School Holidays in Ryedale

Christmas Pantomimes & Festive Shows

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Barbican Panto – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Shane Lynch from the multi-million selling band Boyzone will team up with stars from EastEnders, Corrie, and pop, for the spectacular family pantomime, Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood, at the York Barbican from 21-31 December.

In the city’s biggest ever line up of stars, Shane will be joined by an array of celebrity pop talent, including Ben Adams from BRIT Award winning band A1, in the title role. EastEnders’ Fatboy Ricky Norwood, and star of Coronation Street, Brookside and The Royal, Michael Starke, join the cast as comic and dame.

90’s singing sensations Lolly, aka Anna Kumble (Hey Mickey) plays the fairy, and Ben Ofoedu from Phats and Small (Turn Around) plays Little John, along with The Voice star Jaz Ellington as Friar Tuck, completing the star studded cast.

A fabulous live band, and stunning sets and costumes will all feature in this spectacular production, which runs from 21-31 December 2017 at the York Barbican.

Tickets are priced from just £14 plus booking fee. For details find the Barbican Panto on Facebook, on Twitter, and online.

Groups of 20+ – Call 01904 600031 (Mon-Fri 10:00 – 14:00) or email

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Christmas Show inspired by Alice in Wonderland

Butterflies Dance and Performing Arts would like to present our Christmas Show, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
All our students have been working extremely hard this term to produce this show for you!
If you wish to book tickets please don’t hesitate to contact us to avoid disappointment:
E: /TEL: 01845 522570


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Goldilocks and the Three Bears – The Kirk Theatre

It’s Panto time once again and Pickering Musical Society are in the final stages of rehearsal for their annual production at the Kirk Theatre. This year the performance is a more traditional title for director Luke Arnold, Goldilocks & The Three Bears written by Society Life Member Ron Hall. The story follows the traditional tale with a few twists and turns including a brief trip to the North Pole.

This year we welcome Alice Rose to her first title role as Goldilocks having played several other parts in previous years and it is made all the more special by her older sister Imogen playing Prince Edwin.

Marcus Burnside is back by popular demand as the wonderful Dame Trott and Matthew Russel is a natural as her son and village idiot. The 50 strong cast including the Sarah Ashworth Dancers is swelled by other society stalwarts such as Colin Wragg and Stephen Temple but it is also nice to welcome Paula Paylor to the role of the Forest Fairy.

Friday 12 Jan 7:15pm
Saturday 13 Jan 2:15pm
Saturday 13 Jan 7:15pm
Sunday 14 Jan 2:15pm
Tuesday 16 Jan 7:15pm
Wednesday 17 Jan 7:15pm
Thursday 18 Jan 7:15pm
Friday 19 Jan 7:15pm
Saturday 20 Jan 2:15pm
Saturday 20 Jan 7:15pm

With more than 50% of tickets already sold the production is sure to be a success opening on Friday 12th January and running until Saturday the 20th, tickets can be bought the via the Kirk Theatre box office on 01751 474833 or via the website

Ticket prices start at £12 with a family ticket priced at £44 (2 adults & 2 children).

The Kirk Theatre

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The Deep – Finderella

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000.

2nd December – 7th January 2018.
Its Christmas capers time and our fun-packed Christmas pantomime is no exception! Running every day from 2 December – 7 January 2018, join Finderella as she returns home from the Prince’s ball in a classic tale with a fishy twist. This laugh out loud performance has bundles of audience participation, so make sure your little ones don’t miss out at 11.30am and 3.30pm in Endless Ocean (Finderella is included in our standard entry price). It is sure to keep children of all ages entertained.

Find out more on The Deep’s website here.

