Join us at Dock the Halls, a free festival of film, music, and creative workshops
Our winter festival Dock the Halls is rolling into the Royal Docks on its sleigh this Christmas and the line-up really is fantastic.
We’re working in collaboration with wonderful venues around the Royal Docks and partnering with some brilliant community initiatives to bring you a series of free Christmas films, festive arts and crafts, and live music. We’re getting the festive season started early, so our exciting programme begins in November and carries on all the way through to Christmas.
We’ll be under the mistletoe watching The Holiday, preceded by bauble painting, and Love Actually, followed by music from Elle & The Pocket Belles. And we’ve got a brilliant line-up of family favourites, including Elf (with wreath-making), Home Alone (with live brass band favourites) and Arthur Christmas (with a gift box workshop).
If you’re not quite ready for the festivities, or you’re being a little bit of a Scrooge, we’ll be pushing play on The Grinch (with a mask workshop) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (with a finger-puppet workshop). Is Die Hard (with live brass covers) really a Christmas film? We’ll leave you to debate that as you settle into your chair with popcorn.
Dock the Halls is making a real occasion of each screening and we’ve asked some fantastic bands to join us before or after the films. Brass covers band Das Brass and retro swing band Elle and the Pocket Belles will be entertaining filmgoers throughout the season.
And we’ve really gone to town on the family-friendly arts and crafts workshops. We’ve teamed up with Rosetta Arts, Makendoo and Floating Concrete to bring you bauble-painting, reindeer antler-making and gift-wrapping sessions. There’s even a Kevin McCallister-inspired slime-making workshop.
Whether you want to join us for your favourite films or settle in for the workshops and bands, everything is absolutely free to attend and join in, just make sure you’ve signed up for your free place and booked early to avoid disappointment.
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