What’s Happening in Barrow and Furness This Weekend
7th December 2015
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The terrible weather decimated last weeks’ events, with a large number of them being cancelled, and with all the misery and bad news around, we could all do with something to cheer us up couldn’t we?  It’s just as well then, that there are some great comedy nights planned for you.

The Forum have their final Comedy Night of the year planned for Friday 11th December, and have a fantastic line up featuring some of the funniest stand - up comics on the UK circuit. These nights are incredibly popular, so if it’s a good laugh you’re after, this one’s definitely for you.

One of our favourite comedians – the maestro of feel good comedy Stephen K Amos brings his new show ‘Laughter Master’ to the Beggars Theatre in Millom. It promises to be a fantastic event, just what you need to cheer you up and put a smile on your face!

So, there’s plenty to do; don’t let the weather dampen your spirits - take your pick, book your tickets (if you need to) and enjoy the best of what Barrow and Furness has to offer. Have a fabulous weekend everyone.

10th December – Cabaret & Candles

A wonderful evening of fine food and fantastic music with International Cabaret Artist Yvonne Patterson, at the Coach House Cafe & Bistro 7pm - 11pm 

A Fundraising evening for The Ford Park Community Group

£30 per head

Includes a 3 course meal and cabaret.


10th December – A Christmas Carol

Christmas arrives with a bang this year as CBeebies newest stars and Comedy Club 4 Kids veterans the Three Half Pints stumble into town with their all-new comedy version of A Christmas Carol. This 90 minute show is crammed full of songs, silliness and slapstick –perfect for kids aged 6 to 106!

Tickets £7 children, £12 Adults



10th December – Voce Christmas Concert

Join Voce at Hawcoat Park for a wonderful Christmas Concert.

Voce will be at Hawcoat Park for a magical Christmas Concert, and Christmas Carol sing -a - long.

The event takes place on December 10th at 8pm

Doors Open at 7.30pm

Tickets are £7 each



11th December – Kendal BID Christmas Fair

The Kendal Christmas Fair is returning for this annual event in the heart of the town with a strong emphasis on local products including, grocery foods, crafts and Christmas gifts ideas.

Mulled wine and hot food will be on offer to keep the chill away, with street entertainment and festive music adding to the ambiance on the market place. 

This Christmas Fair in Kendal will keep visitors entertained over the course of the three days, with a wide variety of local crafts and foods, there will be something for all. The Fair is part of Kendal's festive fortnight with a free park and ride scheme operating throughout.



11th December – Islanders Christmas Disco

A chance to dance, play games and see Santa!

Islanders Christmas Disco takes place on Friday 11th December.

The event is at St.Patrick's Church Hall from 5 - 6.30pm

There'll be party games, music, hot dogs and drinks available.

Santa will be there too!

Adults £1

Children £2 ( includes visit and gift from Santa)



11th December – Mayor’s Christmas Variety Show

A Celebration & Showcase of Local Talent featuring performances by CAST Youth Theatre, Walney Junior Amateur Operatic Society and students from Barrow Sixth Form College.

All funds raised will be split between the Mayor's chosen charities - Women's Community Matters and Equity Sport Kids. 

The show starts at 7.30pm

Tickets are £5 and can be bought from The Forum



11th December – Forum Comedy Night

Looking for an alternative Christmas night out? Why not join us for our last comedy night of 2015.

Line up includes Ivan Brackenbury, a daft inept yet adorable radio DJ who will take you on a hilarious broadcasting journey.

Genial white-haired Irishman Caimh (pronounced Qeeve) McDonnell his gentle yet incisive humour makes any audience feel involved whilst playing with their expectations.

Danny Deegan, talented and likability coupled with his confidence make him one of the most popular acts in the North.

MC for the night will be Preston's own funny man Tony Vino. 

Tickets are £12.50

Doors open at 8pm - show starts at 8.30pm



11th December – Stephen K Amos – ‘Laughter Master’

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show at The Beggars Theatre.

Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand,as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?

The show starts at 8pm

Tickets are £13 - £17



12th – 13th December – Santa Special Weekend at Lakeside Railway

Join Father Christmas and his helpers on a magical family journey to Lakeside.

There are presents for the children, Christmas cake and a seasonal drink for the Adults, with Carols and a good time for all!

Each journey is 1hr 30 min return

Fares for children is £12.50 (sorry, there is no free travel for under 5's for this event) 

Fare for Adults £12.50



12th December – Cake The Halls

A most festive pop up nestled in the cosy Barrow Cricket club, serving up tasty treats and hot beverages. We'll be serenaded by the angelic vocal stylings of Paris Corkill, and our delightful raffle prize is a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial, four glasses and a leather gift case. 10% of the proceeds will go to NSPCC. We hope you can come and help us eat all the delicious cakes!



12th December – Islanders Christmas Fair

Islanders Christmas Fair takes place on Sat 12th December from 1 - 4pm

It's being held at St. Patrick's Church hall

Entry is 50p (for children and adults)

Drinks and food will be available, and there will be a visit from Santa!

