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Christmas Markets 2015

Christmas Markets 2015

Lots of opportunities for Christmas shopping this year. Enjoy the Spirit of Christmas at the Maltings Shopping Centre. There'll be carols, a live nativity, Snow Cats and Ice Elf among other entertainments throughout December. See their website for more details.

The St Albans Christmas Market returns to the Vintry Garden for a third year.  There'll be live music, food and drink while you shop amongst the sheds. Open from 26 Nov - 20 Dec daily.

Childwickbury Arts are holding their own Christmas market with a difference on 28-29 Nov.  Taking place in the charming Victorian stable block, it's a unique setting for a market.

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Bob Dylan artwork comes to St Albans

Bob Dylan artwork comes to St Albans

A combination of artworks by the legendary American singer songwriter Bob Dylan and iconic photographs of him throughout his career will be showcased by a St Albans art enthusiast this month.

The "Drawn Blank Series" consists of four dozen re-imagined sketches created between 1989 and 1992 by the endlessly touring troubadour, of which around 20 of his hugely sought after signed limited editions will be on display at Gallery 105 in the city's Victoria Street.

The paintings include portraits of characters Dylan has encountered on his ramblings as well as interiors, landscapes, still life, nudes and street scenes of which there are no more than 250 copies of each in the UK.

The photographs on show were taken by Elliott Landy, official photographer at Woodstock in 1969 and Don Hunstein, who was chief photographer at Columbia

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Panto Roundup 2015

Panto Roundup 2015

Oh no, they're behind you! It's panto time again and there's plenty to choose from locally: 

Peter Pan (4 Dec - 3 Jan, Alban Arena) - Don't miss this year's fun-filled pantomime, It stars everyone's favourite TV baddie, Jake Wood (EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing), Katrina Bryan (CBeebies' Nina and the Neurons) and St Albans legend - the one and only Bob Golding as Mrs Smee.  
Aladdin (11 - 22 Dec, Harpenden Public Halls) - Eastenders' Peter Dean (Pete Beale) and Liberty X's Michelle Heaton star
Cinderella (16 Dec - 3 Jan, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City)

St Albans man to conquer North Pole

St Albans man to conquer North Pole

Local man Ed Suttie will be embarking on a challenge of a lifetime when he takes on the ultimate test of trekking to the North Pole to raise money for his chosen charities Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Cancer Research UK, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and Earthworks St Albans.
 
Ed, who lives in St Albans with wife Clare and children Madeleine, Alex and James, will embark on the epic adventure to the North Pole from a position of 2 degrees south of the magnetic pole in April 2016. The challenge will cover over 200km and will consist of 21 days of walking and skiing on treacherous sea ice and snow, tackling pressure ridges and the extreme cold.

In temperatures expected to be below -45 degrees centigrade, the trek to one of the last true wildernesses in the world and is set to the biggest challenge that Ed will encounter in his lifetime. Only a select few make it each year and Ed is hoping to add his name to the short list

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£2.5 million National Lottery boost for Museum and Gallery project

£2.5 million National Lottery boost for Museum and Gallery project

The Heritage Lottery Fund has backed the St Albans Museum and Gallery project with a massive £2.5 million grant.

The money, combined with a previous £300,000 award, will provide around a third of the £7.75 million cost of the scheme.

Councillor Annie Brewster, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Leisure and Heritage for St Albans City and District Council, said: "We are both delighted and honoured the Heritage Lottery Fund is giving this flagship City project its prestigious backing."

"We want to create a fitting cultural beacon right in the heart of our City for all to access freely. In 1831 The Town Hall and Courthouse was built for public use."

"We are now well on our way to creating a new landmark museum and art gallery with three floors of galleries and exhibition space for residents and visitors to enjoy."

