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 Sun 5 Dec 2021

Homemade and Vintage Pop up, Wren Cottage, Wester House Thirlby YO7 2DJ. Unique Christmas gifts, decorations and homeware. Come and browse and enjoy tea and delicious cakes with friends and family. Booking essential. 9am-2pm each day. Free entry but booking essential. tickets: via email email: jackiecree008@hotmail.co.uk

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 Sun 5 Dec 2021

Yorkshire Christmas Fair, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Full of independent traders and bespoke Christmas gifts. 10am-5pm. web: http://www.ukgrandsales.co.uk

Sun 5 Dec 2021

Classical Concert, St Oswald's Church, Sowerby. YO7 1JG. Featuring the amazing hornist Ben Percival performing Mozart's Horn Concerto in Eb major K495 accompanied by Thirsk Sinfonia Orchestra. Also on the programme: Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Op 46, Not. 1 & 3, and Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95, "From the New World". 3.30pm. £13.50 in advance / £16 at the door, children under 16 yrs free. tel: 07981 819766 tickets: White Rose Books and email email: thirsksinfonia@aol.com web: http://www.thirsksinfonia.co.uk

Sun 5 Dec 2021

Celebrate Christingle, St. Mary's Church, Kirkgate, Thirsk. Lets come together to celebrate Christingle. It is a great way for communities to get together this Christmas to catch up, make some special memories and have fun. 3pm. tel: 01845 597127 email: thirskparishes@gmail.com

Sun 5 Dec 2021

Anything Goes, the musical, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. A ‘fizzing tonic for our times’ (The Guardian). Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this production features an all-star cast led by Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot. A heart- warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s most memorable songs. 7.30pm. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or box-office email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 5 Dec 2021

Farmers' Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. You'll find a fantastic selection of food and drink producers. They sell a wide range of goodies including freshly baked bread, gourmet pies, scotch eggs, cheeses, Indian meals, shortbread, cookies, luxury cheesecakes, raw Yorkshire honey, fruit-packed preserves and chutneys, authentic Korean stir fries, pickles, curry sauces and even homemade doggie treats. Thirsk's information centre will be open too. 9am-2pm.

Mon 6 Dec 2021

Ripon Concerts, Holy Trinity Church, Ripon HG4 2EY. Cathedral Concert Society - classics with a Latin flavour. 7.30pm. tickets: 01904801804 web: http://www.riponconcerts.co.uk

Tue 7 Dec 2021

Creative Journaling in Advent, Online Zoom from Holy Rood House. An on-line retreat with Helen Warwick. As we go through challenging times we will be offering creative space to help us reflect on what is emerging for us. Suitable for anyone wanting to explore journaling whether experienced or a beginner. Crayons or felt tips, a pen & paper will be all that is needed for exercises that will be enjoyable, useful & revealing our wisdom. 10am - 11.30am, repeated at 6pm - 7.30pm. Suggested donation £15. tickets: To apply please email.

Tue 7 Dec 2021

Firefighters Carol Concert, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Start the festive season early and come join the successful Lockwood Brass Band in performing all your favourite Christmas carols. Appealing to all ages this event is guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit as well as helping raise funds to support injured fire fighters and their families. Doors open 6.30pm, concert 7.30pm. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Tue 7 Dec 2021

Touring the North in 1768, Zoom online. Bedale Archaeology & History Society. James Stubbs, a member of our Society and of Northallerton Local History Society, will be giving a Zoom talk on Touring the North of England in 1768 – the observations of Arthur Young, agriculturalist. 7.30pm. tickets: Please email for the link email: BAHSoc@outlook.com

Wed 8 Dec 2021

Skeldale Celebration, Skeldale Veterinary Centre, Thirsk Industrial Park, YO7 3BT. Skeldale Veterinary Centre has been Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Small Animal Hospital and Emergency Service Clinic. You are invited to join them to raise a glass, meet the team, tour the hospital and enjoy some festive treats. As numbers are limited please call the practice to secure your place. 8pm. tel: 01845 522297 tickets: telephone to secure a place email: thirsk@medivet.co.uk

Wed 8 Dec 2021

Coffee Morning, Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate YO7 1QS. Thirsk Yarnbombers Christmas Coffee Morning. All welcome. Thank you for all your support. 10.00am-12noon.

