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Christmas Cracker Weekend!

Sat 23 November, 9:00amSun 24 November, 5:00pm


Date: Sat 23 November to Sun 24 November
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Price: Free

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November

Start your Christmas with a bang with our Christmas Cracker Weekend!

We will be having a cracking weekend with a craft fayre, family workshops, music and food, showcasing a whole host of creative variety that the island has to offer.

  • Craft stalls, artists and makers in the West Gallery
  • Local Christmas choirs and live music in the cafe
  • FREE family craft drop in sessions – make your own wrapping paper
  • Family Friendly Theatre shows taking place each day
  • Cafe open with a Christmas themed menu and live music

This event is also the same day as the Newport Council Christmas Lights switch on! 


Craft Fayre

Saturday 23 Nov (9am – 5pm) & Sunday 24 Nov (10am – 4pm) | FREE entry

The West Gallery will be filled to the brim with Island Craft makers selling everything from pottery to jewellery to glassware and everything in-between! A fabulous array of Christmas gift ideas handmade on the Island for your someone special.

‘It’s a Wrap!’ Christmas Gift Wrap Drop-in
 Sat 23 & Sun 24 Nov | Seminar Room | | 10am – 1pm | FREE
Come along to the Quay to decorate your own wrapping paper and festive labels to make your present giving extra special. We’ll be printing, stamping and using vintage clip art to make bespoke wrapping.

Arthur’s Dream Boat by Long Nose Puppets

Saturday 23 Nov | 11am or 2pm | £8 ticket | £30 family of 4 ticket 

It is the story about a little boy who has a dream.

One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can’t wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested. In fact, they don’t even notice that this very same boat is growing on his head, getting larger and larger by the minute! Soon, Arthur is bouncing along the waves in his very own dream boat. Maybe now his family will listen to him! A magical playful children’s show with breathtaking puppets, so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur’s in his dream boat! This show is brought to you by Long Nose Puppets, makers of Shoe Baby, Penguin and Out of the Hat!

The music is by Tom Gray, of the Mercury Award winning band Gomez.

Running time: 40 mins plus 15 mins to meet the puppets

Suitability: 2 – 8 years


IOW Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert

Saturday 23 Nov | 7.30pm | £7.50 

After a number of packed shows here the IOW Youth Jazz Orchestra return once again to Quay Arts for what is sure to be another unmissable performance.

Squashbox Theatre presents The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!

Sunday 24 Nov | 2pm | £8 ticket | £30 family of 4 ticket 

Squashbox Theatre’s new show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!

Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy…

Learn about Yule tide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs,quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts-all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

Running time: 60 mins (no interval)

Suitability: 5+ years and families


Throughout the weekend we will have live music taking place across the building, from local choirs to relaxing jazz. Not forgetting a delicious specials board of festive food in the Café. A spot of lunch, music and shopping all down at the Quay!

To see the full schedule of music/events/timings of the weekend, please click here

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