| C U L T U R E | Take the stress out of Christmas by visiting Surrey Quays Shopping and Leisure and make Christmas fun again! atThe Quays! Christmas Christmas is coming to Surrey Quays and so is Santa, with a free Grotto! | S T Y L E A N D R E T A I L | W ith free parking for the first 4 hours, a brilliant kids soft play area, plenty of family entertainment and great food at the Leisure Park plus extended shopping hours it’s a perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping done and have fun while you do it. The retail and leisure park has overground trains stopping nearby at Surrey Quays and Canada Water stations and the Jubilee line running east-west through Canada Water. Perhaps the star attraction at Surrey Quays this year is the free Santa’s Grotto! The Grotto is open daily from 12noon – 6pm* (11am – 5pm on Sundays) from the 1st – 24th December. Every child gets to meet Father Christmas and also receives a gift and for those that want to take even more away with them there are opportunities to buy photos - a great family Christmas gift. No doubt it will be busy at the weekends so it may be a good idea to pre-book online (details below) or pop along during the week, or even after school. For a more relaxing Christmas experience, leave the kids at home and take advantage of the extended opening hours where you can shop till 8pm. There is a brilliant mix of well-known high street retailers, including the arrival of Next which has just opened in time for Christmas. the star attraction is the free Santa’s Grotto SURREY QUAYS SHOPPING AND LEISURE Book your Free Santa’s Grotto Online bookings only available for Monday to Friday only www.surreyquays.co.uk (£1.50 booking fee applies) THE RIVER MAGAZINE | Winter 2017 27