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 Thu 9 Dec 2021

Art, craft and digital, 6-16, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Only Thu. Perfect for any young creative 6-16 years old. A safe, supportive and inspiring environment, with emphasis on fun & experimentation. 4pm–5.15pm. £90 (12 sessions at £7.50 each). tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

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 Thu 9 Dec 2021

Dune (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. 7.30pm. £6, £5 (14 and under, over 60, & Monday Evening). tickets: On the door web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 9 Dec 2021

An Evening with Shaun Ryder, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. As the frontman of The Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder is a fundamental cog in the Madchester phenomenon that spread across the globe. Creating mind-blowing anthems with an abundance of energy, his music has managed to transcend guitar and house music. 8pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 10 Dec 2021

Event imageElvis impersonator JD King, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. The world’s leading Elvis impersonator & tribute artist JD King. This is a musical journey through all eras of the King’s incredible career. Features Elvis’ greatest, most-memorable songs from ground-breaking 1950's Rock ‘n’ Roll to the dramatic Las Vegas big-band ballads of the 1970's. 7.30pm. £18/£16. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Box office or online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

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 Sat 11 Dec 2021

art, craft & digital, 6-16, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Only Thu Sat. Perfect for any young creative!. 10am-11.15am (ages 6-10), 11.30am-12.45pm (ages 11-16). £90 (12 sessions at £7.50 each). tel: 01845 526536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

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 Sat 11 Dec 2021

Dick Whittington, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Rd. York.YO318TA. Rowntree Players Pantomime. £15 - £17. tel: 01904 501935 tickets: email Box Office. email: boxoffice@jrtheatre.co.uk

Sat 11 Dec 2021

A Christmas Bazaar, Cold Kirby Village Hall. Art, Craft & wonderful produce all locally produced. Christmas gifts, produce & cards & decorations to fill your stockings & spread Christmas Cheer. Come & browse for free. Mince pies & warming drinks available. Dogs & muddy boots welcome. A warm welcome awaits. 10am - 4pm.

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Easingwold Artisan Market, Easingwold Market Place YO61 3AA. 9am-2pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Winter Market, Family Life Centre, Finkle St, Thirsk YO7 1DA. Winter market featuring local handpicked gifts, home and food stalls. 9am-4pm. tel: 01845 868188 tickets: Email to book a stall get more information email: admin@flcthirsk.co.uk web: http://flcthirsk.co.uk

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Event imageHandel - Messiah, Ripon Cathedral, HG4 1QS. Ripon Choral Society. 7:30 pm. £23 reserved; £20 unreserved. tel: 07986 861332 tickets: Cathedral shop or phone web: https://riponchoralsociety.org.uk

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Ripon Choral Society, Ripon Cathedral, HG4 1QS. A Christmas and choral favourite. 7.30pm. tel: 07986 861332 web: http://www.riponchoralsociety.org.uk

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Handel - Messiah, Royal Hall, Harrogate, HG4 1QS. Harrogate Choral Society,. 7pm. £25. tel: 01423 502116 tickets: Book online or phone web: http://www.harrogatechoral.org.uk

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Performances: Scratch Night, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Be the first to see snippets of new shows from four great emerging theatre companies! Includes musical, theatre, puppetry and dance! 16+. 7.30pm. Pay What You Like. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: shop, online, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Floral Christmas Decoration making, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Create an everlasting floral Christmas decoration that can be brought out each year. Also two fresh festive flower arrangements to display in your home. 10am. 3pm. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: £45 + £20 materials email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 11 Dec 2021

Christmas Activities, Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, ChapelStreet. Making Christmas Crackers. Come & make your own crackers to take home. All materials provided. 10am-11.30am. £2 per child. tel: 01609 534589 tickets: 01609534589 email: library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk

