Shortly after 9.00am we arrive to find strong winds have blown over the two marquees.
A seemingly hopeless situation, but not so to the volunteers now arriving and within an hour they have achieved the impossible, one serviceable marquee from the original two.
Right on time, 11.00am, Santa is seen coming down the access
After greeting the children and their families he makes his way
into his magical grotto with his two helpers, ready to welcome
the children and give them presents.
Outside it begins to rain but the mill provides umbrellas and
spirits remain merry. Timed tickets are being used and this
keeps queuing to a minimum. The rain soon stops.
Elsewhere there are children’s activities, raffles and stalls, including Mulled Wine.
Children’s Activities Hamper Raffle Mulled Wine – Mince Pies – Soft Drinks
Cards & Preserves – Bric a Brac – Guess the Bear’s Name – Bran Tub – Tombolas – Derwent Valley Mills Book & Calendar Sales (Ashley Franklin)
And at the end of a busy but delightful day Santa drew out the A Grand Day Out & Hamper Raffle winning tickets.
Thank you so
much to The Great British Car Journey, The Midland Railway,
Denby Pottery, The White Peak Distillery and Heage Windmill
itself for these generous prizes.