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Events and fun things to do in Stoke-on-Trent Week 49/50 Christmas Special



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Event Name

Description

Location

Date

Time

Longton Christmas Lights Switch-on

Join us to celebrate the lights and architecture of Longton when we switch on the Christmas lights in the town for 2012 with Signal Radio. 

Longton Town Centre 

30/11/2012

18:00 to 20:00

The 5th Bollywood Hollywood Ball

Sanja presents the fifth Bollywood Hollywood ball for charity. 

Fenton Manor Sports Complex 

30/11/2012

19:00

The Manfreds

Since Manfred Mann formed in 1962, they have firmly secured their place in the history books of British popular and RandB music. 

Victoria Hall 

30/11/2012

19:30

Stoke Town Christmas Lights Switch-on

Come and celebrate Christmas in Stoke Town. 

Stoke Town Centre 

01/12/2012

13:00 to 21:00

How Many Sleeps Until Christmas?

Join us for some special, snowy stories at our fun activity today and make a calendar to count down the days until Christmas. 

Longton Library 

01/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Hartshill Park Autumn Clean-up

Friends of Hartshill Park are holding this event to help get the park ready for winter. 

Hartshill Park 

01/12/2012

10:00 to 12:30

How Many Sleeps Until Christmas?

Join us for some special, snowy stories at our fun activity today and make a calendar to count down the days until Christmas. 

Meir Library 

01/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Wire sculpture workshop

Get creative in Burslem Park this winter with local arts company ArtWaves and artists Karen Boulton and Stuart Porter. 

Burslem Park 

01/12/2012

09:30 to 12:50

Satur'dads'

Calling all Dads, Grandads and Stepdads of children under 5 years. Introducing a new group where you are can spend some time with your children to explore, play and gain new early years experiences. 

Burslem Children’s Centre 

01/12/2012

10:30 to 12:00

Battle of the Badges - The Rematch

Staffordshire Police take on Staffordshire Fire And Rescue Service in the boxing ring. 

Fenton Manor Sports Complex 

01/12/2012

18:30

Christingle Carol Concert

Upper Shelton Residents Association and St. Marks Church, Shelton would like to invite you to a Christingle Carol Concert and tree lights switch-on.  

St. Mark's Church 

01/12/2012

16:00

Handel's Messiah - Ceramic City Choir

Handel's Messiah performed by the Ceramic City Choir with Darwin Ensemble chamber Orchestra. 

Stoke Minster (St Peter ad Vincula) 

01/12/2012

19:30

Dads Saturday

Calling all dads, grandads and stepdads of children under 5 years. Come along and join other dads, to join in craft activities, while have a drink and light breakfast. 

Fenton Children's Centre 

01/12/2012

10:00 to 12:00

How Many Sleeps Until Christmas?

Join us for some special, snowy stories at our fun activity today and make a calendar to count down the days until Christmas.  

City Central Library 

01/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

How Many Sleeps Until Christmas?

Join us for some special, snowy stories at our fun activity today and make a calendar to count down the days until Christmas. 

Tunstall Library 

01/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

How Many Sleeps Until Christmas?

Join us for some special, snowy stories at our fun activity today and make a calendar to count down the days until Christmas. 

Bentilee Library 

01/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Table Top Sale

Do you have any unwanted items you want to sell? Or are you a bargain hunter? If so, come along and join us at the Portland Street Community Centre. 

Portland Street Community Centre 

01/12/2012

11:00 to 14:00

Mill 'in steam' - Christmas Steaming

Join us for our annual Christmas steaming where there’s lots to see and do for the whole family this festive season. Come along and see Jesse Shirley’s Etruscan Bone and Flint Mill in action powered by the mighty ‘Princess’.  

Etruria Industrial Museum 

01/12/2012 to 02/12/2012

10:00 to 17:00

Sing-a-longa-Grease

Sing-a-long-a Grease now joins Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music and Abba as part of the worldwide phenomenon that has been wowing audiences for over 12 years. 

The Regent Theatre 

02/12/2012

19:30

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics is a voluntary organisation who hold competitions in Olympic sports. 

