What’s on in December | Bishop’s Stortford

Christmas is here and there’s a lot happening this December, check out what’s happening in your area…

Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre

Christmas Market, General Market, Farmers and Craft Market, Reindeer, Magicians, Pony Rides, Visits for Princesses, Fun Fair, Live Music and Performances..

Where: North Street, Potter Street and South Street.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm.

Christmas Bazaar

Windhill21 Christmas Bazaar – for a festive afternoon of family fun. There will be games , gift stalls, Santa’s Grotto, refreshments, a tombola and a prize draw  [email protected]

Where: Windhill21 Primary School, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2NE.

When: Saturday, 03 December.

Time: 12.00–15.00.

Santa Dash & Reindeer Run

Everyone welcome, all ages and abilities. All proceeds go to Grove Cottage

Where: Start at Grange Paddocks, Rye Street.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Time: 10:00am.

St Michael’s Church Holly Fair

St Michael’s Church Holly Fair… Raising Funds For Charity. Childrens activities, seasonal & craft stalls, homemade produce, mulled wine & minced pies, raffle and lots more! Beautiful holly wreaths for sale.

Where: St Michael’s Church, Windhill.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Time: 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Free Museum Tour

Learn about the objects in the museum and hear some of the interesting facts and stories from the museum collection. The Bishop’s Stortford Museum houses a whole host of treasures from the local area which tells the story of how your town came to be what it is today. The Museum also houses the unique Cecil Rhodes collection exploring the links between Stortford and Southern Africa. The tour is FREE, just turn up at 11am to join the 40 minute tour. Our Theatre Lounge is open all day, so enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake after your tour. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/free-museum-tour-3

Where: Rhodes Centre, Bishops Stortford.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Time: 11:00am.

Price: Free entrance

Community Carol Concert

Featuring Hadleigh Temple Band and Timbrels. A collection will be taken for Herts and Essex Air Ambulance.

Where: Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Church.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Time: 7:00pm.

Crafty Christmas

Crafty Christmas at the Charis Centre, Bishop’s Stortford. Suitable for children of all ages to enjoy- lots of fun and free craft activities with drinks, mince pies and cakes.

Where: The Community Church, Bishop’s Stortford

When: Saturday, 03 December.

Time: Come anytime between 11am and 2pm.

Museum Sunday Opening

The Museum will be open Sunday 4 December for you to explore our local history… www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/museum-sunday-opening-3/

Where: Rhodes Centre.

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Riyad Nicolas (piano)

The outstanding Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas will visit as part of [email protected]’s 21st annual series of concerts. His programme will include music by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Brahms. www.musicatstansted.co.uk

Where: St. John’s Church, Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8JP.

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time: 3:00pm

Price: Tickets (adults £15, under 18s free of charge) will be available on the door or can be ordered in advance by ringing 01279 815282. Full details are available on the website.

Isabel Hospice Lights of Love Bishop’s Stortford

At the Lights of Love ceremonies, the lights on the trees are symbolic in remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones at this special time of the year. Each ceremony has a Book of Love, in which the names of loved ones are entered. The book can be viewed at the ceremony, and then will be on display at the nearest Isabel Hospice shop until the beginning of January. At the ceremony there will be a short service of remembrance, the singing of carols, and a countdown to the lighting of the tree. You will be able to take home a small star to keep and hang on your own Christmas tree.  You can make your dedication online at www.isabelhospice.org.uk or 01707 382500.

Where: Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford.

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Christmas Craft Afternoon

Christmas Craft Afternoon at Chesterfords Community Centre, Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford CB10 1NS. 14.00–16.00. Raffle, refreshments, face painting and more! Please bring an orange each.

Where: Christingle Café Church.

When: Sunday, 04 December.

Time: Drinks and cakes from 3.45pm.  Craft and construction activities at 4pm. Christingle Service at 4.30pm.

Price: £6 per child.

Late Night Christmas Shopping Event

Late Night Shopping, Mince Pies, Bubbly, Music from Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Band. Raffle with proceeds to Isabel Hospice.

Where: North Street and Florence Walk, Bishop’s Stortford

When: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Time: 5:00pm to 7:30pm


Following on from the smash-hit success of last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk, the same team return to bring you more magic this Christmas. Get set for a fun-filled-feast of family entertainment as Cinderella starts her quest to find her Prince… To book, please call the Box Office on 01279 710 200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/cinderella

Where: Rhodes Centre

When: Between 10 – 31 December. To get specific dates, visit www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/cinderella

Time: 12:00am

Price:       *Gold – £20 / £18 concs / £70 Family   *Silver – £19 / £17 concs / £66 Family   *Bronze – £18 / £16 concs / £62 family   *Schools – £10 all seats (School Shows do not appear online)
Group Bookings are also available – ask at the Box Office for more information.