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 Sun 12 Dec 2021

A Retro Christmas, Kiplin Hall & Gardens, Richmond. DL10 6AT. Set to the backdrop of traditional Victorian grandeur, memories of the 1970s will come to life with clashing vibrance. Foil decorations, macrame baubles and best-selling toys from the era will decorate the Hall’s festive displays. Fashions of the day will strut on the Long Gallery catwalk, while the tea room menu serves up nostalgic flavours from yesteryear. Families can explore the grounds seeking out clues on the disco ball trail. Step back to the decade that made modern life. Join us as we go kitsch at Kiplin this Christmas!. 10am-5pm. Standard admission. tel: 01748 818178 tickets: On the gate or book online web: https://kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 12 Dec 2021

Artisan Market, Applegarth Car Park, Northallerton. Producers selling a wide range of goodies. They include freshly baked bread, gourmet pies, scotch eggs, cheeses, Indian meals, shortbread, cookies, luxury cheesecakes, raw Yorkshire honey, fruit-packed preserves and chutneys, authentic Korean stir fries, pickles, curry sauces and even homemade doggie treats. 9am-2pm.

Mon 13 Dec 2021

Carlton Miniott Christmas Carols, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk YO7 4NJ. Around the tree with Thirsk RBL Band. 7pm.

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Illustrated Lecture on George Russell, The Lounge, The Galtres Centre, Easingwold, YO61 3AE. Easingwold Ladies Club. Lecture by Miss A E Cole of Stillington, 'George Russell - Father of the Russell Lupin'. 7.30pm. Guests £3. tel: 01347 868738 tickets: Phone

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Domino Drive, Thirsk Athletic Bowls Club, Newsham Road, Thirsk, YO7 1QP. Xmas Special Domino Drive. Including Festive Fayre, Prizes and Raffle. 7.30pm. £2 All Welcome.

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Sowerby Christmas Carols, War Memorial, Front St, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Around the tree with Thirsk RBL Band. 7pm.

Wed 15 Dec 2021

Decorative wreath making, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Make a decorative wreath this festive season. Choose from a range of locally sourced foliage, and a selection of ribbons, pine cones and dried fruit for your wreath. 10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm. £25. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Wed 15 Dec 2021

Charity Gospel Carols by Candlelight, Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Rd YO7 4DB. A charity evening of christmas carols sung by a gospel choir, in aid of Herriot Hospice Homecare. Welcome drink & mince pie included. Spaces Limited. tickets: Book online web: https://thirsklodgebarns.com

Fri 10 Dec 2021 to
 Thu 16 Dec 2021

Spencer (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles. 7.30pm. £6, £5 (14 and under, over 60, & Monday Evening). tickets: On the door web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Fri 17 Dec 2021

Sing Carols With Us, Northallerton Methodist Church. Featuring the Choir, Music Group and the 1st Northallerton Girls Brigade. Collection for Action for Children, charity 1097940. 7pm. tickets: FREE from N'ton Mth. Church, Coffee Pot, Wed/Sat or phone 01609 776590

Fri 17 Dec 2021

A Christmas Carol 2021 (PG), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. A Victorian family prepares a paper theatre for a performance of A Christmas Carol. The audience enters the imagination of one of the children and quickly, the cardboard stage transforms to reveal a magical world containing real dancers and stylised sets. 7.30pm. £6/£5. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 17 Dec 2021

Katey Brooks at The Forum, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Katey Brooks is a rebellious artist that resists formula. A devastating songwriting talent this ‘rising singer-songwriter had the crowd eating out of her hands’ (The Independent) and is simply ‘not to be missed’ (Time Out). The ‘powerful’ (Evening Standard) songstress defies easy classification, with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. 7.30pm. £15/£12. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 17 Dec 2021

