Between staff parties, panic buying presents and scoffing turkey sandwiches, you've got to respect the full blown festive affair that is the week before Christmas. Whether you're off work or staring into the face of 10-hour shifts, this curated guide to what's happening around Herefordshire between December 21 and December 30 should bring xmas cheer. If not, you probably need to stop Scrooging and eat more mince pies.
Gareth Richards, Luke Honnoraty, Rik Carranza are on the bill for this festive edition of the city venue's regular comedy night, running on Friday 21 and Saturday 22. Richards promises “gorgeously low-key comedy songs” while Scottish comic Carranza is a self-confessed geek and podcast obsessive.
Tickets £12.50. Comedy nights run every month.
They love a ceilidh on the Welsh border. This Christmas one is no exception. Life Of Riley Ceilidhs are at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye on December 21. They said: "No previous experience is needed as the caller will guide you through the dances, none of which are too complicated. Songs and tunes are performed between dances to allow everyone to get their breath back."
Witley Court, jsut over the Worcestershire border, is "transformed into an illuminated world" this Christmas and December 21 is your last chance to experience it yourself. There'll be food, floating umbrellas, the famous Witley Court Christmas tree and a colourful display around the famous Perseus & Andromeda fountain.
Tickets between free and £12.
This will be the first Christmas concert that local singers Bella Acapella have performed for a while and it takes place at the independent Ludlow brewhouse based at the Railway Shed. The Bellas are a group of local women who gather together to sing in close four-part harmony. They regularly sing for civic and charitable organisations, private, community events and fundraisers.
There'll be traditional carols sung at the National Trust's Brockhampton Estate, not far from Bromyard, on December 21. The historic house will be decced out for the big day with winter greenery and visitors can listen to the dulcet tones of the Brockhampton carollers while enjoying mince pies and mulled wine.
Normal admission prices apply.
Head to the underground Speakeasy at the Left Bank Village in Hereford for a night of house and techo courtesy of Discotek DJs Yogi P & Tom H, Jon Bengry, Jon Morris and Josh Murphy. Hosted by London/Herefordshire-based promoters Vague.
Tickets from £5.
The Left Bank is promising a cosy open air screening of the 2003 mother of all emsemble rom-coms this Christmas. Places have to be booked in advance, but it's compltely free to go along. BYO chair, woolly hat and winter blanket.
There'll be popcorn and mulled wine availbale in the courtyard.
Shakshuka, anyone? The Bookshop inHereford is hosting what is highly likely to be an incredibly tasty Christmas Eve Brunch on the morning of December 24. A seasonal breakfast using food from local suppliers prepared by their talented chefs alongside coffee, tea and fruit juices. The menu includes cinnamon buns by local baker Alex Gooch and Tudge’s rare breed bacon.
An accessible retelling of the classic fairy tale - with original songs and interactive puppetry - is ideal for little ones aged 7 and under. You can download the 'Social Story' to accompany the performance here.
The show starts at 11am.
A talk and tasting with Seb's Cider, followed by a light buffet. Seb's Cider has a great history of making wonderful cider, and this year he snagged second place at the Yew Tree Peterstow Cider Trials for Dry Cider - so you know he has pedigree.
Tickets £10 payable on the door.