I think this is probably the earliest in the year that I’ve ever mentioned the ‘C’ word – yes, Christmas!
I found myself at Connaught Gardens earlier this month (in fact on my birthday!) in biting winds chatting with John Radford who has plans to bring a wonderful festive experience – Connaught@Christmas – to Sidmouth later in the year. This will include illuminations in the gardens, traditional music at the bandstand, and a craft fair and street food village across in Manor Road car park. It’s going to be amazing!
It really is the perfect location for an event like this, overlooking the sea from the clifftops. The garden lends itself so well to beautiful lighting and special themed areas. There’s a wonderful surprise in the offing, but my lips are currently firmly sealed.
John was keen to get the word out early, to let the locals and business community be aware that this event is being planned.
It feels really early to talk about Christmas but in all honesty, after last year’s muted celebrations I have no doubt everyone will be up for wonderful experiences just like this one in just 10 months’ time.
Early days and much more to come but, some initial coverage:
Next, I’m sure discussions about Otter Garden Centres Christmas Grotto will be happening very soon!