What’s on in Liverpool this weekend: 18-19 December

We’ve put together a guide to four fun things you can get up to in Liverpool - including the best pantos.

Goldilocks And The Three Bears, Theatre Royal

Panto season is officially upon us. Theatre Royal's brand-new Christmas panto, Goldilocks And The Three Bears, runs right through until the ninth of January. With Hollyoaks actor David Tag leading the cast at the St Helens venue, it has all the fun of the circus! No, seriously, the show includes circus skills and stunts performed by cast members who have been training for six months to master a number of skills, including aerial skills and hoops.

Cinderella, M&S Bank Arena

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    Cinderella is coming to The Auditorium at M & S Bank Arena. It stars Radio City's Leanne Campbell as The Fairy Godmother, comedy star Bippo as Buttons, and X Factor's David Heath as Prince Charming. This magical pantomime features great songs, dazzling dance routines, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and amazing special effects. It’s suitable for the whole family and runs from 18 December until 28 December.

    Beauty And The Beast, Epstein Theatre

    Beauty And The Beast is coming to The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool this Panto season. This is the timeless story of Belle, a beautiful young woman who falls in love with the most unexpected of princes, who has been cursed to look like a hideous beast. Star of The Bill and Footballers Wives Ben Richards leads the cast as Gaston. The pantomime is the first live performance in the city centre venue since it closed its doors in March 2020 as part of the Government national COVID-19 lockdown. The show runs until Sunday, 9 the January.

    Delamere Forest Light trail

    Delamere Forest light trail

    If you're not a panto lover, then we'll leave you with something non-theatre related. Delamere Forest's glittering, illuminated trail is inspired by the landscape itself. Visitors can explore a breathtaking adventure in a world of trees. The woodland in Cheshire has been dramatically drenched with lights and set to the soundtrack of seasonal favourites. Internationally acclaimed installation artworks include the Cathedral with a thousand pea lights. The event runs throughout the festive season up until the thirty-first of December. The trail is designed for visitors of all ages and is accessible just be sure to wrap up warm!