What's on in the UK: Things to do in the next week

Whether you're looking for a big screen laugh with the children or to relax at the ballet, HELLO! Online has something for you to enjoy during the next week across the United Kingdom.



Friday 5 December: Penguins of Madagascar

Following the smash hit success of Madagascar comes Penguins of Madagascar, the most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. The foursome soon discover the terrible plans being hatched by the evil Dr. Octavius Brine and join forces with a chic undercover organisation, The North Wind, led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (played by the always brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch).




Saturday 6 December: Manchester Christmas Wrapping Boutique with Southern Comfort

So many Christmas presents to wrap and you don't know where to start? Bring them to the Blackdog Ballroom Northern Quarter in Manchester this Saturday and Santa's little helpers will wrap them for you free - while you enjoy a well-deserved and refreshing Southern Comfort, lemonade and fresh lime. Any donations made will go towards Forever Manchester, a local charity which funds local community groups.




Sunday 7 December: Christmas Afternoon Tea Inspired By Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Get in out of the cold and enjoy a scrumdiddlyumptious afternoon tea, inspired by one of the West End's best musicals, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From decadent golden eggs to blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl's classic tale, and is paired with a warming tea - or a playful cocktail.

See more at onealdwych.com/food-drink/afternoon-tea









Monday 8 December: Santa-themed run home

Fitness First Home Run will be hosting a special Santa-themed run, complete with Santa hats, mince pies and a customary post-exercise mulled wine. Starting and finishing at a Fitness First gym in London, you'll be guided across the city and dropped off at a main station so you can easily get home from there. And the best bit? Fitness First will take care of your bags and return them to you at the end point. As a festive treat for December only, members and non-members can run completely free of charge.

For more information on routes and how to sign up, see homerunlondon.com



Tuesday 9 December: 101 Dalmations
"Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly think that we’re their pets?" So goes Bristol Tobacco Factory's 101 Dalmations, their Christmas adaptation of the popular story. Warm-hearted and playful, told with creative storytelling, original live music and a lot of laughs, this is the perfect night out for all the family.

See tobaccofactorytheatres.com for more information





Wednesday 10 December: The Little Yellow Door's Ultimate Christmas Party

The year’s hottest pop-up, The Little Yellow Door,continues its popular series of London’s greatest house parties, as the fictional flat share, featuring a bar and restaurant, takes on the festive season, and presents The Ultimate Christmas Dinner Party. On December 10th the five flatmates are again opening up their quirky Notting Hill home for an evening of great food, killer drinks and new friends.

Tickets £40, see thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk for more information







Thursday 11 December: English National Ballet's The Nutcracker

The classic Christmas ballet returns to London's Coliseum this Christmas - and performed by one of the world's best ballet companies, the English National Ballet. The Nutcracker tells the romantic tale of Clara, who on an enchanted Christmas eve, battles with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome stranger. Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across the frost-dusted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins. The Nutcracker includes the popular Tchaikovsky score along with the gorgeous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers.

See ballet.org.uk for more information








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