Last weekend Carousel PR got into the festive spirit at The Bentall Centre’s Christmas weekend.
The festivities kicked off on Thursday with Parcel Passers who surprised and delighted shoppers with treats and gifts from the Centre’s stores. On Friday the brilliant Columbia Creative floral design – who are responsible for creating the most amazing flower displays, held a number of wreath making workshops.
Everyone’s favourite postman and his black and white cat also paid a visit to the Centre on Saturday. Postman Pat® and Jess the Cat welcomed shoppers and collected children’s letters to Santa to make sure they get to him on time! Christmas favourites The SnowmanTM and The SnowdogTM also made appearances throughout the day.
Former EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks was at The Bentall Centre on Saturday afternoon with the The Mark Jermin Esher Stage School who performed Christmas carols to raise money for Children in Need.
For those who like to tinkle the ivories pianos were placed around the centre which were hugely popular. Many stopped to watch the performances and shoppers young and old took to the keys to entertain the crowds.
The weekend concluded in the ultimate kids party. Over 130 kids dusted off their dancing gear for the ultimate family party pop-up Rave-A-Roo. With a residency at The Ministry of Sound, Rave-A-Roo is a daytime mash-up of festival fun for the whole family and the ultimate event for kids who love to party.
Once families were all partied out they headed over to Mrs Claus’ Kitchen to create delicious edible treats with Mrs Claus and her elves. Little ones decorated gingerbread biscuits and made chocolate snowballs to take home.
This Christmas, The Bentall Centre are also working to give children all over the world the chance to feel special by inviting the residents of Kingston-upon-Thames to gift a previously loved teddy bear to the charity Bearly Loved. From Saturday 19 November, shoppers were invited to bring a previously loved bear to the centre and drop it in one of the centre’s BearPorts. On Christmas Eve the bears will be collected and the Centre will work with the charity to distribute them around the world to children who are not so fortunate.