from £4.50 – £6. There’s 10 centres around the Northants so there’s bound to be one near you.

Find your nearest centre here.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Kettering, Fri 8 – Sun 31 December

Kettering panto is the fairest of them all! Don’t miss this fun-filled family pantomime running from Friday 8th until Sunday 31st December. Starring Matt Lapinskas, best known for his role in Eastenders, Natasha Grey from Emmerdale, West End star Hannah Boyce, and back by popular demand, Mark Pearce and Michael Neilson.

Show Times and Prices Vary – Please ring the box office for further details.

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6PB

Christmas Trail, Barnwell Country Park, 10 am – 4pm, Thurs 21 Dec – Tues 2 Jan

Can you help Father Christmas find all the lost gifts around the park? Pick up a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre. £1 recommended donation. Includes a small prize.

Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5PB

Christmas Eve Carol Service, Wellingborough, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Sun 24 December

Join the United Reformed Church for their annual All Age Christmas Eve Carol Service to get into the spirit ready for Christmas. With a traditional service of carols and readings, including activities for the young ones, this is an service the whole family can enjoy.

United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 4HW

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