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society Concert

Cantata St Nicolas – Benjamin Britten. Mass in D Major – Antonin Dvorak. Collection in aid of Holy Trinity Winter Night Shelter.

Where: Methodist Church, Bishop’s Stortford. CM23 3AZ.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Time: 7:30pm.

Price: £15 Adults, £13 Concessions (inc. tea/coffee & a mince pie). Available from Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01279 715001

Family Church – Community Church Bishop’s Stortford

We are holding Family Church on Sunday 11 December 10.30am – a morning full of singing, games, drama and activities and fun for children of all ages – don’t forget to bring your parents too! Come dressed as a character from the nativity story. There is no cost and refreshments will be provided

Where: Family Church, Community Church Bishop’s Stortford.

When: Sunday, 11 December.

Time: 10.30am.


World Child Cancer

Music for Saint Cecilia at Christmas. The Manuden Singers, Players & Soloists. Director – Ian Priest. Soprano- Sophie Cotton. Tenor- Jeff Phillips. Bass- James Priest . Gounod – Mass for St Cecilia, Partron Saint of Music. Christmas Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst & others

Where: St Mary’s Church,Manuden.

When: Sunday, December 11, 2016

Time: 7:30pm

Price: Tickets £10 (Children £5) Phone 01279 812157 or on the door.

Salsa Evening

Salsa is a fun and sociable dance—so why not come down and join in? Let’s keep this beautiful dance going on our own doorsteps! Come along on the second Tuesday of the month to take part or just enjoy an evening of music! Starting at 7.30pm, the evening is FREE to attend. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/salsa-evening-4

Where: Rhodes Centre

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Time: 7:30pm.

Price: Free entrance.


Live Mid-Week Music – Ben Hemming

Relax on a Wednesday evening at Rhodes while listening to the very best from the vibrant local music scene and featuring Ben Hemming. Our Midweek Live Music events are now established as a ‘must see’ for music fans of all ages so unwind, kick back and relax. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/live-mid-week-music-ben-hemming

Where: Rhodes Centre.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Time: 7:30pm.

Price: Free entry.

Breathe Easy Group

Holding their network and support meeting. Come along for more information or call 01992 531471.

Where: East Herts Council Offices, Rooms A+B, Charrington’s House, Bishop’s Stortford

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Christmas Carols at Churchill Living..

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year..

You are invited to join us and our Owners at Nicholls Lodge for festive mince pies and sherry whilst enjoying Christmas Carols performed by St Michaels Chirch of England Primary School.. RSVP to Caroline McKeown on 01279 905339.

Where: Nichols Lodge, South Street, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3AL.

When: Friday, December 16, 2016.

Time: 11:15am.

Theatre Making Workshop

Join us for our Victorian style theatre making workshop with a modern twist! Children can create their own Victorian theatre made from card and get into the spirit of Christmas with an exclusive tour of the Panto set and even have the chance to meet some of the cast! Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 1 adult to 3 children). www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/theatre-making-workshop

Where: Saturday, December 17, 2016

When: Rhodes Centre

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Price: £10 per child (adults FREE)

Uncle Funk & the Boogie Wonderland presents Dead Famous

For more information visit www.unclefunk.co.uk

Where: Water Lane URC Hall, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2JZ.

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Time: 8:00pm.

Price: £20. from Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Centre, 2, Market Square, CM23 3UU. Tel: 01279 715001 or from their online shop: www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path= (Booking fee applies).

Christmas Swing, Jazz and Carol Concert

Enjoy the stirring mass voices of Herts and Soul Community Choir. In support of Isabel Hospice.

Where: The Memorial Hall, Bishop’s Stortford College, Maze Green Road. CM23 2PQ.

When: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Time: 4:30pm

Price: £10 Adult/£5 Students and Children with refreshments & raffle. Tickets available from: Tel 07903 009569 or email [email protected]

Bill Cornell’s Golden Era Jazz Band

Bishop’s Stortford’s finest traditional jazz band with Bill, Vanessa and the Golden Era Boys playing at the Half Moon Pub.

Where: The Half Moon, North Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts.

When: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Time: 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Price: £5-00




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