Christmas at     Crown Glass Shopping Centre


Snow is promised at Nailsea's magical shopping centre Christmas fair on Friday evening, November 30, 2018.

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair was resurrected two years ago supported by local businesses, churches, schools, Nailsea Town Council and Crown Glass Shopping Centre to bring back the festive event everyone wanted.

But it ran into a brick wall of officialdom trying to close roads and make the event free for everyone.

So, this year the management at the shopping centre is staging the fair together with its annual Christmas tree lights switch-on.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelms said: “Due to licensing requirements from North Somerset Council the shopping centre will be pay on entry.

“That is 1p entry per person with no change given.

“These receipts will all go to the chosen charity Springboard Opportunity Group - a North Somerset group which supports children (and their families) from birth to five year with additional needs and disabilities to help them reach their full potential.

“The first 100 paid entries will receive a Crown Glass bag-for-life and children aged under eight will get a Honeysuckle cuddly toy.

 “We are in desperate need of volunteers to operate entry points on the night – please contact us with offers of help.”

Nearly all the best Christmas pudding ingredients from the previous years are included for 2018 with some new suitably seasonal innovations and the only main change is the stalls and entertainment with be in Somerset Square, Colliers Walk, Clevedon Walk and Crown Glass Place.

The programme is as follows although it is subject to change:


  • Official opening 5pm

  • Lights switch-on 7pm

  • Finish 9pm

 Entertainment on the stage

  • 2pm onwards fun with Merlin Moosik mobile disco plus Honeysuckle the Bee

  • 5-5.15pm dance/bee giveaway/games

  • 5.15-5.30pm Merlin Moosik

  • 5.30-5.45pm carols in the square

  • 5.45-6pm Kirsty McGhee and Sharon Matthews will be producing a scratch nativity called All The Angels Sing. This will involve Inviting toddlers and parents to come dressed up as favourite nativity character and join the angels as they meet different people and animals from the nativity story, with some favourite carols thrown in

  • 6-6.15pm Golden Valley Primary School choir

  • 6.15pm 6.30pm In Accord Choir

  • 6.30-6.45pm dancing troupe

  • 6.45-7pm Merlin Moosik

  • 7pm Christmas tree light switch-on

  • 7.30-7.45pm Merlin Moosik

  • 7.45- 8.45pm Mangled Wurzels


More than 20 stalls are booked from charity fundraising activities to arts and crafts all offering an array of festive treats.

Food and drink will be sold at an abundance of outlets from The Caravan Project with its mulled wine and cider to the self-explanatory Dinky Donuts; from the Hot & Saucy Meat Company whose hand carved beef and mixed meats stall has sold out before to the ever popular Kel’s Kitchen burger van. There is also Ivor’s Ice Cream Parlour, Weston Super Sweets and last but certainly not least Lucky Player Vodka will be serving specialist cocktails.

A merry time is promised for all!

The man on the corner with the bears and balloons is back along with the Rotary Club of Yatton, Avon Wildlife Trust, Nailsea Baptist Church, Mothers Union, Nailsea Disability Initiative, Fountain Timbers, Willow Chiropractors, The Textile Treasury, Treasured, Girl’s Brigade, The City Garden Shop, Holly Hedge, Waitrose and Wards Solicitors.

And one of the most popular attraction from 2017 the reindeer donkey rides returns along with the 2467 (Nailsea) Sqn ATC flight simulator, Nailsea police and cadets bike marking and finger printing plus for the young-at-heart Nailsea fire brigade with its fire engine.

Many of the Crown Glass Shopping Centre shops will be staying open late and some along the High Street. 

Martin added: “Whatever the weather we can guarantee it will be snowing as not one but three snow machines have been booked.” 

Kerry Simpkins, of Crown Glass Shopping Centre management team, is dealing with all enquires and you can email her at

Stack of Gifts

Nailsea’s Give A Gift shop is back.

The Crown Glass Shopping Centre shop is at Unit 20 Colliers Walk.

It is being run by volunteers from Nailsea & District Christians Together and last year is was a tremendous success and proved a timely reminder that Christmas is actually all about giving, not about getting and was opportunity for anyone in the community to share with others less fortunate than themselves.

It will be open Monday to Friday, November 26-30.

People can donate food or new toys/ gifts which will be distributed to local families in need through children's centre and food bank.

Opening times are:

  • Monday to Thursday 11.30am-1pm and 3-4.30pm

  • Friday 2-8pm

If you would like to volunteer in the Give A Gift shop, no experience needed, just a willingness to receive gift call Sharon Matthews on 0795 214 4468.

Give a gift at Unit 20

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Scrumpy and cider band

Headlining Nailsea Christmas tree lights switch-on and fair is a band whose roots go down to deepest Somerset.

The Wurzels flavoured, cider-fuelled, scrumpy & western tribute band is playing at Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Friday, November 30.

The Mangledwurzels is a traditional three-piece Zummerset band performing in the style of Nailsea boy Adge Cutler and his world famous band The Wurzels.

Formed in 2005, the band have established themselves across the West Country and beyond with their highly entertaining live performances blending classic Wurzel songs with self-penned original compositions and a spattering of pop standards 'mangled' in true Wurzels tradition!

The Mangledwurzels are Hedge Cutter on lead vocals, Seth Pitt on guitar, kick drum and vocals, and Jethro Too! on bass, keyboards and vocals.

A deal signed with independent record label Loose Records (who had the real Wurzels on their books in the 1990s) resulted in The Mangledwurzels release of two albums - containing their brand of Wurzels-flavoured, cider-fuelled, scrumpy & western songs, reeking with rustic charm.

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CHEERS M'DEARS: One of the new stalls this year...

CHRISTMAS PAST: Nailsea School musicians. For this and other photos from 2017 click  HERE

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