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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to a traditional pantomime where we can laugh at the outrageous costumes and jokes and get ready to boo the baddie.

And luckily for those of us living in Newport, fun for all the family is guaranteed this festive season when Jack and the Beanstalk opens at The Riverfront theatre.

The popular theatre company Hiss and Boo is once again joining


forces with The Riverfront to stage the annual pantomime.

Local actor Gareth Tempest is playing the lead role of Jack, with Riverfront favourite Elin Llwyd returning to play the show’s heroine, Jill.

The hilarious and talented Richard Elis is Dylan the Daft, with the experienced Nerine Skinner donning the glitter and sparkle, and a fabulous frock, to play the Fairy.

Visitors can cheer the hero on as Jack and his loyal companion Daisy the Cow leave their farm to try to raise some money, get all mixed up with trying to trade with magic beans which grow into a huge beanstalk and try to outwit the grumpy giant.

There will be plenty of laughs on offer as usual and lots of chances to boo the villain, Patrick Marlowe, playing the evil Fleshcreep, performing in The Riverfront panto for the first time.

Also joining the cast will be Simon Nock, who will be playing Jack’s mum, Dame Trott, with plenty of outrageous outfits to be seen throughout.

The partnership of The Riverfront and Hiss & Boo is hoping to build on the success of last year’s hugely popular Dick Whittington panto, and will once again be prepared to perform in front of sell-out audiences.

The panto, which is suitable for all ages, is due to run from

Visitors to Newport city centre are well and truly in the Christmas spirit by now.

A week after the multi million pound Friars Walk development opened, the fun continued with Newport City Council’s Christmas lights switch on event. Councillor Herbie Thomas was joined by Newport Rock Choir who sang Christmas carols, and there were performances from members of Gwent Music.

Adding to the fun were rugby players from Newport Gwent Dragons who were in the city to meet their fans.

Tuesday 1 December to Sunday, 3 January, 2016, with tickets ranging in price from £6 to £18.

More information is available on The Riverfront’s website at riverfront and via the booking line on 01633 656757.

The Riverfront is looking forward to audiences sharing their panto memories and experiences on Twitter using the #riverfrontpanto – and post those pics!

The party atmosphere continued when Danter’s funfair opened along the Riverfront Walk, ensuring there was plenty to do all evening in and around the city centre.

With a host of new places in which to eat and drink to suit the tastes of all people, it is time to see how much Newport has changed over the last 12 months and take a look around the national, local and independent retailers who are trading in the city.


Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to Caerleon on Saturday 12 December.

Pick up a host of goodies and fresh produce at a Farmers’ Market at Caerleon Town Hall from 10am to 4pm.

A Christmas fair takes place from noon until 3pm at Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary School.

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For an alternative celebration, check out the ancient Roman festival entitled Saturnalia – which in Roman times was a period of merrymaking and the predecessor of Christmas – at the National Roman Legion Museum from 11am to 4pm.

However, the official launch of Christmas is timed to take place at 4pm when Santa is due to arrive at Caerleon Common.

At 4.30pm you can enjoy Carols on the Common, with Caerleon Comprehensive School brass band, until 6pm.

Belshazzar’s Feast at the Town Hall can be enjoyed from 7.30pm until late.

If the weather is bad some events may be cancelled.

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