A free festive event will be open throughout December at Golden Square with interactive displays for children and live performances on Saturdays.
“At No. 25” is a free festive installation aimed at capturing the magic of Christmas morning – and all the family are invited.
Culture Warrington’s ‘At No.25’ is launching at the former Shipton’s jewellery store, opposite Starbucks, on 1 December and will run throughout December.
What visitors can find in the immersive Christmas experience is being kept under wraps until the grand opening but it promises to be ‘elaborate, over-the-top and very festive’.
Leah Biddle, Cultural Manager at Culture Warrington, is leading the project with match funding from Warrington BID and Warrington Borough Council and support from Golden Square.
She said: “We wanted to create a family-friendly art installation – something that was really accessible and would spread a bit of Christmas joy after a difficult year.
“People will be able to look through the window and feel festive whenever they visit Golden Square. But the unit will also be open at certain times throughout the day when families can immerse themselves within interactive displays and take pictures.
“The whole installation is very much about capturing the magic of Christmas morning and creating a really festive atmosphere.”
At No.25 will be brought to life by artists Daisy James and Enya Koster and storyteller Felicity Goodman, who all live and work in Warrington.
Leah added: “It will be a really immersive experience. We hope it will be something a little bit different for Warrington.
“There are going to be lots of largescale pieces but then there going to be lots of small, intricate pieces because it’s an old jeweller’s and on the back wall are lots of cubbyholes and cabinets.
“We hope people can go a few times and each time discover something new because there will be so much to see.”
Felicity has also led workshops with Warrington Wolves Foundation’s special educational needs group, Creative Remedies, Sure Start and older people to get a sense of what Christmas morning means to a wide range of people.
There will even be live performances with the Sugar Plum Fairy coming to life on 4, 11 and 18 December from 10am to 11.30am and 12.30pm and 2pm.
Ian Cox, Centre Director at Golden Square said: “This Christmas at Golden Square we are asking our customers to keep a look out for those less fortunate in our community and have a very caring Christmas.
“This exhibition will hopefully stir up some wonderful memories for people and take them back to their childhood and a time when Christmas felt magical.”
Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for culture at Warrington Borough Council, added: “At No.25 promises to be a really Christmassy experience that will delight young and old alike. It’s sure to get people into the festive spirit, and will be quite unique – a place of discovery and curiosity featuring the imaginative work of some of our talented local artists.
“The live performances will add an extra-special sense of wonder – a magical welcome awaits.”
If the installation is a success it is hoped that it will return and be developed upon year after year.
Leah said: “We can’t wait for the people of Warrington to take a look inside ‘No.25’. It wouldn’t be possible without the arts groups, Priestly College students, Warrington charity shops and other community groups who have supported us.”
Amy Dawber, Warrington BID Manager, added: “We are really pleased to be able to support the At No.25 Christmas installation this year. A year where many in our community have faced significant challenges as the result of Covid-19.
“The installation will add a touch of sparkle to all the wonderful Christmas activities that will run throughout the festive season in Warrington for visitors and shoppers to enjoy. What a fantastic addition to our town.”
At No.25 opens on 1 December at 10am and entry is free. It will be open daily throughout December with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and bank holidays. Standard opening times are between 10am and 4pm but could be subject to change. To plan your visit, go to facebook.com/warringtonartsfestival
Volunteers are also being sought for At No.25. Anyone interested should email [email protected]
1 December to 31 December
Location: Golden Square, opposite Starbucks