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Knutsford Christmas Weekend 2017

Christmas comes to Town this weekend as the Knutsford Christmas Market and Light Switch on takes place!

This year the market, which runs from 12 noon to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday, features 135 stalls with artisan food and drink, Christmas wreaths, decorations and unique and handmade gifts making it the perfect place to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

The Market also coincides with Small Business Saturday, making it the perfect time to support the wide range independent shops, bars and restaurants of Knutsford whilst enjoying the market too! Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager said “No small market town does Christmas in quite the same way as Knutsford.  It is lovely to see so many people – residents and tourists alike – enjoying everything this weekend has to offer.  By that we don’t mean just the markets but enjoying the whole town – our shops, little cafes, bars and restaurants included”.

Festive family fun is the order of the day, with a fairground on Princess St Car park, the ever-popular Snow globe on Princess St and New for 2017 – Santa’s Grotto on Silk Mill Street. The Grotto which is raising funds for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust will be kindly decorated by Fryers Garden Centre and is sure to be a must visit attraction for little ones. The main event of the day is the Reindeer Parade with Santa at 5pm along King St, Minshull Street and into Canute Place, where the Christmas Lights will be switched on at 6pm which always draws the crowds.

Canute Place will be transformed into an entertainment and food hub, meaning that visitors can take a break from the shopping and enjoy some hot food washed down with Tatton Beer, Prosecco, Mulled Wine, Cocktails or a warming hot coffee whilst listening to the festive entertainment emanating from the stage from 1pm to 7pm. The superb array of entertainment includes Tatton Singers, White Hot Chilli Peppers, SMB Dance, local star Abigail Chetham as well as Music Festival favourite Kye Jones.

To enable the Christmas Weekend events to take place safely, road closures will be in place across the weekend. On Saturday 3rd December there will be a rolling road closure along King St from 5pm to 5.30pm to enable Santa and his reindeer to parade through the town. Don’t miss the chance for your child to ride with Santa on his sleigh during the parade by entering the exclusive Knutsford Guardian competition (details below).

Canute Place will be closed from 7am to 8pm on Saturday to enable the stage to be set up for the Light Switch On and Princess Street will close from 7am to 8pm on Saturday 3rd and from 6am to 7pm on Sunday 4th for the Christmas Market. For more information on the Christmas events or road closures please call Knutsford Town Council on 01565 653929.

Unfortunately, it has been necessary to cancel the Advent Live event that had been due to take place from 1st to 24th December at 6pm each evening across the Town Centre. The event will be back for 2018!

 

Competition

 In the popular book by Julia Donaldson, which stuck man does Stick Man help release from the Chimney?

Email your answer, by Friday 1st December at 12 noon to Ned Bristow ned.bristow@newsquest.co.uk along with your Childs name, age and your contact phone number. The lucky winner will be contacted on Friday afternoon and needs to be available between 4.45pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd December to take part in the Parade.

 

 

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Mayor’s Christmas Message

It’s been a busy time with the Christmas Market, Lights Switch On, Lantern Parade and Crib Service.  There were some amazing lanterns taking part this year!  Thank you to Manor Park Primary School Choir for singing at the Crib Service.

As we draw near to the end of a turbulent year of global uncertainty, the eternal message of peace and goodwill to all has never been so relevant. Although we are very lucky in Knutsford to have a great community who give so much to the many charities and good causes of the town, we have to ask ourselves … could we do more?

Giving the gift of time to help others is one of the best ways to truly express the spirit of the season; whether that is making the time to have a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, putting the Christmas tree up for someone who is unwell or giving a lift to the shops for someone who doesn’t drive. Life is so busy these days and everyone from children, partners, parents and even our pets, demands a claim on our time.

But will an hour out of our week really prevent putting the dinner on the table or getting the school uniforms ironed? Let us do some small service for our fellow beings.  Let us look to 2017 for being the year we make time for others.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Christmas in Knutsford

Christmas in Knutsford

Knutsford kicked off it’s Christmas Preparations in style this weekend with a day of Lantern Making with Handmade Parade! The workshops saw over 40 children create lanterns designed to fit in with the theme and colours of the feature lanterns which will lead the  parade at 5pm on 10th December from St Cross Church through the Town Centre. The Parade will finish outside the Lost and Found on Princes St where participants can enjoy a warming drink as they join in with Carols at the Community Crib Service.

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The focus of the Christmas events, however takes place this weekend with the Christmas Market and the light switch on this Saturday! This year the market, which runs from 12 noon to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, features 138 traders – which makes it the largest Christmas Market to date and the perfect place to purchase some unique and handmade gifts for you loved ones.

This year’s Market also coincides with Small Business Saturday, making it the perfect time to support the shop and restaurants of Knutsford whilst supporting the market too!

Festive family fun is the order of the day, with a fairground on Princess St Car park, Stockley Farm on Princess St and the ever-popular Snow globe on Silk Mill Street. The main event of the day is the Reindeer Parade with Santa at 5pm and Christmas Light switch on at 6pm which always draws the crowds.

