Christmas 2017 is coming

Nailsea and nearby

CAROL SINGING: On the last day of this term – Friday morning, December 15, Nailsea School sixth form students and staff dressed in their finest Christmas costumes/jumpers, will be heading to Crown Glass Shopping Centre to spread some musical festive cheer to shoppers. Nailsea people are invited to join the singing of the most well known and loved Christmas carols and songs from 9.30-11.30am.

Santa on tour with a roar

Nailsea Lions is touring the town with its will annual Christmas float appeal.

this week.

Father Christmas will also be travelling to Backwell and Long Ashton with its bucket collection for Bristol Children’s Hospital and North Somerset Mencap.

The Lions hit the roads from 3-8pm on:

  • Monday, December 4, Trendlewood (Queens Road end)

  • Tuesday, December 5, Backwell

  • Wednesday, December 6, Engine Lane

  • Thursday, December 7, Eastway and Westway

  • Friday, December 8, Long Ashton

  • Monday, December 11, The Elms

  • Tuesday, December 12, Karen Drive, Backwell

  • Wednesday, December 13, Causeway View

  • Thursday, December 14, Porlock Gardens

  • Friday, December 15, Hannah More Road

  • Monday, December 18, Greenfield Crescent

  • Tuesday, December 19, The Perrings

  • Wednesday, December 20, Lodge Lane end of Trendlewood Way

  • Thursday, December 21, White Oak Way

The Lions will also be outside the following supermarkets:

  • Saturday, December 2, Tesco Nailsea 10am-4.30pm

  • Sunday, December 3, Tesco Nailsea 10.30am-4.30pm

  • Friday, December 22 Tout's Budgens 10.30am-4.30pm.

Shake a leg for Christmas

Lead nurse Polly Cox has left Nailsea & District Leg Club for pasture news in Gloucester undertaking similar work. She will be much missed having been involved since the conception of NDLC and the group wish her every success, our loss is their gain.

In her place we welcome Amy Duckworth, who is already very familiar and well known to us.

As ever we are always eager to add more volunteers to our existing and very valued team and if anyone is interested, please feel free to drop in at our regular Wednesday  ‘drop-in’ clinics 9am-noon to see what’s going on.

This being December various seasonal activities will be happening on Wednesday mornings at Nailsea Tithe Barn – Christmas music, carol singing, Christmas tombola and more.

NDLC look forward to seeing our regular members, welcoming newcomers and wish them all, plus our nursing team, volunteers and staff at the Tithe Barn, a very happy Christmas.

Scouts Christmas Post 

 

For the 18th year running 1st and 2nd Nailsea Scouts together with Backwell Scouts will be delivering Christmas cards throughout the Nailsea and Backwell areas.

Last year Nailsea scouts delivered more than 5,100 cards to homes in the town and redirected a further 560 cards for Backwell Scouts to deliver in their village.

The Scouts Christmas Post is more than a fundraising scheme and community activity it is teamwork which gives a proportion from the sale of stamps to a local charity each year.

In 2016 the two Nailsea troops shared approximately £1,300 profit with a further £160 donated to The Young Carers of Nailsea.

Christmas cards are nice to send and nice to received from family, friends, business colleagues and neighbours.

Scout stamps cost  25p.

In Nailsea the following shops sell stamps and have post boxes:

  • ​School Togs

  • Hunter Leahy

  • Cohens Chemist at Somerset Square

  • MayNews

  • Co-op at Hannah More Road

  • Premier Grove Stores

The service is sponsored by Pring & Co and supported by all its 'post offices' at all the above, various outlets at Backwell and Tout'sBudgens at Wraxall garage.

First post is Saturday, November 11 and the last date for posting is noon on Saturday, December 16.

PHOTO: 1st Nailsea Cub Scouts getting ready for this

year’s Christmas Post

LAST POST: The scouts reported another successful year only slightly down on last years figures.

They collected 4,984 cards from their postboxes (with 361 going to Backwell and 419 received from Backwell giving a joint Nailsea delivery of 5,042). 

The money raised was £1338.01 of which £150 will be donated to their chosen charity of Young Carers in Nailsea leaving £1,188.01 to be split evenly between both groups (£594.05).

Nailsea Scouts Christmas Post is a joint Venture between 1st and 2nd Nailsea Scout Groups, also teamed up with Backwell Scouts, which provides a valued community and environmental service, reducing postal costs for older folks and dissuades a lot of people driving around Nailsea and Backwell burning fuel to deliver their own cards.

