Santa's Booked his Seat on the Train!

Written by: Chris Blount

Submitted: 23rd November 2007

Once again, Father Christmas will be arriving in Newquay by train! See poster

Santa's Grotto at Trenance Cottages, Newquay

Santa's Grotto

Santa Arrives in Newquay by Train

Tickity-boo can reveal that while his reindeers limber up for the big night ahead of them on Christmas Eve, Santa will let the train take the strain when he comes to town on the Saturday 8th December. We understand that St Newlyn East Band and a large group of children will be at Newquay Railway Station to greet him. A spokes-elf for Father Christmas told us, " Our boss is very conscious of the need to save fuel and energy costs, so he will be travelling by a scheduled service rather than a special train, and it will arrive at 10.11am. Please ask everyone to come and welcome him". He will then set up his workshop and Grotto at Trenance where he hopes parents and children will visit him and receive a pre-Christmas gift.

It is considered a big honour for Newquay that Santa has chosen the town once again for his 2007 Christmas operation. Indeed, the fact that he will have his workshop in our very own Trenance Cottages (by kind permission of the Friends of Trenance Cottages and Restormel Borough Council) is seen by some in the tourist industry as the sort of publicity that the town just couldn't afford to buy. Former Tourist Officer Paul Wright said, "We were thrilled last year that an International figure had recognised the out-of-season benefits of Newquay. To think that he's coming again will do wonders for business".

Friends spokesman Ted O'Dell has a different vision: "A cottage industry like Father Christmas's workshop could be the way ahead for Trenance Cottages after they've been restored. We hope everyone will come along and join in the fun. There's a lot more to do this year".

Santa's Timetable

The National Elf Service has issued this timetable for the weekend:

Saturday 8th - 10.11am: Father Christmas arrives at Newquay Railway Station, then makes his way by Lions Club sleigh to Trenance Cottages.

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th - 11am - 4pm (3pm Sunday): Santa's Workshop and Grotto open - COME AND VISIT THE MAGICAL GROTTO WHERE SNOW IS GUARANTEED AND EVERY CHILD FROM 2 YEARS to 11 GETS A PRESENT. (Charge £2 per child to support the work of the Friends of Trenance Cottages). THERE WILL ALSO BE FACE-PAINTING, A BOUNCY CASTLE, TREASURE HUNT, REFRESHMENTS AND MORE.

After the Grotto closes on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, it'll be Sing-along-a-Santa time accompanied by the Newquay Band. Everyone is welcome, and it's FREE!

THE NEAREST CAR PARK IS AT THE HERON TENNIS CENTRE AND IT'S FREE ALL WINTER.

ORGANISED BY THE FRIENDS OF TRENANCE COTTAGES - working for community and heritage. Find out more by visiting: www.trenancecottagesnewquay.co.uk.