Festive Family Fun in Broadgate this weekend

There’s so much going on in Broadgate this weekend, from lantern parades to Coventry’s Christmas Market and live entertainment.

In celebration of the festive season, Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) are continuing their festivities with the #YuleLoveCov Family Fun Weekend this Saturday, 14 December and Sunday, 15 December.

The highlight of the weekend will be a festive lantern competition, with colourful lanterns, hand-designed by children from local primary schools in partnership with The Creation Station Coventry, being paraded and displayed in Broadgate.

On Sunday, five lucky winners will be chosen to win an IKEA goody box by a panel of judges including Cllr Patricia Hetherton; a representative from Cash for Kids; a representative from IKEA Coventry; and Emilie Dentz from Millie Kitchen, representing the independent traders on Market Way.

It’s set to be a fun-filled weekend with musical entertainment between parades and the Coventry Christmas Market providing refreshments for spectators.

Children’s charity Cash for Kids will be collecting gifts for charity and requesting presents for less fortunate children – after all, it is the season for giving.

Tom Reeves, charity fundraising executive at Free Radio, said: “In the three years that ‘Mission Christmas’ has been running, we’ve seen a big increase in people helping to provide gifts for disadvantaged local children.

“To see the difference to families and the staff who work with them is so rewarding – being able to help improve their lives at such a magical time, is the real meaning of Christmas. Please help if you can.”

The weekend is sponsored by IKEA, who kindly supplied the 150 lanterns and the prizes for the overall winners of the competition.

Patricio Aleman, store manager at IKEA Coventry, said: “At IKEA we’re always looking for ways to make a positive difference and support our local community, which is why we’re delighted to have sponsored Coventry’s Family Fun Weekend which will bring the city together.

“This is a great initiative by Coventry Business Improvement District and we look forward to taking part in the judging panel for the festive lantern competition on the 14th and 15th!”

All of the lanterns will be displayed in West Orchards Shopping Centre following the competition and through the festive period.

Andy Talbot, Shopping Centre Manager at West Orchards: “West Orchards are thrilled to be able to show off the lanterns up to Christmas. They will be displayed on level 3 of the centre.”