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Visit Santa at Merrywalks this Christmas

Visit Santa at Merrywalks this Christmas
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Visit Santa at Merrywalks this Christmas

26 November 2018

The team at Merrywalks are now in the festive spirit this with the launch of the centre’s Santas’s Grotto – giving shoppers the chance to create some lasting memories with their little ones. 

Santa’s Grotto is a magical experience with the chance to meet Santa himself and receive a token gift, there is even the opportunity for children to have their photograph taken with Santa for a keepsake at an additional cost.

A visit to Santa’s Grotto costs just £5 with all proceeds raised helping to raise money for Winston's Wish, a charity that supports bereaved children, young people and their families and the Pied Piper Appeal, a leading Children’s Charity based in Gloucestershire supporting sick and disabled children in the county.

Dionne Moore, Centre Manager for Merrywalks said: “The launch of the Santa’s Grotto officially marks the start of Christmas here in Stroud.

“We are proud to be able to support two fantastic charities and the great work which they do and look forward to welcoming the children and their families to the centre throughout November and December.”

The Grotto which was very kindly provided and constructed by Felicity Baker of Westcountry Made and local woodworking business, Good with Wood Stroud, can be found based within the markets area of Merrywalks Shopping Centre.

“I am delighted that we are able to bring Santa’s Grotto to Stroud this year as part of Stroud Christmas Markets!

“We would like to thank Dransfield Properties, the new owners of Merrywalks for agreeing to be the main sponsor of Santa’s Grotto this year and also to our other local sponsors Freemans Event Partners, Capstone Fostercare and Snow Business.”

The grotto is now open and will be open through to December 22nd, and will operate at the following times throughout the day:

Every Saturday from 10am-4pm, Friday 7th December 5-8pm, Wednesday 19th December 10am-4pm, Thursday 20th December 10am-4pm, Friday 21st December 10am-4pm.

To prevent queues, tickets can be purchased online at where customers will be given the option of purchasing a before 1pm or after 1pm ticket. Once the purchase is complete an email will be sent with an appointment time so there is no need to queue.


For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644