With Christmas and the New Year just twelve weeks away, you are advised to plan ahead as there will be major changes to rail services and significant closures throughout the festive period. From Saturday 23 December until Monday 1 January 2018, there will be changes to rail services across London and the south east while Network Rail continues to transform north-south travel through London as part of the Thameslink Programme. Southeastern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern services will all be affected as well as other train operators, with no National Rail services running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Planning some last minute Christmas shopping? If you are planning to travel to central London over these dates, your journey will be severely impacted and you will need a plan B to complete your journey. Please check your journey before you travel. Going abroad for Christmas? A reduced timetable will run between Victoria and Gatwick Airport from 27 December to 1 January, with no trains at all on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, although a replacement bus service will be available on Boxing Day. Please allow extra time for your journey. Train services to other London airports and St Pancras International will also be affected by closures, please check your journey before you travel. Detailed travel advice Detailed travel information and advice to help you plan for these closures is now live at ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk/2017. Here you can select your home station to access bespoke information about how services at your station will be impacted by Thameslink Programme and other work over the festive period. This includes alternative journey options and information on ticket acceptance. You can also plan your journey using the National Rail website (or app) which has the full timetable details of all services from all train operators over the festive period. 2018 The New Year will begin with a new timetable in operation for Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink services. Passengers at London Bridge will be greeted by the remaining third of the new concourse and a new entrance on Tooley Street, which will open to the public on 2 January along with the newly completed platforms 1 – 5. Southeastern trains to and from Cannon Street will resume calling at London Bridge, meaning that tickets will no longer be accepted on TfL alternative routes. If you have any questions about the Thameslink Programme, please contact them at email@example.com.
Create your own little piece of Christmas magic at Interior Stylist and Designer Tricia Noëlle’s Wreath Making Workshops. The workshops will be held at Le Pain Quotidien in Borough Market, where you’ll have the opportunity to design your very own Christmas Wreath using faux pheasant feathers, pearls and a touch of sparkle to bring your Christmas creativity to life, whilst enjoying a glass of fizz. Dates Wednesday 8th November – 6.30 – 8.30PM Wednesday 15th November – 6.30 – 8.30PM Wednesday 22nd November – 6.30 – 8.30PM Wednesday 6th December – 6.30 – 8.30PM Book your place
A TRAVELLING LIGHT AND BRISTOL OLD VIC PRODUCTION WHO CAN SLEEP ON CHRISTMAS EVE? Directed by Sally Cookson Choreographed by Wilkie Branson and Joêl Daniel **** ‘Utterly dazzling. Rumbustious, exhilarating dance theatre.’ The Guardian **** ‘Masterfully delivered’ The Stage This piece of dance-theatre captures the delirious excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on the most magical night of the year. There are beds to be jumped on, pillows to be fought with, seas to be sailed…On this most extraordinary night, let your imagination soar right up to the stars. Following in their tradition of bringing enchanting shows for small children to venues up and down the country, Travelling Light have created this show to get your feet tingling and your head spinning with a whirl of colourful images and playful sounds. This is a deaf-friendly show. For more and tickets click here.
REAL ISN’T HOW YOU ARE MADE. IT’S A THING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU. By Margery Williams Directed by Purni Morell **** ‘Utterly gripping…’ The Guardian **** ‘The children sat entranced’ Daily Mail **** ‘A perfect show’ WhatsOnStage There once was a Velveteen Rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a Rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. Join us as one of our biggest hits returns for a third time after a Broadway transfer. The Velveteen Rabbit is a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true… First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation for the Unicorn stage. For more and tickets click here. Ages 5+