A different sort of Christmas

LIGHTING THE WAY: While Nailsea Town Council is working tirelessly to try to get Christmas lights in our HIgh Street charity supporter and VW enthusiast Steve Wright is busy decorating his van again this year to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital. The Nailsea dad is lighting the way with his vehicle and travelling the roads of the town to bring a little cheer. It you would like to see Steve in your road contact him via his Facebook page or leave a message on the Nailsea People Facebook page. The picture is from 2019 so you will have to wait and see what Steve has done this year

300km festive food fundraiser

Website agency Squarebird is committed to covering 300km in 30 hours to raise money for the 300 children on pupil premium in Nailsea.

This is part of a fundraising initiative by Nailsea Community Group. 

With Christmas approaching, Nailsea Community Group is looking to raise £3,000 to provide food for families whose children receive free term time school meals as part of government-funded scheme but not during the holidays.

The Squarebird team is committed to running and walking around Nailsea from 9am on Saturday, December 5.  
And as well as taking up the challenge the team will be dressed in Christmas-themed outfits.
Squarebird managing partner Jon Bird said: "The support Nailsea Community Group has provided to the people of Nailsea throughout this pandemic has been incredible.  
“As a local business we wanted to do something to help the group’s continued efforts to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry during Christmastime.”
The agency team is aiming to raise at least £1,000 through sponsorship and will add a further £500 to any amount raised.  
The combined distance covered by the agency will be tracked using apps such as Strava, Apple and FitBit, aiming to hit the total of 300km by 1pm on Sunday, December 6.
Nailsea Community Group plans to deliver the food bags to schools during the final week of term so that parents can collect them, ready for the Christmas break.  

To donate to the 300km in 30 hours challenge click HERE.

  • Squarebird is an integrated website, design and digital marketing agency based in Nailsea. Launched by brothers Jon and Nick Bird in 2016, the team has grown to a 14-person agency servicing international, national and regional clients with website development, graphic design and marketing support.  

 
PHOTO: The Squarebird team dressed and ready to run! 

Suits you Santas

On Saturday, December 12, two Nailsea lads Tristan Fry and Harrison Clothier will be donning their Santa suits and running a half marathon around Nailsea.

They are raising money for Children’s Hospice South West.
The former Nailsea School students are not new to fundraising but this is a run festive run for a very good cause.
Tristan said: “We are running to raise money for Children's Hospice South West to help support all the children in need during this difficult time. 
"So far, we have raised £463 which is amazing, so we are getting very close to our target of £600.“ 
If you are able to support them, please visit their Just Giving page HERE.

Santas on a bike

Things are a little different this year.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Children’s Hospice South West bikers are unable to gather for their usual Santa On A Bikes rides which in the past has seen them skirt Bristol and its surroundings and going through Backwell.

But that is not going to let them stop raising some money for the children’s hospices especially the Wraxall hospice at Charlton Farm.

So, for one year only, the message despatched is ride your own ride!

Bikers are urged to decorate themselves, their bikes and pick a time that suits them during the first weekend in December - and then go out to spread some Christmas happiness around our area.

Nailsea motorbike enthusiast Peter Scadding, of Hazelbury Road, pictured below on a previous year run is 'interest' in going on a solo Santa ride this year.

There is no set route and no set times – so please don't travel to the usual meeting points or hospices. Just ride!

This December bikers will all be riding alone, together.

Keep your helmet on, keep your distance and keep raising money!

Ride out on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, December 4, 5 and 6.

For more details or to donate click HERE.

For any enquiries about the Bristol ride email organisers Oli Allen on bristol@santasonabike.org.uk or call 0762 423 1684.

Christmas past and Christmas now online

Nailsea Tithe Barn with Holy Trinity is another Christmas highlight affected by the Covid-19 restrictions.

However, have no fear as they have set up a virtual Craft Fair Shop Window HERE.

The Christmas fair team posted online: "This is normally a very busy time for the Tithe Barn Trust and Holy Trinity Christmas fair team, and a time we look forward to every year.

