all the turkey, the crackers have been pulled and once the christmas
paper has been cleared from the floor, if you can drag your darlings
away from their new toys, why not check out the great array of films,
pantomimes, and attractions on over the Christmas holidays.
In an epic tale of good verses evil, Merlin (Rick Mayall) has to
stop Mordred (Craig Sheffer) from destroying the kingdom, after
scientist Joan Mazwell (Tia Carrere) frees the evil sorcerer from
centuries of captivity after experimenting with the Earths' magnetic
field which held him captive for so long. This PG rated family movie
is released in cinemas in England and Scotland on Friday 22nd
December 2000. Wizziwiz has 10 fab Merlin the Return goody bags
to give away. Each includes a glow in the dark t-shirt and magic
set amongst other surprises!
Wizziwiz has 10 fab Merlin the Magician goody bags to give away
which include a magic set - click here
for your chance to win and wow your family and friends with your
It's time to
practice your boo's and hisses because Panto time is upon us again.
There are so many pantomimes to choose from, we've put together
a list of our top choices across the UK.
If you want
to check what's on at your local Theatre, simply click here (link
to search page) and search in your County for the 'Concerts/Theatre'
or events for the next 30 days.
White & The Seven Dwarfs
The Mayflower, Southampton, Hampshire
22 Dec - 21 Jan
023 8071 1811
With her sharp Scouse wit and glitzy glamour, Lily Savage will wow
you with her performance as the Wicked Queen in this spectacular
show for all the family. The cast also includes former local athletics
hero and co-presenter of BBC's Record Breakers, Kriss Akabusi as
Muddles the Jester and Sherrie Hewson who played Maureen Elliott
in TV's Coronation Street.
Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent
21 Dec - 21 Jan
Tel 020 8460 6677
Everyone's favourite fairy-tale Cinderella features an all star
line up including Russ Abbot and Postman Pat, stunning special effects,
hilarious comedy, colourful costumes, dazzling sets, wonderful song
and dance. Help Cinders find her Prince Charming, hiss and boo at
the ugly sisters and help the Fairy Godmother weave her special
New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Surrey
14 Dec - 28 Jan
This traditional family pantomime arrives on stage with stars including
Bobby Davro, Melinda Messenger, Danny La Rue and Postman Pat will
be making a special delivery. Stunning special effects, hilarious
comedy, colourful costumes and adorable miniature ponies.
London Apollo, Hammersmith, London
22 Dec - 21 Jan
0870 606 3400
It's big, it's bright, it's the essential Christmas experience.
This production will feature its writer and director, the UK's favourite
comedian Jim Davidson, and also stars John Virgo, Victor Spinetti
and John Lyons. It's a family show with all the magic of a traditional
20 Dec - 14 Jan
Lewisham Theatre, Catford, London
020 8690 0002
With the role of Aladdin played by Timmy Mallet, the wonderful new
production of Aladdin opens on 20 Dec, featuring all the usual traditional
pantomime characters such as Widow Twankey, the Chinese Policemen,
Abanaazar and Wishee Washee.
The Hexagon, Reading, Berkshire
9 Dec - 7 Jan
Tel: 0118 960 6060
Keith Chegwin takes the part of Buttons, and helps tell the tale
of rags-to-riches which will include all the classic elements that
are integral to the world of panto - beautiful heroine, handsome
price, fairy godmother, wicked stepmother and not forgetting the
and the 3 Bears
Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks
14 Dec - 21 Jan
An all star line up including Frank Bruno, Karl Howman and Sophie
Lawrence. Spectacular sets including the three bears charming hideaway
home, an enchanted forest, glittering ice castle and exotic foreign
lands. All the fun of the Big Top including acrobats and jugglers,
song, dance and lots of audience participation.
and the Beanstalk
21 Dec - 7 Jan
Dacorum Pavilion, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
This stunning professional pantomime stars Tim Vincent as Jack.
It's the traditional tale of the boy who sells the family cow for
a bag of beans. Lots of fun and mayhem as Jack climbs the beanstalk
to rescue the King's beautiful daughter from the fearsome giant
and his evil witch Sycorex!