Nailsea Scouts would like to thank all its post offices as without this support and the dedicated teams of volunteer posties it would be impossible to run the scheme.

Most importantly the scouts owe a huge thanks to Stephen Pring of Pring & Co who very generously sponsors the cost of printing stamps for the 19th year running!

Christmas + New Year at Cadbury House

 

This Christmas, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is pulling out all the stops for a glistening festive season.

From afternoon teas to Sunday lunch with an added disco - the fun never stops at the North Somerset venue.

The Congresbury hotel has party nights scheduled throughout November and December in the elegant Great Room, with fantastic tribute acts and a three-course dinner.

For those who like to organise their own fun there’s the option to book a bespoke party, either in one of the event rooms or at the onsite Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is also taken care of with a range of packages and guests are invited to extend the festive fun with an overnight stay in one of the 4-star luxury boutique rooms.

Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “Christmas is one of our favourite times of year at Cadbury House which is why we go all out to plan a whole programme of fun events and options for people to choose from."

'The old house really lends itself to beautiful festive celebrations for groups of friends, colleagues and of course families. We have guests who return to us year after year and who say that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the magic of Cadbury House' general manager Mehmet Kandemir

 

This year Cadbury House has added an all-new Ski Chalet option for visiting guests.

The venue’s stunning Garden Room will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland where a four-course sharing menu can be enjoyed with an Après Ski feel!

New Year’s Eve celebrations are covered with a Black and White Ball.

The country house becomes a setting of opulence and glamour as party-goers eat, drink and dance the night away, all the way into 2018.

Mehmet added: “With a reputation for impeccable food, friendly efficient staff and an unrivalled party atmosphere our boutique hotel and spa is a wonderful venue for a get together and guests will really feel as if they’re coming somewhere special, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

"Guests can enjoy Christmas Day lunch in our Great Room or our Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, meaning they can sit back, relax and let us do the hosting.

"This year we’ve put a lot of thought into our Christmas offering and believe that there is something for everyone.

"From party nights and Christmas spa breaks to our brand new Ski Chalet offering, Cadbury House is the place to be!”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is the South West’s premier venue for weddings, conferences and events.

With an onsite spa, award-winning health club and exclusive Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, the venue has been a favourite in the South

West for decades.

For more information or to book an event visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk or call 01934 834343.

The enormous Christmas shopping list

 

With more than 10,000 meals to prepare this festive season, staff at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury have just drawn up their biggest shopping list of the year as they look forward to an extremely busy Christmas.

The ingredients needed for December includes no less than two tons of turkey, three tons of potatoes, half a ton of brussel sprouts and half a ton of stuffing.

In addition, chefs at the popular venue are awaiting the arrival of 500 litres of double cream, one ton of ham hock while they’ll be making 500 gallons of gravy and 10,000 pigs-in-blankets.

There is also an order for the equivalent of 70,000 cranberries which will make up the popular accompaniment served with turkey dinners.

With a variety of options available to party goers, general manager Mehmet Kandemir is looking forward to welcoming Christmas revellers to the famous venue which is renowned across the area for celebrating the festivities in style.

Mehmet said: “We’re pulling out all the stops again this year and have a number of fantastic options for a range of budget.

"We’ve got some brilliant party nights in the Great Room, which are always good fun, or for those wanting to experience a little more ‘affordable glamour’ the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is the ideal venue."

Nailsea business chamber Christmas drinks

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce is hosting an early evening drinks social at Coates House on Thursday, December 7.

There will be a reserved the bar area for chamber guests

If you would like to become a chamber member or renew your membership, you can do so online by clicking HERE.

CHRISTMAS BEETLE: On Wednesday, December 13, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society will be hosting a festive beetle drive. There will be carol singing, mince pies and mulled wine at the United Reformed church hall, Stockway North from 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members which includes refreshments. Everyone is very welcome.

Tyntesfield Victorian Christmas diary 2017

A very Victorian Christmas returns to Tyntesfield this year.

The National Trust property just a stone's thrown from Nailseal, is once more gearing up to transform for Christmas, offering visitors an immersive experience of a character driven Victorian Christmas.

From Saturday to Wednesday, November 25-January 3, visitors to the Tyntesfield estate will be able to experience the festive life of its Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their estate workers, as they prepare for and enjoy the festive period.

