Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
21st December 2016
21st December 2016
It’s Christmas week and seasonal festivities are well underway in and around The Pantiles. From great last-minute gift ideas to tempting treats and Christmas carolling to local events, there’s no better place to be on the lead up to the big day this Sunday.
Many of our stores already have sales, offers and discounts available to shoppers – it’s the perfect time to bag a bargain! After Boxing Day, however, you can expect to see even more cut-price finds in our shops. Don’t miss out and be sure to head back to see us after Christmas Day.
As well as celebrating Christmas, December is also a time to look back over the current year. 2016 has been challenging for many, but has been a great year overall for The Pantiles.
In autumn, we were shortlisted for a Great British High Street Award, named as one of the top three shopping venues in the Parade of Shops category. It was a privilege to be nominated and we received great support from our retailers, local residents and members of the public in general. Whilst we didn’t win this year, we’re hopeful that we’ll be a strong contender for next year’s award.
Local professional magician, Adam Smith, embarked on a magic marathon at The Pantiles at the beginning of August, performing his greatest act to date – 48-hours of magic nonstop! The purpose of this astonishing feat was to raise monies and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
The gruelling task left Adam’s fingers calloused from the 26 decks of cards that he’d used, but he was victorious and raised £3,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis charity.
Our jazz nights and Soul Train evenings have proved as popular as ever this year and it’s been fantastic to see so many people attend these toe-tapping shows. Our Christmas Cracker event also saw crowds of people attending The Pantiles to enjoy seasonal song, Santa and plenty of tasty treats. We look forward to hosting more music nights throughout 2017.
We’ve also seen plenty of improvements and new additions to The Pantiles over the past year. The renovation of Swan Garage was completed in June, giving the landmark building a whole new lease of life as a vibrant workshop and showroom for Joseph McCarthy Mirror & Frame Makers. And we were delighted to see the arrival of Framptons as after a period of renovation they moved in and opened just in time for Christmas.
Other exciting investments on The Pantiles this year were the 2016 Christmas lights and the brand new free Wi-Fi service.
The Pantiles is looking forward to the New Year and everything 2017 will bring. Along with an ever-evolving retail mix, there are plenty of exciting events, sparkling shows and great giveaways lined up. Keep your eyes peeled to our website, Facebook and Twitter to ensure you’re up-to-date with all the latest developments.
“2016 has been a very busy year for The Pantiles. We’ve hosted several events from craft markets to magic shows and jazz nights to family fun activities. Christmas is always a hectic time, but we’re thoroughly enjoying all the festivities the season has to offer. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our traders, visitors and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at The Pantiles in 2017.”
– George Craig, Targetfollow Asset Manager