Fenton Manor Sports Complex 

02/12/2012

09:00 to 16:00

Cafe and Crafts

Join us for an afternoon of informal craft activities for children (and adults too), with a cafe serving home-made cakes and refreshments. 

Stoke Baptist Centre 

02/12/2012

14:00 to 16:00

Stories and Stockings

Get into the festive spirit at our special Christmas storytime. Followed by Christmas card-making craft activity. 

Longton Library 

03/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan, star of Sky Living's Psychic Sally on the Road, returns for another phenomenal nationwide tour. 

The Regent Theatre 

03/12/2012

19:30

Christmas Disco

Put on your glad-rags and head on down to Bentilee Library to throw some moves on the dance floor at our fantastic Christmas disco just for tots! 

Bentilee Library 

04/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Stories and Stockings

Get into the festive spirit at our special Christmas storytime. Followed by Christmas card-making craft activity. 

Trentham Library 

05/12/2012

10:30 to 11:30

What Is It?

Free expert advice on the identification and care of your objects including ceramics, art, local and natural history. 

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 

05/12/2012

13:00 to 14:45

Wire sculpture workshop

Get creative in Burslem Park this winter with local arts company ArtWaves and artists Karen Boulton and Stuart Porter. 

Burslem Park 

05/12/2012

10:00 to 12:00

Fenton Christmas Lights Switch-on

Come and celebrate Christmas in Fenton with fun for all the family with 6 Towns Radio. 

Fenton Town Centre 

05/12/2012

17:30 to 20:00

Christmas Craft Activity

We are holding four Christmas craft activity sessions. 

Fenton Children's Centre 

15/11/2012 to 06/12/2012

09:30 to 11:30

Take That and Westlife Tribute Night

Three course Christmas dinner with Take That and Westlife Tribute. 

Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House 

06/12/2012

19:00

'A Christmas Song' - An Evening with Wendy Cope

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries are pleased to announce that we'll be hosting an evening with the award-winning contemporary poet, Wendy Cope this December. 

City Central Library 

07/12/2012

19:30

Meir Christmas Lights Switch On

Celebrate Christmas in Meir with stalls, fairground rides and refreshments with 6 Towns Radio. 

Meir Health Centre  

07/12/2012

17:30 to 20:00

Le Nozze di Figaro - Glyndebourne

A new production transferring direct from Festival 2012 Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  

The Regent Theatre 

05/12/2012 to 08/12/2012

19:15

Compassion Christmas Fayre

Join us for fun day raising money for children in Thailand and The Philippines. 

Swan Bank Methodist Church  

08/12/2012

11:00 to 15:00

Craft Activity – Christmas Decorations

Make a traditional Christmas decoration to hang on your tree. 

Gladstone Pottery Museum 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 15:00

WMAGA Floor/Vault Gymnastics

Gymnasts come together in a floor/vault competition. 

Fenton Manor Sports Complex 

08/12/2012

08:00

Sign and Sing Carol Services

dDeaflinks Staffordshire will be holding Sign and Sing Carol Services at 11am on Saturday 8 December at Freeport Talke. 

Freeport Outlet Shopping Mall 

08/12/2012

11:00

Bethesda Open Day

To celebrate the completion of Phase II repairs, the Bethesda Methodist Chapel will be open to visitors with musical entertainment on the partly restored organ. 

Bethesda Chapel 

08/12/2012

12:00 to 15:00

Winter Wonderland

It’s chilly outside but it’s nice and warm inside the library. Come and warm up, listen to some wonderful wintery stories and make a Christmas card to give to a friend.  

Bentilee Library 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Dickens Day

Visit our Dickens Day to join in with storytelling sessions and see an interactive Christmas Carol show. 

Gladstone Pottery Museum 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 16:00

Arty Party

Fortnightly Saturday morning art club for 8 to 14 year olds. 

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 

08/12/2012

10:30 to 12:30

Winter Wonderland

It’s chilly outside but it’s nice and warm inside the library. Come and warm up, listen to some wonderful wintery stories and make a Christmas card to give to a friend.  

Longton Library 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Port Vale v Chesterfield FC

Port Vale v Chesterfield FC - NPower League 2. 

