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Christmas on your doorstep!

Christmas Crafts

Ceramic Christmas Decorations Workshop - Wednesday 28th November

Make Christmas special by creating your own ceramic decorations. Using a range of cutters and materials to add texture this activity is suitable for all ages.
Your decorations will be fired in a kiln and we will let you know when you can collect them. Cost is £3 for a large lump of clay so make as many as you want. This is a drop in activity so no need to book. Last entry 2pm.
Our tea room will be open as usual from 10am - 3pm.

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Forty Hall Farm Wreath-making - Sunday 9th December

Have a tramp around the farm, gathering your foliage from the Farm's trees and hedgerows, then head back to the Black Barn to create your festive door wreath to take home. Please bring scissors or secateurs if you have them (though some will be available to borrow for a small deposit). Wrap up warm and don’t forget your wellies! Suitable for families, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Christmas Ginger Biscuit Decorating Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle and spend a joyful couple of hours with us in the run up to Christmas learning the art of biscuit icing and decorating. This workshop will be led by local baker Suzanne Randle who will teach you a range of tricks and techniques that you will be able to use time and time again. You’ll leave the workshop with 10 stunning iced ginger biscuits in a presentation box. The biscuits have a shelf life of 4 weeks making them a thoughtful and original gift. Suitable for all levels. Children over the age of 9 are welcome with adult supervision. Workshop takes place on 8th December 2-4pm

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Get Cracking

Make a traditional Christmas cracker, write your letter to Father Christmas with one of our quills and seal it with wax. Materials provided to make the cracker. Bring along a small gift to put in your cracker if you like.

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Christmas Fayres & Markets

Forty Hall Christmas Fayre - Friday 30 November, Saturday 1 December & Sunday 2 December, 11am - 4pm

Start your Christmas shopping at our Late Night Market that kicks off our Christmas Market weekend at Forty Hall Estate!

Forty Hall and our Historic Courtyard will be filled with a wide variety of stalls selling wonderful seasonal gifts
and other treats. A great place to start and finish your Christmas shopping!

Why not celebrate your shopping with a glass of mulled wine at our bar that will be open throughout the weekend Christmas Market.

Adorned Community Gospel Choir will be performing 7.30-8pm.

Adorned Community Gospel Choir are a community gospel choir based in the heart of Enfield Town. Bringing you inspirational and uplifting choral singing experiences. Their aim is to simply uplift, inspire and encourage the hearts of our audiences in and around the local Community. So this Christmas come sing your heart out with Adorned Community Gospel choir at Forty Hall Christmas Markets as we enter the festive season.

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Museum Gift Shop Christmas Experience - Monday 3rd December

The brand new Museum of Enfield Gift Shop welcomes you to discover their new Christmas stock.

There will be a free gift wrapping service for items brought on the day, 10% off selected items, complimentary mince pies, your favourite Christmas Carols sung by Adorned Choir and mulled wine available for purchase.

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Forty Hall Farmers Market- Sunday 9th December

Festive Food Market Enjoy lunch with top local street food, along with a warming mulled cider or apple and once you’ve filled your boots there'll be time to stock up on award-winning local produce and Christmas treats and gifts; including Forty Hall Vineyard’s wine, Wildes Cheese and Old Bakery Gin, plus midwinter organic produce from the farm. Organised by Capel Manor College’s Forty Hall Farm and the Food Gatherer, the partnership that brings you The Enfield Food Festival.

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Shop & Lunch at the Penridge Suite

Friday 7th December

Come join us at The Penridge Suite with friends and family for some Christmas Shopping and Christmas Lunch

Call them on 02083685332 to book your place

Salisbury House Winter Fayre & Green Grotto

Join us for a Traditional Winter Festival at Salisbury House.
With fantastic local makers and sellers for your Christmas gifts plus festive food and drink from our Tea Room. This year we have the magical 'Green Grotto', a very traditional winter experience. You can make a tree decoration in our special workshop and visit Mother Christmas (the Big Man will be very busy) where you can leave your letter for Father Christmas and receive a gift bag. (£5 for each activity).
Hang a message on our Winter Wishing Tree and enjoy some very traditional seasonal entertainment.
Dress for outdoors as we will have snow!

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Christmas Events

Christmas at Forty Hall - 6th-31st December 2018

St Nicholas Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day…from Stir Up Sunday to Twelfth Night, the Christmas season has given us many chances over the centuries to get together and celebrate!

Join us at Forty Hall as we mark the different festivals of Christmas through our seasonal exhibition. Pick up some Christmas gifts in our Gift Shop during your visit.

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Forty Hall by Festive Candlelight - 16th December

Discover Forty Hall by Candlelight this Christmas as our seasonal exhibition comes to life. Encounter characters from the past as they go silently about their festive business by the light of twinkling candles and Christmas lights.

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Do you want to build a snowman?

A Christmas fun day, including festive treat making, Christmassy arts and crafts, Imagine Drama workshops. There will even be a small performance by our regular imagineers! Face painting and a special guest appearance by Elsa herself!