"Unfortunately the Christmas craft fair is another casualty of the times we are living through and this year the Tithe Barn and church will be empty on the last Saturday in November.  

"We will miss  those wonderful stalls with their incredible goods, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, toiletries and many other really unique gift ideas.  

"And of course, sadly, Santa and his elves won't be moving into our Grotto this year!

"We all feel so disappointed not to be able to welcome Nailsea's wonderful craftsmen and women back to the barn and Holy Trinity church and so we have decided to do what we can to give you the opportunity to discover just what they are offering this year.

"Click on the link above and you will be taken to our Christmas Craft Fair Shop Window.  

"There you will get a taste of some of the great gift ideas available, with details of how to  contact the makers.  

"Please think about supporting them if you can and go some small way to make up for the disappointment of not being able to come along to the real thing.

"Although we won't have the fun and enjoyment of meeting you all this year we nevertheless would like to wish you the best Christmas possible in these challenging times.

"Merry Christmas and  best wishes for a happy healthy New Year

from Santa's Little helpers - David, Jan, Barbara and Kath."

  • With the lack of Christmas markets this year Nailsea Community Group thought they would create a space for local sellers to show their gorgeous gift ideas, and for buyers to shop safely. They are not charging sellers to advertise and are running this to help those whose businesses have been affected by the current situation. This fair will run from Saturday to Friday, November 7-December 18 so there’ll be plenty of time to do all your Christmas shopping. Sellers need to email nailseachristmas2020@gmail.com to get a ‘pitch number’. Buyers, put your feet up, grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine, pop on some Christmas tunes, and enjoy shopping for gorgeous gifts from the comfort of your home. To browse what is on offer go to its Facebook page HERE. To order any items please contact the sellers directly. It is advised to use PayPal for payments.

The Lions in winter float

For many years the Nailsea Lions Santa float has been an important part of the Christmas scene, whether touring the streets in the evening, bringing excitement and wonder to the children, or outside the supermarkets bringing Christmas cheer to the shoppers.

Sadly, this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions, the float will have to stay locked away at the North Pole.

However, the many charities, good causes and organisations that the Lions regularly support are desperate for funds, as much of their own fundraising has been put on hold while the need for their services has continued.

Nailsea Lions has decided to have a virtual float collection for all those who regularly support them and would still like to do so, or anyone else who would like to help local charities in these difficult times.

It doesn't matter how little or how much you donate, as every little will help.

Last year the Lions collected nearly £6,000 through the generosity of the people in Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton.

As a result they were able to help 25 small, local charities for whom a small amount can make a large difference. In addition they have recently been supporting the Nailsea Foodbank.

Not having an office party or club Christmas lunch this year? Maybe you would like to consider donating some of what you would have spent to local charities.

To help click HERE.

Delivering Christmas cheer to Nailsea peeps

Nailsea Community Group is sending Christmas greetings by announcing its plans for the festive holidays.
A spokesman said: "We did have more elaborate plans but we have had to scale these back due to Lockdown 2, so here are our revised plans…"


Help Holiday Hunger Scheme
We want to help local families with children on Pupil Premium during the Christmas holidays. While we are aware that the Government has decided to support these families in some way, we would like to provide additional support. We aim to supply each eligible child with £10 worth of food to try to ensure that no one in the family goes hungry over Christmas. We would then deliver the food bags to school during the last week of term so parents could collect them. There are between 250-300 eligible children in Nailsea, so the cost of this scheme would be circa £2,500-£3,000. We are looking to work together with local businesses and the community to either supply suitable food or to raise any funds needed. If you would like to get involved in helping, please could you contact us.


Christmas Hampers
We are working with Southfield Road Food Bank to supply the households we support with Christmas hampers. If you have anything that you would like to donate please drop it into No26 Somerset Square, or one of our collection points at Tesco or Co-op supermarkets. We are also going to supply some stocking presents for the children of the families we support; we already have these.


Christmas Presents For Buddies
We will provide a nice tin of biscuits or a box of chocolates to all those people our volunteers are buddying with. These will be wrapped and ready to deliver with a Christmas card in the week leading up to Christmas.

