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What’s Going On – 28 Nov 2008

What’s going on Shropshire

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on the Road, Shrewsbury Abbey, 4 December

A concert by the Little Big Time Band at Shrewsbury Abbey.

www.cbso.co.uk

Ironbridge Festive Charity Event, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Ironbridge, 13 December

An evening of fine music and song at a charity Christmas concert. Entertainment will be led by Chimera, a classical-jazz fusion group playing a programme of classical favourites and Christmas carols.

www.ironbridge.org.uk

Birmingham

Clothes Show Live, NEC Birmingham, 5-10 December

The largest fashion and beauty event in the world returns for more fashion, hair, beauty, make-up, models, celebrities and of course, more shopping than ever before.

www.clothesshowlive.com

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, Victoria Square, 13 November-23 December

The largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria, attracting over 2 million visitors a year.

www.birmingham.gov.uk/frankfurtmarket

Warwickshire

The Christmas Castle, Warwick Castle, 6 December-4 January

Warwick Castle, Britain’s greatest medieval experience, celebrates Christmas with a magical Christmas Tree Forest of 600 Christmas trees, ice effect sculptures and magical creatures, including Jack Frost and the beautiful Snowflake Fairy.

www.warwick-castle.co.uk

Carols at the Castle, Kenilworth Castle, 20 December

Join in the festive fun at the annual carol concert in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle.

www.kenilworthlionsclub.co.uk

Christmas Day Guided Walk, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 25 December

Join the award- winning Stratford Town Walk for a festive guided walk on Christmas Day. Other walks over the holiday period take place on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk

Worcestershire

Santa Steam Specials, Severn Valley Railway, Bewdley. 6-24 December

All children will receive a present from Santa Claus along the scenic journey.

www.svr.co.uk

Grey Friars Christmas, The Grey Friars, Friar Street, Worcester, 3-13 December

See this beautiful 15th century merchants’ house decorated for Christmas.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Oxfordshire

Byzantium in Christchurch, Oxford, December 1-January 11

The Picture Gallery at Christchurch College, Oxford houses over 300 paintings and 2000 drawings including those of Carracci, Tintoretto and Van Dyck.

www.chch.ox.ac.uk

Christmas Concerto by Candlelight, Exeter College Chapel, 20 December,3pm,5pm and 8pm

Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach and Manfredini performed in the magnificent Victorian Gothic Chapel.

Former undergraduates of the college include JRR Tolkien, William Morris, Edward Burne Jones, Alan Bennett and Phillip Pulman.

www.exeter.ox.ac.uk

Gloucestershire

Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral, 1-26 December

Traditional Carol Services, Gloucester Choral Society Messiah, Mediaevel Baebes in concert and more.

www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

The Joy of Christmas, Town Hall, Cheltenham, 6 December 7.30 pm

Seasonal music and readings with Jubilate Chamber Choir, University of Gloucestershire Choir, Richard Pate School Choir and English Concertante Orchestra.

www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

Winters Tales, New Brewery Arts Events, Cirencester, November 8-January 4

New Brewery Arts invites you to come in from the cold and let art weave its magic spell. Responding to myth, legend and ancient tales each of the chosen 20 artists take an individual look at narrative.

www.newbreweryarts.org.uk

Cotswolds

Skating comes to the Cotswolds, Bibury Court, 20-21 December

A skating rink will be installed in the beautiful setting of Bibury Court Hotel near Cirencester with the Jacobean mansion providing a stunning back drop. Also mulled wine, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and home made toffee apples will be served.

www.biburycourt.com

Christmas Crafts at Snowshill Manor, Snowshill, 6 and 13 December

Cracker making and Christmas Crafts afternoons at this handsome Cotswold manor house home to Charles Paget Wades’ extraordinary collection.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk