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What's on in Cheshire during December 2019

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:13 03 December 2019

Tangled Dance Company brings Frosted to Manchester

Tangled dance group bring Frosted to Manchester

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Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire this month

THEATRE AND DANCE
22nd Nov-29th dec
The astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit
Inspired by the characters of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the story follows the plight of young Tim from the home of his benefactor, Ebenezer Scrooge, to the theatrical madness of the great comic, Giuseppe Grimaldi.
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, hopemilltheatre.co.uk 
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2nd-7th 
Nigel Slater's Toast 
From making the perfect sherry trifle to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is an evocative tale of love, loss and toast. Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is a new play based on Nigel Slater's autobiography where his childhood is told through its tastes and smells.
Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, crewelyceum.co.uk
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3rd Dec-11th Jan 
SIX
From Tudor queens to pop princesses; the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st-century sisterly empowerment.
The Lowry, Salford,
thelowry.com 
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6th 
Manford's Comedy Club 
This live comedy show features four comedians from around the UK, personally selected by Jason Manford for an evening of original stand-up comedy with some top names from the UK touring circuit and television.
Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port, manfordscomedyclub.com
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6th Dec-12th Jan 
The Gruffalo's Child 
Follow the Gruffalo's Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories' enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
The Lowry, Salford,
thelowry.com 
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7th 
RuPaul's Drag Race
With RuPaul's Drag Race's first UK season to hit the screen, Now, Voss Events and World and Wonder are giving you the chance to see all of the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of these queens on stage hosted by Drag Queen Extraordinaire Alyssa Edwards. 
Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.com 
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10th Dec-4th Jan 
The Bodyguard 
The smash-hit West End musical, The Bodyguard returns to tour the UK. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.
Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.com
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10th 
Ed Byrne 
Join comedian Ed Byrne as he takes a long, hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children with this brand-new master class in observational comedy.
Pyramid and Parr Hall, Warrington, parrhall.culturewarrington.org
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14th-15th
Frosted 
Manchester's Tangled Dance Company brings Frosted, a magic dance show this December. Set in a magical wizarding world, the dance performance focuses on the world of the 'Tailors of Illusion', following the Tailors, as they move from room to room, working their magic to untangle the growing roots of greed and restore the warmth of Christmas.
Ordsall Hall, Manchester, tangleddancecompany.wixsite.com/tdc1 
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17th 
ROH Live: The Nutcracker 
A quintessential Christmas experience can be had with The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Storyhouse, Chester,
storyhouse.com 
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MUSIC AND CONCERTS
2nd 
John Barrowman 
It's the most fabulous time of the year - and entertainer extraordinaire John Barrowman will be celebrating the festive season with fans in Manchester as he returns with a dazzling new Christmas show.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, bridgewater-hall.co.uk 
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7th 
Concert by Apollo5 
The international award-winning British vocal ensemble, Apollo5, returns to Holmes Chapel Music Society to delight the audience with its versatile performance, ranging from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop.
Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, Crewe, themusicsociety.org.uk
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13th 
Christmas Concert 
Join the NCO for a traditional festive concert in the grand Tenants' Hall at Tatton Park; this year based on a fairy tale theme. Expect excerpts performed by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, festive songs sung by the Choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School and much-loved carols for all to sing.
Tatton Park, Knutsford,
ncorch.co.uk 
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13th 
ABBA Reunion 
ABBA Reunion gives Abba fans, old and new, the opportunity to once again get together and re-live the addictive Abba phenomena that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70s and 80s in a truly authentic, feel-good, party-style tribute concert.
Parr Hall, Warrington, abbareunion.co.uk 
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13th 
The Bootleg Beatles 