Event imagePoetry with Olivia Mulligan, Thirsk Hall, Kirkgate YO7 1PL. Join us at Thirsk Hall on the 17th of December for an evening of poetry with BBC Radio York's Poet Laurate, Olivia Mulliagn. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Lambert Hospital and Herriot Hospice. Only a limited number of tickets are available. Ticket price includes a welcome drink. There will also be pizza and a bar available on the night. 6.30-9.30pm. £10. tickets: Book online web: https://www.thirskhall.com/tickets/p/an-evening-of-poetry

Sat 18 Dec 2021

Christmas Concert, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Northallerton Male Voice Choir with guests The Easington Colliery Band. 3pm and 7.30pm. £10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: The Forum Box Office email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 18 Dec 2021

Carol Singing, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. There will be Carol Singing to raise funds for Christian Aid. Everyone is welcome to join in, or simply come to listen. 11.00-12.00. This is a charity event and therefore donations would be appreciated.

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 Sun 19 Dec 2021

Mulled Wine Twilight Afternoons, Ryedale Vineyards, Farfield Farm, Westow YO60 7LS. Every Sunday from 21st November until Christmas, 12pm until 5pm a twilight fairy-lit setting for mulled wine, hot spiced cider or delicious hot chocolate with a wander through the vineyard. Join us at our horsebox bar for festive mincepies. 12pm until 5pm Sundays. tel: 01653 658035 email: ryedalevineyards@gmail.com web: http://www.ryedalevineyards.co.uk

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 Sun 19 Dec 2021

Santa at the Garden Centre, Thirsk Garden Centre, Blakey Lane, Thirsk YO7 3AB. Only Sat & Sun. Santa will be in his Grotto every Saturday and Sunday in December. Bring your Christmas wish list for Santa, meet his singing Reindeer and have your picture taken in his sleigh. Once again, we will be working with Thirsk Rotary club and all the proceeds will be donated to them. 10am - 4pm. £5 per child, purchased on the day.

Sun 19 Dec 2021

Bedale Christmas Santa Fun Run, Bedale Hall and Park DL8 1AA. 5k & 1 mile. A 3 lap route (1 lap for the Santa fun run) taking in the fabulous Bedale Park & the woodland trail of Keepers Walk. All the little legs will get a Xmas hat to run in and a medal at the end. Enter now to guarantee your place. 9am. 5K race £7, 1 mile fun run £3 (£2 more on the day). tickets: Enter online web: https://racebest.com/races/utx29

Sun 19 Dec 2021

Christmas Funday Sunday, Family Life Church, Finkle Street, Thirsk, YO7 1DA. Christmas Fun - Crafts - Drama - Songs. 10.30am - 4.00pm. tel: 07379102266 tickets: Please book in via Evenbrite: flcthirsk.evenbrite.co.uk email: admin@flcthirsk.co.uk

Sun 19 Dec 2021

Sutton Christmas Carols, Village Hall, Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, Thirsk YO7 2PS. Around the tree with Thirsk RBL Band. 4pm.

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 Mon 20 Dec 2021

War Hammer War Club, Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, ChapelStreet. Only Mon. Starting weekly after school on Mondays is the new War Hammer War Club for children age 8 to 13. The workshop is led by local artist Chris Geeson & will include other battles & models linked to films/books, such as Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who & Star Wars. 3.45 - 4.45pm. £1.50 per child includes drink & snack. tel: 01609 534589 tickets: To book your place email or phone. email: library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk

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 Tue 21 Dec 2021

A weekly after school club, Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, ChapelStreet. Only Tue. If you love playing & creating lego models join us to have fun with a different theme each week. Starting at Thirsk Community Library on Tuesdays. 3.45 - 4.45. £1.50 per child includes drink & snack. tel: 01609 534589 tickets: email or phone to book. email: library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk

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 Thu 23 Dec 2021

St Nicholas Fair, Parliament Street, York YO1 8RU. This year the hugely popular Fair returns to York. The charming alpine chalets once again line the streets with local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats. 10am-6pm (Fri & Sat 8pm). tel: 01904 555670 email: info@visityork.org