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, West
14 Dec - 11 Feb
TV stars Lisa Riley, Paul Loughran and Shobna Gulati are topping
the bill at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Audiences can look
forward to a swashbuckling, fun-filled adventure as we sweep them
from the streets of London to the underwater city of Atlantis and
the sun drenched shores of Morocco.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire
15 Dec - 3 Feb
Cannon & Ball
This years magical pantomime stars comedy favourites Cannon &
Ball as the Chinese Policemen. Alongside them are the TV stars Tricia
Penrose (Heartbeat) as the Princess and Kulvinder Ghir (Goodness
Gracious Me) as the Genie of the Lamp. Join them in this family
spectacular and see Aladdin and his evil uncle Abanezer in the tale
of greed and magic.
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
12 Dec - 20 Jan
Tel: 0191 232 0997
Join Dick Whittington and his trusty cat on their adventures to
find London's streets paved with gold. With all the usual fun, songs,
dancing and of course, audience participation. Starring Lesley Joseph
and John Nettles.
Empire Theatre, Sunderland
14 Dec - 7 Jan
Tel: 0191 514 2517
A fantastic traditional family pantomime packed with fun, frolics
laughter at the North East's biggest theatre. Be enthralled as the
wicked Duke of Northumberland (Craig Fairbrass) is thwarted in his
attempts to win the affections of Princess Sabrina (Tracey Coleman).
White & The Seven Dwarfs
Grand Opera House, Belfast
1 Dec - 20 Jan
Tel: 028 9024 1919
With scenery that is a feast for the eye, music and dance to have
you tapping your feet and whistling (as you work), and comedy to
make your sides ache, the romantic tale of Snow White, exiled by
the wicked Queen (Britt Eckland) ,given a home by the seven diamond-mining
dwarfs, and loved by the dashing Prince Leopold (Robin Cousins)
26 December - 5 January
During the Christmas holidays, Olympia's Grand Hall will play host
to the first ever indoor theme park! This event will feature everything
a family could require from a day-trip to a theme park or London.
Major rides are at the forefront of the attraction with choices
of attractions like; roller coasters to log flumes, from thrill
rides to the tried and tested family rides. And what's more, you
can expect a full range of musical and live entertainment too.
Wizziwiz has 3 family tickets to give away for this excellent day
out - click here to see how
you can be a winner.
Dome's Christmas Spectacular
1 December - 24 December
The Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London
0870 606 2000
Christmas activities at the Dome will surprise and amaze visitors
during the attraction's final month of opening, and the entertainment
planned will help create a magical Christmas atmosphere throughout
the Dome, making it the place to visit this holiday season.
One of the highlights in a visit this Christmas will be 'Snowscape'
presented by 'Coca-Cola'. A spectacular ice skating rink on which
thousands of visitors will get the chance to skate.. Snow-clad firtrees
and a snowfall every fifteen minutes will create an atmospheric
winterscape around the rink. See the Wizziwiz article on the Dome
for more details on prices and how to get there.
25 November - 23 December
Marwell Zoo, Hampshire
A Christmas event for all the family including the zoo visit, Winter
Wonderland Grotto, a present for each child & mulled wine and
a mince pie for each adult.
Adopt an animal for Christmas - in addition to the full range of
animals for adoption, Marwell runs two Christmas special adoptions
- Sula, the white rhino or Elmo and Ernie, two black Norfolk turkeys.
at Chester Zoo
2 Dec - 24 Dec
Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Come and visit Father Christmas in his twilight Grotto every afternoon,
or enjoy the twilight evenings on 12,13,14 Dec from 5pm where there
will be face painting, craft shops and games.
1 December - 24 December
George Square, Glasgow
0141 553 1937
A giant ice rink will be constructed at the West End of George Square,
which will create a fabulous Christmas experience. There will be
a family theme night every Monday from 8-10pm. It'll be a wonderful
experience for the whole family.
on Christmas Eve! Yes, it's true, you can check where Santa is in
the world, how many houses he has visited and when he is due in
He'll be sending
you messages while he's on his journey and letting his elves know
when he needs to fly back to the North Pole to collect more present.
We've teamed up with Santa's elves to let you join the big man in
his fantastic journey on the best night of the year. Download Santa's