Shoppers can strike gold by visiting Leamington town centre in the run-up to Christmas.

They have the chance to win prizes worth a total of more than £3,000, donated by town centre businesses, in this year’s Golden Ticket competition.

Customers making purchases in participating retail outlets between Sunday, November 19 and Wednesday, December 20 will be given a golden ticket to enter a prize draw online.

A grand prize of £450 worth of jewellery from Peter Stephan Jewellers will be up for grabs, along with 12 fantastic prize packages valued at over £200 each.

More than 70 businesses, including new for this year Our Secret, Patisserie Valerie and The Entertainer, are taking part in the festive giveaway which is organised by BID Leamington to encourage customer loyalty and attract visitors for Christmas shopping.

The launch of the Golden Ticket coincides with the switch on of the town centre’s Christmas lights on November 19, which is followed by the start of late night shopping until 8pm every Thursday from November 23 to December 21.

Free car parking will be available for shoppers on those Thursday evenings after 5pm in the Covent Garden Multi-Storey Car Park (P1), and at Riverside House, Milverton Hill, on weekends from Saturday, November 18 until Sunday, December 24.

BID Leamington will also again be deploying ‘Christmas Parking Angels’ to help shoppers find car parking spaces, offer maps and give advice about events in the town, including a ‘Selfie With Santa’ competition and the Leamington Lantern Parade on Sunday, December 3.

Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington, said: “The town centre is a great place to visit in the run-up to Christmas and every year we try to add some sparkle with fun competitions and events to make shopping here even more special.

“The Golden Ticket competition attracts thousands of entries every year and we are grateful for the tremendous support we receive from town centre business in making it possible by donating wonderful prizes.”

For more details about the Golden Ticket competition, and other information about Christmas in the town centre, visit www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk