Five lucky families won back stage passes to meet CBeebies presenter Andy Day at the Willow Brook Centre’s Christmas switch-on event on Saturday (21st November).
The Armstrong, James, Jones, Smythe and Stodgell families all won a competition run by Willow Brook on Facebook to meet Andy before he switched on the lights.
Crowds of Bradley Stoke residents gathered at Willow Brook to enjoy the host of fantastic entertainment at the Christmas event. Circus entertainer Steve Kaos wowed audiences on his stilt bike. Balloon sculptors Balloonatic were a hit with their pop art. And a roller skating robin and Christmas pudding got everyone into the festive mood.
The fun packed day was compered by Bradley Stoke Radio with live music in the town square and food from Bert & Gerts. Local musician Julia Barrella – the winner of the Bradley Stoke’s Got Music talent competition also performed at the event.
Santa took hundreds of present requests in his grotto and then joined Andy Day to switch on the Christmas lights at 5pm.
Willow Brook centre manager Andy Wynn said:
“It has been a fabulous day to start the festive season at Bradley Stoke. Everyone has really enjoyed the entertainment, food and festivities.”
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November, a Christmas market will give shoppers lots of present ideas with unique handmade and vintage gifts. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm (4pm on Sunday).
Photo: Andy Day switches on the lights [Credit: Dave Betts Photography]
More photos on the BSJ Facebook page.
Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.
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