Port Vale Football Club 

08/12/2012

15:00

Winter Wonderland

It’s chilly outside but it’s nice and warm inside the library. Come and warm up, listen to some wonderful wintery stories and make a Christmas card to give to a friend.  

Tunstall Library 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Wire sculpture workshop

Get creative in Burslem Park this winter with local arts company ArtWaves and artists Karen Boulton and Stuart Porter. 

Burslem Park 

08/12/2012

09:30 to 12:50

Winter Wonderland

It’s chilly outside but it’s nice and warm inside the library. Come and warm up, listen to some wonderful wintery stories and make a Christmas card to give to a friend.  

Meir Library 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Winter Wonderland

It’s chilly outside but it’s nice and warm inside the library. Come and warm up, listen to some wonderful wintery stories and make a Christmas card to give to a friend.  

Bentilee Library 

08/12/2012

11:00 to 12:00

Meet Miss Byrne

Find out what it was like to work at Gladstone China in 1910. 

Gladstone Pottery Museum 

08/12/2012 to 09/12/2012

10:00 to 17:00

Carols in the park with Santa

The Ceramic Brass Band and the Meir and Longton British Legion Band will be playing Christmas Carols in the park. 

Longton Park (Queens Park) 

09/12/2012

13:00 to 15:00

Comedy Night

Three course Christmas dinner and comedy from three of London's finest comedians. 

Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House 

09/12/2012

19:00

Wildplay in Burslem Park

Join the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for a fun-filled afternoon of winter and festive-themed environmental activities, crafts and games. 

Burslem Park 

09/12/2012

13:00 to 15:00

Christmas Sunday

Come and join us for live music and festive arts and crafts, as well as mince pies and Mulled Wine. 

Ford Green Hall 

09/12/2012

13:00 to 16:00

Eaton Park Christmas Lights Switch-on

Eaton Park Resident's Association in conjunction with The Bellringer, would like to invite you to the Christmas lights switch-on. The button will be pressed by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Terry Crowe. 

The Bellringer 

09/12/2012

16:00 to 17:00

 

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Ongoing and regular events, activities and exhibitions:

 

Event Name

Description

Location

Date

Time

Staffordshire Hoard: Dark Age Discovery

This dazzling exhibition featuring over a hundred specially chosen artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard is a unique opportunity to find out about this world famous discovery. 

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 

21/07/2012 to 01/09/2013

10:00 to 17:00

Titanic Trail

Follow the Titanic Trail around the museum and in a series of small displays discover the city’s links with the doomed ocean liner. 

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 

11/02/2012 to 31/12/2012

10:00 to 17:00

Display - The Lamp House

The Lamp House - the place where lamps were stored and tested before being used by miners underground - continues our display on the coal mining industry. 

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 

20/10/2012 to 17/03/2013

10:00 to 17:00 

Moon

It is 40 years since the last person set foot on the Moon. We are celebrating this with a look at the influence of the Moon on our culture. 

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 

08/12/2012 to 24/02/2013

10:00 to 17:00 

Dads Saturday

Dads and their children can come along and spend quality time together. 

The Crescent Children’s Centre 

03/03/2012 to 01/12/2012

10:00 to 12:00

Weekly Ballroom and Sequence Dancing

Social ballroom and sequence dancing every week. Features a different artist each week. 

Kings Hall 

12/01/2012 to 13/12/2012

20:00 to 23:00

Monthly Car Boot Sale

Come and sell your wares at our monthly car boot sale. 

Whitfield Valley and Centre 

14/01/2012 to 08/12/2012

09:00 to 12:00

Queens Park Partnership Public Open Meetings

Public Open Meetings are open to all people interested in the development and improvement of Queens Park, Longton. 

Longton Elim Church 

05/01/2012 to 06/12/2012

19:30 to 20:30

Burslem Park Health Walk

Meet park staff and volunteer walk leaders at the Park Lodge (off Moorland Road) for a friendly 45-minute walk around Burslem Park and the surrounding streets and greenways. 

Burslem Park 

13/01/2012 to 14/12/2012

14:00 to 15:30

Get Hands On with the Burslem Park Volunteers

Join our friendly team of Friday volunteers, get your hands dirty, make a difference to the park, and have great fun doing it! 

