Photo: Nina Gorniak holds nephew, Bentley with son Lucan Gorniak who visited Santa at Dylan’s Bear Necessities. 

There was lots of excitement in Camborne on Saturday when a certain white-bearded gentleman visited Dylan’s Bear Necessities in Trelowarren Street.

Sat in his grotto at the back of the shop, he greeted a queue of children and their parents with his trademark laugh and smile, before talking to them about Christmas, whether they’d been good and handing out presents.

It was the first of five Saturday visits that Santa is making to the town in the run up to the Big Day. The others take place on 2, 9, 16 and 23 December.

Thanks to the Camborne and Redruth District Lions Club, who helped set up the grotto, and everyone who voted for the project in Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, seeing Santa in Camborne is completely free of charge. Even better, there is free parking every weekend until 25 December, too, in Rosewarne Car Parks.

“It was lovely to see the children’s faces when they came out of the grotto, clutching their gifts,” said BID Camborne manager Mel Martin. “We’re really grateful to the Lions and Tesco for their support – and to Santa, of course, for his time and generosity.”

To mark Small Business Saturday on 2 December, there will be entertainment in the town’s square throughout most of the day – including the Suitcase Singers from 10-11am, Cornwall Sports Partnership from 11am to 2pm, Come and Play from 11am to 3pm, Poetry Postie from 11am to 3pm and Camborne Town Band from 2pm.

“High streets are so important at this time of year in creating a festive atmosphere and encouraging people to shop locally,” added Mel. “We’re very proud of ours and the effort local businesses have put into their window displays. It’s a great place to be at Christmas.”

Santa’s Grotto is open every Saturday until Christmas from 11am to 3pm. For more information, visit and


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