Santa making home visits to towns and villages in Norfolk with grottos shut
Santa is making home visits to Norfolk towns and villages so children don’t miss out this year with grottos shut Picture: David Robinson/The Banqueting Hire Service
Santa Claus is coming to towns and villages across Norfolk this Christmas and will be making home visits so children don’t miss out with grottos unable to open.
Share Santa will know your child’s name, what they want for Christmas and their teacher’s name Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto/evgenyatamanenko
The Banqueting Hire Service has been running for the last ten years, supplying parties, weddings and other events across East Anglia and decorating venues. But due to coronavirus, it lost over 90pc of the year’s turnover due to cancelled bookings and owner David Robinson, 41, from Newton Flotman, began thinking about how to adapt. He has decided to use his event experience to run Santa home visits this Christmas, as he didn’t want his own children Cole, three, and Clark, seven, to miss out and thought many other parents would feel the same.
The Santa visits will start on November 28 and run throughout December with different towns and villages each day, which includes Wymondham, Stoke Holy Cross and Long Stratton. READ MORE: Restaurant owner puts Christmas decorations up early to spread cheer The man in red will arrive on a sleigh, which will be pulled by a Christmas truck, and will come to the door with his elves – each visit is for up to three children from the same household.
When booking, parents will need to give their child’s name, what they want for Christmas and their teacher’s name and all visits will be at the doorstep, with a two metre distance to adhere to social distancing. Before Santa leaves, he will give children some environmentally-friendly reindeer food to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve and a personalised magic key so he can get through the front door. Mr Robinson said: “I came up with this Santa thing as we are family-run and I thought about my children missing out with a lot of grottos closing down.
READ MORE: Covid-secure pantomimes announced for Norfolk this Christmas “You only get a certain amount of ‘I believe’ years and whereas we are all on pause with coronavirus, children will never get that time back and my boys love Christmas. “The reaction has been really good so far and we sold 160 visits in under 24 hours.”
Visits cost GBP27.50 per household and you can book at banquetinghire.co.uk/santa DATES ANNOUNCED SO FAR… Long Stratton – November 28
Harleston – December 1 The Pulhams, Great Moulton & Aslacton – December 3 Poringland, Framingham Earl and Brooke – December 5 (SOLD OUT)
Trowse and Dussindale – December 8 Swainsthorpe, Dunston and Stoke Holy Cross – December 10 Newton Flotman, Tasbugh & Flordon – December 12
Mulbarton – December 13 Hempnall, Saxlingham, Shotesham and Topcroft – December 15 Wymondham – December 19
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