Tuesday 6 December 2022

AN INNOVATIVE East Riding project, aimed at young people and thought to be the first of its kind in the country, has achieved further accolades, achieving national publicity through the National Archive. Called East Riding Blockdown, it’s designed to collect young people’s experiences of the COVID-19 lockdown using the Minecraft video game as a creative medium and storytelling platform.

East Riding Blockdown is a virtual recreation of the Treasure House in Beverley in Minecraft, which participants can explore, meet the team and see what other young people have created. It allows them to build or digitally write about their experiences of lockdown, which will be permanently preserved in the archives. For more information visit www.eastridingblockdown.org

RECORD numbers are visiting this year’s Beverley Minster Christmas Tree Festival, which features 120 fully-decorated Christmas trees with around 12,500 lights. The festival continues until this Sunday and is open from 10am to 4pm each day; Sunday 12.30 – 4pm. Admissions costs £5 with accompanied children under 18 free.

TOMORROW is the opening of this year’s Christmas show at Beverley’s East Riding Theatre. A Dickens of A Christmas runs from Wednesday December 7 to Friday December 23, with the cast stepping into the shoes of familiar characters, including Fagin, Scrooge, Little Nell and even Charles Dickens himself. 

Director Richard Avery told us: “I think a lot of people hear ‘Dickens’ and think ‘Christmas’. His stories are so iconic, particularly at this time of year and we wanted to celebrate not just one of his books, but as many as we possibly could.” More details from eastridingtheatre.co.uk