From colourful panto fun to powerful photography, there's plenty to enjoy...
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, December 7 to 31
Television 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.
These Walls Tell Stories, The Storefront, 64 Bute Street, Luton, until December 14
This 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.
An Audience with Father Christmas, Wrest Park, Silsoe, December 8 and 9
Join 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.
Enchanted Stockwood, December 7 to 23
Families 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.
Utter! Lutonia, Library Theatre Bar, Luton, December 6
The quarterly spoken word event is open, friendly, funny, silly, serious, committed and always welcoming.
Welcome Christmas, Little Theatre, Dunstable, December 9
Dunstable Musical Theatre Company presents a traditional evening of songs, readings and carols.
Danny Driver, Bear Club, Luton, December 10
The 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.
Caritas Harmony Ladies Choir Gala concert, St Mary’s RC Church, Dunstable, December 9
Visitors 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.
Cadillac Kings, Bear Club, Luton, December 8
Expect good-time blues at its very best from a band that sell out the Bear whenever they play.
Unplugged Corner, Bear Club, Luton, December 9
Rylands Heath, Sara, Nick Byrne and Ravi Amruth bring sounds to soothe and inspire for a Sunday night.