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Wednesday 12th December 2018

CREATIVE CRAFTERS

Location:
The Radcliffe Arms, Walsworth Road
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
9.30pm
Join the Creation Station for a glass of wine and nibbles and create Christmas crafts to take home. Email: chantalcraig@thecreationstation.co.uk to book.
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Wednesday 12th December 2018

LOVE TO DANCE

Location:
Hitchin Football Club, Fishponds Road
Starts:
10am
Ends:
12 noon
Fun and friendly dance session for anyone aged over 50! Sessions focus on getting active and meeting new people. Book a free trial: Clare Bellchambers 0203 6757215 healthandwellbeing@saracens.net
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Wednesday 12th December 2018

MOSTLY COMEDY hosted by Doggett & Ephgrave

Location:
The Sun Hotel, Sun Street
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
A grab-bag of stand-up, sketches and music. Tickets £11 available online.
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Wednesday 12th December 2018

LesswasteHITCHIN

Location:
Wakelin & Son, Ride Cycles, Market Place
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
9.30pm
This month's topic: 2019 resolutions - less waste goals - personal and community. Hitchin LibDems Councillor Sam Collins will talk through his Plastics Motion to NHDC.
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Wednesday 12th December 2018

FUN & FRIENDLY FITNESS SESSIONS FOR 50 +

Location:
Zeo Church formerly Hitchin Christian Centre, Bedford Road
Starts:
10am - 11.30am
Ends:
2.30pm
Please note change of day and time !! Fun and friendly fitness sessions for over 50's combining strength and balance exercises and fun activities improving stability while meeting new people! Term time only. Contact Maggie Layton 07900018561. 5 per session.
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Thursday 13th December 2018

AN EVENING WITH RUTH FOX !

Location:
The Canary Club, Fishponds Road
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
Free entry. Ruth Fox is a mental health campaign, author, footballer and public speaker. Her new book, Within in the White Lines will be available to purchase on the night.
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Thursday 13th December 2018

THE ART OF CHRISTMAS

Location:
The British Schools Museum, Queen Street
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
Local artist James Willis returns to the Museum with a richly-illustrated lecture following interpretations of the Christmas story through centuries of art and sculpture. Tickets: £ 8 via Hitchin Initiative or the Museum or online.
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Thursday 13th December 2018

ALEX FRANCIS & His Band

Location:
Club 85, Whinbush Road
Starts:
Doors 7.45pm
Ends:
In association with Hi Ton Music - tickets on sale now via Club 85.
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Friday 14th December 2018

THE NUTCRACKER & THE MOUSE KING

Location:
Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
December 7th-9th; 14th - 16th - 7.30pm and 2.30pm. Directed by Rosemary Bianchi. It's Christmas Eve and party time! A very enjoyable, sweet tale of a little girl and a nutcracker and how she helped him to defeat a 7-headedmouse king tyrant. £12 and concession £11. Box Office 01462 455166.
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Friday 14th December 2018

THE ADULT PANTO: Hansel & Gretel Go Down in the Woods

Location:
The Market Theatre, Sun Street
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
It's that time of year again ! Oh yes, it is ! Visit the Market Theatre to get your annual dose of innuendo, awful jokes, cringy comedy and heaps of jaw aching laughter. For times and to book call 01462 433553 or visit the website.
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Friday 14th December 2018

A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - GITARRISSIMA

Location:
Hitchin Girls School, Highbury Road
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Programme: A Christmas Celebration including music by Bizet, Copland, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky "Swan Lake" and "Nutcracker". Tickets: £8 Adults, £3.50 Children, £ 5 Senior Citizens
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Friday 14th December 2018

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION OF MUSIC AND WORDS

Location:
St Martin's Church, Preston
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
You are warmly invited to join the Preston Village Voices with mince pies and wine served afterwards. £7.50 available from 07495 4541624.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

THE CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS SHOW: The Snow Queen

Location:
The Market Theatre, Sun Street
Starts:
Ends:
Enter a winter wonderland this Christmas with an invitation to meet The Snow Queen. Accompany Gerda on her journey to save her brother from the clutches of the cold Queen of the North. But there are obstacles in her way and she will meet characters who are not always sympathetic to her quest. All tickets £10.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

CHRISTMAS CHARITY CAR PARK

Location:
Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street
Starts:
9am
Ends:
3pm
AND ALSO 15TH DECEMBER Support this Charity car park, donation £3 with all proceeds to the Rotary CLub of HItchin Tilehouse.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

