In our countdown to the 25th yule love all the festive fun taking place in Rugby in December! There are pantomimes, musicals, comedy nights, Christmas fairs and craft activities for the whole family to enjoy.
If you are popping into Bacco Lounge for a coffee on Saturday (7th) the little ones can enjoy a Christmas Arts & Crafts Morning. There they will find a craft table dedicated to all things Christmas with everything that they need to make their own cards and pictures. They can also get crafty at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum’s Christmas card making where the Christmas cards will have a rugby theme. For gift ideas, head over to Arnold House for their Christmas Craft Fair on until 2pm, with stalls selling candles, jewellery, bags, paintings and Christmas cards or the Sustainable Christmas Market at St. Andrews’ Church.
The Christmas Fair at the Benn Hall on Sunday 8 December will include a selection of over 40 local stall holders from across Warwickshire selling a wide variety of handmade and lovingly created items from Christmas decorations and stocking fillers to candles and wax melts. Santa will be in his Grotto for the day and refreshments will also be available in the Winter Wonderland café.
Children will be entranced by Santa and The Christmas Dragon. Leanne and Little Joe have been nagging their mother to get them a pet for Christmas but their mum is having none of it. Imagine the mischief and mayhem when Santa promises them a dragon! This is an interactive show bursting with songs, magic and a very lively dragon until Friday 13th December at Macready Theatre.
The weekend after, grab a ticket for Laugh it Up ‘lite’ the new quarterly comedy night, brought to you by local events company Enterlude, with a variety of stand-up comics at Inside at 22 on Friday 13th December. Or for something spookier, head to Costa Coffee (Unit 10 Swan Centre) for a Rugby Christmas Special. Hosted by Ghosts Unlimited, listen carefully to the tales of old Rugby town where you are going to be guided back in time and told secrets about the buildings and where the ghosts still lurk today.
The Rugby First Santa’s Grotto will be open in Yum Yum World, which is jointly run with the Rugby Rotary Club to raise funds for local children’s charities, on Saturday 14 December. In the evening you can join Rugby School Café for a Crafty Christmas Evening. Guests will have instruction and materials to make a Christmas door wreath and a pottery plate and on the same night, Rugby Philharmonic Choir will be raising the roof at the Temple Speech Rooms, with their performance of Joy to the World.
To keep the kids busy on Sunday 15 December there is a Santa Claus meet and greet at Bacco Lounge. Santa is looking forward to meeting little ‘loungers’ where you can also get a photograph with him for the Christmas album. From 2pm, The Prince of Wales pub will have a Christmas Mini Market outside, with lots of stalls, hot dogs, jacket potatoes, mince pies to eat, face painting for the kids. To round the day off, join St Andrew’s Parish Church in Caldecott Park at 4pm for their Lantern Parade. Bring cheer, a lantern and wear your best Christmas jumper! With the help of local choirs and special instrumental guests the lantern bearers will wend their way through Rugby town signing the best Christmas carols as they go. At 5pm the procession arrives at St Andrews Church – which will be full of over 50 decorated Christmas trees – with mulled wine, cider and hot chocolate available from the café.
Smaller children can get messy at the Sensory Splat on Monday 16 December. The play session has the smells, lights and tastes of Christmas to explore at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.
Grown-ups will be tuning up for the Christmas Carols on Wednesday 18 December at The Seven Stars pub from 8pm.
On Thursday 19 December you could be heading to the Macready Theatre to watch a beautiful ballet. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, this evening screening of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. Or get your brain in gear for the annual Christmas Quiz at the Alexandra Arms. Quiz master Ian will lead nine festive themed rounds including a pictures game to guess the famous Santa. There are cash prizes for the top three teams too.
In the last weekend before Christmas, local band Record Covers will be playing all of your favourite tunes at their gig at Inside at 22 on Friday 20 December.
At Rugby Art Gallery and Museum keep the little ones entertained with a Cheeky Elf Hunt to find magical scenes around the building and create their very own Sparkling Snowflake picture. Rugby West Indian Club will be hosting a Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 21 December. Arts and crafts, games, competitions, a disco and Santa himself will be attending to give out presents at the end of the party.
Rounding up the end of 2019, from Tuesday 23 – 28 December will be 5 Star Theatre Limited’s version of Dick Whittington at the Benn Hall. This timeless panto will be filled with fabulous costumes, glittery scenery, spectacular songs and dances, and bucketfuls of laughter! Starring Charlie Healy, from The X Factor as Dick Whittington and Letitia George, from The Voice as The Fairy. There will also be two special version – one adapted for autism spectrum conditions and an Adults Only performance (full of naughty jokes, risqué costumes and plenty of booze) to enjoy.
Have yourself a very Merry Christmas and keep checking Rugby First’s Facebook page and https://www.therugbytown.co.uk/ for your guide to what’s on in Rugby.
For further information please contact Tracey Saunders at Rugby First on Tracey@rugbyfirst.org or 07483 176750.