Christmas Meal
We have been contacted by the Nailsea Masonic Lodge who has very generously offered to provide a traditional Christmas meal delivery service for up to 100 people we support with our community buddies. We hope this will provide a little bit of Christmas cheer to residents who may not have a local support network to spend Christmas with or who may struggle to prepare a full Christmas meal for themselves.

 

Thank you to all our volunteers and the organisations and businesses who are supporting us to make these initiatives happen. To support the work of Nailsea Community Group go to its Go Fund Me page by clicking HERE.

NAILSEA SCHOOL PTA CHRISTMAS TREE SALE 

Nailsea School PTA is holding a Christmas tree sale on Sunday, December 6, at the Nailsea School car park.

But because of the success of the idea trees can now only be reordered.

This year for the first time, Nailsea School PTA is selling luxury Nordman Fir Christmas trees.

They are excellent quality and are lower shedding than other varieties.

Collection of pre-ordered trees is 10am-noon.

A PTA spokesman said: "Thanks to a great response to this sale we are no longer able to provide a 'buy on the day' option."
Trees must be pre-ordered for collection on the day by emailing nailseapta@nailseaschool.com.

Last date for pre-order is now Thursday, November 26.

Payment details will be provided on receipt of your email and a confirmation email will be sent once your payment has been received.

There is limited availability for local delivery for those who need at an additional £2 per tree.

PRE-ORDERED TREES ONLY
Festive Carol display

Every day of Advent from Tuesday, December 1 to Christmas Eve on Thursday, December, 24, Wraxall and Failand Parish is arranging for a window display to appear somewhere in the two communities of Nailsea or Wraxall.

This is organised by All Saints' in Wraxall and St Bartholomew's in Failand churches.

All of the displays will be based on the carol of the day!

Each display will contain a QR code which will take you to the webpage for that day with the next bit of the Nativity Story and some puzzles and activities.
How do I sign up to make a display?
Map is now published below and is available to download by clicking HERE

JINGLE BELLS: We have clapped our hands and banged the drum for the NHS, decorated scarcrows and pumpkins for a Nailsea trail and now the latest idea is to jingle bells at 6pm on Christmas Eve. People worldwide have been invited to show their appreciation on their doorstep for a man who is defying the virus and keeping his promise to visit every country in the world. Yes, it’s Santa, and despite isolating for most of the year, he’ll be out for his whirlwind tour of the planet on the night of December 24 this year. The big man in red has been officially classed as a key worker, and his elves are coming out of furlough for the weeks running up to Christmas. Now an idea for everyone to stand out on their doorstep and show Santa what a hero he is too. Along the same theme Clap for Carers, people are being invited to ring a bell for Santa at 6pm on Christmas Eve, just before he sets out on his epic journey, and to unite the world in a short moment of happiness and togetherness.

Costa Nailsea takeaway service

December 2020

School Christmas cards

Nailsea School PTA organised a Christmas card design competition and the entries by the talented winners are here.

Well done Izzy M (Yr7), Rujula S (Yr8), Cherry B (Yr9), Molly P (Yr10) and Thomas H (Yr11).

The five winning designs have now been made into card and are on sale now.

There are five cards, one of each design per pack and cost £2.50.

Email your minimum order of two packs to nailseapta@nailseaschool.com for payment and delivery details.

 

       Saturdays,         

  December 5 and 12 

      9am-12.30pm     

PET PRESENTS: At Station Road, Nailsea, the shop sells an assortment of pet food and Christmas presents for dogs and cats...

With theatres closed, gatherings off limits and coronavirus restrictions likely to continue into winter, it’s undeniable Christmas will look a little different this year but The Parking Lot Social are here to inject some much needed festive fun!

Taking place at Bristol Airport, drive-in festival The Parking Lot Social is bringing Christmas to us with a host of exciting socially-distanced events this December. 

From Sunday to Wednesday, December 27-30, visitors will be welcomed to a festive evening of fun entertainment from pantomime and cinema evenings to silent discos and much more.

