Marlipins Museum fayre raising roof funds

Visit Father Christmas in his fishing boat grotto at the Marlipins Museum
Visit Father Christmas in his fishing boat grotto at the Marlipins Museum

FATHER Christmas will be swapping his sleigh for a boat when he visits the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham.

The fishing boat grotto will be set up on Saturday, November 29, for the High Street museum’s Christmas fayre and Father Christmas will be in residence from 10am.

Liza McKinney, from the Friends of Marlipins Museum, said: “Entrance is, of course, free and there will be plenty of fun as well as a wonderful array of Christmas presents from a wide variety of stalls, including arts and crafts, ceramics, woollens, jewellery and home-made cakes and preserves.

“You can try your luck with the tombola and raffle, and guess the weight of a magnificent Christmas cake to try to win it. Relax with the museum’s speciality hot cider punch and mince pies.”

The Friends are in dire need of funds to repair the 12th century building’s leaking roof.

Father Christmas will be back in the fishing boat grotto for the Shoreham Christmas Festival on Friday, December 2, from 4pm to 8pm, which will include carol singers.

Mrs McKinney said: “Come and enjoy a wonderful Victorian Christmas atmosphere and help us to make sure that this magnificent old building survives as a great historical facility for years to come.”