Garden Centre’s Grotto to Save Lockdown Christmas in Colchester

by | Sep 25, 2020 | News | 0 comments

As many upcoming events are cancelled, Poplar Nurseries secures socially distanced Santa visit to bring festive cheer to town

Santa is still coming to Colchester this festive season at Poplar Nurseries’ magical Grotto, despite lockdown restrictions tightening throughout UK. With many Christmas events and parties already shelved for 2020, the Essex garden centre has worked tirelessly to put processes in place to bring Father Christmas to town for much-needed festive cheer.

Poplar Nurseries is renowned for transforming their garden centre into a winter wonderland full of festive treats, attractions and decorations. Prior to meeting Father Christmas, visitors will be able to take a stroll through Poplar’s magical wonderland, browse Christmas gifts or enjoy some food and drink in the restaurant.

Elaine Willis, Manager of Poplar Nurseries, said: “We love Christmas at Poplar and are delighted to bring Father Christmas himself to the garden centre to meet little ones and bring festive cheer in what has been a tough year for everyone. It’s been a mission to get everything in place to be able to offer a COVID-secure Santa’s Grotto, but it’ll all be worth it when we see children’s faces light up when they find out they are on the big man’s good list.”

To remain COVID-secure, visits to Santa’s Grotto will have to be booked online in advance via the garden centre’s new online booking system and guests are asked to adhere to a range of measures from temperature checking to strict timeslots to avoid queueing.

Tickets cost £10 per child, with little ones receiving a gift and their own miniature Christmas tree when meeting the big man himself. Visits to Poplar’s Santa’s Grotto can be booked via www.poplarnurseries.co.uk/events/santas-grotto

more latest news ➡

GCA Grow recognised at 2024 Totara Awards

GCA GROW platform takes silver at Totara Awards

The Garden Centre Association’s Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW) e-Learning platform was presented with a ‘Highly Commended’ at the recent Totara Awards. GROW received the accolade in the ‘Best Extended Enterprise Solution’ category and was given a special...

57% of businesses expect never to be cashless

57% of businesses expect to never be fully cashless

Cash is here to stay, with nearly 6-in-10 businesses (57%) expecting to never be entirely cashless despite the widespread adoption of electronic, card and mobile payments. This is according to The Cash Chasm, a new research report from global cash management...

Squire's steady financial results

Squire’s charts a steady course

‘Charting a steady course in marginally calmer waters’ probably best describes Squire’s performance in their financial year ending 31 July 2023, after the somewhat rolling seas of the Covid and immediate post Covid era. This year’s results were, as anticipated, a...

Robert Cook joins Dobbies

Dobbies appoints Robert Cook as board advisor

Renowned hospitality professional, Robert Cook, has joined Dobbies as a board advisor to support the strategic development of its restaurant business. A seasoned hospitality CEO, Robert has led a number of the UK’s hospitality and leisure businesses...

GCA Barometer of Trade figures 'very good'

March BoT figures show a ‘very strong month’ says GCA

The Barometer of Trade (BoT) figures from the Garden Centre Association (GCA) for March 2024 have been revealed and are ‘very strong’ when compared with the same month last year. According to data submitted by the organisation’s member garden centres, none of the...

Rajesh Gupta joins DObbies

Dobbies Garden Centres appoints Rajesh Gupta

Dobbies further strengthens its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rajesh Gupta as Strategy and Business Development Director. Rajesh qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 20 years’ experience in retail working in strategy, business...

Marcus Eyles leaves Dobbies

Marcus Eyles departs Dobbies after seven years

Marcus Eyles has decided to move on from his role as Horticulture Director at Dobbies to pursue a new chapter in his illustrious 40-year career. Marcus joined Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, in 2017 as Head of Online, before progressing to...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word

 

Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This