Famous for their vast inflatable sets, the winter festival will feature a fabulous 60ft tall rainbow coloured Christmas tree and a giant DJing Santa Claus providing the perfect backdrop for the entertainment.

The Parking Lot Panto
Following the closure of theatres over the winter months, guests will still be able to get their annual pantomime fix with the first Parking Lot pantomime, a twist on the classic Cinderella. Featuring all the panto elements you know and love, as well as a few ‘drive-in’ twists along the way, a troupe of nine professional actors will restore our faith in Christmas as audiences follow Cinders on her adventures, helped by the Fairy Godmother. An on-site crew will film the action and broadcast the panto from the stage directly onto two 40 foot screens meaning there's not a bad seat in the house. 

Big Weekender
For those craving a much-needed night out, the ‘Big Weekender’ is the perfect opportunity to let loose and indulge in some festive fun! Park next to friends and dance at a distance for a night to remember. The jam-packed party night includes a Silent Disco, Live Cam ‘Car-A-Oke, Party Bingo and Interactive quizzes.

Swap the ho-ho-ho’s for ha-ha-ha’s at special adult comedy night ‘Parking LOL’ which is set to provide some much needed cheer to end the year – watch this space for an exciting line up announcement coming soon…

Social Kids
For families on the hunt for some Christmas cheer, Social Kids is the perfect party for little ones featuring family ‘Christmas car-a-oke’, an interactive quiz, a silent disco and Party Bingo hosted by Santa Claus himself! 

Christmas Movies
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without watching a few iconic festive films! Movie-lovers can choose from a selection of drive-in festive favourites including Love Actually, Elf and Home Alone which will be shown on two giant screens with the sound broadcast straight to the cars. Guests will be treated to pre movie entertainment including quizzes and DJ sets to get the audience to get everyone in the festive spirit – watch out for a few surprises along the way!

Feeling peckish? Have your snacks delivered directly to your cars from some of the best local food trucks around. Expect classic gourmet burgers, loaded fries, wood-fired pizzas and hot dogs alongside sweet winter warmers including hot chocolate, donuts, toasted nuts, gingerbread men and more. 

In line with government guidelines, safety is at the heart of every event and audiences will participate in the immersive, interactive shows from their own cars. The events are completely contactless ensuring a safe and socially distant experience with strict cleaning and social distancing rules throughout. Organisers have even committed to full ticket refunds if additional government restrictions should restrict the event from going ahead. To learn more and to book tickets click HERE.

Fill the foodbank cupboard for Christmas

Sports clubs in Nailsea are helping to collect groceries and other vital items to make up small Christmas hampers for people in the town who use the foodbanks.

Nailsea United FC is setting up a table for donations at The Grove Sports Centre and Social Club at St Mary’s Grove. Current opening hours are Friday 3-10pm, Saturday 9.30am-10pm and Sunday noon-8pm.

Footballer Robert Brown said anyone unable to make the Grove opening times may call him on 0755 709 1443 and he will organise collection.

And @the gym in Blackfriars Road will have a space just inside door by reception for donations which can be left Monday to Friday 6am-9pm, Saturday 8am-3pm and Sunday 9am-1pm.

Boss Matt Bembridge said: “We have access to a warehouse so we can store lots of items.”

The donations will be distributed via Nailsea Community Group who are based at 26 Somerset Square and The Trussell Trust who have a distribution depot at Clevedon at the beginning of December.

Drive-in carol service

Another lovely Christmas idea is the drive-in carol service at Nailsea School car park on Sunday, December 20, at 4pm.
This is being organised by the Rev Michelle Taylor who said: "Aviator brass quintet will be playing carols for us while people stay in their cars, and sing if they wish. 
"The nativity will be told with readings in between the carols and the event will last between 30-45 minutes."
To book email michelle.taylor@trendlewoodchurch.org.uk with your name and car registration. 
Michelle added: "There are 100 spaces but 58 have already been booked on a first come first served basis."

