Wiltshire garden centre launches contest for artistic youngsters to crown santa


CHILDREN across the Warminster area are invited to make a festive crown to present to Santa in his grotto as part of a garden centre’s festive activities.

Santa will be visiting Lakeside Garden Centre, Crockerton, Warminster on Saturday and Sunday December 10 and 11 and the following weekend on Saturday and Sunday December 17 and 18 from noon to 4pm. 

His visits are part of the celebrations in the run-up to Christmas by the staff at the garden centre. To visit Santa will cost £5 per child.

Steve Cripps, centre manager, said: “We love seeing so many families come along to the centre over this festive period. This year we’ve decided to do something extra special by inviting children from local schools and homes to make a crown for Santa and come along to give it to him in person. We’re calling it our Crowning Glory campaign for Christmas.”

On each day of Santa’s visits, three of the children’s crowns will chosen by Santa and those children will receive an early Christmas present. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh prizes will be handed out to three lucky winners on each day of the four days at around 3pm.

Lakeside Garden Centre is a family-run business with a heritage of more than 40 years. It stocks a wide variety of of plants, shrubs and trees as well as garden furniture. Many of the plants are grown at its own nursery in Somerset. The centre also has a popular café, The Garden Room and is on the doorstep of the Longleat Estate.

For more details about Santa and the Crowning Glory competition, visit http://www.fonthill-lakeside.com/christmas.

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