Canute Place will be transformed into an entertainment and food hub, meaning that visitors can take a break from the shopping and enjoy some hot food washed down with Tatton Beer, Prosecco, Mulled Wine or Cocktails whilst listening to the festive entertainment emanating from the stage from 1pm to 7pm. The superb array of entertainment includes Rock Choir, Tatton Singers, Rokit, SMB Dance, Zoe Unsworth and ex Academy pupil Josh Whittaker.

To enable the Christmas Weekend events to take place safely, road closures will be in place across the weekend. On Saturday 3rd December there will be a rolling road closure along King St from 5pm to 5.30pm to enable Santa and his reindeer to parade through the town.

Canute Place will be closed from 7am to 8pm on Saturday to enable the stage to be set up for the Light Switch On.

Princess Street will close from 7am to 8pm on Saturday 3rd and from 6am to 7pm on Sunday 4th for the Christmas Market. For more information please call 01565 652929.

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Christmas Window Competition 2015

Every year the Town Mayor visits the festive window displays put on by the town centre businesses in Knutsford, awarding the coveted best Christmas window award. The 2015 winner was King Street’s White Orchid, whose window grabbed Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean’s attention.

Jo Ashton (White Orchid) and Cllr Tony Dean

Jo Ashton (White Orchid) and Cllr Tony Dean

White Orchid took to Twitter to express their pride at winning in their first year in Knutsford, saying “WOW, we didn’t know this was happening, thank you so much”

“Wow, we didn’t know this was happening. We were very surprised, it’s our first year in Knutsford and we are so proud”

In second place was La Belle Epoque followed by Edith and Winston in third place. Two highly commended awards were given to Nicholas Austen and Terrence Paul. The winner of the Charity Shop category was CAFT.

“There was a phenomenal effort from the retailers again this year with a multitude of stunning Christmas displays” said Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean.

“Congratulations not just to the winners, but to all shops who took the time to add some extra festive cheer to the town”, Cllr Dean added.

Photo courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian

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Monckton Properties Donation

Kind hearted Monckton Properties have shown that they are getting into the Christmas spirit by donating £300 to Knutsford Town Council towards the new Town Christmas lights! The display which has been completely replaced for 2015 now features white lit icicles around the Town Centre.

“The Christmas lights in Knutsford are such a tradition and really enhance the town over the festive season” said Mr Henry Brooks, Director of Monckton Properties, part of the Tatton Estate “we are delighted to make this contribution towards the funding of the lights and would like to wish all the traders, businesses and residents a very Happy Christmas.”

Andrew Malloy, Chair of the Events Committee said “We’re delighted to have the support of Monckton Properties for our Christmas 2015 celebrations.  We do Christmas so well in Knutsford, so it is great to be able to attract the support and recognition of our local businesses”.

Find out more about Monckton Properties: http://tattonestate.com/monckton-properties/

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Knutsford Christmas Market

Knutsford Christmas Market returns on Saturday 29th (12 noon to 7pm) and Sunday 30th (11am to 5pm) along Princess Street. The market includes an array of traders from Knutsford and Cheshire offering delicious foods and great gift ideas.

“We have a handpicked selection of some of the best local food and drink artisans for a fantastic Christmas offering” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner. “From macarons to cheese, local gin to local beer and a whole host of other tasty treats there really is something for everyone”.

The market will also feature great gift ideas and decorations “we have some incredibly talented artists and crafters at the market making it the perfect place to get some unique Christmas cards, Wreaths or find the perfect handmade gift” Adam added.

The market, which aims to bring footfall to the town centre and kick of the festive season in style will feature live entertainment and has been designed to complement the existing retail in Knutsford. Northwest Funfairs will be at the market with a traditional funfair on Princess Street car park (behind Waitrose). The Indoor Market will also be open for the duration of the Market.

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Christmas Weekend 2014

Christmas comes to Knutsford this weekend (29th/30th) with the annual Christmas weekend organised by the Town Council.

Christmas Market

Knutsford Christmas Market returns on Saturday 29th (12 noon to 7pm) and Sunday 30th (11am to 5pm) along Princess Street. The market includes an array of traders from Knutsford and Cheshire offering delicious foods and great gift ideas.

“We have a handpicked selection of some of the best local food and drink artisans for a fantastic Christmas offering” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner. “From macarons to cheese, local gin to local beer and a whole host of other tasty treats there really is something for everyone”.

The market will also feature great gift ideas and decorations “we have some incredibly talented artists and crafters at the market making it the perfect place to get some unique Christmas cards, Wreaths or find the perfect handmade gift” Adam added.

The market, which aims to bring footfall to the town centre and kick of the festive season in style will feature live entertainment and has been designed to complement the existing retail in Knutsford. Northwest Funfairs will be at the market with a traditional funfair on Princess Street car park (behind Waitrose). The Indoor Market will also be open for the duration of the Market.

Best of the Market

Visitors to the market on Saturday can be in with a chance of winning the “Best of the Market” thanks to Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes. The raffle; in which one lucky entrant will win a huge selection of donated prizes from each of the market traders raises funds for the Mayor’s Charity and Good Cause, Knutsford GROW and St John’s Wood Lunch Club. Last year the prize was valued at over £300.

