A FEAST of festive entertainment is lined up as The Hive celebrates its first Christmas.

All live events involving visiting artists and travelling audiences have been postponed due to the rapid rise in Covid.

New restrictions have been introduced to keep staff and guests safe.

An action packed programme of local events will be held over Christmas and the New Year.

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A fun-filled family celebration is being held from 2pm to 7pm on Sunday, December 19 when Father Christmas will be bringing gifts for all the children.

There will be plenty of party games and mulled wine will be served for adults.

Live music from Red Ed Sheeran, an Ed Sheeran Tribute act, will keep everyone entertained.

Live music and DJs are lined up for most nights over the festive period.

Covid passports will be requested on the door but will not be mandatory on events that finish before 1am.

The Cutting Edge, Sea Birds and Hangman's Howl will be performing on Thursday, December 23.

Party DJs will be on stage on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

An under 18s Christmas party will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, December 23 , followed by live entertainment and DJs in the evening.

Chris Howarth, chairman of The Hive, said: “ Like many hospitality and entertainment venues, The Hive has endured a challenging year as a result of Covid restrictions but this vibrant community centre has survived and prospered.

"Between now and the New Year we have a host of exciting events lined up featuring local artists and community groups.

"We are moving mountains to stay Covid safe and we hope that the community will come along and enjoy the activities whilst also supporting this excellent facility."

Covid passports or evidence of a negative lateral flow test will be required on New Year's Eve as the party continues until 2.30am.

Trustee Damon Horrill said: "'It's been a challenging but highly successful 2021 for The Hive. We're glad, despite additional restrictions to combat the threat of Covid infections to still be able to help our community celebrate the Christmas and New Year season in style."

Trustee Nathan Pardoe said: ’Fantastic community and cultural projects have brought The Hive to life this year.

"The venue is still open to local artists, community groups and other organisations under the latest Covid-19 guidance.

"For anybody who would like to use this wonderful venue or knows somebody who would, they just need to get in touch via hello@thehivelive.org."