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Willow Brook Centre set to shine at Christmas lights turn-on spectacular

Posted on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on a previous visit to the Willow Brook Centre.

Live music, children’s entertainers, fairground rides and Santa’s grotto will greet shoppers at the live turn-on of the Willow Brook Centre’s Christmas lights.

The festivities will begin at midday on Saturday 18th November, with the big switch-on happening at 5pm.

A Robbie Williams tribute act will entertain the crowds during the afternoon; there will also be music in the mall and town square, courtesy of Bradley Stoke Radio and Jelli Records.

Manager at the Willow Brook Centre, Andy Wynn, said:

“We’re really looking forward to this fun, family day out, where people can enjoy hours of entertainment before our big switch-on. We’ve organised a range of activities for all ages, so there will be plenty for everyone to do.”

Poster advertising the Christmas lights switch-on event.

Characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom will be live on stage at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, as well as at 4.40pm ready for the live switch-on of the lights.

Wandering entertainers will amuse shoppers and there will be a face painter and crafts table for the youngsters.

The elves will open Santa’s grotto from 10am, so boys and girls will be able to step inside to meet Father Christmas.

Andy added:

“Shoppers and guests are more than welcome to stay and enjoy the activities after the big switch-on. We’ve got fairground rides in the town square that will continue into the evening.”

More info: What’s On at the Willow Brook Centre

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Willow Brook Centre all lit up for Christmas

Posted on Friday 25th November 2016 at 6:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle, who switched on the Christmas lights at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle had a thrilling start to Christmas when they switched on the lights at Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 19th November.

Callum (9) and Chloe (7), from Southmead, won a competition on the Willow Brook Centre’s Facebook page to be chosen to turn on the Christmas lights alongside Santa Claus at a fun day of seasonal activities.

The festivities started at noon when Bradley Stoke Radio began an afternoon of live music from local artists and bands in the town square.

Inside Willow Brook there was lots of great free entertainment for youngsters including a free Christmas craft workshop and walkabouts from a beautiful stilt-walking Christmas Tree Fairy and a roller skating snowman

Children also met Snow Princesses and their happy snowman friend. And young fans joined in a sing-along to songs from Frozen.

This Saturday, 26th November, Santa will open his grotto in the Willow Brook mall at 11am to take present requests. Tickets are £4.50 and include a small gift. The grotto will also be open on Sunday 27th November and then every day from Saturday 3rd December until Christmas Eve.

There will also be a Christmas market this Saturday and Sunday (26th and 27th November) with lots of unique handmade and vintage gifts. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

For more details on upcoming Christmas events at the centre, visit or find the Willow Brook Centre page on Facebook.

Photo: Callum and Chloe with Santa. [Photo credit: Dave Betts]

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Dragons fly into Willow Brook for Halloween

Posted on Monday 24th October 2016 at 8:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Halloween Spooktacular at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Families will be able to meet two beautiful baby dragons at a special Halloween event in Bradley Stoke this half-term.

The young dragons, or whelps as they are known, will be the stars of the Willow Brook Centre’s free Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 28th October.

The infant European dragons or Draco Occidentalis hatched in a small sanctuary in Wales, are known for their distinctive shape, gentle disposition and enthusiastic love of sausages.

These delightful creatures will be making three appearances with their mystical handlers during the day so everyone will get a chance to see them close up and learn a bit more about dragonology.

They will be joined by an amiable stilt-walking Devil and Witch pair, who will roam the centre trying not to scare anyone too much.

There will also be a free craft workshop for youngsters to make dragons and spooky masks. And there will be a spooky trail to win a Halloween treat.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking forward to a magical Halloween Spooktacular. The baby dragons are sure to charm everyone at this year’s event.”

The event runs from 11am to 3pm.

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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New greengrocer now trading at Willow Brook

Posted on Monday 24th October 2016 at 1:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Opening day (Monday 24th October 2016) for the Jimmy Deane's Fruit, Veg & Salad stall in the town square at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Just in time for half-term, Jimmy Deane’s Fruit, Veg & Salad has today (Monday 24th October) commenced trading in the town square at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre.

Jimmy Deane’s will be open every Monday, Friday and Saturday, selling a full range of fresh produce with stock carefully selected by hand to ensure the best quality.

The local greengrocer has several thriving pitches around the South West including Yate Shopping Centre, Bath, UWE Bristol and Devizes.

Owner Jimmy, 36, says:

“We pride ourselves on providing fresh, quality produce with value for money every day. I am really excited about bringing what we do to Bradley Stoke to help keep the town healthy. It’s really important to eat fresh and we believe that everyone should have the option of getting their fruit and veg locally and independently.”

The business was founded by Jimmy’s father in 1970 and has been going strong ever since. With many years of experience, Jimmy says they are able to give “valuable advice and a friendly and personal service to customers”.

“The competition from the bigger retailers is really tough now, but we continue to work hard and adapt the way we work to keep our customers coming back. We hope this will continue here in the town.”

Pop along to the stall between 8am and 5pm Monday, Friday and Saturday to see for yourself!

Photo: Jimmy Deane’s staff members George (left) and Freddie at the Willow Brook Centre stall today.

• Check out the Jimmy Deane’s Fruit, Veg & Salad page on Facebook for a special opening offer.

Source: Press release from Jimmy Deane’s Fruit, Veg & Salad.

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