Burslem Park 

13/01/2012 to 14/12/2012

10:00 to 12:30

Burslem Park Restoration Walk

Join Mike Watson of the Burslem Park Partnership for an hour-long tour of historic Burslem Park. 

Burslem Park 

09/01/2012 to 17/12/2012

13:00 to 14:00

Friends of Bethesda Meeting

Join the Friends of Bethesda every month to learn more about the restoration of the Chapel. 

Stoke Town Hall  

26/07/2012 to 27/12/2012

18:30

Burslem Park Knitting Group

Join Pat, Carrina and the Burslem Park volunteers for a natter over knitting and a welcome cuppa. Just bring your needles! 

Burslem Park 

12/09/2012 to 20/12/2012

11:00 to 13:00 

Fortnightly Knitting and Crochet Group

Come along and join our free knitting and crochet group, have a chat and make new friends. 

City Central Library 

27/01/2012 to 28/12/2012

14:00 to 16:00

Over 60's Coffee Morning

Calling all Shelton residents over 60... come along and meet other local residents and enjoy a hot drink, toast and a chat. 

Rectory Road Community Centre 

02/08/2012 to 03/08/2013

10:00 to 11:30

All Woman Choir Stoke-on-Trent

Now 250 voices strong! Come and join us... 

Sutherland Primary School 

03/09/2012 to 07/01/2013

19:15 to 21:15 

Acting and Drama Classes

The Smashh Theatre Company is offering workshops and classes for 14-19 year olds who would like to develop their skills in acting, devising and improvisation.  

Mitchell Arts Centre 

24/09/2012 to 25/03/2013

18:00 to 19:30 

Saturday Multi-Sports

Free-of-charge sports sessions for young people aged 11+. 

Burslem Park 

06/10/2012 to 15/12/2012

14:00 to 16:00 

Saturday Soccer School

The Hardman Football Development Centre provides a Saturday Soccer School each week this is run by coaches and open to children aged 4-13 years, of all abilities. 

Hardman Football Development Centre 

20/10/2012 to 16/12/2012

10:00 to 12:00 

Us Girls Guerrilla Training

Guerrilla Training is a female only high intensity circuit class that is an hour long for women aged 16 and over. 

Impact Boxing Gym 

24/09/2012 to 30/12/2012

17:00 

Kids Car Boot

A family-friendly, indoor car boot sale of children's clothes and toys. 

Dimensions Leisure Centre 

11/11/2012 to 14/04/2013

09:00 to 12:00 

Baby Jabadao

Birth to walking. Jabadao is a parent and child interaction session, which promotes movement and sensory play and encourages the development of the brain and body through play.  

The Grange Children’s Centre 

16/11/2012 to 26/04/2013

09:30 to 11:00 

Sporting Chances

Free multi-sports activities for children aged 8+ including Dodgeball, Basketball, Football, Kwik Cricket and rounders. 

Longton Park (Queens Park) 

29/09/2012 to 30/03/2013

13:00 to 16:00 

Pole Fitness

Try something new... Lose weight, tone your body, look and feel better in just four weeks. Over 18s only. 

Fahrenheit Dance Studios  

18/11/2012 to 16/12/2012

16:00 to 18:00 

 

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Plus…

‘A Christmas Song’ - An evening with Wendy Cope

Friday 7 December, 7.30pm

City Central Library

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries will be welcoming award-winning contemporary English poet Wendy Cope next month when she hosts a special evening at the City Central Library. In an ambience akin to a cosy fireside reading, Wendy’s wry, ironic and sharp poetry will charm and amuse. 'A Christmas Song' will explore her poetry based around the festive season. Tickets cost £4.50 and are available to purchase now from City Central Library or by calling 01782 238455.

 

City Music Service’s Christmas Swingalong

Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 December

Victoria Hall

Tickets are now on sale for a series of Christmas concerts which will showcase some of the best young musicians in Stoke-on-Trent.

Hundreds of young people will take to the stage over the three nights including from the City Songbirds. the City Youth Training Choir

and City Youth Choir, The City Young String Orchestra  and the City Youth Wind Orchestra. The Staff Rock Band will also be performing.

