What’s Happening In Barrow and Furness this weekend?
6th December 2018
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There's plenty to get you in the festive spirit this weekend.

Barrow & District Disability Associations Santa’s Grotto takes place this weekend. Everyone’s welcome to come and meet Santa in his toy workshop where every child will receive a present from him.

The Coro’s Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday gives you the perfect chance to soak up a wonderful Christmas atmosphere with a day full of gifts, treats, crafts and entertainment.

St. Matthew’s Community Halls host a Vegan Christmas Fair on Sunday.

And why not spend a Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping at Furness Abbey? You can shop for gifts and enjoy coffee, mince pies, mulled wine and carols – what more could you want?


Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Friday 7th December - Sunday 9th December - Without Boundaries

An exciting new exhibition at The Dock Museum.

10th November 2018 – 16th January 2019

An exciting contemporary art exhibition from a new artistic group, following on from 'Horizons', their very successful 2017 exhibition at the Dock Museum.

The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, glass fused art, etchings, sculptures, ceramics, poetry and mixed media pieces.

Free admission



Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December - Grange Christmas Tree Festival

Grange Christmas Tree Festival starts on Friday 7th December.

A display of 35 Christmas Trees at Paul's Church, Grange.

Each tree is decorated by a different local organisation on the theme of Christmas carols and songs.

Open daily. Free entry but donations welcomed



Friday 7th December - Rhyme Time at Barrow Library

A fantastic activity every Friday Morning at Barrow Library.

Come and join us at Barrow Library every Friday for Rhyme Time, for songs and Stories for under 5's (and their adults)

Sessions take place every Friday 

10.30am - 11am



Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December - Father Christmas comes to Millerbeck Light Railway

Sat 8th & Sun 9th December
Bring your children to see Father Christmas arrive on his special train in this truly magical setting! 
Tickets for Daytime Specials include unlimited train rides until it is your turn for your family trip on your designated Santa Express to meet Father Christmas in his sparkling grotto, where each child receives a present! 
Hot & cold drinks, biscuits & cakes available to purchase. 

Tickets for our Illuminations Specials include an extended train ride, in the dark, around the fabulously illuminated grounds & woods of Millerbeck House. 
Your family will then be delivered to the Courtyard for mulled wine, hot drinks, our alpacas, music, mince pies, lucky dip & culminating in your special meeting with Father Christmas in his warm sparkling grotto where each child will receive a present before you leave Millerbeck through the ice cave.



Friday 7th December - Askam Dementia Café

Askam Dementia cafe takes place on the 2nd Friday in the month.

11am - 1pm at Askam Methodist Church.



Friday 7th December - Fizzy Fridays at Ford Park

Welcome the weekend with a little fizz at our new Fizzy Fridays

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and prosecco to share with our new Fizzy Fridays 12-4pm, it’s the perfect way to relax with friends and family.

Only £14.95 per person. Booking essential – please call 01229 581666.

Gluten-free afternoon tea is also available, please let us know any dietary requirements when booking.



Friday 7th - Sunday 9th December - Dalton Christmas Tree Festival

Come and visit Dalton's Famous Christmas Tree Festival.

There are over 50 decorated trees mostly within the church.  - each tree representing a charity of choice.

This year's theme is "What a Wonderful World"

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 2-5.30pm apart from last weekend open 2-4pm.

Open Boxing Day 2-4pm.

Refreshments available and wheelchair access available into church.

Come and see this amazing event. Children under 10 enter free.



Friday 7th December - Silverscreen - Love Actually

The Forum's Silverscreen returns for December with Love Actually

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

December 7th

Film starts at 1pm

Tickets £3.50 - includes refreshments



Friday 7th December - Furness Writers at Barrow Library

A Free Creative Writing Session at Barrow Library.

Every Friday 3.45 - 5.00 pm

Come and build confidence, speak with like-minded people, and do a few writing exercises in a relaxed environment. You may also choose to bring a 500 word extract from your manuscript for group critiquing.  

Contact Barrow Library on 01229 894370 to book your place.



Friday 7th December - Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS – 26 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World! Holly At Christmas 2018

This breath-taking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.

It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.

Towards the end of November, the clocks go back – in more ways than one – and Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!

Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.

Holly At Christmas rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming – That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying:  “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”



Saturday 7th December - Abba Mania

It is just over 40 years since ABBA won Eurovision and now it’s your chance to thank ABBA for the music!

ABBA MANIA is accepted as the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production.

Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves.


ABBA MANIA brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you!


So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Voulez Vous’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Winner Takes It All’, ‘Super Trouper’ and many more.


Tickets £25



Saturday 8th December - Barrow Park Run

A fantastic 5 Km run around Barrow Park, open to everyone!

What is Barrow parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it? Every Saturday at 09:00

Where is it? It's run in Barrow Park.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing - it's free! but please register in advance. www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow

How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! Barrow parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers - email BarrowHelpers@parkrun.com to help. We're friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the park cafe, near the bandstand - please come and join us.



