The Marlowes are dreaming of a ‘Green’ Christmas

Christmas is well and truly underway at The Marlowes, and this year the shopping centre is taking a different approach, by encouraging shoppers to go green for the festive season. With a strong focus on remaining eco-friendly, The Marlowes are encouraging shoppers to reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas.

To make Christmas shopping even more enjoyable, there will be a number of different activities for families to get involved in within the centre, from meeting Santa at his Waste-Not-Workshop, to donating gifts at the donation-station for those less fortunate, and even competing against one another as they cycle to light up the Christmas tree.

According to Recyclenow.com, English households will throw out an additional 3m tonnes – that’s five sacks of rubbish per family – over the festive period. Much of this will be waste that could have been recycled.

As part of the initiative, Santa’s Waste-Not-Workshop will launch on 26th November from 12-4pm, and every Saturday and Sunday then on from 11-4pm, giving children the opportunity to meet Santa and take part in the Kid’s Craft Station using recyclable materials to make their own Christmas decorations.

Many of the decorations that make up Santa’s Waste-Not Workshop have been sourced from local schools who have contributed to The Marlowes Christmas by delivering recyclable materials such as plastic bottles and cans, to create a snowman and reindeer.

Vince Williams, Centre Manager of The Marlowes, says “We wanted to take a different approach with Christmas this year, and teach children to get involved with recycling, understanding how important it is to be eco-friendly, and that you can still enjoy the festivities whilst protecting the planet.

“All of the activities within the centre will be free for families to enjoy, whether they are bringing their child along for the day to meet Santa, or having a well-deserved rest in between the copious amounts of Christmas shopping.”

The Marlowes will be extending their opening hours over the Christmas period, to enable shoppers to enjoy late night shopping in a range of their stores and cafés.

Williams concluded; “We’re sure that our visitors will enjoy the extensive offering which is available to them this festive season, and we hope that our initiative will encourage them to ‘go green’ for the New Year.”

For more information on Christmas opening hours at The Marlowes, please go to: www.themarlowes.co.uk/events/2017/christmas-opening-hours/

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