IT may be October but Christmas has begun at Bents.

The Glazebury home and garden centre’s hugely popular festive display has returned for 2020 with the team working hard to strike a balance between the usual magical wow factor and a safe environment.

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Favourite features, such as Bents’ forest of trees, stunning displays and festive lighting all return and have been relocated throughout the Warrington Road centre to accommodate the existing one-way system and social distancing measures already in place.

Christmas inspiration also extends into Bents’ Open Skies Glass House which will feature a light tunnel as well as ideas for the festive garden and brightening up the outside of the home, a place which has grown ever more important during the last six months.

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Matthew Bent, managing director at Bents Garden and Home, said: “It has been a very strange year and one which has brought many changes and challenges, but since being able to re-open in May we have been committed to making Bents as safe and welcoming as possible and even more so as Christmas approaches.

“We want our customers to feel as safe as possible while also enjoying our festive environment and making plans for their celebrations.

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“We’ve made big changes but still have incredible inspiration for both inside and out, helping make the home an even more special place to be this Christmas.”

This year’s themes include the ‘Designer Touch’ safari scene, featuring faces from the jungle and desert plains as well as ‘Cool Combinations’, ‘Sweet as Candy’ and ‘Through the Woods’.

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Changes have been made to the way decorations are displayed and packaged, to make shopping easier and safer, while not detracting from the atmosphere.

Bents is currently controlling customer numbers in store with only two of entrances in use.

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Social distancing and one-way systems continue to be in place and cleaning stations are located throughout the store, in addition to a cleaning schedule and track and trace system in the dining areas.

Bents is currently open from 8.30am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, to give people more choice over when to visit and avoid queues.

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