A church in Swanmore, Norfolk, started the trend by hosting a drive-in service with its congregation winding down their windows to join in with the hymns.

Michelle was a leading light at the last Nailsea Beer & Cider Festival when the headlining band for the Sunday afternoon

session failed to show and she joined Elvis and others for an impromptu performance.

Michelle who is Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate was on bar duty but soon swapped her pint pulling for a stage performance par excellence.

Her idea to bring a Passion Play to Crown Glass Shopping

Centre at Easter was thwarted by the coronavirus crisis and has been postponed for another day/year.

CHRISTMAS FARE: The Old Farmhouse pub at Trendlewood Way, Nailsea is delivering Christmas to its customers. Festive fayre complete with crackers can be delivered to where you work or live. For the menu and bookings click HERE or email farmhousenailsea@yahoo.co.uk. Christmas opening hours and menus to be added soon.

No deliveries Christmas 2020

The scouts Christmas post is cancelled for Nailsea and Backwell 2020.
2nd Nailsea chairman and Christmas post organiser Richard Simmons said: "After a great deal of thought and deliberation the organisers from 1st Nailsea, 2nd Nailsea and Backwell Scouts have reluctantly decided to cancel Christmas Post this year due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This seemed to be the only responsible course of action in the current circumstances.
"This would have been the 22nd year of the operation and we are sincerely thankful to Stephen Pring estate agent for sponsoring the cost of stamps from the very start.
"To all our customers, our sincere thanks for your support over the past years and I hope we can count on your support again in 2021.  
"You have helped raise vital funds for the three scout groups and also supported many other local charities.
"Best wishes to you and your families and I hope you all stay safe and healthy through these uncertain times."

IMAGE: Christmas past by Nailsea People

Bringing Christmas good cheer

The coronavirus may have cancelled the annual Christmas community lunch, but it will not stop visitors delivering festive stockings for those home alone on Friday, December 25

For nearly a decade a fabulous festive feast has been served at Nailsea Community Christmas Lunch at the Trinity Centre. But sadly, due to the coronavirus crisis this is not possible this year which will disappoint many.

Last year the Church Lane hall was bedecked in holly and festooned in decorations as nearly 100 guests enjoyed an afternoon of great entertainment, small gifts, and good cheer.

Concern that people who for a variety of reasons would be alone and not see anyone on Christmas Day – a loved one has died or their family and friends  live too far away – has led the group to rack their brains looking for an alternative treat for 2020.

And that is where YOU come in – can you spare a few hours on Friday, December 25, to deliver a small gift to those who would appreciate seeing a friendly face and while socially distancing spend a little time exchanging Christmas good tidings?

The Christmas community lunch group spearheaded by Lynda Dicks is looking for people to act at Father or Mother Christmas to deliver Christmas stockings filled with many homemade and donated goodies including nibbles made by the ‘resident’ chef Scottie Dyer.

Help is also needed wrapping presents, coordinating delivery addresses, and/or collecting donations from the many sponsors including Simpson's solicitors, Ward's solicitors, Tesco Nailsea supermarket, Ring O’Bells, Holy Trinity church and greengrocers SR Burchills.

Lynda said: “We are very grateful to Nailsea Town Council for a £100 grant and the businesses and supermarkets who have already pledged support.”

Lynda is also compiling a list of local restaurants/pub who will be serving Christmas lunch on Friday, December 25. If you would like to help and/or receive a visit call Lynda Dicks on 01275 853495 or email lyndadicks123@gmail.com.

