My Bland­ford Fo­rum Christ­mas

Dorset - - Blandford -

It’s all hands to the pump at the Bland­ford brew­ery where we make our range of

Badger beers. In the run-up to Christ­mas our Badger team en­sure that all the pubs, and super­mar­kets, have ev­ery­thing they need for the fes­tiv­i­ties. We’re so busy that we end up hav­ing our team Christ­mas par­ties in Jan­uary! My cousin Mark Wood­house (Chair­man of

Hall & Wood­house) and I visit all our man­aged pubs in De­cem­ber to wish them a Happy Christ­mas. Mark takes it to the ex­treme - on Christ­mas Day he vis­its up to 25 of our Busi­ness Part­ner pubs to give them a truckle of cheese to put on the bar for their guests. The Bland­ford Yule­tide Fes­ti­val is the high point for me. It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to do some lo­cal shop­ping - my favourite is Ham­ble­don Gallery on Sal­is­bury Street. I also browse the craft stalls in the Sealy Suite at the Crown Ho­tel dur­ing the Yule­tide Fes­ti­val. Christ­mas is nor­mally spent at home with my very large fam­ily, punc­tu­ated with trips to the pub for a pint of Badger or two, with the Crown Ho­tel in Bland­ford be­ing a favourite haunt on Box­ing Day.

Al­ice in Cuckoo Land

Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions at the Yule­tide Fes­ti­val ‘Look up to the win­ter night sky at 8.30pm forthe fire­work dis­play’

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