Visit Santa’s Grotto in Rugby town centre

Father Christmas with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey at the town centre grotto
Father Christmas with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey at the town centre grotto

Last Saturday saw the town centre’s Grotto open in St Andrew’s Church.

The magical Grotto has been organised by Rugby First Rangers in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Rugby.

The Grotto will be open on Saturday December 12 (10am to 4pm), Thursday 17 (10am to 4pm), Friday 18 (2pm to 5pm), Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 (12pm to 5pm) and from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a nominal charge to meet Father Christmas (which includes a present), with all money going to charities that include Lupus UK, Toilet

Twinning, Bradby Club and YMCA Rugby.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Managing Director said: “We are delighted to support the Grotto as it brings hundreds of people into the town centre and at the same time raises valuable funds for local charities. Customer feedback last year was excellent, many commenting on value for money and the quality of the experience, compared to that of the bigger shopping centres.

“As an added bonus visitors also made savings in time and fuel and felt good about supporting their local town centre.”

Aftab continued: “Rugby town centre has some great shops offering a unique range of Christmas gifts for friends and family. I would encourage everyone to support their town centre this Christmas by shopping local. Don’t forget also to build time into your shopping trip to enjoy some food and drink from the many pubs, cafes and restaurants that Rugby has to offer. May I take this opportunity on behalf of Rugby town centre to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.”

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “Many people will be visiting St Andrew’s Church this year to purchase their Christmas cards, view the Christmas trees

on display as part of the annual competition or grab a drink in the coffee shop. Now they have another reason to visit: to see Father Christmas!”

Mark continued: “Each of these initiatives are bringing more people in to our town centre, bringing young people into the church and helping raise money for local charities so I would strongly encourage everyone to pay the church a visit this Christmas.”

For further information on Santa’s Grotto or to help plan your Christmas visit, go to