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The Rotary Club of Newark Castle will open Santa's grotto on November 25




The longest-running Santa’s grotto in Newark will be opening its doors again on the day that the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

The grotto, run by the Rotary Club of Newark Castle, has been running for more than 25 years, and in that time has raised more than £30,000 for charity.

The grotto, which will be in the former YMCA unit in the Buttermarket off Newark Market Place, is open on Sunday, November 25, from 11.30am until 4.30pm.

Rotary Club of Newark Castle are opening Santa's Grotto on November 25
Rotary Club of Newark Castle are opening Santa's Grotto on November 25

November 25 is when a crowd of hundreds of people watch Newark’s Christmas lights being turned on.

It will then be open on the three following Saturdays, December 1, 8 and 15, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The entry price for the grotto remains at £3.50, as last year, and includes a present from Santa.

Mr Derek Rossin, from the Rotary Club of Newark Castle, said: “We have tried to keep it at a price that is affordable for the people of Newark.”

Rotary Club of Newark Castle are opening Santa's Grotto on November 25
Rotary Club of Newark Castle are opening Santa's Grotto on November 25

Last year (pictured above) the grotto raised £800 each for the Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark and the Rainbows hospice for children and young people at Loughborough, which helps families from the Newark area.

Mr Rossin said: “We are the longest-running grotto in town, bringing Santa to the children of Newark for over 25 years, and all the money raised goes to children’s charities, which we feel is appropriate.”



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