Christmas is coming

Seven-year-old Kyra Armstrong and Connor Harmison aged six cut the ribbon to declare Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre's Winter Wonderland officially open with (left) Roger Wale, General Manager of the garden centre, and Father Christmas.
Seven-year-old Kyra Armstrong and Connor Harmison aged six cut the ribbon to declare Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre's Winter Wonderland officially open with (left) Roger Wale, General Manager of the garden centre, and Father Christmas.
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SANTA Claus has come to town to take centre stage in his own winter wonderland.

Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre near Morpeth welcomed the seasonal visitor on Saturday as local children cut the ribbon to open his grotto.

Six-year-old Connor Harmison from Widdrington was chosen along with seven-year-old Kyra Armstrong from Prudhoe to be the VIP guests for the day following a competition at the centre.

And the pair were delighted to perform the official grotto opening duties, as well as pick up four free passes to the Winter Wonderland and to see Father Christmas himself.

Garden Centre General Manager Roger Wale said: “Our Winter Wonderland experience has a number of rooms for youngsters to explore, including a snowy mountain, a festive lodge and Father Christmas’ grotto.”

Entry to the wonderland costs £7 per child, including a visit to Santa Claus, a gift and a badge.

For every child ticket purchased £2.40 will go to St Oswald’s Hospice, The Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre and 1110 (Ashington) Squadron Air Training Corps, which are helping to run the grotto.

Adult entry costs £1.50.