Building on the success of last year, visitors will get an insight into how the Gibbs family prepared for Christmas, with Mrs Gibbs planning her annual pantomime, the servants busy decorating the house, and the gentlemen of the house hiding away from the commotion.

This year for the first time the Christmas experience will be spilling into the outdoors.

Friends of the Gibbs will be milling around admiring the estate, taking an interest in what their friends have created and the preparations for Christmas Day.

At the weekends, the estate workers will also be busy making deliveries by horse and cart, and serving hot spiced apple juice in the Chapel courtyard.

Also new for this year, Home Farm will be dressed for the estate workers festive celebrations, with dried natural foliage collected from the estate in preparation.

On selected weekends the Chaplain’s House holiday cottage will also be open to the public, hosting the chaplain’s head cook preparing the Christmas pudding.

Tyntesfield events officer Hugh Harris said: "Visitors to the estate will be transported back to Christmas in Victorian times to experience the splendour and hustle and bustle of the Gibbs family getting their home ready for guests.

"They’ll be able to meet and interact with family members as they get everything in order for the festive season, allowing visitors to learn about the Gibbs life in a Victorian country house at Christmas.

"We’re really excited that the experience this year is even bigger and more immersive than before.

"The whole estate will have a Victorian Christmas feel from the moment people arrive.

"We’re excited to welcome back people who’ve been here before to see what’s new, and those who are experiencing Christmas at Tyntesfield for the first time.

"We will also be opening the house and garden at night on selected dates, lighting the footpaths leading to the house, and giving people the chance to experience the peace of the ground floor of the house after dark."

A programme of eight local choirs will also be performing on evenings throughout December in the beautiful surroundings of Tyntesfield’s chapel.

Tyntesfield is open every day between dates above with the exception of Christmas Day.

PHOTOS: Carriage outside the house and presents by the bedside © National Trust / Steve Haywood

Wreath making with Sarah Pepper
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, December 10-12, noon -2pm and 3-5pm
Make your own Christmas wreath using fabulous foliage gathered from the estate.

With oodles of festive cheer and guidance from expert florist, Sarah Pepper.

Includes hot drinks, mince pies and all materials.

Cost £28
 

Christmas concerts in the Chapel
Throughout December, Tyntesfiled will be playing host to local choirs who will showcase their talent in its glorious chapel. Includes hot drink and mince pie.

Adult £15, child £10


Booking essential for both events.

Call 0344 249 1895 or go online to learn what more in on offer by clicking HERE.

Backwell Camera Club

On Thursday, December 7, Backwell Camera Club will celebrate the life of a club member, Denzil Ellis, who died this year with a presentation from his photographic library. 

An example of Mr Elllis' wonderful work taken at Nailsea Community Christmas Fair 2016 is the children singing carols here.

This will be followed by a social where other members who passed away will be remembered over a glass with nibbles. 

The club will take a short break over Christmas until  the next meeting on Thursday, January 4.  

All are welcome to attend.

Meetings are at the WI Hall, Backwell at 7.30pm.

Further details online at  www.backwellcameraclub.club.

DING DONG: Nailsea rock band The Cringe is playing the Ring O'Bells on Friday,  December 29 from 9pm. Limited tickets £6 for The Cringe at Christmas gig from Ringers bar staff and band members

Nailsea children in charity Santa run

Nailsea Juniors are under starters orders for its first ever Santa Run in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, midday on Sunday, December 3, at The Grove.

Here is the running order:

  • 11am under 5s preschool 50m dash;

  • 11.15am Santa Run 1 for children aged four to six. Distance approximately 1km;

  • 11.30am Santa Run 2 for children aged seven to nine. Distance approximately 1.5km;

  • 11.45am Santa Run 3 for children aged 10-12. Distance approximately 2km; and

  • 12.15pm The Grove Santa Long Run which is open to all children aged 12 and under and the course is approximately 3km.

Entry is £7 + booking fee and youngsters can register HERE.

All children racing can join the final race free of charge and do not need to book online.

The bib number they will receive for first race will be valid for both runs.

Following the races it is time for mince pies and coffee at the Grove Sports & Social Club where the bar will also be open.

All participants will receive a santa hat  and bespoke medal.

Advance booking is recommended but entries may be available on the day.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age group except 50m dash will be presented following the last race.

The course is primarily grass and will be marshalled.

