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Get Christmas off to a fizzy start at Lewes late night shopping

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Gin and Fizzmas

Late night shopping in Lewes is set to be more sparkling than ever with a Gin & Fizzmas festival as an extra attraction this year.

As part of the town's late night shopping extravaganza on Thursday, December 2, Visit Lewes will be hosting the festival to celebrate Sussex-made gins and sparkling wines in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Market Tower.

Visitors will have the opportunity to try and buy from some of the best local drinks producers in Sussex. Six local gin producers and six sparkling wine producers will be there and all will be offering samples to visitors as well as drinks by the glass.

The event will also be a chance to stock up on Christmas gifts, vineyard and distillery experiences and celebration drinks.

To add to the festive spirit, the Market Tower in central Lewes will be filled with Christmas foliage and twinkling lights, and there will be live music from a strong quartet as well as a community choir.

Councillor Chris Collier, Cabinet member for Performance and People at Lewes District Council, said: "Gin & Fizzmas is going to be a fantastic event, showcasing some of the wealth of great drinks producers we have locally.

"Alongside this, town traders will be flinging open their doors to give shoppers a warm festive welcome and there will be music and entertainment to provide fun for people of all ages.

"I encourage people to come along, enjoy themselves, snap up Christmas bargains and support local shops and producers as they rebuild their businesses in the wake of the pandemic."

Visit Lewes has teamed up with Lewes Chamber of Commerce to organise late night shopping from 6pm. Gin & Fizzmas will start at 5pm. Both events are funded by the Welcome Back Fund via the European Regional Development Fund.

Gin & Fizzmas entry is free and on a first come, first served basis, however numbers will be restricted for safety reasons.

With sustainability close to the hearts of all involved in Gin and Fizzmas, visitors will be given a recyclable reusable glass and tasting cups are made of Vegware, which is fully compostable.

Visitors are encouraged to walk or use public transport and central roads in Lewes will be closed from 6pm on 2 December. Trains will be running as normal for those coming from further afield and there will be parking available on the periphery of the town.

For full details of all Lewes late night shopping attractions - including free rides on electric Tuk Tuks, vintage fairground rides, Santa's grotto, a craft market and even a dog show - go to www.visitlewes.co.uk/late-night-shopping