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Wed 7 Dec 2022

Wreath Making Day, Hambleton Grange Care Home YO7 1QH. Wreath Making Day. All materials provided, make and take on the day. Please call to book a time slot. Adults only please. 10am. £15. tel: 01845 573778 tickets: Please call to book email: elaine.snowden@idealcarehomes.co.uk

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 Thu 8 Dec 2022

Living (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. An English-language adaptation of the script of “Ikiru” (1952), set in London in the 1950s. Sunday evening subtitles. 7.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 8 Dec 2022

ROH: The Nutcracker (12A), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing. 7.15pm. £16, £10 child, £13 seniors. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 8 Dec 2022

Try Zentangle, Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, Chapel St. Thirsk YO7 1TH. Only Thu. Like to Doodle? Zentangle is simple, basic and anti-perfectionist. Who is it for? Everyone being able to hold a pencil. All materials provided. 2pm - 4pm. Free!.

Thu 8 Dec 2022 to
 Fri 9 Dec 2022

Step into Christmas, Northallerton Town Hall DL7 8QR. An evening of Christmas songs, readings, poems. 7.30pm. £10.50 includes glass of wine and mincepies. tickets: phone or email email: maureenwilloughby48@gmail.com web: http://northallertonmusicaltheatrecompany.org.uk

Fri 9 Dec 2022

Christmas Shopping Preview Night, Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Road, Thirsk, YO7 4DB. Christmas Shopping Preview Night in aid of Herriot Hospice at The Lambert.
Our bar will be open, so why not gather a group of friends, enjoy a drink or two & browse from over 30 local artisan stall holders.
There is also festive food available including raclette, wood fired pizzas & waffles. 6pm-9pm. £5 admission. tel: 01845 591158 email: enquiries@thirsklodgebarns.com web: www.thirsklodgebarns.com

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 Sat 10 Dec 2022

Event image Babes in the Wood, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Rd. York.YO31 8TA. Not Mon. Babes In The Wood, an original story combining two well-known tales. It combines the stories of Robin Hood and Babes In The Wood. The pantomime is fun for all the family with jokes for everyone. Afternoons & Evenings. £16-£18. tel: 01904 501935 tickets: online or phone web: https://www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk

Fri 9 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 10 Dec 2022

Totem Tipis Christmas Party Night, Carlton Lodge, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk. Totem Tipi would like to welcome you to join us for a spectacular Christmas party night. 3 of our beautiful tipis will be set up and decorated to create a stunning Christmas party venue. Join us for food, drinks & general Christmassy antics! Tables can be booked in multiples of 6 or 8. 19.00 - 00.00. £35 per person. tickets: email.

Sat 10 Dec 2022

Artisan Market, Easingwold. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-2pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Sat 10 Dec 2022

Event image Repair Cafe, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Chapel St. YO7 1TH. Get your broken item repaired. Learn how things are made. Meet and socialise over a cup of tea or coffee.
Be greener by avoiding waste and save money by letting a team of dedicated and talented volunteers try to repair your broken or “worn-out” items. Bring Clothes, Furniture, Small Appliances, Toys, Computers, Phones etc. 10am-2pm. Voluntary donation. email: thirskrepaircafe@gmail.com

Sat 10 Dec 2022

Event image Christmas Concert, Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QR. A Musical Celebration of Christmas with Thirsk RBL Band. Refreshments and Raffle available. 7.30pm. Free with a retiring collection. tickets: Just turn up

Sat 10 Dec 2022 to
 Sun 11 Dec 2022

Event image Santa at the NYMR, North York Moors Railway, Pickering or Grosmont. Join Santa and elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages and gift a soft toy present to the children onboard - providing they have managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year! The return journey lasts approx. 1 hour on board the Santa Express from Pickering or Grosmont. Adult or Child fare £30. tickets: Book online web: https://www.nymr.co.uk/Event/santa-specials

Sat 10 Dec 2022 to
 Sun 11 Dec 2022

Father Christmas Experience, Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Road, Thirsk, YO7 4DB. We are thrilled that Father Christmas has found time in his busy schedule to join us at Thirsk Lodge Barns again this year.
Like last year, we are also going to be joined by some of his reindeer & the famous guinea pig nativity scene will also be back.
Elves will escort families into the grotto where you will meet Father Christmas, have the opportunity to take a photo with him before he gives each child a gold key to exchange for a gift from the toy shop.
Spaces are limited so please book early. £20 per child. tel: 01845 591158 tickets: Booking essential email: enquiries@thirsklodgebarns.com web: www.thirsklodgebarns.com

