Boldmere gets set for Christmas!

Boldmere Futures Partnership are happy to announce the return of the Boldmere Community Festival with the ever-popular Christmas lights switch-on, Sunday 18thNovember, 2pm to 7pm, with lights switch on at 5.30pm by Alan Gardner, Channel 4’s Autistic Gardener.

The Festival would not have been possible without the essential financial support and cooperation of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, whose significant contribution has enabled this popular event to return. Sutton Coldfield’s Mayor, Cllr. Derrick Griffin, will be visiting the Festival to greet visitors, residents and traders.

To make Boldmere an attractive place to be this Christmas, the Town Council are also providing more Christmas lights around the area and a deep clean of the public realm, so Boldmere’s streets will be just as sparkling as its lights!

Cllr Simon Ward, Leader of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council said: “We are pleased to support Boldmere Futures Partnership with a grant of £7850 for the Christmas festival in addition to significant investment in the festive lights, the switch on and a special deep clean of the street in preparation for the event. The Festival is set to benefit and celebrate the best of the local community and our Royal Town and we wish the organisers all the best for a successful event.”

The Boldmere Community Festival is proud to have the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council as the main funder and to have Angels Day Nursery as the event’s main local business sponsor, with additional sponsorship from Halls Garden Centre, Thomas O’Gorman Solicitors, The Lounge Boldmere, Boldmere Harvester and Los Banditos.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to enjoy a line-up of brass bands, local choirs and other musicians, all providing a festive soundtrack to the festival. In addition, a separate dance arena will host a number of performances from local dance troupes.

Around the high street will be over 40 stalls including local artisans, handmade crafts, and novelty gift ideas, perfect for Christmas shopping! Also, there will be a range of free children’s craft activities, so the little ones can make their own gifts.

A range of hot food retailers will be on the street too alongside a couple of festive sweet treat options, guaranteed to put a smile on your face while you watch the lights come on.

Alongside the stalls, visitors will find children’s rides, including old fashioned swing boats, street entertainment from Mad Dominic, and the return of the popular Owl Man, who will have a variety of owls to see and hold.

John Lymn, Chair of Boldmere Futures Partnership said: “We’re so excited to be welcoming the community back to our high street this November for our Festival with Christmas lights switch on. I’d like to thank our main funder Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council and our main local business sponsor Angels Day Nursery for their support in making this happen, and of course, our organising committee for putting it all together. It promises to be a truly magical time of year in Boldmere!”

The organisers have also stated that residents should be aware of the road closure on Sunday 18 November from 12 noon through to 9pm to help facilitate the set up and breakdown of the festival.

Find out more at www.boldmere.org/christmas-festivalswhere you can also apply for a pitch and sign up to volunteer to help on the day.

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