With the fun of Halloween now well and truly behind us, the countdown to Christmas can begin – and there are some fun festive plans afoot for Bognor Regis!
Bognor Regis is thrilled to be welcoming back Ice Skating on the Prom for the third year running. The rink will be in its usual spot next to the Alexandra Theatre at Place St Maur des Fosses from Thursday 21 November 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020, with a host of new and traditional treats for everyone to enjoy…..not forgetting 8 foot tall bouncing elves at the opening!
Saturday 23rd November is the date for the town’s brand new Christmas light display provided by Bognor Regis Town Council to be switched on. Father Christmas will be in his Grotto at the train station, Christmas Art workshops at the theatre, Street Performers, Entertainers and Coles Funfair Rides throughout the town and the magical new light displays will be switched on by the cast of the fantastic Spillers Pantomime The Wizard of Oz at 5.30pm.
Businesses in the Old Town will be celebrating the day in Victorian style, with costumed characters and a traditional music organ, in addition to the Arts & Crafts market taking place in the Methodist Church. Celebrations will continue with businesses offering late night opening in the Old Town.
There’ll be an exhibition by local photographers, whose work you can view at 7-11 York Road, and a unique, 3 metre high sculpture created by local artist Samuel Lloyd will be installed at the corner of London Road and High Street.
Bognor Regis BID are helping the town get into the Christmas spirit with musicians and street artists performing over the four weekends leading up to the big day. From jazz to classical, elves to ice people, there’s something going on for everyone across the town centre this Christmas.
Saturday 30th November marks the start of the BID’s events, with live music in various locations adding to the Christmas atmosphere, and a series of exhibitions and workshops by local artists at 7-11 York Road.
Look out for cheeky festive characters in amongst the shoppers on the 14thand 15th December as you might bump into mischievous elves, roller skating presents, towering ice people and magical Christmas……squirrels!!! There’ll also be free face paintingfor children at the BID’s HQ at 2 York Road.
Children have the chance to win a special hamper by taking part in the BID’s “Christmas Hunt”, looking for special items hidden in businesses’ windows, and there will be a number of mini-events running in different areas of the town. Full details of all events, including timings, will be listed on the Love Bognor Regis Christmas page, with regular updates on the Love Bognor Regis Facebook page.
Jason Passingham, Bognor Regis BID Chairman, said : “The BID has planned an eclectic Christmas experience for the town centre this year, and it’s great to showcase so many talented local artists and performers.”
As in previous years, Arun District Council is supporting the town centre by offering free car parking at Fitzleet multi storey car park in Queensway on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas, starting on the 30thNovember