Saturday 8th December - Fell Foot Park Run

Fell Foot parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run at the scenic National Trust Park at Fell Foot.

The run is open to everyone, whatever their ability, from those taking their first running steps to Olympians and from juniors to the more experienced.

It's you against the clock. All you need do is register on-line in advance for a unique athlete number.



Saturday 8th December – Ulverston Park Run

What is Ford parkrun?

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Ford Park, Off Ford Park Crescent, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7JP. See Course page for more details.



Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December - Barrow & District Disability Association Santa's Grotto

Everyone is welcome to come and meet Santa in his toy workshop, where every child will receive a present from him.

The Grotto has pushchair and wheelchair access and is suitable for visually impaired youngsters as it is full of different textures and perfumed with frankincense and myrhh.

The best grotto in town!

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 10am - 3pm

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 10am - 3pm

£3.50 per child.

Refreshments available



Saturday 8th December - Coro Christmas Craft Market

Come one, come all to the beautiful town of Ulverston and to the Coronation Hall Christmas Craft Market!

It’s set to be a brilliant day full of gifts, treats and craft!

They have wonderful stalls selling all those fabulous and unique gifts, the lovely Vintage Village Hall Pop Up Tea Room will be here too and the Coro Make & Create Sessions are taking place!

Entertainment will be running throughout the day by a variety of performers of mixed talents and ages, creating a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

The festivities of the day will be fun and family orientated, so visit the Coro Christmas Craft Market and all those other lovely independent shops in town and even have a stop off with Santa in his Double Decker Bus Grotto!

Ulverston will be a wonderful town full of festive cheer, with fab lights, Christmas tree, Christmas fun and all those Christmas essentials.

If you would like to have a stall at this Christmas Craft Market, then please get in touch via email at: emma.fawcus@ulverstonenterprises.uk  and they can send you all the information and form to complete.



Saturday 8th December - Mini-Bootcamp Sessions at Life Leisure


Every Saturday, ages 5-8 at 12pm & ages 9-15 at 11am! Places still available on today classes.

A fun 45 minute workout for boys & girls aged 5+ who love fitness! Led by our experienced and qualified fitness instructor.
Cost £3.50 per session or FREE to kids on our Family Membership OR Kids Gym Membership.

Why not stay for a swim afterwards for even more fun?

Don't miss out! Book today! 



Saturday 8th December - Ulverston Town Band visit Barrow

Traditional Christmas Music in Barrow by Ulverston Town Band.

Be entertained while you do your Christmas Shopping in Barrow Town Centre with traditional brass band music by Ulverston Town Band.



Saturday 8th December - Twilight Afternoon Tea at Christmas

Twilight Afternoon Tea at Christmas With guest artists Paige Cook and Chris Barker

Stalls available on the day which include cakes, vodkas/gins (bottled), cards and gift tags.

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and a glass of fizz with festive entertainment.

To book a stall email housewivesofcumbriaevents@gmail.com

Tickets £20



Saturday 8th December - Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Renowned folk singer Maddy Prior makes a welcome return to The Forum.

Following the hugely popular 25th anniversary Christmas tour, renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show “Carols & Capers”.

Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.

Tickets £22.50



Sunday 9th December– Indoor Car Boot Sale

The Next Carboot Sale At Ulverston Auction Mart Is This Sunday 
Set Up From 6.30am
Inside If Wet Or Windy
Come On Down & Grab Yourself A Bargain
£6 Per Car. No Need To Book, Just Turn Up
Toilets & Refreshments Available On Site
Contact Brian On 07790 824298 For Further Information.



Sunday 9th December - Barrow Vegan Xmas Fair

A new vegan fair takes place in Barrow this December at St. Matthew's Community Halls.

A new vegan fair for Barrow in Furness organised by Farplace Animal Rescue charity.

The fair will be held in St. Matthew's Community Halls on 9th December.

£1 on the door, kids free.

Stall enquiries to events@farplace.org.uk



Sunday 9th December - Kids Club

Family fun with meditations, games, stories and activities.

Sunday mornings 10.30 - 11.45am.

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Families with 1 child £3.50

Families with 2 or more children £5

Classes held in the main building at Manjushri KMC



Sunday 9th December - Christmas Shopping Afternoon at Furness Abbey

A truly festive Christmas shopping experience at Furness Abbey

A pleasant festive afternoon of browsing in the Furness Abbey shop for gifts, tastings, coffee, mince pies, mulled wine and carols! Come along and get in the Christmas spirit.

Sunday December 9th

1pm - 3pm



Sunday 9th December- Football VIP Free Draw Experience at Apollo Bingo

Make sure you're in the building for Apollo Bingo's amazing free draw.

Sunday evening 9th December

Free draw for a l VIP football experience for 2 worth over £1,100 for the Man United Man City fixture on Sunday March 17th 2019

You've got to be in it to win it!

You can also enjoy the main session for £15, Bees start at £25 plus 4 x £500 full houses.

Early and late £3 each



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