Lakeland Mix: Our Editor's pick of the best of What's On in Cumbria
by Helen Wall
Highlights coming up in Cumbria's winter of sport, music, theatre, art, shopping and community.
Simple Cumbria What's On online Christmas shopping insider tip: - buy tickets for some of Cumbria's fabulously situated arts venues, add a table reservation and some cosy accommodation and slip the whole delightful bundle of bookings into someone's stocking. Instant popularity guaranteed and, whoopee, some of it needn't be paid for until you go. Have a look below; there's a treat for most folk..
All the fun listed here can be found in detail on our events listings. Just click on the links or browse the events diary. Lookster; click on yon web link www.cumbriawhatson.co.uk/events.php
The Old Laundry Theatre at Bowness-on-Windermere celebrates its 21st this year. Its season finishes with the Cumbria Short Film Competition http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk
Brilliant pre-Christmas treat or exciting present - Pantomime tickets! The Forum, Barrow opens its panto on December 18th; Oh yes it does, for a run that goes right through Christmas. Carlisle's Sands Centre, too, presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 13th -31st, with Maureen Nolan as the wicked Queen and local star Kayleigh McRae as Snow White.
Rock, pop, jazz and blues
Booking alert - tickets on sale for Fairport Convention 5 March 2014 and Joe McElderry 20 March 2014 at Ulverston's Coro www.corohall.co.uk www.corohall.co.uk
Big news for Brit Pop fans is the Twisted Wheel reunion at the Brickyard, Carlisle on Boxing Day, 26th December www.brickyardonline.co.uk
Booking alert: Keswick Jazz Festival 8th-12th May 2014 Amy Roberts, Ben Cummings, Ben Holder, George Huxley, Keith Nichols, Nicola Farnon, Spats Langham and Tom Kincaid. Rich Bennett and his Band are also back. Talks from Keith Nichols, John Hallam and Duke Heitger. GI Jive dance workshops.
More Christmas present ideas:
Full four-day ticket early bird price of £99 also nine pre-festival jazz concerts at Theatre by the Lake, Sun 4 – Wed 7 May 2014, book now www.keswickjazzfestival.co.uk Box Office 017687 74411. Sat 10 May Jazz Parade, Keswick, is a free event. Booking for single day tickets, the jazz talks and the dance workshops will open on Mon 13 January 2014.
Showaddywaddy, the real thing, not a tribute band, is a great night out for a fifty-something gang of Class of '80 pals, yay; plenty of rock-along favourites. Younger folk - you will love them.
Hellion RisingGroove metal band