CHRISTMAS LOCAL CRAFT & FARMERS MARKET

Location:
Hitchin Riverside
Starts:
From 8.30am
Ends:
3.30pm
A wonderful array of Christmas goodies on sale ! Hitchin Craft & Farmers Market is on the last Saturday of the month (except December) and it runs alongside the main market in front of St Marys Church and down the Cloisters. A great way to spend a Saturday by the River Hizz with over 30 stalls every month selling high quality locally produced products. The nearest parking is St Mary's Car Park or Portmill Lane. A chance to browse and buy at the wonderful choice of stalls along the Riverside.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

A VINTAGE AFFAIR

Location:
Church House, Churchyard
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
4.30pm
Free entry - browse and buy reproduction and vintage clothing, homewares, collectibles, furniture, accessories. Stalls from 35. email: tricia@avintagefair.co.uk
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Saturday 15th December 2018

CHRISTMAS BRASS

Location:
Christchurch, Bedford Road
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Come and enjoy this Annual Christmas Concert with three in one featuring Hitchin Band, Hitchin Community Brass and Hitchin Youth Band. £6 adults, £5 concessions, children under 16 free from Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

PAUL KIDBY: DISCWORLD AND BEYOND EXHIBITION

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
4.30pm
Are you a Terry Pratchell fan? Do you love fantastical illustrations ? If so, you'll love this forthcoming Discworld exhibition. Paul Kidby has illustrated many of the famous Discworld books, and this exhibition showcases his wonderful illustrations and book covers. Lots of favourite characters are included, like Rincewind, the Wee Free Men, and of course, Death! The exhibition also features Paul Kidby's own work, influenced by British folklore and landscapes. The exhibition runs until 9 February 2019, Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entry into the museum.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

HITCHIN'S CARIBBEAN SUPPER CLUB

Location:
The Secret Garden, 10 Sun Street
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
11pm
In response to high demand, Nutmeg and Mace are pleased to announce the date of the festive Supper Club. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat now ! nutmegandmace@outlook.com
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Saturday 15th December 2018

CHRISTMAS FUN HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Location:
The Secret Garden, 10 Sun Street
Starts:
10am and 11am
Ends:
Join Monkey Music for two workshops aimed and two age groups. For details and booking call: 01462 626735 or email: baldock.hitchin@monkeymusic.co.uk.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

HITCHIN CAR BOOT

Location:
Hitchin Markets, Biggin Lane
Starts:
Opens 6.30am
Ends:
1pm
Come rain or shine every Sunday - booters and traders welcome - stalls from 5 - 10. Seller arrival time is between 6:30 am and 8:30 am. Call 01462 456202 for more details.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARD SHOP

Location:
St Mary's Parish Church
Starts:
10am
Ends:
4pm
Cards for good causes supporting over 25 local and national charities.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

ALADDIN - A MAGICAL FAMILY PANTOMINE

Location:
Westmill Community Centre, John Barker Place
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
A AMA Theatre production. Adults £7, children £5, Family tickets £16 (2 adults and 2 children). Refreshments available and licensed bar plus ample parking and easy wheelchair access.
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Saturday 15th December 2018

CHRISTMAS FAMILY CONCERT

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
2.30pm & 4.15pm
Ends:
An afternoon of Christmas music with the Hitchin Chamber Orchestra and the Priory School Choir. £5 adults, children £3, £13 family, free under 5s.
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Sunday 16th December 2018

CLUB 85: (HED) PE

Location:
Club 85, Whinbush Road
Starts:
Doors 7pm
Ends:
Basilisk Promotions in partnership with The Alexia Agency are delighted to welcome the legendary (HED) PE from California, USA on Sunday 16th December for what is the finale of their 2018 UK Winter Tour! With support from Davey Suicide and Hemlock. Entry £15 in advance, £20 on the door. Doors 7pm
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Sunday 16th December 2018

ADVENT at St Marys

Location:
St Mary's Church, Hitchin
Starts:
10am
Ends:
Join the congregation for Service of the World and Nativity Play. All are welcome.
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Sunday 16th December 2018

JAZZFACE CHRISTMAS BASH !