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 Thu 23 Dec 2021

Christmas Reading Challenge 2021, Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, ChapelStreet. Children from 0 - 11years old are invited to join the free challenge to read 4 library books before 23rd December. As part of the challenge the children will receive the 'Twelve Books of Christmas Trail' to complete around Thirsk's shops, a library pencil & a certificate. You can sign up from Saturday 20th November. tel: 01609 534589 tickets: 01609534589 email: library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk

Fri 17 Dec 2021 to
 Thu 23 Dec 2021

Christmas Market, Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Rd YO7 4DB. Christmas Market (with a preview evening on 17th December 6pm-9pm). The place to grab those last minute Christmas treats. The stall holders include artists, jewellers, homeware, clothing, candles & smellies, sweet treats & more. We also have a fantastic handful of festive food stalls including raclette, waffles & bratwurst. tickets: Book Online web: https://thirsklodgebarns.com

Sat 18 Dec 2021 to
 Thu 23 Dec 2021

Father Christmas Experience, Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Rd YO7 4DB. Don't miss out on bringing your little ones to meet Father Christmas, his reindeer & even see a guinea pig nativity scene. It's a festive day out for all the family as whilst the kids feed the reindeer, the adults can enjoy a spot of last minute Christmas Shopping. Booking Essential as spaces are limited. tickets: Book Online web: https://thirsklodgebarns.com

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 Fri 24 Dec 2021

Santa in Knaresborough, Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD. Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical, memory-making Christmas experience. Tickets for Christmas at Mother Shipton’s can be purchased online only, selected dates through November and December. 09:30 - 15:30 (last admission 2pm). £31 group/family ticket (up to 5 people). tel: 01423 864600 tickets: Online only email: info@mothershipton.co.uk web: http://www.mothershipton.co.uk

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 Fri 31 Dec 2021

Artist of the Month exhibition, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Enjoy a hot drink or soup from our cafe and see our exhibition of the work of Shiela, our artist of the month. Working mainly in acrylics, Sheila's work features bold colours and a twist of fun. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm. n/a. tel: 01845 526 536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

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 Sun 2 Jan 2022

Event imageA new spectacular family Panto, Theatre Royal, St Leonards's Place, York YO1 7HD. we’re having a ball and everyone’s invited. In this timeless rags to riches story, relocated to our very own city of York, expect magical transformations, sparkling sets, stunning costumes, catchy songs and heaps of hilarity. Matinées & evening. £15 to £42. tel: 01904 623568 tickets: Book online email: boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk web: https://yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

What’s on later

Tue 21 Dec 2021

Puppet or shoebox theatre making, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Create your very own min character puppets or shoebox theatre in our Christmas workshops inspired by the traditional British pantomime. Suitable for ages 5+. 10.30am-12pm or 1.30-3pm. £4.40. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: www.ruralarts.org

Tue 21 Dec 2021

Christmas carols, songs & words, Sowerby Methodist Church. Mowbray Singers reinstated annual carol service. 7.30pm. Retiring collection for the Methodist circuit charity.

Thu 23 Dec 2021

Traditional Pantomime, Thirsk Town Hall, YO7 1QR. Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime! Book your tickets and join the Fe-Fi-Fo-FUN!. 7pm. £6 - £8. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: www.ruralarts.org

Sat 25 Dec 2021

Christmas Dinner, Family Life Church, Finkle Street, Thirsk, YO7 1DA. You are invited to join us for Christmas Dinner, to be served at 12.30pm. There will be activities for all ages. 12 noon -4.00pm. tel: 01845 868188 tickets: Please call to book a place. Transport is available if booked in advance email: admin@flcthirsk.co.uk

Wed 29 Dec 2021

Alice in Wonderland, Sutton Village Hall, YO7 2PS. Northumberland Theatre Company present Alice in Wonderland, story by Ben Storey and directed by Louis Roberts. Book early for this very popular event. 7.30pm. Adult £10.50, under 16 £5.50, Family (2+3) £30.50. tickets: Phone 01845 597329 web: http://suttonunderwhitestonecliffevillagehall.co.uk

