What's on in Watford this weekend, 7th and 8th December, 2019

Rick Wakeman – The Grumpy Old Christmas Show

Join Rick Wakeman for an intimate evening of music and laughter, featuring songs from YES, David Bowie, The Beatles and more.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Saturday, December 7, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Christmas Concert

Chiltern Hills Brass Band and Buckinghamshire Band Of The Royal British Legion are holding a Christmas concert.

All Saints' Church, The Green, Croxley Green, Sunday, December 8, 6pm. Details: 01923 720856 events@croxleygreenallsaints.org

Pump Ho Ho House Christmas

Your presents is required for a christingle pringle mingle of songs, sketches and showcase of talented children's theatre. You will laugh and maybe cry, after all it is that time of year when we all get a bit Santa-mental!

Pump House Theatre, 5 Local Board Road, Watford, Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, 7.30pm. Details: pumphouse.info


A sparkling traditional pantomime based on the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale, with fabulous live music, hilarious comedy, dazzling costumes and loads of audience participation. Join in the fun, songs and laughter and follow Cinderella’s magical story with her lovable friend Buttons, her nasty ugly sisters, a handsome prince, a pumpkin, a glass slipper, mice and, of course, a friendly Fairy Godmother.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, December 7, to Friday, January 3, various times. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Sleeping Beauty

Don’t miss this year’s spectacular family pantomime, starring the wonderfully wicked Rita Simons (EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell) and children’s favourite Andy Day (CBeebies). The show will also star local legend Bob Goulding, St Albans favourites Ian Kirkby and Jemma Carlisle, and West End star Lisa Davina Phillip. Sleeping Beauty will have lots of audience participation, lavish sets and stunning special effects – there’s even a fire-breathing dragon!

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Friday, December 6, to Sunday, January 5, various times. Details: 01727 844488 alban-arena.co.uk

Star in the Jar

When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. But the poor star misses its home. Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back? A warm-hearted story with music that perfectly captures the friendship between two siblings, the lovely set design takes the action from park to school, and back home. Based on the book by Sam Hay.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, December 7, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Details: 01442 228091 oldtownhall.co.uk

Rob Beckett

Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. Host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, he is also the star of Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Mock The Week and A League of Their Own.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Sunday, December 8, 8pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Handmade Christmas Craft Fair

A Christmas craft fair featuring 27 stalls selling a lovely variety of handmade goods.

Kings Langley Community Centre, The Nap, Kings Langley, Saturday, December 7, 10am to 2pm. Details: 07900 496077 debs.robertson@hotmail.co.uk


St Albans are excited to present a special one-off festive screening of Elf in the museum’s atmospheric courtroom. As a baby Buddy stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father. Buddy experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can.

St Albans Museum, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Saturday, December 7, 4.30pm. Details: 01727 864 511 stalbansmuseums.org.uk