By Connor Steel
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner with just two weeks left to go, with further activities and special events still being announced to get resident in the festive spirit. Again the Globe inbox received many emails and press releases about upcoming Christmas events, so our assistant editor has read them all picking out the highlights for readers to note in their diaries.
WESTBURY MANOR MUSUEM GROTTO:
Santa Claus is coming back to Fareham and can be visited at the popular town centre museum this week (December 11 & 12). Between 10am and 3pm across both days, visitors are encouraged to attend the grotto for a chat and gift from the man himself, with free kids’ hot chocolate or juice available from the onsite café. Admission to the museum is FREE but trips to see Santa will cost £4.50 per child whilst craft boxes will be available to purchase from the shop. More information can be seen on this link.
ST FAITH’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:
Between 10am and 2pm this Saturday, December 11; St Faith’s Church & Parish Centre will feature Christmas fun for everybody including a live nativity and meet the animals session for £5 per family. Free entry is granted to the Fair that includes handmade crafts, Christmas gifts and preloved items for purchase; whilst live music and refreshments will also be available. Much more has been promised and information can be seen on the poster.
AFTERNOON OF CHRISTMAS IN GOSPORT HIGH STREET:
Gosport High Street is hosting an afternoon of festive activities on December 18 following the cancelled Christmas lights event in late November. The council will be hoping that bad weather doesn’t stop performances from street entertainers including stilt walkers and dancers from 2pm onwards. A snow globe photo booth will also be present in Lawrence Square, whilst snaps with the Gosport Christmas Tree are a must!! For more information please visit the Tourist Information Centre or read this link.
POWDER MONKEY BREWING XMAS MARKET:
December 19 will see the popular brewing company and restaurant host a Christmas market located in their Hardway base. Starting at midday for five hours the event will see stalls of local businesses join together to sell products in the run-up to the big day. Music, food and drink will also be made available with further announcements in due course. To keep updated please visit the company’s Facebook page.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT FORT NELSON:
Fort Nelson have invited visitors to sample a Victorian garrison Christmas with fun for all the family as the holidays begin. Starting on December 18 and lasting for six days, tours of the Redan and Officer’s Mess will be available alongside areas of the fort not normally open to the public. Head Cook Private Dobson is also set to offer examples of dishes for a festive feast, whilst the barrack room will be decorated with oranges, cloves and greenery in a Victorian style. Tickets will cost £3.50 per person including a mince pie and mulled wine (soft drink for children) with each session lasting approximately 45 minutes. Entry to museum galleries is also permitted with more information available on this link.
CAROL SERVICE AT GOSPORT FOOTBALL CLUB:
Privett Park will get the festive treatment on December 22 when it hosts a special carol service live from the home of Gosport Borough Football Club. Starting at 7pm everybody is welcome to join in the festive sing-a-long, with a potential opportunity to meet current club stars and special guests from behind the scenes. Run in association with Faith and Football, this event is set to be free for all attendees and more information will be released on the football club’s website in due course.
The Globe will be releasing new event information over the next few weeks, so please feel free to highlight any posters or advertisements for our round-ups. If you would like our team to advertise an event in Gosport or Fareham, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org, who will forward to our marketing director Kevin Richards.
IMPORTANT: All information is correct at the time of writing and any changes are not the fault of the Globe team. People should check for any updates before travelling, particularly in the case of bad weather conditions or Covid-19 restrictions.