Image: Tessa Spencer Pryse. Anchor Hill, in the Snow, Wivenhoe. Full copyright reserved.
Wivenhoe locals probably don’t need reminding that it is late night shopping down towards the front this Thursday, from 6pm onwards. And so if there is no need to remind you, then I may as well present some lovely artwork instead.
Although the main theme for the event is the celebratory turning on of the town Christmas lights by Mayor Brian Sinclair, the festive theme for the evening will also hopefully help to further boost the local Wivenhoe economy.
Stalls will be outside St Mary’s, with the Salvation Army adding musical accompaniment to the various snacks that are also availabe. Look around elsewhere around the town, and you find will many other events that are worthy of a look.
Christmas Presence will be open on Thursday evening, and indeed continuing throughout the weekend. This is essentially an initiative to join up the local businesses in the run up to the Christmas period.
There are some wonderful venues to explore, including the pop up art gallery down by the Business Centre, as well as the Dockside family home of the very fine folk I bought my house from.
The poster below explains a little more, and the map fills in all the missing locations. Disclaimer: I doubt if the map is drawn to scale, and so please don’t go picking faults with the fancy artwork outlining the venues.
Oh – and don’t forget that Father Christmas will be making one of his many planned Wivenhoe appearances around the front on Thursday evening.
Many thanks to Tessa for allowing me to use her wonderful painting at the top of this post.