ANKERSIDE Shopping Centre is just days away from welcomin two special guests who will be helping Tamworth get into the Christmas spirit, with a host of fun-packed festivities.
This Sunday 25 November, a VIB (Very Important Bunny) by the name of Peter Rabbit will be hopping by Ankerside to meet his fans at intervals between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. There will also be an opportunity to see Peter later on in the day, when he makes an appearance at the Christmas lights switch on in the town at 5pm.
And if that wasn’t enough, Santa also arrives at Ankerside this Sunday for the launch of his grotto, which will be located outside Druckers. From 11am until 4pm every Friday and Saturday, and 11am until 3pm on Sundays until Christmas Eve, children and their families can meet Santa and his enchanting elves as well as receive a chocolate gift and photograph.
Grotto visits are £4 per child, with 50p of the entry free going to charity. Ankerside has chosen Community Together CIC as the beneficiary of the proceeds. Steve Hodgetts, the charity’s business support officer, commented: “Community Together CIC is very appreciative of being chosen as this year’s charity. Where possible we will work with other groups and charities who share our vision of ‘Working Together for a Better Future’.
“Ankerside has always been very accommodating, offering us space to provide free activities during school holidays and promote the work we do,” said Steve. “The money raised from the grotto will enable us to continue to offer our wide range of activities that help people as part of our ‘Grow Well, Live Well, Age Well’ campaign.”
Mark Burbridge, centre manager at Ankerside, said: “Tamworth has been gearing up for the arrival of Peter Rabbit and Santa for a while now and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to Ankerside.
“The grotto is always hugely popular and there’s nothing better than seeing families spending quality time together, with lots of fun and laughter,” added Mark. “It’s the season of goodwill and we’re delighted that we have an opportunity to thank Community Together CIC for all the hard work it does for better the lives of local people.
“It’s going be another brilliant weekend of festive fun and we hope visitors have a wonderful time enjoying all the activities and Christmas cheer.”