The world's premier Beatles show continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their immaculate note-perfect portrayal of the fab four's journey through the swinging 60s.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, bridgewater-hall.co.uk
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14th 
Courteeners
Rock band Courteeners, formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester, will be bringing their latest album back to their hometown.
Manchester Arena,
manchester-arena.com 
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15th 
Carols by Candlelight 
Join Chester Bach Singers for a mix of carols and seasonal music and you can even get involved. Enjoy a complimentary drink and a mince pie during the interval.
St Albans Church, Tattenhall, chesterbachsingers.org.uk
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18th 
Christmas Gospel Concert
Your favourite Christmas songs with Sing Out's unique gospel twist. Expect singing and dancing that will lift your spirit, warm your heart and sooth your soul this festive season. 
The Brindley, Runcorn, thebrindley.org.uk
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18th-19th 
Christmas Crackers 
Celebrate a family Christmas with Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, with guest presenter, Liverpool's own Roger McGough.
Chester Cathedral, Chester, chestermusicsociety.org.uk 
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COUNTY DAYS OUT
30th Nov-23rd Dec 
Christmas Woodland at Blakemere 
A unique theatrical experience where you can meet Father Christmas himself as well as be entertained by woodland characters, build your own cuddly toy with Mrs Claus and even the adults get a little present. 
Blakemere Village, Sandiway, christmaswoodland.co.uk 
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1st
The Wilmslow Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair 
Offering up to 80 quality and varied tables, this is the ideal opportunity for you to find something perfect to complement your home, collection or wardrobe.
Wilmslow Leisure Centre, Wilmslow, swfairs.co.uk 
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1st-28th 
Weston Christmas Light Display
If you need help getting into the festive spirit, then a visit to this festive display is a must. Graham Witter creates a winter wonderland by decking out his family home, farm buildings and garden with thousands of Christmas lights. All proceeds raised will go to the 'Donna Louise Hospice'.
Carters Green Cottage, Weston, facebook.com/westonlightdisplay 
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5th 
Winter Watch Parade 
Based on Chester's 15th-century tradition of 'Setting the Watch', when the city leaders handed over the keys of Chester to the City Watch. The Winter Watch Parade combines colourful costumes and a collection of characters to provide a popular festive event.
Starting point: Forum Shopping Centre, Chester
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7th 
Rode Hall Christmas Farmers' Market 
Over 70 indoor and outdoor local artisan food and craft stalls bursting with great ideas for Christmas presents and treats at this very festive market which will also be teeming with mistletoe, mince pies and mulled wine. 
Rode Hall, Scholar Green, rodehallfarmersmarket.co.uk 
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7th-8th 
Frodsham Frost Fair
Sample warming glühwein and treat yourself from a wide selection of delicious food options and handcrafted items at this traditional family Christmas event with a contemporary twist. 
Frodsham Community Centre, Frodsham, thefrostfair.co.uk
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8th 
Christmas Food  & Wine Market 
Come along to the Festival Hall and sample the various food and wine products on display on the 30 different stands. There will be cheese markets from France, Italian vineyards, local pies, chutneys and cold meats, Christmas gift ideas and more to enjoy.
The Festival Hall, Alderley Edge, granthamsfinefood.com
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12th 
Bring Your Own Baby Comedy 
The UK's baby-friendly comedy club is coming to Chester to give mums and dads the chance to enjoy some of the best comedians around without worrying about childcare. 
Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, Chester, byobcomedy.com
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17th

Ri Lecture with Dr Hannah Fry - Exclusive Screening

The only venue outside London to screen the annual Ri Lecture prior to its Christmas BBC broadcast is Manchester's Science and Industry Museum, with this year's talk being given by mathematician TV presenter, Dr Hannah Fry. Head along for an entertaining ride through the modern world of fake news, the theory behind it all and a mince pie.  

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
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17th-18th 
Deer Feed and Trailer Ride 
Take a trailer ride with the Rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Get a closer look at the hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. The event must be pre-booked. 
Tatton Park, Knutsford, tattonpark.org.uk
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28th-31st 
Liverpool International Horse Show 
Celebrate the New Year in style with this world-class equestrian action, entertainment, and live music held at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena. The event attracts top riders from all over the world and combines top-class equestrian events with family entertainment, pyrotechnics and live music.
Echo Arena, Liverpool, liverpoolhorseshow.com 
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