Shropshire Council

Free parking in Whitchurch for the Christmas light switch on event

06 November 2015 Last updated at 02:04

We're offering free parking in our Pay and Display car parks in Whitchurch for the town’s Christmas lights switch-on celebration on Saturday 28 November 2015.

The free parking will be on offer from 2pm to 6pm to encourage people to visit and shop in the town before the lights are switched on at 5pm.

The car parks at which free parking will apply are:

  • Newtown
  • Castle Hill
  • St John’s Street
  • Pepper Street
  • Brownlow Street

On the switch-on day there will be an outdoor Christmas market from 10am to 6pm in Whitchurch town centre, with a variety of gifts, crafts, face painting and hot food stalls. The town will also play host to Father Christmas, as well as two local dance groups – Glo’s Cheerleaders and Maggie May’s Dance Academy – who will be entertaining visitors throughout the day.

Whitchurch’s Lantern Parade which will begin its journey from the Market Hall at 4.30pm. The parade will travel along Brownlow Street, through Green End and then up the High Street before the town’s Christmas lights are switched on outside the Civic Centre at 5pm.

Simon Jones, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“It’s great that we can support the lights switch-on and Whitchurch’s town centre traders by once again offering free parking on the afternoon of this special event. I hope people take advantage of this offer and make this an extra special day for the town, and for its businesses.”
Zoë Dean, Whitchurch Town Centre Manager, said:

“This is a wonderful event for the whole family and we look forward to lighting up the streets of Whitchurch every year.”
Visit for the full switch on schedule.

For details about lantern workshops in the run up to the event, click here. The workshops start on Saturday 7 November 2015 and run for four weeks.