Last Updated: 30 Oct 2018 3:51pm
The countdown to Christmas has officially begun with the exciting news that Tonbridge Rotary Christmas Festival will be back to thrill the crowds again this year with a three-day festival taking place on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November.
This year, a brand new set of Christmas lights will be revealed on Sunday 25 November when Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Pam Bates will join Angel Centre panto stars for the big light switch-on. There is also a host of musical entertainment lined up for the Sunday plus fireworks and street performers – and it’s all free!
The festivities start early again this year with a Family Fun Fair in Sovereign Way Mid car park. The Fun Fair will be open on Friday 23 November from 6pm to 10pm, and again on Saturday 24 November from 12noon to 10pm and on Sunday 25 November from 12noon to 8pm. There will be something for everyone including traditional children’s rides, side shows, arcades, toffee apples and candy floss – all guaranteed to bring the town to life with laughter, screams and smiles all round.
On Sunday 25 November the fun will begin at 1.50pm with the TS Brilliant Reunion Band marching through the High Street. The Hartley Morris Men will be performing throughout the day and visitors will also be able to enjoy a variety of commercial and charity stalls. At 2.25pm the on-stage musical entertainment will begin at the top end of town featuring Razzamatazz Theatre School, Charlotte Lubbock, Tonbridge Community Singers and Roxxon. At 5pm the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Pam Bates, will be joined by stars from the Angel Centre Pantomime – ‘Snow White’, to switch on the Christmas lights. The new lights, which have been funded by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, will provide an exciting new element to the celebrations. The new designs, which will include 5m scroll and star crossing displays; column-mounted chandelier sparkle displays and column-mounted white scroll star designs; will stretch the full length of the High Street and along the river. After the light switch on, the music will continue until 6pm when there will be a spectacular firework finale over Tonbridge Castle.
Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Maria Heslop, says: “The annual Christmas Festival in Tonbridge is always such a wonderful family event and this year looks set to be even better than ever with the three-day funfair, all the drama of the brand new Christmas lights switch on, live music performances, Christmas stalls and street performers and, of course, the amazing fireworks spectacular. I would like to say a big thank you to the Rotary Club of Tonbridge for organising the festivities once again and to all the event sponsors. I hope that people will join us on Sunday 25 November for what promises to be another fabulous festival.”
Sonia Williams, President of Tonbridge Rotary Club, says: “We very much look forward to all the folk from Tonbridge and district coming along to enter into the Christmas spirit. Join us for fun, food and fireworks at this annual Christmas Festival where a good time can be had by all.”
The festival is organised by The Rotary Club of Tonbridge with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Tonbridge Lions Club, Times of Tonbridge, Nick Shaw’s Leisure and local businesses. For more information on the Christmas Festival, visit www.tonbridgerotary.club