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Christmas in the Village 2023 – Sunday 3rd Dec 10am-5pm

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We are excited to share the details of the upcoming Christmas in the Village 2023, a magical event organised by the Wimbledon Village Business Association. This festive family fun day, taking place on Sunday, 3rd December from 10 am to 5 pm, promises to be once again a delightful array of activities for all ages.

Christmas in the Village is a heartwarming celebration aimed at bringing the community together while supporting a local charity, Wimbledon Guild. Organised by the Wimbledon Village Business Association, this event features a plethora of activities, ensuring a day filled with joy and festive spirit. And, we can’t wait to see you there!

Key Activities:

Santa’s Grotto (10 am – 4.30 pm): Santa will be welcoming children in his Grotto throughout the day, located at the heart of the Village outside The Dog & Fox (right next door to us!).

Christmas Market (10 am – 3 pm): Explore a festive market along the West section of the High Street, offering a selection of delectable food, drinks, and unique gifts.

Fairground Rides (10 am – 5 pm): Enjoy the thrill of fairground rides, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities.

Special Activities for Children:

(to book activities, visit

  • Face Painting (10.30 am – 4.30 pm): We’re thrilled to sponsor and host the face painting festivities at our offices at 24 High Street. No pre-booking required – just show up and join the queue. Our talented artists can’t wait to add a splash of festive joy to your Christmas in the Village experience! We will also have other surprises in store for you – including one of our favourites the ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ competition.
  • Storytime (10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am): Hosted by Wimbledon Babysitting at Day True at 19 High Street. Pre-book your child’s spot for a delightful storytelling session.
  • Pony Rides (10 am – 3 pm): Experience the joy of pony rides, you’ll find this exciting experience over in Mason’s Yard, 34 High Street (next to the Village Surgery). No need to pre-book; please note that the ponies will take a short break during Santa’s horseback parade from 1.30 pm to 2 pm.
  • Petting Farm (10.30 am – 2.30 pm): Visit the corner of Rushmere Green, just beyond the Christmas Market, for an unforgettable encounter with cute and cuddly animals from Deen City Farm. No pre-booking required – simply head over and enjoy this delightful experience.
  • Clay-Glo Forest Sensory Workshops (10.30 am, 11.15 am, 12 pm, 2 pm): Sponsored by Peacock & Co and hosted by The Coach House @ The Dog & Fox. Let your child’s creativity shine in this unique sensory workshop. You must pre-book this one!
  • Meet the Wimbledon Fire Brigade (11 am – 1 pm): Say hello to the wonderful and friendly firefighters and explore their engine parked at Haygarth Place, just off the High Street.
  • Ballet Taster Class (11.30 am): Hosted by The Village School of Dance, at Day True. Give your little ones the opportunity to experience a ballet taster class. Pre-book this before you miss out, booking is open now.
  • Balloon Twister Show (2 pm, 2.30 pm, 3 pm, 3.30 pm): Sponsored and hosted by Wimbledon Homes at 38 High Street. Enjoy the magic of a balloon twister show by pre-booking your child’s spot.
  • Monkey Music Taster Session (2 pm, 2.40 pm): Hosted by Merton Monkey Music at Day True. Introduce your child to the joy of music with this taster session. Another that must be booked.
  • DDMix Fitness Dance Class (3.30 pm): Hosted by The Village School of Dance at Day True. Join in the dance fun with a fitness dance class for all ages.Places must be pre-booked.

Grand Finale: Tree Lights Switch-on and Carols (5 pm): Head on down to the Village War Memorial for a heartwarming carol singalong, accompanied by complimentary mince pies and mulled wine.

Stay Informed: For the latest updates on Christmas in the Village 2023, follow the organisers on social media:

Note: Certain activities require pre-booking. To reserve your spot and explore all pre-bookable activities, visit the official Eventbrite page:

Let’s come together and make Christmas in the Village 2023 a day to remember!

Celebrating Excellence at the Merton Business Awards 2023

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Last night marked an exceptional occasion as the Merton business community gathered at AFC Wimbledon to celebrate the Merton Best Business Awards 2023. It was a night filled with recognition, celebration, and the carnival-themed vibes that set the stage for a memorable evening.

Organised by the Merton Chamber of Commerce, this event provided a well-deserved spotlight for businesses to shine, honouring their dedication, innovation, and outstanding achievements. The awards featured a wide range of categories, including the Independent Business Award, Best Customer Service, Sustainable Impact, Best New Business and the category that we sponsored Best in the Property Sector plus many others, showcasing the diverse talent within Merton’s business landscape.

We were particularly delighted to be a Gold Sponsor of the event, supporting and celebrating the incredible businesses in our local community. Stewart Rolfe, attended on behalf of our company, noted “Sponsoring an award at the Merton Best Business Awards was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. It allowed us to align our brand with excellence, innovation, and dedication – values we hold dear. We are immensely proud to be part of an event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of local businesses, who contribute significantly to the growth and prosperity of our community.”

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Home Instead Wimbledon & Kingston, who clinched not one, but two prestigious awards: the ‘Digital Excellence Award’ and ‘Top Woman in Business’, ultimately being named ‘Best Business in Merton’. Their ability to adapt and leverage technology during challenging times left a lasting impression on the judges.

Clare Jefferies, the driving force behind Home Instead Wimbledon & Kingston, delivered a touching and emotional speech, expressing her gratitude, “I’ve been running my business for 13 years, and all I think of is delivering the best care I possibly can for older people in their homes…that’s what we do, and we do it really well. My team makes every day special for an older person in Merton, and I’d like to say thanks to my team and all my 150 carers…this award is for them!”

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce, the mastermind behind these awards, summed up the evening beautifully: “Last night was fantastic! We spent a long time planning these awards and put a lot of effort into giving the business community a night to remember.”

As we reflect on this remarkable event, we offer our congratulations to all the winners and finalists. We were honoured to be part of this unforgettable evening. We would also like to extend our sincere congratulations to the winners of our sponsored award category, Lewis & Co, and the runners up, Russell Hewes Limited. It was a delight to meet you and present you with your award.

For a complete list of winners and runners-up, please visit Merton Best Business Awards . We look forward to the return of the awards in 2024, and remember to apply, don’t miss the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated for your outstanding work in the Merton business community.

If you are looking to buy or sell, let or rent, a residential or commercial property in Wimbledon, Wimbledon Village, Merton or the Surrounding Areas please do not hesitate to give us a call on; Residential Sales 020 8971 6780 or Commercial 020 8971 4999.

24 High Street,
Wimbledon Village,
London SW19 5DX

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