in2 Lifestyle: A Magical Weekend of Christmas

Channels Estate

Channels Estate gets festive

DOG lover Katie Squire has organised a magical weekend of Christmas fun and celebrations to get everyone and their dogs in the mood for Christmas!

Katie – a member of the third generation of the Stubbings family to own and operate Channels – the 300-acre estate in Little Waltham near Chelmsford, is hosting Santa together with a Christmas market and a very special doggie’s Christmas party from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November.

The event kicks-off on Friday evening at 5pm with a Christmas market brimming with original handmade and vintage gifts and gorgeous festive decorations.

Santa will arrive by sleigh at 6pm to open his grotto and the Channel’s Christmas light switch-on takes place at 8pm. There will be live music throughout the evening accompanied by festive food, mulled wine, cider and real cask ales.

Dogs get a festive treat too

The Doggie’s Christmas Party on Saturday 25 November includes festive stalls with doggy gifts, a pet photographer, dog display team and a professional dog groomer. However, to get tails really wagging, Katie and her team will be running the ‘Musical Sit’, ‘Loveliest Lady’, ‘Fabulous Fella’ and ‘Best Fancy Dress’ competitions.

And just to ensure that the kids don’t feel left out, on Sunday 26 November from 8.30am, Channels will host Breakfast with Santa after the big man arrives on his sleigh and opens up his grotto!

Of the event Katie Squire said, “We have spent a lot of time planning what will be a great weekend for all the family and a fun alternative to the madness on the high street this time of year.

“The event is part of our vision to make Channels a bigger part of community life and we really hope that local people will come along and enjoy the food, drink and entertainment we have laid on. It will be a great start to the festive season.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 01245 440 005.
For more information about the event including menus
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