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Spalding gets its first Christmas pop-up bar

A festive pop-up bar called Nutcracker's has had a warm welcome over its first weekend of opening in Spalding.

The Pop-Up Christmas Tavern and Winter Beer Garden - based on the Imaginarium site at 21 Westlode Street - is the brainchild of Activ Leisure Group boss Matt Clark.

Matt said: "I have visited dozens of winter pop-ups in cities throughout the UK and abroad.

Nutcracker's Christmas-themed pop-up bar in Westlode Street, Spalding
Nutcracker's Christmas-themed pop-up bar in Westlode Street, Spalding

"Spalding deserves attractions like this, and the residents shouldn't have to travel to Nottingham, Sheffield or further to appreciate a taste of winter wonderland.

"The feedback has been great so far, with so many positive comments and return visitors.

"We are hopeful for even more interest as we get closer to the winter period."

In the garden at Nutcracker's
In the garden at Nutcracker's

The team behind the Imaginarium has been quietly working away in their newly installed marquee since November.

At the weekend, the marquee opening facing Westlode Street gave passers-by a glimpse of the welcoming fire pit and lots of people popped in to investigate.

Matt says many returned later with their partners to enjoy a night out.

Nutcracker's opens from 4pm on Friday and Saturday, running through to 1am, and from 4pm-11pm on Sundays.

As well as spreading the warmth in the festive garden, the fire pit is used for weekend grills with steak, bratwurst, spiral Cumberland and turkey skewers from Simpsons teamed with soft white baps from Pacey'sand a potato and bacon side.

The special bar menu includes Christmas gins, festive cocktails, choc-tails (cocoa twinned with alcohol) or hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Nutcracker's will open until at least New Year's Eve.

* Activ Leisure's XO nightclub has a series of festive events lined up, including a 80s-themed Christmas party on December 14 when a three-course meal will be served.

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