School Holidays Ryedale and Thirsk

Christmas Pantomimes & Festive Shows

13th December 2023 to 2nd January 2024. Paul Holman Associates and Bridlington Spa presents…A Bewitching Beast of a pantomime Adventure!

Get ready to be spellbound with this tale as old as panto-time! When a magical sorceress transforms the handsome Count into a frightening Beast, only true love can break the spell. Join Belle and a host of larger-than-life characters for a fast-paced pantomime packed with family-fun, music, and dance. It’s going to be a BEAST!

Hailing from Hull and heading to Bridlington, actress Gemma Oaten will be casting a magical spell over audiences playing the role of the misguided witch Mauvaise. Cheerfully, the production promises a happy ever after ending as the bullying witch meets her retribution in true pantomime style!

Book tickets here, or call the box office on 01262 678258.

Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH.

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Emerald the Elf and Father Christmas 2023!

  • Saturday 2nd December at 12pm/2pm/3.30pm
  • Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am/12pm/2pm/3.30pm

Come and join Emerald the Elf as she gets ready for Christmas – there is always something she needs some help with in our interactive show suitable for all ages.

Ticket prices remain at £5 per person and include our interactive show, a visit to see Santa afterwards and a gift for every child.

The show lasts roughly 30 minutes.

We strongly recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
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Back for its third year, popular immersive installation, Grue by Wintercroft, returns! Produced by ARCADE, with funding from Arts Council England, Yorkshire Coast Bid and North Yorkshire Council, Grue is a fantastical world, made entirely from recycled and repurposed cardboard.

Grue invites audiences to step into a fantastical world and explore a series of enchanting landscapes. Now a well- established seasonal tradition, this year the magical wintery experience has a new home for 2023. This year Grue is accessed by a secret magical door on the top floor of Scarborough Library and also features live actors as storytelling guides.

Grue is designed by Scarborough artist, Steve Wintercroft – designer, visual artist and the founder of Wintercroft, an environmentally conscious design company specialising in helping people explore creativity through making.

Grue runs from 2nd to 23rd December 2023, Thursdays to Sundays. With tickets at £4 and Pay What You Decide options also available, this is an affordable and magical wintry treat for all the family. For more information and booking details please visit the website here.

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This years pantomime at Hull New Theatre is Cinderella. Runs 16th December 2023 to 7th January 2024.

You shall go to the ball this Christmas with singer, TV actor and musical theatre star Lee Mead and Hull panto favourite Neil Hurst, in the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. They will be joined by Yorkshire Wicked Sisters Peter Peverley and Jack Land Noble, West End performer Rebekah Lowings as the title role, Spin as Dandini and Olivia Mitchell as the Fairy Godmother.

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Hull audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming.

Book tickets here, or call the box office on 01482 300 306.

Hull New Theatre, Kingston Square, Hull, HU1 3HF.

01482 300 306
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Dick Whittington

20th to 27th January 2024

A wonderful family pantomime full of colour, lots of laughter, music and dancing performed by a superb set of talented principals and chorus. Plus of course fantastic dancers by courtesy of Kirkham Henry Performing Arts. Musical Direction Chris Hocking.

Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton. YO17 7LX

07729 559934
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Pocklington Arts Centre is excited to announce our magical, musical Christmas production debut with this original adaptation of The Elves and the Shoemaker, written by Elizabeth Godber and directed by Jane Thornton.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and across East Yorkshire land. Excited children count sheep as three cheeky elves lend a hand. Yes, Jingle, Sparkle and Daredevil Dave have gingerbread to cook, peas to find and shoes to make… But who gives the Elves their Christmas? Surely they too deserve a break?

We are celebrating local talent with early career creatives and emerging artists to devise a local, family-friendly show suitable for all ages. Performances are on:

  • Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm
  • Friday 8th December at 7.30pm
  • Saturday 9th December at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Sunday 10th December at 10.30am (Relaxed Performance) and  at 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 12th December at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm
  • Friday 15th December at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Saturday 16th December at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Schools Only performances: Friday 8th December  and Thursday 14th December at 1.30pm
Tickets: Family of Four £35 | Adult £12 | Under 25 £9. Book here.
Pocklington Arts Centre, Market Place, Pocklington, YO42 2AR

Beauty and the Beast

Sponsored by Boyes

1st – 30th December 2023

Age 6+

This Christmas, the team behind Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and The Snow Queen are back and up to their old tricks again. Expect songs, silliness, thrills, spills and more festive cheer than you can shake a sausage on a stick at!


