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John Byrne: Sitting Ducks

A full-scale overview of John Byrne's long career as one of the best-loved and most individual visual artists in the country, focusing on his portrait work and gathering 50 key works from drawings to large-scale paintings, including iconic paintings of Tilda Swinton, Robbie Coltrane and of course Byrne himself.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Fri 28 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01463 237114

Sat 29 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01463 237114

Lauren Child: Book Signing

Lauren Child will be here at Waterstones Oxford signing copies of all her books but especially the new Ruby Redfort book Feel the Fear.

Waterstones, Oxford

Sat 13 Dec

Free / 01865 790212

Letters From Everyone

  • Directed by: Niall Phillips
  • Written by: Steven Lally

Steven Lally's drama about the hold that the dead have over the living, and about the tales found on the streets of London. Directed by Niall Phillips.

The Drayton Arms Theatre, London SW5

Sat 29 Nov

£15 / 020 7835 2301

Sat 6 Dec

£15 / 020 7835 2301

Sat 13 Dec

£15 / 020 7835 2301

Sat 20 Dec

£15 / 020 7835 2301

Little Birds Market

Market with a tantalising selection of vintage, craft and design vendors – including clothes, jewellery, handmade, up-cycled furniture, accessories, homewares, food, cakes, millinery, stationery, art and lots more.

Sloans, Glasgow

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 221 8886

The Vic, St Andrews

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 01334 467964

The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot

The feelgood tale of a young boy who doesn't enjoy Christmas or exchanging gifts … until the tradition suddenly disappears. Ages 3–8.

The Arches, Glasgow

Thu 4 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

Fri 5 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

Sat 6 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

…and 29 more dates until 4 Jan 2015 back to top

Merchant Square Craft Fair

Arts and crafts market, with everything from cupcakes to candles.

Merchant Square, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0141 552 3038

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0141 552 3038

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0141 552 3038

…and 7 more dates until 28 Dec

Mini Noel

French festive fun with Christmas carols, French songs, crafts, a present for every child and a chance to learn about Yuletide traditions in French speaking countries. Suitable for under fives. Email to reserve a place.

LifeCare, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Dec

£7.50 per child / 0131 343 0940

Marchmont St Giles' Church, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Dec

£7.50 per child / 0131 447 4359

  • 10:30 Mini Noel Marchmont St Giles' Church, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

£7.50 per child / 0131 447 4359

  • 15:30 Mini Noel Marchmont St Giles' Church, Edinburgh

Miracle On 34th Street: BOS Musical Theatre Group

A musical adaptation of the holiday favourite. In his inimitable style, Meredith Willson, the author of The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, tells us the classic story of the year. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine Miracle on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love…

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston

Fri 28 Nov

£14 (£12; £45) / 01205 363108

Sat 29 Nov

£14 (£12; £45) / 01205 363108

Sun 30 Nov

£14 (£12; £45) / 01205 363108

Miracle on 34th Street

Scottish première production of the musical adaption of the classic 1947 feel good festive film about a department store Santa Claus who's convinced he's the real thing.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Sat 29 Nov

£12.50–£32.50 (Family £50; Children £6.25–£15) / 01796 484626

Sun 30 Nov

£12.50–£32.50 (Family £50; Children £6.25–£15) / 01796 484626

Thu 4 Dec

£12.50–£32.50 (Family £50; Children £6.25–£15) / 01796 484626

…and 8 more dates until 21 Dec

Moscow City Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • Directed by: Smirnov-Govolanov (dir)
  • Written by: Tchaikovsky

Victor Smirnov-Golovanov directs Tchaikovsky's classical ballet about Clara's battle with the Mouseking, performed to the live accompaniment of the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra, featuring 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' and 'The Waltz of the Flowers'.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 2 Jan 2015

£17.50–£27.50 / 01223 357851

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£17.50–£27.50 / 01223 357851

Chichester Festival Theatre

Sat 10 Jan 2015

£14–£32; £15–£35 (£12–£30) / 01243 781312

Sun 11 Jan 2015

£14–£32; £15–£35 (£12–£30) / 01243 781312

G Live, Guildford

Sat 27 Dec

£29.50–£39 (£26.50–£36; Children £19.50–£29; £26.50–£36) / 0844 770 1797

Sun 28 Dec

£29.50–£39 (£26.50–£36; Children £19.50–£29; £26.50–£36) / 0844 770 1797

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Puss In Boots

A traditional family pantomime based on the famous fairy tale about the multi-talented cat.

The Gate, Cardiff

Fri 28 Nov

Phone for prices / 029 2048 3344

Sat 29 Nov

Phone for prices / 029 2048 3344

Sun 30 Nov

Phone for prices / 029 2048 3344

…and 5 more dates until 5 Dec

Singing: Workshop (Ages 7-23)

Learn to be more relaxed performing, have more confidence, improve your presentation skills, have more fun, access and use more energy, be more creative and express yourself better at work, school and home.

