A BOURNEMOUTH department store has revealed plans for their first Christmas in the town since 1971.

Bobby and Co will be hosting a range of pop-up shops workshops and activities, with extended opening hours over the festive season.

Ashley Nicholson Director of Verve Properties said: “We are so excited to open our first Bobby’s Christmas and we can’t wait for the community to come down and see what we have to offer.

"As we continue to work away behind the scenes getting ready to open more of the building in 2022, the Christmas pop-ups are a chance for people to get a taste of things to come.”

Bournemouth Echo: Bobby and Co at Christmas

Father Christmas will be free to meet and interact with and will be roaming the store every weekend.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in a photo experience with a reindeer and sleigh from 10.30am-1.30pm on November 28.

Children can meet Father Christmas from 10.30am-1.30pm every weekend from November 28.

He’ll also be in store on the final Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of December 20-22, as well as making a brief appearance on the 27 from 5.30pm.

Bobby’s Christmas Kitchen - serving festive food and drink

Famous for their eco-inspired, traditional, and sustainable toys, Flaming Nora’s pop-up toy store is now situated in Bobby and Co for the run up to Christmas. Visitors can find stocking fillers and gift ideas on the ground floor at the back of the beauty hall.

From Thursday November 19 to Friday December 24, South Coast Makers will be welcoming shoppers with the best local talent for gifts, as well providing classes and demonstrations.

The special festive pop-up market will take over the entire first floor and will feature more than 50 different businesses.

Bournemouth Echo: Bobby's department store in Bournemouth town centre. Picture: Corin Messer/BNPSBobby's department store in Bournemouth town centre. Picture: Corin Messer/BNPS

Other events taking place in Bobby's over the festive period include:

  • Cracker Making workshops run by Heart & Soul which will offer the unique chance to make your own Christmas Cracker, with the option to include beeswax candles, wildflower seeds and honey dippers. Workshops are bookable in-store with the proceeds going to Michael House, a local homeless hostel.
  • There will also be a chance to take part in a workshop run by cosmetics giant Lush, where visitors can learn the delights of bath bomb making. The workshops will take place every weekend from November 20 until December 19, then daily from the 20-24. The Lush Boutique pop-up will be in store from Monday December 6th- Friday December 24th.
  • Every Saturday, Bobby’s will be hosting its very own modern day Mary Poppins. Danielle Manton Kelly will be on hand with children's stories, song and sensory activities on the first floor.

Every Sunday, local face painter Fearne Sheppard will be providing free face painting for children.

More details and timings for all events can be found on Bobbys’s social channels @bobbysbournemouth and website bobbysbournemouth.com