SAUNDERSFOOT is celebrating the success of its Christmas Festival by the Sea, which attracted thousands of visitors to the village over the weekend.
The start of the festival was heralded by a community lantern parade, headed
by Santa, across to the harbour decking for the switch-on of the lighting
feature, and carol-singing led by the Greenhill School jazz band.
The village’s Christmas lighting has also been enhanced by Saundersfoot
Community Council’s magnificent new tree in the Sensory Gardens, which was
officially lit by council chairman Anthony Mattick
Throughout the three days of the lively festival, around 10,000 people
went through the doors of the heated harbourside marquee, where there was a
festive maritime décor theme.
There they were able to browse and buy at around 60 stalls, selling
festive food and drink, gifts and crafts.
Crowds packed Kitchen Corner to sample some tasty treats cooked up by
guest chefs Lisa Fearn, Anthony Evans and Saundersfoot’s own Pepe Tramarco from
There was also a full programme of entertainment in the marquee’s Music
Box, which this year featured a spacious new design with extra room for diners…
Outside, youngsters enjoyed fairground rides, a snow globe photo booth
and the birds of prey brought along by Pembrokeshire Falconry, while Santa’s
Grotto proved extremely popular.
The festival was the largest-ever Christmas extravaganza organised by
Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism, and chairman Phil Odley said that everyone
was delighted with its success. “Our attendance on the Friday was 60 per cent up on the same day last
year, and we’ve had nothing but positive comments from visitors and
exhibitors,” he commented.
"Everyone has worked particularly hard on the event, which marks
the start of our first-ever Saundersfoot Coastal Christmas with late-night
shopping on a Friday, special menus and entertainment.
“I'm really pleased that the whole village is working together on this, with the aim of encouraging people to escape the city centres and come to Saundersfoot to enjoy the festive season throughout December."
*Saundersfoot’s Winter Draw – raising money for further festivities and events in the village – takes place on Saturday 9th December. Prizes, all generously donated by Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism members, include restaurant meals, hotel stays and gift vouchers.
Tickets are £1 and are available around the village and online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/saundersfootchamberfor tourismfundraising