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Weekend: Pick of the week’s must-do events

Nice, ice baby: Brighton’s Royal Pavilion


Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

With the magical domes of the Pavilion towering above, this has to be one of the most Instagrammable ways to get your skates on in the whole country. And don’t worry, mulled wine is readily available. Tomorrow until January 13, Royal Pavilion, Brighton,

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

When it comes to beautiful backdrops while you skate, this gothic masterpiece by Alfred Waterhouse takes some beating. And if your toe loops and triple salchows aren’t up to scratch, just have a glass of wine in the Benugo café and watch others make fools of themselves. Until January 20, Natural History Museum, London,

Skyline Skating

Take a break from shopping and enjoy hot gin, pies and rooftop skating overlooking Oxford Street. Until January 6, John Lewis, Oxford Street, London,

Winter at Skylight Rooftop

It was the only rooftop ice-skating rink in all of Europe until John Lewis muscled in on the act and it’s there again this winter with all the other delights of this way-up-there bar, with games and igloos and raclette… and it’s free entry. Until January 27, Tobacco Dock, London,

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

It’s like something out of a Bing Crosby movie: small town somehow pulls together a show so sparkly that it wouldn’t look out of place in Las Vegas. November 6 to December 23, Thursford, Norfolk,


White Teeth

Enthralling: Michele Austin in White Teeth PICTURE: MARK DOUET

Zadie Smith’s zeitgeist-defining London novel about family friendships within various immigrant communities is brought to the stage in the same multicultural part of north London where the book is set. Indhu Rubasingham directs the theatrical rollercoaster. Until December 22, Kiln Theatre, London,

Romeo and Juliet

Erica Whyman’s fresh, youthful and bang-up-to-date production for the RSC matches a gender-fluid, multicultural cast to Shakespeare’s evergreen tragedy about adolescents forced to deal with conflicts inherited from their warring parents. Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill are the star-crossed lovers, with members of the chorus played by London school pupils. Until January 19, Barbican Theatre, London,

The Madness of King George

A crack cast, led by Mark Gatiss as the psychologically unravelling titular autocrat, star in Alan Bennett’s much-loved play about England in 1788 — a nation rocked by a power struggle at the heart of the establishment. Nottingham’s head honcho Adam Penford directs. Until November 24, Nottingham Playhouse,



It’s the Hindu Festival Of Light and where better to celebrate than in Leicester. Expect fireworks, the lights on the Golden Mile, Bollywood dancing, general revelries and, of course, food glorious food. Wednesday, Cossington Green Recreation Ground, Leicester,


BBC Children In Need Rocks

Great voice, great cause: Jess Glynne PICTURE: GETTY

Putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising, CINR has been going since 2009. This year, Clara Amfo joins presenter Fearne Cotton, while performers lending their services include George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Olly Murs, Rita Ora and Sir Rod Stewart. Can’t make it? You can always buy the single or pledge a donation via the telethon instead. Wednesday, The SSE Arena, Wembley, London,


The 22-year-old Norwegian synth-pop singer and BBC Sound Of 2018 winner made a hot fuss last year with Don’t Kill My Vibe, which took a swipe at patronising record-industry types. She’s been building an army of fans since, with her directly honest lyrics and upbeat performance style. Fans will be hoping for a taste of her eagerly awaited debut album. Sunday, O2 Academy Birmingham,, then touring

Arrested Development

This Grammy-winning hip-hop crew have seen members come and go in their 30-year career. They took a break in 1996, but their spirits stayed strong. Still led by founder Speech, they’ll be promoting their current LPs Changing The Narrative and This Was Never Home, as well as dishing out the big, uplifting Afrocentric hits. Wednesday, The Liquid Room, Edinburgh,, then touring.


Spirit of Christmas Fair

Shopping, tastings and workshops where you can learn how to turn your home into a winter wonderland… in fact everything you can think of connected to Christmas! Until Sunday, Olympia London,

Leeds Christmas Lights

The official switch-flicker has yet to be announced, but Victoria Gardens will be alive with the spirit of the season on Thursday when the Christmas revelries are kickstarted in Yorkshire with entertainment, fun and huge fireworks. November 8, Victoria Gardens, Leeds,

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Those white balls might be starting to look a bit tired (how many years has it been now?), but the big switch-on at London’s most famous shopping street is being given a makeover with music stars popping up at famous stores. November 6, Oxford Street, London,

Manchester Christmas Lights

Pop stars (Jonas Blue and Max George from The Wanted), hit musicals (Mel Brooks’ The Producers), dancers, choirs and fireworks are all coming to the heart of Manchester. Tomorrow, Albert Square, Manchester,