GOOD CHEER: Article and photos from Christmas past

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS: Nailsea School PTC has a 'design a Christmas card' competition and entries close soon...all entries get 25 house points. Can't wait to seee the winner

LANGFORD TRUST:  Do you love animals and want to support Bristol Vet School's vital work to further the health and welfare of all animals? Buy our Christmas charity cards and you will help fund key research into heart disease in dogs, antimicrobial resistance on smallholder farms and a study into laminitis; a painful condition afflicting horses. Coronavirus has really affected fundraising this year. We hope our charity Christmas cards might raise some funds while making you smile. If you like to send Christmas cards please consider buying a pack of our cards and help Bristol Vet School continue it's vital research. See www.langfordtrust.org/shop or scan our QRcode. Please do SHARE. We really appreciate any support

SANTA BEST FESTIVE FOOT FORWARD FOR 2020
 
Not sure how this is going to 'run' but from Friday to Sunday, December 11-13 Santas on the Run - goes freestyle! This is an online event raising money for Children's Hospice South West billed as Santas on the Run is back, but not as you know it! Registration opens Monday, October 19. Spread some festive cheer in your Christmas gear to raise money for local children. Click HERE for more information and spread some festive cheer in your Christmas gear to raise money for children living with a life-limiting condition this Christmas.

Playhouse Theatre says yes there will be a panto!

BREAKING NEWS: Following on from our earlier announcement that we’ll be presenting a socially distanced pantomime we’re delighted to announce that the super talented Derek Moran from Channel 5’s Milkshake will be joining us for this year’s socially distanced pantomime. 

Derek Moran started his training from a young age with the Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, and was soon performing in shows throughout Ireland, including the King and I, Oliver and Mac and Mable.

At the age of sixteen Derek was signed by Warner Brothers Music as one of the band members in D-Side. With D-Side Derek enjoyed incredible success with three Top 10 singles in the UK and massive success throughout Europe and Japan including the number 1 album in the Japanese charts.

Derek has performed on many TV shows including Top of the Pops, The Saturday Show, Ministry Of Mayhem, MTV, This Morning, The Late Late Show and Ireland AM.

Derek has been one of the main presenters of Channel 5’s leading children’s TV strand Milkshake for 14 years. As well as presenting, Derek also directs and choreographs.  Most recently he choreographed the Milkshake Bop Box Boogie, and directed and choreographed the national theatre tour: Milkshake Live – Milkshake Monkeys Musical .

Derek is delighted to be spending this Christmas season in Weston-super-Mare.

This year’s socially distanced pantomime has a significantly reduced capacity so the theatre recommends that you book early to avoid disappointment as this year not everyone who usually attends will be able to due to social distancing and it’s on a first come, first served basis. 

Playhouse general manager Mark Thompson said: "Absolutely delighted to have Derek Moran in our cast this year. 

"I’ve been lucky enough to watch Derek’s career during the past 15 years and he’s a super talented performer who will bring something really special to this year’s socially distanced performance!

"Tickets are selling quickly and unfortunately social distancing restrictions means we can’t offer all that attend usually the opportunity to do so please purchase your tickets online soon to avoid disappointment."

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are £20. All tickets can be booked from the Playhouse website www.theplayhouse.co.uk

The Playhouse Theatre plans to produce and create a socially distanced pantomime this Christmas for the community. 

The new show, Sleeping Beauty, will replace the planned production of Jack and the Beanstalk which will be postponed until Christmas 2021. 

General manager Mark Thompson said: "We’re keen to ensure that this year we still offer those who wish to attend a magical Christmas treat for all ages but with the continued restrictions around social distancing that makes a production of the scale we had planned for Jack and the Beanstalk impossible at this point whilst social distancing remains. 

“That being said, we believe that Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a Playhouse pantomime so we’re reinventing the spinning wheel and putting together a fantastic socially distanced pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. 

"Although it will be different than our previous productions to fit within the requirements of social distancing we’re bringing back some of our best loved professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow us to present this year’s festive show for the community”. 

Due to social distancing within the auditorium the show will have a much reduced attendance capacity. 

There will be less than half the number of seats available than those who actually watched our show last year and will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Unfortunately, the Playhouse is unable to offer everyone who attends annually the chance to come across the run so act quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available via the website with plans to reopen the box office later this year being put together. 

The show will have an estimated running time of one hour 20 minutes long without an interval and all tickets are being priced at £20, a significant discount on the usual pantomime ticket pricing but in response to it being a different offering than usual. 

