Nights Out

Spalding welcomes The Greatest Showman for a sing-along

Looking ahead to next month, you should get your tickets now to secure your place with the showman. The smash-hit film The Greatest Showman has been wowing audiences since December and shows no sign of letting up, taking more than $430m worldwide. A big reason for its success is its infectious soundtrack, with hits including The Greatest Show and This ...

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Spalding Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender

The hottest rock and roll acts from across the country will set Springfields hopping at a red-hot rock and roll weekender. This weekend (May 12 and 13), the Hot Rock n Boogie Weekender welcomes 13 bands and three DJs for two days of jiving and dancing at Springfields Events Centre. The weekender is run by dance tutors Boston Jive, who ...

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Film review: Fifty Shades Freed (18)

I’ll be honest with you from the outset, the first two entries in the Fifty Shades of Grey series are among the worst films I’ve seen. I’ve never really bought into the story, while the dialogue between lead characters Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) goes way beyond cringeworthy. While there was always likely to be sex ...

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Jive classes for beginners in Pinchbeck

Anyone looking to get active in the New Year can try their feet at jive dancing as a new beginners’ class opens in Pinchbeck. Run by Boston Jive, aka Claire and Neil Seabrook, the classes teach jive and swing dance, to the backbeat of good old-fashioned rock and roll. Claire, who teaches across the county said: “Thursday nights are now ...

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Your friendly neighbourhood spider-men: Spalding band I Got Spiders

Ahead of their gig on Friday night (December 15), we pinned down Spalding punk-rock band I Got Spiders who explained their new genre of music – grapple punk. We find I Got Spiders rehearsing in their Spalding lair in preparation for the gig at The Black Swan with Peterborough Polish punk group The Moonshiners and Peterborough alt-rockers The Deadites. Local ...

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Fancy dress fans – get your freak (makeup) on in Long Sutton this Saturday

Long Sutton’s Ruby’s and Diamonds Party Boutique is staying open late this Saturday (October 28) for Circue De La Sinister, its day of “face art and special FX”. The shop’s facepainting, costume and prosthetics experts will be on hand to transform visitors into the zombie, ghoul, Gruffalo or any other creature they want to be this Halloween. Costumes will also ...

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Spalding panto cast revealed: tickets selling fast

The cast has been revealed for this year’s pantomime at the South Holland Centre and tickets are selling fast, organisers say. Aladdin is produced by Polka Dot Pantomimes and stars Vince Williams as Widow Twankey. Panto regulars will recognise Vince from his turn as Dame in the 2016 production. Josh Davis plays Aladdin and the Genie is played by West ...

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Lincs songwriter competition and award-winning artists at free folk awards in Spalding

The prestigious Song For Lincolnshire competition will for the first time be held in Spalding. Hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the event is in its 23rd year and features live performances from the finalists, as well as sets from professional bands. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the Children In Need charity and the event will be broadcast live ...

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A ghostly play in a suitably spooky Ayscoughfee Hall

A novel Halloween happening takes place in the spooky surroundings of an old hall this weekend. The Ghostly Tales show at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum in Spalding will feature a 41-strong cast and ghost story telling a local legend. Written and performed by theatre group Act II, Ghostly Tales tells six spooky stories suitable for secondary school age and up. Act ...

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Smashing pumpkin parade autumn fun in Spalding

The Pumpkin Parade returns this Friday, October 13, with fun for all the family. The annual South Holland District Council Pumpkin Parade celebrates everything autumnal with parades and games. This Friday evening, families in fancy dress will parade through Spalding in a celebration of the fun side of the season. Festivities begins at 11am and run all day to 8pm. ...

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From the comfort of the South Holland Centre, travel Sussex with a merry band of men

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 12) comes the chance to explore Edwardian Sussex with a merry band of men who on their four-day trip travel 92 miles and polish off 300 pints of beer. The journey will take place on the stage of the South Holland Centre and takes the form of The Four Men, a play adapted from a story by ...

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Singing for Life to raise hospice cash

A group of South Holland women will be adding their voices to a charity concert later this month. Sing for Life will raise money for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. The gala will be at The Cresset, Peterborough, on Sunday, October 21 and more than 100 specially-recruited singers will take part in the fundraiser. Tickets are available via ...

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Book ahead for critically acclaimed independent films in Spalding

The latest South Holland Centre cinema programme has been released and features a selection of independent films chosen by the Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) Young People’s Programme arts network. The cinema listings up to the start of December are now out. Alongside mainstream films such as The Emoji Movie, Victoria and Abdul and Murder on the Orient Express, LOVFilm Project ...

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Two hours of nun fun with Sister Act stage show in Spalding

Spalding theatre group Act II will perform the stage version of Sister Act at the South Holland Centre. Director Karl Gernert describes the show as “two hours of unashamed fun” and he says the music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors/Disney’s Beauty and The Beast) is “outstanding.” “They take the best bits of the film and add a great ...

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Hillbilly hoedown from Utah coming to Spalding

Americana band 3hattrio travel from Southern Utah to the South Holland Centre for a night of stripped-back, barnstorming music. As part of their UK tour, the group plays Spalding on Thursday, September 14. The band comprises singer and guitarist Hal Cannon, Greg Istock on acoustic bass and foot percussion, and the classically trained violinist Eli Wrankle. World music magazine Songlines ...

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Spalding Folk club serves up The Teacups

Folk festival favourites The Teacups will play Spalding Folk Club on Wednesday, September 6. The a capella group will bring to town their “murder ballads, exotic shanties and traditional songs of love and loss” that make up their second album, Of Labour and Love. The Teacups perform traditional folk music alongside their own original songs. They are another young group ...

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Feel-good showing is highly-acclaimed

Fans of swinging jazz, blues or gospel are in line for a very special treat when highly-acclaimed words-and-music show Café Society Swing hits the Spalding stage later this month.     This feel good show tells the true story of ‘Café Society’, the first racially-desegregated jazz club in New York.   From 1938 to 1949, Café Society played host to ...

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Phil’s fond farewell marks momentous musical occasions

2017 is going to see some momentous occasions in Spalding’s musical history.     Not only is it 50 years since BBQ67 and the second Spalding Beer and Music Festival, but Zebra’s lead guitarist is playing in his last gig on Saturday night at The Granary in Long Sutton.   Phil (Walter Trout) Wright first played with the band 33 years ago and ...

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Top American roots band set to make South Holland debut

A top American roots band will be making their debut appearance at the South Holland Centre this month.     Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys play their maiden performance on Sunday, January 29, after two headline slots at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival.   With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan and now based in Nashville, there is ...

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Win tickets to see all-star show at 60s spectacular

An all-star line-up will be featuring in the 60s Spectacular at the South Holland Centre next month – and we have two pairs of tickets to be won.   Live Promotions have put together an electrifying show for the event which takes place on Saturday, February 18.   Topping the bill are the fabulous Merseybeats who are regarded as one ...

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