Location:
The Albert, Walsworth Road
Starts:
3pm
Ends:
At the Albert this Sunday featuring special guests Konni Deppe and Richard Wilsher and includes all the tunes from Chic Corea's Light as a Feather, Christmas cake and crackers, lovely beers, whiskies and company!
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Monday 17th December 2018

WELLBEING SUPPORT GROUP

Location:
Westmill Community Centre, John Barker Place
Starts:
11am-12.30pm
Ends:
Come to socialise and discuss a variety of topics that focus on your physical and emotional health. For more information call Stephanie 014638 369216.
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Monday 17th December 2018

HITCHIN STROKE GROUP

Location:
Andersons House, Florence Street
Starts:
2pm
Ends:
4pm
Hitchin Stroke Group meetings restart today. New members and volunteers and their carers are very welcome to join this friendly group which is for people affected by stroke, aphasia or both. Volunteers needed so please do get in contact. For information contact Jan Hendry 01462 458933 or email janhendry@hotmail.co.uk.
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Monday 17th December 2018

BRANCH OUT

Location:
Cromwell Bar, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
11pm
Branch Out meets every Monday night. This medium-sized Social Club is for single people, aged 40 upwards. The club organises regular events - dinners, discos, walks, theatre visits, day/weekend trips. For more details call Lorna on 01438 233657 or visit the website.
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Monday 17th December 2018

STAPLERS FOLK DANCERS

Location:
St John's Road Community Hall
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
Join this very lively and friendly club who welcome beginners. No need to bring a partner. The dances are fun and easy to learn. Come along and try! First week free - 2 per week thereafter!
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Monday 17th December 2018

KEEN SCRABBLE PLAYER?

Location:
British Schools Museum, Queen Street
Starts:
2pm
Ends:
4pm
Join the Scrabble Club which meets every third Monday. £2 includes refreshments. More details: Mary 01462 431628 Janet 01438 871851
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Monday 17th December 2018

HITCHIN STROKE GROUP VOLUNTEERS

Location:
Andersons House, Florence Street
Starts:
2pm
Ends:
4pm
Do you have 2 hours to spare on Monday afternoons to help / volunteer at Hitchin Stroke Group? If you are interested then please contact Pat Hutton 01462 435828 or Jan Hendry 01462 458933.
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Tuesday 18th December 2018

FESTIVE FOLK CRAIC-KERS!

Location:
The Highlander, Upper Tilehouse Street
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
Join Celtic Krystal for an evening of festive folk music at The Highlander. Enjoy good music, good food and good beer.
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Tuesday 18th December 2018

MONKEY MUSIC

Location:
Secret Garden, Sun Street
Starts:
Ends:
Age specific classes starting in January every Tuesday. Accepting bookings now.
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Wednesday 19th December 2018

BUSINESS BUZZ HITCHIN

Location:
Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street
Starts:
10am
Ends:
12 noon
No need to book, no membership fees come at this drop in networking event. All welcome, come and meet some great local entrepreneurs. Only 5 includes refreshments. More more information contact Business Buzz Hitchin Host, Maree Atkinson - info@mareeatkinson.com or call 077364 71568.
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Wednesday 19th December 2018

COFFEE AND OPEN MORNING

Location:
St Michaels Community Centre, St Michaels Road
Starts:
11am
Ends:
1pm
An invitation from St Michaels Mount Community Association to join them for coffee, tea and cafe and to view the facilities.
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Wednesday 19th December 2018

ROTARY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Location:
Market Place
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
Continuing a tradition of over 60 years, Hitchin Rotary Club are organising the annual Carol Singing which will be led by the Rev Dan Drew, with the choir of St Mary's and Hitchin Town Band. In recent years over a thousand people have joined together to sing their favourite carols and there will be mulled wine available to ward off the cold.
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Wednesday 19th December 2018

CELTIC KRYSTAL

Location:
The Red Lion, The Green, Preston
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
Enjoy festive folk craic-kers !
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Wednesday 19th December 2018

LIGHT UP A LIFE HITCHIN LANTERN PARADE

Location:
St Mary's Church leading to Market Place
Starts:
7.15pm
Ends:
Join Rotary Hitchin Tilehouse for this Lantern Parade in remembrance of a cherished life this Christmas and help support children and adults with a terminal illness. You can purchase your lantern on the day in the Market Place - £4 each or 3 for £10. In aid of Marie Curie, Garden House Hospice and Keech Hospice Care. Followed by mulled wine and carol singing in the Market Place.
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Friday 21st December 2018

CELTIC KRYSTAL

Location:
The Old George, Ickleford
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
Enjoy festive folk music with this local band. All welcome - admission free.
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Friday 21st December 2018

Lunchtime Talk: ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY

Location:
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane
Starts:
Arrival from 12 noon
Ends:
TRICIA THOMSPON: The History of the Christmas Carol with Sing-a-Long One of our most loved Christmas traditions is the singing of crols. For everybody, whether it is in church, as a group singing around the neighbourhood for charity of just in the car, Christmas carols are a welcome sign that the festive season is upon us once again. But, where did they originate? Find out about the history of your favourite carols and then join together to sing them after a wonderful three-course Christmas lunch - what a great way to start your Christmas! Lunch 12.30pm - talk 2pm Tickets: 35
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Friday 21st December 2018

CLUB 85 presents ...

