Bring your children to the East Street Christmas event!

Martin Read


The eating experience in Horsham’s East Street is surely as good as anywhere in the UK with outstanding world food in a warm and friendly atmosphere, a real credit to the town, and this year Wabi, the award winning Japanese restaurant and cocktail lounge is getting together with near neighbours Beeches Buffet, Carmela and the Mapp & Weston Barista Bar to stage a festive Christmas event for the district’s children. It will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 21st, 22nd and 23rd to celebrate Christmas in aid of an exceptionally good cause – The Dame Vera Lynn Trust. The children’s charity is dedicated to supporting families with children under 5 years old with cerebral palsy and motor-learning difficulties.                        The charity was created to give these very special children a place where they can learn and thrive in a warm, supportive setting that understands their unique journey. The Trust’s early intervention service and support network enables them to work alongside families to give their very young children the best possible start in life so that they can realise their full potential. And, the Trust’s 12 Days of Christmas Campaign is to generate funding to provide additional resources and equipment to use in sessions with their parents. The District Post is pleased to sponsor the event, which will be set up at around mid day and get underway from 1pm – until 3 each day (when East Street opens for vehicular access).                                                                         Nero Gilissen, Wabi owner, told us: “Apart from Santa Claus and the elves that assist him, there’ll be photo opportunities with a pop up mural in the style of the one on Brighton Pier, and, of course, there’ll be scrumptious food on offer, too!” Nero added that in Wabi there is a “Kids Eat Free” promotion on Saturdays when accompanied by a paying adult.

Bring your children to enjoy the special East Street Christmas event! Dame Vera Lynn says: “It makes it all worthwhile when the children we have helped get in touch to tell us what they are doing and achieving as adults.” Details of how to support Dame Vera’s charity can be found at

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