Please call Joanne on 07527 372384 to book a table ( tables are £5 to hire for the event)



12th December – Petzl Night Run

A 10km trail race plus Free 1km kids run at Grizedale Forest.

The second night trail running race of the Petzl series takes place at Grizedale Forest, LA22 0QJ, on Saturday 12 December 2015. The start and finish venue is based at Grizedale Visitors Centre, in the Lake District, which is ideal venue for families and supporters as well as runners.  As with all our night runner races, fancy dress is actively encouraged and the theme for Grizedale is "Christmas Festivities".  Search out those santa suits and dust of the angel wings and get ready for some forest festive fun. 

The cost to enter the Petzl night trail running race is £25, which includes car parking, your t-shirt and a finisher’s medal.



12th December – Carols at the Coro

FREE EVENT AT THE CORO Retiring collection for Mayor's Charities


Ulverston Town Band.

Rob and Connor O'Hara

Church Walk School Choir

John Brice

Festive Furness Tradition


12th December – The Nines Christmas Party

Our Christmas party nights have room for up to 300 people, and everything about it says celebration. From the glamorous decorations and the festive food to the well-drilled band and house DJ, you're in for an amazing night.

The night includes:

Complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival

Live entertainment from 'HEATWAVE'

Your own allocated table for your party

Festive Christmas buffet

Disco 'till the early hours playing all the festive hits

Get your tickets to avoid disappointment!


To book please call 01229 821301 or email info@thenines.co.uk



12th December – Dig A Pony at The Swan Inn

Fab-four piece band performing off-the-beaten-track Lennon & McCartney classics, spanning the Beatles’ entire career play at The Swan Inn Ulverston

Dig A Pony will be playing at The Swan Inn on Sat 12th Dec. They'll be serving up their unique choice of fab-four finery with delivery as sharp and energetic as the Cavern days.

The Music starts at 9pm. Free Entry.



 13th December – Tesco Extra Community Car Boot Sale

Another community car boot sale at Tesco Extra in Barrow In Furness.

Cars can arrive to set up after 8.30am. Cars are generally allocated 2 car parking spaces.

Just turn up no need to book space... All bucket Donation money goes to Tesco Charity of Year Fund. (Diabetes uk / British Heart Foundation).

We still hold Carboot even if it Rains.

£5 per car



13th December – Holker Hall Christmas Producers Market

Holker Hall & Gardens are hosting a wonderful Christmas Market.

Come along and meet our local and regional food and drink producers who will tantalize your taste buds with a fantastic array of food and drink to take home and enjoy.

Meet the artisan producers and get some fabulous recipe ideas.

The market starts from 10.30am. http://www.holker.co.uk/

13th December- Grizedale Yuletide Festival

Celebrate the Yuletide season at Grizedale with the indoor and outdoor activities for the family including Xmas Xplorer, tree planting, treasure hunt, lantern making and a beautiful lantern-lit story walk through the forest.

 This is a free event.



13th December – Father Christmas at Ford Park

Father Christmas will be visiting For park on Sunday 13th December 3.30pm - 6.30pm

Father Christmas will guide small groups of children through the walled garden aglow with lanterns and lights to his workshop where he will talk to them about his year, the animal of the frozen North and how we can help our own animals through the Winter.

He will ask the children about their Christmas wishes and each child will receive a gift along with a present for the birds in their garden.

£6 per child Booking essential



14th December – Conservation Work Party at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve

Join us for our regular fortnightly work party at Foulshaw Moss!

Tasks will include felling conifer saplings, planting native trees, pulling rhododendron seedlings, clearing the route of new paths and repairing the old barn.

The ground is damp and uneven in places and wellies and waterproofs are essential.

Please bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

Booking is required. Contact mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or 01539 816300 to reserve a place



14th December – Spectral Stories 2 at Barrow Library

Modern takes on classic ghost stories at Barrow Library

Spectral Stories 2 takes place at Barrow Library on December 14th

Hugs Bison with Sarah Miller and Ann Wilson will be giving modern takes on traditional ghost stories.

The event takes place between 4pm and 6pm


15th December – Christmas Cake Decoration Workshop at Ford Park

Create your own decorations in this small group workshop.

Experienced cake maker Jo Stoney leads a small workshop.

Either bring your own cake to be iced, or a dummy one can be provided for you to practice on.

Decorative techniques will include stencilling, icing piping, icing cutouts and icing moulding. Gain understanding of which icing to use for each technique.

Take home guidance sheets provided with hints and tips gained from Jo's 30 years experience.

Festive refreshments provided, free parking

£20 per person




15th December – UVHS Christmas Festival 2015

The fantastic UVHS Music Department hold their Christmas Festival at The Coronation Hall on the 15th December.

A seasonal extravaganza of audience carols, festive music and readings for all the family from the outstanding UVHS Music Department.

Tuesday 15 December 2015


Tickets:  £8.50 / £7.50 / £3.50 child concession only available through the Box Office


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