Largest Christmas market returns for third year

One of the region’s largest indoor Christmas markets returns to Littledown Centre in Bournemouth next month.

More than 3,000 visitors attended last year and this year organisers are anticipating even more.

The popular event takes place on Sunday 25 November 2018 between 11am-4pm.

More than 150 stalls will be showcasing Christmas gifts and seasonal merchandise including hand-crafted jewellery, fused glass, local preserves, chutneys, award-winning fudge, seasonal cakes, cheeses and more. Christmas decorations, cards, wrapping paper, wreaths, food and hampers will also be available to buy.

Local artists and photographers will be displaying their work and popular local retailers include The Isle of Wight Garlic Farm, Happily Ever Afters artisan cheeses, Dorset Ginger, Jurassic Cottage Foods, Pieroth Wines and Drop the Anchor Brewery.

There’s plenty of activities for children too including a visit from Father Christmas, face painting, entertainment from Jules the Entertainer and a stilt walking Snow Queen.

Sing People Sing, a multi award-winning, dynamic, contemporary choir will be performing Christmas carols. There will also be a special performance from Bournemouth Pavilion’s Youth Theatre.

“Our indoor Christmas market is hugely popular and we are thrilled to be attracting so many fantastic local retailers and producers for the third year running,” says Colette Kiernander, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager.

Admission is £1 per adult and 50 pence for children aged between 6-15. Children aged five and under can enter for free.

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About BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With 3.4 million visits a year and over £39 million turnover we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2016/17 we had 2.9 million leisure centre attendances, hosted more than 500 events and sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment event tickets. We also welcomed 100,000 conference and exhibition delegates into our venues. This contributed an estimated £44 million to the local economy through business and cultural tourism.

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About Littledown

Littledown is operated by BH Live in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council.

Set in 47 acres of parkland, Littledown has some of the finest leisure, swimming, football and gym facilities in the country.

It is ranked among the top performing leisure centres in the UK, is accredited by quality scheme QUEST and is a National Fitness Award winner for the Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year (2016) and finalist for the Best Group Exercise Gym of the Year (2017).

It attracts more than 1.2 million attendances a year and is home to clubs including Bournemouth Swimming Academy, Swim Bournemouth, Littledown Juniors Football Club and Play Football.

BH Live runs 300+ weekly fitness classes there and the venue has one of the largest gyms in the UK with personal training, an exercise referral and children’s activity programme.

Indoor facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, 17-metre teaching pool, waterslides, splash pool, steam room, sauna and sanarium. There is a large sports hall for events and multi-sport activities including trampolining, badminton, table tennis, football and gymnastics.

The venue also has a café, bar and an Ofsted registered crèche.

Outdoor facilities include ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure at Littledown Park (2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence), six floodlit 3G rubber crumb training pitches, grass football pitches, parkland for recreation and events, a cricket pitch and pavilion, lake, paddling pool, children’s playground, outdoor catering, leisure orienteering course and free customer parking for up to three hours (Monday-Friday).

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