Santa as you've never seen him before

December 01 2017

THE lake at Eastville Park will be the setting for a unique Christmas event featuring Santa's grotto, elves and fairies as well as live music and storytelling.

THE lake at Eastville Park will be the setting for a unique Christmas event featuring Santa's grotto, elves and fairies as well as live music and storytelling.

Santa's Grotto on the Lake will take place on Sunday December 17 from 10am-4pm and organisers are going all out to make sure it will be an event to be remembered.

There will be fun activities, jugglers, poets and mime acts to ensure a fun-packed day for children and adults alike.

Mother and Father Christmas will make an appearance and children will be able to visit their magical grotto where a gift will await them.

The event has been a joint venture between the Friends of Eastville Park and Frome Fairies and will raise funds to improve and update the children's playground in the park.

Organisers had been anxiously awaiting permission from Bristol City Council for the event to go ahead but everything has been rubber stamped so it's full steam ahead.

Andrew Gee, one of the organisers, said the special day will hold a few surprises too: "It's the traditional grotto, but of course it's not!

"We have an excellent working group making preparations and fantastic volunteer support from the local community.

"The whole idea behind the day is to start to bring small, regular fun days to the park and encourage more and more families to enjoy this wonderful space.

"We need to make Eastville Park a 'destination' for the local community and beyond."

Organisers are looking for extra help including elf helpers on the day and offers to make cakes and savoury snacks in the days leading up to the event. There are various other craft-based jobs which could be done by people with little free time but who'd like to help.

Visitors are being encourage to spread their visits throughout the day to ensure it doesn't get too busy. 

To get in touch or to find out updates, please visit the Facebook event page 'Santa's Grotto on the Lake'. 

Tickets are £3.