Oakham shops to open late for night of Christmas fun

Oakham late night shopping and Christmas market.  Sally Holmes and her daughter Jo Cole selling Christmas spruce wreaths.'Photo: MSMP091213-028ow ENGEMN00120130912205537
Oakham late night shopping and Christmas market. Sally Holmes and her daughter Jo Cole selling Christmas spruce wreaths.'Photo: MSMP091213-028ow ENGEMN00120130912205537
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People will be able to keep their Christmas shopping in Rutland as shops in Oakham open late for an evening once again.

The town’s Christmas Festival and Late Night Shopping event will take place from 5pm on Monday. Many shops around High Street, Market Place/Street, Mill Street, Church Street and Gaol Street will open late and put on special offers for customers.

There will also be a range of rides for youngsters; a Christmas Tree Festival in the Congregational Church organised by Water Aid; Stamford Artisans in the Castle; craft stalls in the Victoria Hall; Santa’s reindeer with Rutland Veterinary Centre; and the Platform One Stage in Market Place featuring local bands. Infamous story teller Dylan Knight will be on stage at 6:30pm ready to lead the public on a walking tour around Oakham Centre with tales Of Christmas past.

And Santa will be in his Grotto on the Rutland Lion’s sleigh on the High Street.

The event has been organised by Oakham Town Partnership. Chairman Alf Dewis said: “This is an annual event that the people of Oakham and Rutland look forward to. Last year it was estimated that about 3,000 people enjoyed the evening and we hope that even larger numbers will turn out this year to make it an even greater success.”

Anne Mortimer of Music and More will also hold a musical instrument amnesty at her shop in Melton Road. People can call Rutland Music Hub 07917 897200 to log their instrument and phone number, then drop them off on Monday until 7.30pm.

“No-one should miss out on the inspiration and excitement that music can bring to their lives and everyone should have the opportunity to play and enjoy music,” said Anne. ”This amnesty is an opportunity for people to contribute towards music making in the local community.”

Rachel Coles, of Rutland Music, added: “It’s a really good idea. At a time of giving and receiving this is a lovely way in which community members with instruments can share that opportunity with young players who are able to make the instrument sing again.’’

Roads in the town will close from 2pm so stallholders can set up.