Weston-Super-Mare this Christmas
PUBLISHED: 12:19 13 November 2007 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 February 2013
Weston-super-Mare has long been one of the South-west's premier holiday destinations. Holidaymakers, retired people and political parties seeking congenial surroundings for their annual conferences have all beaten a path...
Weston-super-Mare has long been one of the South-west's premier holiday destinations. Holidaymakers, retired people and political parties seeking congenial surroundings for their annual conferences have all beaten a path to its beautiful seafront and its wide variety of pubs and restaurants. This year plans are afoot in Weston to make Christmas shopping trips as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible for the whole family. The official start of the festive season was marked with a light-switching-on ceremony on 21 November and four more late-night shopping events are planned. Children will have ample opportunity to pet two reindeer who will visit the town's Italian Gardens on each of the late-night shopping dates (see below). The Sovereign Shopping Centre will provide free parking from 3pm on each late-night shopping date, while North Somerset Council will provide similar concessions in the main public car parks.
Town Centre Manager Steve Townsend is also keen to let people know that a variety of surprise fundraising stunts are being planned to raise money for the local charity Weston Hospicecare, while on the musical front, a joint initiative on the part of some of the town's leading churches will provide choral singing under the stars. Also appearing will be the hugely popular Youthful Spirit Gospel Choir, part of the Churchill Community College, accompanied by Weston's own brass band. Steve is confident the town's Christmas arrangements will provide shoppers and visitors with fun, convenience and terrific shopping. "The Council has worked closely with local traders and the Town Centre Organisation to ensure that this Christmas provides the ideal combination for visitors. Weston is renowned as a summer destination but we aim to ensure that our facilities adapt to suit the most demanding festive shopper. A wide range of live musical entertainment will be on offer and children will be particularly keen to pet the reindeer." The famous Winter Gardens is laying on a full programme of dances, concerts and fairs throughout December and will even be providing a therapeutic social dance on Boxing Day - what a perfect way to work off all that turkey!
29 November and 6, 13, 20 December: Late-night Shopping days (free parking after 3pm)
1, 8, 15, 22 December: Weston Brass Band will play in the town centre
16 December: Weston Brass Band Christmas Concert featuring special guest conductor Prof Philip Wilby and the Hutton Primary School Choir. Winter Gardens, 3pm, tel 01934 417117
24 December: Christmas Eve Sequence Ball. Winter Gardens, 7.45pm-11.15pm, tel 01934 417117
26 December: Boxing Day Social Dance. Winter Gardens, 11am-3pm (doors open 10am), tel 01934 417117
Weston TIC: tel 01934 888800