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1. CINDERELLA: Lyceum Theatre, today, 2pm and 7pm, tomorrow, 1pm and 5.30pm, New Year’s Eve, 11am, 2.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, 2pm, 7pm continuing to January 6 (£14-£19). This year’s Lyceum Theatre pantomime production finds Damian Williams, alongside children’s favourite Ben Faulks (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom), singer Jonathan Ansell, founder member of pop-opera boy band G4, Kate Quinnell as Cinders and Dinnerladies’ Sue Devaney as the Good Fair in show written and directed by Paul Hendy and produced by the same team from last year’s Sleeping Beauty. Tel: 0114 2496000
2. Eyam Treasure Trail. Eyam Village, Derbyshire, daily. Take some time to investigate one of the most historic villages in the area. Renowned as The Plague Village much of the village is just as it would have been in 1665 – the village green and stocks, together with Eyam Hall and the small stone houses will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. You can pick up a copy of the Treasure Trail, which should tale approximately 2 hours, from shops and pubs in the village. T: 0114 2211900.
3. Cathedral Church of St Marie
Norfolk Row, Sheffield 1, Daily, 8.30am-4pm, The faith buildings in Sheffield provide some of the architectural treasures in the city. After a lengthy closure for restorative work, this hidden gem of a landmark is open to all visitors to marvel at this intricate and glorious building. Free admission. T: 0114 2211900
4. Graves Park Animal Farm. Hemsworth Road, Sheffield. Daily, 9am- 4pm, Providing a popular home to some of the rarest breeds of farm animals in the country, you can meet Tamworth pigs, Highland cattle and Jacob sheep, plus goats, donkeys, waterfowl and many more. After the animals, why not take a stroll around one of Sheffield’s largest parks, or pop into the café for home-made cake? Free admission. T: 0114 2582452
5. Revolution House. High Street, Old Whittington, S41 9JZ. Until December 31, 11am-4pm. A rare chance to see the Revolution House decorated for a 17th century Christmas. The house takes its name from the Revolution of 1688. 300 years ago, the cottage was an alehouse – and it was here that three local noblemen met to begin planning their part in events which led to the overthrow of King James II. The house is usually only open during the summer, so this really is something not to miss. Admission: free. T: 01246 345727.
6. Sheffield FC vs Gresley FC. BT Local Business Stadium, Dronfield, today, 3pm, Lend your support to the world’s oldest football club. The first team takes to the pitch for a 3pm kick-off. You’ll be more than welcome amongst the regular fans of Sheffield’s unique football team. Admission: £6 adult/£3 Concs. T: 01246 292622
7. Sheffield Shadows. Ice Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield. Today, 12.15pm,
A chance to see the Sheffield Shadow’s Ladies Ice Hockey team in action taking on Bracknell for a Premier Division game followed by Nottingham for a Division 1 match at 2.15pm. T: 0114 2211900
8 Feel Good Pudding Walk Buster. Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Mallard Way, Doncaster. January 1, 10.30am-12.30pm. Take a New Year’s guided walk around the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserve. Not just a chance to walk off some of the excesses of the last few days, but a chance to learn more about some of the 158 species of birds that have been recorded at the reserve. T: 01302 570077
9. Magic Saturday. Museums Sheffield: Weston Park. January 5, 1pm-4pm. As well as the fabulous exhibitions, you can be amazed by a guest magician performing magic for all the family. Free admission. T: 0114 221 1900
10. Star Gazing Live. Wentworth Castle Gardens, Lowe Lane, Stainborough, S75 3EN. Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society will be returning to the glorious surroundings of Wentworth Castle. This free event will coincide with the BBC’s Stargazing Live programme and is a great chance to see what’s out there with some friendly and knowledgeable experts. T: 01226 776040
Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, daily, 8am-5pm.
The Cathedral is Sheffield’s oldest building and often overlooked as one of the most spectacular attractions in the city. From a site of worship for more than 1,000 years, a watchful eye has been kept over Sheffield as the city has grown and developed over the centuries and the Cathedral of today tells a story – of great women and men, of wars, of industry and commerce, and of the people who have lived in Sheffield. Explore the story at your leisure, with volunteers on hand to answer your questions and tell you more. T: 0114 2211900
MUST SEE EVENTS:
Theatre: THIS is the last weekend for The Tin Soldier, a children’s show at Barnsley Civic about a toy soldier in love with a paper ballerina.
The Revolution House in Old Whittington takes its name from the Revolution of 1688. Three hundred years ago this cottage was an alehouse – the Cock and Pynot.
It was here that the Earl of Devonshire, the Earl of Danby and Mr John D’Arcy, met to plan events which led to the overthrow of King James II.
The ground floor of the cottage has a display of 17th Century furniture, and upstairs there is a changing programme of exhibitions on local themes.
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