The team behind the upcoming Christmas in the Park event (9th-21st December) have sent us some updates to share, in the form of a letter to Marlow! It’s packed full of useful stuff, including answering some question you might have had. So, without further ado, here it is….
Christmas in the Park opens its magical gates in just a couple of weeks’ time…
We’re grateful that so many of you are looking forward to the event and that the park can be used at night by so many residents.
We care a great deal about bringing you a high quality experience and that means we listen to and welcome all the feedback, love and ideas you share with us.
So, we have some special updates to share with you:
During daylight hours, Higginson Park and all pathways including the Thames path will be open to the public as usual, with only small areas of the park being fenced off. Closures will start from 3pm each day, with many areas of the park not used for the event still accessible after nightfall. For a full outline of this, please visit the Key Info page on our website.
Along with paying the Council for use of the park, we are committing a large investment towards a grass improvement scheme following the event. The grass at the entrance to the park is very weak and with this money it will be professionally upgraded afterwards, leaving it in even better condition than it was prior to the event.
We will be fundraising and donating to 2 local charities; The Mayor’s Charity, focusing on Children’s Mental Health, and our own partner charity, Meals from Marlow, which we helped establish and continues to support locals in need with the help of a fantastic network of local volunteers.
At the event, we will be working with and showcasing performances from several Marlow schools and art groups. We welcome any further community groups that would like to be a part of this Christmas celebration.
We would love to host an event with free entry, but unfortunately the significant costs involved in its staging make this unfeasible. However, we are providing an allocation of free tickets to Meals from Marlow volunteers, schoolteachers and local Ukrainian families which we are arranging with the help of the Council.
As ever we will be working closely with the councils and all relevant authorities to ensure the event is safe, well managed and undisruptive.
Many locals believe the event to be sold out, however there is still availability across a number of our sessions. So, if you would like to join us and are yet to purchase your tickets, they can be purchased here: https://christmasinthepark.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options
Our hope and belief is that the event will have a really positive effect on the High Street and offers additional festive appeal to visit our beautiful Town. Most of all, we are excited to celebrate with you. Christmas is the most special time of year and Christmas in Marlow is extra special. We will keep listening and keep doing our best.
The Christmas in the Park Team