WestQuay are to celebrate the opening of the first restaurant in Watermark with a spectacular lights show this weekend!

After months of construction work, WestQuay are preparing to open up the first lot of restaurants in the brand new complex – Watermark – this weekend! To mark this fantastic occasion, Watermark will become the host of a weekend of shows and activities over Saturday and Sunday in the new public plaza, The Esplanade.

The official opening will treat visitors to the launch of Luminate Southampton, a light show that begins with a parade through the city followed by a light projection onto the historic Southampton walls, that take pride of place within The Esplanade.

“Starting at 3pm on Saturday 10th December in Guildhall Square, the light parade will be a magnificent display of drummers, giant birds and marching bands. Students from Southampton University will be taking part, 100 children from local primary schools will be carrying homemade lanterns and visitors can enjoy a performance from Love Soul Choir.

Following the parade, the digital light show will begin at 6pm in The Esplanade, projecting scenes of Southampton through the ages onto the city walls.”

Throughout the weekend, the public will also be getting involved with activities including face painting, live acrobats and ballet dancers alongside hip hop dancing.

“Restaurants will be open to the public from Thursday 8th December. These include CAU, The Real Greek, Red Dog Saloon, Franco Manca, Thaikhun, Byron, Cabana and COSMO. Further openings of the remaining restaurants, Hollywood Bowl and Showcase Cinema de Lux will continue throughout December and early next year.

Andy Collyer, General Manager of Westquay, said: “We are really looking forward to celebrating this significant first opening with the public by hosting a series of fantastic events.  Already the region’s leading retail destination, the addition of the development’s all new dining and leisure line-up will cement Westquay as the go-to destination on the South Coast.”

To find out more about Luminate Southampton and what’s happening at WestQuay head to www.west-quay.co.uk

By Jarrod Jones

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