Sad tidings have been reported from Foxton’s Christmas Stables, the temporary home of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. While out on Saturday evening with Market Harborough Scouts in the villages of Ashley, Medbourne, The Langtons and Cranoe, Rudolf lost his front left leg!Debbie Billington, Market Harborough’s Scout Commissioner, who was navigating Rudolf’s sleigh with Santa said: “The rain and wind on Saturday night were awful. Rudolf wasn’t feeling too happy because he doesn’t experience severe wind and rain in Lapland."Snow falls there instead of rain because it is so cold, which is what Rudolf likes best. Nevertheless, he braved the weather and took Santa around the Welland Valley. Santa gave lots of ho, ho, hos and Christmas good cheer to houses and families, especially those with little children."We think Rudolf’s leg fell off on a country road. Scouts, elves and family helpers, are out searching the roadsides this weekend for the lost … [Read more...] about One of Santa’s ‘reindeer’ loses leg in bad weather near Market Harborough
It's never too early to get these dates in your diaries... We'll be covering Christmas lights switch-ons and events across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Live music, fairground rides and heapings of festive food can be expected at many of these events. Which one will you be going to? The list will be updated as more events are confirmed! If you've got a festive event you think we should know about, please let us know via our Facebook page or by emailing [email protected] Abbey Hulton: We are awaiting details. Alsager: We are awaiting details. Bentilee: We are awaiting details. Biddulph: We are awaiting details. Blurton: We are awaiting details. Burslem: The Christmas lights are to be switched on on Friday, November 30 - with live reinderr joining in the celebrations! Full details to follow. Congleton: Saturday, November 24. Congleton Christmas Festival and lights switch-on will be a fun-packed family day. The event will include a Christmas Makers' … [Read more...] about Dates for North Staffs & South Cheshire Christmas lights switch-ons!
Between November 7 and December 19 Center Parcs will transform all five of its villages into spectacular Winter Wonderlands. This year families can experience spectacular fireworks, a Christmas party with Santa’s Elves and meet Center Parcs’ very own baby reindeer, Nutmeg.The firm’s newest Parc at Bedfordshire’s Woburn Forest as well as the other four at Whinfell, Sherwood, Elveden and Longleat will each be adorned with Christmas decorations, artificial snow and lit up with over 70,000 fairy lights. Guests will have an abundance of seasonal activities to choose from including carriage rides around the village, meeting Santa’s reindeer and a party with Santa’s Elves, creating a magical wintery experience in the forest.Visitors can meet Nutmeg the baby reindeer, visit Santa’s Magic Woodland Workshop, take a carriage ride around the village or enjoy a host of other seasonal activities.Village ccommodation includes an open log fire, which guests … [Read more...] about TRAVEL: Tonnes of artificial snow and 70,000 fairy lights set to turn Woburn Forest into Winter Wonderland
Haverhill Town Council’s Christmas Family Night takes place on Friday from 5pm to 8pm. It includes late night shopping, stalls and rides in the town centre, and a craft fair in the arts centre.Street entertainers, such as Anton the Juggler and the Swervy World band will be dotted around the town centre and the traders in Queen’s Square are opening a Santa’s Grotto and providing live music, photos, hot festive drinks and snacks.In the Burton Centre, St Nicholas Hospice Care has arranged a giant snow globe and a rodeo reindeer.The Christmas Lights Switch-On will be conducted on the Market Square at 6.30pm by Janey Lee Grace, presenter on the Steve Wright in te Afternoon Show on BBC Radio 2.She will appear dressed as the Fairy Godmother, the part she plays in Cinderella at the arts centre. She will be assisted, or not, by the Ugly Sisters.The grand finale of the night will be the annual spectacular fireworks display at the Recreation Ground at 8pm.The next day, from 11am … [Read more...] about Lights, fireworks, action at Haverhill Family Christmas Night
Around 10,000 reindeer will have the cuffs placed on their horns after a trial period between 2010 and now was considered a success. The reflector cuffs, which are made out of corn in order to be environmentally friendly, will be used on herds across the Scandinavian country so they are more visible to motorists.Norwegian Public Roads Administration senior adviser Kristian Overnes explained, however, that because reindeer are pack animals not all of them needs to be fitted, noting that just some of the herd need tagged. Norway is home to around 200,000 reindeer, with the majority of them owned by the indigenous Sami population. They have previously attempted sticking reflective tape to the animals, but the glue used was ineffective in the cold winter weather. This is not the first time authorities in Norway have looked at ways to improve road safety in connection with animals wondering onto roads. In September last year, the Public Roads Administration began installing ‘disco … [Read more...] about Reindeer in Norway to be fitted with reflectors