Friday, 27 November 2009

Park for less, spend more

Like most modern towns, Torquay is no different in that parking can sometimes be a tricky operation. But thankfully, for Christmas at least, it has just got cheaper.

Torquay's biggest shopping centre is offering £1 parking to customers during December weekends. After Fleet Walk unveiled its Christmas lights last week, the council has announced a return of its 'Park for a Pound' scheme for weekends in December. And so the shopping centre has signed up to the initiative, meaning shoppers will also be able to park all day for £1 in Fleet Walk car park.

Parking for a pound gets under way next Friday and will run every weekend during the month including Boxing Day and December 27. The promotion means one £1 ticket purchased in any of Torbay Council's pay and display car parks after 6pm on a Friday evening in December will be valid right up until 10am on the following Monday.

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Friday, 20 November 2009

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa is coming early to Torbay and the surrounding area this Christmas - and rather than using his sleigh, which is being prepared up in Lapland, he's coming by train!

Little ones (and big ones) will love some of the fun events being put on by South Devon's two remaining steam railways. Both feature visits from the big man himself and special attractions for a truly magical day out your children will be talking about for years.

The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway has a Santa special again this year, with two different experiences for you to enjoy. First the Santa Express leaves Queens Park Station where you will be welcomed by Santa’s helpers. When all are aboard the steam train, Father Christmas and his helpers will join you, where a present and lolly will be given to the children and a mince pie and festive drink will be enjoyed by all the adults.

This service runs on December 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th and departs Paignton 1:30pm, returning at 2:45pm.

The Santa Steam Special is just that. As you arrive at Queens Park Station you will be welcomed by Santa’s helpers. When all are aboard the steam train, Father Christmas’ helpers will join you for the scenic ride to Father Christmas’ grotto at Kingswear.

On the train there will be a festive drink and mince pie for the adults and a lolly for each child and the bar will be open for further drinks. On arrival at Kingswear you will enter a scene full of Christmas Magic. A world for children of all ages, with a pantomime and a visit to Santa’s Grotto for the children’s present. You will then return to Paignton on the train. Refreshments are available at The Belle Bistro at Kingswear.

Dates are December 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th, and the train leaves Paignton at 10.15am, returning at 12.45 or 3.15pm, and returning at 6pm.

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The other service is being run by South Devon Railway - - and also features a turn from the man himself on return trip from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back and a visit to Santa's grotto on the train.

The trip includes: presents for all the children, even the Under-ones, mince pie and mulled wine for Mum and Dad, non-alcoholic drink available, on request, tea and coffee on the train.All trains start from Buckfastleigh, where there is free parking.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit?

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