GET READY TO SEE BARNSTAPLE SPARKLE!
There's a packed programme of events planned in Barnstaple in the run up to Christmas, kicking off with the town's light switch-on event on Sunday 18 November.
The day will kick off with a Christmas Art, Craft & Food Fair in aid of North Devon Hospice in the Pannier Market; with around 90 stands you’ll find delicious artisan food, wonderful art, beautiful crafts, clothing and toys – the perfect way to start your Christmas shopping.
This is also the perfect opportunity to come and see the beautiful Christmas Wreaths which have been decorated by local businesses, charities and community groups. Winners annonced shortly.
Local dance schools will be taking part in the nationwide annual Children in Need Tapathon world record attempt at 1pm, everyone is welcome to join them on the Square to take part in the event and raise funds for Children in Need.
Add to the children’s Christmas excitement with the magic and sparkle of the family fun fair on The Strand, including a giant snow globe at Queen Anne’s Café. Or why not pop to Green Lanes to see Santa in his grotto as you check out the shops?
At 4pm the usual magical, festive mix of entertainment and music will star on the stage until the countdown to the big light switch on at 6pm.
Before the main lights are illuminated, there will be a chance to support the North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West’s Light up a Life campaign as a special star is lit up to mark the launch of the appeal.
There will then be a sneak preview of what to expect from Peter Pan, this year’s spectacular pantomime, as this year’s Dame Gareth Davies is joined by Hopps and Chapple, Seth Conway and the winner of The Voice’s community hero competition on the stage to push the plunger and light up the town.
Hopps and Chapple will be interviewing the3 finalists and revealing the winner live on air week. Tune in to find out who the worthy winner will be.
The full line up for the Square is as follows:
4.00 Centre Stage School
4.30 Bicycle Repair Man
5.30 Launch of Light up a Life Campaign (featuring Sophie Kerslak)
6.00 Switch - on with pantomime star and the winner of The Voice’s community hero competition
6.15 Sam Dowden
The Chemohero bus will again be on the Square but this year it will be hosting a very special guest! Father Christmas will be on the bus from 4-6pm and for a donation to Chemohero, children can meet him and receive a gift.
The full programme of Christmas activities boasts more events than ever before andfeatures a selection of new activities along with some firm favourites.
Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, Hannah Harrington, says: "I'm really excited about thefestivities this Christmas which really do offer something for everyone. A huge thank you must go to all the local businesses and councillors who have supported us, without which none of the events would be possible. This year we are particularly delighted to have the Tarka Line supporting us and reminding visitors that there is no need to bring the car, relax and get the train - it’s easy and you get to enjoy one of Britain’s most scenic railways’
Richard Burningham, Manager of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership which works to promote the Tarka Line and other rural railways in the two counties said “The Tarka Line is, of course, Barnstaple’s rail connection with the rest of the country and encouraging people from near and far to visit Barnstaple and North Devon by train is something we work hard to do. We are delighted to be supporting Barnstaple Town Centre Christmas promotions in the name of the Tarka Line as we look ahead to 2019 which will be a year of great change on the line with more seats, refurbished trains and an even better timetable.”
Notes: Full information about the Tarka Line and train journeys from Exeter and Crediton to Barnstaple can found on www.greatscenicrailways.com
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