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Summer set to return to Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Thursday 1st November 2018 at 4:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of beach and flying umbrellas in the town square.

Beach lovers will be delighted with the news that Bradley Stoke will welcome back sand, smiles and deckchairs next summer.

Whilst the Willow Brook Centre can’t promise the return of the ‘summer of sunshine’, it will be reinstating its very own beach in the summer of 2019.

Thousands of visitors to the shopping centre relaxed, played and enjoyed the artificial beach that took pride of place in the town square.

Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We shipped in around 38 tonnes of sand, as well as dozens of deckchairs and a giant parasol to keep the little ones cool in the scorching weather.”

“It was a huge success and a real focal point for visitors who would stop and spend time in the town square. It was so popular that we knew we’d have to bring it back next summer.”

Hundreds of photos of the beach, and the dozens of suspended umbrellas that hung overhead, were posted online.

More than 1,000 people entered various competitions to win prizes at the Willow Brook Centre, by including the popular hashtag #summeratwillowbrook on social media posts.

Andy added:

“We wanted to encourage people to share their summer of fun with us and a photo competition was a great way to get everyone doing that.”

During the nine weeks of its summer promotion, the Willow Brook Centre saw visitors increase by seven percent, which is impressive as the number of people paying a visit rarely fluctuates to that extent.

Of course, the star of the summer was the Willow Brook Centre’s very own Swallows and Amazons themed Gromit sculpture, which took pride of place helping to raise money for charity.

It was the first time the centre had been involved in the award-winning arts trails from Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity which supports sick children, babies and their families.

More than £1,000 was raised in donations and sales for the appeal during Gromit’s stay at Willow Brook.

More: Centre also worked on Wallace and Gromit project with schools »

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