Teddy bears and prancing horses make Santa's grotto roaring success

Torbay Weekly

SANTA has brought Christmas cheer to Torquay with his dazzling circus-themed grotto.

Since the doors opened on November 12, organisers have been overwhelmed by the response.

The award-winning grotto, organised by the Rotary Club of Torbay Sunrise, takes approximately seven weeks to create, courtesy of Torbay Display, and is always a popular festive attraction. This year the colourful display features animated teddy bears and prancing horses.

Rotary Club president Daniel Boatwright said: “Our charity grotto is always a very important and popular event in Torbay’s Christmas festivities and usually sees around 8,000 people who come to meet Father Christmas and his elves.

“Our club would like to thank Fleet Walk for their continued support once again this year and also fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tormohun and the Torbay Ladies Circle for assisting our busy elves.”

Now in its 31st year, the Fleet Walk grotto is run purely by volunteers and supports a number of Rotary charities including the Children’s Hospice South West.

The grotto runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. From December 16, the grotto will open every day, right up to Christmas Eve. Advance tickets can be booked online at www.eventbrite.co.uk or visit Facebook page @fleetwalkgrotto for more information.