The run up to Christmas is a really special time regardless of whether you have children or not and we love doing lots of Christmassy things as soon as December hits. This year we haven’t done as much as usual and I think that’s because Mia is at school now and due to me being heavily pregnant, the weekends are a time for relaxing and taking things a bit easier. However we were told about an amazing opportunity to go and see The Snowman Tour in nearby Derby and I couldn’t resist a trip out to see it!
The Snowman is probably the iconic Christmas programme on TV and one that we definitely watch out for around Christmas. In case you don’t know, The Snowman is picture book by Raymond Briggs first published in 1978 about a little boy who builds a snowman that comes to life at night and they go on an adventure together. It was adapted into a TV programme in 1982 and has been a favourite for families all over the UK ever since! The current tour is making its way across the country and has proved a huge hit so far!
The Snowman Tour brings a completely new way of enjoying the original story within a really special show. A full live orchestra provide a truly magical accompaniment to the TV programme and the atmosphere is absolutely amazing! First up was the Christmas Medley and a funny train story where the orchestra take the audience through a humorous and musical train journey, introducing all of the instruments to them as they go. A local little girl, Emily Lamont, sang Once in Royal to get us all in the Christmas spirit!
Then, depending on which show you attend, we were at The Riverside Centre in Derby, and so we watched The Bear and The piano narrated by Joanna Lumley, a lovely story about a bear who finds fame playing the piano but misses his bear friends back home. Just before the interval a very special guest arrived; the Snowman himself and Mia was absolutely beside herself with excitement! She was shouting and waving frantically at him as he danced around the audience.
Finally, it was time for the main event, The Snowman. It was amazing to watch such a well-known programme on the big screen with Mia who has actually never seen it before. The live orchestra played alongside the programme and added such a special touch. A local little boy, Jude Yellop sang Walking in the Air, which was one of the loveliest things I have ever listened to and you could literally hear a pin drop in the room!
I didn’t know what to expect from the show at all however I was very, very surprised by just how amazing and special the evening was. Mia was clapping and smiling all the way through and the live orchestra was absolutely incredible! The Snowman Tour still has dates available so you need to go over to SnowmanTour17 to book your tickets, you will not be disappointed!
Disclaimer: we were given tickets in order to write this however all opinions and views are honest and our own