Sun 11 Dec 2022

Event image Northallerton Christmas, High St, Northallerton DL7 8QR. Live entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, donkey rides, an artisan market, craft fair, street food and festive drinks. The Farmers Market will be in the Applegarth Car Park and the craft fair in the Lower Town Hall. The High Street will be closed to motorists. 11am-6pm. tel: 07921 078110

Sun 11 Dec 2022

Artisan Market, Northallerton. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Sun 11 Dec 2022

Christingle Service, St Oswalds, Front Street, Sowerby. Christingle is a fun celebration that helps us get ready for Christmas. For all the family. 4:00pm. web: www.stoswaldsowerby.org.uk

Mon 12 Dec 2022

Dalton Christmas Pantomime, Dalton Village Hall, Thirsk YO7 3BN. Dalton village's annual panto will be Cinderella.
Tickets are £9 for adults and £5 for children. The bar will be open. 6.30pm. £9 adult, £5 child. tel: 07841 036340 tickets: Phone

Mon 12 Dec 2022

Sowerby W.I, Sowerby Parochial Hall, Thirsk YO7 1LY. Christmas Party. 7.30pm. tel: 07523 094595 email: l.trzeciak@btinternet.com

Tue 13 Dec 2022

Creative Journaling in Advent, Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, 10 Sowerby Rd. Thirsk. YO7 1HX. Sessions led by Helen Warwick. 10am - 11.30am, repeated at 6pm - 7.30pm. tel: 01845522580 email: enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk

Tue 13 Dec 2022

Local history lecture, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Thirsk Road, Northallerton. ‘The medieval hunting parks of the Archbishops of York’, lecture researched and presented by John S. Lee. 1900. Non-members welcome: admission £3.00. Free entry for those in full-time education. tel: 07566770625 tickets: Pay at entrance only email: heritage1138@outlook.com web: http://www.northyorkshistory.co.uk/

Tue 13 Dec 2022

Thirsk & Carlton Miniott WI, Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk. T&CM Women's Institute are looking forward to a demonstration by a York chocolatier, to help us get into the spirit of Christmas! Refreshments and raffle (donated by the chocolate company). Visitors are welcome. 7.00pm - 9.30pm. £2 (includes raffle entry). tickets: Book in by email email: carminwi.pres@outlook.com

Tue 13 Dec 2022

Domino Drive, Xmas Special, Thirsk Athletics Club. Newsham Rd, Thirsk YO7 1QP. Thirsk Athletics Bowls Club is holding a Domino Drive with festive fayre and raffle. 7.30pm. £2 Including Festive Fayre.

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 Wed 14 Dec 2022

ESOL classes at Thirsk Library, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. Only Wed. Free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes are running every Wednesday 9:15am -11:15am at Thirsk Library. Come along and join in, email for more information or just turn up. 9.15am-11.15am. Free. email: charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk

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 Wed 14 Dec 2022

Reading and homework club, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. Come along to our free parent and child reading and homework club. Bring spellings, school reading books and homework and allow your child to explore learning in the library. Lots of activities available.
Run by a qualified teacher to help support your child. 15:30-16:30. Free. email: charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk

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 Wed 14 Dec 2022

Parent and baby reading club, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. Only Wed. Come along to our free Parent and baby reading club at Thirsk Library every Wednesday. Meet others and watch your baby explore the world of books in your local library. 2.45 - 3.15pm. Free. email: charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk

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 Wed 14 Dec 2022

Digital Skills at Thirsk Library, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. Free Digital Skills classes at Thirsk Library every Wednesday 1pm-2.30pm.
Looking at all digital devices including phones, laptops, tablets, computers and many more.
Email charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk for more information or just turn up. 13:00-14:30. Free. email: charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk

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 Wed 14 Dec 2022

Reading and creative writing, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. Free reading and creative writing club at Thirsk Library running every Wednesday 11.30am-12.30pm.
Email charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk for more information or just turn up. 11:30m-12:30pm. Free. email: charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk

Wed 14 Dec 2022

Orchid House Christmas market, Orchid House, Campion Square, Thirsk YO7 1GW. Christmas Market, with various stalls such as jams & chutneys, clothes, cards & crafts etc. There will be music and Santa visits for children. All are welcome. anyone who would like a stall to email orchidhousebookings@thirteengroup.co.uk. Free Entry and Free to hold a stall. 10am to 4pm. Free entry.