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Winter Lights

Come and take Christmassy walk around the lit up gardens Cafe open so try some yummy hot chocolate or mulled wine

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The Brief History of Christmas - Tuesday 4th December

Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols. Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.

The show takes in 600 years of music – featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion - all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour. ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.

Enfield Sounds Great Presents: Christmas Winter Wonderland of Music - Sunday 9th December

Enfield Sounds Great are delighted to announce its inaugural concert to raise funds for this new charity providing Music Participation for the whole community. The concert features performances by singers from Southgate Opera and musicians from the Enfield Brass Band.

Enfield Sounds Great was set up in April this year following the work of Enfield Councillor Bernadette Lappage during her Mayoral year. The charity will continue the work started in the mayoral year by providing opportunities to participate in music by Enfield's most vulnerable communities. Join us on this joyous occasion as we celebrate the Spirit of Christmas by thinking about others less fortunate than ourselves and by bringing the gift of music to the whole community, as we endeavour to provide "Music For All".

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The English Jazz Orchestra presents The Great British Xmas Boogie

The English Jazz Orchestra return to the Dugdale Centre to present a great evening of swing to raise essential funds for the Enfield Christmas Parade of Lights, an annual parade through Enfield Town presented by locally community groups.

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O Gloriosa Domina - Christmas in Rennaissance Spain: The Lovekyn Consort

Relax and listen to the beautiful sounds of The Lovekyn Consort as they perform in the warm glow and elegance of the Great Hall. The Lovekyn Consort explores the rich harmonies of Renaissance Spain and its feasts, in devotional songs and hymns with Medieval origins, together with joyful dance music. Period instruments are used to underlay the unique style of Spanish music resulting from its combination of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Performers: Patricia Hammond - Voice, William Summers - Flute and Recorder, Stephen Carpenter - Vihuela, Guitar

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Christmas Concert by 'Let The People Sing' - 22nd December

Let the People Sing are back to perform in the beautiful Long Gallery. Join us as we celebrate Christmas with classic Christmas carols and popular seasonal songs. Pay bar serving mulled wine will be available before the concerts starts and during the 20 minute interval.

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Christmas Shows & Pantos

A Christmas Carol - Chickenshed 21st November - 5th January

Join Chickenshed for a magical and brilliantly uplifting retelling of the unforgettable story of Ebenezer Scrooge, that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner”. Follow his spooky encounters over the course of one incredible night, and his journey ultimately to become the friendly, charitable man who “knew how to keep Christmas well”.

Charles Dickens’ classic story has arguably come to define Christmas in the 175 years since its publication, and there have been numerous memorable versions, both on stage and screen. Chickenshed has updated, renewed and refreshed this amazing and heart-warming tale for 2018 in an entirely brand new musical version, set in 1930s Britain.

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Beauty and the Beast - 29th November - 6th January

From the team that brought you Jack & the Beanstalk join us for this years traditional Pantomime, Beauty & the Beast!

Join us in the enchanted forest where curses need to be broken, true love must save the day and the Princes aren't always so handsome you have all the ingredients for another fun packed Millfield Pantomime! Oh Yes You Have!

Unmissable entertainment is guaranteed in a show packed with special effects, stunning costumes, beautiful scenery and, of course, lots of comedy that will have the whole family laughing along from beginning to end. Pantomime at its best!

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Christmas Tales - 5th-30th December

Our fun and festive show, Christmas Tales, is back for another year! With a sprinkle of magical snowflakes, Tales from the Shed has been supersized to bring this colourful, energetic and vibrant show to our biggest and brightest stage, the Rayne Theatre. With puppets, singing, dancing and some larger-than-life characters, Christmas Tales is guaranteed to entertain the very youngest of audience (and grown-ups too!), leaving everyone happy and joyful at this most wonderful time of the year!

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Christmas Gothic: a dark celebration of Christmas - Monday 3rd December

CHRISTMAS: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations. A time of ghosts. Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark...

Following the international touring success that was Female Gothic, Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.

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Mr Charles Dickens presents 'A Christmas Carol'

Following on from last year’s sell-out tour, European Arts Company returns with a heart-warming evening in the presence of the author himself. A Christmas Carol was the first performance Charles Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.

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Charity Appeals

Enfield Carers Centre

Many young carers will be facing a cold, hungry Christmas with little or no gifts coming their way. We are reaching out to see if anyone may have an unwrapped gift they would be willing to give to this young individuals who care for family members or friends. The gifts will be given out at a special you carers Christmas party on the 19th December.

In 2017 together we aimed to support the most vulnerable in our society by providing food and toys to families and individuals over the Christmas period.

Christmas 2017 was a very successful project, delivering to over 70 families in the North London area. The charities provided, along with kind donations, food parcels and toys for children and their families.

Our Christmas Toy Appeal has launched for 2018! We are hoping we can be bigger and better then last year!

Published: Nov. 22, 2018