Christmas is coming to Wrexham Town Centre as never before with a local girl Josie Rayworth creating a Gingerbread Grotto in Queens Square complete with giant smarties, candy canes and lollipops.
Josie has been creating magical Christmas Grottos for families to enjoy at Erddig Hall, Wrexham for the past five years and has set off on a new adventure this year in partnership with Wrexham Council.
Josie said “I have always loved making things, I was never happier as a kid than when I had sticky tape scissors and cardboard, I suppose some things never change, I feel like a kid in a sweet shop with this exciting project, although my sweets are giant.”
Josie’s creativity spans across generations of her family, her granddad Terry Aspin was the proprietor of Craft Toys, a large traditional toyshop that was on King Street in the 1960s and 70s. Mr Aspin who was also an illustrator for children’s comics and annuals used his artistic skills to create Christmas grottos in his shop. “Granddad was a great inspiration to me and I am proud to follow in his footsteps.”
The Gingerbread Grotto opens in Wrexham tomorrow, Thursday the 6th December after Wrexham’s Candy Christmas Carnival.
It will then be open daily until Christmas Eve from 10.30am – 4.30pm, open late night Thursdays till 7pm.
Tickets are £4.50 per child and can be purchased from Wrexham Tourist Information. If you need any further information go to the Gingerbread Grotto website – www.gingerbreadgrotto.co.uk.