Prepare for a Christmas event with a difference

Flashback to last year’s Christmas celebration in Egremont

Flashback to last year’s Christmas celebration in Egremont

Sunday 29th November – put this date in your diary now to go and enjoy a fantastic, free day out at the annual Christmas Wonderland in Egremont.

There is lots going on starting with some beautiful carols being sung by Bookwell School Choir whilst accompanied by Egremont Town Band.

This year, you will be able to visit Santa in his own grotto so get there early to avoid disappointment and don’t forget you can feed the real reindeers which are always a big hit with the children (and adults) alike.

Ben Rowland will be playing on the CFM stage as well as The Singstars and Step by Step dancers.

There will be a preview of this year’s pantomime – Beauty and the Beast performed by the cast of the Whitehaven Theatre Group.

Batman will be flying in along with Spiderman and a Star War’s Storm Trooper so go along and say hello – there will be some other surprise guests on the day too.

The street market will be extended further up the street towards the Market Hall where you can seek out that bespoke present. You can also sample some of the tasty street food available and there will be more children’s rides this year at an affordable price.

Elvina Quayle – a recently retired and long standing member of Egremont has been invited to switch on the improved Christmas lights. The lights go on early in the morning as well as in the evening so that the early risers can enjoy the illuminations.

The special attraction this year will be a very different animal zoo where the children can look and touch these animals so look out for some cuddly, funny and some (perhaps a little) scary creatures – due to the time of year, the zoo will be sited in the Market Hall from 2pm.

Finally, there will be the traditional grand firework finale – as ever set off from Egremont Castle.

A spokesman for the Egremont Amenity Committee said: “Our committee of six continue to raise funds throughout the year and apply for grants but it is proving more difficult as time goes on so we ask that the good people of Egremont and beyond please try to come down and support this community event.

“We spend all year organising it so that everyone can have a great day out and one in which you get to see lots of things you may otherwise have to travel further afield to see, we also subsidise some of the attractions to keep it affordable for families.

“This year we have organised another fantastic Christmas raffle with 30 good prizes. We set ourselves a goal to raise £2,000 and with the help of people who have taken tickets to sell as well as those who have bought a ticket, we thank you very much and we wish you all good luck at the draw which takes place on Friday, December 4 at the Farmers Market in Egremont Market Hall.”

The committee would like to acknowledge the following for their sponsorship and support: LLWR, Copeland Community Fund, Copeland Borough Council and Egremont Town Council.

A committee spokesman added: “Others too deserve our thanks including all the businesses who have donated prizes, sold raffle tickets, supported our fundraising events, all those volunteers who we couldn’t do without on the day who help us man the castle, help put up and take down the gazebos, cover the road closure – the list goes on.

Special thanks must be given to Gary Mayson who as ever supports us with the logistics for the generator needed by CFM on the day as well as donating an annual pledge.”