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Exciting new grotto launches at Broadway Shopping Centre

November 2018

Families are in for a treat this Christmas as Bexleyheath’s premier retail destination gets set to launch its exciting new grotto.

Broadway Shopping Centre will be home to the North Pole Airways, where visitors will be given their very own boarding card on arrival by Santa’s elves which grants them access to the airport-themed grotto.

Once inside they will journey through the departure lounge which will eventually lead them to Santa, where he will be waiting with gifts for the children.

The experience will cost £5 and all proceeds go to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Rai Holdstock, Centre Manager at Broadway Shopping Centre, said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting such a unique Santa’s Grotto this year.

“The Giving Tree is also back at Broadway and this year we are supporting Bexley Women’s Aid. Last year, hundreds of local disadvantaged children received a wonderful gift thanks to our visitors’ donations, so this year we want to go even bigger.

“From Monday 17th December until Saturday 22nd the centre will be open from 9am to 8pm, and until 6pm on Christmas Eve, to give people that little bit of extra time to get those last few bits.

“The North Pole Airways together with the new, enhanced Christmas programme in Bexleyheath town centre and the centre’s extended opening hours will mean families can turn their shopping trip into a complete festive experience.”

The North Pole Airways will launch on Saturday, November 17, in line with Bexleyheath’s town centre light switch on and the grand opening of the all new Yule Village.

Bexleyheath is doing Christmas on a scale like never before. The family friendly Yule Village will consist of a Nordic Forest, where visitors can experience the Northern Lights, a children’s Christmas cinema, photo booths, food and winter warmers – plus a few surprises.

Tony Garratt, Bexleyheath Town Centre Manager, said: “Our Yule Village will give visitors to Bexleyheath the opportunity to experience traditional Scandinavian celebrations, with wintry elements to create a more magical experience.

“The giant tipis will take over The Broadway until Sunday 23rd December and will be open seven days a week.

“Town centres are under pressure like never before, from both online shopping and out-of-town destinations. Bexleyheath’s Christmas Campaign 2018 is on a different scale to anything we have done before.


“It is designed to attract people from Bexley, Greater London and Kent and help put Bexleyheath on the map for its wide offering of retail, leisure and evening economy.”

For more information about Christmas at Broadway in Bexleyheath, visit or follow @broadwayshopping on Facebook.

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