Tickets cost £6.50 for adults, £5 for children and £18 for a family ticket for two adults and two children. They are available from the Regent

Theatre’s box office, or by calling 08448 717649.

 

Save the date… Stoke Your Fires

1 to 5 March 2013

The 2013 Stoke Your Fires Film Festival will be returning to the city next year. Planning is already well underway for the full festival programme and organisers will be releasing more details about film screenings, activities and workshops in the near future. The festival award programme is now open for submissions. This year, there are seven categories across the world of film and animation.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 3 December 2012. For more information, go to stokeyourfires.co.uk.

 

Date for the diary… British Ceramics Biennial

28 September to 10 November 2013

We are delighted to announce that the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is back for a third time next autumn. The BCB showcases excellence and the best of contemporary practice by makers and artists across the UK, building significant partnerships with other major festivals and centres for ceramic research. For more, go to britishceramicsbiennial.com.

 

 

Also…

Events and activities at children's centres

For information of events and activities at your local children's centre, click here.

 

StreetGames sessions throughout the city

StreetGames delivers free sports multi-sports coaching to young people aged 8-18 in Stoke-on-Trent. Football, basketball, dodgeball, cricket and other activities - all delivered by professional sports coaches in a fun, friendly and safe environment. There are StreetGames sessions running at various locations across the city. Click here to find a session near you or search for ‘StreetGames’ at stoke.gov.uk/events. For more information on StreetGames, visit streetgames.org and you can follow StreetGames Stoke-on-Trent on Facebook by clicking here.

 

Enrol now for new term of adult learning courses

A new programme of Adult and Community Learning courses has started. New courses for 2012-13 include Acupressure,

Getting Started with Twitter, Reiki for Personal Wellbeing, Sociology for Beginners and Yoga, plus much more. The courses can help

you gain new skills, knowledge and confidence - all in a fun friendly and informal way and in venues across the city. Click here for

full list of courses available. Call the team on 01782 234775, email adult.learning@stoke.gov.uk or follow us at

facebook.com/AdultLearningStoke.

 

Closer to Home walking events around the city

The Closer to Home Walking Network deliver a comprehensive walking programme that targets specific areas and population groups in Stoke-on-Trent. These short health walks are led by experienced volunteers, are completely free and take place every day around the city’s beautiful parks and greenways. Walks usually last between 30 and 45 minutes and are for all ages and abilities. They also have a programme of special events over the Easter holidays. For more information or to find out what walking events are taking place near you, visit closertohomewalks.org.uk.

 

Mitchell Arts Centre – Now Open

The Mitchell Arts Centre is one of the city’s most loved arts and theatre spaces. It has been completely refurbished, bringing it into the

21st century as a stunning creative space, offering a wide range of arts and cultural facilities to the community. To find out what’s on

and happening at the Mitchell Arts Centre, go to mitchellartscentre.co.uk.

 

WEA Courses and Events – enrol now for new term of health courses

The Worker's Educational Association (WEA) in Stoke-on-Trent offers a wide range of friendly, fun and affordable courses to get your mind and your body into shape. A new term of free 10-week health and fitness courses starts this month and are open for enrolment now - click here for details of heath courses available. Click here to download a copy of the Staffordshire and

Stoke-on-Trent Branch programme. Click here to download a copy of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Community Programme. For more information about the WEA in the city, call 01782 831911, email chest@wea.org.uk or go to westmidlands.wea.org.uk/weastoke.

 

NORSACA Events

The North Staffordshire African Caribbean Association holds a range of regular events, activities and workshops for the whole community, including concerts, exhibitions and cultural awareness sessions. They will be holding a series of events during Black History Month, which takes place in October 2012. For more information, call 01782 267888 or visit norsaca.co.uk.

 

Community Activities at Sandon Business, Enterprise and Arts College

Sandon Business, Enterprise and Arts College, in Meir, currently offers a wide range of out of hours activities for adults and juniors. These include Zumba, keep fit classes; badminton; football and adult learning. For a full programme of activities, please visit sandonbec.com and click on the Community tab or contact Ann Charnock on 01782 377111 / acharnock@sandonmail.com.

 

Charity events to raise money for the Dougie Mac

Click here to see a full list of fundraising events organised to raise money for the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

 

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