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To mark the opening of our Christmas Sunday trading hours, Milngavie had two Mother Goose pantomime performances in Finsbay LOFT on Sunday 8th December 2019. The intimate performances were a real treat for families who joined in the performances in true pantomime tradition.
Merry Milngavie Christmas event took place Saturday 30th November 2019, 1pm to 5pm. A free, family day out to start off the festive period. A real Cairngorm reindeer parade, Santas Grotto, live stage, street performers, Christmas workshops and more, with our switch on tree light celebrations at 5pm.
As part of the Milngavie BID online and offline communications strategy, the six display boards in the precinct were re-designed with a town map featuring all businesses; and to promote the Gift Card outlets who accept the card.
The Milngavie BID took delivery of 130 real potted Christmas trees for our town centre annual tree decoration competition. These were hand delivered to our local businesses and took time to decorate and display the trees to brighten up the streets of Milngavie.
Milngavie came in a close third with 15% of votes cast, with Kirkwall and Lerwick coming first and second. In the spirit of being positive, Milngavie is effectively the most beautiful High Street on Scotland’s mainland, everyone is welcome to visit us for a day out to explore for a day of walking, cycling, shopping as well as a decent food and drink.
Halloween spooktacular in Milngavie Town Centre with Milngavie Tesco took place on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Underpasses were decorated with spiders made by local schools, helping to create a spooktacular atmosphere during the parade. Led by a giant witch on stilts, a werewolf and Count Dracula, the parade started off from the Fraser Centre, after the children were entertained by Merlin’s Disco; a story from our friendly witch; and the Pumpkin Trail with hidden pumpkins around the precinct.
Over 50 Milngavie businesses accept the new Milngavie Gift Card and four local retailers (Besotted, Avec Panache, Reids of Milngavie and Elba Artisan Gallery) sell the gift card. The card is an ideal gift for all occasions and ensures that your money is spent in Milngavie, keeping trade local. It is a pre-paid MasterCard that is used like any other cards, and is administered by the Milngavie BID team.
Milngavie in Bloom was recognised with a gold medal by Keep Scotland Beautiful for the work all the volunteers put in to showcase the town; and the Visit Scotland Award for Tourism at the Beautiful Scotland awards. The Milngavie BID have provided ongoing financial support to cover the costs of purchasing the plants and compost to maintain the planters in the precinct.
In line with our digital marketing strategy, new banner designs went on display in Milngavie town centre to promote shopping local, community spirit and events. Various designs with a consistent marketing message were located at key locations.
Milngavie hosted its first Healthy Habits event on Saturday 27th April 2019 from 12pm-4pm. Featuring fantastic BMX Clan Stunt shows throughout the day. The event included smoothie making bikes; a bungee run; bouncy castle & slide; an assault course; sumo suits (kids & adults); a climbing wall; pillow warz and a variety of local stall holders.
Following a renewal ballot that took place in March and April 2019 – and the first five years as an operational Business Improvement District (BID) – traders in Milngavie have made the decision to build on their success. Of traders in the town centre eligible to vote, 52 voted in favour of continuing for another five years and 33 voted against (turnout of 65.91%). Full details.