& CUL­TURE Loads of panto I

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

ANTA’S elves are ap­peal­ing to the chil­dren of Hud­der­s­field to come and help out at their tem­po­rary work­shop in the lead up to Christ­mas.

The elves have set up a teddy bear mak­ing fac­tory at Can­non Hall Farm, at Cawthorne, where lit­tle helpers can learn how to make their own bear and take it home with them.

Farm di­rec­tor Richard Ni­chol­son said: “Our Elves Work­shop event has had five star re­views for the last few years but last year we sold it out so quickly we were hav­ing to dis­ap­point peo­ple and tell them we could not fit them in.

“So this year, we de­cided to do some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent and re­launch it with a new con­cept, lots more space and the all im­por­tant elf school.

“We re­alised if we wanted to stand out, we had to re­ally go for it and so that’s what we’ve done.”

Chil­dren are first led in to a school room where elves from en­ter­tain­ment com­pany, Barns­ley com­pany Copy­cat Party Com­pany, will demon­strate how teddy bears are made.

From there it’s to the mag­i­cal work­shop where chil­dren can choose what kind of teddy they want to make and start creat­ing their take-home bear un­der the elves’ su­per­vi­sion.

The whole work­shop lasts about half an hour.

Richard added: “We’ve al­ways been known for our mag­i­cal Christ­mas stunts - at our Christ­mas meal events, Santa even comes down the chim­ney - but this was a whole new chal­lenge.”

Can­non Hall Farm’s Elf Work­shop ex­pe­ri­ence is run­ning ev­ery week­end in De­cem­ber be­fore Christ­mas.

You can book on­line at www.can­non­hall­farm. co.uk.

It is priced at £19.95 per child - which in­cludes all day farm ad­mis­sion. Adults pay £6.95 for the farm ad­mis­sion fee.

There is an op­tion to add a visit to Santa in the grotto for an ad­di­tional fee of £8 per child and this must also be booked in ad­vance. T’S pan­tomime sea­son! Oh no it isn’t. No, se­ri­ously, oh yes it is. In Hud­der­s­field and all across West York­shire fam­ily-friendly pan­tomimes are gear­ing up for that fa­mil­iar cry. There are plenty of clas­sic tales be­ing per­formed by pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur the­atre groups in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary.

has a guide for what’s on where and how you can book. Lawrence Bat­ley The­atre’s Christ­mas pan­tomime this year is Aladdin. It has been pro­duced by the same team that per­formed the ex­tremely well re­ceived Jack and the Beanstalk last year. Di­rec­tor Joyce Branagh said: “We’ve re­ally lis­tened to how our au­di­ences have re­acted to our pan­tos and we’ve tai­lored ev­ery­thing with them in mind from cos­tumes, to song choices and spec­tac­u­lar ef­fects in­clud­ing a magic fly­ing car­pet.”

Lawrence Bat­ley The­atre, Queen Street, Hud­der­s­field, HD1 2SP

De­cem­ber 7 to Jan­uary 6 - ev­ery day apart from Sun­day, Christ­mas Day and New Years’ Day

For the best seats in the house, adult tick­ets cost £18.50 and chil­dren’s cost £16.50.

You can book on­line at www.thelbt.org/ shows/aladdin or over the phone from the box of­fice on 01484 430528.

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