Santa’s Grotto coming to Chichester park – and virtual greetings are available for children unable to visit in person

Santa’s Grotto is coming to Havenstoke Park in Chichester next month – and there are event virtual calls available to make sure no one misses out.

Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) will be welcoming Father Christmas and his helpers to the Pavilion at Graylingwell Park on December 4/5 and 11/12.

The grotto will be Covid-secure with a one-way system and social distancing in place, but 15-minute Zoom calls with Santa are also available for those who are self-isolating.

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Money raised by the event will support Children on the Edge and vital youth work delivered locally by CCDT.

The Pavilion at Graylingwell Park. Picture by Kate Shemilt - ks20205-1

CCDT director Clare de Bathe said: “We know that things will feel a little different this year, but we have been overwhelmed by the determination in local residents to capture every element of Christmas possible.

“The young people of Chichester have experienced very real challenges over the past nine months and deserve something wonderful.

“We strongly believe that experiences such as Santa’s Grotto will allow them to simply live in the moment and enjoy the spirit of Christmas – that is so important for the wellbeing of our whole community at this time.”

Ben Wilkes, chief operating officer at Children on the Edge, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with CCDT to help bring some Christmas fun to local children this year.

“We work to bring hope, life, colour and fun to marginalised children around the world and it is wonderful to be partnering with an initiative that is doing the same whilst raising vital funds for our work.”

Tickets are £6.50 per child, with a maximum of one adult to each child to ensure social distancing is observed.

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