Santa coming to the village

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FATHER Christmas is set to arrive in style in Southwater this year on Saturday November 26.

He will be arriving by horse and carriage accompanied by Christ’s Hospital School Band and Dame Trot (aka Michael Neilson), who will be in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Capitol in Horsham.

The fun runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm and Father Christmas will be in his grotto in Beeson House for all the Southwater schoolchildren to visit.

In the main car park at Lintot Square will be the main stage and the day will be compered by Paul Leyshon, who appeared as Ollie Benson in TV show Hollyoaks, as well as children’s TV shows.

There will be demonstrations from local groups including Zumba, Phoenix Health and Body Centre and live music from last year’s Horsham Battle of the Bands (acoustic) winners The Collector.

There will be market stalls, children’s fun fair, magic shows, arts and crafts, face painting, fun and games and much more for the whole family.

To end the event there will be a candlelit procession by local schools into Lintot Square where Father Christmas and guests will turn on the Southwater Christmas lights with carol singing round the Christmas tree accompanied by Horsham Youth Concert Band and led by Southwater Community Methodist Church and Church of the Holy Innocents.

For further information please contact Southwater Parish Council on 01403 733202 or visit