On top of this, the Playhouse Theatre are asking those who can to make an optional donation to the Friends of the Playhouse at purchase point due to the Friends assistance in bringing this year’s pantomime to life. 

Mark added:“The year’s pantomime wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the Friends of the Playhouse, they have agreed to financially assist the venue throughout this time whereby we were forced to close overnight – the past six months have been a very difficult period in our history and a continued battle to ensure that we protect our much loved town’s home of live entertainment for future generations in an unprecedented national situation. 

"The Friends of the Playhouse once again have stepped up to ensure that not only do we survive this period but that we can offer the community a much needed Christmas extravaganza so that we all end the year on a more positive note than we’ve experienced so far and with an opportunity to smile and laugh together as a family. 

"Our gratitude of thanks simply do not even begin to repay the Friends for their support this year – the committee have been by our side both for moral and practical assistance all year with the support of the wider membership and this year that support has reached a new level with them doing exactly what they initially set up to do - be our guardian angels in our darkest moment of need.

"Therefore we’re asking the community to support the friends where possible with an optional donation on top of the ticket price so that they can continue to support us at this time and through our recovery back to our best – bringing the best of live entertainment to North Somerset”.

This year’s production will be produced by Mark Thompson and the management team at the venue on behalf of Parkwood Theatres with it being co-presented by the Friends of the Playhouse. 

Weston favourite, Mike Goble who directed and starred in the Aladdin pantomime in 2017 and Snow White in 2018 returns after a year out to direct this year’s socially distanced pantomime. 

He’ll also co-star. Snow White’s much loved dame, Richard Alan also returns with some other familiar faces yet to be announced. 

'Professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow The Playhouse, Weston to present this year’s festive show for the community'

The Playhouse is promising a fun filled, professional pantomime experience with those individuals we’ve all loved in prior pantomimes coming together to bring the best of yesteryear into one fun filled, entertaining show for the family. 

Those who have already purchased tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk will be contacted in due course by the venue with options on tickets. 

Please note, majority of the Playhouse team remain furloughed so responses are taking a little longer than usual to work through.    

 

  • All tickets £20 plus optional donation to Friends of the Playhouse purchased on a first come, first served basis with only 50 per cent of last year’s attendance available. To book click HERE.

ROBIN REDBREAST SHOW: Bristol Hippodrome is overjoyed to announce a brand-new, socially-distanced Christmas pantomime production of Robin Hood to be staged Friday to Sunday, December 18-January 10. This is its fitst live show for nine months and thanks to National Lottery funding they cannot wait to safely fling open its doors for festive fun. With star casting and show-stopping songs Robin Hood will be the perfect 2020 Christmas celebration. To book and for more details click HERE 

Horrible Christmas

Tickets cost £49.50 per car (or sleigh) for the 2pm and 5pm performances and can be booked via Ticketmaster by clicking HERE.

Panto manager Neal Foster said: “As you’d expect from Horrible Histories, it’s not a traditional pantomime, but a journey through the story of Christmas in the company of the season’s most fabulous characters.

“Horrible Christmas will hopefully go some way to providing the laughter and cheer with this perfect story for the times this December.”

 

All photos: Chuffmedia

Bristol Hippodrome may have cancelled its 2020 pantomime, but national party group Car Park Panto are bringing the holiday event to Bristol Airport for a day.

Hosted in the airport’s car park, Horrible Christmas will show at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, December 19.

Audience members will view the panto from their cars, to ensure social distancing and that no households mix.

The Car Park Panto is performance is part of a national tour with other bookings selling out fast.

It is hoped that the show, based on Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories books, will bring festive cheer to what will be a different Christmas to usual.

Bristol Airport retail operations manager Andrew Morris said: “This year more than ever families need to have the opportunity of enjoying theatre, entertainment and performances in a Covid safe way.

“This innovative approach will ensure that Christmas cheer and fun can be enjoyed by all the family.”

The team at Car Park Panto hope that they can ensure that 'one of the cornerstones of the Christmas period' can continue for families in Bristol and North Somerset as theatres across the city postpone the 2020 pantomimes.

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