Fri 31 Dec 2021

NYE Charity Do for YAA, The Angel at Topcliffe | Long Street | Topcliffe | YO7 3RW. Promising a night to remember! 70's - 90's Disco and Buffet. This is a Ticket Ony Event - Donation of ticket sales go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 8.00pm - Late. £20. tel: 01845 578000 tickets: The Angel at Topcliffe email: info@theangelattopcliffe.co.uk web: https://theangelattopcliffe.co.uk/christmas-new-year/

Sat 1 Jan 2022 to
 Mon 31 Jan 2022

January Print Sale, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Browse a varied collection of print styles by local artists at our shop and cafe in The Courthouse and find a bargain!. 10am-4pm. Free!. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: None email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Sat 8 Jan 2022

Experimenting with Poetry, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Gain confidence in your skills and inspire your inner writer by taking part in our poetry workshop led by BBC Radio York's Poet Laureate. 10am-12pm. £25. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Sat 15 Jan 2022

Five Loose Chippings, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Previous audiences have described them as “amazingly entertaining” and “foot-tappingly sensational”. Having performed regularly at The Courthouse, Five Loose Chippings will provide what is sure to be a fantastic night of entertainment!. 7.30pm. £6-£8. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Sat 15 Jan 2022

Sort your technical glitches, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Learn new skills or get your device set up and running with friendly iPad expert, Claire Ford. Feel free to book more than one slot if you have a lot to cover!. 1pm-4pm. £15 per 30 mins. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: www.ruralarts.org

Sun 16 Jan 2022 to
 Sat 22 Jan 2022

Cinderella - the greatest panto, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Northallerton Amateur Variety Company present Cinderella. Book early to avoid disappointment! - tickets on sale now. 14.15 and 19.15. £11 and £9. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book Online or at The Forum booking office. web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Wed 19 Jan 2022

Cityscape Collage, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. In this taste of workshop you will create a collage combining an assortment of materials, mediums and techniques. To create your own cityscape through the medium of collage. 10.30am - 12.30pm. £12. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Sat 22 Jan 2022

Four Sharings, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. See an exciting mix of brand new performances commissioned by Rural Arts. Support their development with feedback before the shows hit the road! The performances include theatre, music and dance from four performers: ANTS Theatre: We Still Fax. Maddie Morris. Beeja Dance: Diwali. Leo and Hyde: Pop Art. 7.30pm. £0 - £10. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Wed 26 Jan 2022

Ceramic Houses, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Inspired by 2020's Great Pottery Throwdown, create your very own ceramic house, recreating a building that has special meaning to you. 10am-3pm. £55. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Thu 27 Jan 2022 to
 Sun 30 Jan 2022

Ballet at the Hippodrome, Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate DL1 1RR. Thursday 27th - 'Snow Maiden'. 7.30pm Friday 28th - 'Romeo & Juliet' 7.20pm Saturday 29th - 'The Nutcracker' 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sunday 30th - 'Swan Lake' 2.30pm. tel: 01325 405405 tickets: 01325405405 web: http://darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

Fri 28 Jan 2022

Megaslam Wrestling, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Get your foam fingers at the ready as, following on from a sold out event in 2020, the stars of Europe's family wrestling show 'Megaslam' are coming back with their brand new 2022 show 'Live & Loaded'. 19.00. £45/£10. Family of 4 £46. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Wed 2 Feb 2022

Slip Decorated Ceramics, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. In this taste of workshop. Design and make colourful ceramic bowl, platter or pot using a range of hand building techniques. Learn decorating techniques such as masking and monoprint using our colourful slips. Draw inspiration from a range of ceramic artists. 10.30am - 12.30pm. £18. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Sat 5 Feb 2022