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York Theatre Royal

Thu 14 Dec – Sat 03 Feb – 7:30pm (selected performances 8pm), select matinees 2:30pm or 4:30pm
Jack and the Beanstalk
York’s favourite family pantomime is back!
This year York Theatre Royal will be bringing you the ever popular Jack & The Beanstalk, a family favourite featuring a line-up of much loved panto characters – the big bad giant, Patricia the cow and of course, Jack himself.
They are joined by Berwick Kaler, the nation’s longest running consecutive panto dame who is widely acclaimed to be the best in the land.
The traditional family panto sees the return of Martin Barrass, who has played the dame’s on-stage ‘son’ for more than 30 years but was missing from last year’s Cinderella line-up after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident.
Now fully-recovered, he’ll join other long-time panto stars, including the villainous David Leonard and the ever-youthful Suzy Cooper.
Once again we’ve assembled the theatre’s dream team who will conjure up all that amazing magic and sparkle loved by generations of panto fans.
Berwick Kaler said: “It’s a traditional title with all the freedom and scope to turn it into the funniest version ever inflicted on an audience in search of a plot!”
For performances dates, times and tickets see the WEBSITE

Tue 12 Dec – Sat 06 Jan 10:30am, select matinees 1pm or 3:30pm, selected performances 6pm
The Book Of Dragons
It all began when something flew into Effie’s eye…
The next day the news was full of reports of the wonderful ‘winged lizards’ that were appearing all over the country, though the newspapers of course never called them dragons, no one believes in dragons nowadays, and they didn’t want to look silly.
£14.50 – £11.50 (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

For performances dates, times and tickets see the WEBSITE

York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD
T: 01904 623568

A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol

7th December – 31th December 2017

It’s a festive classic.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the meanest man who ever lived, given a horrible shock on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his partner Jacob Marley, and guided on a journey of learning by three spirits, a time worm and a woman with a nut for a head.

Wait, what? A woman with a what now?!

Yes, this year the people who brought you Pinocchio are back with another round of ridiculous rhymes, silly songs and crazy characters. This is Charles Dickens’ most enduring tale, but not as you’ve ever seen it before! Will Mr. Scrooge learn his lesson before the rattling chickens get him? And will his servants live to tell the tale? Come along and find out! Fun for all the family.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW
Phone: 01723 370541

Aladdin at YMCA Scarborough

Tuesday 26th December 2017 – Saturday 6th January (except New Years Day)

“A Magical Pantomime Adventure”

YMCA Scarborough, St. Thomas Street, Scarborough, YO11 1DY
01723 506750

Christmas Cracker 2017

Friday 1st to Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 7.30pm
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 2pm

YMCA Scarborough will be putting on the annual Christmas Cracker production.

YMCA Scarborough, St. Thomas Street, Scarborough, YO11 1DY
01723 506750

Christmas Teddy Bears’ Picnic

10th December 2017 at 11am

Kathy Seabrook and Friends in a Saxophone Quartet present A Teddy Bears Christmas Picnic.
The concert is aimed at introducing young children to music and musical activities.
A great opportunity for everyone to get involved- Sing along, play along and dance along with this highly talented Saxophone Quartet.

Don’t forget to bring your Teddy, Elves or Christmas Fairies for 90 minutes of musical fun!
£4 per person
£7 Parent & Child (under 16) ticket
Free entry for toddlers up to the age of 18 months (no ticket required)
Pre Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Phone: 01723 376774

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th 2.30pm

Saturday 2nd, Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th 7.30pm

Annual 1812 Pantomime (involving around 50 people from local communities ages 5 – 75+)

Directed by Helena Fox (Director of Everwitch Theatre) with choreography from Ashton Danby of Miss Sarah Louise Ashworth’s School of Dance and Musical Direction from Helmsley Arts Centre’s Artistic Director Natasha Jones.

Family £40
Adult £15
Under 16 £7.50

Helmsley Arts Centre

01439 771700

Jack And The Beanstalk

9th December 2017 – 1st January 2018
A GIANT of a Pantomime, full of beans and packed with “Fee, Fi, Fo, FUN!” 
After getting into big trouble with his mother for selling their hapless cow for a handful of beans, Jack’s dreams come true when they start to grow… and grow… and GROW.