The organisers say: "Come and get involved, it promises to be a truly awesome event. Ho ho ho hope to see you there."

Shopping for Christmas

at The Blue Room, Nailsea

 

Some of the most popular exhibitors as the Crown Glass Shopping Centre

arts & crafts emporium are selling their wares at The Blue Room which boasts brilliant new festive ranges.

There will be something for  everyone - 'significant' gifts for significant others, little extras, something special for your best friend, stocking fillers, Secret Santa's, the best locally made dairy free chocolate and luscious sweets, sparkly jewellery, decorations, handmade cards, scented candles in contemporary and vintage designs, and so much more.
On Tuesday, December 5, from 10.30am-12.30pm another drop-in pottery class especially for pre-schoolers.

No booking required.

The Sion, Crown Glass Place,

Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1RB

An invitation to Christmas lunch

 

People can end up on their own at Christmas for a variety of reasons - loved ones have sadly passed away or maybe friends and family live too far away to travel.

But at Nailsea there is no need to be lonely at Christmas as the third community lunch of turkey with all the trimmings (and a vegetarian option) is once again on the menu at the Trinity Centre.

This is the third year in succession people have shared this joyous Christmas get-together which is supported by many businesses including Tesco Nailsea, S&R Burchills fruit and vegetable shop and Holy Trinity church.

It you would like to attend call Lynda Dicks on 01275 853495 or email lyndadicks123@gmail.com.

Anyone who can help with transport shoud also contact Lynda and of course while they have the chief cook a few more bottle washers would be very welcome too.  

The article on the left is from a Christmas past but for the present hurry up and sign up XX 

1st Backwell Scouts Christmas tree sale is on Saturday, December 2 from 8am-1.30pm. More details click HERE.

Primary schools Christmas fair

It’s that time of year again where we start to think about Christmas; to get that festive feeling come and join us at the Federation of Hannah More and Grove School Christmas fair on Friday, November 24, 5.30-7pm.

Enjoy a cup of mulled cider and something from the barbecue while listening to the talented school choir at the Whiteoak Way campus.

There will be plenty for children to do including games, tombolas, face painting, pottery painting and crafts.

Also, there will be a chance to purchase Christmas gifts and decorations, including some beautiful wooden reindeers, from a range of local craftspeople.

As always there will be a raffle filled with excellent prizes, thanks to the sponsorship of Nailsea’s new YOPA agent Matthew Bingham and this year’s top prize is a voucher for a family of four to visit LEGOLAND!

Other prizes include vouchers for Bristol Lido and afternoon tea at Backwell House.

The PTApeople say 'we look forward to seeing you at this excellent community event'.

December Sunday afternoon films at zoo

Bristol Zoo Gardens is getting into the Christmas spirit by screening a series of much loved family films.

This timeless story of Elf starring Will Ferrell as the oversized elf who ends up in New York looking for his father will be shown on three successive Sundays and tickets are already selling fast.

Regularly listed amongst the greatest Christmas films of all time, Elf was in the top five of festive movies by The Guardian.

Elf (PG) is being shown at the zoo’s Sunday Cinema at 1pm on December 3, 10 and 17.

On December 3 the first Home Alone (PG) movie is being shown at 3pm. Another great family favourite with Macaulay Culkin as a boy accidentally left behind when his parents go on holiday.

The following Sunday December 10 at 3pm sees How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG) come to the big screen at the Zoo.

This is a popular adaptation of the Dr Seuss story about a humbug rejected form his home for being different who develops a hatred for Christmas.

Then on Sunday December 17 at 3pm there is a chance to see The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG).

This is a tale of a pumpkin king bored of scaring people who hatches a plan to kidnap Father Christmas and bring his festive spirit back to Halloweentown.

Prices begin at £5 and include entry to the Zoo.

Owain Cassidy, Bristol Zoo’s head of marketing and development, said: “We have picked some of the best loved family festive films to get everyone in the mood for Christmas.

“There’s something extra special about watching a film and the emerging in to the Zoo which will be illuminated with Christmas lights and where there really will be magic in the air.”

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

For more information about visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Bristol Zoo listings

 

DECEMBER

December 2-23 – Santa’s Grotto – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Explore the magical grotto and spend some quality time with Santa whilst enjoying the festive lights and amazing animals of Bristol Zoo Gardens

December 11-13 – Christmas Star Party on the Downs – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Wrap up warm for a seasonal night of stargazing; learn how to spot the main winter constellations and enjoy stories and songs with astronomy experts

December 16 – Creating Christmas Wreaths – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Get into the Christmas spirit with this workshop; learn to make fresh, fragrant Christmas wreaths to take home for your front door

Christmas gifts to treasure

Some Christmas gifts make dreams come true and will be remembered forever.

