The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker at Cadogan Hall this December – win tickets!

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker returns to Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall this year by popular demand! The wonderfully festive concerts will provide entertainment for the whole family, with the audience being treated to Christmas songs, jolly orchestral pieces and everyone’s favourite carols! There will be four concerts this year, two each (at 3pm and 7.30pm) on 21st and 23rd December 2011.

Mary Carewe and Michael Dore will lead each evening’s proceedings, with the concerts featuring festive classics including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Skaters’ Waltz and many more, including carols!

They are accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who are one of the UK’s most prestigious and versatile orchestras, having toured more than thirty countries in the last five years including performances in far-flung places such as Japan, Egypt, Russia, Azerbaijan and China.

Standard tickets cost £12.50, £22.00, £30.00 and £37.50 and can be purchased online or by calling the Cadogan Hall Box Office on 020 7730 4500.

On 23rd December, there’s also a special offer than you can take advantage of! Enjoy all the fun of the Christmas Cracker concerts and also get a free glass of mulled wine all for £19.50. Please quote MULLEDWINE when making your booking online at at the Box Office to take advantage of this offer.

And that’s not all the good news! You can also be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to a Christmas Cracker Concert!

To win one of two pairs of best available tickets, simply answer this easy question:  Where will the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform their Christmas Cracker concerts?  Send your answer to and quote “Guide to Kensington & Chelsea RPO competition” in the subject line before Friday 9th December 2011.*

*Competition Terms & Conditions:

  1. The winners of this competition will be determined by means of a lucky draw by a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra employee, and will be notified via email before Wednesday 14th  December 2011.
  2. The names of the winners as determined by the draw will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. No late entries will be accepted.
  4. Please accept your entry as unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by Wednesday 14th December 2011.
  5. Only one entry per person is allowed.  Double entries will automatically be disqualified.
  6. RPO employees and family members are not allowed to enter the Christmas Cracker Competition.
  7. Please ensure that you are able to attend this concert at Cadogan Hall on 23rd December 2011 before participating in this competition.
  8. Tickets won in this competition are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any other RPO or Cadogan Hall concert tickets.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

Card Aid’s annual Christmas card shop, based in the Chelsea Library at Chelsea Town Hall, is once again open for business! The card shop will be offering a wide range of good quality Christmas cards, which are being sold on behalf of 75 different national charities. Card Aid guarantees that 100% of profits raised go directly to charities, unlike commercial Christmas cards where sometimes as little as 3% is donated – so not only will you be able to pick up some wonderful seasonal cards to send to your friends and family, but you can also be assured that the money you spend on the cards will be going to good causes.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

Card Aid is one of the initiatives of The Charities Advisory Trust (founded in 1979 with Home Office funding) which helps other charities improve the profitability of their trading activities. Card Aid itself raises funds (over £1 million each year) for charities through the sale of Christmas cards; Card Aid also provides a complete and full service to the charities by helping them pick designs as well as assisting with the entire printing and production process. By selling the end product at Card Aid shops, charities are also able to reach a much broader market than their supporter groups alone would provide; Card Aid also ensures that the maximum amount possible is donated to the charities.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

The Card Aid shop at Chelsea Library is one of over 30 temporary shops, mainly in Central London in libraries, churches, concert halls and other public buildings, that are run each year between October and Christmas. Each host venue benefits from a donation equal to 10% of turnover.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at Chelsea Library

Do pop along to Chelsea Library to pick up a selection of cards to send and give this Christmas! Don’t forget that you can also view the selection online at

Chelsea Library Card Aid Christmas Card Shop
17th October – 23rd December 2011
Mon/Tues/Thurs: 10am to 9pm
Weds/Fri/Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm to 5pm

Chelsea Old Town Hall
London, King’s Road

Santa Abseil at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre!

Santa Abseil at Earl's Court Santa Abseil at Earl's Court

If you’ve ever fancied giving abseiling a go and have always wanted to see what it might feel like for Santa to climb down all those chimneys, why not participate in a festive charity 70ft abseil in the local area? On Saturday 10th December, a charity abseil down the front of Earls Court Exhibition Centre will take place, raising funds for Action for Children. One of the UK’s leading children’s charities, they help 200,000 children, young people and families each year in over 480 projects across the country – for more about their work, please visit

The registration fee for the event is £20 and each Santa is asked to raise a minimum of £100 for Action of Children. An early Christmas present will be given to the highest fundraiser, and each abseiler will receive a FREE Santa suit to take part in!

For more information, please text SANTA to 07525 734101 or email

Santa Abseil
Saturday 10th December 2011
Earls Court Exhibition Centre
Warwick Road