THESE are our top picks of of upcoming events this coming week.

Thursday, December 26

Boxing Day Carvery

Don’t fancy the washing-up and want to be treated?

Have a gorgeous two-course carvery, good times and the perfect post-Christmas remedy.

Adults: £17.95 per person; children under 12: £9.95; children under three: free.

Thornbury Golf Centre, Bristol Road.

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Alice in the Palace

Enjoy an enchanting experience this Twixmas, and beyond, at Blenheim Palace.

The State Rooms of Britain’s Greatest Palace have been transformed into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, visitors will step between the pages of a larger-than-life story book and into their very own festive family adventure.

This opportunity only runs until January 5.

Open daily from 10am.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

Running until December 31.


Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

Running until January 12.

Hunt the Elf

Santa’s helpers have gone missing and they’re all hiding in the Arboretum – find them to win a prize.

No need to book.

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, from 9am.

Running until January 5.

St Stephen’s Day Service

Christ The King Church, 11 Castle Street, Thornbury, from 9.15am.

Beauty and the Beast

Star of stage and television Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Hetty Feather) plays Fairy Bon-Bon alongside Bath favourite Jon Monie and Dame extraordinaire Nick Wilton (EastEnders) in this year’s award-winning pantomime.

Theatre Royal Bath, running until January 12.

Tickets from £34.25.

Bibury Duck Race

There are two charity races.

The first involves 150 decoy ducks for which tickets cost £10.

The purchaser of the winning ticket chooses a charity to donate the proceeds to.

The second race involves over 2000 yellow plastic ducks.

Tickets for these cost 50p each and there are prizes for the 1st 20 and the last duck.

On the river Coln, starting at 11am.

Friday, December 27

Parkinson’s Local Support Group

A friendly welcome and the chance to chat with people with Parkinson’s and their family carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury, from 10am-12pm.

Contact Sally Derham on 07443 332150 or email

Saturday, December 28

The Wind in the Willows

An endearing and exciting tale of friendship and adventure, produced by Rain or Shine Theatre Company.

Follow the adventures of handsome Ratty, innocent Mole, wise Badger and of course the incomparable Mr Toad.

Adults £13, children under 15 £7.

To include a glass of Toady’s Tipple in the interval.

Tickets from 01285 850696 or 01452 521575.

Poulton Village Hall, at 7pm.

A Christmas Carol

Close the year with a magical original Barn Theatre interpretation of a Dickens classic that will get everyone, including Scrooge, in the festive mood.

Book online or call 01285 648255.

Prices from £10.

The Barn Theatre, Cirencester.

Running until January 11.

Christmas Panto - Beauty and The Beast

Enjoy a tale as old as time with Wonder Productions and their brand new production of Beauty and the Beast as part of a six week national tour.

Tickets from £9, starting at 2pm.

Yate Active Centre, Kennedy Way,

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Sunday, December 29

Thanksgiving and Prayer Service

Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, High Street, from 10am.

Benefice Communion Service

St Adeline’s, Little Sodbury, from 10.30am.

Monday, December 30

Access Bike Quiz

Fund raising quiz for community project Access Bikes that endeavour to make bikes available to all, and provide a space to learn and mentor both young and old about mending, and building, and riding.

The Prince Albert, Stroud, from 7.30-10pm.

Tuesday, December 31

New’s Year’s Eve Peaky Blinders Party

Royal Oak, Bibstone, Cromhall

Music, food, drinks.

£10 per person - includes buffet and a drink to toast in the New Year.

For more details, call 01454 430993 or visit

Mosaic Snowflakes Workshop

Children’s workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger, for a morning of mosaic making.

Corinium Museum, Cirencester, from 10.30am-12pm.

£8.25 per child.

Wednesday, January 1

New Year’s Day Community Walk

Join in the Annual New Year’s Day Walk from Tetbury Goods Shed.

All are welcome.

The walk finishes back the the Goods Shed, so refreshments will be available.

From 10.45am-12pm.

Thursday, January 2

Christmas Delights Selling Exhibition

Christmas Delights exhibits hand-made items, with something for everyone

Open until January 5.

Court Barn, Chipping Campden.

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