The festive season is time for friends and families to get together and celebrate, it is also a time communities can bond together, celebratory events such as light switch on’s can provide local residents and families this occasion.
Bognor Regis Town Council contacted us with the most flattering of emails, to ask if we could provide anything for their local light switch on event. Together we discussed the event and its main purpose and then we worked out what we could offer within the given budget that provides maximum effect for public engagement.
The final decisions were for an Ice postbox with letter writing workshops, which would provide public engagement for families and children of all ages. A live carve of Santa’s sleigh with a reindeer pulling it along, providing live public interest and enjoyment for all ages whilst on completion also add’s an interactive element and selfie opportunity and then finally a pre carved Ice photo frame which again offered a selfie opportunity for all ages.
Our team of professional ice sculptors (Dave and Claire) and workshop elf team (Jocasta and Peter) made the way from our West Yorkshire studio down to the lovely seaside coast of Bogner.
The next day the team arrived early in the event location, Bognor town centre and set up where each sculpture was to be places and set up the workshops ready for the beginning of the event. Claire and Dave set to work on starting to carve the sleigh and this drew in quiet a crowd
Our festive letter writing workshops and ice post box were placed next to Santa’s grotto at the event. Jocasta and Peter donned their Elf outfits and got into the Christmas spirit, supporting children to write their letters to Santa and post them in the ice post box. After the sleigh had been carved, Dave couldn’t resist dressing as an elf and him and Jocasta posed with the families that wanted selfies with elves at the ice sleigh and ice photo frame.
The light switch on was brilliantly organized and had loads going on, people responded so positively to everything we were doing, and Kirsten from Bognor Council contacted us after the event saying how thankful she was for everything we did at the event and how impressed she was with the sculptures and public engagement elements.
We had such a brilliant time at Bognor and we really enjoyed being next to the beach where we all went looking for lovely shells before we made the long journey homeward.