Poetry Evening with Olivia Mulligan, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. An evening of poetry and spoken word with BBC Radio York’s Poet Laureate Olivia Mulligan. Olivia will be performing excerpts from her latest book: Advice From A Stranger. Expect poems to make you laugh, pause and ponder…. 7.30pm. £8-£10. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Wed 9 Feb 2022

Drawing Parisian Streets, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of Paris during this Taste of Art session. You will learn about perspective to recreate your street scene and develop mark-making techniques to create different textures within your drawing. Use photographs from our lovely collection of drawing resources to help design your piece. 10.30am - 12.30pm. £12. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Fri 11 Feb 2022

Copper Wire Hare, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Learn how to manipulate copper wire to create a stunning hare sculpture for your home or garden. 10am-12.30pm / 1.30-3.30pm. £37. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Tue 15 Feb 2022 to
 Wed 16 Feb 2022

Green men and Gargoyles, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. In this popular workshop you will learn a range of hand-building techniques to sculpt your own green man or gargoyle to display outdoors. 10am-3pm. £45. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Thu 17 Feb 2022

Absolute Beginners Bridge Classes, Thornton le Beans Village Hall. Bridge Classes for absolute beginners taught by an English Bridge Union Qualified teacher. A free taster session. Complimentary coffee. 2pm - 4pm. tel: Contact 01845 523136

Sat 19 Feb 2022

'Phoney Fools & Horses, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Based on the TV show everybody loves comes a brilliant homage, bursting with renditions of your best-loved moments & characters. (Suitable for age 12+). 19.30. £19.50 Concessions £17.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: 01609776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Tue 22 Feb 2022

Colourful Collage Elephants, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. You will learn how to create templates to build different layers of collage and take inspiration from a range of resources. You will finish your piece with our colourful pastels and pens to add extra patterns to your artwork. 10.30am - 12.00pm. £4.50. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Wed 23 Feb 2022 to
 Fri 5 Aug 2022

Ceramic Circus Tents, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. You will learn how to make pinch pots and mould them into shape, as well as how to attach clay together using slip. You will finish your piece with our colourful underglaze paints and leave it with us to be bisque and glaze fired, ready for collection. 10.30am - 12.00pm. £6.50. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Thu 24 Feb 2022 to
 Fri 5 Aug 2022

Circus Paintbrush Puppets, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. You will learn how to add buttons, wires and other recycled materials to add detail to your puppet. You will also use colourful paints to decorate your creation. You will take inspiration from a range of printed resources and real life examples. 10.30am - 12.00pm. £4.50. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Fri 25 Feb 2022 to
 Sat 26 Feb 2022

Print Sprint 2022, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Join us at our popular printmaking event, to discover a range of exciting printing techniques under the guidance of our Prints Collective. Get the chance to watch live demonstrations and create a multitude of your own original prints to take home with you at the end of the day. 10am-4pm. £12.50 - £35.00. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Shop, Online or by Phone email: Admin@ruralarts.org web: www.Ruralarts.org

Thu 3 Mar 2022

Andy Zaltzman, Satirist (15), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Andy Zaltzman, chair of The News Quiz (Radio 4), host of the global hit satirical podcast The Bugle, and Test Match Special statistician, returns with his unparalleled interactive stand-up show. Please submit an advance satirical commission on any topic in our increasingly ridiculous universe, to satirisethis@satiristforhire.com. Include the date of the show you will be attending. 8pm. £15. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book Online or at The Forum booking office. web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 5 Mar 2022

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. The Work of the Devil (Comedy). 8pm. £15. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Tue 22 Mar 2022

Cerebral LOLsy, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Following the success of his huge sell out 2019 UK tour, Lost Voice Guy is heading back out on the road to put a smile. 8pm. £16/£14. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 26 Mar 2022

Bon Jovi Tribute Show, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. The only Bon Jovi tribute show you need to see! A high energy electric packed show guaranteed to get your hands in the air, Bon Jovi Forever have been reviving the heyday of the 1980/90's. 7.30pm. £20. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Free parking

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Hambleton District Council is making car parking free for four weeks. Parking in every district council car park will be free from Wed 1 Dec to Tue 4 Jan - in Northallerton, Thirsk, Stokesley, Bedale, Great Ayton and Easingwold.

