He’s arrived! So there can be no doubting it, Christmas is well and truly here!

Strictly speaking, it’s been here for a while, but Father Christmas’s arrival makes our festive experience even more special.  Having arrived in style in his bright red 1930s Chevrolet Sports Roadster he has now taken up residence at the Centre until 24th December, walking around, taking time to meet the little ones and giving out special Christmas badges.  He will then be joined by several of his reindeer-in-waiting at our Festive Family Fun Weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.

Fun for all the family

In addition to Father Christmas and his real reindeer, our Festive Family Fun Weekend promises lots of entertainment for all the family with fairground rides, the arrival of Bents’ forest of real trees and hot punch and mince pies sold for Alzheimer’s Society, our 2017 Charity of the Year, all of which can be enjoyed on both days between 11am and 4pm.

A reindeer themed treasure hunt is also hidden throughout the Centre and can be enjoyed at any time. And there’s more fun for the little ones every Monday morning with festive themed bauble painting taking place between 9 – 11am.  Booking is required and can be made online at bents.co.uk.

Festive inspiration

We’ve also planned a superb programme of inspirational workshops which will provide a multitude of ideas for the perfect celebration.  Learn from our experts at our Christmas Inspiration Evenings and discover not only how to dress the perfect table but also how to make the most delicious of side dishes.  And our Wreath Making Workshops provide all the tools and materials needed to create your own luxury fresh foliage wreath.

Plan the perfect Christmas

And whatever type of celebration you’re planning or look you’re hoping to create we’ve got an extensive range of stylish yet affordable ideas, all here at Bents, to help make it the perfect occasion.

Finding the perfect tree couldn’t be easier.  Online and in-store we’ve got a fantastic selection of artificial trees to choose from so whatever type you’ve got in mind we’ll have the answer and our displays are full of beautiful products and stylish decorations with something to suit every taste and every home.  Whether you want to put a new spin on an existing theme or create a whole new look we’ve got decorations to suit every desire.  Combine great value basics with exclusive items and limited edition products and turn the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

And it you’re looking for the very best gifts and festive treats you’ll find everything you need in our many retail departments, from our Children’s Boutique with all the season’s must have toys to our Cook Shop, newly refurbished gift department, Pet Place and extensive Food Hall

Time to Dine

Once you’ve exhausted our many events and departments it’s probably time to dine.  Whether you’re looking for a quick bite at Caffe Nel Verde, a delicious appetizer and glass of wine at our newly launched Tapas Bar or a tasty dining experience at The Fresh Approach Restaurant, all of our meals are freshly prepared here on the premises by our in-house brigade of chefs.  Fresh, local ingredients are combined with seasonal flavours for delectable dining at its finest.  And don’t forget our Winter Food Market continues to serve delicious European inspired foodie delights up until Friday 22nd December, open daily from 12noon.

So much to do, so much to see, so much to enjoy, why not join us here at Bents this Christmas?