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Palace Theatre practises ‘sew-cial distancing’ to entertain during lockdown

Posted onPosted on 11th Feb
Palace Theatre practises ‘sew-cial distancing’ to entertain during lockdown

Following a hugely successful sell-out for its first run in January, the Palace Theatre in Newark is bringing back its Sew-cially Distant: Patchwork Palace event for two more sessions this month.

On Saturday, 27th February, at 10am and 2pm, its team of crafters is again inviting people of any ability to join them for a free social hour of sewing, where they’ll share some of their favourite stitching techniques, teaching participants the basics of embroidery.

The events are part of the wider Patchwork Palace initiative and the aim is to help participants to create their own patches, depicting their memories of the Palace Theatre, which will be incorporated into a huge patchwork celebrating its centenary.

Kathryn Houghton, who attended the first session, said: “I have so enjoyed talking to others about their memories, learning new skills and afterwards designing and creating my first square.”

Those who would like to take part in the Sew-cially Distant event, which is held over Zoom, should book their free tickets at and make sure to include their address so they can receive a free pack of materials for the session when booking by Wednesday, 24th February.

These events come as part of a combined push by the Palace Theatre, National Civil War Centre and newly-established Acorns Project to create more online content that people can enjoy during lockdown. The three have also worked together to bring back the 17th Century Show, a sell-out on its debut in 2019, for online special The 17th Century Show Presents… An Evening With Professor Edvard Von Goosechaser.

Celebrating the centuries-old winter tradition of telling ghost stories, the show will star everyone’s favourite 17th century monsterologist, Professor Edvard Von Goosechaser. Viewers will join the very international man of mystery for a winter’s evening of creepy tales featuring ghostly soldiers, witches, wizards, monsters and more, with music from special guest Mark Nightingale. Tickets for the online show can be booked at and the pre-recorded special performance will be released via private YouTube link, sent to bookers on Monday 22nd February at 7.30pm.

For more online content including a snowdrop photography competition running until Friday 26th February with £30 of Totally Locally Newark vouchers up for grabs, visit