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17 things to this weekend in Chester and Ellesmere Port

What's happening and where on Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11

1. Jack and the Beanstalk

Tip Top Productions present Jack and the Beanstalk by Peter Swingler at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place in Chester at 11am and 2.30pm on Saturday and 1pm and 5pm on Sunday. Taking the title role of Jack will be Joe Woolford. Marking his pantomime debut, Joe will be well known to TV audiences from his appearance in The Voice, mentored by Rita Ora in the 2015 series. Tickets £11, concessions £9, family ticket £36. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.

Chester panto counts down to festive opening

2. Cold Places

Launch of exhibition entitled Cold Places: Pictures From The Poles by Sue Flood at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester on Saturday and Sunday. One of the world’s only women to specialise in polar photography, Hawarden-born Sue Flood, stages an exhibition which also includes items from her Inuit arts and crafts collection and examples of her sub zero survival gear. Admission free. Display runs until February 22. Call 01244 972197.

Grosvenor Museum, Chester showcases range of modern drawings

3. The Mango Club

The Mango Club with Mall Grab at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road in Chester from 7pm on Saturday. Admission £6 in advance. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

4. A Choral Christmas

Chester Cathedral Choir with Nick Fry performs A Choral Christmas carol concert in the Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday. Admission adults £17.50 and £10, children £5.

Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival in pictures

5. The Beatles Revolution

The Beatles Revolution in concert at Alexander’s, Rufus Court in Chester on Saturday. Tickets £8 advance. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

Rufus Court in Chester welcomes arrival of new makeup studio

6. Carol concert

(Image: W777 Photography)

Caldy Valley Voices presents Carolling at Caldy Valley at the Caldy Valley Centre in Great Boughton at 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets £5 in aid of Choirs against Cancer and the MacMillan Support. Visit www.caldyvalleyvoices.co.uk.

7. Christmas tree festival

Hamilton Street Methodist Church in Hoole holding its 10th Christmas tree festival on Saturday and Sunday. This is a community event and there is no charge to tree exhibitors or visitors. Any donations received will be given to local hospices. Visit www.hoolemethodistchurch.org.uk for opening times.

8. Whalebone

Acclaimed acoustic trio Whalebone in concert at Kingsley Community Centre on Saturday. Tickets £8, £5 children. Call 01928 788788 or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/whalebone.

9. Christmas Craft

Crafted for Christmas at Little Sutton Methodist Church Hall from 2-7pm on Saturday. Admission free.

10. Aladdin

Aladdin - The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto by Peter Rowe at the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday. It’s party time in old Shanghai and the Emperor is laying on a banquet to announce the engagement of the Princess to her rich suitor, the mysterious Abanazer. Widow Twankey’s woks are hot and Wishee Washee’s in a spin, but when Aladdin and the Princess meet on the street, sparks really start to fly. Can Aladdin defeat the evil Abanazer and claim the hand of the beautiful Princess? With more than 20 classic rock and soul songs, including I’m a Believer, Reach Out, ABC and Lean on Me played live by a company of actor-musicians, a red hot party is guaranteed. Served up with a generous helping of mad gags, shock frocks, knockabout and slapstick, it’s the sizzling Clwyd rock ‘n’ roll panto – a seasonal feast for all the family. Tickets £25-£20. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

11. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Dee and Alyn Gilbert and Sullivan Society present It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in the Clwyd Room at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 8pm on Saturday. Join Dee and Alyn with a stocking full of Christmas crackers, including White Christmas, Santa Baby, Sleigh Ride, Little Saint Nick and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, among many more! Tickets £12. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

12. Disney's Frozen

Mollington and Backford Cinema Club presents a screening of the singalong version of Disney’s Frozen at the village hall at 2.15pm on Saturday. Doors open 1.45pm. Admission free. Soft drinks and biscuits for children. Tea or coffee plus mince pie for adults. Contact 01244 851713.

13. Artisan Market

Northwich Christmas Artisan Market in Witton Street from 10am-4pm on Saturday featuring authentic street food, talented crafts people, seasonal produce, arts and crafts and much more. Visit www.themarketco.co.uk.

14. Sunday Jazz

Dave Roberts Quartet from 2-5pm at Alexander’s in Rufus Court in Chester on Sunday. Free entry. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

15. Open mic session

Christmas open mic session with Macca at Telford’s Warehouse in Tower Wharf in Chester on Sunday. Free entry. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

16. Yule Yomp

Yule Yomp at Tatton Park in Knutsford from 10am on Sunday. A pre-Christmas 10k cross country run for all runners including those seeking course personal bests and winning positions. The run starts at Tatton Park and finishes at the Egerton Youth Club. Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk.

17. Richard Durrant

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 7.30pm on Sunday. Musical midwinter charm from the UK’s favourite barefoot, stand-up, un-classical guitarist – a world class virtuoso, compelling storyteller and genial host. Among wintry solos Richard is joined by his guests Amy Kakoura and Nick Pynn. Tickets £25-£17. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

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