Wed 14 Dec 2022

U3A Northallerton Annual General Meeting, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Members of Northallerton U3A are invited to the AGM at The Forum. After the business meeting There will be demonstrations by Moonshine Ice Cream and free samples!. 10.15am. tel: 01609 780255 tickets: 07447 348777 email: northallertonu3aAGM@gmail.com web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Wed 14 Dec 2022

Party & former prison tour, Treadmills, Northallerton DL6 1AU. Treadmills Christmas Party. You will be taken on an historical step by step journey through the prison by Peter Cole and experience what life was like at Christmas time. You will also be treated to refreshments at Campus@Northallerton and then return to C4DI for carols by the outstanding Northallerton Male Voice Choir. 2-4pm. Collection for Prostate Cancer UK. tickets: Book online web: https://tinyurl.com/ChristmasAtTreadmills

Fri 9 Dec 2022 to
 Thu 15 Dec 2022

Matilda - The Musical (PG), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results. Sunday evening subtitles. 7.30pm. Matinées Sat, Sun & Wed 2.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. Matinées all tickets £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Sat 17 Dec 2022

Christmas Concert, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Northallerton Male Voice Choir with guests Easington Colliery Band present their Christmas Concert. Matinee 3pm Evening 7.30pm. £10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Forum Box Office web: http://www.theforumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 17 Dec 2022

Carols by the Clock, Thirsk Market Place. Raising money for Christian Aid. Everyone is welcome. 11am-noon.

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 Sun 18 Dec 2022

A Time Traveller's Christmas, Kiplin Hall & Gardens, Richmond. DL10 6AT. Explore Christmas Traditions past & present from around the world at Kiplin Hall this Christmas. Enjoy festive displays in the hall inspired by the lives of the owner families. Explore a modern American Thanksgiving dinner inspired by Kiplin's historic connection to Maryland. Be enchanted by the Italian legend of La Befana, an old lady who would sweep the hearth with her broom & leave gifts for good children. These & many more discoveries are waiting for you this festive season as we go back in time for Christmas at Kiplin. The tea Room will be serving warming soups & festive bakes. 10am - 4pm. £10 Adults, £5 Children. Family & Annual tickets available. tel: 01748818178 tickets: 01748818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk

Wed 14 Dec 2022 to
 Sun 18 Dec 2022

The Lost King (12A), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Only Wed Fri Sun. The life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country's most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England's history.
. Wed 7.30pm, Fri & Sun 2.30pm. £6, £5 child & concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 17 Dec 2022 to
 Sun 18 Dec 2022

Ripon Scenic Cruises, From Ripon Canal Basin. Fancy a festive trip on the Ripon Canal this Christmas? Tickets are now on sale for the winter warmer canal trips. Trips take 45 minutes. Price includes a homemade mince pie or chocolate brownie (gluten free & vegetarian options available) & mulled wine/fruit punch. For children hot chocolate with all the trimmings is on offer. At the canal basin there are local stalls to browse - a real festive treat. Various times throughout the day. £8.50. tickets: Tickets are on sale now from the Cathedral View Cafe, opposite Ripon Cathedral.

Sun 18 Dec 2022

Christmas Carol Service, Family Life Church, Finkle Street, Thirsk. YO7 1DA. Carol Service. All welcome. 10.30am.

Sun 18 Dec 2022

Event image Artisan Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Mon 19 Dec 2022

Christmas learning at the library, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. Come along to our free drop in event with lots of Christmas activities for children ages 0-11.
Christmas crafts, games, reading, drawing, colouring and lots more.
Email for more information or just turn up and join in!. 10:00-14:00. Free. email: charlottetaylor@darlington.ac.uk

Tue 20 Dec 2022

Mowbray Singers Carol Concert, Sowerby Methodist Church. An evening of Carols and lighthearted Christmas readings. 8pm. Free but retiring collection for this year's Methodist circuit charity. tel: 01609 776590

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 Wed 21 Dec 2022

Sing Carols With Us, Northallerton Methodist Church. Northallerton Methodist Church presents Sing Carols with Us on TUESDAY 20th December at 7.p.m. This is a free ticketed event and is available in advance from the Church Coffee Pot on Wed and Sat Mornings or by calling 01609 776590. A retiring collection will be for Action For Children. 7.00 p.m. Collection. tickets: In advance from Northallerton Methodist Church Coffee Pot on Wednesday and Saturday or 01609 776590 web: www.northallertonmethodistchurch

