Santa brings grotto to town

Father Christmas
Father Christmas

The children of Buckingham are in for a magical treat as Father Christmas arives in town tomorrow (Saturday) at the same time as a festival of magical and beautifully decorated trees opens to the public.

Lovable Father Christmas will be in his friendly grotto at the Old Gaol from 11am - 2.30pm and a superb display of decorated festive trees will be on display in the exercise yard.

Father Christmas will continue his festive visits throughout the month, also being in his grotto on Saturdays December 12 and 19 and on Monday December 21, between 11am - 2.30pm.

Children can visit Santa in his grotto for £3.50, which includes a gift and Christmas crafts.

The Festival of Trees in the exercise yard which opens on Saturday, remains until Saturday December 19.

Entry to this magical fairland Festival of Trees is free. The trees have been decorated by local businesses and organsiations, and should be an amazing sight.

Visitors can buy five tickets for £3 to vote for their favourite tree.

A winner will be drawn from the box under each tree on Sunday December 20 and the owners of the winning tickets can collect their trees on Monday 21 after 2.30pm.

The proceeds of the festival will be shared between Cancer Research UK Relay for Life and Buckingham Old Gaol.

In addition there will be the usual Christmas Quiz for children around the Old Gaol, starting on Saturday and lasting until Saturday January 2, with a small charge plus entry fee.

The Christmas Quiz and the Festival of Trees will be available during normal opening hours, 10am - 4pm Mondays to Saturdays.

So make sure to pop down to the Old Gaol during December to enjoy plenty of festive treats.