Location:
Club 85, Whinbush Road
Starts:
Doors 7.45pm
Ends:
MARK CHADWICK (The Levellers) with support from RUSSEL PERKINS (Papaphone) & LUKE JAMES WILLIAMS (The October Game)! Entry £15 in advance, more on the door. Advance tickets will be available from the usual outlets: Farleys, Jolly Brown, Gatefold, Bar 85 plus online tickets.
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Saturday 22nd December 2018

North Herts Guild of Singers: CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Location:
St Mary's Church, CHurchyard
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Join North Herts Guild of Singers with conductor Stephen Bullamore and acommpanied by Colin S[inks for a Christmas Concert with Audience Carols and solo by Bob Chilcott. Tickets: £14 Adults, £8 Students available at Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard 01462 453335. Cash only please. Or online.
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Sunday 23rd December 2018

Hitchin Folk Club: AN ALBION CHRISTMAS

Location:
The Sun Hotel, Sun Street
Starts:
8.15pm
Ends:
11pm
Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol, Kellie White, Simon Care and Ashley Hutchings, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain; an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. www.albionchristmas.co.uk Members £16, non-members £18 via the website.
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Monday 24th December 2018

MAISIE'S WALKS .... a little on the wildside

Location:
Charlton
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
For like-minded nature lovers who enjoy the countryside and wildlife!
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Tuesday 25th December 2018

FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERLY

Location:
Cafe Elite, 93A Bancroft
Starts:
12 noon
Ends:
3pm
Caffe Elite is opening its doors to the Homeless and Elderly who may be along on CHRISTMAS DAY. Find them next to Sainsbury.
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Tuesday 25th December 2018

LOOKING FOR "SOMEWHERE TO GO" THIS CHRISTMAS?

Location:
Walsworth Baptist Church, Walsworth Road
Starts:
11am-5pm
Ends:
5pm
Walsworth Road Baptist Church are inviting those who have nowhere to go this Christmas to join them in Walsworth Road for Christmas food, festive fun and good company ! Also on: BOXING DAY: 10am-4pm NEW YEAR'S DAY: 10Aam - 4pm
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Wednesday 26th December 2018

SONGWRITERS SHARE

Location:
The Angels Share, Arcade Walk
Starts:
9pm
Ends:
11pm
A monthly gathering supporting upcoming songwriters, original song writing and new songs and voices. Hosted by singer / songwriter Chris Rodis
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Wednesday 26th December 2018

Looking for "SOMEWHERE TO GO" this Christmas?

Location:
Walsworth Baptist Church, Walsworth Road
Starts:
10am
Ends:
4pm
Come and join the team at Walsworth Road Baptist Road over the Christmas period for company, Christmas food and festive fun. Also open: NEW YEAR'S DAY: 10am - 4pm.
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Saturday 29th December 2018

IN STORE MEGA POP UP MONTHLY EXTRAVANANZA

Location:
Gatefold Record Lounge, Hermitage Road
Starts:
11am - 4pm
Ends:
Join Gatefold and Cantina Carnitas on the last Saturday of each month for a day of music.
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Saturday 29th December 2018

JAZZ UP! End of Year Party

Location:
Club 85, Whinbush Road
Starts:
7.45pm
Ends:
Headlining the party night will be: CLOSE TO THE BONE Fronted by JazzUp founder Dave Keech on trombone, who has tweaked the band to celebrate both local young players and rising young jazz stars. Dave Keech - trombone; Tom Ridout - saxes; Flo Moore - bass; Gabriel Taylor - trumpet; Craig Stallwood - piano; Joe Keech - drums and guest singer Rachel Farrow - Rachel needs little introduction as an established and hugely popular singer based in Hitchin, and leader of Genie and the Jivebombers. You'll have seen her perform wonderful duets at JazzUp with Ray Gelato. And her sassy Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee influenced style is perfection for any party. Plus DJs: Les Jazz Rats and The Deadbeats - Eric and Sten (Rats) and Felix and Paul (Deadbeats) spin jazz and rare grooves exclusively on vinyl. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.15pm and a late bar 'til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest. Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp loyalty card available from Farleys, Riot Lounge, Gatefold Record Lounge, Jolly Brown and Bar 85 and on line from from WeGotTickets 16+ with ID
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