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Thor’s Great Big Adventure

12th – 23rd December 2023

Ages 0-6. Children under 18 months go free, but will still need a ticket – please book these via the Box Office (01723 370 541)

Our annual Christmas show for under 6s. Full of songs, silliness and festive fun.

Thor the Walrus is off on his holidays. He’s booked a few nights down South, then a short stop in Scarborough for New Year before he heads home to the ice and snow of the North Pole.

But for now, he’s looking for a good spot on the shore for a quick snooze, a nice seaside snack to fill his big belly, and he’s hoping he’ll make some new friends along the way…

This Christmas, join Thor on his great big adventure, sing a silly song about seagulls and throw him some fish* for his tea!

*All fish are provided.

Westborough , Scarborough

01723 370541
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Thursday 18th to Sunday 28th January at 7.15pm with matinee performances on weekends at 2.15pm.

One of the most popular pantomimes of all, the thrilling story of a boy, a lamp and a genie has kept people spell-bound for generations.

Families visiting the Kirk Theatre this January can look forward to a fun-packed performance full of side-splitting comedy, singing, dancing, slapstick, dazzling special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation.

Pickering Musical Society is excited to announce that their 2024 annual pantomime will be Aladdin written by Ron Hall and directed by Luke Arnold.

In the bustling streets of Old Peking, a cast of characters unfolds, including Wishee Washee, the offspring of the town’s laundry proprietor, and the fair Princess Lotus Blossom. Aladdin, son of a local tradesman, finds himself hopelessly enamored with the princess. However, her caretaker One Long Pong and domineering mother forbid their love. In a bid to win her heart, Aladdin embarks on a journey with his uncle Abanazar, only to be locked away in a cavernous tomb. But a stroke of luck befalls him as the Slave of the Ring hears his plea and offers a path to freedom. Meanwhile, Abanazar abducts Lotus and takes her to the arid dunes of Sahara. With the help of his kin, Aladdin rescues his love and defeats Abanazar. The tale concludes with a joyous feast, a testament to the triumph of love and the indomitable human spirit.

Aladdin opens at the Kirk Theatre, Pickering on Thursday 18th to Sunday 28th January at 7.15pm with matinee performances on weekends at 2.15pm. Tickets are priced from £13 and are available by phone 01751 474833 or via the theatre website

The Kirk Theatre, Hungate, Pickering,YO18 7DL

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8 December 2023 – 7 January 2024
Starring Nina Wadia as Fairy Sugarsnap (EastEnders, Citizen Khan, Still Open All Hours, Goodness Gracious Me), James Mackenzie as the villainous Luke Backinanger (CBBC’s adventure game show Raven and CBeebies’ Molly and Mack) and York favourite Robin Simpson (Mrs Smee in All New Adventures of Peter Pan and Manky in Cinderella), as the hilarious Dame Trott!
Once again the show will be written by Paul Hendy and directed by Juliet Forster – the same fantastic team who brought you last year’s sensational All New Adventures of Peter Pan. With stunning sets, hilarious comedy and breath-taking special effects, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be our most spectacular pantomime ever! This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family… So don’t miss this GIANT of a pantomime! Get your tickets early and book today!

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A Christmas Carol

5th – 24th December 2023

Starting at Kemps General Store & Books, Malton

Follow Dickens around Malton’s beautiful marketplace, as he tells the story and brings to life, before your eyes, the classic and loved characters of A Christmas Carol.

The promenade show ticket price includes a food platter from The Cooks Place Malton and a warm winter drink.

£32.50 per person (plus £1.25 booking fee)

Book via Be Amazing Arts 01653 917271

Amotherby Parish Hall – Robin Hood

Wednesday 27th December 2023, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm)

Robin Hood – the Modern Christmas Panto!

Adults £7, Children (under 16) £3.50

Tickets from 01653 695117 (or on the door)

Scarborough Spa Pantomime

9th December – 1st January 2024

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime at Scarborough Spa starring Channel 5’s Milkshake presenter Amy Thompson. This traditional panto is a mix of myrrh, mayhem and misunderstanding as Jack triumphs over the evil Giant Blunderbore.

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough. YO11 2HD
01723 376774

Sewerby Hall Winter Woodland

The hugely popular Sewerby Winter Woodland is returning! An all new spectacular display of lights, sounds and special effects will bring the grounds to life for a great evening out this festive season.

8th – 22nd December 2023.

The mischievous elves accidentally dropped a sack of presents while flying over Sewerby Hall and Gardens and visitors’ assistance is urgently needed to locate and recover them. The Fairy atop the Christmas tree has bestowed her wondrous magic upon the woods, illuminating them with a captivating display of colours, glitters, and twinkles.

Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.

01262 673769