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Visit Santa in his Grotto at Oakchurch






This is a busy time of the year for Santa  and in Hereford he will again be helped by Fownhope Mitsubishi based on Kings Acre Road, Hereford to do his traditional tour of the city streets meeting children  and listening to their present wish-list for Christmas.


Of course, the Reindeers usually pull his Sleigh but to give them a much deserved rest an appropriately red painted Mitsubishi adorned with festive messages will  ensure that Santa gets a safe and comfortable ride around the city and nearby villages in the care of Hereford Lions Club members who first became Santa’s helpers 40 years ago. The sleigh starts its evening tour on Thursday November 30th covering Moreton-on-Lugg,  Marden  and Sutton St Nicholas  and will  continue right up to December 23. To check when the sleigh will be in your area go to the Lions website:


Said David Hartland of  Lions Club: “Thousands of children enjoy seeing  Santa and telling him what they want for Christmas and we are grateful for the support of  Fownhope Mitsubishi and the loan of such a perfect vehicle to tow the sleigh and help keep alive such a wonderful festive tradition.”


The Mitsubishi and  Santa and his Sleigh will be in High Town, Hereford on Wednesday, December 20th  to meet shoppers, an opportunity for anyone thinking of treating themselves to a new 4x4 this Christmas to get a close up look.


With the help of his friends from Hereford Lions Club Santa moves into his smart new Grotto at Oakchurch on Saturday 18th November at 11am and will be in residence there every weekend between 11am to 4pm and every afternoon during the week before Christmas right up to Saturday 23rd December.


There’s no charge to visit Santa but visitors are invited to make a donation which will go to local charities supported by the Hereford Lions Club, members of which became Santa’s helpers over 40 years ago.


Santa isn’t the only celebrity who will be visiting Oakchurch on Saturday 18th September because he’ll be joined by John Challis, better known as playing the used car dealer character ‘Boycie’ in the ever-popular TV series Only Fools and Horses with David Jason and Nicholas Lindhurst, will be at the store to sign his books.


“We’re absolutely delighted that John Challis will be coming along and signing copies of his books in the store.” Said Oakchurch owner, Nick Price. “Combined with Santa’s arrival and our festive food and drink tastings, it really will make the official launch of Christmas here at Oakchurch a truly magical experience for all.”

Oakchurch is at Staunton-on-Wye, just 10 minutes from Hereford on the A438 Brecon Road, open 7 days a week with lots of free parking.


 Visit Santa in his Grotto at Oakchurch.