Wed 14 Dec 2022 to
 Thu 22 Dec 2022

Father Christmas Experience, Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Road, Thirsk, YO7 4DB. We are thrilled that Father Christmas has found time in his busy schedule to join us at Thirsk Lodge Barns again this year.
Like last year, we are also going to be joined by some of his reindeer & the famous guinea pig nativity scene will also be back.
Elves will escort families into the grotto where you will meet Father Christmas, have the opportunity to take a photo with him before he gives each child a gold key to exchange for a gift from the toy shop.
Spaces are limited so please book early. £20 per child. tel: 01845 591158 tickets: Booking essential email: enquiries@thirsklodgebarns.com web: www.thirsklodgebarns.com

Fri 16 Dec 2022 to
 Thu 22 Dec 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T’Challa. Sunday evening subtitles. 7.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

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 Fri 23 Dec 2022

Event image Christmas at Monk Park Farm, Monk Park Farm, Moor Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG. Father Christmas and his farm elves are bringing festive magic to Monk Park Farm. Activities available both indoors and out, including Santa’s grotto, storytelling with Father Christmas, festive crafts with Mrs Claus, reindeer food making, festive barrel ride, and refreshments in the Hungry Monk Café. 10am to 5pm. Tickets from £7.95, including a visit to Father Christmas and general farm admission. tickets: Book in advance on the website - www.monkparkfarm.co.uk/christmas

Sat 17 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 24 Dec 2022

Event image Santa at the NYMR, North York Moors Railway, Pickering or Grosmont. Join Santa and elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages and gift a soft toy present to the children onboard. The return journey lasts approx. 1 hour. Adult or Child fare £30. tickets: Book online web: https://www.nymr.co.uk/Event/santa-specials

Wed 21 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 24 Dec 2022

The Nice List, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Family festive fun is coming back to The Forum this Christmas, oh yes it is! Missed out on the family fun last year? Why not join Santa and his cheeky elves ‘Peas and Carrots’ live on stage in our fun-packed family pantomime as they prepare for a Christmas like no other. 11am, 1pm & 4pm. £10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 9 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 31 Dec 2022

Peter Pan, Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR. The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan will be a fun-filled Christmas extravaganza with a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and of course, plenty of audience participation. tel: 01325 405405 tickets: Book online or phone web: https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

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 Mon 2 Jan 2023

Event image Fairytale Christmas 'Into the Woods', Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. This Christmas, Castle Howard becomes a wonderland of happily ever afters, fair maidens and magic kingdoms as we bring you a Christmas experience like no other.
After the sell-out success of last year's 'Christmas in Narnia' experience, Charlotte Lloyd Webber Events and The Projection Studio are back and set to transform grand rooms into magical forests and faraway lands.
Expect to be enchanted by theatrical installations and projections that bring to life your favourite fairytales as the sounds of glass slippers on ballroom floors and horse-drawn pumpkins echo through the great halls via state-of-the-art soundscapes. From 10am. From £21.10 adult, £10.55 child. tel: 01653 648333 tickets: Book online web: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk

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 Mon 2 Jan 2023

Event image New Adventures of Peter Pan, York Theatre Royal YO1 7HD. A fun-packed swashbuckling family adventure with an extra sprinkling of fairy dust magic. Expect laughter, music and family fun galore. Starring CBeebies’ Maddie Moate as Tinkerbell. Maddie is a BAFTA award-winning television presenter of the BBC CBeebies series 'Do You Know?'. £15-£43. tel: 01904 623568 tickets: Book online, phone or at boxoffice email: boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk web: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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 Tue 3 Jan 2023

Christmas Trail, Sutton Bank & Danby Lodge National Park Centres. Merry Mouse's friends are excited about Christmas, but Santa's reindeer have come down with flu! It's Merry Mouse to the rescue as children help solve the mystery of whose present belongs to who. The trail will be running at both National Park Centres. £5.

Sat 10 Dec 2022 to
 Sun 8 Jan 2023

Event image Pantomime: Old Granny Goose, Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW. Berwick Kaler is back with another spectacular pantomime for Christmas 2022 and joining him will be the dastardly David Leonard, side-kick Martin Barrass, principal ‘girl’ Suzy Cooper and favourite funny man AJ Powell. Discover for yourself why Berwick and his team have become a true rock of family entertainment over many decades with their hilarious anarchic approach to pantomime. It's wonderfully madcap and is truly enjoyed by all ages. You may not remember the plot, but you will remember the laughs during the winter months. £16.80up. tel: 0333 009 6690 tickets: Book online or phone web: http://atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york

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 Sun 15 Jan 2023

Christmas Arts & Crafts, Inspired By Gallery, NYMoors National Park Centre, Danby Lodge. Countdown to Christmas, Brigantia's seasonal treasure trove of gifts by local crafters and artisans. 10.30am to 4pm daily 2 Nov-3 Jan and weekends only 4 Jan to 15 Jan. Closed 24 & 25 Dec. free.

