I know it’s too early for old bloggers like me to be thinking about Christmas, but I have just been sent the following press release about the opening of Santa’s Grotto at Flemingate. Never let it be said that walkington-life is dragging it’s communal feet… so, it’s in with the holly; ring those bells and pull on this cracker. Now, where’s that bottle of Bristol cream?
Santa and his trusty elves will fling open the doors to the region’s biggest Christmas grotto at Beverley’s popular Flemingate centre on Saturday, November 19. Fresh from his sleigh journey from the North Pole, Father Christmas is using his magical powers to transform one of Flemingate’s units into an enchanting Christmas kingdom. Snow-capped trees, twinkling lights and a wintery landscape will surround a magnificent castle where Santa’s busy band of elves work night and day to make all the presents for local boys and girls.
Despite it being his busiest time of year, Father Christmas will be at the Flemingate grotto from November 19 through to Christmas Eve to find out what all the good girls and boys would like to receive for Christmas this year. Set in a sparkling winter wonderland setting, Santa’s elves will have lots of activities to keep the family entertained while they wait to meet Santa, including a special play area provided by The Entertainer toy store.
Graham Tait, Flemingate Centre Manager, said: “It’s wonderful that we’re able to house this huge Santa’s grotto at Flemingate, which will give children and families a fantastic festive experience. “I don’t want to spoil the surprise, because we’re keeping the grotto under wraps until Santa welcomes the children in, but we’re really excited about it. The grotto has been designed and built from scratch and is based on a traditional castle theme set in a winter wonderland landscape. It looks amazing – the youngsters will absolutely love it! “There will also be activities to keep the youngsters occupied while they wait to see Santa and we’re expecting the grotto to be hugely popular, so I would recommend parents book tickets in advance via our website.”
You can meet Santa and his magical elves for just £5, which includes a Christmas gift. Tickets are available at the grotto or you can book in advance on the Flemingate website at www.flemingate.co.uk
Opening times for the grotto vary, so please check on the Flemingate website. Group discounts for school and nursery visits are also available. Please call 01482 320088 for details. The grotto will make Flemingate an even more fabulous place to visit during the festive season when the centre will be a magnet for Christmas shoppers.