What’s on this weekend
FRI 1 - SUN 3 DEC
Oklahoma! City Hall, Salisbury, 28 Nov – 2 Dec
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains in many ways, their most innovative having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background which Curly, a handsome cowboy and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, loves journey is a bumpy ride.
Festive Tea and Jazz, Melksham, 30 Nov
Start the festive season the right way with an afternoon tea full of mince pies, mulled wine and many more delicious delights! The wonderful FB Pocket Orchestra will be joining us once more, mixing in some Christmas classics to their already fab set.
Lantern and Lights Procession, Salisbury, 30 Nov
The annual procession this year will be a feast of lanterns and lights. Starting at 6.15pm, it will culminate in a truly glowing show in the Market Square around 7pm.
Wealth of Wiltshire Christmas Fayre, Trowbridge, Wilts, Thu 30 Nov
Dick Whittington And His Cat, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 24 Nov to Sun 7 Jan, 2018
It’s panto time! And Tweedy the Clown returns to the Everyman stage with his comic-book licks and tricks in this year’s show, Dick Whittington And His Cat, who travels from Gloucester to London in search of his fortune. Expect the usual high jinx and laughs. everymantheatre.org.uk
Christmas is coming to Highgrove, Tetbury, Glos, Wed 22 Nov to Sun 17 December
HRH The Prince of Wales’s gaff is a princely host for a right royal Christmas festive and shopping experience. This year the famous Orchard Room will be once again offering unique gift ideas, decorations and gourmet foods. Bask in the beauty of the place and find those special, one-of-a-kind gifts. No sharp, high street elbows here, instead you can float around, glass of champagne in hand, breaking for lunch and cream tea in the brand new restaurant. Sounds perfecto. highgrovegardens.com
Victorian Christmas Market, until Sun 26 Nov; Enchanted Christmas Market Mon 27 to Sat 24 Dec, Gloucester Quays, Gloucester, Glos
These two fab, back-to-back markets at Gloucester Quays include a cast of Victorian characters – street urchins, pickpockets and the men in blue – street food vendors, a Ferris Wheel, tons of festive stalls, a real ale tent, brass bands and an open-air ice rink. I’ll see you dancing on ice! gloucesterquayschristmas.co.uk
Whales Beneath the Surface
■ Natural History Museum, London SW7 ■ to Feb 2018
A major new exhibition exploring the extraordinary life of whales. Dive through one of the world’s most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibition, when more than 100 specimens from the Museum’s collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.
■ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. nhm.ac.uk
Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens, London, Weds 22 Nov – 1 Jan 2018
Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.