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 Mon 23 Jan 2023

Yoga with Alex, Thirsk Town Hall (upstairs). Slow and Gentle Yoga classes
To improve or regain balance, strength, and mental wellbeing. Each pose will be done carefully and adapted to your comfort and ability, often using a chair. Tuesdays 1.45pm. £7.00 block price/ £8.50 drop in rate. tel: 07927 141616 email: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com web: https://www.yogawithalex.info

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 Mon 23 Jan 2023

Lunchtime Yoga, Thirsk Town Hall (upstairs). A mixed class suitable for all levels, including beginners. This is particularly suitable for those wanting a quick break from work. The relaxation at the end is lovely but optional if you need to get back to your desk quickly. Tuesdays 12.30. £7.00 block price/ £8.50 drop in rate. tel: 07927141616 email: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com web: https://www.yogawithalex.info

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 Wed 25 Jan 2023

Hatha Yoga, Thirsk Town Hall. Mixed yoga classes suitable for all levels, including complete beginners. I included lots of options and modifications tailored to your needs. The classes are carefully planned week by week to build strength, balance and flexibility of your body and mind. Monday 5.45 and 7.00pm Tuesday 12.30 and 6.00 pm Thursday 10.00 am and 7.00 pm and Friday 9.30 am. £7.00 block price/ £8.50 drop in rate. tel: 07927141616 email: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com web: https://www.yogawithalex.info

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 Thu 26 Jan 2023

A Warm Welcome, Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Only Thu. Join us on Thursdays for Warm Welcome. If you, or those you know, are in / near Thirsk and are worried about heating this winter, we are offering free warmth, refreshments & crafts on Thursday afternoons. You don’t need to book, and you can stay for as long (or short) as you want. You also don’t have to do something creative if you don’t want. Come read a book, have a chat – anything you like.
Suitable For: Everyone. Other Info:
- Please email admin@ruralarts.org or call 01845 526 536 with any eenquiries.
- There isn’t a tutor present to support with with any crafts you might undertake
- Feel free to bring your own crafts along. 2-4pm, closed Thu 29 Dec. Free. tel: 01845 526536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

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 Tue 31 Jan 2023

Welcome to your Warm Hub, Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, Chapel St. Thirsk YO7 1TH. Not Wed or Sun. Come to the Library for a warm up and more ... Hot drinks, Crafts, Jigsaws & Board Games, Books, Newspapers & e-magazines, Sodoku & Crosswords, Computers & IT help. Mon. Thurs. Fri. 10am - 5pm, Tues. 1.30am - 5pm, Sat. 9.30 - 3pm. Closed Wed. & Sun. tel: 01609 534589 email: library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk

What’s on later

Wed 21 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 24 Dec 2022

The Nice List, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Family festive fun is coming back to The Forum this Christmas, oh yes it is! Missed out on the family fun last year? Why not join Santa and his cheeky elves ‘Peas and Carrots’ live on stage in our fun-packed family pantomime as they prepare for a Christmas like no other. 11am, 1pm & 4pm. £10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 23 Dec 2022 to
 Fri 30 Dec 2022

Strange World (PG), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Not Mon Sat Sun. The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission. Stars (voice) : Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu. 7.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Sun 25 Dec 2022

Event image Christmas Dinner, Family Life Church, Finkle Street, Thirsk. You are invited to Christmas Dinner at the Family Life Church on Finkle Street. Lunch is served at 12.30pm. Transport is available if booked in advance. Activities for all ages. Noon - 4pm. tel: 01845 868188 / 07379 102266 tickets: Please call to book a place. email: admin@flcthirsk.co.uk

Wed 28 Dec 2022

The Marvellous Mystical Musical Box, Sutton Village Hall, YO7 2PS. Musical Theatre, written and directed by Kate Bramley with songs by Jez Lowe. 7.30pm. £12/£10 Concs: £6 u 16s: £33 Family (2As & upto 3u 16s). tickets: www.badappletheatre.co.uk

