Uppingham late-night shopping to kick off festive fun tonight

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PEOPLE will be stepping out tonight for the first of three Christmas shopping events in the county.

Uppingham will kick off proceedings when the town partnership holds its late night shopping event from 5pm onwards.

There will be stalls in High Street East, as well as a Victorian funfair.

A fire breather and juggler will provide entertainment along with The Rutland Band and Rutland morris men and there will be performances from primary schools including Leighfield and Uppingham CE.

Leicester Tigers will bring the promotional bus and Santa will be in his grotto in Baines Tea Room in High Street West.

A craft fair will be held in Uppingham Town Hall and Rutland Willows will be there teaching people how to weave a fish.

The police will also hold a beat surgery at the town hall.

The Crown Inn and The Falcon Hotel will both have live music and many of the shops will be offering mulled wine and mince pies.

Churches will take over a vacant shop in High Street East during late night shopping, where people will be given the opportunity to dress in nativity costumes and have their photo taken.

Uppingham Town Partnership chairman Marc Oxley said: “I hope lots of people will come and spend their money in Uppingham and see what we have got to offer.”

On Monday, Oakham will hold its late night shopping event, which also starts at 5pm.

The layout of the stalls and fair rides has also been reorganised so the stalls don’t block the shops.

The stalls will be on the High Street, between Church Street and Mill Street. There will be live music outside the post office and there will also be fire eaters and stilt walkers in the town centre.

There will also be a bungee run and Leicester Tigers will be there.

Oakham Town Partnership chairman Vernon Moore said: “We hope to see lots of people there.”

And on Sunday, December 18, between 9am and 4pm, there is a festive event at Rutland Water, Whitwell.

There will be an indoor and outdoor market, a fun fairground for the children, a reindeer trail, mulled wine and Christmas entertainment and crafts.

It is the first time a Christmas shopping event has been held at Rutland Water.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “It will be a lovely family day out.

“We hope lots of people will join us for a glass of mulled wine, a wander around the Christmas market and to visit Santa.”