Kings Theatre, Chatham

Fri 28 Nov

£21 ( £15) / 01634 829468

Something to Smile About 2015

Live music festival with something for everyone: food and drink, spoken word, circus performers, crafts and drumming workshops.

Thornensians Rugby Club, Doncaster

Sat 6 Jun 2015

£10–£12 (under 12s £5–£6) / 01302 883522

St Giles in-the-Fields World Food Market

St. Giles Church, snugly slotted South of Tottenham Court Road Underground, is transformed into a culinary spectacle each Thursday. Discover a world of tantalizing delights from all four corners of the globe at the immensely popular World Food Market

St Giles In The Fields, London WC2H

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 020 7240 2532

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 020 7240 2532

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 020 7240 2532

…and 32 more dates until 30 Jul 2015

Taken At Midnight

  • Directed by: Jonathan Church
  • Written by: Mark Hayhurst

Mark Hayhurst's latest drama, following the struggles of Irmgard Litten, mother to the famed Berlin lawyer Hans, following his arrest and torture at the hands of the Nazis. Directed by Jonathan Church and starring Penelope Wilton as Irmgard.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London SW1Y

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£18.75–£93.75 / 0845 481 1870

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£18.75–£93.75 / 0845 481 1870

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£18.75–£93.75 / 0845 481 1870

…and 14 more dates until 14 Mar 2015 back to top

Toby Paterson: Ludic Motif

Installation in a former RBS branch.

190 Trongate, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

Free

Tue 2 Dec

Free

Wed 3 Dec

Free

…and 13 more dates until 20 Dec

The Twelve Elves of Christmas Elf Hunt

Follow this story of the twelve elves of Christmas and see if you can find them hiding in the nooks and crannies of the Royal Mile.

Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Tue 2 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Wed 3 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

…and 21 more dates until 24 Dec

Victorian Christmas Fair

A Victorian craft fair, complete with workshops and a chance to visit the reindeer at Santa's Storyland.

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Sat 6 Dec

£5 for Santa's Storyland (Workshops free) / 01355 261000

Vitae

Works by Jaakko Pallasvuo, the Museum of Non-Participation, Danna Vajda and Dave Young.

Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00 Vitae Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00 Vitae Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00 Vitae Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

Wild Heather

A variation on the Cinderella fable featuring a wild princess named Heather. Ages 3–7 and the whole family.

Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£7.50 (Family £24) / 0141 552 3988

Sat 29 Nov

£7.50 (Family £24) / 0141 552 3988

Sun 30 Nov

£7.50 (Family £24) / 0141 552 3988

…and 24 more dates until 30 Dec back to top

Winter Festival 2014

Get into the Christmas spirit with festive shopping, Christmas decorations, lunch and mince pies, a Christmas market, and a visit from Father Christmas.

National Trust: Coughton Court, Alcester

Fri 28 Nov

Free, plus admission £9.35, child £4.70, family £23.60 / 01789 400777

Sat 29 Nov

Free, plus admission £9.35, child £4.70, family £23.60 / 01789 400777

Sun 30 Nov

Free, plus admission £9.35, child £4.70, family £23.60 / 01789 400777

World AIDS Day Exhibition

A photographic exhibition to promote greater understanding of, and solidarity with, people living with HIV.

Greater London Authority, SE1

Fri 28 Nov

Free

Sat 29 Nov

Free

Sun 30 Nov

Free

…and 2 more dates until 2 Dec

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

Kid-oriented wildlife activities.

National Trust: Erddig, Wrexham

Fri 28 Nov

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Sat 29 Nov

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Sun 30 Nov

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

…and 90 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

National Trust: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Fri 28 Nov

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Sat 29 Nov

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Sun 30 Nov

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

…and 21 more dates until 31 Dec

Agatha Christies The Mousetrap

Famous for being the longest running show in the history of British theatre. To celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it's going on tour for the first time, with a star cast to give you a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece.

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Sat 29 Nov

£23–£29.50 / 020 8688 9291

Aladdin

Kevin Tillett stars as Widow Twankey in this seasonal retelling of a classic story packed with comedy, illusion and magic and presented by Paul Hammond.

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering

Fri 12 Dec

£12–£17; £13 early bird (Children £14; £15; £43.50–£88.50; £36–£73.50 early bird) / 01536 414141

  • 10:00 Aladdin The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
  • 13:00 Aladdin The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering

Sat 13 Dec

£12–£17; £13 early bird (Children £14; £15; £43.50–£88.50; £36–£73.50 early bird) / 01536 414141

  • 11:00 Aladdin The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
  • 14:30 Aladdin The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering

Sun 14 Dec

£12–£17; £13 early bird (Children £14; £15; £43.50–£88.50; £36–£73.50 early bird) / 01536 414141

  • 11:00 Aladdin The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
  • 14:30 Aladdin The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
…and 18 more dates until 4 Jan 2015 back to top