Traditional fun for families during the Christmas holidays

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales. EMN-141218-154640001
The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales. EMN-141218-154640001

There’s a wide choice of traditional family entertainment on offer over the Christmas and New Year period.

Pantomimes based on classic fairytales, ballets and interactive children’s shows will be performed at venues across the local area and beyond to delight children and adults of all ages.

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tales by Theatre Widdershins can be seen at Stamford Arts Centre at 2.30pm on Saturday, December 20. Tickets are £7.50 (£6.50) or £26 for a family of two adults and two children.

Also at Stamford Arts Centre is Aladdin by Polka Dot Theatre. Performance times are: 10.30am and 6.30pm Thursday, January 8; 10.30am and 6.30pm Friday, January 9; 10.30am; 1.30pm; 4.30pm and 7.30pm Saturday, January 10; 10.30am; 1.30pm and 4.30pm Sunday, January 11. Tickets: £12 (£10) or £40 for a family of four. Groups £9; schools £7 plus one free ticket for every 10 booked. 01780 763203 or

Stamford Pantomine Players presents Mother Goose at Stamford Corn Exchange from Saturday December 27 to Thursday, January 1. Tickets are £9.50 ( £8.50) for adults, £7.50 for children under 16. Performance times: 2pm Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28; 2pm and 7pm Monday, December 29; 2pm Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31; 4pm Thursday, January 1.

Box office: 01780 766455.

South Holland Centre in Spalding is staging Cinderella by Polka Dot Pantomimes until Saturday, January 3.

Box office: 01775 764777.

Television celebrity Alison Hammond will play the Genie in Aladdin at The Cresset in Peterborough until December 30.

George Dee will take Alison’s place on Thursday, December 18 10.30am and 1.30pm; Saturday, December 20 at 2pm and 6pm. The show will be unaffected. Box office:01733 265705;

Jack and the Beanstalk can be seen until January 4 at The Key Theatre in Peterborough. Tickets and details:

Aladdin will be performed until January 3 at the Guildhall Arts Centre in

Further afield there are performances of Moore Stephen’s charity Christmas show, until December 23 at the Corby Cube and Dear Santa until December 20. 01536 470470;

Cinderella is on until Sunday, January 4 at De Montfort Hall in Leicester: 0116 233 3111;

The Sound of Music can be seen at the Curve in Leicester until Saturday, January 17 and Pinocchio will run until Saturday, January 3. Box office: 0116 243595;

Peter Pan at The Royal and Derngate in Northampton until Sunday, January 4 and Moscow City Ballet will perform Giselle and Swan Lake from Monday, January 12 to Saturday, January 17. Box office: 01604 624811;

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs featuring Lesley Joseph and Sam Attwater can be seen until January 11 at Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

Jack and the Beanstalk with Cannon and Ball and Peter Emery. will run until January 8 at The Theatre Royal, Lincoln