Some can be found at Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo Gardens, where there are a range of special animal experiences on offer that don’t cost the Earth – perfect gifts for those tricky to-buy-for family and friends ,

Just imagine being able to stand next to a giraffe as it lowers its head to within inches of you and starts munching the branch of leaves you are holding. 

It is one of those truly memorable moments, one that will make you smile and hold your breath in wonder. It really will be an experience that will remain with you forever.

There are also opportunities to feed other animals at Wild Place Project like the enchanting family of meerkats and even the cheetahs.

At both Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo there is even the chance to immerse a loved one in the daily routine of caring for animals by becoming a Keeper for the Day, working alongside experienced staff and helping to care for and feed the animals.

Also at Bristol Zoo are a series of different animal experiences in which people can feed Biggie the giant tortoise, get up-close with the colony of lemurs or even spend some time with the amazing fruit bats.

These experiences start from £35. .

Owain Cassidy, head of marketing and development at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “These experiences are perfect Christmas gifts.

“There’s the joy of opening them on Christmas Day, the anticipation waiting for the day  and then the excitement of the day itself  .

“After that, there are the memories and they will last forever.”

For more information about unique animal gifts and experiences click HERE for the zoo and HERE for the Wild Place Project.

From now until Sunday, February 11, tickets for Wild Place Project are half-price when booked online

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ICELANDS: Click on images to go to tickets websites

Cadbury House white Christmas ski lodge

 

Party goers will be transported to a magical winter wonderland this festive season as a top North Somerset hotel and spa launches its first ever Alpine Ski Lodge.

Four-star boutique hotel DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has transformed its Garden Room conservatory into a stunning ski chalet complete with log fire, alpine scents, twinkling lights and cosy rugs.

The Après-ski themed space will host festive parties and private events from Friday to Saturday, November 24-January 6, where guests will enjoy the rustic fun of a four-course sharing menu.

On nights where there is a festive disco taking place in the venue’s Great Room, ski chalet guests can join the fun and party until the early hours.

Cadbury House Marco Pierre White restaurant and Garden Room manager Mimmo Pomo said: “The ski chalet is something completely new and exciting for Cadbury House and offers groups of friends, colleagues, families and couples the chance to enjoy a Christmas night out in different surroundings.

“This year you don’t need to go to the slopes for a bit of Après-ski as it will be right here!

2The mulled wine, cider and seasonal cocktails will be flowing and we’re hoping guests enjoy going off-piste from the usual Christmas meal they’ve experienced before.

“The food will be top-notch and is totally inspired by Continental resorts which know how to put on a delicious festive winter spread.

"The mug of hearty soup on arrival soon makes way for the sharing platter starter which includes Continental meats, smoked fish, breads and cheese fondue.

“The main course choices vary from meatballs to poached chicken to warm winter Niçoise salad and the sharing board of desserts featuring spiced apple strudel and blueberry tart is sure to suit everybody.

"Hot chocolate and truffles will finish the experience perfectly.

“We’ve worked really hard on getting the ambience of the ski chalet right and although guests will be overlooking a vista of rolling North Somerset hills they will truly feel like they are nestled in the mountains of France or Switzerland!”

The ski chalet experience is £35 per person or £59 per person for New Year’s Eve.

Groups can book a place on Fridays and Saturdays from November 24 to December 23 as well as New Year’s Eve.

The space is also available for private hire on all dates between November 24-January 6 subject to availability.

For more information or to book visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk

Pantomime time

Jump aboard Aladdin’s high-flying magical carpet headed for Old Peking and make tickets for this year’s spectacular Bristol Hippodrome pantomime one of your three wishes!

Starring comedy legend Joe Pasquale as Wishee Washee, recording and musical theatre star Marti Pellow as Abanazar and Emmerdale and Coronation Street’s Hayley Tamaddon as Princess Jasmine, Aladdin is a beautiful love story featuring flying carpets, a wish-granting genie and lamp full of spectacular family entertainment.

Aladdin is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer. Qdos Entertainment stages productions of West End scale and quality, featuring spectacular effects, stunning costumes and lots of laugh-out-loud humour.

