Feline festive – Christmas fun at Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre!

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Santa will be dropping in to spread Christmas cheer at Cats Protection’s Winter Wonderland event on Sunday 2 December.

The centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, will be welcoming visitors for an afternoon of festive fun from 12pm until 2pm.

Children will be able to visit Santa in his grotto for just £3, while a host of other activities include face painting, stalls, a festive raffle and entertainment from the Mid Sussex Choir. All funds raised on the day will go towards the cost of running the centre.

Entry to the centre is free but a donation of a tin of cat food would be an ideal early Christmas gift to help staff care for around 150 cats currently looking for new homes.

The event also marks the re-opening of the centre’s café and shop following a major refurbishment. With a range of gifts and treats, the shop will be the perfect place to stock up on Christmas goodies, while the new-look café will have a range of tempting cakes and light lunches available.

Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Deputy Manager Tania Marsh said: “Our Christmas event is a great day to get in the festive mood, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors to the centre. Santa will be on hand to meet with our younger visitors, and will be leaving the reindeer’s at home so he can also spend a bit of time meeting the lovely cats in our care.

“As we enter the cold winter months, costs inevitably go up for the centre, so all funds raised on the day will help towards the cost of keeping cats warm and fed.”

As well as visiting the cats currently in the care of the centre, visitors can also meet Star, Holly and Twinkle – three donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary who live on the site.

Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is open seven days a week from 10am until 4pm and is a great free day out whatever the weather, with a café, shop and nature trail.

The centre is situated in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find it using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE or for a map and directions please visit www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc