Crowborough town centre welcomes an army of “nutcracker kings” over the festive period thanks to Conservative-run Wealden District Council.
Ten giant nutcracker king statues are positioned at pop-up locations around the town as part of the Crowborough Nutcracker Trail running from 20 November 2021 to 4 January 2022.
The Deputy Mayor of Crowborough Cllr. Matthew Street joined Cllr. Angela Snell, Vice-Chair of Wealden District Council, Trevor Scott, Chief Executive, Wealden District Council, Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden and Jeremy Woolger, President and Chairman of Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the festive kings to Crowborough on Friday 19 November 2021.
According to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The legend says that a nutcracker is a messenger of goodwill and represents power and strength – a watch dog, guarding from evil spirits and danger.
The Council is delighted to support the local initiative that encourages those taking part to visit Crowborough town centre and shop locally as they take on the trail to find all ten nutcrackers. Children can follow the trail using a specially produced booklet and enter a competition to win an iPad Mini.
Angela Snell, Vice-Chairman of Wealden District Council says of the trail: “We are delighted to be bringing the nutcrackers to Crowborough for Christmas. The trail will add some festive sparkle to the town centre and will be a great way to entertain the family in the run up to Christmas. We also want to give people an extra reason to visit the town centre and support its local shops and hospitality outlets during the festive period.”
How to take part in the Crowborough Nutcracker Trail
- Look out for the free Crowborough Nutcracker Trail booklets in the town and pick up a copy to take part. Crowborough Town Council offices and public library have some available in the reception area too, please feel free to pop in. Alternatively, you can view the map online via the pinned post on the Explore Wealden Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExploreWealden
- Wander around the town to find the ten nutcracker kings marked on the map within the booklet.
- As you find each one, write their individual name down on the Trail Sheet. Once you’ve found all the names, fill in your details and post the Trail Sheet into the special Santa’s Nutcracker post box located in Crowborough Library in Pine Grove.
One winner will be drawn out of the entries and will win an iPad Mini. For further information and competition terms and conditions visit www.explorewealden.co.uk/shopanddine
The trail runs from 20 November 2021 to 4 January 2022.
This project is funded from Conservative-run Wealden District Council’s allocation of the Welcome Back Fund. The project has received £351,605 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
Pictured L-R: Trevor Scott, Chief Executive, Wealden District Council, Councillor Matthew Street, Deputy Mayor of Crowborough, Councillor Angela Snell, Vice-Chair of Wealden District Council, Nusrat Ghani MP for Wealden, Jeremy Woolger, President & Chairman of Crowborough & District Chamber of Commerce