Children’s favourite Peppa Pig heads to Ankerside as Tamworth lights up for Christmas

Thursday, 12th November 2015

CHILDREN’S favourite Peppa Pig will be heading to Tamworth’s Ankerside Shopping Centre later this month as the town lights up for Christmas.

The cheeky little piggy will be at the shopping centre on Sunday November 22 at intervals from noon to 3.45pm.

At 5pm Peppa will be present as Father Christmas and Tamworth Mayor Councillor Maureen Gant switch on the Christmas lights, to bring festive cheer to the centre and the rest of the town.

November 22 will also see craft activities in Ankerside Shopping Centre led by Tamworth community group Community Together, while Father Christmas and his helpers will be throwing open the doors of their snowy grotto from 11am to welcome youngsters. The entrance fee of £3.50 includes a gift for each child.

He will be back again on November 27 to November 29 from 11am to 4pm, and then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December plus Monday December 21 to Christmas Eve.

Ankerside Shopping Centre deputy manager Jeff Wigley is looking forward to welcoming Peppa Pig to the centre and seeing the lights switched on.

He said: “I am sure that children will be excited to have the chance to see one of their favourite cartoon characters, Peppa Pig.

“She is a very popular character so we are expecting a big response from both parents and children for this treat – it’s really the start of the countdown to Christmas for us.

“Christmas is the highlight of the year here at the centre. We put a lot of planning into making it a fun, enjoyable event for the whole family, and once again this year there’s something for everybody, with Peppa Pig, the new grotto, the craft activities and the Christmas lights switch on.”

On November 22 shoppers can also enjoy Christmas activities organised by the council, including live music, fairground rides, a festive market, treasure hunt, a nativity under the Town Hall, St Editha’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, walkabout characters, dance performances and face painting. George Street will host a Christmas market with stalls selling a range of gifts, crafts, novelties, local produce and festive food.

It’s part of a host of festive activities in the coming weeks at Ankerside, with Tamworth Rotary Club’s Tree of Life from November 28; sherry and mince pies on December 15; and breakfast with Santa at Druckers Café on December 20.

Free all-day free parking is available at Ankerside Shopping Centre on December 5 and 19 and from Boxing Day to Monday December 28.

Ankerside Shopping Centre, open daily, is home to 60 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, and has more than 700 parking spaces. More details at