Wed 28 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 31 Dec 2022

Top Gun: Maverick (12A), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Not Thu. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
. Wed & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 2.30pm. £6, £5 child & concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Wed 28 Dec 2022 to
 Fri 30 Dec 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Film (U). Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto - a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please - deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions. Wed 2.30pm, Thu 5.30pm, Fri 11am. £6, £5 child & concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 29 Dec 2022 to
 Sat 31 Dec 2022

Ticket to Paradise, The Forum, Northallerton. Only Thu Fri Sat. Academy award winners George Clooney & Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen as exes who find themselves on a shared mission to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. Thursday 14.30, Friday 19.30 & Saturday 14.30. £6 (concessions £5). tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Mon 2 Jan 2023 to
 Thu 5 Jan 2023

Strange World (PG), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission. Stars (voice) : Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu. 7.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 5 Jan 2023 to
 Sun 8 Jan 2023

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Not Sat. Film (PG). The inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories.
. Thu & Sun 7.30pm, Fri 2.30pm. £6, £5 child & concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: https://forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 5 Jan 2023

NAOFF AgeUK free Coffee Morning, Town Hall (upstairs), lift available, High St, Northallerton DL7 8QR. Northallerton Area Over Fifties Forum (NAOFF) takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month in the main upstairs room of Northallerton Town Hall (lift available) and includes Thirsk, Bedale, Stokesley.
The event is supported by AgeUK NYD and is FREE, as are the refreshments.
Email us for newsletter. 10.30am - 12.30pm. FREE. tickets: Walk in, no booking required email: naoff.ms@outlook.com

Fri 6 Jan 2023 to
 Thu 12 Jan 2023

Aftersun (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t. Sunday evening subtitles. 7.30pm. Matinée Wed 2.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. Matinée all tickets £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Tue 10 Jan 2023

'Discovering Prehistoric Structures at Sheepwash.', Sacred Heart Church Hall, 41 Thirsk Road, Northallerton, DL6 1PJ (rear hall). Northallerton & District local History Society presentation. Speaker Robert Thornily-Walker. 7pm. Members free, visitors £3. tel: 07566 770625 email: heritage1138@outlook.com

Fri 13 Jan 2023 to
 Thu 19 Jan 2023

Avatar: The Way of Water, Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. (PG-13). Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t. Sunday evening subtitles. 7.30pm. Adults £6, under 15s & 60+ £5. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web: https://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Sat 14 Jan 2023

Orion Night and Winter Stars, Sutton Bank National Park Centre Sutton Bank Thirsk YO7 2EH. The constellation of Orion will dominate this star party on a dark, moonless night. This majestic presence in the south sky harbours wonders, including a great nebula where stars are born. We’ll also take a trip around the other great sky patterns of winter and keep an eye on the planet Mars, still riding high. The Star Hub provides a warm indoor space and a perfect viewing area. 7pm to 9pm. £16, child £10.50. tickets: Book online web: https://gostargazing.co.uk/events

Fri 20 Jan 2023 to
 Mon 23 Jan 2023

'Dancing While Standing Still.', Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, 10 Sowerby Rd. Thirsk. YO7 1HX. Retreat inspired by Richard Rohr. Refreshing Prayer with Revd. Ian Spencer, Dorothy Littlewood & Urs Mattmann. From 2pm on 20th. tel: 01845522580 email: enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sun 22 Jan 2023 to
 Sat 28 Jan 2023

Charity panto, The Forum Northallerton DL6 1LP. Another hilarious panto from the award winning Northallerton Variety Company. All the favourites are back to give you great entertainment. Matinee 22nd & 28th 2.15 pm Evenings 7.15 pm. £9 to £11. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: The Forum web: www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 26 Jan 2023 to
 Sat 28 Jan 2023

Event image Varna International Ballet, Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR. This Bulgarian ballet, along with its own orchestra, presents: Thu 26 Jan: Coppélia. Set in a doll maker’s workshop. Fri 27 Jan: Giselle. Dramatic passion in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave. Sat 28 Jan: Swan Lake. The greatest romantic ballet of all time. £16 to £46. tel: 01325 405405 tickets: Book online or phone web: https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

Sat 28 Jan 2023

A night on the Moon, Sutton Bank National Park Centre Sutton Bank Thirsk YO7 2EH. A night dominated (but not limited to!) by the moon. We will use telescopes to spy on craters and mountains on the lunar surface and show you how to take a picture of what you can see. Plus, we’ll tour the stars of winter, enjoy an interactive planetarium tour and get a chance to handle space rocks. 7pm to 9pm. £10 to £16. Free parking alongside the Hub. tickets: Book online web: https://gostargazing.co.uk/events

