A capacity crowd of over 700 people attended the special charity Christmas Lights switch on and traditional Christmas Fayre on Friday 29th November to mark the start of festive events at William’s Den, the award-winning East Yorkshire family attraction. Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University mascot Charlie, and 11 year old William Carver, who inspired his parents to create William’s Den, switched on the lights which adorn the giant 30ft Christmas tree.
Children from North Cave primary school performed a range of Christmas carols, there was live music from Riverside Brass and two dozen local craft stalls selling a range of unique Christmas gifts.
Over £450 was raised on the night in aid of Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University who provide help and support to children and families living in areas of disadvantage and children in care.
Says William’s Den co-owner Tor Carver, “We were delighted to welcome so many families to our charity Christmas lights switch on to herald the start of our Christmas events. Christmas is a time for giving and we are honoured to be able to support Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University and their amazing work in providing special memories and help for the children and families they support.”
Natasha Barley, Director, Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University said, “We are delighted to once again be partnering with William’s Den. Christmas is a magical time but it can also be a challenging time for families and we are grateful to William’s Den for putting this event on to help raise much needed funds.”
Families attending the Christmas lights switch on also got to hear about the new The Christmas Den Experience which opened on Saturday 30th November and runs every weekend until Christmas. Families booking one of the hourly sessions will be welcomed by the cheeky elves into The Christmas Den, help Mother Christmas decorate gingerbread biscuits, meet Father Christmas and build their own Christmas bear to take home.
With many sessions already sold out anyone wanting to visit Father Christmas at William’s Den this
year is encouraged to book soon at www.williamsden.co.uk.
Families gathered for the Christmas lights witch on to launch the start of the Christmas events at William’s Den.
Charlie, the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University mascot and 11 year old William Carver switch on the lights on the giant 30ft Christmas tree.
Group photo (L-R) Christian Carver, Natasha Barley, ‘Charlie’, Tor Carver, William Carver