Plenty of festive fun across Bromsgrove District

Friday 07 December 2012 Updated: 07/12 09:54

THERE are plenty of festive fayres and other Christmassy activities taking place across Bromsgrove District in the next few days, here is what you could be doing:

A TRADITIONAL Candlelit Christmas will be held at Avoncroft Museum between 6.30pm and 8.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

It features a variety of festive attractions, including traditional folk dancers, costumed characters, a Christmas Magic Lantern Show, a local choir singing Christmas carols and a performance from Blackwell Concert Band.

The historic buildings, lit by atmospheric lighting, will boast a Tudor Christmas in the Merchant’s House, a Victorian Christmas in the Toll House and a more austere 1940s Christmas in the Prefab.

And there will be a local craft market, the gift shop and festive fare from a Victorian hot roast chestnut seller and the Edwardian Tea Room, which will offer pork pies, mulled wine and mince pies.

Admission is £7.70 for adults, £6.60 for seniors, £4 for children and £19.80 for a family ticket (two adults and three children). Members go free. To book, call 01527 831363

THE VENUE of a fund-raising choir’s Christmas concert has been changed.

Primrose Choir will now be performing at the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove instead of the Rocklands Social Club in Redditch with special guests Astwood Bank First School.

The concert will still start at 7pm on Friday, December 14. Tickets costing £9 are available by calling 01527 67383 or 01527 546158.

THE EMPIRE cinema on Rubery’s Great Park will be screening the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker Sweet live from the Royal Opera House on Thursday (Dec 13).

The production, which features a magically growing Christmas tree and a midnight battle of toy soldiers, starts at 7.15pm.

For more, or to book tickets, which are £15 (£12.50 for children under 14), visit or call 08714 714 714.

THERE will be classic Christmas carols aplenty at the Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, on Wednesday.

The Community Carol Service, organised by Bromsgrove District Council and Churches Together in Bromsgrove, starts at 6.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to the event, which includes complimentary drinks and mince pies.

PEOPLE wanting to give their family or friends a hand-made present this Yuletide can go along to the Waseley Hills Crafts Guild’s Christmas craft fair tomorrow (Saturday).

The event, at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre from 10am to 12midday, will feature a variety of items that have been made by members of the group.

THE BRASS Time Quintet and Pam Rhodes, the familiar face of BBC’s Songs of Praise, will perform a traditional Christmas celebration of words, music and songs at Lickey Church, Rose Hill, at 7.30pm next Friday (December 14).

Pam, who will be revealing her encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Christmas to complement the programme of seasonal song, described the event as ‘a Christmassy, join-in-and-sing, musical feast of an evening’.

Tickets are £12.50 (£10 concessions), and £5 for children.

For more, call Sandra Smith at Lickey Church Office on 0121 445 1425 or Rachel Dickins on 01562 886681.

Alternatively, e-mail or

CHRISTMAS Storytime and colouring sessions for three to five-year-olds will take place at two libraries in Bromsgrove District next Saturday (December 15).

The first event takes place at Rubery Library from 11am to 11.45am and the second is at Catshill Library between 3pm and 3.30pm.

Parents need to remain on site during the sessions, which can be booked by calling 01905 822722 to book a place.

BROMSGROVE’S Life After Stroke Centre will boast plenty of festive cheer tomorrow (Saturday) when a Christmas fayre is held there.

The event, between 10am and 4pm, will feature stalls selling a variety of items, including jams and chutneys, jewellery, make-up, cakes, festive floral arrangements, Bodyshop products, hand-made soaps, Christmas cards and paper, homeware and more.

There will also be a Santa’s grotto, hog roast, mince pies and other refreshments.

Claire Benfield, The Stroke Association’s regional fund-raiser for Bromsgrove, said everyone at the centre was excited to be opening the doors to the local community for the pre-Christmas celebration.

Admission to the fair at the centre, in Church Lane (B61 8RA) is free.

MINCE pies, mulled wine, homemade cakes and second hand toys, clothes and books will be just some of the items on offer at a traditional Christmas Fayre being held tomorrow (Saturday).

There will be a host of stalls at the event, which takes place at Bromsgrove’s Breme Care Home, Providence Road, between 11am and 1pm.

They will provide a variety of Christmas gift ideas and there will also be a tombola.

Admission to the event is free and cash raised on the day will go to the residents’ activities fund. That pays for trips and activities.

THE KING will be at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Rousler Bar tonight (Friday) when Elvis tribute act Andrew Macnewman appears at the venue.

The event, which will also feature a raffle, fancy dress, buffet, mince pies, disco and a free santa visit, takes place between 7.30pm and 11.30pm.

Admission is £4 for adults and free for under 16s. For more, call 07982 051208.

THOSE wanting to get out in the great outdoors this Christmas can pay the Clent Hills a visit.

Tomorrow (Saturday), between 10am and 3pm, there will be a magical trail through the woodland in search of Father Christmas. Participants will find clues leading them to Santa in his grotto who will give them a small gift.

The event, which starts at the Nimmings Wood Car Park, costs £2 per child and there is no need to book. There will also be two winter wonderland walks - on Wednesday (December 12) and on December 23 - taking in local landmarks, wildlife and places of interest.

The strolls are £2 per person and booking is essential by calling Laura Broadhurst to book on 01562 712822.

THOSE visiting Hanbury Hall can see the venue decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas and youngsters who go along at weekends will be able to visit Santa in his grotto in the Long Gallery.

The man in the big red suit will be there between 11am and 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (December 8) and next Saturday and Sunday (December 15 and 16).

Visits to Father Christmas will incur a small additional charge and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Festive food, including roast turkey lunches, turkey baguettes, Christmas pudding, mulled wine, freshly baked mince pies and more, will also be available at the venue.

For those wanting a seasonal singalong can go along to one of Hanbury Hall's popular traditional carol concerts.

They will be talking place in the main hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, next Friday and next Saturday (December 13, 14 and 15).

Doors open at 7pm and tickets, which include mulled wine and a mince pie, are £14.

For more, or to book tickets, call 01527 821214.

Alice Eddy, Visitor Services Manager, said: “Our first family Christmas weekend was really successful and we hope to see lots more people coming along to Hanbury Hall over the next two weekends."

For more on Hanbury Hall, call 01527 821214 or visit

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