Santa on the Lake proves a splash hit
Published on: 22 Dec 2017
THE inaugural Santa's Grotto in the Lake has proved a huge success, attracting visitors old and young alike.
The magical setting - by the side of the lake at Eastville Park - proved irresistible and more than 500 children came along for a glimpse of Santa.
Visitors were entertained by music, story-telling, jugglers, poets and mime acts and kept warm by helpings of delicious hot soup.
The event was a joint venture between the Friends of Eastville Park and Frome Fairies to raise funds to improve and update the children's playground in the park.
It was also used to gauge what support there would be for regular events in the park to encourage more families to make use of the open space.
Andrew Gee, one of the organisers, said the sheer number of visitors in spite of the wet weather made it clear there was support for more events in the park.
"We know now, that with a little imagination, we will be able to attract visitors throughout the year with regular events that appeal to and benefit young and old - and everyone in between.
"At this time of the year people’s time is precious, which makes the contributions of our volunteers that much more special.
"Bringing smiles to the faces of over five hundred children on a day when the weather wasn’t that kind is a remarkable achievement and we would like to thank each and every helper for the part they played in making it into the amazing experience it turned out to be.
"This day was not just about raising funds for new playground equipment; it was as much about bringing us all together in joy and laughter in what seems to be very difficult and uncertain times in the world around us."
Event organisers would like to say a big thank you to local organisations and businesses that supported the day including the Children's Scrapstore for providing materials for the grotto as well as paper cups and wrapping paper; Whitewater Studios for the vinyl graphics; Goldmark Scaffolding for the grotto framework; Crown Trade Centre for paints and sundries; West Tool Hire for power; Travis Perkins for materials and lighting; Bristol Party Hire for light show and lasers;Essential Trading for soup and East Bristol Bakery for artisan bread.
Organisers are now encouraging people to come up with original suggestions for future events.
Further information about the Friends of Eastville Park and Frome Fairies can be found on their Facebook pages.