It is hoped the move will encourage people to shop in the district’s market towns in the build-up to Christmas and support local businesses as they emerge from the pandemic.

The time limits in place in dedicated ‘short stay only’ car parks still apply.

Note that the district council no longer manages Crosby Road car park in Northallerton, so this does not offer free parking.

CLOSED: Monk Park Farm

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of our Christmas Experience, due to the risk of Avian Influenza (bird flu) in the UK.

Thirsk area has been identified as the epicentre of the virus and we have been working closely with Defra and local animal experts to monitor the situation daily.  Given the extremely high risk to our own animals and the risk of transfer to other farms we have had no choice but to cancel  our Christmas plans.

Our Christmas Experience was due to take place from Saturday 4th December until 23rd December. Everyone who has booked tickets will be fully refunded. Our team will be issuing refunds but it may take up to ten days to process so please do bear with us.

On the plus side we now have a lot more time to make  the events for 2022 at Monk Park Farm even more spectacular!

Christmas posting dates

Latest posting dates for Christmas

 

United Kingdom

UK 2nd Class: Sat 18 Dec

UK 1st Class: Tue 21 Dec

 

International Economy rate

Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey: Fri 26 Nov

Western Europe: Mon 29 Nov

Airmail to Operational HM Forces:

Mon 29 Nov

Airmail to Static HM Forces:

Mon 6 Dec

 

International Standard and International Tracking

Wed 1 Dec: Caribbean

Mon 6 Dec: Australia, Greece, Italy, Portugal and New Zealand

Wed 8 Dec: Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Far and Middle East

Fri 10 Dec: Cyprus, Malta and Sweden

Sat 11 Dec:Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Turkey

Mon 13 Dec: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland & USA

Thu 16 Dec: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Covid symptoms

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Research at Kings College, London, and Zoe shows there's more to Covid than the three classic symptoms, but many people remain unaware of all the symptoms we should be looking out for. This leaves people at risk of wrongly believing they have a cold, when in fact they could have Covid.
https://tinyurl.com/allsymptoms

 

It is important to check using a Lateral Flow Test. You can get a pack of seven from pharmacies or online from:
https://tinyurl.com/getlateralflow

 

In the same link above, official guidance has been toughened to prevent a surge in cases before Christmas, with a focus on more rapid tests and home working. Around 1 in 3 people with Covid do not have symptoms and shed the virus onto others in the vicinity.

People in England are now advised to take a lateral flow test if they expect to be in a high risk situation that day, such as spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces and where there is limited fresh air.

Covid vaccinations

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Covid-19 is no longer a dangerous disease in vaccinated people.

The “ongoing horror” of patients gasping for breath in hospital is now “largely restricted” to people who are unvaccinated, according to Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group.
https://tinyurl.com/oxfordscientist

 

Across the UK full vaccination is now three jabs for many people. If you are in one of the following groups you should get the booster to maintain protection:

 

– You're 40 or over

– You're 16 or over, with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid

– You're a front-line health or social care worker

– You're an adult living with an immuno-suppressed person

 

In England, you can pre-book your booster five months after your second dose. You will be offered an appointment six months after your second jab. Or, after six months, you can go to an NHS walk-in centre.
https://tinyurl.com/boosternov2021

New Covid cases

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Christmas present ideas

from Thirsk's information centre.

Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm.

Thirsk bells

Thirsk bookmarks

Thirsk china mugs

Thirsk keyrings

Thirsk lapel badges

Thirsk pendants

Thirsk pens

Thirsk spoons

Thirsk tea towels

Thirsk thimbles

Thirsk tote bags

Thirsk walking-stick badges

Books

Thirsk & Sowerby through Time

Thirsk & Sowerby Old Photos

Thirsk – Historic Town

Thirsk Puzzles