24 Doors - A Live Community Co-Created Advent Calendar



Every morning in December on the run up to Christmas Day residents of Leek will be given a clue to find a door in the town. If they can find the door, and open it between 4pm and 7pm, they will be treated to a Christmas cultural experience – it could be live carol singers, puppetry, a light installation, circus, dance, a brass band player, a nativity scene – the more surprising the better! For those who can’t make it along in person each day, we’ll open a digital version of the advent calendar online.

Get involved in creating our live advent calendar!

We’d love to hear what you/your group/business would like to create behind a door to surprise and delight your local community. What’s the story you want to tell or skill you want to exhibit?

After applications have been submitted, the OUTSIDE team will work with our Advisory Group made up of Staffordshire Moorlands residents, to decide on the final most ambitious, creative and funny ideas.


Is it a real door?

YES. We will find 24 doors across the town that are available to be used.

Do we need to have a door in mind?

You could but it’s not necessary, we can help find the right door for you.

I don’t have an idea but I do have a door that I’d like to be included, can I put it forward?

Yes, please email and let us know on hello@outsidearts.org

Is there support available?

Whether it’s organising logistics, power, stewarding, materials etc, we’ll support the selected applicants to make the most exciting of their ideas come to fruition.

Should I send an idea of costs involved?

Not at this point – we’ll liaise with all the chosen ideas about their budgets.

When will we know if we’ve been selected?

End August 2023

What are we looking for? 

  • an idea that will capture people’s imaginations
  • a Christmas/winter theme
  • a sustainable approach