St. Modwen, owner of The Meads shopping centre and the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, began the festive season in Farnborough on Saturday with Santa, Peppa Pig and Kim Robson from Eagle Radio switching on the Christmas lights.
As well as the big switch-on, the festivities began with Santa arriving at The Meads in his sleigh pulled by real reindeer. He then retired to his Grotto, to meet children and give them their first Christmas gift of the year. All day Christmas shoppers enjoyed live music from a modern barbershop quartet while children met an Ice Queen, Santa’s reindeer and Peppa Pig, and were entertained by a juggler, balloon modeller and face painter.
Andy Wynn, centre manager at the Meads said: “Festive Farnborough was really buzzing and it was great to see the children’s faces as the lights came on. It’s shaping up to be a Christmas to remember – not least with the new New Look store opening in early December.”
Next Saturday (27 November) the entertainment continues with jugglers and a singer performing throughout the afternoon. Children will be able to meet Santa in his Grotto every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas or at breakfast every Saturday between 9 and 10.30am! Traditional carol singers will join a humorous traffic warden act on 4 December and on 11 December, there will be a stilt walker and a lounge band playing live in the shopping centre. On the Saturday before Christmas, 18 December, there will be a Frank Sinatra tribute band and walking Christmas trees to entertain you while you do your last minute Christmas shopping! There will also be a balloon modeller and face painting every Saturday in the run up to the big day.
As well as New Look, Christmas shoppers can enjoy a new, larger Sainsbury’s which opened last year. Together with Travelodge, they comprise the big names opening in Farnborough as part of St. Modwen’s regeneration of the town centre. Other shops at The Meads include Debenhams, Wilkinson, QS, Argos, Peacocks, and Bonmarché.