A bit of history..
In 2009 the Wells Carnival ‘Crew’ took over the organisation and running of the annual Wells ChristmasTide event. The weekend event was originally set up by the Wells Business Forum but when they disbanded the Carnival committee were approached with the suggestion that they may be willing to take over the annual spectacular. At some point they must have said ‘Yes’ and the rest is history!!!!
What is Wells ChristmasTide..
Wells ChristmasTide is a weekend event held during the early part of December and is organised and run by the Wells Carnival committee (Crew). The annual event follows a similar format each year starting with a Christmas cocktail evening on the Friday evening. On the Saturday the committee organise a Christmas market with café, a Living Nativity, fireworks and a stunning illuminated procession which travels down the main street of Wells to the Quay where crowds welcome Father Christmas to Wells harbour after his long journey, by sea, from the ‘North Pole’. Children can also take part in Christmas themed workshops and visit Mother Christmas ‘at home’ while she prepares for her husbands arrival. All the events are either free of charge or a nominal charge to cover costs. As Father Christmas arrives on the high tide in the evening there is only a limited number of tickets available to visit him in person.
The Sue Ryder shop in Wells will be open until 7pm on Saturday 14th December. They will be offering mince pies and mulled wine for a suggested donation, which will go towards their fundraising.
Details on ticket availability for Cocktail Evening, to visit Father Christmas, Film Matinee and for the New Years Eve masked ball can be found by clicking here
The arrival of Father Christmas is co-ordinated in conjunction with the Wells Harbour Commissioners www.wellsharbour.co.uk and assisted by the Wells Lifeboat crew www.wellslifeboat.org
Official dates are Friday December 13th until Sunday 15th December 2013
ChristmasTide 2013 will begin in:-
As Wells ChristmasTide is planned around the tides we endeavour to publish dates for future events approx. 11 months in advance
A full programme of events is available to view approx 4 weeks prior to the ChristmasTide weekend – but it is worth checking this site regularly as information is added on a weekly basis, as and when events are confirmed. The full programme is included in the Quay magazine and is distributed in November
Bucket collections (authorised buckets are clearly marked) are made regularly during the weekend with funds raised used to go towards covering the cost of the event
Wells ChristmasTide photos are taken by our lovely resident photographer Cy – you can’t miss him – he is the ‘Yeti with a camera’ (his words not ours), ‘but fret ye not,’ he doesn’t bite!!! Cy attends just about all our events, snapping away. He then pops home, loads all the photos on the website and sends the information to our local chemist (David Jagger Ltd). These photos can then be purchased by calling into the chemist or can be ordered by post through Cy’s website. To view photos and further information on ordering click here:
Wells ChristmasTide is run and organised by a team of volunteers. The majority of the weekends activities, entertainment and fireworks are free of charge and we rely on individuals and businesses to sponsor activities or make donations to cover our ever increasing costs.
This year we are offering the opportunity to sponsor a ‘CHRISTMAS CRACKER’ – a minimum donation of £5.00 can be made securely online through this website - just click on the big red DONATE button. A ‘CHRISTMAS CRACKER’ will be displayed in the window of the Maltings Community Centre (Staithe Street) with a list of donors. If you would like to sponsor a cracker on behalf of an individual, a loved one or a business we will be happy to accommodate your request - just add the details in the section marked 'add special instructions to the seller' (no more than 7 words please).
Sponsors Prize Draw
Everyone who sponsors a cracker will be entered into a prize draw (1 entry for every £5 donated) - to be drawn on Sunday 15th December 2013Alternatively if you would be interested in sponsoring a particular event please contact Shirley Golding on: 07990 720887
The majority of events throughout the weekend are either free or of minimal charge to offset some of the costs. To get an indication of the type and number of events see this years programme.
The ‘Crew’ relies on sponsorship and bucket collections throughout the weekend to cover the cost of putting on all the events – so if you come along to join in the fun please make sure you put a few quid in the collection buckets. If you can’t find a bucket you can always leave a donation at the Wells Carnival merchandise stall or you can donate using your credit or Debit card securely using the Paypal Payments gateway.
Alternatively, you can send us a cheque made out to: Wells Carnival Ltd. and send c/o 46 Waveney Close, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1HT
Wells-next-the-Sea in the heart of North Norfolk enjoys a traditional summer Carnival for residents and visitors. A week of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals.
New Year's Eve Masked Ball
Wells Carnival Committee will once again be hosting a New Year's Eve Ball at The Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AF - from 8.30pm to see in 2014. With live music, canapes, late cheeseboard supper & fizz. Tickets £27.50 – available from Goldings, Staithe Street or call: 07990 720887 or by post: New Years Eve Ball, c/o 46 Waveney Close, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1HT (chqs payable to Wells Carnival Ltd and enclose stamped, addressed envelope please).