Page 9 - North Hampshire Lifestyle Nov/Dec 2019
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                FESTive place basingstoke
Enchanting spells will be cast over Festival Place in Basingstoke this Christmas transporting visitors into a world of magical fairytales...
The most wonderful time of the year officially begins on November 16, when a host of colourful fairytale characters band together to bring the storybook world to life.
The retail and leisure destination’s big brand stores, eateries and leisure facilities will all be joining in the launch event full of festive fun, running from 10am until 7pm.
The Festive Fairy will lead the celebrations, delighting visitors and spreading her sparkle as a host of free magical activities pop up throughout the centre.
Keep your eyes peeled, expect the unexpected and who knows what you will find? You may come across Festor the talking reindeer, a magic mirror, marching soldiers, wind-up doll dancers and mischievous elves!
Following the launch day, there will be further surprises in store to delight shoppers throughout November and December.
A magical pop-up pantomime Festor and the Frozen Fjords will transport audiences to a wintry wonderland, and a series of festive workshops will invite visitors to learn how to make traditional gingerbread men, Christmas crackers, and beautiful floral wreaths for the Christmas table and front door.
A Pudding Pop-Up will give the gift of meals to those in need through Basingstoke Food Bank, with a little help from hilarious Christmas pudding chefs Nigelfa and Heston Blumentelf!
Younger visitors will love to see Santa at the traditional grotto, test all this year’s favourite toys, and dress up in sparkly fairy wings, a perfect opportunity to snap that festive photo.
Meanwhile, mums and dads will appreciate help from The Happy Wrappy gift-wrapping service in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice, and a festive train that will take visitors and all their shopping around the centre and to and from the Iceland train stop. The train
will run at weekends from November 16 and will be free, with donations to St. Michael’s Hospice welcomed.
Festival Place’s cheerful staff will be on hand in the Customer Lounge to help make your visit as easy as possible, with click and collect, gift cards and lockers all available.
For further information visit: https://www.festivalplace.co.uk/events-features-offers/ events/christmas-2019/
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