Sat 28 Jan 2023

Event image Repair Cafe, Thirsk Library, Meadowfields, Chapel St. YO7 1TH. Get your broken item repaired. Learn how things are made. Meet and socialise over a cup of tea or coffee.
Be greener by avoiding waste and save money by letting a team of dedicated and talented volunteers try to repair your broken or “worn-out” items. Bring Clothes, Furniture, Small Appliances, Toys, Computers, Phones etc. 10am-2pm. Voluntary donation. email: thirskrepaircafe@gmail.com

Sun 29 Jan 2023

Event image Artisan Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Thu 2 Feb 2023

NAOFF AgeUK free Coffee Morning, Town Hall (upstairs), lift available, High St, Northallerton DL7 8QR. Northallerton Area Over Fifties Forum (NAOFF) takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month in the main upstairs room of Northallerton Town Hall (lift available) and includes Thirsk, Bedale, Stokesley.
The event is supported by AgeUK NYD and is FREE, as are the refreshments.
Email us for newsletter. 10.30am - 12.30pm. FREE. tickets: Walk in, no booking required email: naoff.ms@outlook.com

Sat 11 Feb 2023

Artisan Market, Easingwold. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-2pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Tue 14 Feb 2023

Archaeology from the Air, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 41 Thirsk Road, Northallerton, DL6 1PJ (rear hall). Northallerton & District Local History Society presentation. Archaeology from the Air in the North York Moors: LiDAR, the way forward,' by Graham Lee, North York Moors National park.
Non members welcome. 7pm. Members free, visitors £3. tel: 07566 770625 email: heritage1138@outlook.com

Sun 26 Feb 2023

Event image Artisan Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Thu 2 Mar 2023

NAOFF AgeUK free Coffee Morning, Town Hall (upstairs), lift available, High St, Northallerton DL7 8QR. Northallerton Area Over Fifties Forum (NAOFF) takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month in the main upstairs room of Northallerton Town Hall (lift available) and includes Thirsk, Bedale, Stokesley.
The event is supported by AgeUK NYD and is FREE, as are the refreshments.
Email us for newsletter. 10.30am - 12.30pm. FREE. tickets: Walk in, no booking required email: naoff.ms@outlook.com

Sat 11 Mar 2023

Artisan Market, Easingwold. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-2pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

Tue 14 Mar 2023

'Pits, Pockmarks and Haggerleases', Sacred Heart Church Hall, 41 Thirsk Road, Northallerton, DL6 1PJ (rear hall). The story of Cockfield Fell by Chris LLoyd, Chief Features Writer.
Non-members welcome. 7.00pm. non-members £3. (free entry for those in full-time education). tel: 07566 770625 email: heritage1138@outlook.com

Sat 25 Mar 2023

British Summer Time starts, All UK & most of Europe. Clocks go forward 1hr tonight.

Sun 26 Mar 2023

Event image Artisan Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. Locally-produced arts & crafts, food & drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm. web: https://www.littlebirdmade.com

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Castle Howard's Fairytale Christmas

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Two Thirsk Tourist Information volunteers joined film & radio crews, travel related guests, set dressers and Castle Howard staff on a preview journey ‘Into The Woods’, a fairytale Christmas at Castle Howard.

It is a magical tour depicting Christmas settings through fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Snow White, Goldilocks etc.

It was a nice touch to see the playhouse originally made for the Howard children repurposed and used in the exhibition.

There are spectacular displays with many rooms lavishly designed and decorated by Charlotte Lloyd Webber Events and The Projection Studio. Each room echoes with soundscapes to match the themes.

We sampled the stylish Happily Ever Afternoon Tea (vegetarian alternative available) which will be served in a very large marquee alongside Christmas related shopping.

Visitors need to look at the website, there's a lot of information to digest. We understand that there is disabled access to the displays via the house lift but visitors are advised to make arrangements in advance.

Full information and booking is via the Castle Howard website
www.castlehoward.co.uk

Rural Arts’ new season

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North Yorkshire arts charity Rural Arts has released its programme of events for Spring 2023 at its base, The Courthouse in Thirsk.

The charity has a variety of bright and bold workshops, exhibitions, performances, and screenings for the January – June period, as it enters its thirtieth anniversary year. With almost 200 creative events and activities across the period, there’s something for everyone.

