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Glint ….Gleam….Sparkle…..It’s Jack & The Beanstalk Panto at St Helen’s Theatre Royal.


Glint, gleam, sparkle…..with spoonfulls of gleam and buckets full of glitter, all in this years glamorous production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the St Helens Royal till Sunday 11th January.

The panto season is here at last, so make your family’s dreams come true with a 20 min jaunt down the E.Lancs to the star studded St Helen’s giant Christmas pantomime and you will not be disappointed.

With a cast including the singing legend Linda Nolan, Waterloo Road’s Abby Mavers, Emmerdales hunk Kurtis Stacey, Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane, Radio City’s 96.7’s Claire Simmo; Theatre Royal’s favourite Dame, Simon Foster and the hilarious Liam Mellor as Silly Billy….just what could you ask for!

A brilliant evenings entertainment all round with Linda Nolan belting out the “I’m in the mood for dancing” vocals that leaves you foot tapping and humming the tune all the way home.

There are plenty of belly laughs from the duo, Silly Billy and the Dame, with Emmerdale’s hunk Kurtis Stacey showing his versatile singing talents and, a cheeky dazzling Colgate ‘ting’ every time he smiles, certainly adds a smile to the audiences face and makes this a roller-coaster of a show! .

A show with a beautiful princess, a cheeky Jack,an outrageous Dame Dotty and loads of Fairy Dust from lovely Claire Simmo as Fairy Vegetable, with her fair share of sprouts!

What more do you need for the perfect pantomime? Fun for all the family.

You will be visually bejewelled with the costumes and humming to the lyrics of Frozen’s hit song “Let it Go” but be prepared to be defrosted with a show that will warm the blood of any age group.

It’s the perfect format, for a happy enjoyable family evening, with a goodie and a baddie, where good always wins and the prince always gets his princess.

St Helens
THEATRE ROYAL 01744756000
Free Carparking.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Liverpool’s own Magical Grotto Experience.


With so much ‘not quite magical’ and plenty of bad press going on, with grotesquely expensive ‘Christmas Experiences’ in the news recently, I was pleased to find a magical experience that lives up to its name right on our own doorstep!.

Liverpool’s Lovehistory and Larkin’s Farm have created a magical Grotto experience at Croxteth Hall Farm this Christmas season, offering a truly interactive and theatrical event- with plenty of fun for all the family.

If you have not visited already, then you are certainly in for a thrill, as Croxteth Hall is transformed into a magical world of twinkling displays and festive delights.
This is a must to see!

Activities on the Santa Experience tour include an Animal Farm Tour, a Santa’s Workshop with Christmas grotto, plus a free toy from Santa for every child, which is might I add, all included in the one ticket price.

There is a wonderful festive Christmas atmosphere awaiting visitors, where Santa’s elves welcome families and take them on a delightful animated guided tour of the farm.

Children get the chance to see all the animals, including the little piglets at play, the billy goats grazing and the little donkey silently guarding the enchanting Nativity Scene, plus many more.

Children are invited to join the elves in Santa’s workshop in a dedicated arts and crafts area, where they will have the chance to get creative and make their very own festive decorations.

If all that excitement wasn’t enough, to end the experience children can then visit the magic Grotto where Santa will be waiting to greet them, and all the children who have been good all year on Santa’s nice list, will receive a toy from Santa as an early Christmas present.

The farm is open from 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) with tickets priced at just £10 per child and up to 2 adults go free.

Croxteth Hall Farm Christmas Grotto is open till Tuesday 23rd December.(Not running 9th, 15th, 16th December)

This is no disastrous festive fun-park, but a true learning experience with hands on activities engaging with all children and with the added bonus of them seeing ‘creatures great and small’.

The parklands provide an added attraction with super walks and great things to see.

One person you might see prancing about in a long leather coat wearing ‘room spray’ aftershave from Florian in Venice called Chamber Of The Important Gentleman, is somebody looking for the most amazing Christmas experience planet Earth has ever seen.

Well mate, we’ve got it here…..0151 287 4798 or email

Plan your Christmas with Liverpool’s Magical Experiences.


This Christmas, a magical experience comes to Liverpool’s City Centre for the whole family, with even bigger and better events planned than last year!

Liverpool is pulling all the stops to make this Christmas extra special.

Plan your festive adventure now, and take advantage of some of the free entertainment on offer around the city.

Share some Christmas cheer, with fairy-tale characters, music and scrumptious food in the next few weeks.

Go ‘out and about’ aboard the Santa Express.

Step inside Liverpool’s wonderful Christmas world, a world which will take you on a city centre journey encountering fantastic processions, elves, reindeer and all their friends. Take a journey which will see Liverpool city centre transform into a wonderland of festivities and fun for all the family.

Become ‘alive after five’ with a yuletide plan to go with a bang and enliven those damp, dreary dark evenings ahead. Don’t miss out on the fun………. plan and enjoy the feast of offerings.

Nativity Procession with real camels……… Thurs 27th Nov 5.45pm
Reindeers Parade with Santa and Snowflake unveiling… Thurs 3rd Dec
Coca Cola Truck………. 3rd Dec in Church Street
Reindeer Parade with Santa………. Thurs 11th Dec
A Blue Christmas with Santa and Everton in the Community….. Thurs 18th Dec

All processions will begin at 5pm from the Royal Court to Williamson Square, Whitechapel, Church Street, Clayton Square and back to Queens Square.

Reindeers and camels will be on display in Queens square after the procession across the city centre, so cameras at the ready!. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these wonderful animals and make sure Father Christmas gets your letter by giving it to him yourself.

Additional attractions worth a visit this season -
Christmas Grotto at Rapid Discount Outlet
The Snowflake Trail at various City Centre locations
Holiday Sleigh Ride @ Liverpool Cathedral…….. 1st Dec
Sat 6th Dec………. Swedish Lucia Service 7pm Anglian Cathedral
Winter Arts Market @ St George’s Hall 6th Dec

And……. after all the thrills of the night, head up to the Ice festival on Chavasse Park and enjoy the return of the ice rink, ice bar and the UK’s only real ice slide! This is an urban ice experience that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Talking of ‘spirit’, the new and enhanced Apres Café bar is crammed with a fantastic selection of Alpine themed drinks and snacks. This was doing pretty well this weekend when I entertained friends with a few schnapps.

Isn’t it great to be part of such a vibrant city with something happening almost every day of the week!
A great range of high street stores and independent shops, a thriving market, quality restaurants, pubs and bars.

What delights….late night shopping, street entertainment and the hardest thing to do is deciding which events to go to and which new eaterie to try next.
Can’t wait for next weeks theatreland offerings.

What have you got planned?


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