Top things to see and do around Bath in December including catching The Snowman being performed by Bath Philharmonia, laugh with Rob Delaney or walk through the chilly air at Dyrham Park
Bath Philharmonia will once again be bringing a double bill of classic film scores to life this Christmas to get the whole family in the festive spirit. The 40-strong orchestra will perform Howard Blake’s beautiful music live to a screening of Raymond Briggs’ animated masterpiece The Snowman on 21 December, 3.30pm, at The Forum. As well as this, Bath Phil will be presenting its first-ever live performance of Rupert and The Frog Song featuring Sir Paul McCartney’s massive hit We All Stand Together.
Tickets £22/£14; bathphil.co.uk
It may be getting chilly outside, but a good walk is the best way to blow away the cobwebs this winter, so wrap up warm this month and head out on a guided tour of the deer park at Dyrham Park. Tours take place every day at 11am and 2pm in December, apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Meeting at the visitor reception, the tour will finish at the house. Suitable shoes essential.
Free event, but normal admission to the property applies; nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park
Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends in the North, Maurice in The A Word or as the ninth Doctor, one man in life and death has accompanied actor Christopher Eccleston – his father, Ronnie. In his new book I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory. Now he is coming to Christ Church in Bath on 5 December, 8pm, to talk about his career highs and lows and the impact his father has had on his life.
£10 early bird/£20 includes book; toppingbooks.co.uk
Some of the top comedians on the circuit are heading to Bath this month for a seasonal show sure to get you giggling. US stand-up sensation, co-star and co-writer of Channel 4’s multi-award-winning hit comedy Catastrophe Rob Delaney will be headlining, before fast-rising Taskmaster and Have I Got News For You star Phil Wang provides his latest material. Also in the line-up is Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo, and Mock The Week’s resident plucky-scamp and one half of the popular Off Menu podcast Ed Gamble will host. Takes place on 14 December, at 7.30pm at The Forum.
Tickets £20/£25; bathforum.co.uk
Now it wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t see James Stewart running through the snow shouting “Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!” on the big screen, would it? If you’re like us, then you’ll be glad to know that the Little Theatre Cinema is holding special screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life on 16, 18 and 19 December with carols, mulled wine and mince pies.
There will also be standard screenings on 22 and 24 December; picturehouses.com/cinema/little-theatre-cinema