“Traders have been extremely generous and have donated some amazing prizes – the winner will be very lucky and all entrants will have helped raise money for two extremely worthy causes” said Town Mayor, Cllr Forbes.

Christmas Lights Switch On

A superb array of entertainment has been lined up for Saturday 29th from 4pm in Canute Place for the switching on of the Christmas lights. Silk 106.9 FM return to present the evening which will feature acts such as Rock Choir Knutsford, LIPA 4:19, Tatton Singers, Rokit Performing Arts, local band Three Wise Men, school choirs as well as the under 16s category winner of Knutsford has the Talent Factor.

Switching on the lights is Knutsford resident BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 DJ Mark Radcliffe. Mark who is the recipient of 8 Sony Gold Awards also presents Glastonbury coverage for the BBC alongside Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley.

“We are really excited about this year’s event and have a great line up of entertainment. Santa, the Mayor and Royal May Queen will all be on stage to help switch on the lights with our special guest, Mark Radcliffe. We are working alongside Knutsford based Event Buddha this year who will be adding some special Christmas Magic to Canute Place” said Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin.

The entertainment runs from 4pm until 7pm with the actual switch on around 6:30pm.

Santa and his trusted reindeer will parade up King Street on Saturday 29th at 4pm heading along into Minshull Street and finally Canute Place where Santa will greet the children. His reindeer, getting ready for the big day, will be held in a pen on Canute Place to enjoy the entertainment on stage.

Crib Service

The annual crib service will be held on Sunday 30th at 4pm outside the Old Town Hall. Mereside Brass will be performing 5 Christmas Carols chosen by the Mayor and everyone is welcome to join in the short service and carol singing.

Following the blessing of the crib, the new lighting display on the trees outside the Old Town Hall will be switched on. “The new display looks fantastic and will be a great culmination to the Christmas weekend” said Tony Dean, Chairman of the council Events committee.

“The Christmas Weekend is a highlight of the town calendar and we hope that everyone has a great time.”

Road Closures

To enable the Christmas Weekend events to take place safely, road closures will be in place across the weekend. On Saturday 29th November there will be a rolling road closure along King St from 3.45pm to 4.30pm to enable Santa and his reindeer to parade through the town.

Canute Place will be closed from 12 noon to 8pm on Saturday to enable the stage to be set up for the Light Switch On.

Princess Street will close from 7am to 8pm on Saturday 29th and from 6am to 7pm on Sunday 30th for the Christmas Market.

If you have any queries about the Christmas Weekend please call 01565 635929 and speak to Lisa or Adam.

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Lantern Parade

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Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin, with her Lantern for the parade!

Knutsford Town Council is launching a new Christmas event for 2014 and would love you to be involved! The Town’s first Lantern Parade will be taking place from 4pm on Saturday 6th December starting from St Cross Church. The event ties in with the Christmas Tree Festival giving those taking part an opportunity to enjoy both family friendly events!

The parade will proceed through the Moor, King St, Minshull Street, Canute Place, Princess Street and Church Hill before finishing back on the Moor and will be an opportunity for Knutsfordians to get into the Christmas spirit and fit in some Christmas shopping at the Town’s retailers.

Two free Lantern Making Workshops have also been arranged to accompany the event to get the whole community involved or if you prefer to make a lantern at home, you can find instructions here. The workshops are being held on Saturday 22nd November from 10am to 1pm at Jubilee Hall, Stanley Road and on Saturday 6th December from 10am to 1pm at the Welcome, Longridge. Those wanting to attend either of the workshops must book in advance as places are limited.

Manor Park Primary School and Poppies Day Nursery have already got behind the event and will be making lanterns with their students for them to take along on the night.

Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin said “this is a fantastic opportunity for families to enjoy a Christmas craft activity and then come along to the parade on the 6th December and show off their fantastic willow lanterns as we light up the Knutsford night sky. If successful the hope is that this could become an annual event for the Town so the more people that get involved the better!”

For more details about the Lantern Parade, to register the interest of your group or school in taking part or to book a place at one of the Workshops contact Lisa Benskin on 01565 653929 or email lisa.benskin@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Christmas Window Winners 2013

The annual Christmas window competition was judged this week by the Town Mayor Cllr Barbara Coan and Deputy Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes.

Once again the two judges had a difficult time deciding on the winner due to the number of fantastic displays Knutsford businesses had created. “It took Cllr Forbes and me a long time to agree on the three winners for this year’s competition. We both created a shortlist of 5 windows to try and help make the decision easier, but they both featured 5 different shops!” said Cllr Barbara Coan.

The winner for this year was Wendy Diddams, whose window featured the entries to their annual Christmas Decorations competition and was praised by the judges for involving the community and featuring their product with the characters in the windows all wearing glasses.

As she was passed the certificate and cup winner Wendy said “I am very surprised and pleased – it’s lovely for us and the children that were involved. I’m thrilled”

Second place went to Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and the Cha Bar came in a close third. “The effort that our traders go to really helps make Knutsford such a special place at Christmas. It is great to see that yet again they have done our Town proud and creating some fantastic displays” Barbara continued.

The winner of the best Charity Shop category went to the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust shop on Canute Place.

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