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Enter Kingston’s Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Night Market (at your own peril!)

James Giles




An evening of fantastic food, frights and fancy dress awaits visitors to Kingston’s Ancient Market Place this Halloween.

This Thursday (October 29), the MAKE Night Market will be heading back to town for the last time this year, for the third annual Halloween Spooktacular.

Featuring a mix of global street food, craft beers and organic wines, residents are encouraged to turn up in suitably scary costumes for this special, spooky edition of the popular evening event.

Live music will be performed at the Night Market in the form of soul band Penny and the Pounds, plus a DJ set from the eclectic musical collective Culture Cuts, while animation students from Kingston University will be putting on installations and sideshows to entertain all ages.

For families who have been enjoying some of the free Halloween craft activities during Thumb’s Up It’s Thursday earlier in the day, it’s also an ideal chance to show off their new, hand-made costumes and masks.

MAKE Night Market founder Alistair Turnham, said:

“We are bringing our scariest and most ghoulish night market ever to Kingston for Halloween 2015.

“The Spooktacular will feature live soul band Penny & the Pounds, South London superstar DJs Culture Cuts, Kingston Uni students installing 10 terrifying pop-up sideshows, as well as great new craft beers, 50 per cent more stalls and 100 per cent more spook.

“But remember, no matter how scary, it’s for all the family, and our artists, traders and even the MAKE team will be dressing up – will you?”

The MAKE Night Market runs from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday, October 29 in Kingston’s Ancient Market Place.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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B&Q to reveal new look store with family fun day

James Giles




B&Q will soon open the doors to its newly revamped home improvement store in New Malden. To celebrate, B&Q New Malden will host a day of family fun on Saturday 14th January, including a special guest appearance from local rugby legend Nick Easter, who played No. 8 for Harlequins and England in international rugby union.

At the launch event the local sports star, known fondly by fans as “Minty”, will be testing out his DIY skills against B&Q New Malden’s store team. Customers will get the chance to see the sporting star getting mucky off the pitch for a change as store staff challenge him try his hand at potting plants in the garden centre, tussle with wallpaper and cause a ruckus with a paintbrush. He will also be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans. Plus, there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained throughout the day, including a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers and a craft station.

B&Q New Malden has been completely revamped to offer customers a variety of new products and features, including a new paint desk, a new kitchens and bathrooms display, more visual ranges of flooring and tiles, and a new café with windows overlooking the A3 and Burlington Road.

Lee Bayliss, Unit Manager at B&Q New Malden, said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming customers to our newly revamped store. We’re ready to show off our new look to New Malden’s residents and inspire them to start a new home improvement project under the guidance of our expert advice. We’re all really looking forward to Saturday’s family fun day and, of course, testing Nick with our DIY challenges!”

Nick Easter added: “I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate the launch of the newly revamped B&Q New Malden store. I’m not sure that my DIY skills can beat the in store experts but it will be great to get some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.”

The B&Q family fun day will take place on Saturday, 14th January from 10am to 3pm, with Nick Easter in store from 10:30 -12:30pm, at B&Q New Malden, Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PT.

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