Qdos Entertainment pantomime division managing director Michael Harrison said, “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing Joe Pasquale, Marti Pellow and Hayley Tamaddon to The Bristol Hippodrome this Christmas.

"Joe, Marti and Hayley are exceptional panto performers, so we know that Bristol audiences will be in very safe hands this Christmas.”

This year’s Bristol Hippodrome pantomime will include a magical 3D sequence, which will see audiences transported to Old Peking on a sensational magical carpet ride adventure plus some incredible surprises!

Don’t miss it fly to the box office today!

Click HERE for tickets.

Go to the theatre preview page for details of more pantos by clicking HERE.

Christmas is alternative at Wild Place Project

 

The countdown to Christmas has begun at Wild Place Project and already there is magic in the air.

Santa will be there from Saturday to Saturday, December 2-23 to welcome children and their mums and dads.

By the time he leaves he will just have enough time to load up his sleigh and get ready to fly off on Christmas Eve night to deliver presents.

Santa can be found in a magical Christmas yurt, sponsored by Tockington Manor School, sitting in a big red armchair surrounded by fairy lights, cards and gifts.

It is the perfect place for children to meet him and whisper to him gifts they would like for Christmas.

There will also be a great opportunity for visiting children to meet Santa’s famous reindeer who will be near him each day.

People who visit Santa can also make the most of being at Wild Place Project for an early Christmas walk through the woods in the crisp December air.

As well as taking the opportunity to see the giraffe, lemurs, cheetah and zebra as Wild Place Project turns into a winter wonderland.

Those who want a tasty seasonal treat can head for the warmth of the Courtyard Café.

Wild Place Project head of operations Nigel Simpson said: “The build-up to Christmas is always special here and it begins when Santa gets arrives.

“Seeing him in our Christmas yurt and meeting his reindeer together with the chance to see our animals and walk beneath the trees make for a perfect family treat.”

Wild Place Project, which is just off junction 17 of the M5 motorway, opened four years ago and now attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year.

For more information about visiting Wild Place Project visit the website at www.wildplace.org.uk.

Christmas pier parties are almost sold out at Weston

 

Christmas Party lovers in the south west are going against the tide when it comes to finding the ideal venue for their annual Christmas shindig and booking early to spend their festive time at the seaside.

Record numbers are gathering on the boardwalks of Weston-super-Mare’s famous Grand Pier for festive fun with organisers reporting the pier’s Christmas entertainment evenings are almost sold out with only a limited number of party night opportunities remaining.

This year’s new Casino Noël Party on Friday and Saturday, December 15-16 has sold out; there are some opportunities remaining for the Nutcracker and Festive Fever parties.

Pier event manager Hollie Otley said: "For many years the pier was only used in the summer but now it is all-year round and it looks like Christmas is going to be very busy.

"In recent years peopIe have been booking later and later for their work Christmas events so we are absolutely delighted that so many people have decided to book early with us.

"This is the earliest we have ever sold out any of our festive party nights, and the most bookings we have ever experienced for a Christmas period.

"It goes to show there is still appetite there for good quality entertainment nights with a twist.

"The walk along the boardwalk is magical at night and really sets the mood for an exciting evening.”

Hollie says investment in everything from catering and decoration, to serving staff to sourcing top quality acts, means sales at the Grand Pier are increasing year on year.

She added: "Our entertainment nights are an aspect of the business we’ve concentrating on and are confident we’ve got it right, especially with our festive programme of events this year.

"Each year we have introduced a new theme to our Great Hall party nights.

"This year the Nutcracker party has sold out on three dates; our previous Winter Wonderland and Cirque de Noël parties were extremely well received.

"We accommodate up to 1,000 people across the three party rooms each night and have several party nights still to choose from throughout December, as well as a special New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball.

"There are also options for local businesses to host private Christmas parties which can be tailor-made for them.”

The themes parties include unlimited rides on the Grand Pier’s attractions as well as traditional Christmas dinner, spectacular aerial and acrobatic performances, the Ultimate Party Band and a resident DJ to complete the entertainment.

Santa’s Grotto opens on the Grand Pier from Saturday, December 2; with a ‘supper with Santa’ on Sunday, December 17 and the Lipinski Christmas Party with live music from The Lipinski Band on Friday, December 22.

For more information, prices and to book visit www.grandpier.co.uk..

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