Join him on the adventure of a lifetime as he outwits the giant and makes his fortune with a little help from his friends.

Add into the mix hilarious jokes, lots of sparkle and bucket loads of music and dancing – fabulous festive fun is to be had by all. 

Boo and hiss the baddies, cheer the heroes, laugh along with the corny jokes and tap your toes to the memorable and popular songs.

Find those magic beans and book your tickets now.

Ticket Prices: 
Adults: £15.50
Concessions: £14.50 
Children: £10.50
Family Tickets: £42 Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children), £48 Family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children)

South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Phone: 01723 376774

Magic Mike’s Christmas Special

Magic Mike returns for his annual Christmas Special with a brand new show full of festive magic to entertain the whole family.
Joined by his cast of friends including naughty chuck, who always has something to say, we guarantee a brilliant evening of family entertainment with this exciting and colourful stage show.
There is no better way to start your Christmas!
£8 Adult
£7 Child

South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Phone: 01723 376774

The Abominable Snowman by Moon on a Stick

A delightful blend of puppetry, live-music and enchanting storytelling perfect for ages 3 and over with the perennially popular Moon-On-A-Stick company presenting a wonderfully playful and inventive take on the Abominable Snowman’s story and the charming tale of an unlikely hero.

Join us on this snowy adventure into the mountains where things are not always how they seem!

Running time is 50 minutes. Children can meet the puppets and actors after the show in our exclusive 10 minute meet and greet session.

03/12/2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

03/12/2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The 4.00pm performance is ‘relaxed’ and especially adapted to be suitable for those with SEN and Autism as well as other sensitivities.

£10 adult / £6 (U16s) – Box Office / 01653 696240

£22 Family (2 Adults/2 U16s) –  Box Office / 01653 696240

The Milton Rooms, Malton, YO17 7LX

The Adventures of Aluki & Nanuk

13th December – 23th December 2017

The weather has changed, the snow has stopped, the igloos are melting. Someone needs to save the day.

Enter our hero, Aluki the Brave (aged eight) and her best friend, polar bear Nanuk. They travel over ice and sea to find Asiaq, the Weather Spirit, and tell her to stop being such a meanie!

With all the usual Tiny Time Tales fun and nonsense and plenty of joining in. A perfect way to introduce little people to live theatre – perfect for ages 0+.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW
Phone: 01723 370541

The Grand Opera House – Beauty and the Beast

15th Dec – 7th Jan
This classic magical story features a wonderful mix – a Handsome Prince, a Beautiful Girl, a Fearful Beast and a very Wicked Witch, heroic deeds, abundant adventure, true love, crazy comedy, glittering costumes, mayhem and make-believe, plus dazzling special effects.

Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW
T: 0844 871 3024

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 9 December to Saturday 16 December 2017
It’s time for yet another rollicking romp of a panto and this year Rowntree Players are whizzing you off to Peking to enjoy the perennial favourite Aladdin.
Tickets £14.00 – £16.00

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA
T: 01904 501935

The Snowman York Minster – Christmas Event with Orchestra

The Snowman York Minster.
For the first time there is going to be a screening of The Snowman in York Minster with a full orchestra accompanying.
There are two performances on the 16th of December 2017.
The matinee begins at 2.30pm, and the evening performance at 7.00pm.
Book tickets via York Minister on 01904 557200

York Barbican

Sunday 17 December 2017 at 2.30 pm
Christmas Carol Concert
Tickets £7.50 (Adults) £6 (Senior Citizens and Under 14s)
£24 (Family tickets 2x adults + 2 x under 14s)

21-31 December 2017
Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood
Shane Lynch from the multi-million selling band Boyzone will team up with stars from EastEnders, Corrie, and pop, for the spectacular family pantomime.
Tickets are priced from just £14 plus booking fee

York Barbican, Paragon St, York, YO10 4AH
T: 0844 854 2757