Christmas 2017 at Southwell

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company present: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm, Southwell Minster

Adapted for the stage by Laura Turner.
On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realise the true meaning of Christmas.

Charles Dickens' classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional of productions, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent, original musical score. Join critically acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse as Scrooge's frozen heart begins to melt and he finally embraces the festive spirit in this most Christmassy or Christmas tales.

£15 adults, £10 children/students, £44 family (2 adults and 2 children). Tickets available from the Cathedral Shop 01636 812 933

Military Wives Choirs - Home for Christmas
Tuesday 28 November, 7.30pm, Southwell Minster

This concert will feature the Military Wives Choirs of Chilwell, Digby and Coningsby.

You can expect to hear plenty of festive favourites as well as songs from the Military Wives Choirs' own album 'Home for Christmas' which will be available to purchase, allowing the audience to take that merry feeling away with them while showing their support for women in the military community.

£27.50, available from the Cathedral Shop 01636 812 933

Southwell Christmas Late Night Shopping

Thursday 30 November 5pm to 8pm

  • Browse and gift shop in Southwell’s unique shops
  • Special Christmas offers
  • Christmas market
  • Carol singing with local schools
  • Newark Town Band and other live music
  • Meet friends to enjoy festive refreshments

Christmas Shopping Thursday 30 November 5pm to 8pm

Christmas at The Workhouse
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, 11am to 4pm. Southwell Workhouse

From singing along with the Workhouse choir to hanging a Christmas wish on the tree, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Make your own paper lantern and join the procession down the Guardians' path at the end of the day. Seasonal refreshments will be on offer with mulled wine and mince pies and the shop will be open for any last minute Christmas shopping.

Book tickets. £5 each. 0344 249 1895

A Victorian Christmas
Saturday 2 December, 11am to 4pm, Southwell Minster and Archbishop's Palace

With the essence of Victorian tradition.. Craft activities, trails and games, Christmas treats to make and eat, music and seasonal refreshments.

Small charges may apply for some activities to cover expenses.

Advent Procession
Sunday 3 December, 6.30pm, Southwell Minster

Southwell Cathedral Choir leads the congregations from darkness into light in an atmospheric procession of words and music to begin the season of advent. All welcome.

Festive and Crafty
Saturday 4 December, 12pm to 3pm, Archbishop's Palace

Make your own Christmas decorations at the beautiful Archbishop's Palace.
Refreshments available. Small charges may apply. Drop-in adult and children's crafts.

Festival of Christmas Trees
Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 December, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Southwell Methodist Church

View an array of beautiful Christmas trees, imaginatively decorated by local groups, schools and businesses. Admission free.

Heralding Christmas - Cantamus Christmas Concert
Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm, Southwell Minster

A variety of Christmas music performed by Cantamus Girls' Senior Choir and Training Choir.
Musical director: Ann Irons

Beaumond House Christmas Market
Saturday 9 December, 9.30am to 1pm, Southwell Library

Join Beaumond House volunteers at Southwell Library for unique Christmas gifts, delicious cakes and festive goodies. 9.30am to 1pm. As well as coffee, tea, bacon rolls and delicious cake, there will be lots of festive goodies available from the variety of stalls.

Make a Mini Lantern
Saturday 9 December, 10.30am to 12pm. Southwell Library

Lantern making for children 4-9 years to take to the Lantern Walk at 5pm.

£2 for materials. Booking essential. 01636 812148

The Lantern Walk
Saturday 9 December, 5pm. Southwell Minster grounds.

Walk through the park to The Minster School for music and refreshments.

Music in the Great Hall - Carols in the Great Hall
Sunday 10 December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Following on from the success of last Christmas, the Girls' Choir perform Britten's A Ceremony of Carols alongside other music and refreshments for the festive season. 
Early booking advised. Tickets available from the Liturgy and Music Office in the Minster Centre, or can be obtained by contacting Simon Hogan  - or 01636 814 155

Christingle Service
Sunday 10 December, 5pm, Southwell Minster

Christingle has been bringing hope to thousands of children and young people for the past 48 years, providing vital support to The Children's Society's work.

Jazz in the Library
Wednesday 13 December, 7.30pm. Southwell Library

With Swingologie.

Tickets £10/£8. 01636 812 148

Festive Brass
Friday 15 December, 7.30pm. Southwell Library

Tickets £8. 01636 812 148

Southwell and District Lions Carols for Everyone
Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm, Southwell Minster

A community carol concert.

The Minster School Christmas Concert
Monday 18 December, 7pm, Southwell Minster

Southwell Festival Voices: A Christmas Celebration Concert
Friday 22 December, 7.30pm, Southwell Minster

Christmas is not complete without top quality choral singing and choirs don't come much better that the outstanding Southwell Festival Voices - the Festival's professional choir making their first Christmas appearance. The conductor is the Festival's Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth.

The programme is a celebration of Christmas through the ages in words and music: the music ranges from the mediaeval Hildegard of Bingen to Irving Berlin and includes a range of traditional carols too. The seasonal readings in poetry and prose are by leading TV and film actor David Oakes.

£20, £15, £10 available from

Santa in Southwell
Saturday 23 December, 8.30am to 1pm approx. The Admiral Rodney, King Street.

Come and see Father Christmas in his sleigh. Organised by Southwell and District Lions Club.

Crib Services
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December, 2pm. Southwell Minster

Young children are welcome to dress in Nativity costumes (some are available on the day in the Minster). The Crib Services are very informal, great fun, and are for families and children. A Nativity play is acted out (with the lead actors being students and ex-students from the Minster school), and the children get involved too. The service ends with the blessing of the Christmas Crib and refreshments. Each lasts about 30 minutes.

Southwell Cathedral Carol Services
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December, 7pm

A service of music, readings and carols on both nights. You are advised to arrive in plenty of time in order to secure a seat at these popular services.

A Song for Southwell

Take a look at a Christmas carol from the community and businesses in Southwell in aid of local charity Reach.

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