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What's on this December

What's on this December

Fri 27 Nov - SUFFRAGETTE (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Fri 27 Nov - So This Is Christmas, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Fri 27 Nov - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 28 Dec - BRIDGE OF SPIES (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 28 Dec - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 28 Nov - Allan Morgan exhibition, 2:00 PM, Gallery Rouge
Sat 28 Nov - Melba Moore In Concert, 8:00 PM, Alban Arena
Sat 28 Nov  - St Albans Chamber Choir perform Bach's B minor Mass, 7:30 PM, St Saviours Church
Sat 28 Nov - Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era, 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Sat 28 Nov - SUFFRAGETTE (12A), 7:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 28 Nov - The Nutcracker, 2:30 PM, Alban Arena
Sat 28 Nov - PAN (PG), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 28 Nov - COWSPIRACY – SUSTAINABLE ST ALBANS WEEK, 10:45 AM, The Odyssey
Tue 29 Dec - WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 29 Dec - HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT 2 (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 29 Nov - SUFFRAGETTE (12A), 1:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 30 Dec - UNTOUCHABLE – subtitled (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 30 Dec - HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT 2 (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 30 Nov - SUFFRAGETTE (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 1 Dec - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 2 Dec - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 2 Dec - SUFFRAGETTE (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
2 - 6 Dec - Hetty Feather, 12:00 PM, Arts Depot
Thu 3 Dec - LEGEND (18), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Thur 3 & Tues 8 Dec - Christmas Floristry Course, 7:30 PM, Kendalls Florist
Fri 4 Dec - THE MARTIAN (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Fri 4 Dec - Peter Pan, 7:00 PM, Alban Arena
4 - 19 Dec - Bob Dylan Exhibition at Gallery 105, 10:00 AM, Gallery 105
Sat 5 Dec - BROOKLYN (12A), 7:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 5 Dec - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 6 Dec - BROOKLYN (12A), 6:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 6 Dec - THE MARTIAN (12A), 1:30 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 7 Dec - BROOKLYN (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 8 Dec - CRIMSON PEAK (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
8 Dec - 3 Jan -  Room on the Broom, 12:00 PM, Arts Depot
Wed 9 Dec - MACBETH (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 9 Dec - BROOKLYN (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
8 Dec-3 Jan Room on the Broom, 12:00 PM, Arts Depot
Thu 10 Dec - BURNT (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Fri 11 Dec - STEVE JOBS (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 12 Dec - STEVE JOBS (15), 7:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 12 Dec - ELF (PG), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 12 Dec - A Celebration of Christmas - St Albans Choral Soc, 7:00 PM, Marlborough Rd Methodist Church
Sun 13 Dec - THE DRESSMAKER (12A), 6:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 13 Dec - STEVE JOBS (15), 1:30 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 14 Dec - THE DRESSMAKER (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 15 Dec - DIE HARD (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tues 15 & Thur 17 Dec - Christmas Floristry Course, 7:30 PM, Kendalls Florist
15 Dec - 3 Jan - Land of Lights, 12:00 PM, Arts Depot
Wed 16 Dec - STEVE JOBS (15), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Thu 17 Dec - MISSISSIPPI GRIND (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tues 15 & Thur 17 Dec - Christmas Floristry Course, 7:30 PM, Kendalls Florist
Fri 18 Dec - BLACK MASS (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 19 Dec - BLACK MASS (15), 7:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 19 Dec - HOME ALONE (PG), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 20 Dec - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 6:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 20 Dec - Story Tent at Christmas, 2:30 PM, Trestle Arts Base
Sun 20 Dec - ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (PG), 1:30 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 21 Dec - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 21 Dec - A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009) (PG), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 22 Dec - Christmas Floristry Course, 7:30 PM, Kendalls Florist
Tue 22 Dec - IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (PG), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 22 Dec - POLAR EXPRESS (U), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 23 Dec - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (PG), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Thu 24 Dec - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (PG), 5:00 PM, The Odyssey
Thu 26 Nov - Go West and Nik Kershaw, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Thu 26 Nov - SPECTRE: BOND 24 (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 27 Dec - BRIDGE OF SPIES (12A), 6:00 PM, The Odyssey

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