You can get Rural Arts’ Spring 2023 programme of events by popping into The Courthouse, or view it and book on
www.ruralarts.org

York & North Yorkshire Devolution

Devolution is when some powers of decision making and funding are transferred down to an area (York and North Yorkshire in our case) from Government so that decisions around how money is invested into the economy can be based on local intelligence and made by people who understand local needs best.

For York and North Yorkshire, the proposed devolution deal requires a Mayor to be elected alongside the creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority.

This Scheme has been jointly prepared by the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Council. For devolution to go ahead, they need to hear from you. Tell them what you think using the link below. The consultation runs until Fri 16 Dec.

Is devolution the right way forward for York and North Yorkshire?
tinyurl.com/ynydevolution

Cards for Good Causes

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About 30 different charities are offering their Christmas Cards in Thirsk's information office.

Hambleton Green Bins

Garden waste is suspended during the winter months with the regular service resuming in mid-February.

There will, however, be one collection in January to take Christmas trees from subscribing residents. Trees must be chopped up and placed inside the green bin - trees left at the side of bins or protruding from bins will not be collected. This collection will take place either week commencing 9 or 16 Jan. Normal garden waste is also accepted at this collection.

Royal Mail news

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Strikes

In their dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, Royal Mail CWU members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and letters will take nine days of national strike action on 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 Dec.

 

Postage stamps

The deadline for using non-barcoded definitive stamps has been extended, following newspaper campaigns and complaints from collectors, traders, and the general public.

The deadline to use up non-barcoded stamps has been extended until Mon 31 Jul 2023.

Royal Mail previously announced that the cut-off for using older stamps would be Tue 31 Jan 2023, but now the deadline has been extended by six months.

In another change of policy Royal Mail have announced that swap-out forms and freepost envelopes can now be picked up in post offices.

Previously the forms were only available online, meaning a computer and printer was required to print out the form and return it.

 

Latest posting dates for International Standard and International Tracked and Signature Services (updated 3 Dec 22)

Mon 28 Nov

Australia New Zealand & China (People's Republic)

Wed 1 Dec

Africa, Asia (except China, People's Republic), Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Mon 2 Dec

All remaining Caribbean destinations

Wed 8 Dec

Cyprus and Malta

Fri 3 Dec

Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

Sat 5 Dec
Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden and USA

Mon 7 Dec
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland

Wed 9 Dec
Belgium, France and Luxembourg

 

HM Forces Mail -BFPO

Fri 2 Dec

Operational & Static HM Forces

 

UK Inland Services

Mon 12 Dec

2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For and Royal Mail 48®

Wed 16 Dec

1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48

Father Christmas' Autism Days

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Kiplin Hall at Christmas

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Enjoy festive displays in the hall inspired by the lives of the owner families. Explore a modern American Thanksgiving dinner inspired by Kiplin’s historic connection to Maryland.

Be enchanted by the Italian legend of La Befana, an old lady who would sweep the hearth with her broom and leave gifts for good children. In the 1800’s Christopher Crowe lived at Kiplin after a career as a diplomat in Italy.

These and many more discoveries are waiting for you this festive season as we go back in time for Christmas at Kiplin. The Tea Room will be serving warming soups and festive bakes.

Kiplin Hall & Gardens, Nr Scorton, Richmond DL10 6AT. T:01748 818178 E:info@kiplinhall.co.uk

£10 Adults, £9 Conc, £5 Children, Family and Annual Tickets Available. Book at
KiplinHall.co.uk

Tickets for 2023 racing

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Thirsk's Racecourse's 2023 tickets are now available. For £150 you can enjoy entry to all of Thirsk's 16 fixtures into the Premier Enclosure. This is fully transferable meaning if you can't make it, you can pass it onto a friend, family member, or colleague with zero fuss, making this a good Christmas gift. The restaurants and hospitality packages are always very popular and tend to become booked up quickly, especially on weekends. Private Boxes can cater from 8 to 50 guests in a single room. Book online at
www.thirskracecourse.net

Free parking

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Free car parking in all Hambleton District Council car parks will be from Mon 19 Dec and charging will restart on Mon 2 Jan. This is unlike the last two years when it was free for the whole of December because of Covid. Effectively we are going back now to how it was before Covid.

Any time limits, like the 2hr restriction in Thirsk Market Place still apply.

In Thirsk HDC car parks include the Market Place, Nursery Gardens, Millgate and The Marage.