Ten of the best things to do in and around Luton and Dunstable in the next seven days

From colourful panto fun to powerful photography, there's plenty to enjoy...

Tuesday, 4th December 2018, 11:24 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 8:24 am
Snow White takes to the stage in Dunstable
Snow White takes to the stage in Dunstable

1 PANTOMIMESnow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, December 7 to 31Television star Charlie Brooks takes to the stage in Dunstable this week for the Grove Theatre pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Charlie rose to prominence playing the role of Janine Butcher in EastEnders. Her portrayal earned her National Television Award nominations as both Most Popular Newcomer and Most Popular Actress, alongside numerous other nominations and wins. As herself, Charlie has appeared on numerous television shows, including I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, which she won in 2012.Details: grovetheatre.co.uk

2 EXHIBITIONThese Walls Tell Stories, The Storefront, 64 Bute Street, Luton, until December 14This show by Bedfordshire photographer Shaun Armstrong highlights the people and stories the bricks, windows and fittings revealed during the restoration of three historic hat factories in the Hat District of Luton. “Documenting the many aspects of the Hat District as it transforms from its industrial creative past to a vibrant creative future is a delight, from the organic materials and design to the engagement of the workforce and the process of change,” said Shaun.Details: lutonculture.com

3 FAMILYAn Audience with Father Christmas, Wrest Park, Silsoe, December 8 and 9Join in the festive fun with the man himself at Wrest Park this Christmas. Meet Father Christmas as he tells tales of Christmas past amidst the yuletide decorations. Lucky visitors will even get a festive treat from Santa.Details: english-heritage.org.uk/wrestpark

4 FAMILYEnchanted Stockwood, December 7 to 23Families are invited to step in to Enchanted Stockwood this December as its gardens are transformed at night by an trail of light. Visitors are promised remarkable textures, colours and atmosphere created by internationally renowned artist Ulf Pedersen’s thought-provoking illuminations. A festive treat for all the family, alongside the light installation there will also be a host of street food stalls including genuine German Bratwurst sausages, locally produced burgers and mulled wine, plus a variety of hot drinks and delicious cakes and pastries from the café. Details: lutonculture.com

5 POETRYUtter! Lutonia, Library Theatre Bar, Luton, December 6The quarterly spoken word event is open, friendly, funny, silly, serious, committed and always welcoming. Details: lutonculture.com

6 MUSICWelcome Christmas, Little Theatre, Dunstable, December 9Dunstable Musical Theatre Company presents a traditional evening of songs, readings and carols.Details: ticketsource.co.uk

7 MUSICDanny Driver, Bear Club, Luton, December 10The first half of Luton Music Club’s Music on Mondays season ends in style. Danny Driver is currently preparing for a recording of the fiendish piano studies of Ligeti and relishes the prospect of perfecting them before a Luton audience. Danny’s recital intersperses one or more of Ligeti’s Études with movements from Bach’s Partita No 1.Details: www.lutonmusic.org.uk

8 MUSICCaritas Harmony Ladies Choir Gala concert, St Mary’s RC Church, Dunstable, December 9Visitors are promised a delightful evening of Christmas songs and carols with a guest appearance by the Beechwood Park School Chamber Choir. There will also be the opportunity for the audience to join in and sing some traditional carols. The event is in aid of Bedfordshire Macmillan Cancer Support.Details: caritasharmony.co.uk

9 MUSICCadillac Kings, Bear Club, Luton, December 8Expect good-time blues at its very best from a band that sell out the Bear whenever they play.Details: the-bear.club

10 MUSICUnplugged Corner, Bear Club, Luton, December 9Rylands Heath, Sara, Nick Byrne and Ravi Amruth bring sounds to soothe and inspire for a Sunday night.Details: the-bear.club