This is the final weekend before Christmas Day arrives , make sure you make the most of all the festive fun that is on offer.
This weekend is the start of activities with special festive entertainment for families, everyday is free with a hot meal provided, children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Bookings are now open, please Click here to book
Youth events are taking place for 11 – 16 year olds, these include Daily trips to Flip Out, Bowling, Escape Rooms, with all young people who attend being given a free cinema ticket which can be used at Andover Odeon. These are now available to book on the website connect4.org.uk
A Taste of Southern Africa is on offer from the Travelling cupcake on the high street on the 18th and 19th December , from 10am -3pm. Click here for further details.
Santa will be outside the Guildhall on Saturday with the Andover Rotary club to greet local children, between 10am – 2pm, Click here for further details
This weekend several local Andover churches are holding Christmas carol services, click here to see which ones you’d like to go along to some are online and some are in person.
Head down to the pop-up market in the Chantry Centre on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and the Artisan Market in Andover High Street on Sunday from 10am to 2pm for a chance to grab those last-minute Christmas gifts.
The Chantry Centre pop-up market is host to a variety of traders with some great present ideas, from clothing and handbags to unique pebble pictures, signs, art, candles and bathing treats.
In addition one of the largest Artisan Markets of the year will be in Andover High Street this Sunday with a huge range of stalls to explore, from your favourite tipple at the Cider stall, to delicious local produce for your Christmas feasts. There will be plenty of unique gift ideas from local artisans, beautiful children’s clothing, hand-made bumble bears, art and crafts, pampering and more. What’s more Santa will be in his sleigh parked up by the Guildhall from 10am to 4.30pm, he will be available for selfies and spreading the Christmas spirit!
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said “It is great to see Andover bustling this Christmas, the markets and the shops have provided a great offering. What a fantastic opportunity this is to shop locally and support our small businesses.”
The pop-up market is located in the Chantry Centre right next to the Christmas grotto, which will be open Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a children’s Christmas craft workshop in the mall’s garden area next to Boswell’s on Saturday.
These are the final markets before Christmas, and this weekend is also the last chance to watch the fabulous ‘Letters to Santa’ projection show hosted by InAndover on the Lloyds Bank building over the weekend from 5pm to 7pm.
All local events can be found on the events section of our website, here