AS temperatures plummet, spirits are sure to soar this month with the return of the celebrated Victorian Evening.
The annual event, which takes over the town centre from 5pm on Thursday November 24, coincides with the Christmas Lights switch-on in Market Place at 7pm.
There will be a busy programme of entertainment on the main stage in Market Place, with Father Christmas and the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Trudy Offer, flicking the switch for the lights.
The town regresses over 100 years to the days of Queen Victoria, and attractions include a traditional carousel, horse and carriage, ferret racing and traction engines.
There will also be a lantern procession from St Mary’s church in the build up to the lights switch-on, and will take you past craft, charity, community and food stalls in Swan Street, Market Street and Market Place.
Shopkeepers and stall holders will be in period costume and visitors are encouraged to don the 19th century garb and enter the Best Dressed Victorian competition. In addition, the Warwick Arms Hotel will be running a Handmade Christmas Craft Fair throughout the evening and the Lord Leycester Hotel will be hosting a VIP party at 5pm.
Chairman of the Warwick Chamber of Trade Sue Butcher said: “All the preparations are going well and we are on target to get there. It’s all ticking over quite nicely and it should be another good night in Warwick.”
At a meeting of the full Warwick District Council last week the councillor responsible for neighbourhood services, Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Kenilworth Park Hill), announced that all the car parks throughout Warwick will be free for the evening, along with in Kenilworth the following evening for their Christmas lights switch-on.
He said: “In previous years businesses and town councillors have suggested it would be beneficial to the towns if we were to offer free parking to coincide with each town’s Christmas lights switch-on. These are key events in each town which see hundreds of people visit their local centre and herald the build up to local Christmas shopping.
“I am therefore pleased to announce that we will be providing free off-street parking in all eight town centre car parks managed by Warwick District Council from 4pm on Thursday November 24 to coincide with Warwick’s Victorian Evening.”
The move was welcomed by Cllr Elizabeth Higgins (Con, Warwick West) on behalf of all Warwick councillors.